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Syrians ['Aram] before, [qedem] and the
Philistines [Palishtiy] behind; ['achowr] and they shall devour ['akal] Israel [Yisra'el] with open mouth. [peh] For all this his anger ['aph] is not turned away, [shuwb] but his hand
[yad] is stretched out still. [natah]KJV-Interlinear
Arameans on the east and the Philistines on the west; And they devour Israel
with gaping jaws. In spite of all this His anger does not turn away, And His
hand is still stretched out. NASB
The Syrians were led by Rezin, and despite an alliance between the Samarians and the Syrians, against Judah, they were still enemies.
When evil allies itself with evil, there is no such thing as honor between evil partners.
The Philistines were peoples that lived to the south and west along the Mediterranean coast, but too, Philistine is a name derived from the region known as Palestine which means, The land of the Philistines. It in general refers to all non-Hebrew people in the region.
Samaria had enemies without on all sides as well as enemies within.
That was the case back in Isaiah's day, and it will be the case in the Tribulation. It is even the case today as there are many nationalities living within every country in the Middle East.
And here is the importance of this verse. All of the enemies of Samaria, are in fact enemies of God and truth, even though Samaria itself has turned against God and truth.
And their attitude is one of ravenous hatred and hunger for the destruction of truth. There is no interest in what is right or just, and when the flood gates are opened wide then the invading armies will take at will with no concern for the victims.
But, God is still there. And even though justice has to be handed out, Gods hand, or grace, is still extended to any and all who turn, legitimately turn, to Him.
On the Cross, Jesus had no one to turn to, and that was by design. But in life, we all have God to turn to at any moment during our life.
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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.