“And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.”
King James Version (KJV)
1:4 The remnant - Whatsoever remains of the idolatry of Baal. This place - Jerusalem. The name - Both the persons, and the memory of them. The Chemarims - Either called so from their black garments they went in, or, from their swarthy colour occasioned by the black smoak of incense: they were door - keepers, and sextons of Baal. The priests - The priests of Baal.
1:5 House - tops - On the flat roofs of their houses. And that swear - That mixt idol - worship, and the worship of the true God; that devote themselves to God, and Baal, or Malchim, that is, Moloch.
1:7 Hold thy peace - Thou that murmurest against God, stand in awe. The day - A day of vengeance from the Lord. A sacrifice - The wicked Jews, whom he will sacrifice by the sword. His guests - summoned the beasts of the field, and the fowls of the air, to eat the flesh, and drink the blood.
1:8 The princes - The great ones, who dreamed of shifting better than others, but fell with the first, #2Kings 25:19 |- 21. Children - Sons and grand - children, Josiah: Jehoahaz died a captive in Egypt, #2Kings 23:34|, Jehoakim died in Babylon, and was buried with the burial of an ass, #Jer 22:18|,19, Jeconiah died a captive: and Zedekiah and his children, fared still worse. Strange apparel - The garb of foreigners, imitated by the wanton Jews.