He restored the coast of Israel
The cities upon it, which had been taken away from them by their enemies:
from the entering of Hamath;
which was the northern border of the land of Canaan, the entrance into it from Syria, see ( Numbers 34:8 ) ,
unto the sea of the plain:
of Jordan, called sometimes the salt sea and the Dead Sea; the lake Asphaltites, as Josephus F11, where formerly stood Sodom and Gomorrah:
according to the word of the Lord God of Israel, which he spake by the
hand of his servant Jonah the son of Amittai;
the same with him whose prophecy among the small prophets bears this name; and though his prophecy concerning Jeroboam's success and victories is not there, nor anywhere else, recorded at length, yet needed not to be doubted of; this is the first of the prophets spoken of whose books are extant:
which was of Gathhepher;
a city in the tribe of Zebulun, ( Joshua 19:13 ) , which contradicts a notion of the Jews, that no prophet came out of Galilee, when the very first of those that were the penmen of the books of prophecies was from thence, see ( John 7:52 ) .
F11 Ut supra, (Antiqu. l. 9.) c. 10. sect. 1.