In mine ears, [said] the Lord of hosts
This may be understood either of the ears of the Lord of hosts, into which came the cry of the sins of covetousness and ambition before mentioned; these were taken notice of by the Lord, and he was determined to punish them; or of the ears of the prophet, in whose hearing the Lord said what follows: so the Targum,
``the prophet said, with mine ears I have heard, when this was decreed from before the Lord of hosts:'' of a truth many houses shall be desolate
or "great" ones F26
; such as the houses of the king, of the princes, and nobles, judges, counsellors, and great men of the earth; not only the house of God, the temple, but a multitude of houses in Jerusalem and elsewhere; which was true not only at the taking of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans, but at the destruction of it by the Romans, to which this prophecy belongs, ( Matthew 23:38
) the words are a strong asseveration, and in the form of an oath, as Jarchi and Kimchi observe; (al Ma
) , "if not"; if many houses are not left desolate, let it be so or so, I swear they shall: [even] great and fair, without inhabitants
houses of large and beautiful building shall be laid in such a ruinous condition, that they will not be fit for any to dwell in, nor shall any dwell in them: and this is the judgment upon them for joining house to house; that for laying field to field follows.