Jerusalem threatened for her wickedness, ver. 1 - 7.
A promise of a glorious reformation, ver. 8 - 13.
And deliverance consequent upon it, ver. 14 - 20.
|3:1||To her - Jerusalem.|
|3:2||The voice - Of God by his mercy and judgments crying aloud.|
|3:3||Her princes - Persons of principal place and authority.Lions - Which hunt for prey, and are ever affrighting or devouring.Wolves - Insatiable and cruel, like wolves of the evening, whetted with hunger. Gnaw not the bones - They leave nothing but the bones to be eaten on the morrow.|
|3:4||Her prophet - So called, false prophets.Light - Unstable and inconstant.Violence to the law - Wresting it by perverse interpretation.|
|3:5||In the midst - Observing all. Not do iniquity - He will judge them righteously. Every morning - Daily he discovers his displeasure against the wicked. Faileth not - Lets no season slip to convince them, by public and visible punishments. The unjust - But the wicked Jews proceed without shame, and without fear.|
|3:6||The nations - Of old, the Canaanites, lastly the ten tribes, and later yet, the Assyrians.|
|3:7||I said - I thought (speaking after the manner of men).Thou - O Jerusalem. Fear me - For the many and great judgments executed upon others. I punished them - In some measure.|
|3:8||Therefore - Since you will not be amended.Wait ye - Attend my resolution. Until - Until I rise up to destroy first, and next to take the spoil. Upon them - The incorrigible Jews.Devoured - Consumed as if burnt up. My jealousy - That jealousy wherewith God is jealous for his own glory.|
|3:9||A pure language - I will give them a pure way of worshipping me, the issue of a pure heart.|
|3:10||My dispersed - The praying remnant of the scattered Jews shall return to their own land, and bring themselves an offering unto the Lord.|
|3:11||Thy doings - Thy sins formerly committed. In thy pride - Proud formalists. No more be haughty - Ye shall no more boast, because of the city, or the temple.|
|3:12||Of thee - In Judea and Jerusalem.|
|3:13||Shall feed - Shall enjoy peace and plenty.|
|3:15||Taken away - Abolished, and put an end to the judgments thy sins brought upon thee. Thine enemy - The Babylonian.Is in the midst - He is returned to redeem and govern thee.Any more - While thy carriage is as becomes my presence with thee, thou shalt neither fear, nor feel the like evils.|
|3:18||Sorrowful - That mourn their distance from the solemn worship of God. Who are of thee - Thy children. Reproach - The taunts of their enemies.|
|3:19||Undo - I will break their power and dissolve their kingdom.That halteth - Who is in trouble and ready to fall.Driven out - Into remote countries.|
|3:20||A praise - So the uersal church of the first - born will be, in the great day. And then the Israel of God be made a name and a praise to all eternity.|