The days of punishment have come, the days of recompense have come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, because of the multitude of your iniquity, and the great hatred.
Read Chapter 9
George Leo Haydock
Mad. Israel shall promise itself all prosperity, not being inspired by God, but full of madness. (Worthington)
There were many false prophets. The true ones were often accounted fools, 4 Kings ix. 11., and Ezechiel iii. 25. (Calmet)
"What is said respecting Israel, in this prophet, must be understood of heretics, who being truly mad, utter falsehoods against God. "(St. Jerome)
Septuagint, "and Israel shall be hurt like the prophet beside himself, the man having (or hurried away by) the spirit. "(Haydock)