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he had seen a heavy globe of brass which he was himself unable to move ; but on inquiring its use, he was told that it was employed for testing the strength of the wrestlers ; none being admitted as combatants till it was ascertained, by their lifting of this weight, with whom they should be matched. This reminds us that, in the piratical states of Bar. bary. when European captives were brought in to be disposed of as slaves, they were often compelled by their captors, or intended purchasers, to afford evidence of their strength by raising large and most burdensome stones provided for
11. “ The mourning of Hadalrimmon."— This was the great mourning for Josiah, 2 Chron. xxxv. 22–25. Jerome says that Hadad-rimmon was the name of a place which, in his time, went by the name of Maximianopolis, so called in honour of the emperor Maximian, being situated seventeen miles from Cæsarea and ten miles from Jezreel. This was perhaps the exact place, in the valley or plain of Megiddo, where Josiah was slain.
neither shall they wear 'a rough garment
to deceive : 1 The fountain of purgation for Jerusalem, 2. from 5 But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am idolatry, and fulse prophecy. 7 The death of Christ, and the trial of a third part
an husbandınan; for man taught me to keep
cattle from my youth. Is that day there shall be a fountain opened 6 And one shall say unto him, What are to the house of David and to the inhabitants these wounds in thine hands? Then he of Jerusalem for sin and for 'uncleanness. shall answer, Those with which I was wound
2 And it shall come to pass in that day, ed in the house of my friends. saith the Lord of hosts, that I will 'cut off 7 | Awake, O sword, against my shepthe names of the idols out of the land, and herd, and against the man that is my fellow, they shall no more be remembered : and also saith the LORD of hosts : 'smite the shepI will cause the prophets and the unclean herd, and the sheep shall be scattered : and spirit to pass out of the land.
I will turn mine hand upon the little ones. 3 And it shall come to pass, that when 8 And it shall come to pass, that in all any shall yet prophesy, then his father and the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein his mother that begat him shall say unto shall be cut off and die; but the third shall him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest be left therein. lies in the name of the Lord: and his father 9 And I will bring the third part through and his mother that begat him shall thrust the fire, and will 'refine them as silver is him through when he prophesieth.
refined, and will try them as gold is tried: 4 And it shall come to pass in that day, they shall call on my name, and I will hear that the prophets shall be ashamed every them: I will say, It is my people: and they one of his vision, when he hath prophesied'; I shall say, The Lord is my God. Heb. separation fur uncleanness.
3 Heb. a garment of hair. Verse 4. “Wear a rough garment to deceive.”—It appears from various passages of Scripture, that the prophets usually wore a rough or hairy garment; and it would seem that the deception of which Zechariah here speaks was, that the false prophets, to complete their imposition on the people, assumed the outward garb by which prophets were
? Ezek. 30. 13.
4 Heb. to lie.
* Matt. 26. 31. Mark 14. 27.
shall be holy.
against those nations, as when he fought in CHAPTER XIV.
the day of battle. i The destroyers of Jerusalem destroyed. 4 The
4 s And his feet shall stand in that day coming of Christ, and the graces of his kingdom. upon the mount of Olives, which is before 12 The plague of Jerusalem's enemies. 16 The Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of remnant shall turn to the Lord, 20 and their spoils Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof
toward the east and toward the west, and BEHOLD, the day of the Lord cometh, and there shall be a very great valley; and half thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of of the mountain shall remove toward the
north, and half of it toward the south. 2 For I will gather all nations against 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be mountains; "for the valley of the mountains taken, and the houses rifled, and the women shall reach unto Azal : yea, ye shall flee, ravished; and half of the city shall go forth like ye fled from before the earthquake into captivity, and the residue of the people in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and shall not be cut off from the city.
the Lord my God shall come, and all the 3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight I saints with thee. 10r, my mountains. ? Or, when he shall touch the valley of the mountains to the place he separated. 8 Amos 1. 1. VOL. III.
