and he went out before the host that came to Samaria;
that was coming thither; he went out of Samaria to meet them:
and said unto them, behold, because the Lord God of your fathers was
wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand;
he let them know it was not owing to their wisdom and conduct, their prowess and courage, that they had got the victory over them, but because the Lord was displeased with them for their sins, and therefore gave them up into their hands:
and ye have slain them in a rage that reaches up unto heaven;
that is, with an exceeding great rage and fury, and the cry of which reached to heaven also, and was displeasing to God; he suggests to them, that they had exceeded all bounds, and had not shown that compassion to their brethren, when fallen into their hands, they ought to have done, and which therefore was resented by the God of heaven, see ( Zechariah 1:15 ) .