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This fact had been revealed before,—that after or at the judgment of this great adversary, God would again restore to their former station the nation of the Israelites, which he had previously cast away; and whose privileges he had given to " a foolish people," made wise by his instruction, but afterwards corrupt and apostate.
And I will thoroughly refine away thy dross,
26. And I will restore thy judges as at the first,
After this thou shalt be called,
City of the Just' One,'—Faithful city.
27. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, And her captivity with justice:
28. And then shall be the destruction of transgressors and
sinners, And they that have forsaken Jehovah shall be consumed.
29. For the oaks that ye praised shall wither,
And ye shall be ashamed of the gardens ye chose.
A new picture, I conceive, of the destruction of Israel's great mortal adversary, with an exposure of the vanity of their false worship; including, however, the corrupt por? tion of Israel itself: —
30. Surely ye shall be as an oak whose leaf is blasted, And like a garden that hath no water:
31. And the strong shall be as tow, And his work for a spark of fire;''
1 We might, perhaps, render: strength of the oak; at least for
And the solid trunk shall be as that qua%, which was as specific t(JU- in the oak-as height was in the
And its produce for a spark of fire. Cedar' The great flammability of
tow is the point of comparison. pn is used, Amos, ii. 9, for the ">l», opus, quod paratur.
And they shall burn both of them together,
This cannot apply to Israel generally, if we are right in referring it to the last times; for Israel is then to be redeemed: but the destruction of the last enemy by fire, is the burden of every prophecy. This, then, is the sworn judgment of Almighty vengeance in " the song of remembrance." What follows is an exact comment upon the conclusion of that song —" When he shall have rendered vengeance to his enemies, and shall have absolved his land and his people;" which confirms the application here given of this Scripture : —
ii.2. And it shall come to pass in the last days,
That the mountain of Jehovah's house shall be established,
And all nations shall flow unto it,
3. And numerous peoples shall go and say,
"Come, and let us go to the hill of Jehovah,
That he may teach us his ways,
For out of Zion shall go forth a law,
And the command of Jehovah from Jerusalem:
4. And he shall govern' among the nations,
And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
'" Verbum judicandi Hebraeis, locum. "And he shall govern among per synecdochen, pro 'gubernare' the nations."— Horsley. velregerc accipilur."
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
This is a clear explanation why the nations are to rejoice with the people of Israel after the destruction of the great adversary, and after the restoration of their country, f Zion and Jerusalem are to be the great source of spiritual blessedness to the whole world. This "city of Jehovah" is represented as the grand centre and emporium of civil and religious power, whither all nations resort for their laws and government. "He shall reign in Jerusalem unto the ends of the earth." One happy effect of this reign of the Prince of Peace, as was before foretold in the Psalms, is the entire and final extinction of war: and may we not say, also, of those lusts in mankind, "whence come wars and fightings amongst us?" What a pleasing view is this of that " golden age," that is again to bless this earth.'
5. O house of Jacob, come ye,
And let us walk in the light of Jehovah.
Is not this as much as to say, let us avail ourselves of the information which the oracles of Jehovah have given us respecting these subjects?
What follows is obscure; but, upon the whole, I have confidence in the application here given : —
6. Surely thou hast spread abroad' thy people, O house of
* Chap. ii. f Deut. xxxii. 43.
1 vm signifies, not only to re- 'to spread abroad.' Comp. xviii. ject, or dismiss, but ' to diffuse,' 7, and Judges, Tv. 9 — more ejpeVOL. I. K
For they are filled upL from the east:
But they are diviners,*like Philistines,
And they abound' with the children of strangers:
7. And his land is full of silver and gold,
His land also it full of horses,
8. And his land is full of idols;
They bow down to the work of their hands,
9. Ay, the mean man boweth down,
I believe there i& something particular in t ho expression, "Thou ha.st spread abroad thy people, O house of Jacob" — or " thou hast spread thy shoots far and wide," I conceive the people of the house of Jacob to be theic professed proselytes among the Gentiles; that is, converts to their religion, as fulfilled by the first mission of the
cially as a plant propagates its shoots.
1 xta signifies a multitude of people, both in Hebrew and Arabic —' are replenished in their numbers.'
'Perhaps we should take cray in its common acceptatipn of clouds, and understand it to be a figurative expression for crowds, or multitudes. The Philistines are, perhaps, referred to, on account of their ancient dense population, or becausu of their western situation.
"Israel is replenished in numbers, not only from the east, but ti-mu the west." Unless we should read cr nw^Ba, " Like the rollings of the sea."
3 psro signifies tofiUfyllpa th« hand, or rather both hands brought together; In-nee the meaning of "clapping," and " applauding.'' See 1 Kings, xx. 10. Well stored with.—Bp. Stock.
4 Perhaps, "and it shall not be forgiven them."
Messiah, and taught by his disciples-—the? Gentile nations professing the GospeT. This is the " fulness of the nations," as St. Paul calls them, which fill up the dreadful chasm, made by the rejection of so many of the natural descendants of Abraham. These are considered as branches propagated by the bouse of Jacob, as1 att immense posterity, teeming from the east towards the west. If this be correct, and, I think, subsequent prophecies will make it probable, the seventh and following verses must be applied to the churches of 1 he west, contemplated at the eve of the second advent. The description, indeed, of their wealth, and especially of the multitude of their horses and chariots, could hardly apply to the remnant of Judah, before the Babylonian- captivity, or before that of the Romans: but the whole is remarkably characteristic of modern' Europe; and over the greater part of its nations, professedly the people of Israel's God, idolatry in its grossest forms prevails. Can we forbear to think, that "t/iis i» the city to be destroy Cm V when Jehovah unseth'
10. Go into the rock,
And hide thee in the dust;
From the terrible presence of Jehovah,
11. He hath made low the lofty looks of man,
12. Surely ' it is' the day of Jehovah Sabaoth—
1 on, as the parallelism demands, I derive from nm, and not from on.