A poem written in the style of the alphabetic psalms; cf Pss 9A; 25; 111; 119
. Here, however, most of the verses beginning with the letters of the second half of the alphabet are not preserved.
A jealous … God: see note on Ex 20, 5
Bashan, Carmel and Lebanon were famous for their forests.
The coming of God in judgment has two aspects: to those who oppose him it will be unbearable; to those who have recourse to
him it will bring strength and consolation.
What are you imputing to the Lord?: the people of Judah are asked what they think God has in mind.
They: the enemies of Judah. You: Judah. His yoke: the dominion of the Assyrian king over Judah.
From you … the scoundrel planner: addressed to Nineveh, the capital city of Sennacherib, king of Assyria, who besieged Jerusalem
c. 700 B.C.
You: the king of Assyria.
Your access is brought to you by: