The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleIsaiah 36:18
Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you…
To trust in the Lord,
stand up in your own defence and not listen to these proposals; or,
lest he "deceive you" F13; with vain words; whom he would represent not
only as not being their lawful king, and therefore never gives him that
title, but also as a deceiver and impostor, of whom they should be
cautious, and guard against:
saying, the Lord will deliver us;
and therefore need not fear the
boasts and threats, the force and fury, of the enemy:
hath any of the gods of the nations delivered his land;
over whom he
presided, and to whom the people of it were devotees:
out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
this reasoning would have had
some weight in it had the Lord God of Israel been like the gods of the
nations, but he is not; he is the Former and Maker of all things, and
sits in the heavens, and does whatsoever he pleases in heaven and in
earth; and therefore, though they could not deliver their nations that
worshipped them, it did not follow that the God of Israel could not
deliver Hezekiah and his people.
F13 (Mkta tyoy Np) "ne forte decipiat vos", Calvin, Vatablus; "ne
seducat vos", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.