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4 And in
that day [yowm] it shall come to pass, that the glory [kabowd] of Jacob [Ya`aqob] shall be
made thin [dalal], and the fatness [mashman] of his flesh [basar] shall
wax lean [razah]. KJV-Interlinear
4 Now it
will come about in that day that the glory of Jacob will fade, And the fatness
of his flesh will become lean. NASB
When the bible makes reference to Jacob, it is typically referring to the entire Israelite nation that originated out of Jacobs twelve sons. Thus the glory of Jacob. In contrast, when the bible makes reference to David, it typically is referring to Christ and thus to all believers, both Jew and gentile.
The context being laid out in this passage is referencing Ephraim, or the northern kingdom made up of the ten tribes that split away from Judah after Solomons death. This split came as a result of their rejection of David as the chosen line, and their attempt to establish their own dynasty line, or mans choice as an obvious rejection of Gods choice.
For this, Ephraim was destroyed.
The southern kingdom will also fade away from following God, but they will not be destroyed for yet another century after the fall of Ephraim.
Those past events took many decades and even centuries to come together.
In that day, is a phrase that is non-specific but refers to the time period in which God brings judgment. In this case the time period is in the final days of history.
The terms, fade, and made thin, and wax lean, are references to depressions, wasting away of health, and general misery.
These next several verses to verse eleven, convey the description of a once prosperous nation of Israel, that will lose its glory, lose its prosperity, lose its health and lose its population, with but a small remnant remaining. That small remnant will remain only because they turn to God, namely Christ.
But during their fall, life will not be pleasant, but one of terrible misery, suffering, and depression, such as is caused by failing health, disease, and the general wasting away of the physical body. And as the body wastes away, so goes the description of the nation wasting away due to its spiritual failure and resulting hardships placed on the nation from its enemies.
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