6 And it shall coine to pass in that day, , salem; and the wealth of all the heathen that the light shall not be *clear, nor dark: round about shall be gathered together,
7 But oit shall be 'one day which shall be gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abunknown to the Lord, not day, nor night: but dance. it shall come to pass, that at Revening time 15 And so shall be the plague of the it shall be light.
horse, of the muie, of the camel, and of the 8 And it shall be in that day, that living ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in 'waters shall go out from Jerusalem: half these tents, as this plague. of them toward the former sea, and half of 16 | And it shall come to pass, that them toward the hinder sea : in summer and every one that is left of all the nations which in winter shall it be.
came against Jerusalem shall even go up 9 And the Lord shall be king over all from year to year to worship the King, the the earth : in that day shall there be one LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of Lord, and his name one.
tabernacles. 10 All the land shall be turned as a 17 And it shall be, that whoso will not plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jeru
of all the families of the earth unto salem: and it shall be lifted up, and "inha- Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD bited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. the place of the first gate, unto the corner 18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto and come not, that have no rain ; there the king's winepresses.
shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD 11 And men shall dwell in it, and there will smite the heathen that come not up to shall be no more utter destruction; but Je- keep the feast of tabernacles. rusalem shall be safely inhabited.
19 This shall be the "punishment of 12. And this shall be the plague where- Egypt, and the punishment of all nations with the Lord will smite all the people that that come not up to keep the feast of taberhave fought against Jerusalem ; Their flesh nacles. shall consume away while they stand upon 20 In that day shall there be upon the their feet, and their eyes shall consume
18 bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO away in their holes, and their tongue shall THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD's consume away in their mouth.
house shall be like the bowls before the 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, altar. that a great tumult from the Lord shall be 21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in among them; and they shall lay hold every Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come hand shall rise up against the hand of his and take of them, and seethe therein: and neighbour.
in that day there shall be no more the 14 And "Judah also shall fight ''at Jeru- ! ''Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts. * Heb. precious 5 Heb. thickness. & Or, the day shall be one.
8 Isa. 60. 19. Rev. 21. 23. Ezek, 47. 1. Jo-1 3. 18. Rev. 22. I. 10 Or, eastern. 11 Or, compassed. 19 Or, shall abide. 13 Or, shall abide. 14 Or, thou also, 0 Judah, shalt. 15 Or, ngitinst. 19 Heb. upon whom there is not.
18 Or, bridles, 19 Isa. 35. 8. Joel 3. 17. Rev. 21. 27, and 22. 15. Verse 18. “ The family of Egypt that hæve no rain.”—This is a very remarkable distinction made with respect to Egypt. The nations that would not go up to Jerusalem were to be punished with the want of rain ; but since Egypt had no rain," it would not be comprehended under this ban; and therefore a special clause is added for that country, denouncing on it a different punishment. The statement that Egypt had no rain is, like that of Pliny, to be understood in the qualified sense.--that Egypt had not rain so abundantly or frequently as other countries ; and possessed, in the periodical overflowings of the Nile, and in the means of irrigation which that river at other times supplies, peculiar resources which would prevent even the entire deprivation of rain from producing calamitous consequences. (See the note on Exod. vii. 15.) The case is, that during the usual season of rain, which corresponds to our winter, falls of rain are rather frequent, though not of long continuance, in the provinces which border on the Mediterranean, and in the deserts between the valley of the Nile and the Red Sea. But in the interior of Egypt it almost never rains; the inundation of the Nile, and the abundant nocturnal dews, being the sole fertilizing principles. This extraordinary dryness of the valley of the Nile is to be attributed to the heat of the sun, and to the course of the winds which, as determined by the form of the valley, blow pretty constantly from the north-west. The clouds formed from the vapours of the seas, which bound Egypt on the north and east, are drawn into this current of air, which drives them towards Nubia and Ethiopia, where they speedily fall in rain upon the woods and mountains—thus ultimately benefiting Egypt by rendering the increase of its river more abundant. The currents of air which traverse the valley of the Nile are most sensible at a distance from the mountains which confine that valley on the east and west ; near these mountains, the effect of the currents is less powerful; and there it sometimes rains.
