37. And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger of the Lord.
37. Et peribunt (vel, succidentur, vertunt alii) pascua pacis (tuguria pacis, hos est, tranquilla) a facie excandescentiae (vel, furoris) irae Jehovae.
He goes on with the same subject, that the tents, previously tranquil, would perish or be destroyed. And he designedly calls their dwellings peaceable; for the Jews, having found that their enemies had not before disturbed them, still promised to themselves the same good fortune in future.
And the faithful indeed do act thus rightly, and justly conclude from God's previous benefits that he will be kind to them as he had ever been so; but hypocrites, though they repent not, yet absurdly think that God is bound to them; and though they daily provoke his wrath, they yet securely continue in their confidence of having peace. Since God then had until that time deferred the grievousness of his wrath, the Prophet says, that though their tents had been peaceable,1 yet they could not be exempted from
1 The word rendered "tents" means sometimes dwellings, or habitations, and sometimes pastures; and it is thus variously translated in our version, according to what the context requires. As "pastures" are mentioned in the previous verse, tents, or habitations, would be the best word here, and more suitable to the verb that is used, which means to reduce to silence, or to level, that is, with the ground, and hence to demolish. The rendering of the Vulg. is "fields -- arva," but of the Syr. and Targ. "habitations." Venema and Blayney have "folds," which are probably the habitations intended. -- Ed.
2 Literally it is, "through the burning of the wrath of Jehovah." The word "fury," by which it is often rendered, is by no means suitable. The Versions vary: "the wrath of indignation" is the Sept.; "the wrath of fury" the Vulg., "boiling wrath" the Sept.; and "the fury of wrath" the Targ. The same words occur at the end of the next verse. -- Ed.
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