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" to their windows? Surely the illes shall wait “ for me, and the ships of Tarshish' first, to " bring thy fons from far, their filver and their “ gold with them, unto the name of the Lord o thy God; and to the holy One of Israel, be. “ 'cause he hath glorified thee;" chap. Ix. 8, 9. “ And they (the Gentiles) shall bring all your 6 brethren for an offering unto the Lord, out of 66 all nations, upon horses, and in chariots, and “ in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift “ beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, faith " the Lord, as the children of Israel bring an of. “ fering in a clean veffel, into the house of the “Lord,” chap. Ixvi. 20.


(1) Bochart supposes Tarshish to be a part of Spain, afterwards called Tartellus. But it appears by comparing 1 Kings xxii. 48. with 2 Chron. xx. 36. that there was a place of the same name near Ophir, supposed by fome to lie in the East Indies, by others, on the east coast of Africa. Mr. Bruce, in his “ Travels to discover the Source of Nile,'' has discussed this subject with much information and ability; and with great appearance of truth, places Tarshish and Ophir, on the eastern coast of Africa, It is certain that the expression likewise is proverbial, fignifying any ships famous for trade : and what ships fo famous in thefe latter days, as those of Britain ; perhaps they shall Mhew the first example of carrying God's exiled people to their own landi

SECTION V. Misionaries are sent from Judea, to propagate the

Gospel among the Nations.

ANOTHER event which shall begin to be accomplished at this period is, the propagation of the gospel by the Jews, among the benighted nations. While they carry in the one hand the temporal sword for the destruction of spiritual Babylon, they hold in the other the spiritual sword, for the deliverance of ignorant nations, from the tyranny of sin and Satan.

A commission given to the Jews for this purpose, together with the execution and success of it, is recorded Isa. xlv. 20.-25. “ Assemble " yourselves and come: draw near together, ye " that are escaped of the nations: they have no “ knowledge that set up the wood of their gra. “ ven image, and pray unto a god that cannot 6 fave.” Here God addresses the Jews immediately upon their restoration; and represents the deplorable condition of those nations, that were still involved in ignorance and idolatry. “ Tell ye, and bring them near, yea, let them “ take counsel together: Who hath declared " this from ancient time? who hath told it “ from that time? Have not I the Lord ? And 6 there is no god else beside me, a just God,

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and a Saviour, there is none beside me.” He expressly commands the Jews to bring these nations near to him, who were hitherto alien. ated from him. He directs as to the manner, they must be brought near, by persuasion, “ let “them take counsel together;" they are to be persuaded, by urging on their consciences, the completion of the prophecy concerning the converfion and restoration of the Jews, predicted so long before ; affording sufficient evidence to the rational mind, that Jehovah is the only true God, and the only Saviour of those who trust in him. “ Look unto me, and “ be ye faved, all the ends of the earth; for I « am God, and there is none else." He issues a proclamation in his own name by way of direction to them to make a free offer of the Sa. viour, to all people without exception; and a promise of eternal salvation to those who look to him with the eye of faith; to remind them at the same time that “ there is no salvation “ in any other.” By way of encouragement to the Jews, to execute this commission faithfully and zealously, he intimates the success of it: “ I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out “ of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not es return, that unto me every knee shall bow, " every tongue fhall swear. . Surely shall one “ say, in the Lord have I righteousness and


“ strength : even to him shall men come, and « all that are incensed against him shall be 6 ashamed.” He declares by a folemn oath, that every knee shall bow to his sovereignty, and every tongue confess the justice of his claim.

That multitudes hall lay hold of the mercy offered, and cheerfully adore him as their Savi. our ; while those who obstinately reject him, shall reluctantly bow the knee, to offer unavail. ing supplications, and proclaim his justice, by their shrieks of woe, when he fitteth on the throne of his glory, and shall call all nations before him!.

This is asserted in plain terms, Ifa. ii. 2, 3. “ And it shall come to pass in the last days, " that the mountain of the Lord's house shall “ be established in the top of the mountains, « and all nations shall flow unto it;—for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of “the Lord from Jerusalem.It is implied in the figurative description of the progress of the gospel in the latter days, which frequently occurs in the prophets. The gospel, carrying di. vine grace to all nations, is represented by a river entering into the sea; but this river ifsues from the fanctuary at Jerusalem; that is, the gospel proceeds from, and is propagated by the


(1) Compare Phil. ii. 20. with Rom. xiv. 11.

Jewish church. “ And the waters came down "from under the right side of the house ;-then « faid he unto me, These waters iffue out toward " the east country, and go down into the desart, “ and go into the sea :” Ezek. xlvii. 1.–8. “ And a fountain shall come forth of the house “ of the Lord, and shall water the valley of “ Shittim,” Joel iii. 18. “And it shall be in « that day, that living waters shall go out from « Jerusalem: half of them toward the former 6 sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea : « in summer and in winter Thall it be," Zech, xiv. 8.

A narration of the fame event, is laid before us, Ifa. Ixvi. 19. “And I will set a fign among of them (the Gentiles), and I will send those that “ escape of them (the Jews) unto the nations, “ to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the o bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the illes afar " off, that have not heard my fame, neither « have seen my glory; and they shall declare 6 my glory among the Gentiles." These places to which the Jewish missionaries are fent, lie in all directions, east, west, south, and north from Judea. Tarshish, as the name of a place on the eaftern ocean, is most probably here a general term for the eastern nations; Pul and Lud re. present the inhabitants of the continent of


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