Now therefore hear thou the word of the Lord
Which I have from him concerning thee, and which he has
pronounced upon thee and thy family: thou sayest, prophesy
not against Israel;
when God has bid me prophesy: and drop not [thy word]
against the house of Isaac;
say nothing against it, though in ever so soft and gentle a
manner: it designs the same thing as before, only in different
words; and is a prohibition of the prophet to prophesy against
the ten tribes that descended from Isaac, in the line of Jacob.
So the Targum paraphrases it,
``thou shalt not teach against the house of Isaac;''
or deliver out any prophecy or doctrine that is against them, or
threatens them with any calamity. Jarchi says the phrase is
expressive of prophecy; see ( Deuteronomy
32:2 ) ( Ezekiel 21:2 ) .