smite the judge of Israel
5:1 smite the judge of Israel. See Matthew 26:67; 27:30. Smiting an official on the cheek was considered a bitter insult, and the ultimate insult was for the representatives of a godless pagan government to strike the true Judge of Israel and of all the earth on the cheek—as they did repeatedly during the mock trial of Christ. The entire context here is Messianic, involving aspects of both comings of Messiah. It goes well beyond any public humiliation of King Zedekiah by the Babylonians, as many have interpreted it.