Verse 16. "They return, but not to the Most High" - They go to their idols.
"They are like a deceitful bow" - Which, when it is reflexed, in order to be strung, suddenly springs back into its quiescent curve; for the eastern bows stand in their quiescent state in a curve, something like [curved figure] ; and in order to be strung must be beaded back in the opposite direction. This bending of the bow requires both strength and skill; and if not properly done, it will fly back, and regain its former position; and in this recoil endanger the archer-may even break an arm. I have been in this danger myself in bending the Asiatic bow. For want of this knowledge not one commentator has hit the meaning of the passage.
"Shall fall by the sword" - Their tongue has been enraged against ME; the sword shall be enraged against them. They have mocked me, ( ver. 5,) and their fall is now a subject of derision in the land of Egypt. What they have sown, that do they now reap.