7. And I will prepare destroyers against thee, every one with his weapons; and they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and cast them into the fire.
7. Et praeparabo (vertunt alii, sanctificabo, ut etiam
He expresses the manner, for he had only said before, that the ruin of the city Jerusalem was nigh at hand; he adds, that
In short, these two things ought to be noticed, -- first, that God had in readiness many ways by which he could punish the Jews. For the contempt of the ungodly arises, because they dream that God is unarmed and has not always the execution, as they say, ready at hand. Hence the Prophet shews that the Chaldeans would be ready as soon as God hissed for them, or gave them a sign. This is one thing. Secondly, it ought to be observed, that he reminds them that the Chaldeans would be the scourge of God, that the Jews might not think that they contended with mortals, but might know that they were summoned to render an account of their life, because they had too long been rebellious against God and his Prophets. This is what we must understand by the word
Now as to the
1 The verb is
The next words are "destroyers, each man and his instrument," rendered by the Septuagint, "a destroying man and his hatchet;" by the Vulgate, "a slaying man and his weapons;" by the Syriac, "wasters, each with a hatchet in his hand;" and by the Arabic, "a destroying man with his hatchet."
7. And I will consecrate for thee destroys, Every man and his hatchet; And they shall cut down thy choisest cedars, And shall cast them into the fire. -- Ed.
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