New Defender's Study Bible Notes
30:6 bunches. That is, “humps.”
30:7 sit still. There are times when God’s people have done all they know how to do to solve a desperate situation, to no avail. They are then tempted to turn to unbelievers to help them, but this is a dangerous compromise. These are the very situations in which God delights to honor true faith. “Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.” In such circumstances, the believer is best advised to “sit still,” and let God be his strength. Compare Exodus 14:13.
30:8 note it in a book. See note on Jeremiah 36:2.
30:15 your strength. See note on Isaiah 30:7.
30:18 will the LORD wait. The Lord may delay His answer for our own good, but when the answer does come after patient waiting by the believer (Hebrews 10:36), then the eventual work of God will bring yet greater blessing to those who have waited, and greater glory to God.
30:21 This is the way. When we are “in the way” (Genesis 24:27), the Lord promises to lead us, redirecting our steps as necessary. The “voice” may only be audible to our spiritual ears, but His leading is real.
30:26 sevenfold. This remarkable phenomenon will apparently be fulfilled in the coming period of great tribulation, when the sun’s heat is greatly increased (Revelation 16:8,9). When the sun’s light increases, the reflected light of the moon must also increase. All such judgments will contribute to the purging and deliverance of the people of God who will be saved during that time.
30:30 lighting down. That is, “descent.”
30:31 the Assyrian. This prophecy, like many others, apparently has both a near and a far fulfillment. See notes on Micah 5:5,6. Note also Isaiah 10:5; 31:8.
30:33 Tophet. “Tophet” is another name for “the valley of the children of Hinnom” (II Kings 23:10), where the idolatrous Jews made their sons and daughters “to pass through the fire” as an offering to the pagan god Molech. King Josiah “defiled” it, by converting it into the constantly burning refuse dump for Jerusalem. The valley thus assumed the appearance of a lake of fire, and its resultant name (gehenna) became the name for the future hell, as used in the New Testament. Thus, this prophecy foreshadows the ultimate judgment of the lost in the eternal lake of fire (Revelation 20:10, 15).