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OF DAVID. A PROPIECY, concerning

CHRIST THE LORD, and TIIE CALLING OF THE GENTILES.-Arab. Title. 1. Why did the Gentiles rage,

And the Peoples imagine vanity ?
2. The Kings of the land confederated,

And the Rulers were assembled together,
Against THE LORD and against ilis

3. “ Let us break their bands asunder,

And cast away their yoke from Us." 4. He that sitteth in the Heavens shall

smile, And THE REGENT shall deride them; 5. Then shall he speak to them in his

wrath, And terrify them in bis anger: 6. “ Nevertheless, I was ordained KING,

On Sion my holy Mount : 7. I will declare God's decree :66 THE LORD said unto me,



8, “ Ask

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8. “ Ask of Me, and I will give Thee,

The Gentiles for thine inheritance,
And the ends of the Earth, thy pos-

66 session; 9. Thou shalt rule them with an iron scep

tre, And crush them like a potter's vessel.10. Ponder now therefore, () ye Kings,

Be instructed, ye Judges of the Earth! 11. Serve THE LORD with fear,

And rejoice in Him with trembling : 12. Kiss The Son [also] lest he be angry;

And [so] ye perish from the way [of life],
If his wrath be kindled even a little :
Blessed are all that trust in HIM.


This prophecy of the royal psalmist, furnishes a third link to that noble chain, descriptive of the Messiah’s august character; begun through Nathan, seconded through Ethan, and “ in divers degrees and

sundry ways," extended and completed through the succeeding prophets, Isaiah, Micah, Hosea, Jeremiah, Daniel, &c. “ until s vision and prophecy were sealed,” by our


Lord and his apostles. This seems designed more particularly to illustrate the nature of his Sonship, and also of his rejection and persecution, which were briefly, obscurely, and as it were incidentally, noticed in the first prophecy of Nathan.

66 He shall be to me a Son”-“ whosoever [shall be concerned] “ in injuring Him,&c. , and not fully unfolded in the second, of Ethan.

In interpreting this prophecy, we are not left to surmise or conjecture touching its real meaning and application : The Holy SpiRIT himself, has furnished the true and infallible key thereto, in that admirable commentary of the apostles thereon, Acts iv. 24-31, suggested by his immediate influence: during which, with one accord, they lifted up

their voice to God, and said, LORD, (A,) Thou art The God who madest

the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all things therein : who, through the mouth 6 of David thy servant didst say:

Why did the GENTILES ruge,
And THE PEOPLEs imagine vanity?
The Kings of the land confederated,
And THE RULERS were ajjembled together,
Againfi The LORD and against his Christ.”

For, in truth, both HEROD and Pon“ tius PILATE, with the GENTILES, and

PEOPLES OF ISRAEL, were assembled to

gether against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou didst ANOINT: to do whatsoever thy council predetermined to happen, &c.

“ And when they had prayed, the place " wherein they were assembled together was “ shaken, and all were filled with the Holy “ Ghost,” &c.

In this clear, distinct, and authoritative commentary, the Gentilesare intimated to be the Romans; “ the peoples," the peoples of Israel, or the Jews; the kings of the land;" Herod and Pontius Pilate; the rulers," the Jewish sanhedrim or council; and“ the Lord's CHRIST”—His Holy Child Jesus, whom He anointed, or ordained, to be MESSIAH, REGENT, or King.

Following this admirable clue, we shall be the better enabled to understand and explain the Hebrew text:

Verse 1.-" The Gentiles" or Heathen Nations, (0'), are here contrasted with s the peoples,(D'ORS), or tribes of Israel; as in many parts of the Old Testament,


especially in the Divine Ode, usually called Moses's Song, Deut. xxxii. 8.

“ When The Most High divided to the nations *

« their settlements, " When he separated the sons of Adam : “ He assigned the boundaries of the peoplest [of

Israel] “ According to the numbers of the sons of Israel; “ For the portion of the Lord is his people, # Jacob, the survey of his inheritance.”

Where, the settlements of the Gentiles, are finely contrasted with those of the peoples," or tribes of Israel: each tribe, on account of their immense population being considered as a people in itself; while the aggregate of the twelve tribes—“ According to the number of the sons of Israel,—composed collectively his people,whom THE Lord chose to be “ a peculiar treasure unto Himself“ though all the earth be his"

' for Abraham their father's sake.”—But

-are often taken as synony לאמים and עמים

See Gen. xxvii. 29, Isa. li. 4, &c. On the authority of the Septuagint version, sanctioned by the apostles, I have



+ עמים.

* עמן.


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