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course of his people is great in the day of his power," -" on the holy hills ;" — and “ more than from the womb of the morning, the dew of his progeny.". This is much to be remarked, because the inference we had before drawn seems to be confirmed; that not only the surviving race of mortal men upon earth, of men“ in the flesh,” will be partakers of the promised kingdom; but also “ the dead in Christ,” returning with their great Redeemer, in their glorified bodies : and, whatever difficulties may be started, “ How can these things be ?" we need only answer, that if Christ, a glorified Spirit, is visibly manifested on earth, and abides there and reigns, why may there not be “a manifestation of” all “ the sons of God” “ with him,” to abide on earth, as he abides on earth, and reign with him over the nations ? However, I think, it has been sufficiently manifest, that all the world is not peopled with glorified spirits, but with nations then to survive, or to be born, who, under the dominion of Christ and holy myriads, enjoy the earth in great peace and prosperity, with the nation of Israel, as we shall afterwards find, most conspicuous at their head.
It is concerning these, the men in the flesh, I conceive we are to understand the last verse. The LORD OF Hosts, which we may paraphrase, “ Jehovah with his heavenly armies,”— the Lord from heaven “ with his holy myriads,”—“ will wipe away the tear from every face, and the reproach of his people shall be removed from all the earth.” To wipe away the tear does not so naturally describe the increased glory of the happy dead, as the blessing brought to us, when mortality is swallowed up of life; or more especially, the removing of all causes of grief and sorrow from man, an inhabiter of the earth, hitherto the child of woe, and often a sufferer for his religion from wicked men. But they are now no more. Thus will he “ comfort the nations upon earth.”
* Psalm cx.
9. And it shall be said in that day;
Lo! this is our Elohim,
These are certainly hosannahs for the visible “ appearance of the great God and Saviour," for whom his church, through many ages, had been waiting. The victory over the enemy of Israel is again touched upon :
10. For the hand of Jehovah shall rest upon this mountain,
And Moab shall be trodden down in his place,
As straw is trodden down on the threshing-floor.” 11. And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them,
As the swimmer spreadeth his hands to swim ;
his hands. 12. The lofty bulwark of thy walls shall he lay low, He shall bring it down, he shall level it to the ground, to the
Why the great adversary is now called Moab, or how
1" Absorptâ morte in perpetuum, populus Dei, qui de manu mortis fuerit liberatus, dicet ad Dominum, ' Ecce Deus noster, quem increduli hominem tantùm putabant.'”-Hieron. ad locum.
Irenæus also refers this verse
to the appearance of the saine Jesus who was born of the virgin. Adversus Hæreses, lib. iv. cap. 22.
?" As the threshing-floor is trodden by the roller."-Bishop STOCK.
the country of the Moabites will be locally affected in this grand catastrophe, we know not as yet. Again, there follows one of those prophetic songs, which exhibit to us what will be the expectations and trials of God's people in these last times.
1. In that day, Shall this song
sung in the land of Judah:
This is, I believe, explained by parallel passages, to denote that the Jerusalem attacked by the last foe is unfortified, and rests for protection on divine aid alone.
2. Open ye the gates that' the' nation may enter;
• He is' righteous, he will keep the promises. 3. The covenant' will be maintained ; thou wilt ordain
peace, Peace, because they have trusted on thee.. 4. Trust ye in Jehovah for ever,
For in Jah Jehovah is an everlasting fence. 5. Surely he hath humbled those that dwell on high,
He will bring down the exalted city.
Which keepeth the truth, [God's]
gog Simon. Doederlein would refer the words to God, “ fixed in purpose."— BOOTH ROYD.
workmanship so constantly
supported. Thou shalt preserve [it] in per
petual peace, Because trust hath been placed
? Bp. Horsley translates : Open ye the gates, And let the nation of the Just
Or, " Because he (that is, the Just
One) hath trusted in thee."
He will bring her down to the ground,
6. The foot shall trample her,
The feet of the meek, the steps of the poor, 7. A way for the just one is rightly prepared,'
Thou wilt level a path for the just one.' 8. Ah! in the way of thy judgments we have waited for thee,
O Jehovah! Thy name and the record of thee 'is' the desire of our' soul.
All this, no doubt, expresses what, at that awful and eventful season, will be the hopes and encouragements of the waiting people of Christ, of restored Jerusalem
especially, at least of a remnant there, contemplating the preparations of her great adversary, but at the same time remembering the promises.
9. My soul hath desired thee in the night,
And my spirit within me seeketh thee with the dawn.
Such is the charitable surmise and prayer of the pious. But no; no kindness, no lenity, no forbearance of the Almighty, can accomplish this renovation of a guilty world. The Judge must be manifested with his fiery vengeance: nothing else will stop their hatred and their rage against his cause and his people.
10. Should favour be shown to the wicked, he would not learn
righteousness. In the land of uprightness he would deal unjustly: 11. He would not regard the majesty of Jehovah;
O Jehovah! were thy hand lifted up, they would not see.
They shall see thy' jealousy for “ thy' people, and be
confounded; Ay, a fire shall consume thine adversaries.' 12. O Jehovah, thou wilt establish peace to us,
For truly, all the works ordained for us hast thoù wrought.' 13. O Jehovah, our Elohim,
Other lords besides thee had the possession of us;
Through thee alone can we celebrate thy name. 14. Dead, they live no more!
Deceased, they rise not! 15. Inasmuch as thou hast visited and destroyed them,
And hast made every memorial of them to perish. 16. Thou hast added to the nation, O Jehovah!
Thou hast added to the nation; thou art glorified,
The speaker in the mystic song is represented in these words, as marking with astonishment the great and sudden increase of that people, which so lately appeared
· Such appears to be the sense The reader will remark in of the present text: but the Sep- this passage the force of the Hetuagint seem to have had a dif brew possessive, the “ jealousy of ferent text, verse 10 : “ For the the people," the “ fire of the adungodly shall cease; every one versaries," " our works," signifying who will not learn righteousness the jealousy or vindictive love upon earth, who will not do the shown by God for his people; truth. Let the ungodly be taken “ the fire destined to consume his away, that he inay not behold the
adversaries,” the achievements glory of the Lord. O Lord, high ordained and promised to effect was thy' hand, and they did not the deliverance of his church and perceive; but knowing, they shall people.” be ashamed. • Thy' zeal shall 3 I think this might be renseize a people uninstructed, and now shall a fire consume the ad [We are] thine only, we will ceversaries."
lebrate thy name." Horsley.