“Now Behold The Lamb,” Kirk Franklin
“The Lord’s Anger Against Israel,” cont’d, Isaiah 10:1) Woe unto them that decree (command) unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; 2) To turn aside the needy from Judgment (Wise Decisions), and to take away the Right from the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless! 3) And what will ye do in The Day of Visitation, and in the Desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory (joy)? Hosea 9:7; Luke 19:44. 4) Without Me they shall bow down under the prisoners (hide themselves), and they shall fall under the slain. For All This His Anger Is Not Turned Away, But His Hand Is Stretched Out Still.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Woe Is A Chilling Word When Spoken By God (5:8-23; 10:5; 18:1); here The Lord Condemns The Leaders who write laws that perpetrate evil in the community. v2, The needy are regularly seen in Scripture as those to whom the Righteous should show True Piety (Holiness). When godly people reach out to help those that cannot help themselves, they display Pure Biblical Religion (James 1:27). Conversely (Contrary), the mark of the ungodly can be seen in their oppressive actions against people who cannot help themselves. v3, From afar refers to Assyria. To whom: The wicked could not turn to God, for they had refused to do so before and had ignored God’s Warnings (see 8:6). v4, Prisoners refers to the Israelites being led away into exile.
John Gill’s Exposition of The Bible – v3, And what will ye do in The Day of Visitation Not in a way of Grace and Mercy, but of wrath and anger, as the following Clause explains it, when God should come and punish them for their sins; it (describes) the Babylonian captivity, as the next words show; the same phrase is used of the destruction of the Jews by the Romans, ( Luke 19:44 ) : and in the desolation [which] shall come from far? from Assyria, which was distant from the land of Judea: the word F8 for “desolation” signifies a storm, tumult, noise, and confusion; referring to what would be made by the Assyrian army, when it came upon them: to whom will ye flee for help? Rezin king of Syria, their confederate, being destroyed; and Syria, with whom they were in alliance, now become their enemy, see ( Isaiah 9:11 Isaiah 9:12 ) : and where will ye leave your glory (joy)? either their high titles, and ensigns of honor, as princes, judges, and civil magistrates, which they should be stripped of; or rather their mammon (wealth), (it is interpreted) their unrighteous mammon, which they got by perverting the Judgment of the poor and needy, the widow and the fatherless, of which they gloried (rejoiced); and which now would be taken away from them, when they should go into captivity.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-4, These Verses are to be joined with the foregoing Chapter. Woe to the powers that devise and decree unrighteous decrees! And Woe to the inferior officers that drew them up, and enter them on record. But what will sinners do? Whither will they flee?