The Lord God hath sworn by his holiness
That is, by himself, holiness being his nature, and an essential attribute of his; this is done to ascertain the truth of what is after said, and that men may be assured of the certain performance of it. Some render it, "by his holy place"; and interpret it of heaven; so Aben Ezra and Kimchi; which is not likely; see ( Matthew 5:34 ) ( James 5:12 ) . The Targum is,
``the Lord God hath sworn by his word in his holiness;''that, lo, the days shall come upon you;
``that people shall take you away on their shields, and your daughters in fishermen's F17 boats;''see ( Jeremiah 16:16 ) .