ch. 15

 

 

vs. 1-9. — THE BURDEN OF MOAB. The present chapter and the

next are very closely connected, and may be regarded as together

constituting “the burden of Moab.” It has been argued on critical grounds

that the bulk of the prophecy is quoted by Isaiah from an earlier writer, and

that he has merely modified the wording and added a few touches here and

there (so Gesenius, Rosenmüller, Hitzig, Maurer, Ewald, Knobel, and

Cheyne). Jeremiah is thought to have also based his “judgment of Moab

(Jeremiah 48.) on the same early writing. But speculations of this kind are

in the highest degree uncertain, and moreover lead to no results of the

slightest importance. It is best, therefore, to regard Isaiah as the author of

these two chapters. Having threatened Philistia, Israel’s nearest enemy

upon the west, he turns to Moab, her nearest foe towards the east.

 

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v. 3 - "every one shall howl, weeping abundantly"

 

Howling remains one of the chief tokens of

mourning in the east.

 

v. 4 - "his life shall be grievous unto him"

 

v. 5 - "My heart shall cry out for Moab" – the prophet sympathizes as

            a kindred people - a descendant of Lot  (Genesis 19:37)  Ruth - the        

            Moabitess an ancestor of Christ