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the proclamation here rehearsed. The Gospel was glad tidings to the meek: it bound up the wounds of the broken-hearted: it was liberty and release from cruel thraldom, and those who received the Saviour enjoyed, in faith and hope, all the blessedness described. But we must carefully remark, that the utmost burden of the proclamation was itself a prophecy, - a prophecy which Jesus did not fulfil, but only proclaimed. The Gospel day was not the year of acceptance -- the great year of jubilee to Zion as a people. It was the filling up of her iniquity, and brought on her the severest affliction; and more clearly still, it was not “ the day of vengeance to our Elohim;"—the day of righteous judgment on the persecutors and oppressors of the church, and their vindication from all their wrongs. The announcing of such a day is certainly part of the Gospel message, which comforts the souls of the waiting believers. But the great year of jubilee to Zion as a people, and the day of vengeance on her insulting foes, when all that sigh in her shall be comforted, sorrow be exchanged for joy, heaviness for praise, and the ashes of penitence for the crown of glory, most certainly came not then. The preaching of the Gospel, in respect of these final mercies, was only the glad tidings proclaimed “ of things that appeared not as yet:”—as the New Testament speaks, it is “the glory to be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
And they shall be called the trees of righteousness,
The plantation of Jehovah for his glory.
They shall repair the ruins of former times;
5. And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, And the sons of the alien shall be your husbandmen and
“ Ministers of our Elohim” shall they call you.
And shall have command over their honours.' 7. Instead of your shame, ye shall receive a double inheritance, And for your reproach, ye shall rejoice in them as your
portion.' Notwithstanding, in their land a double portion shall they
Hating robbery for sacrifice,
And will make an everlasting covenant with them: 9. And their seed shall be known among the nations,
And their offspring in the midst of the peoples.
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Bishop Lowth thinks it
probable that the Hebrew is corrupted in this place, and follows nearly the Syriac.
Instead of repeated shame and
disgrace. They shall rejoice in their por
“ This verse, as it stands, has been thought very obscure. Houbigant and Bp. Lowth follow the Syriac. Remove the
tion, Inasmuch as they shall inherit
a double portion in their own
land, They shall have eternal joy."
Bp. HORSLEY. : The Syriac and Chaldee prefix the conju v instead of the prep. a to nbw, which they render “iniquity" or " oppression;" and so the Septuagint, adixias.
* “ I will give them their toil's worth honestly."
,כלמה to חתימרו soph-paouk from
that the first four words of this verse may be united to the preceding, and render :
“ And of their opulence ye shall
make your boast,
All that see them shall acknowledge them,
There can be no doubt that this relates to the peculiar honour that Israel is to enjoy among the nations of the earth under the new dispensation, - those very nations, or the remnants of them, among whom they had so long been exposed to insult and the most shameful injuries : and yet it should seem that the remnan't of these nations which are spared, for it will appear hereafter it is a very small remnant, have peculiar blessings in connexion with exalted Israel. So I understand this difficult .passage. The exultation that follows must, therefore, be put in the mouth of the restored and renovated Jerusalem, but, doubtless, because of her connexion with the heavenly Jerusalem :
10. I will greatly rejoice in Jehovah,
My soul shall exult in my God;
And the bride adorneth her with her attire. 11. For as the earth bringeth forth her shoots,
And as the garden germinates its seeds;
forth, And praise before all nations.
| Vindictive justice.
On the Sixty-second Chapter.
In prospect of these great blessings, the great Advocate will not cease to offer up his intercessions before his heavenly Father.
1. For Zion's sake, I will not be silent,
And for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest,
And her salvation shall blaze out as a torch: 2. And the nations see thy vindication,
And all their kings thy glory.
Which the mouth of Jehovah shall affix: 3. And thou shalt be a beautiful crown in the hand of Jehovah,
And a royal diadem in the palm of thy Elohim. 4. Thou shalt no more be called Forsaken,
Neither shall thy land any more be called Desolate :
And thy land is wedded.
Shall thy Restorer' wed thee.
6. Upon thy walls, O Jerusalem,
Will I set watchmen all the day,
Allow yourselves no rest. 7. Allow him no rest,
Until he establish, and until he place
The watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem, from a comparison of a former chapter, * seems to refer to the state of the city when begirt in siege, looking for the approach of the promised Deliverer. Those that record the name of Jehovah, the ministers of the sanctuary, and all his waiting people, are to be incessant in their prayers for this glorious event: and, perhaps, we may extend the exhortation to those among the Gentile churches, who are now waiting for the appearing of the Saviour, and the coming of his kingdom.
8. Jehovah hath sworn by his right hand and by his strong arm,
I will not give thy corn to be food to thine enemies;
For which thou hast laboured. 9. But they that have harvested it
Shall eat it, and praise Jehovah :
At length the approach of the Redeemer and his happy followers is announced to Zion:
10. Pass ye, pass ye through the gates,
Prepare the way for the people.
* Chap. xxix. and 1.