This judgment the prophet now described. A fierce and relentless foe, acting under the word of Jehovah, is described as coming up against Jerusalem. The prophet declared that the city would be taken, and described the thoroughness of the judgment under the figure of gleaning. All ages would be affected, and the whole land as well as the city be involved.
Again he declared that the reason for this judgment was the complete corruption of the people, their false sense of security, and their utter lack of shame. He appealed to the past to bear witness, but they would not attend. He appealed directly to the present, and they would not hearken. Therefore the sentence was inevitable. Returning to what he had already said, he again announced the coming of the foe from the north and the suffering of the people which would follow.
This message concluded with an account of the word spoken to the prophet by Jehovah in order to strengthen him. His position among the people was like "a tower," or, as the margin has it, "a trier," that is, one who tested them, or '*a fortress." His ministry would be fruitless, for the people were grievous revolters, and the ultimate verdict is declared to be that men would call them refuse silver because Jehovah had rejected them.
the Second Week after Epiphany