1And the black seventh waters that you saw represent the perversion brought about by Jeroboam's plan to make two golden 2calves; and all the iniquities of the kings after him; and the curse of 3Jezebel, 1 So literally: it is unclear whether the reference is to the curse pronounced upon Jezebel and its fulfilment (1 Kings xxi. 23; 2 Kings ix. 10, 30–37 ), or to the curse which Jezebel was in herself and consequently to Israel (2 Kings ix. 34 ). and the idol-worship that Israel practised at that time; 4and the withholding of the rain, and the famines that followed until 5women even ate their own children; and the captivity that overtook 6the nine and a half tribes because of their many sins (for Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, came and carried them off as captives). 7And so far as the Gentiles are concerned, there is no need to stress how they always did what was sinful and wicked, and never what was righteous. 8These are the black seventh waters that you saw.