Verse 25. Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents. This may signify that their posterity shall be cut off, and the abode which they occupy shall be left a ruin; or, as our Lord quoted it, it refers to the temple, which was left by its divine occupant and became a desolation. What occurs on a large scale to families and nations is often fulfilled in individuals, as was conspicuously the case with Judas, to whom Peter referred this prophecy, Acts 1:20 , "For it is written in the book of Psalms, let this habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein." The fierce proclamation of Nebuchadnezzar, "that every people, nation, and language, that speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill," is but an anticipation of that dread hour when the enemies of the Lord shall be broken in pieces, and perish out of the land.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 23-28. He denounces ten plagues, or effects of God's wrath, to come upon them for their wickedness. David Dickson.
Verse 25. Let their habitation; that is, not only the place where they dwell, but even their very offices and functions, be void, viz., by thy just taking them away from amongst men; and let none, viz., of their seed and posterity, dwell in their tents, viz., that they have dwelt in: he meaneth, that he would have them die without heir or issue. Thomas Wilcocks.
Verse 25. Let none dwell in their tents. After the temple itself was taken, or rather turned to ashes, the miserable remnant of the Jewish people begged of Titus that he would permit them to pass through the breeches of the wall with their wives and children, and go into the wilderness -- a request which he indignantly refused. (Josephus). So that, literally, "there was no inhabitant for their tents." John Mason Good.
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