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15 The hill of God is as the hill of 14 · When the Almighty scattered kings 8 in Bashan ; a high hill as the hill of Bashan.

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so regularly disposed for convenience and use; and God's pure worship there.” Dr. Hammond explains refers to those pots, or furnaces, at which the Israel and confirms this interpretation of the passage more ites in Egypt wrought as slaves, and among which at large, as follows: "The construction lies thus: they were forced to lie down for want of proper ha- | .70 O'sha '72 vno, O God, by scattering kings bitations, and in the most wretched and vile attire, there; or, when thou, O God Almighty, didst scatDeut. iv. 26 ; Psa. Ixxxi. 6. But how great was the ter kings in, or on it, en avrns, say the LXX., that alteration by the conquest of their enemies, and is, on Salmon, ahwn, tashleg, thou wast white as especially of the Midianites! Enriched by the spoils snow ; or, thou didst snow, that is, thou didst there of your enemies, ye shall now lie down, that is, appear in the most shining, bright, propitious form; dwell at ease and with elegance in your tents.” Ye thy mercies made that place more beautiful than the shall be-Or, ye have been, which seems to be more crown of snow doth the head of that mountain, when suitable to the context, both preceding and follow- it melts in fertile moisture on the neighbouring valing, in which he does not speak prophetically of leys.” “Salmon,” he adds, was the name of a things to come, but historically of things past. The very high hill on this side Jordan, in the portion of sense of the verse then is, Though you have for the tribe of Ephraim, Judg. ix. 40, and consequently merly been exposed to great servitude, reproach, I used to have snow lying long upon it.” Poole howand misery, namely, in Egypt; yet since that time ever thinks, with many other interpreters, both HeGod hath changed your condition greatly for the brew and Christian, and the Chaldee among the better. As the wings of a dove, &c.—Beautiful and rest, that the word Salmon ought to be taken here, glorious, like the feathers of a dove, which, accord- not for a proper, but a common name, signifying ing to the variety of its postures, and of the light darkness, or a shadow, and therefore proposes renshining upon it, look like silver or gold. He is dering the clause, it was snow-white, or, Thou thought to refer to the rich garments, or costly tents, || madest it snow-white in darkness; or, Thou didst which they took from the Midianites, and their other cause light to shine out of darkness: that is, at a enemies, and which, either because of their various i time when the state of thy people, and the land of colours, or their being ornamented with silver and | Canaan, which thou hadst given them, was dark and gold, resembled the colours of a dove, the feathers | dismal, or bloody, by reason of the wars raised of whose wings or body glistered interchangeably, || against them by the Canaanitish kings, thou didst as with silver and gold: see Chandler and Bochart. | quickly change it, and whereas it was red like scarThus the church of Christ has frequently emerged let, or crimson, thou madest it whiter than snow. from a state of persecution and tribulation into one Thus Buxtorf translates piosea afon, tashleg betof liberty and comfort. “And such is the change | salmon, nivesces, thou didst snow, or albesces sicut made in the spiritual condition of any man, when he nix, in caligine. Thou didst grow white in darkpasses from the bondage of corruption into the glo- | ness. Henry understands it of the church of God rious liberty of the sons of God: he is invested with that then was: “She was white as snow in Salmon, the robe of righteousness, and adorned with the purified and refined by the mercies of God." Chandgraces of the Spirit of holiness.”—Horne. But still, ler renders the clause, When the Almighty scattered yea, incomparably greater will be the change of kings therein, thou didst make them joyful in Salstate and condition which all the true disciples of mon; or, There was great joy in Salmon. Dr. Christ shall experience when they shall completely Horne who doubtless had consulted the commentaput off the image of the earthly, with all its attend-tors above quoted and many others on the passage, ant infirmities, afflictions, and sufferings, and shall acquiesces in this interpretation, observing, " The be fully invested with that of the heavenly, their purport of this difficult verse seems to be, that all very bodies being conformed to Christ's glorious was white as snow, that is, all was brightness, joy, body. Then indeed shall all remains of their state and festivity about mount Salmon, when the Alof humiliation disappear: and they shall be as the mighty, fighting for his people Israel, vanquished wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers their enemies in or about that part of the country.” with yellow gold: yea, they shall shine forth as the Verse 15. The hill of God--That is, Zion, the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

seat of God's ark; is as the hill of Bashan-Equal, Verse 14. When the Almighty scattered kings in yea, superior to it. Bashan was a rich and fruitful it-In Canaan, at the coming of the Israelites thither; mountain beyond Jordan, called by the LXX. TLOV it was white as snow in Salmon—"The Almighty opos, a fat mountain, and opos TeTUPWevov, a mountain appeared most illustrious as Salmon,” says Bishop that yielded much butter and cheese. But Zion had Patrick, that is, as mount Salmon covered with greater advantages, and yielded much better fruits.

“ The land and nation,” says Mr. Samuel | A high hill as the hill of BashanThough it be but Clark, “ were then in a very flourishing, joyful con- a low, mean hill, compared with Bashan, in outward dition, and resplendent, by the establishment of || appearance, yet it is as high as it, yea, is exalted far God's presence

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* this is the hill which God desireth to LORD is among them, as in Sinai, in dwell in ; yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever. the holy place. 17 y The chariots of God are twenty thou- 18 z Thou hast ascended on high, a thou hast

Psa. cxiv. 4, 6. — Deut. xii. 5, 11; 1 Kings ix. 3; Psa. || 16, 17; Dan. vii. 10; Heb. xii. 22 ; Rev. ix. 16.- Or, even Ixxxvii. 1, 2; cxxxii. 13, 14.- Deut. xxxiii. 2; 2 Kings vi.

many thousands.

- Acts i. 9; Eph. iv. 8.a a Judg. v. 12.

above it, through its spiritual privileges, being the should succeed the typical. After that, the privileges place where God's worship is established, where he of Zion were transferred to the Christian Church ; is peculiarly present, and where he confers his she became, and, while the world lasts, will continue choicest blessings; in which respect the mountain to be, the hill in which God delighteth to dwell ; she of the Lord's house is said to be established on the top will therefore be justly entitled to the pre-eminence of the mountains, and exalted above the hills. Dr. over all that may seem to be great and glorious in the Chandler supposes that this and the two following world."--Horne. verses were begun to be sung when the ark came in Verse 17. The chariots of God are twenty thouview of mount Zion, the place of its fixed residence sand--Nor let the heathen boast of their hosts or arfor the future, and probably when they began to as- | mies, or of the multitude of their chariots, wherein cend the hill. And he reads this, as well as the fol- | chiefly their strength consists; for in Zion there are lowing verse, with an interrogation, conceiving that ten thousand times more, even innumerable hosts of it makes them appear more suitable to the occasion, angels, who attend upon God, to do his pleasure, and and worthy of the genuine spirit of poetry; thus: Is to fight for him and for his people. Twenty thouthe hill of Bashan, is the craggy hill of Bashan the sand here stands for an innumerable company, a hill of God? As if he had said, Bashan may boast certain number being put for an uncertain. "he of its proud eminences, its craggy summits, but is Lord is among them—And here is not only the prethis the hill where God will fix his residence ? sence of the angels, but of the great and blessed God

