Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
A few men
And I will make your children like the dust of the earth, so that if the dust of the earth may be numbered, then will your children be numbered.
And the rest of the trees of his wood will be small in number, so that a child may put them down in writing.
And Isaiah says about Israel, Even if the number of the children of Israel is as the sand of the sea, only a small part will get salvation:
But truly, there will still be a small band who will be safe, even sons and daughters: and they will come out to you, and you will see their ways and their doings: and you will be comforted about the evil which I have sent on Jerusalem, even about everything I have sent on it.
And at the memory of your evil ways and your wrongdoings, you will have bitter hate for yourselves because of your evil-doings and your disgusting ways, O children of Israel.
And they will have grief for their sins and for the sins of their fathers, when their hearts were untrue to me, and they went against me;
But the Baal has taken all the work of our fathers from our earliest days; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.
We are sinners, acting wrongly and doing evil; we have gone against you, turning away from your orders and from your laws:
Truly all the nations will say, Why has the Lord done so to this land? what is the reason for this great and burning wrath?
1 Kings 9:6
But if you are turned from my ways, you or your children, and do not keep my orders and my laws which I have put before you, but go and make yourselves servants to other gods and give them worship:
And nations from all sides will go past this town, and every man will say to his neighbour, Why has the Lord done such things to this great town?
And I will send you out in all directions among the nations, and my sword will be uncovered against you, and your land will be without any living thing, and your towns will be made waste.
But still, I will keep a small band safe from the sword among the nations, when you are sent wandering among the countries.
And they will be certain that I am the Lord, when I send them in flight among the nations, driving them out through the countries.