The prophet’s very name means “Jehovah hides” and it is clear that in the midst of wicked idolatry he is urging the remnant of observant ones to seek righteousness and seek meekness that they might be hidden in the day of the Lord’s wrath.
The prophet is perhaps a distant relative of King Hezekiah. He knows the history of the wicked reigns and practices of Manasseh and Amon. He is a contemporary of King Josiah and it is likely that his warnings to the Southern Kingdom prepared hearts for Josiah’s time of revival.
His people have watched the Northern Kingdom fall miserably to the violence of Assyria. His prophecy assures a wretched end to their capital city.
13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and…
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