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On the Sirty-second Chapter.
IN prospect of these great blessings, the great Advocate will not cease to offer up his intercessions before his heavenly Father.
For Zion's sake, I will not be silent,
Until her vindication break forth as light,
. And the nations see thy vindication,
And all their kings thy glory.
And thou shalt be called by a new name,
. And thou shalt be a beautiful crown in the hand of Jehovah,
And a royal diadem in the palm of thy Elohim.
. 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,"
For Jehovah hath delighted in thee,
. For as a young man weddeth a virgin
Shall thy Restorer' wed thee.
And as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride,
6. Upon thy walls, O Jerusalem,
Ye that record the name of Jehovah,
7. Allow him no rest,
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
9. But they that have harvested it Shall eat it, and praise Jehovah:
And they that have gathered the vintage
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 l.
Cast up, cast up the causeway,
Behold, Jehovah hath caused it to be heard
Sayye to the daughter of Zion,
Lo, his hire is with him,
And they shall be called “the holy people,”
And thou shalt be called “Sought out,”
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:–
This that is glorious in his apparel,
I who speak in righteous vengeance,
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. xlii. 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 I trod them in mine anger,
And their life's blood spirted on my garments,
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 mine own arm hath wrought salvation for me,
6. And I have trodden down the nations in mine anger,
'''“Stridinginhis greatstrength.” victor triumphans.—SIM. Ler. —BP. Stock. Fivy, 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, 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 Sirty-third and the Sirty-fourth
A R EMARKABLE 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 lzviii., cK., and cylix.; Isaiah, ii. 10; xiii.; xxv.; xxvii. 1; xxix. 5; xxx. 30; xxxiii.; xxxiv.; xlix. 24, &c.; lix. 17, &c.; lxii. 8.
* “ Judaei”—“hic vident nostrorum referant adfinem mundi: ,
finale judicium Roma, cum sua in quo sive carnaliter sive spirituliberatione copulandum.”— VI- aliter (diversa enim sententia pluTRING.A. rimorum est) explenda conten
“ Hieronymi verba — multi dunt.”—IDEM.