20. “The bells of the horses.”—Dr. Gill, who wrote about ninety years since-when, from the bad condition of the roads, goods were conveyed by pack-horses far more extensively than of late years—says, that they, as well as draught horses, were often furnished with bells, under the notion that the animals were encouraged and enlivened by the sound,
7 Rev. 99. 5.
We are not aware that pack-horses now wear bells in this
Camel's Head with Bells. of course a figurative expression to denote the consecration of the meanest things to the Divine glory. Nevertheless, the mention of bells with pots, in this connection, reminds us to mention that the expression might contain an allusion to an actual practice; for nothing is more common than for the Orientals to have the name of God, or some pious text or moral maxim inscribed upon their vessels of metal, generally in such a manner as to form an ornamental border near the rim. We have ourselves used cups and dishes of tinned copper thus ornamented; and we had almost said that we had seen the same on the bells of animals; but feeling slightly doubtful as to the accuracy of our recollection, we abstain.
Here, at the close of Zechariah’s book of prophecy, we proceed to notice, as promised in the introductory note, the sepulchral structure which stands in the valley of Jehoshaphat, bearing the name of the Tomb of Zechariah ; and a representation of which is contained in the engraving at p. 265 of the present volume. It will be seen that, in its general character, it resembles Absalom's Tomb in the same valley (see 2 Sam xviii.); and, like that, belongs rather to seulpture than architecture, being altogether a mass of hewn rock. Mr. Buckingham has given perhaps the best description of it, as follows: “It is a square mass of rock, hewn down into form, and isolated from the quarry out of which it is cut, by a passage of twelve or fif.een feet wide on three of its sides; the fourth, or western side being open towards the valley and to Mount Moriah, the foot of which is only a few yards distant. This square mass is eight paces in length on each side, and about twenty feet high in the front, and ten feet high at the back, the hill on which it stands having a steep ascent. It has four semi-columns cut out of the same rock on each of its faces, with a pilaster at each angle, all of a bastard Ionic order and ornamented in bad taste. The architrave, the full moulding, and the deep overhanging cornice which finishes the square, are all perfectly after the Egyptian manner; and the whole is surmounted by a pyramid, the sloping sides of which rise from the very edges of the square below, and terminate in a finished point. The square of this monument is one solid mass of rock, as well as its semi-columns on each face ; but the surmounting pyramid appears to be of masonry: its sides however are perfectly smooth, like the coated pyramids of Saccara and Dashour, and not graduated by stages as the pyramids of Gizeh in Egypt.... There is no appear. ance of an entrance to any part of it; so that it seems, if a tomb, to have been as firmly closed as the Egyptian pyramids themselves ; perhaps from the same respect for the inviolability of the repose of the dead.” The same was the case with the "Tomb of Absalom” till a passage was broken into it. Pococke was informed that there was a subter. taneous entrance to this tomb, known to none but the Jews; and he thought this not unlikely.
The mixed character of this and some of the other sepulchral monuments in this neighbourhood, has occasioned some perplexity to antiquarian travellers. Dr. Clarke thinks it impossible to determine in what age or by what people they were formed. Buckingham and some others are of opinion that the substantial part—the square mass, with the moulding, broad cornice, and surmounting pyramid, were the work of a Jewish age; but that the bastard Ionic columns and pilasters raised from the mass on each of its sides, were the ornamental work of a more modern period, added either out of veneration for the monument itself, or to transfer it by modification to some other purpose. The proba. bility of such a conjecture we were disposed to admit with respect to the tomb of Absalom; because, supposing it to be what its name imported (which we by no means affirmed), it was probably erected too early for the admixture of the Greek style, which it exhibits, to have been part of the original fabric. But the tomb of Zechariah does not require this explanation, supposing it to have been really erected in honour of that prophet, which is very uncertain. He died at a comparatively late period ; and it is not necessary to conclude that the Jews thought of erecting a grand monument in honour of the prophet till a much later day, when their subjection to the Romans and long intercourse with the Greeks of Asia would naturally have some influence in modifying their former notions of architecture, which were probably derived from the Egyptians. That this was the case may be collected from the account which Josephus gives of Herod's buildings: and that this and some other of the monuments which still remain were probably erectea after such infuence had been received, appears the more probable from the intimation afforded in one of our Saviour's reproofs, that the Jews were, in his time, solicitous to honour the memory of the prophets by building their sepulchres. We consider this impression further supported by the fact that it is impossible to identify this mixture of Egyptian and Greek styles as belonging to any people who have held possession of Jerusalem since it was lost to the Jews. These considerations are of interest not merely as respects this and the other tombs, but as affecting the general subject of the later Jewish architecture ; and thus opening a large question which it is not necessary that we should discuss.
