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10 As my
hand [yad] hath found [matsa'] the
kingdoms [mamlakah] of the idols, ['eliyl] and whose graven images [paciyl] did excel them of Jerusalem [Yaruwshalaim] and of Samaria; [Shomarown]
my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idols, Whose graven images were
greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria, NASB
The voice and arrogant boasting of the king of Assyria continues.
The kingdoms of idols is a reference to the countries that worshipped idols, gods, various deities that obviously could not and did not protect them.
He presumes that those idols were more powerful than the idols of Jerusalem and Samaria.
Therefore the final analysis is that he will attack and defeat and destroy even Samaria and Jerusalem just as easily and as swiftly as he did all of the other countries. And, there is not a thing they can do about it. Not even their gods can defend them.
Here we see with some clarity, the spiritual situation that existed in Samaria and Judah. The general consensus is that idols were more prevalent than the one true God, and thus the boasting is true to a point. God was not mentioned as a weak defender, only the false gods that Israel had adopted were so criticized.
A similar boasting is made in 2 Kg. 19:12 and Isa. 36:18-20. The gods cannot and will not protect Israel.
And that is a true statement. Any and all false gods cannot protect anything, since they are not real.
But Israel had turned their faith into the worship of false things, and therefore their reliance on the false things, will gain them only defeat.
That is the principle taught here. Believe on the false and get nowhere. Ignore the true and get nowhere.
Unfortunately most folks never see that truth until it is too late and they have already lost. That is assuming that they still have eyes with which to see.
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