1. He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.
Now the manner of that vengeance which was lately mentioned is expressed. Hence the Prophet says, God exclaimed, so that his command reached to the Chaldeans, who were to be executors of his vengeance, and therefore the imperative mood pleases me better, approach ye therefore. Those who consider the tense past say "visitations," nor can they do otherwise, because no sense can be elicited from the words -- to have approached the prefecture of the city. But if we read the imperative mood, the sense agrees very well, approach ye the prefecture: the thing is put for the persons, or the name of the men may be understood, and thus
1 That is, "in my hearing." -- Calvin.
2 Some translate ', they have approached" in the past tense, but the other rendering seems to me to suit better, as God commands to approach; "approach ye therefore." -- Calvin
3 Others translate, "visitations." -- Calvin.
4 We must understand, "let him have." -- Calvin.
5 That is, "his warlike instrument of destruction." -- Calvin.
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