We looked for peace
Outward prosperity, affluence of temporal blessings, peace with enemies, and safety from them, which the false prophets had given them reason to expect; or which last they concluded and hoped for, from their being in the defenced cities: but no good came;
they were disappointed in their expectation; the good that was promised them, and they looked for, never came, but all the reverse: and for a time of health;
or, of healing F12; the political wounds of the commonwealth of Israel: and behold trouble!
or "terror" F13; at the approach of the enemy, described in the following verses. The Targum is,
``a time of pardon of offences, and, lo, a punishment of sins.''Healing, in Scripture, signifies pardon of sin; see ( Psalms 41:4 ) ( 103:3 ) .