9:7 like the Cushites. Lit. “like the sons of the Ethiopians,” the dark-skinned tribes south of Egypt (Gen. 10:6). Sinful Israel has rejected the covenant and is no more privileged than the Ethiopians.
Egypt . . . Caphtor . . . Kir. By making Israel’s Exodus from Egypt poetically parallel (and hence implicitly equal) to His dealings with other nations, God tells Israel that she has become no better than the pagans.
Syrians from Kir. See note 1:5.