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18. And I will requite a first and second time' their iniquity and
their sin, Because they have defiled my land with the vileness of their
And my refuge in the day of distress ;
A vanity, nothing was there among them profitable ! 20. Shall man make Elohim for himself?
But they are no Elohim! 21. Wherefore, behold, at that time I will be their instructor;
I will make known unto them my hand and my power,
-A prophecy, very similar to what we have seen before, predicting the restoration of Israel, after the severe punishment of their sins; and the conversion of all the nations of the earth. Again :
From all the countries whither I have driven them;
And they shall be fruitful, and shall multiply. 4. And I will raise up shepherds over them, who shall feed
Nor shall they be visited, saith Jehovah. 5. Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah,
That I will raise up unto David a righteous shoot.
· Rather HORSLEY.
? Or, “ when they themselves are not Elohim,"
Ay, a king shall reign, and shall flourish,
And shall execute judgment and justice on the earth. 6. In his days Judah shall be saved,
And Israel shall dwell in security;
Jehovah our RIGHTEOUSNESS.
When they shall no more say, As Jehovah liveth,
And who caused the seed of the house of Israel to come
I had driven them,
To this reign, according to Dr. Blaney, we are to refer the prophecy of the forty-sixth chapter, which concludes with a milar assurance of final restitution to the children of Israel :
CHAPTER XLVI. 27. But fear thou not, O my servant Jacob;
Neither be thou dismayed, O Israel;
And he shall be secure, and none shall make him afraid. 28. Fear thou not, O my servant Jacob,
Saith Jehovah, for I will be with thee;
Remarks on the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Chapters.
We now proceed to examine the prophecies of Jeremiah, which were written in the reign of Zedekiah, the last of the kings of Judah, who commenced his reign in the year 599 before Christ. Among these, the prophecy contained in the thirtieth and thirty-first chapter, will demand our particular attention.
2. Thus hath Jehovah, the Elohim of Israel, spoken, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken to thee in a book. 3. For, behold, the days are coming, saith Jehovah, when I will reverse the captivity of my people, Israel and Judah, saith Jehovah; and I will bring them back to the land which I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. 4. And these are the words which Jehovah hath spoken concerning Israel, and concerning Judah.
5. Surely thus saith Jehovah :
A voice of trembling have we heard,
There is terror, and no peace, 6. Ask ye now,
And all faces changed into paleness? 7. Alas! for that day is great,
So that none is like it;
8. And it shall be in that day,
Hath Jehovah Sabaoth said ;
And strangers shall no more exact service of him. 9. But they shall serve Jehovah their Elohim,
Even David their king, whom I will raise up for them.
That the spiritual “ David,” “ the beloved” of the Father, is here meant, I think is clear, from a comparison of other Scriptures. The promised King of Israel is frequently represented to be the Messiah. “King of Israel” is his peculiar designation ; "a shoot from the root of Jesse,” that is to reign. There are Scriptures, again, that as positively assert, that “ Jehovah,” that “the Elohim of Israel,” is to be King. The conclusion is obvious. Jehovah, the Elohim of Israel, and the spiritual David, their future King, is the same person; the incarnate Son of God. The prophecy proceeds:
10. Therefore, fear thou not,
O my servant Jacob, saith Jehovah;
He shall also be secure, and none shall make him afraid. 11. For I will be with thee,
Saith Jehovah, to save thee;
And will not make thee altogether desolate. 12. Surely thus hath Jehovah said;
Thy bruise is desperate,
Thy wound is grievous : 13. There is none that lendeth a helping hand for thy cure;
No healing medicines are applied to thee. 14. All thy friends have forgotten thee,
They seek not after thee.
Thy offences are numerous.
Thy suffering is without remedy:
Have I done these things unto thee. 16. Yet, notwithstanding, all they that devour thee shall be
And all they that plunder thee will I give up to plunder. 17. For I will restore soundness to thee,
And of thy wounds will I heal thee, saith Jehovah.
Zion, she whom 110 one careth for.” 18. Thus hath Jehovah said;
Behold, I will reverse the captivity of Jacob's tents,
And the palace shall be restored according to its design: 19. And from them shall issue forth thanksgiving,
And the voice of them that rejoice.