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EZRA 111. Ver. 8, TO THE END.
house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Ze-
9 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his brethren, OT, Hodo. Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of * Judah, + together, to set + Heb. as one. forward the workmen in the house of God: the sons of He
nadad, with their sons and their brethren the Levites.
10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with
trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, 1 Chron, vi to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David 'king of & xxv. 1. Israel.
11 And they sang together by course in praising and giring thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:
13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the
they are that dwell therein. 8 He prayeth to be restored unto it. tor, os. T To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm I for the sons of Korah.
| How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
make him o well, &c.
2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of A. C.535. the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.
4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house : they will be still praising thee. Selah.
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
6 Who passing through the valley * of Baca make it a Or, of mul. well; the rain also + filleth the pools.
7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them + Heb. in Zion appeareth before God. 8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer : give ear,
O God of Jacob. Selah,
9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. SI Hob. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to rather to sit at dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and a shield : the LORD will give grace and glory : no good thing will he withhold P. xxxiv. from them that walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in 4 Ps. xxxiii. thee.
PSALM LXVI 8.
| To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm.
I! Heb. all the 2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies + submit themselves unto thee.
* Or, yir'd 4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto Twili. 11 thee; they shall sing to thy name.
Selah. 5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
feigned obes dience, P.
Ixxxi. 15. + Heb. lie.
* Psalm Ixvi. is inserted by Calmet, Horne, and Gray, among those which were probably composed about this time. It is placed here on their authority, and from its apparent applicability to the circumstance related in Ezra iii.
A.C. 535. 6 He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the
flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.
7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard :
9 Which * holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.
10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction
* Heb. putteth.
upon our loins.
12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went
through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out + Heb. moist. into a 4 wealthy place.
13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings : I will
spoken, when I was in trouble. $ Heb. mar. 15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah
. 16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. .
17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me :
19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my
Last Vision of
EZRA IV. ver. 1-69.
» The sacred authors commonly give the name of Samaritans only to these stranger people the Cuthites, whom the kings of Assyria sent from beyond the Euphrates to people the kingdom of Samaria, when they carried captive the Israelites, who were its former inhabitants, (2 Kings xvii. 23, 24.) We may therefore fix the first establishment of the Samaritans in Judea, when Shalmaneser conquered that part of the country. When Esarhaddon was informed that this people were infested by lions, he imputed it to their ignorance of the “s of the land,” (2 Kings xvii. 26–34.) He therefore sent unto them one of the
heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple A.C. 534.
* Heb. the
Hence the Jews, in expressing their utmost aversion to our Saviour, said unto
The learned Dean Graves has beautifully pointed out the manner in which the opposition of the Samaritans was over-ruled to the general good of the church of God. The intermixture of the Samaritans, who were not entirely weaned
A.C. 534. 2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the
fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we
your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since
4 Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the
5 And hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their
EZRA IV. FORMER PART OF ver. 24.
PSALM CXXIX 10.
haters of the church are cursed.
A Song of degrees.
2 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.
3 The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.
4 The LORD is righteous : he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.
* Or, Much.
from the surrounding idolatry, might, had the Jews acquiesced in their wishes,
10 Psalm cxxix. This psalm was probably composed by Ezra, or Nehemiah,