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24:22 But when the time comes to destroy the Kenites, how long will Assyria hold back from you?'
Ki im-yihyeh leva'er Kayin ad-mah ashur tishbeka.
24:23 He then declared his oracle and said, 'Alas! Who can survive God's devastation?
Vayisa meshalo vayomar oy mi yichyeh misumo El.
24:24 Warships shall come from the ports of the Kittim, and they will lay waste Assyria and Eber. But in the end they too shall be destroyed forever.'
Vetsim miyad Kitim ve'inu ashur ve'inu-ever vegam-hu adey oved.



Commentary:

the Kenites
  Literally, Kain, the same as Cain. Here it is a place name (cf. Chizzkuni).

Assyria
  See Genesis 2:14, 10:11. Assyria eventually dominated the entire middle east, and exiled many of its inhabitants, as described in 2 Kings 16 ff.

hold back from you
  (Chizzkuni). Or, 'How long will Assyria hold you in captivity!' (Rashi).

Warships...
  See Daniel 11:30. Also see Isaiah 33:30, Ezekiel 30:9. Tzim in Hebrew. Or, 'one shall come forth' (Septuagint).

ports
  (Saadia). Yad in Hebrew.

Kittim
  See Genesis 10:4. Also see Isaiah 23:1,12, Jeremiah 2:10, Ezekiel 27:6. These are identified with the Romans (Targum), the Greeks (Ibn Ezra), or the Cypriots (Saadia).

Eber
  A grandson of Shem (Genesis 10:21,24), and hence, the Semitic nations (Targum Yonathan). However, Eber also denotes the Hebrews, and hence, the Israelites (Ramban). Others have, 'all who live on the other side [of the Euphrates]' (Targum).





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