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and notwithstanding all the Threatnings of God would continue to be so, till their Land was laid defolate; which it should certainly be, tho' God design'd to preserve a Remnant of them, which should flourish drice more in the Land of judah.
And now he begins a new Subjećt. In the Reign of Ahaz, the united Forces of the Kings of Israel and Syria came against the Kingdom of judah, fully resolv’d to make a compleat Conquest of it, which a
Prote&ion; which if he doubted of, he might ask what Sign he pleas'd, and it should be given for his £onfirmation. Ahaz stubbornly refuses to ask a Sign, yet God gives him one, and takes care to have it so worded, that it should at the same time prefignify a more Glórious Deliverance of all Mankind from a more dangerous Enemy: However, tho’ God was so gracious as to rescue him for the present, yet he foretels that God would sometime after bring upon him the Assyrian, who should ravage his Country, and destroy great Numbers of the Inhabitants. He mentions the Birth of the same Child, who was to be a Sign to Ahaz, that the Confederates should not at this time prevail against him, and threatneth them, as in the former Chapter, with the Assyrian Forces. Then he direčts them how they should behave themselves when the Assyrian should come upon them, and describes the wretched Condition of the poor Inhabitants of the open Towns and Villages, who should be driven from their Homes, and undergo a reat deal of Misery. Nevertheless their Condition ould not be so desperate as that of their Brethren of Israel, who should be carry'd away into Captivity by two successful Invasions; for, tho’ the Clouds over their Heads should for a while look black and dismal,
Assyrian Army be destroy’d, upon the account of the exemplary Virtue of King Hezekiah. Thus far, concerning his own Nation direétly; he steps aside a little to foretel the Fate of their Brethren of the Ten Tribes, who should be set upon by the Syrians on one side, and the Philistines on the other; and tho’ the suffer very much, God would not have done wit
them so, but continue to make them feel the severe Effets of his Anger, because of their unparallelrd
He returns to his own Nation, and denounces Wo c.
Thus far his Predićtions have been confin'd to the c :
Sons of jacob: And now he takes a Flight to distant
Countries, foretels the Overthrow of the Babylonian
Empire by the Mode, and Porfians, and gives the
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Reason why Providence design'd to bring about so great a Revolution, because he was resolv’d to take pity on his Captive People, and restore them to their own Land. Next he foretels the Destrućtion of the Moabites, a Nation bordering on jadea, an inveterate Enemy to the jews. The Fate of Syria, of Ethiopia and Egypt, are the Subjećt of the four following Chap
comfort the jews with the pleasing News of the Destrućtion of their Enemies, and of those that were their Friends ; to bring them to depend on God only, and not on Human Assistance in times of Danger. He touches again on the Subjećt of Babylon's Overthrow, and pronounces Judgments against the Inhabitants of Dumah and Arabia. He threatneth jerusalem with a Siege, very probably by Sennacherib, and foretels the turning out of Shebnah, and substituting Eliakim in his room. Then he foretels the Desola
tion of Tyre, which is the Subjećt of that whole
Chapter. And in the next he returns again to his
on it should be reduc’d to by the Assyrian Forces, whose remarkable Overthrow he foretels in the three last Verses; which gives him occasion to compose a Triumphant Song suitable to that joyful Occasion; in which he ascribes their Deliverance to God, and makes the jews acknowledge, that it was not the Strength of their Walls, or the Courage of their Sol. diers that sav'd them, but God, who surrounded their Walls with Salvation, and made them impregnable by the Enemy. And at the latter End advises. them to enter into their Chambers, and rely securely on him; for he would make such a Slaughter among the Assyrians, that the Earth should not be able to. soak in their Blood, or cover their Carcases. ";
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