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13. Even against all the cedars of Lebanon, And against all the oaks of Bashan:'
14. And against all the high mountains, And against all the exalted eminences:
15. And against every high raised tower,
16. And against all the ships of Tarshish,
17. And it hath bowed down the high things of men.
And Jehovah alone is exalted in that day,
We may say of this remarkable passage, that it only corroborates what we have before read in the oracles of former eras, as to what would be the effect of the coming of " the day of Christ" upon the world, in its existing state. That a complete revolution would be produced; that the great, the noble, the prosperous sinner, surrounded as he might be with all the inventions of arts, and with all the elegant and boasted luxuries of life, must perish condemned for sin and irreligion; while a poor and despised people should be seen to be exacted by him who "cometh in his kingdom."
19. And they shall go into the crevices of the rocks, And into the caverns of the earth,
1 "cywwm nwn", have every * Tiam rrrxr, every production
appearance of a marginal note, in- of excellent workmanship, every
tending to point out what cedars chef favore of the arts — of the
of Lebanon, and oaks of Bashau, imitative arts especially.
From the terrible presence of Jehovah,
20. In that day shall a man cast away
His idols of silver, and his idols of gold,
Which they made for them to worship,
21. When they go into the caves of the rocks,
From the terrible presence of Jehovah,
From this awful description it appears, as, indeed, has been several times intimated before, that idolatry, in the visible church of Christ, will be a crime persisted in to the last. We remark, moreover, that the appearance of the Divine Majesty is rendered visible, on this occasion, to the nations that are judged. But we have had reason to conclude before, that idolatry is not the crime of the natural Israel, at the time of the second advent: this prophecy must, therefore, respect the adoptive Israel — those nations to whom "the kingdom of God" was " given," when it was "taken" from the Jews.
22. Cease ye from man,
Whose breath is in his nostrils,
For what account should be made of him?
A new division of the prophecy seems to commence here.
The church is directed to expect no aid from man; in reference, no doubt, to the times that precede the coming of the great day: and as " Judah and Jerusalem" are particularly addressed in the first verse of the following chapter, it might be supposed, that'' the natural branches" are again especially in the view of the prophetic vision, agreeably with what we have read in the song of remembrance, "Jehovah will judge the cause of his people, and will have compassion on his servants," when he seeth that their strength is gone—and none retained or left— '* no stay or support" — no mighty man, or warrior, &c. I am doubtful, however, whether the general state of the universal church—of the city which is spiritually called "Sodom, and Egypt, and Jerusalem" — be not portrayed in what follows to the second verse of the fourth chapter; in which place, beyond all doubt, our subject bursts upon us again in great splendour. I shall, therefore, merely quote these intermediate verses, and leave it to the reader to judge to whom they belong when he comes to compare subsequent prophecies: —
1. For behold the Lord Jehovah Sabaoth
Every support' of man, and every support' of' women;
2. The mighty man and the warrior,
Judge and prophet, and diviner and ancient;
3. The captain of fifty, and man of rank, and counsellor; The skilful artificer, and the learned in charms:'
4. And I will give boys for their princes, And babes shall rule over them:'
1 In charming serpents espe- novices in government, or princes cially: the charmer and the diviner whose weakness and simplicity lead may denote more modern super- to the scenes of annrchy and conditions. fusion next described. The pic
'Figuratively, perhaps, mere ture seems to show, for a time »t
5. And the people shall be Oppressed one of another, And each will act proudly towards his neighbour;
The youth towards the aged,
And the base towards the honourable.
6. Then shall one take hold of his brother,
"Come, be thou ruler over us,
And let this ruin be under thy hand :"
7. And he shall declare in that day, saying,
And in my house is neither bread nor clothes,
For Jerusalem has stumbled, and Judah hath fallen;
8. Because their tongues and their deeds were against Jehovah, Provoking the eyes of his glory.
9. The boldness of their countenance testifieth against them, They publish their sin as Sodom, they hide it not.
Alas I for their souls,
For they award to themselves evil.
10. "Cry up the righteous,1 for ' it shall' be" well " with him," "For the fruit of their doings shall they eat."
11. "Alas! for the wicked" — evil " shall it be to him," "For the reward of his hands shall be paid him."
least, all legal government at an Bishop Stock. The whole passage
end, and all ranks of society con- seems to point out these notorious
founded together. I question whe- and shamelessly wicked men, as
ther history can show the fulfil- the strenuous preachers of the doc
roent of this in the decline of the trine of the merit of works, and as
Jewish state, either at the eve of the denouncers to others of the pu
the Babylonian or of the Roman nishment of sin. But as God sees,
captivity. "he that judgeth another judgeth
1 "Cry up the righteous." So himself."
12. My people! children have been their oppressors!
My people! thy leaders have made thee to err,
13. Jehovah hath arisen to contend,
He hath stood up to judge his people.
Jehovah will enter into judgment,
With the elders of his people, and with their princes;
For it is you that have consumed my vineyard,
15. What mean ye, that ye crush my people,
16. The Lord Jehovah Sabaoth hath spoken,
Because the daughters of Zion were become proud,
Mincing their steps as they went,
And tinkling with 'the ornaments of their feet.
17. Therefore hath Jehovah dishonoured the head of the daugh
ters of Zion,
In that day will the Lord take away these ornaments,
The drops, and the bracelets, and the spangles,
1 I cannot read here any thing and corrupt governors of the
less than a censure upon the mis- church.
government of the flock of Christ, 'The oppression of the poor
and on the abuse of the institu- and defenceless by the rich and
tions of the Christian church, powerful, in the visible church, is
especially in the appointment of evidently the complaint here made
false and insufficient teachers, by by the righteous Judge, who ariseth
the great patron: of superstition, to judge his people.