Verse 16. Why leap ye, ye high hillsWhy ex- himself; in Sinai as in the holy place—God is no ult ye, or triumph, boasting of your height, and look- less gloriously, though less terribly, present here ing down upon poor Zion with scorn and contempt, than he was in Sinai, when, attended with thousands as an obscure and inconsiderable hill, if compared of his angels, he solemnly appeared there to deliver with you? He speaks to the hills by a usual figure, the law. Hebrew, vipa 'yo, sinai bakodesh, litecalled a prosopopæia. This is the hill, &c.—This rally, Sinai is in the sanctuary, or holy place, which is hill, though despicable in your eyes, is precious and a poetical, and a very emphatical expression, and honourable in the eyes of God, and chosen by him very pertinent to this place. For, having advanced for the place of his settled and perpetual residence. Zion above all other hills, he now equals it to that Dr. Chandler, however, gives a different sense to the venerable hill of Sinai, which the divine majesty word 71737, teratsdun, here rendered, leap ye; and honoured with his glorious presence. Here, says translates the whole verse thus: Why look ye with he, you have, in some sort, mount Sinai itself, nameenvy, ye craggy hills ? This is the mountain God | ly, all the glories and privileges of it, the presence hath desired to dwell in; yea, the Lord will dwell of Jehovah, attended with his angels, and the same there for ever. Thus he considers the psalmist as law and covenant, yea, and a greater privilege than poetically introducing Bashan, and the other little Sinai had, to wit, the Lord descending from heaven hills, as looking with envy on mount Zion, that she, into a human body, as appears by his ascending thiabove all the other mountains, should be favoured ther again, which the next verse describes. For here with the residence of the etern God, and become the psalmist seems evidently to be transported by the fixed seat of his ark. He tacitly bids them cease the prophetic spirit, from the narration of those extheir envy; and by pointing to mount Zion, says, ternal successes and victories, of which he had been “See! there is the hill which God hath chosen, speaking in the former part of the Psalm, unto the above all others, to inhabit! Yea, the Lord will prediction of higher and more glorious things, even dwell there for ever. His ark shall never be re- of the coming of the Messiah, and of the happy and moved from it to any other dwelling whatsoever." || transcendent privileges and blessings accruing to For, though the ark was removed from that particu- mankind thereby. And the connection of this new lar spot, in which it was now to be placed, to the hill matter with the former is sufficiently apparent. For of Moriah, upon which the temple was to be built; the preference of Zion to other places having been yet it must be remembered that Zion and Moriah stated, verses 15, 16, he now proves its excellence by stood near each other, being both in Jerusalem, and an invincible argument; it was the place to which were, probably, but two tops of one and the same the Lord of hosts himself, the Messiah, God manihill. Here, excepting the seventy years of the Baby- || fest in the flesh, was to come; and, when he came, lonish captivity, during which time Jerusalem lay was to be attended by a multitude of angels, celedesolate, God would dwell " till the old dispensation brating his birth, ministering to him in his temptation, should be at an end; till the glory of the Lord should attesting his resurrection, and accompanying him in be revealed in human nature; till God should be ma- his ascension. nifest in the flesh; and the true tabernacle and temple Verse 18. Thou hast ascended on high_"When The ascension of Christ, and

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the salvation of his people.

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ceived gifts 10 for men ; yea, for the loadeth us with benefits, even the rebellious also, d that the LORD God might dwell God of our salvation. Selah.

20 He that is our God is the God of salva

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b Acts ii. 4, 33.

10 Heb. in the man.

c1 Tim. i. 13. Psa. lxxviii. 60.

the ark had ascended mount Zion, and was deposit- | v. 12. Thus poverty is but for the poor, 2 Kings xxiv. ed in the place assigned for it, the singers are sup- || 14; see the Hebrew. This is meant of Satan, sin posed, by Dr. Chandler, to have proceeded with this and death, and of all the enemies of Christ and his part of the Psalm, in which (he thinks) they cele- people, whom he led in triumph, having spoiled them, brate the ascension of their God and king, by the and making a show of them openly, as is expressed symbol of his presence, to the heights of Zion, after | Col. ii. 15. Thou hast received gifts for men—Hehaving subdued their enemies, and enriched his peo- | brew, DTX); Ev av&pwaw, in the man, as the LXX. ple with the spoil of the vanquished, and the gists of render it, that is, in the human nature, wherewith the tributary nations; of which much was probably thou wast pleased to clothe thyself

