And the Lord saith
The Septuagint version adds, "to me"; there being no wise and understanding man, nor prophet F2, to take up this affair, and open the cause of it, therefore the Lord undertakes it himself: the question was put to them, but they not answering it, the Lord does it, because they have forsaken my law, which I set before them;
in a plain and easy manner, so as to be readily understood; yet this they attended not unto, but forsook it, neglected it, and cast it behind their backs. Kimchi's note on the phrase, "before them", is,
``not in heaven is it, nor beyond the sea is it;''see ( Deuteronomy 30:11-14 ) : and have not obeyed my voice;
in the law, and by the prophets: neither walked therein:
according to it, as the Lord directed; they neither hearkened to the voice of the Lord, nor did as they were instructed by it.
F2 Vid. T. Nedarim, fol. 81. 1. & Bava Metzia fol. 85. 1, 2.