For I will lay the land most desolate
Or, "desolation" and "desolation" F14; one desolating judgment shall follow upon another, until it is completely desolate; it was very desolate already, through the ravages of the Chaldean army; but it should become more so, through other judgments here threatened them: and the pomp of her strength shall cease;
some understand this of the temple, which was the most pompous building in the land, and in which they placed their strength and confidence: but this was destroyed already: it is rather to be interpreted of whatsoever riches, power, and glory, were yet remaining, which should be removed: and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate;
which used to abound with vines and olives, with flocks and pastures: that none shall pass through;
not only there should be no inhabitant, but no traveller in it, or very few, because of the sword in one part, the pestilence in another, and wild beasts in other places, and a general barrenness and unfruitfulness; so that a traveller would be both in great danger, and in want of provisions to supply himself and cattle.
F14 (hmvmw hmmv) "desolationem et solitudiem", Montanus; "vastitatem et solitudinem", Starckius.