Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.…
I. THE GROUND OR OCCASION OF THE JUDGMENT in the particle "therefore." Wherefore? (ver. 13). The cause which is here expressed may be conceived to proceed in the way of a three-fold gradation.
1. Of their simple impiety. Sin is the meritorious cause of all punishment.
2. Of their additional impenitency. Those that sin and so thoroughly provoke God's anger against themselves, by repentance may happily divert and appease it. But the people in the text "turned not to Him that smote them." And this made their judgment to be so much the surer to them. Impenitency seems in a manner to own and justify sin and stand in the commission of it. Further, it does in a manner trespass upon all the attributes of God, which it either questions or vilifies. The omniscience of God, as to the deserts of sin (Psalm 94:7). The truth of God, as to the threats of sin (2 Peter 3:4). The justice of God, as to the punishing of sin, The power of God, as to me executing of judgment.
3. Of their continued obstinacy. They did not "seek the Lord of hosts."
II. THE JUDGMENT ITSELF.
(T. Horton, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.