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Such will be the destruction of Antichrist :- but the prophet, by “one of the boldest prosopopæias
this mystic sovereign corresponds much better with the infidel tyrant than the Pope, the interpretation of Vitringa is nevertheless important, as it shews-his decided opinion, like that of the two Lowths, to have been, that we must look beyond the literal king of Babylon for the complete fulfilment of the prediction.
". Imperii vero Babylonici, ad quod Joannes in Apocalypsi " alludit, quo modo in hac prophetia describitur, hi sunt « characteres. 4. Est imperium magnum et vastum. B. Cu“ jus metropolis est urbs magna, ampla, splendida, regnorun “ decus, excellentia sua superbiens (Cap. xiii. 19.). y. Quæ capti« vum tenet populum Dei olim et longum tempus liberum, “ cumque duro premit jugo servitutis (Cap. xiv. 1, 2, 3, 4.) “ d. Cui præest Rex sive Reges violenti, tyranni crudeles, ex« actores, populis violenter et inclementer imperantes. (Cap. " xiii. 11. xiv. 6, 12.) 6. Tanto fastu se supra homana “ omnia efferentes, ut se. Deo æquent, et summam cum eo “ partiri gaudeant gloriam (Vs. 13, 14.), sedentes in templo “ Dei, tanquam Deus, et quidem ad latera Aquilonis. Šo “ Turbantes totum orbem, bellorumque inter gentes jacientes “ semina (Cap. xiv. 16.). n. Qui Rex, complexe, sumptus, “ vi tandemn dejiciendus sit de throno imperii, et detrudendus « ad inferos (Cap. xiv. 15.). 0. Cum admiratione omnium “ populorum et gentium, quæ crediderant'imperium ejus fore “ æternum (Cap. xiv. 6.). « Abolita simul omni hujus in“ perii successione (V's. 21, 22.). %. Interitu autem suo in« volvet plenarium excidium Babelis, ita destruendæ, ut " nunquam postea habitetur (Cap. xiii. 20, 21. xiv. 23.) a. “ Cujus judicii administri essent maximam partem gentes “ truces, crudeles, bellicosæ, Babeli septentrionales, non para sa suræ incolis Babelis (Cap. xiii. 17.). M. Effectus autem
* that ever was attempted in poetry,” carries ug
“ esset liberutio ecclesiæ a jugo, quo hactenus pressa fuerat,
It is a remarkable circumstance, that, as the literal Babylove was destroyed by the instrumentality of nations which lay northward of it, so we have some reason to believe from pro. phecy that a great northern nation will be enrployed to punishx the Roman Babylon while Antichrist is engaged in ħis expedition against Palestine. This point will be discussed hereafter, when I treat of the predictions of Daniel and St. John.
" cells " cells to receive the dead bodies. Here the de. * ceased monarchs lie in a distinguished sort of “ state, suitable to their former rank, each op his
own couch, with his arms beside him, his sword
at his head, and the bodies of his chiefs and “ companions round about him. These illustrious " shades rise at once from their couches, as from
their thrones; and advance to the entrance of " the cavern to meet the king of Babylon, and to 66 receive him with insults on his fall.
“ I believe it may with truth be affirmed, that “ there is no poem of its kind extant in any “ language, in which the subject is so well laid
out; and so happily conducted, with such a richness of invention, with such a variety of images,
persons, and distinct actions, with such rapidity " and ease of transition, in so small a compass, " as in this ode of Isaiah. For beauty of dispo" sition, strength of colouring, greatness of senti.
ment, brevity, perspicuity, and force of ex“ pression, it stands among all the monuments of " antiquity unrivalled *.”
* See Bp. Lowth's elegant and classical elucidation of this ode, in the notes to bis translation of Isaiah.
tichrist at the time of their restoration The
The state of Egypt at this period—The reli- gious connection of Assyriu, Israel, and Egypt.
Isaiah xvii. 1. The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. 2. The cities of Aroer are forsaken : they shall be for flocks which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. 3. The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus and the remnant of Syria : they shall be as the glory of the children of
Israel, saith the Lord of hosts. 4. For in that day · it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall
be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean. 5. And it shall be, as when the harvest man gathereth the corn, and his arm reapeth the ears; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim. 6. Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive-tree, two or three berries in the top of the upperinost bough, four or five in the 'outmost branches of its
fruitfulness, saith the Lord God of Israel. 7. At that day shall each man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. 8. And he shall not look unto the altars, the work of his hands; and what his fingers made he shall not regard, even the groves, and the images. 9. In that day, the cities of his strength shall be as the leaving of a ploughed field * and a branch, which they have left before the face of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation. 10. Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and the rock of thy strength thou hast not remembered; therefore thou shalt plant desirable plants, and a twig as a stranger shalt thou sow it. 11. I'n / the day thou shalt vehemently labour to make thy plant grow; even in the early morning shalt thou cause thy seed to flourish: nevertheless the heap of the harvest-man shall be in a day of grief and heavy trouble.
12. Ho! multitude of many people; as the tumultuous noise of the sea they roar tumultuously:
* The leaving of a ploughed field.) I entirely agree with Mr. Farkhurst in this translation of the passage. The words contain a manifest allusion to the Mosaic laws relative to the not gleaning, of their ploughed fields, vineyards, and olives yards, but leaving somewhat of the fruits for the poor of the land (Compare Levit. ix. 9, 10. and Deut. xxiv. 19-21. in the Hebrew). The idea here designed to be conveyed, is the same as that in Ver. 6. an idea of desolation so extreme, as to leave in the land nothing more than the bare gleanings of the people. See Parkhurst's Heb. Lex. Vox win. VOL. I.