Matthew Poole Commentary - Obediah 1:14 - 1:14

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Matthew Poole Commentary - Obediah 1:14 - 1:14


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In the cross-way; or in the breaches, viz. of the walls, by which, when the city was taken, some might have made their escape from the enemy; thou didst, though thou shouldst not, spitefully and cruelly watch at such breaches, and preventedst their flight; or else thou didst post thyself at the head of the ways, where thou mightest seize fleeing Jews.



To cut off; either kill if they would not yield, or cut off their hopes of escape by making them prisoners.



Those of his that did escape out of the city, and were fleeing farther for safety.



Neither shouldest thou have delivered up, reserved them prisoners, and brought them back into the hands of the Chaldeans,



those of his, of thy brother Jacob’s posterity, which did remain, survived the taking of the city, and were fairly like to escape; but thou foundest them and betrayedst them,



in the day of distress, when they could no longer defend their city, nor had any hope but in a flight through all the secret ways they knew; but thou didst watch these ways, and didst cut off many who sought to flee through them.