5. The judgment shall fall upon the Ethiopians and Assyrians, representing the south and north.
Ethiopians ; Cushites. These are named as the most remote inhabitants of the south with which the Israelites were acquainted ( Ezekiel 38:5 ). Ye shall be slain by my sword; the slain of my sword are they, the second person being dropped, as one cannot address the dead (Orelli). The Lord's sword is the instrument which he uses to effect his purpose of punishment (comp. Isaiah 27:1 ; Isaiah 34:5 ; Isaiah 66:16 ). The Ethiopians are reckoned among the forces of Egypt ( 2 Chronicles 12:3 ; Nahum 3:9 , etc.). The prediction had a fulfilment when the Assyrians conquered Egypt, and again under Nebuchadnezzar. It shall have a more sublime accomplishment when the sword of the Spirit shall reduce the utmost south to the dominion of Christ (see Isaiah 45:14 ; Psalms 68:31 ). The commencement of this conversion is seen in the chamberlain of Queen Candace ( Acts 8:27 , etc.).