And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
and the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is on the head of the rich valley, will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer: when someone sees it, he swallows it as soon as it is in his hand.
And the glorious beauty which is on the head of the
Meaning the riches and fruitfulness of the ten tribes, and
especially of Samaria the head of them: shall be a fading
as before declared, ( Isaiah 28:1 ) and here
repeated to show the certainty of it, and to awaken their
attention to it: [and] as the hasty fruit before the
the first ripe fruit, that which is ripe before the summer fruits
in common are. The Septuagint render it the first ripe fig; and
so the Targum and Aben Ezra: which [when] he that looketh
upon it seeth it;
that it is goodly and desirable, and so gathers it, ( Micah 7:1 ) : while
it is yet in his hand he eateth it up;
and as soon as he has got it into his hand, he cannot keep it
there to look at, or forbear eating it, but greedily devours it,
and swallows it down at once; denoting what a desirable prey the
ten tribes would be to the Assyrian monarch, and how swift,
sudden, and inevitable, would be their destruction.