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To the extremities of the earth:
Say ye to the daughter of Zion,
Behold, thy Saviour cometh."
12. And they shall be called “ the holy people,"
“ The redeemed of Jehovah.”
All this most clearly relates to the final establishment of the restored Jerusalem. This is the acceptable year of the Lord, the year of his delighting to favour Zion.
On the First Part of the Sixty-third Chapter.
But the same epocha, as we have seen in every prophecy, is also “ the day of vengeance of our God," and, as before, the country spiritually called “ Edom," is the scene of the dreadful judgment. This is remarkably represented in the part of the vision that follows:
1. Who is this that cometh from Edom,
With wine-stained garments from Bozrah?
This that is glorious in his apparel,
These two lines may be illustrated from chap. xxxiii. 3, “ At thy terrible voice the peoples fled, at thine uprising the nations were dispersed :" and from chap. xhi: 13, “ Jehovah shall come forth as a champion, and like a warrior shall he rouse his ardour. He shall call out and raise the shout, and upon his enemies he shall exert his strength.”
2. Why this' red on thine apparel ?
And why thy garments like him that treadeth the wine-press? 3. I have trodden the press alone,
And of the nations no man was with me:
And I have stained all my apparel.
And the year of my redeemed was come : 5. And I looked, and there was no helper,
And I found myself alone without an upholder:
And mine indignation hath upholden me.
And I have crushed them in my indignation,
1 “Striding in his great strength.” victor triumphans. – Six. Les. -BP. STOCK. yy, caput reflec- Heb. tens, (reclinato capite incedens ut ? So Bp. Lowth. See his Note.
The prophecies referred to in the margin * have rendered it so clear to what this vision is to be applied, and the connecting circumstances are so distinctly marked, i that it seems impossible not to understand it, with the ancient Jews, of the destruction of their European or Roman adversary. This, then, is the day of vengeance, . But how awful and alarming the intimation : “ Of the nations there were none with me!!!
The latter Part of the Sixty-third and the Sixty-fourth
Chapters. A REMARKABLE break is to be carefully observed in this place : as Bishop Lowth has observed, maining part of this chapter, with the whole chapter following, contains a penitential confession and supplication of the Israelites in their present state of dispersion, in which they have so long marvellously subsisted, and still continue to subsist, as a people cast out of their country; without any proper form of civil polity or
" The re
• Jude, xiv.; Job, xix. 23, and Deut. xxxii. 40, 41; Numbers, xxiv. 24; 1 Sam. ii. 10; Psalms lxviii., cx., and cxlix.; Isaiah, ii. 10; xüi.; xxv.; xxvii. 1; xxix. 5; XXX. 30; xxxiii. ; xxxiv.; xlix. 24, &c.; lix. 17, &c.; lxü. 8.
1 « Judæi"
6 hic vident finale judicium Romæ, cum sua liberatione copulandum." - VITRINGA.
Hieronymi verba — multi
nostrorum referant ad finem mundi: in quo sive carnaliter sive spiritualiter (diversa enim sententia plu. rimorum est) explenda contendunt."-IDEM.
religious worship, their temple destroyed, their city desolated and lost to them, and their whole nation scattered over the face of the earth, apparently deserted and cast off by the God of their fathers, as no longer to be his peculiar people."-" It seems designed as a formulary of humiliation for the Israelites in order to their restoration." The seventh verse I conceive not to be a part of the confession, but to contain its title.
7. The loving-kindnesses of Jehovah. I will record the praises of Jehovah, according to all that
Jehovah hath bestowed upon us, and his great goodness towards the house of Israel, which he bestowed
upon them through his tenderness and great kindness: 8. and he said:
Surely these are my people !
And He became their Saviour.
But the angel from his presence saved them.
And he took them, and bare them all the days of old. 10. But they rebelled, and grieved his Holy Spirit, And he became their enemy, and himself hath fought against
He was not LXX. Houbigant, following the closed;" ut,
uter à pariendo Cetib, (which, I doubt not, is the cohibitus et sterilis." " In all true reading,) renders, –“ In all their affliction he was afflicted." their straits, he was not strait" [in Our translators have followed the goodness.] _“ In omnibus anKeri oy instead of the Cetib xs. gustiis ipsorum non fuit angustâ Bishop Lowth, in the interpreta- bonitate.”—HORSLEY. tion of the passage, follows the
11. But let him be reminded of the ancient days, of Moses
and his people;' How he brought them up from the sea, the shepherd with
his flock: How he placed his Holy Spirit within him, 12. Leading the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm:
Cleaving the waters before them,
To procure him an everlasting name: 13. Leading them in the deep places,
As a horse in the desert, that they should not stumble, 14. As the herd descendeth into the valley,
The Spirit of Jehovah conducted them;
procure thee a glorious name.
From thy holy and glorious dwelling.
Are they restrained from us? 16. Surely thou art our Father,
Though Abraham knoweth us not,
Oh, redeem us for the sake of thy name.* 17. Wherefore hast thou made us, o Jehovah, to wander from
I“ I would render the eleventh How he brought," &c.-HORSLEY. verse thus :
? Read yyah. See Bp. Lowth. “ But” (or with Bp. Stock,“ still”] Bp. Stock bas, “ From everlasting
“ he remembered the days of is thy name, our Redeemer."