15. They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.
15. Vanitas sunt, opus illusionum; in tempore visitationis ipsorum peribunt.
He confirms the same thing. What he called before falsehood,
He afterwards adds,
The Israelites might have objected and said, "How is it then that false gods, whom men have devised for themselves, are worshipped, and are in great esteem and highly regarded? How does God suffer and overlook this?" The Israelites might have raised an objection of this kind. Therefore the Prophet answers them,
1 So, substantially, is the version of the ,Sept., Vulg., Syr., and -- Arab., -- "ridiculous -- worthy of laughter -- foolish -- ludicrous." But the word means no such thing. The verb
Vanity are they (i.e., the idols,) The work of the grossly deluded: At the time of their visitation they shall perish;
that is, the grossly deluded.
He had before threatened ruin to idols; but he now threatens their makers. -- Ed.
2 Scott quotes a sermon of Mede, in which he says, "Ye have heard the state of the times, wherein this prophecy is commanded; now let us consider the event. We have heard of the admired oracles of the Gentiles, of Apollo at Delphos, of Jupiter Ammon in Egypt, etc.; but all of them are long since perished. Where is now Bel, the god of Babylon, Nisroch, the god of Assyria, Baal and Astaroth, the gods of Zidonians, Milcom of the Ammonites, Chemosh of Moab, and Tammuz of the Egyptians? Even these also are perished with their names." The partial fulfillment of this prophecy is an evidence of its complete fulfillment, when "the spirit of evil," as Scott says, "whom all idolaters worship, shall be confined to the bottomless pit." -- Ed.
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