And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king
unto him, art thou made of the king's council?
&c.] He was not indeed one of his privy council, made so by him, but he was appointed a counsellor to him by the Lord, the King of kings, to expostulate with him about his idolatry, and to advise him to relinquish it, to whose counsel he ought to have hearkened:
forbear, why shouldest thou be smitten?
bidding him hold his peace, and threatening him, that if he did not, he must expect to be smitten; that is, with death, as Zechariah the prophet was by the order of his father:
then the prophet forbore;
left off speaking, only added this at parting:
and said, I know that God hath determined to destroy
being given up to hardness of heart, so as to pay no regard to the Lord and his prophets, which was a sure presage of destruction:
because thou hast done this;
committed such idolatry, and persisted in it:
and hast not hearkened to my counsel;
to reform from it.