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4. For many days the sons of Israel shall abide Without a king, and without a prince;
And without a sacrifice, and without an altar,"
5. Afterwards the sons of Israel shall return, And they shall seek Jehovah their Elohim,
And David their king:*
And they shall reverence Jehovah and his goodness,
In the last days.
On Chapter the Eleventh, Verse the Tenth, &c.
AGAIN, in the latter part of the eleventh chapter” of the same prophet, we have a clear prediction of the restoration of the two houses of Israel. The interposition of divine vengeance, under the symbol of a roaring lion, is first predicted. It is at the time of this vengeance, as we have often found foretold before, that Israel is gathered.
Horsley, but compare Archbishop Newcombe. To the former author I refer for an illustration of that clear prediction of the resurrection of the just, chap. xiii. ver, 14, which he thus translates: “From the power of hell I will redeem them; from death I will reclaim them. Death! I will be thy pestilence; hell! I will be thy burning 10. They shall walk after Jehovah, He shall roar as a lion; For he shall roar, and children shall hasten from the west.
* See the Versions. * “Implements of idolatrous rites.”—See Biblical Criticism, vol. iv. p. 27. * “Shall seek that Jehovah * who is' their Elohim, And that David “who is' their king.” * For some obscure intimations of the affairs of the second advent in the sixth chapter, see Bishop
11. They shall hasten as the sparrow from Egypt, And as a dove from the land of Assyria;
And I will cause them to settle upon their habitations,
12. Ephraim compassed me about with falsehood, And the house of Israel and Judah with deceit;
“But,’ hereafter, a people of God shall come down,
In these two last lines, I retain very nearly the translation of Archbishop Newcombe." To what circumstance in the future history of redemption they apply, I need not stop to point out.
The last chapter also of this prophet is to be applied to the prosperity of the restored nations of Israel in the last days; but as nothing new or different from what we have seen before is delivered, we will pass on to the next prophet of this age, referring to Bishop Horsley for the more particular investigation of the prophecy of Hosea.
Remarks on Parts of the First and Second Chapters of the Prophet Micah. *
To one accustomed to the style of prophecy, the exordium of this prophet will sound as having reference, not to the judgments immediately threatened, but to the grand and ultimate theme of the vision.
* Horsley renders, “Ephraim obtain dominion with God, and hath compassed me about with shall be established with the Holy treachery, and the house of Israel Ones.” with deceit. But Judah shall yet
* Supposed to have prophesied between 757 and 698 before Christ.
2. Hear, ye peoples, all of ye;
For the Lord Jehovah doth testify against you, Even the Lord from his holy mansion. 3. For, behold, Jehovah will go forth from his place and descend, And he will tread upon eminences of the earth:
4. And the mountains shall melt beneath him,' And the valleys shall be dissolved;
As wax before the fire,
After the prediction of those immediate judgments that should disperse the children of Israel, their restoration is thus foretold : —
12. I will surely gather, O Jacob, all of thee,
I will place them together, as the sheep of Bozra,
A buzz from ‘a multitude of men! 13. He that forceth a passage, is gone up before them. *
They have forced a passage, and have passed through the gate, and are gone forth by it;
And their King passeth before them, even Jehovah at their head
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In this passage, again, I conceive we have a view of the two great parties that are the objects of mercy at the second advent. The nation of Israel, gathered from all lands, and like a flock pastured in their recovered country. But besides these, there is the stir and bustle of a multitude. They follow one, who afterwards is declared to be their King, even Jehovah; they follow him, as it is described, ascending to force a passage for them through some gates that impede their progress upward. The passage is forced, and they go forth from the place of their confinement or concealment.
What is this, but the great Redeemer bursting open the gates of the unseen world, that he may bring his people with him: “ Behold, the Lord cometh with his holy myriads.” “Jehovah shined forth visibly at Sinai; he arose over Seir, and displayed his glory from Mount Paran, and from the midst of myriads came forth the Holy One.”* On his right hand were streams of fire. “O ! loving Father of the peoples, all the saints are in thy hands, they are seated at thy feet.”—“God rideth on amidst myriads, a leader of happy ‘followers' is the Lord among them. Sinai is in the sanctuary. Thou didst ascend on high, thou leddest captivity captive,” &c.: + “ and he shall penetrate,” or “perforate, in this mountain, the face of the covering that is cast over all peoples, and the veil that is spread over all nations. He shall penetrate,” or “perforate death unto victory; and the Lord Jehovah shall wipe away the tear from every face,” &c.; “Thy dead shall live; their dead bodies shall rise: awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust. For thy covering shall be as the dew of the morning, and the earth shall drop the deceased from her womb.” ||
* Deut. xxxiii. 2. + Psalm lzviii. Isaiah, xxv. | Isaiah, xxvi. 19.
The same prophecy that we have considered in the second chapter of Isaiah, is nearly word for word repeated in the fourth chapter of Micah : “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains,” &c. We need not reconsider the prediction in this place; it is enough to say that it is a clear prophecy of the extension of the reign of the Prince of Peace, “from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth.”
3. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war any more.
4. But they shall sit every man under his vine, And under his fig-tree; and none shall make them afraid.
These two last lines are added to the prophecy in Isaiah, and complete the picture of the happy condition of mankind upon earth, under the reign of Christ and his risen saints.
In the sixth verse, again, of the same chapter, the prophecy glances on the same wonderful period; and describes the restoration of the outcasts of Israel, who, under this new dispensation, are to be fixed in their own land at the head of the nations upon earth.
6. In that day, saith Jahovah, I will take again her that was barren ; "
And her that was driven out will I receive, even her whom I afflicted.
* See note in Boothroyd's Hebrew Bible, “eam quae debilis erat, resumam,” &c.