, that thou mightemployed in the service of the tabernacle, and after- est be a merciful and faithful High-Priest in things ward in building the temple, first designed by David, pertaining to God. Not in thy Godhead; but acthat the Lord God might dwell and have a fixed ha-cording to thy manhood, thou hast received from bitation among his people.”—Horne. But although God all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, and David, in composing this Psalm for the occasion, as all those gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit which is supposed, of removing the ark, might probably, in are necessary, either to the perfection of thy nature, this part of it, refer in some measure to the ascent or the good of thy church and people; or, for men; of that symbol of the divine presence to the top of not for angels; "fallen angels were not to be made mount Zion; yet his expressions are evidently too saints,” says Henry,“nor standing angels ministers. strong and exalted to be confined to that transaction, Not for Jews only, but for all men ; whosoever will or even to have been primarily intended of it. He may reap the benefit of these gifts.” The apostle, in certainly speaks principally of another and much the reference which he makes to these words, names more important event, typified, indeed, by that as- some of these gists: they were prophets, apostles, cent of the ark, and the advantages resulting there- ! evangelists, pastors, teachers ; namely, the institufrom to the people, but far more glorious in itself, tion of a gospel ministry, and the qualification of men and producing effects of infinitely greater conse- for it, both which are to be valued as the gifts of quence, not only to the Jews, but to the whole hu- | God, and the fruits of Christ's ascension. The aposman race. He speaks of the ascension of the Messiah tle reads it, he gave gifts to men. For he received into heaven, in consequence of his victory over his that he might give them. And some of the best criand our enemies, obtained by his death and resur- tics have observed, that in the Hebrew idiom, to take rection. And, accordingly, as is well known, his gifts for another, is the same as to give them to anwords are so applied by the apostle to the Gentiles, other : see 1 Kings iii. 24; and Gen xviii. 5, in the Eph. iv. 8, who, guided as he was, by the Spirit of Hebrew. The anointing of the Spirit was poured truth, certainly neither did, nor could, mistake the on his head, that it might descend to the skirts of his meaning of this divinė oracle given forth by the in- garments, to the lowest and meanest members of his spiration of the same Spirit. It must, however, be mystical body. Yea, for the rebellious alsoFor acknowledged, that, having been speaking of victo- those that had been rebellious, who had not only ries and conquests in war, he borrows, as it was na- broken his laws, but appeared in arms against him; tural for him to do, his expressions on this subject even for his most stubborn and determined enemies, from the ancient custom of princes and generals of whether Jews or Gentiles; for those who crucified armies, who, after such glorious achievements, were him and put him to open shame. Even for these, wont to go up into their royal cities in triumphant as well as others, he received, and to these he gave chariots, being attended by their captive enemies, those saving gifts and graces; and of such as these, and afterward to distribute divers gifts to their sol- | converted by the power of his gospel, he formed diers and subjects, and sometimes to do some acts of and established a holy church ; that the Lord God clemency, even to their enemies and rebels, and to might dwell among them—That having received such receive them into the number of their own people. I gifts and graces, and thereby being made fit habitaIn allusion to this, he here represents the victorious tions for God, he, who as man is ascended into the Captain of our salvation as ascending to his royal highest heavens, might, as God, come down to them city in the heavens, leading his enemies captive, and and abide with them, not only in and by his ordiconferring the most important gifts, privileges, and nances, in which he is present, but by his Spirit blessings on his subjects, and even on such as had dwelling in their hearts. been rebels against his government. Thou hast led Verses 19, 20. Blessed be the Lord, &c.—Having captivity captive–That is, either those who did for- surveyed God's dispensations of grace and mercy to merly take thy people captive, or rather, those his church and people, thus manifested in their rewhom thou hadst taken captive, as this expression is demption and salvation, the psalmist is so overcome most commonly used. See Deut. xxi. 10; Judges with gratitude for them, that he thus breaks forth The victory of Christ

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23 " That thy foot may be 11 dip21 But 'God shall wound the head of his ped in the blood of thine enemies, and the enemies, and the hairy scalp of such a one as tongue of thy dogs in the same. goeth on still in his trespasses.

24 They have seen thy goings, O God; 22 The LORD said, I will bring hagain even the goings of my God, my King, in the from Bashan ;. I will bring my people sanctuary.

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h Num. xxi. 33.

• Deut. xxxii. 39; Prov. iv. 23; Rev. i. 18; xx. 1.

6; Hab. ii. 13. - Psa. lv. 23.

_11 Or,

Li Exod. xiv, 22. k Psa. lviii. 10.
red. 1 Kings xxi. 19.

