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The taking of Jerusalem, carrying away the people, their return,
ver. 1 - 8.
Joyful state and settled government, ver. 9 - 14.
Christ the branch of righteousness, his everlasting kingdom and
priesthood, and blessed seed, ver. 15 - 26.
2: The Lord - The maker thereof, of Jerusalem, or of these
promises, his name is Jehovah; he hath a sufficiency in himself
to make good his word.
5: They - The Jews sally out and fight with their enemies, but to
no purpose, but to fill their houses with their own dead bodies, whom
I will cause in my anger to be slain.
6: I will cure - The miserable disturbed state of a nation being
compared to wounds and sickness, the restoring of it to a peaceable
prosperous state is fitly called its health and cure. I will bring them
again to a quiet and peaceable state in which they shall abide many days.
9: They shalt fear - And not only so but shall fear to engage against
a nation so beloved and favoured by me.
12: Is desolate - That is, a great part of which is, and the other
part shall soon be desolate.
13: Shall pass - So as to keep tally of them, as they were wont to do
both morning and evening in those countries.
15: The branch - The kings they had hitherto had of the line of
David, were most of them unrighteous men, but God promises that after
the captivity, they should have a branch of David who would execute
judgment and righteousness in the land, for the protection and government
of those that feared him.
16: Saved - It is the opinion of some that a spiritual salvation and
security is promised under these expressions, but by the most and best
interpreters, a temporal salvation. This was typical of that spiritual
and eternal salvation which is promised to the true Israel of God; as
their rest in Canaan typified that rest which remaineth for the
people of God. The Lord our righteousness - There is no such name any
where given, either to the Jewish or Christian church, as the
Lord our righteousness, but the full import of that name is spoken of
Christ, (Isa 45:23), which text is applied to Christ,(Ro 14:11,Php 2:10).
17: David - That is, apparently a promise relating to Christ, for
David's line had failed long since, had it not been continued in Christ,
whose kingdom is and shall be an everlasting kingdom.
18: A man - That is, a ministry to abide in the church to the end
of the world, nor is it unusual for God in the Old Testament to express
promises to be fulfilled under the gospel by expressions proper to the
20: My covenant - The same with the ordinances mentioned,(Jer 31:35). God's law established in the course of natural causes,
by virtue of which the day and night, orderly succeed one another.
The succession of the gospel ministry in the church of God to abide for
ever, shall be as certain as the succession of darkness and light.
22: Of David - Christ is himself called David, whose seed and
whose Levites are multiplied in the multiplying of Christians and
of faithful ministers under the gospel, which are the things here promised.
24: The two families - The families of David and Aaron.
Despised - Spoken scornfully of my people, as if they should
never be a nation more, having rulers of themselves, and a ministry.