Thus saith the Lord, behold, a people cometh from the north
The Assyrians from Babylon, which lay north of Judea, as in ( Jeremiah 1:14 Jeremiah 1:15 ) ( 4:6 ) : and a great nation shall be raised;
that is, by the Lord, who would stir them up to this undertaking. The Targum is,
``many people shall come openly:''from the sides of the earth;
afar off, as Babylon was, ( Jeremiah 5:15 ) .