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Therefore the LORD [Yahovah] shall set up [sagab] the
adversaries [tsar] of Rezin [Ratsiyn] against him, and join [cakak] his enemies ['oyeb] together; [cakak] KJV-Interlinear
Therefore the Lord raises against them adversaries from Rezin, And spurs their
enemies on, NASB
Therefore, is a summation of purpose and intent and result. The northern nation of Israel, generally called Samaria or Ephraim, was to be judged because of their spiritual indifference and violations of truth.
They had sought the lies off the world, rather than the truth of God. They pursued the enticements of the world and desired the lures of history, rather than the plan and promises of God.
And so because of the flirtations that Samaria had with evil, they would find themselves in a trap between evil and evil.
The Syrians, whose leader was Rezin, which were on the eastern boundary, and the Philistines, a general term for foreign peoples, located on the other side of Samaria, or from the west, mentioned in the next verse.
When you ignore Gods word in your life, and that includes most people who are simply indifferent and do not take any of the Bible seriously, as well as people who try to take the Bible too seriously and pursue their own self defined interpretations, then the result is a life in evil.
There is only one source of truth and that truth can only be learned in an academic environment while in spiritual fellowship.
Most folks who present themselves as Christian, assume that they can be self-taught from hearsay, tradition, or emotional justification. That is not learning doctrine. Their opinions take precedence over doctrine.
And in either case, evil chosen, will live within evil surroundings. And surrounded on all sides by evil, means only one result, disaster.
And as the Lord sets up people, simply means that they set themselves up, by themselves. The Lord merely knows that when you choose evil, then evil will result and will come and get you.
The adversaries, means the princes of Rezin. The adversaries of Samaria, find their leadership example and pattern in Rezin. Rezin is evil. Those who align with him are evil. Samaria chose evil and looked to evil for a partner.
All of this was designed to rise against Judah, which is symbolic of rising against God and truth.
These enemies will join, meaning they will rise up and pursue their enemy with an agitated and wild commotion. They will pour down in to Samaria with enthusiasm and violence.
When you reject God, and reject His design for your life, and ignore your spiritual responsibilities, then you are only inviting evil in whatever form, to come and devour you and your life. And whose fault will that be?
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.