7 'Ye offer polluted bread upon mine 1 Malachi complaineth of Israel's unkindness. 6 Ofluted thee?' In that ye say, The table of
altar; and ye say, Wherein have we poltheir irreligiousness, 12 and profaneness.
the Lord is contemptible.
8 And if ye offer the blind 'for sacrifice, HE bur is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and den of the sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy word
of governor; will he be pleased with thee, or the LORD accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts. to Israel 9 And now, I pray you, beseech "God 'by Ma- that he will be gracious unto us: this hath lachi. been by your means: will he regard your 2 I have persons ? saith the Lord of hosts.
10 Who is there even among you that saith the would shut the doors for nought? neither Lokp. Yet do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. ye say, I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord Wherein of hosts, neither will I accept an 'offering at hast thou your hand.
loved us? 11 For from the rising of the sun even Was not Esau Jacob's brother ? saith the unto the going down of the same my name LORD: yet I loved Jacob,
shall be great among the Gentiles; and in 3 And I hated Esau, and laid his moun- every place incense shall be offered unto my tains and his heritage waste for the dragons name, and a pure offering: for my name of the wilderness.
shall be great among the heathen, saith the 4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impo- LORD of hosts. verished, but we will return and build the 12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye desolate places : thus saith the Lord of say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and hosts, They shall build, but I will throw the fruit thereof, even his meat, is condown; and they shall call them, The border temptible. of wickedness, and, The people against 13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness whom the Lord hath indignation for ever. is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the
5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which say, The Lord will be magnified ' from the was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus border of Israel.
ye brought an offering: should I accept this 6 9 A son honoureth his father, and a of your hand ? saith the LORD. servant his master: if then I be a father, 14 But cursed be the deceiver, ''which where is mine honour? and if I be a master, hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts sacrificeth unto the LORD a corrupt thing : unto you, o priests, that despise my name. for I am a great King, saith the Lord of And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy hosts, and my name is dreadful among the name?
heathen. 1 Heb. by the hand of Malachi. 2 Rom. 9 13.
* Heb. from upon. 5 Or, Bring unto, &c. 6 Heb. to sacrifice. 7 Heb. the face of God. 8 Heb. from your hand. 9 Isa. 1 il. Jer. 6. !0. Amos 5. 31. 10 Or, whereas ye might have idoun ic array.
nur, in whose flock is. MALACHI.— This name signifies “my angel” or “my messenger ;" but whether it is to be understood as a proper name, or as a title applied to his office as a prophetic messenger of God, is a questiou difficult to decide. It is more certain that “Malachi” does not occur as a proper name in any part of Scripture; and we rather incline to suppose that the
3 Or, upon.
prophecy is anonymous, and that the title Malachi is given to the prophet from his distinct prediction concerning the messenger (“my messenger” i.e. 'Osbo malachi: iii. 1), which has always been considered by both Jews and Christians as one of the most remarkable and important prophecies of Scripture. As so many conjectures have been offered on the subject, we add this one with some hesitation, but it seems to us at least as probable as any other, and to those who know that several books of the Hebrew Scripture take their titles from words which they contain, this probability will seem all the greater. One strange opinion, supported by Origen and others, supposes that this prophet was really an incarnate angel: another identifies him with Mordecai ; and a third with Ezra. This last opinion has the support of the Chaldee Paraphrast, and of several Christian writers of note: but the arguments adduced in support of this opinion are by no means convincing when carefully examined. What is more certain is, that Malachi was the last of the old Testament prophets. Haggai and Zecharíah prophesied in the time of Zerubbabel, during the building of the Temple ; but Malachi speaks of the Temple as having been some time built; and from this and other intimations it appears that he prophesied while Nehemiah was governor. The prophecy describes exactly the same state of affairs as the history of Nehemiah ; and the “ governor," which was the title of Nehemiah, is mentioned in ch. i. 8. The Jewish writers state that prophecy continued for forty years in the time of the second Temple, under Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, of whom the latter was, as we have seen, evidently the last. With him the Old Testament prophecies conclude, and conclude most strikingly with foretelling the coming of John the Baptist, with whose mission the New Testament opens.
