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Bible Commentaries
Isaiah 15

Wesley's Explanatory NotesWesley's Notes

Verse 1

The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence; because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence;

The burden — A prophecy of the destruction of the Moabites, the inveterate enemies of the Jews, begun by the Assyrian, and finished by the Babylonian emperors.

In a night — Suddenly and unexpectedly.

Ar — The chief city of Moab.

Kir — Another eminent city of Moab.

Verse 2

He is gone up to Bajith, and to Dibon, the high places, to weep: Moab shall howl over Nebo, and over Medeba: on all their heads shall be baldness, and every beard cut off.

Bajith — Which signifies an house. It is supposed to be some eminent house or temple of their idols.

Dibon — Another city of Moab.

To weep — To offer their supplications with tears to their idols for help.

Medeba — Two considerable cities, anciently belonging to the Moabites.

Beard — The hair of their heads and beards was shaved, as was usual in great mournings.

Verse 3

In their streets they shall gird themselves with sackcloth: on the tops of their houses, and in their streets, every one shall howl, weeping abundantly.

On the tops — Which were made flat, to which men used to go up, to cry to God in heaven, or to men for help.

Verse 4

And Heshbon shall cry, and Elealeh: their voice shall be heard even unto Jahaz: therefore the armed soldiers of Moab shall cry out; his life shall be grievous unto him.

Heshbon — Two other Moabitish cities.

Jahaz — Another city in the utmost borders of Moab.

Soldiers — Who use to be the most courageous.

Verse 5

My heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee unto Zoar, an heifer of three years old: for by the mounting up of Luhith with weeping shall they go it up; for in the way of Horonaim they shall raise up a cry of destruction.

Moab — Tho’ they are a most vile nation.

Zoar — Zoar was a town bordering upon Moab.

Of destruction — Such a cry as men send forth when they are just falling into the pit of destruction.

Verse 6

For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.

Waters — Watery grounds being very fruitful, are commonly most inhabited; but now they also, much more the dry and barren grounds, shall be desolate and without inhabitant.

Verse 7

Therefore the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have laid up, shall they carry away to the brook of the willows.

They — Their enemies.

Brook — Possibly he means some such river which ran into Euphrates, and so gave them opportunity of carrying their spoils by water unto Babylon.

Verse 8

For the cry is gone round about the borders of Moab; the howling thereof unto Eglaim, and the howling thereof unto Beerelim.

The cry — Their cry fills all the parts of the country.

Verse 9

For the waters of Dimon shall be full of blood: for I will bring more upon Dimon, lions upon him that escapeth of Moab, and upon the remnant of the land.

More — More than hath been already mentioned.

Lions — God shall send lions to find out those that escape the fury of men.

Bibliographical Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 15". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/wen/isaiah-15.html. 1765.
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