lamb = tribute lamb.
to the ruler = of the ruler: i.e. Judah, as Mesha king of Moab had done (2 Kings 3:4).
Sela. Now Petra (so called by the Romans) in Mount Seir, near Mount Hor (2 Kings 14:7).
cast out, &c. = a forsaken nest.
be = become.
Take counsel = Bring advice. Some codices, with one early printed edition, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate, read "Bring thou counsel".
execute judgment = perform an arbitrator"s duty. Hebrew. pelilah. Occurs only here. Some codices, with seven early printed editions, Aramaean, Septuagint, Syriac and Vulgate, read "execute thou".
Let Mine outcasts, &c. Some codices, with Aramaean, Septuagint, and Syriac, read "Let the outcasts", &c.
dwell = sojourn. Compare 1 Samuel 22:3, 1 Samuel 22:4.
the spoiler: i.e. Sennacherib.
extortioner. Hebrew. muz. Occurs only here.
oppressors = treaders down. Hebrew. ramas. Occurs only here.
in mercy. The burden goes beyond the immediate future to the ultimate future.
mercy = lovingkindness, or grace.
in truth. See note on Isaiah 10:20.
hasting righteousness = prompt in equity. Compare Isaiah 46:13.
We. Compare Isaiah 6:8. Genesis 1:26.
his lies shall not be so = his resources do not correspond.
Kir-hareseth. Some codices read "Kir-harasheth".
stricken = worn away. Hebrew. naka". Occurs only here.
the fields = [as to] the fields. Compare Deuteronomy 32:32. 2 Kings 23:4. Jeremiah 31:40 (feminine).
Heshbon. Compare Isaiah 15:4.
languish = he [Moab] hath enfeebled.
and = supply [as to] and omit the colon.
the vine of Sibmah = Sibmah"s vine.
lords. Probably plural of Majesty for "great lord of the nations", a title claimed by the kings of Assyria.
heathen = nations.
Jazer. Probably Beit Zer"ah, on the east of Jordan (Numbers 32:1. Joshua 13:25; Joshua 21:39. 2 Samuel 24:5. 1 Chronicles 6:81; 1 Chronicles 26:31. Jeremiah 48:32).
wandered through: or, strayed into.
water thee = make thee drunk.
Elealeh. See note on Isaiah 15:4.
the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen = on thy summer fruits and thy harvest a war-cry hath fallen,
plentiful = fruitful.
wine. Hebrew. yayin. App-27.
presses = wine-vat. Hebrew. yekeb, not gaih. See note on Isaiah 5:2.
sound = make a plaintive sound. Note the Figure of speech Paronomasia. Hebrew v"kirbi Kir.
Kir-haresh. See note on Isaiah 15:1.
on. Some codices, with two early printed editions, read "unto": weary with climbing up to. Compare Isaiah 15:2.
prevail = obtain anything.
Within. Some codices, with two early printed editions, read "about".
three years. From the death of Ahaz.
contemned = brought low.
small = few.
feeble = small.
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