1 Woe to theHe means that part of Ethiopia which lies toward the sea, which was so full of ships that the sails (which he compares to wings) seemed to shadow the sea.land shadowing with wings, which [is] beyond the rivers of Cush:
2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels ofWhich is those countries were great, so much so that they made ships from them for swiftness.bulrushes upon the waters, [saying],This may be taken that they sent others to comfort the Jews and to promise them help against their enemies, and so the Lord threatened to take away their strength, that the Jews should not trust in it: or that they solicited the Egyptians and promised them aid to go against Judah.Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and stripped, to aThat is, the Jews who because of God's plague made all other nations afraid of the same, as God threatened in (Deu_28:37).people terrible from their beginning to this time; a nation measured by line and trodden down, whose land theMeaning the Assyrians, (Isa_8:7).rivers have laid waste!
3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, whenWhen the Lord prepared to fight against the Ethiopians.he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.
4 For so the LORD said to me, I will take myI will stay a while from punishing the wicked.rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like aWhich two seasons are profitable for the ripening of fruit, by which he means that he will seem to favour them and give them abundance for a time, but he will suddenly cut them off.clear heat upon herbs, [and] like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
5 For afore the haruest when the floure is finished, and the fruite is riping in the floure, then he shall cut downe the branches with hookes, and shall take away, and cut off the boughes:
6 They shall be left together to the fowls of the mountains, and to theNot only men will contemn them, but the brute beast.beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.
7 In that time shall theMeaning that God will pity his Church, and receive that little remnant as an offering to himself.present be brought to the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and stripped, and from a people terrible from their beginning to this time; a nation measured by line and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.