And in that day - In the invasion of Sennacherib. It might be rendered, ‹And the Lord, Yahweh of hosts, on such a day calls to weeping;‘ intimating that in such a time it was a general truth that God required those who were thus afflicted to weep, and fast, and pray.
Call to weeping - That is, by his providence; or, it was “proper” that at such a time they should weep. Affliction, oppression, and calamity are indications from God “always” that we ought to be humbled, and to prostrate ourselves before Him.
And to girding with sackcloth - (see the note at Isaiah 3:24).