abruptly in praise and thanksgiving; who daily load-heads; nor shall their strength or craft be able to eth us with his benefitsWho, besides the great and protect them from his indignation.” For the head, glorious blessing of our redemption, once wrought and the hairy scalp, or crown, denote the principal for us, is daily conferring new favours upon us. So part, the strength, the pride, and the glory of the many and so weighty are the gists of God's bounty adversary, which was to be crushed, according to the to us, that he may be truly said to load us with original sentence, Gen. iii. 15. It is justly observed them; and so incessant are they, and so unwearied here by Dr. Horne, that this verse begins a predicis he in doing us good, that he daily loads us with tion of that vengeance which the person who was them, according as the necessity of every day re- “ascended on high would infallibly execute upon quires. Even the God of our salvationThe only his impenitent enemies, and which was shadowed author and finisher of our present and of our eternal forth in the destruction of the enemies of Israel by salvation. He that is our GodWho is our Friend, David, after that the ark of God was placed upon the Father, and God in covenant; is the God of salva- hill of Zion." tionHe will not put us off with present things for Verses 22, 23. The Lord said-Purposed within a portion, but he will be the God of our salvation; himself, and promised by divers of his prophets, and what he gives us now, he gives as the God of though not in the same words which are here used: salvation, pursuant to his great design of bringing us see 2 Sam. iv. 8. I will bring again from Bashan to everlasting happiness. For that only will answer - I will repeat my ancient favours, and give my peothe vast extent of his covenant relation to us as our ple, by David, as great deliverances as I formerly God. But has he power to complete this salvation ? gave them when I saved them from the hand of Og, Yes, certainly; for unlo the Lord our God belong king of Bashan, who came out against them with all the issues from death— The keys of hell and death his forces, Deut. iii. 1; a deliverance often mentionare put into the hands of the Lord Jesus, Rev. i. 18. ed in succeeding parts of Scripture as one of the He, having made an escape from death itself, in most eminent. I will bring my people again from his resurrection, has both authority and power to the depths of the sea- I will appear as powerfully for rescue his followers from the dominion of it, by al- them as I did when I delivered them from the Egyptering the property of it to them when they die, and tian army, by giving them a safe passage through giving them a complete victory over it when they the Red sea. That thy foot may be dipped, &c.shall rise again; for the last enemy that shall be de- ! The meaning is, that if the enemies of God's people stroyed is death.

should continue to invade and harass them by war, Verse 21. But God shall wound the head of his they should be entirely cut off by the sword, and enemies-Of Satan, the old serpent, of whom it was, their slaughter be so great, as that the victorious by the first promise, foretold, that the seed of the army should be forced to trample on their dead and woman should bruise his head ; and the heads of all bloody bodies, and the dogs should satiate themthe powers of the nations, whether Jews or Gentiles, selves by lapping up their blood. The words are the that oppose him and his kingdom among men. Psa. description of a complete victory, and of what hapcx. 6, He shall wound the heads over many coun- pens after a bloody engagement. tries; of all those, whoever they are, that will not Verse 24. They, &c.—When the ark was safely have him to reignover them. For these he accounts deposited, the sacrifices offered, the solemnity well his enemies, and they shall be brought forth and nigh concluded, and the whole assembly about to slain before him, Luke xix. 27. The hairy scalp, return back, Dr. Chandler supposes the singers &c.—This expression seems to refer to the custom struck up and joined in the remaining part of this noprevalent with many, in ancient times, of wearing ble anthem. They have seen-Men saw and observlong shaggy hair, that their looks might be more ed, thy goings, O GodThe procession of the ark terrible to their enemies. Of such a one as goeth on to Zion, the solemnity whereof is particularly destill in his trespasses-And hates to be reformed. scribed in the following verses. The word, goings, Christ looks on all such as his enemies, and will tindebo, halichotheicha, means, thy marches ; the treat them accordingly. The original words here procession, it seems, stopping several times, and beused have great emphasis, and imply, God shall ing performed in several sorts of periods, in proper strike deep, or exhaust the blood of the head of his succession, one after another, for the ease of those enemies, that is, utterly destroy them. As if he had who bore the ark, and for performing some sacred said, “He will avenge himself on their devoted || rites, which were appointed on this occasion, 2 Sam. The favours of Christ

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players on instruments followed after; lcil, the princes of Zebulun, and the among them were the damsels playing with || princes of Naphtali. timbrels.

28 Thy God hath commanded thy strength: 26 Bless ye God in the congregations, strengthen, O God, that which thou hast even the LORD, 12 from the fountain of wrought for us. Israel.

29 Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall 27 There is little Benjamin with their ruler, || kings bring presents unto thee.

m 1 Chron. xiii. 18; xv. 16; Psa. xlvii. 5.- 13 Or, ye that are of the fountain of Israel. - Deut. xxxiii. 28; Isa. xlviii. 1. • 1 Sam. ix. 21.

