1 Woe to them thatThere were two special reasons why the Israelites should not join with the Egyptians: first, because the Lord had commanded them never to return there, (Deu_17:16, Deu_28:68) lest they should forget the benefit of their redemption: and secondly, lest they should be corrupted with the superstition and idolatry of the Egyptians, and so forsake God, (Jer_2:18).go down to Egypt for help; and rely on horses, and trust in chariots, because [they are] many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not to the Holy One of Israel, neitherMeaning, that they forsake the Lord, if they put their trust in worldly things: for they cannot trust in both.seek the LORD!
2 Yet he also [is]And knows their crafty enterprises, and will bring all to nought.wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.
3 Now the Egyptians [are] men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he thatMeaning, both the Egyptians and the Israelites.helpeth shall fall, and he that is helped shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.
4 For thus hath the LORD spoken to me, As the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, [he] will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts comeHe shows the Jews that if they would put their trust in him, he is so able, that no one can resist his power and so care over them, as a bird over her young, which ever flies about them for their defence: which similitude the scripture uses in various places, as in (Deu_32:11; Mat_23:37).down to fight for mount Zion, and for its hill.
5 As birds that flie, so shal the Lord of hostes defend Ierusalem by defending and deliuering, by passing through and preseruing it.
6 Turn ye to [him from] whom the children of Israel haveHe touches their conscience that they might earnestly feel their grievous sins, and so truly repent, for as much as now they are almost drowned and past recovery.deeply revolted.
7 For in that day every man shallBy these fruits your repentance will be known, as in (Isa_2:20).cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made to you [for] a sin.
8 When your repentance appears.Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of man; and the sword, not of men, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be made vessels.
9 And he shall pass over to hisThis was accomplished soon after when Sennacherib's army was discomfited, and he fled to his castle in Nineveh for comfort.strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the LORD, whoseTo destroy his enemies.fire [is] in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.