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V. 1.—How hath Adoni covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel! 2. ADONI hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied. 5. ADONI was as an enemy, he hath swallowed up Israel. 6. He hath violently taken away her tabernacle, he hath destroyed his places of the assembly. Jehovah hath caused the solemn feasts and Sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised, in the indignation of his anger, the king and the priest. 7. ADONI hath cast off his altar, he hath abhorred his sanctuary, and given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces. They have made a noise in the house of JEHOVAH, as in the day of a solemn feast. 19. Arise, cry out in the night, pour out thine heart like water before the face of ADONI. Lift up thy hands to him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger. 20. Behold, O Jehovah, and consider to whom thou hast done this.
Does not this awful prophecy resemble more a history of past events, rather than a denunciation of what was to be literally fulfilled some hundred years after it was uttered? It ought to be remarked that ADONI, as Judge, is represented as not pitying, and as dispersing the king and the priest. How exactly does this coincide with our blessed Saviour's lamentation over Jerusalem ; and, moreover, how exactly is Jeremiah's prophecy fulfilled in the final destruction of that once wonderful kingdom !
CHAP. XXVIII. In God's judgment against the prince of Tyrus, Ezekiel says, The word of JEHOVAH came again unto me, saying, 2. Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith Adoni Jehovah. Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am God; I sit in the
seat of Elohim, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of ELOHIM. 9. Wilt thou yet say, I am ELOHIM? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.
How severely is the prince of Tyrus threatened for presuming to lift up his heart and say, “ I am GOD;" and yet our Saviour asserted his perfect equality with God; and we do not read that such assumption was condemned by the inspired writers.
CHAP. XXXIV. V. 24.--And I, JEHOVAH, will be their Elohim, and my servant David a prince among them. I Jehovah have spoken it. 30. Thus shall they know that I, Jehovah their God, am with them, and · that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith Adoni God. 31. And ye, my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith ADONI JEHOVAH.
Here Jehovah declares he is ELOHIM, and that the people shall know that he is with them. I have often repeated this remark, because, if JEHOVAH were with the Jews at that time, why should he not dwell again with them when he came to establish his own most excellent religion ?
CHAP. IX. V. 3.--And I set my face unto ADONI Elohim, to seek by prayers. and by supplications. 4. And I prayed unto JEHOVAH my God, and made my confession, and said–O ADONI, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments. 11. Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice, therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses, the servant of ELOHIM, because we have sinned against bim.
Here Adovi is addressed as Elorry and JEEOFAE, and the Great and Terrible God. In similar passages in dhe Od and Vew Testament references, this ought al 7271 to be kept in view, for it will tend greatly to esnám the divinity of Christ.
V. Has the word of JEHOVAE, ye children of Israel, for Inana hata a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because
mar a no truth, nok mercy, Dor knowledge of Eloarx in the land.
JEHOVAH is here represented as angry, because there is no knowledge of Elohim in the land ; and
is was awfully verified when the Jews rejected CHRIST; for, had they known the Law and the Propheta, they would not have denied CHRIST. Hosea, it may be perceived, preserves the distinction of pervoos.
V.4.-I am JEHOVAH thy God, from the land of Egypt; and thou shalt know no Elohim but me, for there is no Saviour besides me.
Here is an express declaration of JEHOVAH himself, that our Saviour is no other than the Elohim himself.
CHAP. II. Thus saith JEHOVAH, 12. Turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting and with weeping, and with mourning. 13. And rend your heart and not your garments, and turn unto JEHOVAH your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kind. ness, and repenteth him of the evil..
Here the merciful Jehovah identifies himself with Jesus Christ, the promised MessiAH. JEHOVAH declares he is gracious, and slow to anger, and our Blessed Saviour says, “ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
CHAP. V. V. 4.-Thus saith Jehovah unto the house of Israel. Seek ye me and ye shall live. 14. Seek good and not evil, that ye may live, and so JEHOVAH God of hosts shall be with you.
JEHOVAH says, Seek Me, and if ye do, JEHOVAH God of hosts shall be with you. This future and conditional promise must refer to Christ, and yet when he did appear, they rejected him, although his abode on earth was foretold by their own received prophets.
CHAP. VIII. V.9.-And it shall come to pass in that day, saith ADONI JEHOVAH, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day.
Recall to mind the supernatural eclipse of the sun on the day of the Crucifixion.
CHAP. IX. V. 8.-Behold the eyes of ADONI JEHovau are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it, from off the face of the earth, saying, I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith JEHOVAH.
Here again is a wonderful prophecy, whose fulfilment is evident to every one: the kingdom of the Jews has been destroyed from off the face of the earth for nearly two thousand years, and yet the house of Jacob, the Jewish people, exist scattered over the face of the whole earth ; yea, they are not destroyed, for they remain an existing miracle, a race as distinct as the Chinese, who never quit their own country.
OBADIAH. V. 17.-Unto Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness: and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. 21. And Saviours shall come up on Mount Zion, to judge the Mount of Esau, and the kingdoms shall be Jehovah's.
This single quotation from Obadiah is enough to prove that he wrote in the same spirit as the other inspired penmen, for he declares that holiness and deliverance shall be on Mount Zion, and that the kingdom shall be JEHOVAH's; that is, when the MESSIAH shall appear there to establish his holy religion.
CHAP. III. V.1.-And the word of JEHOVAH came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh. 4. And Jonah cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. 5. So the people of Nineveh believed Elohim, and proclaimed a fast. 8. Let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to ELOHIM. Yea, let them turn every one from his evil way. 9. Who can tell