Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from the north country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth.
Thus saith the Lord, behold, a people cometh from the north country,.... The Assyrians from Babylon, which lay north of Judea, as in Jeremiah 1:14:
and a great nation shall be raised; that is, by the Lord, who would stir them up to this undertaking. The Targum is,
"many people shall come openly:''
from the sides of the earth; afar off, as Babylon was, Jeremiah 5:15.