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the proclamation here rehearsed. The Gospel was glad
And they shall be called the trees of righteousness,
4. They shall restore the ancient desolations,
And they shall rebuild the cities that have been destroyed,
5. And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,
And the sons of the alien shall be your husbandmen and vine-dressers:
6. But ye shall be called the priests of Jehovah,
Ye shall consume the wealth of the nations,
7. Instead of your shame, ye shall receive a double inheritance, And for your reproach, ye shall rejoice in them ' as your*
Notwithstanding, in their land a double portion shall they
8. Because I, Jehovah, love equity,
And I will recompense their labour in truth, *
9. And their seed shall be known among the nations,
1 See Simon in iw.
'Bishop Lowth thinks it probable that the Hebrew is corrupted in this place, and follows nearly the Syriac. "This verse, as it stands, has been thought very obscure. Iloubigant and Bp. Lowth follow the Syriac. Remove the soph-paouk from vwnn to nobs, that the first four words of this verse may be united to the preceding, and render:—
"And of their opulence ye shall make your boast,
Instead of repeated shame and
They shall rejoice in their por-
Inasmuch as they shall inherit
'The Syriac and Chaldee prefix the conj.t instead of the prep, a to rffiy, which they render "iniquity'' or "oppression ;*' and so the Septuagint, atuuat.
'"I will give them their toil's worth honestly."
All that see them shall acknowledge them,
There can be no doubt that this relates to the peculiar honour that, Israel is to enjoy among the nations of the earth under the new dispensation,— those very nations, or the remnants of them, among whom they had so long been exposed to insult and the most shameful injuries: and yet it should seem that the remnan't of these nations which are spared, for it will appear hereafter it is a very small remnant, have peculiar blessings in connexion with exalted Israel. So I understand this difficult passage. The exultation that follows must, therefore, be put in the mouth of the restored and renovated Jerusalem, but, doubtless, because of her connexion with the heavenly Jerusalem: —
10. I will greatly rejoice in Jehovah,
For He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation,
As the bridegroom decketh himself with ornament,
11. For as the earth bringeth forth her shoots,
So will the Lord Jehovah make righteousness1 to spring
1 Vindictive justice.
On the Sixty-second Chapter.
In prospect of these great blessings, the great Advocate will not cease to offer up his intercessions before his heavenly Father.
1. For Zion's sake, I will not be silent,
Until her vindication break forth as light,
2. And the nations see thy vindication,
And thou shalt be called by a new name,
3. And thou shalt be a beautiful crown in the hand of Jehovah, And a royal diadem in the palm of thy Elohim.
4. Thou shalt no more be called Forsaken,
Neither shall thy land any more be called Desolate:
But thou shalt be called " My delight is in her,"
For Jehovah hath delighted in thee,
5. For as a young man weddeth a virgin
And as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride,
6. Upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, Will I set watchmen all the day,
And all night long they shall not keep silence.
Ye that record the name of Jehovah,
7. Allow him no rest,
Until he establish, and until he place
The watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem, from a comparison of a former chapter, * seems to refer to the state of the city when begirt in siege, looking for the approach of the promised Deliverer. Those that record the name of Jehovah, the ministers of the sanctuary, and all his waiting people, are to be incessant in their prayers for this glorious event: and, perhaps, we may extend the exhortation to those among the Gentile churches, who are now waiting for the appearing of the Saviour, and the coming of his kingdom.
8. Jehovah hath sworn by his right hand and by his strong arm, I will not give thy corn to be food to thine enemies;
Nor shall the sons of the alien drink the wine
9. But they that have harvested it
And they that have gathered the vintage
At length the approach of the Redeemer and his happy followers is announced to Zion: —
10. Pass ye, pass ye through the gates, Prepare the way for the people.
* Chap. xxix. and I.