Then the Lord said unto me
Explaining the above vision: out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of
that is, out of Babylon, which lay north, as Jarchi says, and so the Talmud F20; or north east, as Kimchi and Ben Melech, to the land of Israel; from hence came Nebuchadnezzar and his army, which are meant by "the evil" that should break forth, or "be opened" F21 and loosed, which before were bound and hindered by the providence of God; see ( Revelation 9:14 ) and come upon all the inhabitants of the land of Israel; and who are signified by the boiling pot to the north; or, however, by the fire under it, which came from thence; for rather by the pot is meant Jerusalem; and, by the boiling of it, its destruction by the Chaldeans; see ( Ezekiel 11:3 Ezekiel 11:7 ) ( 24:3 ) .
F20 T. Bab. Gittin, fol. 6. 1. and Bava Bathra, fol. 25. 2.
F21 (xtpt) "aperietur", Munster, Tigurine version, Cocceius; "pandetur", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus.