The evil passions of the heart break out in various forms; but the Lord looks to our motives, as well as our conduct. Those that deal cruelly, shall be cruelly dealt with. Other nations were reckoned with for injuries done to men; Judah is reckoned with for dishonour done to God. Judah despised the law of the Lord; and he justly gave them up to strong delusion; nor was it any excuse for their sin, that they were the lies, the idols, after which their fathers walked. The worst abominations and most grievous oppressions have been committed by some of the professed worshippers of the Lord. Such conduct leads many to unbelief and vile idolatry.
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SDA Bible Commentary (limited)
8. Clothes laid to pledge. These clothes were the large outer garments the poor wore during the day and with which they covered themselves at night. If they were given to another as a pledge, they had to be returned by nightfall (see Ex. 22:26, 27; Deut. 24:10-13). The prophet here denounces those hardhearted, grasping men who kept these garments as their own in violation of the law.
Wine of the condemned. Literally, “the wine of them that have been fined.” The wine was obtained by fines imposed upon the oppressed. The LXX renders this passage, “And they have drunk wine gained by extortion.”
House of their god. This may refer to the house of the Lord, whom Israel professed to worship under the symbol of the calf, a worship instituted when the northern kingdom of Israel separated from Judah, under the leadership of Jeroboam I (see 1 Kings 12:25-33).