“I Won’t Complain,” Rev. Rance Allen
“Sennacherib’s Fall,” cont’d, Isaiah 37:27) Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded: they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the house tops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up. 28) But I Know thy Abode, And thy Going Out, And thy Coming In, And thy Rage Against Me. 29) Because thy Rage Against Me, and thy tumult, Is Come Up Into Mine Ears, Therefore Will I Put My Hook In thy Nose, And My Bridle In thy Lips, And I Will Turn thee Back By The Way By Which thou camest. Amos 4:2; James 3:3. 30) And This Shall Be A Sign Unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof. 31) And the Remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward: 32) For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a Remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: The Zeal Of The Lord Of Hosts Shall Do This. 2 Kings 19:31.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v26-29, The Assyrians dragged prisoners away with a hook in the nose; soon they would get the hook! v30-32, Assyria had promised to feed the Judeans; But Only God Could Guarantee That The People Would Eat (36:16, 17).
John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v30, And This Shall Be A Sign Unto Thee Not to Sennacherib, but to Hezekiah; for here The Lord Turns Himself from the former, and Directs His Speech to the latter, in order to Comfort him under the dreadful apprehensions he had of the Assyrian monarch, and his army; Assuring him of Deliverance; giving him a Sign or token of it, and which was a wonder, as The Word sometimes signifies, and was no less Marvelous than the Deliverance itself: ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself: and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and
reap and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof: all which was very wonderful; for whereas, either through the invasion of the land, and the siege of the city, they could not till their land as they had used to do, or what was upon it was destroyed or eaten up by the Assyrian army; and yet, through The Wonderful Providence of God, the earth of its own accord yielded that very year a sufficiency for them; and though the second year was, as it is thought, a sabbatical year, when the land had rest, and by the Law was not to be tilled, yet it also produced of itself what was sufficient for their support; and then the third year being entirely free from the enemy, and all fears of his return, they go about their business as formerly, to sowing and reaping corn, and planting vineyards, and enjoying the fruit of their labors; all which according to this Prediction, must greatly confirm the mind of Hezekiah, and make him easy as to any future attempt upon him he might fear. The Vulgate Latin version renders the second clause, “ye shall eat apples the second year.”
Quest Study Bible – v29, “My Hook … My Bit” Refers to the cruel treatment that Assyrians often used on their captives. Sometimes they placed rings through their captives noses so one soldier could lead many captives by running a rope through all the rings. Now, God Was About To Give Sennacherib A Taste Of His Own Medicine. The King Of Assyria Would Be Completely Under God’s Control.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – This Chapter is the same as 2 Kings 19.