* The last of the prophetical books,” says Bishop Lowth, “that of Malachi, is written in a kind of middle style, which seems to indicate that the Hebrew poetry, from the time of the Babylonish captivity, was in a declining state, and being past its prime and vigour, was then fast verging towards the debility of age.” Although this is probably true as to the state of Hebrew poetry in general, we do not see that it clearly follows from the style of Malachi's prophecy, the latter portion of which, at least, does not appear to be by any means wanting in force or elegance.
Verse 8. “ Yo offer the blind for sacrifice," &c.—By consulting Lev. xxii. 20–24, the reader will perceive that the practices here specified were expressly forbidden by the Law. The feeling of proper reverence for God and the services of his altar would indeed alone have dictated that what was offered to Him should be the best and most perfect of its kind. Even the heathen were sensible of this propriety, and were careful that their victims were without blemish or imperfection. Thus, Homer, in the Iliad (i. 661, makes Achilles propose to consult some priest, prophet, or interpreter of dieams, to know whether the angry Apollo might not be
“ Sooth'd with steam
Of lambs or goats unblemish'd."-CowPER. Indeed, it was required generally that the victims should not be lame, diseased, or sickly, or in any other than a good condition ; or rather it was desired that they should be more above than below the average condition of their species. Pliny, in his chapter De Bubus (l. viii., c. 45), says, that no calf that could not go to the altar on its feet, but required to be carried, was acceptable to the gods ; and that, in general, no lame victim was fit for sacrifice. The Jews theinselves seem, in the end, to have become remarkably particular, even above the law, as to the qualifications of the victims, if what Maimonides says be true, that there were no less than fifty blemishes (enumerated by him) which rendered an animal unfit to be offered on the Lord's altar.
6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and CHAPTER II.
iniquity was not found in his lips : he walked 1 He sharply reproveth the priests for neglecting with me in peace and equity, and did turn their covenant, 11 and the people for idolatry, 14
many away from iniquity. for adultery, 17 and for infidelity.
7 For the priest's lips should keep knowAnd now, O ye priests, this commandment ledge, and they should seek the law at his is for you.
mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD 2 'Íf
ye will not hear, and if ye will not of hosts. lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, 8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a have caused many to 'stumble at the law; curse upon you, and I will curse your
ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, ings: yea. I have cursed them already, be saith the Lord of hosts. did not lay it to heart.
9 Therefore have I also made you con3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and temptible and base before all the people, 'spread dung upon your faces, even the dung according as ye have not kept my ways, but of
your solemn feasts; and tone shall take Thave been partial in the law. you away with it.
10 Have we not all one father? hath not 4 And ye shall know that I have sent one God created us? why do we deal treathis commandment unto you, that my cove- cherously every man against his brother, by nant might be with Levi, saith the Lord of profaning the covenant
of our fathers ? hosts.
11 9 Judah hath dealt treacherously, and 5 My covenant was with him of life and an abomination is committed in Israel and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the wherewith he feared me, and was afraid be- holiness of the Lord which he loved, and my name.
hath married the daughter of a strange god. "Levil 26. 14, &c. Deut. 28. 15, &c. • Or, lifted up the suce against. 7 Heb accepted faces.
Or, vught to love
2 Or, reprore.
9 Heb. scatter.
* Or, it shall take you away to it.
Or, fall in the law,