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SECTION XIV.

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,
Until her vindication break forth as light,

And her salvation shall blaze out as a torch : 2. And the nations see thy vindication,

And all their kings thy glory.
And thou shalt be called by a new name,

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:
But thou shalt be called “My delight is in her,"
And thy land “ The wedded matron :"
For Jehovah hath delighted in thee,

And thy land is wedded.
5. For as a young man weddeth a virgin

Shall thy Restorer' wed tbee.
And as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride,
Shall thy Elohim rejoice over thee.

I Bp. Lowth.

6. Upon thy walls, O Jerusalem,

Will I set watchmen all the day,
And all night long they shall not keep silence.
Ye that record the name of Jehovah,

Allow yourselves no rest. 7. Allow him no rest,

Until he establish, and until he place
Jerusalem the boast of the earth.

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;
Nor shall the sons of the alien drink the wine

For which thou hast laboured. 9. But they that have harvested it

Shall eat it, and praise Jehovah :
And they that have gathered the vintage
Shall drink it in the courts of my sanctuary.

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 I.

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the stones,
Raise high a standard for the nations.
11. Behold, Jehovah hath caused it to be heard

To the extremities of the earth:

Say ye to the daughter of Zion,

Behold, thy Saviour cometh.”
Lo, his hire is with him,
And the reward of his labour before him,

12. And they shall be called “ the holy people,"

“ The redeemed of Jehovah.”
And thou shalt be called “ Sought out,"

City that is not forsaken.”

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.

SECTION XV.

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?
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This that is glorious in his apparel,
Triumphing in his great might?'
I who speak in righteous vengeance,
Contending to bring salvation!

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 fraise 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 trod them in mine anger,
And trampled them in mine indignation :
And their life's blood spirted on my garments,

And I have stained all my apparel.
4. For the day of vengeance was in my heart,

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 own arm hath wrought salvation for me,

And mine indignation hath upholden me.
6. And I have trodden down the nations in mine anger,

And I have crushed them in my indignation,
And I made their life's blood to run down on the ground.

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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, that it seems impossible not to understand it, with the ancient Jews, of the destruction of their European or ; Roman adversary,2 This, thep, is the day of vengeance, But how awful and alarming the intimation : “ Of the nations there were none with me!"

SECTION XVI.

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,

« The remaining 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

* 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; xiii.; xxv.; xxvii. 1; xxix. 5; xxx. 30; xxxiii. ; xxxiv.; xlix. 24, &c.; lix. 17, &c.; lxii. 8.

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nostrorum referant ad finen, mundi

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sive carnaliter sive spiritue, aliter (diversa enim sententia pluri rimorum est) explenda contendunt."

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TRINGA.

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