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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 15:6-9

Here the prophet further describes the woeful and piteous lamentations that should be heard throughout all the country of Moab when it should become a prey to the Assyrian army. ?By this time the cry has gone round about all the borders of Moab,? Isa. 15:8. Every corner of the country has received the alarm, and is in the utmost confusion upon it. It has reached to Eglaim, a city at one end of the country, and to Beer-elim, a city as far the other way. Where sin has been general, and all flesh... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 15:8

For the cry is gone found about the borders of Moab ,.... The cry of destruction and howling because of it; the places mentioned, as is observed by some, being upon the borders of the land. Heshbon was on the north east, Elealeh on the north west, Jahaz on the south west, Horonaim further west, Zoar the utmost west, and the places following seem to be upon the borders likewise: the howling thereof unto Eglaim ; which word signifies a border, and so the Arabic word Agalon; some take it to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 15:1-9

THE BURDEN OF MOAB . The present chapter and the next are very closely connected, and may be regarded as together constituting "the burden of Moab." It has been argued on critical grounds that the bulk of the prophecy is quoted by Isaiah from an earlier writer, and that he has merely modified the wording and added a few touches here and there (so Gesenius, Rosenmüller, Hitzig, Maurer, Ewald, Knobel, and Cheyne). Jeremiah is thought to have also based his "judgment of Moab" ( ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 15:1-9

Oracle concerning Moab. I. HISTORY or Moan. Zoar was the cradle of the race, the house of the tribal father Lot. While the brother-tribe of Ammon wandered to the pastures of the northeast, Moab remained nearer the original seat. They were confined to a narrower district by the invasion of the Amorites ( Numbers 21:26-30 ; Deuteronomy 2:10 , Deuteronomy 2:11 ). Their long feud with the tribe of Benjamin lasted to the time of Saul. But in the Book of Ruth we have a pleasant glimpse... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 15:8

Eglaim … Beer-Elim . Unknown sites on the borders of Moab, both probably towards the south. The enemy has come in from the north, and has driven the population southwards. A hope has been entertained of the pursuit slackening; but it is disappointed. The enemy causes grief and " howling " in every part of the territory. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 15:8

For the cry is gone round about ... - The cry of distress and calamity has encompassed the whole land of Moab. There is no part of the land which is not filled with lamentation and distress.The howling - The voice of wailing on account of the distress.Unto Eglaim - This was a city of Moab east of the Dead Sea, which, Eusebius says, was eight miles south of Ar, and hence, says Rosenmuller, it was not far from the south border of Moab. It is mentioned by Josephus (“Ant.” xiv. 1), as one of the... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 15:6-8

Isaiah 15:6-8. For the waters, &c. The prophet, in these verses, sets forth the causes of lamentation among the inhabitants of the southern part of Moab. The first is the desolation of their fruitful fields, Isaiah 15:6. The waters of Nimrim, or, the waterish, or well-watered grounds, shall be desolate Such grounds, being very fruitful, are commonly most inhabited and cultivated; but now they also, and much more the dry and barren grounds, should be desolate, and without inhabitant.... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Isaiah 15:1-9

Devastation in Moab (15:1-16:14)The place names mentioned in these two chapters indicate that the attack on Moab comes from the north, most likely from Assyria. The attack is swift and ruthless, and towns fall in a night. Wherever a person looks, there is mourning (15:1-4). Even Isaiah weeps as he sees the people fleeing pitifully, rushing along the streets, across the streams and over the fields that have been damaged by the invading armies. They take with them whatever precious possessions... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Isaiah 15:8

Eglaim. Not identified; probably the En-eglaim of Ezekiel 47:10 . read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Isaiah 15:8-9

Isaiah 15:8-9. For the cry is gone round, &c.— The prophet contemplating, with the most lively imagination, the motion and consternation of all Moab, as if present to his view, scarcely satisfies himself in painting the scene: he repeats again in this place the proposition, and supplies by a general declaration what he might seem not to have expressed with sufficient perfection before: he therefore declares, that this lamentation of which he speaks shall not be private, and peculiar to one... read more

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