ESV - 15 Though he may flourish among his brothers, the east wind, the wind of the Lord, shall come, rising from the wilderness, and his fountain shall dry up; his spring shall be parched; it shall strip his treasury of every precious thing.
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Hello, sir Banks. The ''east wind'' here refers to Shalmaneser, who was one of the kings of Assyria and who came from the east. The verse goes on to say ''the wind of the LORD...''--meaning that this would be an event ordained and allowed by Him, as part of His Providence. Naturally, wind that came from the east side was very strong, and used to blast all vegetation; so king Shalmaneser is thus compared, as he would come and destroy Israel in a vehement manner. This attribution of the east wind to king Shalmaneser is figurative, and such language is very common in the Holy Scriptures.
The winds that come to Palestine from the east come over the desert. This indicates that it is hot. (Jer 4:11). The plaque of locusts on Egypt came from the east wind. (Ex 10:13). In Exodus 14:21, the east wind dried the sea for the crossing of the Israelites. Genesis 41:6: the E wind blasted ears of corn. Psalm 48:7: broken ships Ezekiel 27:26; Ezek 17:10: withered plants Hoses 13:15: dried fountains Jonah 4:8 Jonah was smitten The East wind indicates a judgement from God. (Isaiah 27:8; Jeremiah 18:17)
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