Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, who are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!
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George Leo Haydock
Wealthy. Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic, "despisers of Sion. "Hebrew also, "who hate Sion. "The prophecy wholly regards Israel. (Calmet)
It is a great crime for the rich to neglect the poor; but still more so, when wealthy clergymen show no compassion for the spiritual or corporal wants of their neighbours. (Worthington)
State. Hebrew, "to whom the house of Israel comes "for judgment.
Jesus’ miracle was performed in the district of Samaria, to which country also belonged one of the lepers. Samaria, however, had revolted from Israel, carrying with it the disaffected nine tribes, which having been alienated by the prophet Ahijah, Jeroboam settled in Samaria. Besides, the Samaritans were always pleased with the mountains and the wells of their ancestors. Thus, in the Gospel of John, the woman of Samaria, when conversing with the Lord at the well, says, “No doubt yours are greater,” and again, “Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, but you say that Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Accordingly, he who said “woe unto them that trust in the mountain of Samaria,” promising now to restore that very region, purposely requests the men “to go and show themselves to the priests,” because these were to be found only there where the temple was, submitting the Samaritan to the Jew, inasmuch as “salvation was of the Jews,” whether to the Israelite or the Samarit...