New Defender's Study Bible Notes
16:6 nor cut themselves. The pagan customs of cutting and shaving the head in mourning for the dead had been forbidden in the law (Leviticus 19:28; 21:5). Ironically, although the people had lapsed into paganism, there would be no mourning for them even by the pagan customs they had adopted.
16:15 bring them again. Despite their terrible apostasy, the children of Israel were still God’s covenant people, so the prophet could promise that, even after their exile to “the land of the north,” God would eventually “bring them again” into their land.
16:20 make gods unto himself. It would seem the height of foolishness for men to worship images which they themselves have made, as the pagans do. Yet modern intellectuals in effect worship philosophical constructs of their own devising, and this is even more foolish. Only the God of creation should be worshiped.