18 Or, with their company:

-P So Psa. xlii. 8.-9 1 Kings x. 10, 24, 25; 2 Chron. xxxii. 23; Psa. lxxii. 10; lxxvi. 11; Isa. Ix. 16, 17.

vi. 13; 1 Chron. xv. 26. Even the marches of my with more obstinacy than any other tribe, as having God, my King-He repeats it, because the words been so long used to govern, and unwilling to part contain a sort of triumph on account of this great with the regal dignity, which was, by God's appointwork of translating the ark being now happily ac- ! ment, first seated among them. With their rulercomplished, which he seems to have considered as a || With the prince of their tribe, who marched at the pledge and earnest of the mighty things God would head of them. Hebrew, Benjamin their ruler; the do for them, having now, by this symbol of his pre- | tribe which had lately swayed the sceptre, but now sence, taken possession of the place prepared for submitted to David. The princes of JudahIt is him on mount Zion, and therefore of Jerusalem, the no wonder that he should mention the princes of this capital of the kingdom: in the sanctuary-Or, in tribe, because he was elected by them to be their holiness, for it was not a light and carnal, but a se- || king; their council—“This tribe was certainly the rious and holy procession: or, into the sanctuary, as council or chief support of the Israelitish constituthe words may be rendered; or, holy tabernacletion, both in the cabinet and the field; in the formprepared for it; to which they had now carried the er it had the lead. The princes of Zebulun and ark.

Naphtali are added, as the most remote, to show the Verses 25, 26. The singers went before-David unanimity of the whole nation, and of all the tribes had ordered the chief of the Levites to appoint their far and near, in attending this solemnity; to testify brethren for singers, by lifting up the voice with joy, their willing acknowledgment of David for their king, 1 Chron. xv. 16; the players on instruments follow- and their consent, that henceforward Jerusalem, the ed after-Of which see 2 Sam. xvi. 15; 1 Chron. xiii. city of David, should be declared and esteemed the 8. Among them were the damsels-According to capital of the whole nation." the usage; playing on timbrelsAnd with their Verse 28. Thy God, O Israel, hath commandedvoices celebrating the praises of God. Bless ye God Hath ordained, or effectually procured; thy strength in the congregation—This verse contains what they --All that strength and power which thou hast effectsang on this occasion, in concert with the band of ually exerted at any time against thine enemies, and music. From the fountain of Israel-Or, as it is which is now greatly increased by the union of all rendered in the margin, and by many others, Ye that the tribes under one head. In other words, the great are of, or from, the fountain of Israel, or Jacob ; | power of the Israelites, and the height of glory and that is, all ye people of Israel, derived from the stock strength to which the kingdom of David had arisen, or family of Jacob; see Isa. xlviii. 1. But these were the work of God. This naturally makes way words are by some joined to the former clause, for the petition following: Strengthen, O God, that thus: Bless the Lord for the fountain of Israel, that which thou hast wrought in us—Let the foundation is, for that fountain which God hath opened to Israel, || of our present happiness be firm and durable. for the purging away of sin and uncleanness, as is Verse 29. Because of thy temple at Jerusalemexpressed Zech. xiii, 1, even the blood and Spirit of The tabernacle erected there by David, in which the Christ, and all those spiritual blessings which God ark was now placed; or rather, the temple which he confers upon his people in the sanctuary, and by his foresaw would be built, and which he knew would ordinances. But the former sense seems most natu- | be very magnificent, and of fame and glory through

out all countries, as he says, 1 Chron. xxii. 5; and Verse 27. There is little Benjamin-Present in such as would command esteem and reverence, even this solemn pomp of carrying the ark to Zion, under from the heathen princes and people, and that, not the conduct of David their king. That tribe is call- || only for its most splendid and glorious structure, but ed little, partly because it was the youngest, as being especially for the wonderful works which the God descended from Jacob's youngest son, and principally of that temple would work in behalf of his people, because it was exceedingly diminished, and almost and in answer to the prayers that should be made in annihilated under the judges. And he notices it that temple; of which see 1 Kings viii. 41-43. Shall particularly here, both because it was nearest to Ju- | kings bring presents unto thee-Which was done dah, and to the place to which the ark was now car- | in part in the times of Solomon and Hezekiah, and ried; and also to signify their reconciliation and sub- || afterward by others; but more fully when the Lord mission to David, against whom they had stood out Il Christ was come into his temple, according to Mal.

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