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The A R G u M E N T of Chapter II.
Most Interpreters understand the former part of this Chapter
because, though they liv'd on Earth, they had their Conversation in Heaven. Such absurd . Interpretations are they forced to embrace, who leaving the genuin Signification of the mords, will extort such a sense, in favour of which they are prejudiced by the Authority of some great Person. . Nothing, I think, can be more plain, than that the Prophet is describing a place, toward which multitudes of People from every Corner flock: That this place is Jerusalem, appears by the third Verse, where the Prophet explains what he means by the Mountain of the Lord, by naming the City Jerusalem: But the Nations were so far from flocking to Jerusalem, to embrace the Gospel, that it was carry’d into fheir several Countries, and brought as it were to their doors. But that which most prevails with me, to understand the beginning of the times succeeding the Babylonian Captivity,
to have forsaken them, it was for their Idolatry and other National Sins. The Consequence of mhich, even the Babylonian Captivity, he describes in a lofty Strain, and very figurative Expressions.
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Ver. 2. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the Mountain of the Lord’s House * be established in the top of the Mountains, and shall and all Nations shall flow unto it..] The plain meaning of this Verse is this ; it shall come to pass in future Times, that the Temple of jerusalem, which at present is trod under foot, and forced to submit, as it were, to the Idolatrous Temples, shall recover its antient Grandeur, and be exalted above the liolatrous Temples of the Heathen; and many People beholding the Power of Providence visibly exerted in the Redemption of the Captives, shall attend the Returning Exiles, and worship the True God with them. So surprizing a Revolution could not but work powerfully on the Pagans, and make them entertain awful Sentiments of that God, who could do such astonishing things; as we find it recorded in Scripture (a), upon the miraculous Overthrow of Sennacherib's Army, many brought Gifts to the Lord in jeruJalem, so that he was magnify’d in the sight of all Nations from thenceforth ; that is, of all the Neighbouring Nations to whom the Fame of that great Slaughter reach'd.
Ver. 3. And many People shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the Mountain of the Lord, to the House of the God of jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his Paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the Law, and the mord of the Lord from jerusalem.] Hither the Heathen should resort to be instrućted in the Knowledge of the true God, and the way of performing acceptable Service to him ; and when they return'd to their own Countries, they should communicate to their ignorant Neighbours
the wonderful things of God's Law: This is the mean
ing of this Verse, The Law shall go out of Sion, that is, the Knowledge of it shall be propagated in distant Regions by those who came to jerusalem, on o: to learn it; the Gospel indeed went, or was rather driven out of Sion, they would not suffer it to be preach'd in jerusalem ; and therefore, if the Gentiles had flow'd in thither, to learn it, they might in all probability have return’d as much Heathens as they came,
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