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suiting foe, is again alluded to; and the course of that foe is prophetically pointed out:
22.-I will turn' him' back, hath the Lord said, from Bashan, I will turn ' him' back from the shores of the sea.
This seems as much as to say, he shall not extend his ravages eastward of Jordan, or of the Dead Sea; he shall pursue the line of the mystic storm in the xxixth psalm.
The twenty-fourth and following verses describe a religious procession into the sanctuary. He that enters is acknowledged " God" and " King." At the same time it is said, he is "the Lord from the stock of Israel." The four tribes of Judah, Benjamin, Zebulon, and Naphtali, are pointed out, as on this occasion saluting" with hosannahs the Son of David. —Why these tribes in particular, a future day must explain.
The course which ih$ judgment inflicted by the enemy has taken, is again referred to, and Egypt is evidently the devoted spot on which it falls:
30. He hath checked the beast of the reed, the assembly of the
With the calves of the nations, disturbing with their feat the silvery streams.
He hath dispersed die nations that delight in war.
31. Chiefs come out of Egypt;
His hand urges Ethiopia against God.
If I understand this mysterious prophecy, — that enemy of Israel, who was not suffered to trace his bloody track eastward of Jordan, but was directed towards the south, takes possession of Egypt, and unites under his banner the neighbouring Cushites, with whom he madly
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returns to fight against that city, which Jehovah will protect. This leads to the grand final catastrophe: —
32. Ye kingdoms of the earth, sing ye Elohim; Chant ye the Lord.
33. Him who rideth upon the heaven of heavens '[as" of old,* Lo! he uttereth a mighty sound with his voice!
34. Ascribe ye power unto Elohim;
35. Awful art thou, O Elohim, in thy sanctuary,
Elohim of Israel:
Blessed be Elohim.
The following psalm, in another mysterious line of prophecy, connecting the sufferings of the rejected Saviour with Israel's desolation, brings us to the same triumphant period of the restoration: —
34. Let the heavens and the earth praise him, The waters and all that dwell therein:
35. For Elohim saveth Zion,
And buildeth the cities of Judah;
And they dwell there and possess it,
36. Yea, the seed of his servants inherit it,
The seventy-second psalm must be quoted entire. It is most clearly a prediction of the reign of the righteous king: —
1. O God, thou wilt give thy judgment to the king, And thy righteousness to the king's son.
• <?r from the cast. t Psalm xlix.
"King's son" is a mere Hebraism for " king;" to give judgment and righteousness means, I conceive, to do justice to, and vindicate in asserted rights. The throne of the world is often considered as, in this view, to be given at the appointed season to our risen Saviour, now at God's right hand in heaven.
2. He shall judge thy people in righteousness, And thy afflicted with equity.
3. The hills shall bring peace to the people, And the mountains with righteousness.
4. He shall do right to the afflicted people, He shall save the children of the helpless, And shall break in pieces the oppressor.
5. They shall fear thee before the sun,
And in the presence of the moon to all generations.
6. He shall descend like the rain on the grass,; Like the showers of sprinkling rain.
7. During his days the earth shall bear righteousness, And abundance of peace till the moon be no more:
8. And he shall reign from sea to sea,
And from the river to the ends of the earth.
9. The opposers shall kneel before him, And his enemies shall lick the dust.
10. The kings of Tarshish, and of the isles, shall bring presents; The kings of Seba and Sheba shall offer gifts:
11. And all kings shall prostrate themselves before him, And all nations shall serve him.
12. Surely he shall deliver the destitute when he crieth, The afflicted also, and him that hath no helper.
13. He shall look with pity upon the reduced and destitute, - And will save the souls of the destitute;
14. He will redeem their souls from deceit and violence, And precious shall their blood be iu his eyes.
15. 'The poor* shall flourish, and He shall give him of the
gold of Seba;
And he shall interpose on his behalf continually,
16. And there shall be stripes of corn in the land,
The top thereof shall rustle like Lebanon,
It shall flourish near the city like the grass of the earth.
17. His name shall be for ever,
His name shall spread before the sun.
All the tribes of the earth shall be blessed in him,
18. Blessed be Jehovah, Elohim,
The Elohim of Israel, who alone performeth wonders.
19. And blessed be his glorious name for ever,
Amen, and Amen;
The subject of this psalm can hardly be disputed; some circumstances, as in all unaccomplished prophecies, may be to us obscure; but the' general outline is so plainly drawn, that there seems little danger of our mistaking its meaning. The promised king will, therefore, reign upon this earth; and after the destruction of all the wicked, continue the felicities of his reign as long as the mundane system shall last. The whole earth is submitted to his sceptre; though, from the mention of the river and the seas, the Holy Land seems to be pointed out as, in some peculiar manner, the site of his manifested presence. We seem, also, to gather, that the isles, or the distant colonized coasts of the west, and some kings of Tarshish even, escape the dreadful destruction of the last enemies of God, and bring their presents to the king of Zion. The redressing of all the wrongs of the oppressed — the enriching of the poor—the spontaneous and most luxurious growth of corn every where,—form the pictures chosen to impress us with an idea of the felicities of these times. These things, of course, must have respect to men on earth; and not to the Lord himself, or to his holy myriads, that follow in his glorious train.
Another picture of the kingdom of Messiah is given in the seventy-fifth psalm; and so again in the seventysixth: and the site of the display of the divine power is again pointed out to be the land of Canaan : —
1. God is made known in Judah, His name is great in Israel:
2. And in Salem is his tabernacle, And his dwelling-place in Zion.
3. There hath he broken the flashing arrows of the bow, The shield and the sword, and the armour of war.
4. Illustrious art thou,
More magnificent than the hills of the spoiler!
That is, as I understand this passage, Thou, O Zion, the hill of God's holy presence, far superior is thy glory to every proud metropolis that can be mentioned of the former conquerors of the world!
6. The stout-hearted fell; they slept their sleep; And all the valiant found not their hands.
6. At thy rebuke, Elohim of Jacob,
Both the rider and the horse were cast into a profound sleep.