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IČ“is declared that the Gentiles who carried them away captive among all nations, thall aslift them in returning, and shall even bring their sons in their arms, and the daughters of the Jews upon their shoulders, verse 22.

4. This prophecy says that even the Gentile kiggs and queens, who have been the most cruel to the Jews, shall act the part of nurses, being tender of them, and shall help them in their growth as a rising nation. “ The present Emperor of. France and King of Italy has of late manifefted something of this difpofition towards the Jews of Paris; &the Jewish Sanhedrim have acknowledged that his treatment to them is different from what they have received from other kings, for more than seventeen hun. dred years past, verse 23. Who could think of spiritual. izing this text to us to apply it to the believing Gentiles? This is one thing contained in the new covenant.

This same subject is mentioned in chap. liv. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, “ Sing, O barren, thou that didit not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travel with child; for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, faith the LORD. Enlarge the place of thy tent and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine hab. itations ; spare not, lengthen thy cord, and strengthen thy stakes ; for thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy feed fhall inherit the Gentiles, and make the defolate cities to be inhabited. Fear not, for thou shalt not be ashamed; neither be thou confounded ;. for thou shalt rrot be put to shame ; for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine husband, the Lord of hosts is his name ; and thy Redeemer the holy one of Israel, the God of the whole earth shall he be called.

For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast: refused, faith thy God. For a small moment have I for. saken thee ; but with great mercies will I gather thee ; in a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee,


faith the Lord thy Redeemer : for this is as the waters of Noah unto me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah shall no more go over the earth, fo have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee ; for the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, faith the LORD that! hath mercy on thee.

O thou afflicted, tossed with tempefts, and not comfort. ed! behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with Sapphires; and I will make thy windows of Agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and thy borders of pleasant stones ; and all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established ; thou shalt be far from oppression ; for thou shalt not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come upon thee."

Here are several glorious things all contained in the new covenant, not yet accomplished. s. The Jews are con. sidered as barren, and desolate, being diversed, for the Lord has put them away, and said I am not thy husband. Notwithstanding this, in the latter days it is mentioned that they shall be more numerous than when they formerly lived in the promised land, verse 1, 2, 3

2. It is mentioned that their honor shall be so great, that all their former reproach shall be wiped away forev. er.

3. This new covenant in which these things are to be enjoyed, are as certain as the promises in the covenant made with Noah. There God promised that the waters should no more go over the earth ; and they never have ; so says he I will be wroth with thee no more ; and though mountains may depart ; yet this covenant of peace shall not be removed, verse 9, 10.

4. It is mentioned that though the Jews are in an afflicted, and uncomfortable state at present, yet it is promised that they shall yet be settled on a firm foundation.

s. The very thing which is mentioned in Hebrews 8, is mentioned here, there it is said no one shall say know the LORD, for all shall kgow him from the least to the great

eft, here it is said “ All thy children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of thy children." Certainly these glorious things have never yet taken place in any nation ; but they will when the Jews return to their own land.

The return of the Jews to their land according to the promise in the new covenant, is described in an engaging :: manner in chap. lx. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, “ Arise, shine, for thy light is come and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee ; for behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people ; but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be feen upon thee ; and the Gen." tiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and fee; all they gather themselves together, they come to thee; thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then shalt thou fee, and flow togeth. er and thine heart shall fear and be enlarged ; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, and the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah ; all they from Sheba shall come ; they shall bring gold and incense, and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord.

All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee ; the Rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee; they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory..

Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? Surely theifles shall wait for me,and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy fons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the holy one of Israel, bacause he hath glori. fied thee. And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee ; for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. Therefore thy gates shall be open continually ; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings

may be brought ; for the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee ihall perish; yea those nations shall be utterly wasted.

The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my fanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. The fons also cf them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee, and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the foles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, the city of the Lord, the Zion of the holy one of Israel.

Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated so that no man went thro' thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings; and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour, and thy Redeemer, the mighty one of Jacob. For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron; I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. Viol. ence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy. walls falvation, and thy gates praise.

? The fun fhall be no more thy light by day ; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee ; but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light; and thy: Gov thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down, neith--er shall thy moon withdraw itself; for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous ;: they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands; that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a: strong nation; I the Lord will hasten it in his time.”

There are several things in this chapter which can ne ver be accomplished, unless the Jews return and dwell in their own land. The Jews are here particularly mentioned in distinction from the Gentiles, for all nations bei fides the Jews are called Gentiles, and they are here namedig which shews that this chapter has not reference to

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believers in general ; but to the posterity of Jacob in particular.

The Genčiles are mentioned four times. “And the Gentiles shall come to thy light,” verse 3. « The forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee,” verse 5. “ That men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles," verse II. « Thou shall also suck the milk of the Gentiles," verse 16. All these places shew that the glory mentioned here, belongs to the Jews.

A few remarks on this chapter must suffice.

1. At the time when the Jews shall return to their land, it is mentioned that the nations of the earth will be in a distressed, dark situation, and that the Jews shall have prosperity, which will cause the Gentiles to come to the Jews and their prosperity, verse 2, 3.

2. It is mentioned that the Gentiles will aflilt the Jews in returning to their land, verse 4.

3. That when they return, the wealth of the nations will be gathered to that land, even the riches which confifts in Camels, Dromedaries, Sheep, Incense, Gold, Silver, &c. and that even the ships of Tarshish shall come to · bring the Jews with their riches, from the diftant parts where they are now scattered, verfe 6, 7, 8, 9.

4. It is said that the other nations shall come to help in building the walls of their cities, verse 10.

5. We are told that there shall be so much riches brought from different parts, that the gates of their cities will be kept open night and day; and that other nations shall serve them, and those who do not shall perish, verse 11, 1.2.

6. It is said that the posterity of those who have af. · Aicted them, shall come and submit to them, and that

they shall be honored in proportion as they have been despised, verse 14, 15.

7. Peace is promised them without interruption, that they shall be an eternal excellency, and that God will be their constant light, and they a righteous people un. der the reign of Christ their king, verse 18, 19, 21.--All these things will take place when God makes the new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah ; not before.

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