Verse 11. "Behold, I will lay thy stones "Behold, I lay thy stones"" - These seem to be general images to express beauty, magnificence, purity, strength, and solidity, agreeably to the ideas of the eastern nations; and to have never been intended to be strictly scrutinized, or minutely and particularly explained, as if they had each of them some precise, moral, or spiritual meaning. Tobit, in his prophecy of the final restoration of Israel, describes the New Jerusalem in the same oriental manner: "For Jerulsalem shall be built up with sapphires, and emeralds, and precious stones; thy walls, and towers, and battlements, with pure gold. And the streets of Jerusalem shall be paved with beryl, and carbuncle, and stones of ophir. " Tob. xiii. 16, 17. Compare also Rev. xxi. 18-21.
Verse 15. "Shall fall for thy sake "Shall come over to thy side."" - For lwpy yippol, twenty-eight MSS. (eight ancient) have lpy yipal, in its more common form. For the meaning of the word in this place, see Jer. xxxvii. 13.