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'Twas eventide :-on Carmel's height,
Elijah prayed for rain.
And gazed each time in vain.
Yet once again, and from the sea,
One little far-off cloud.
The darken'd heavens were bowed.
Oh! Saviour, we would pray and look,
Trusting thy faithful word;
Shall crown Thee King and Lord.
Fruit of their unbelief.
And Thou hast borne their grief.
Oh! is there not e'en now a sound
Doth not Thy Spirit move ?
London: Printed at the Operative Jewish Converts'Institution,
Palestine Place, Bethnal Green.
THE JEWISH ADVOCATE.
THE FUTURE PROSPECTS OF THE JEWS.
" Isaiah liv. 1. Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child : for more are the children of the desolate, than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.
“ 2. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations : spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.
“3. For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
“ Isaiah lx. 4. Lift up thine eyes round about and see; all they gather themselves together, they come to thee; thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
“8. Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows ?
“ 9. Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their SILVER and their GOLD with them unto the name of Jehovah thy God: and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
" 10. And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. “ 11. Therefore thy gates shall be open
continually, they shall not be shut day nor night, that men may bring unto thee the forces (wealth] of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.
“ 12. For the nation or kingdom that will not serve thee, shall perish: yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
“13. The glory of Lebanon shall come unta thee: the fir-tree, the pine-tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary, and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
* 14. The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee The city of Jehovah, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
• 15. Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.
“ 16. Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings, and thou shalt know that I JEHOVAH am thy Saviour, and thy Redeemer the mighty One of Jacob.
This whole chapter, part of which I have omitted for brevity sake, does so plainly relate to the future restoration of Israel, that it is almost
needless to make any farther remark upon it. It not only foretels the restoration, but also several particulars concerning the manner of it. The persons or nations who shall be instrumental to it, are to be the Isles, or Europeans; and among these the ships of Tarshish* shall be principally concerned. That those who return from far, shall bring their gold and their silver with them, is a circumstance rendered very probable with regard to the Jews in particular, as it is well known that gold, silver, and jewels, are the principal commodities that they deal in, and of which they are now in possession of no small share.t It is also foretold, that strangers shall build up their walls, and that the nations who will not serve them shall perish; as also that the sons of them that afflicted them and despised them shall come bending unto them, and bow themselves down at the soles of their feet. If any one thinks he can accommodate all these particulars to the Christian Church, or to the return from Babylon, let him try. I, for my part, can see no method of doing this, that would not, if constantly pursued, overthrow the true sense of the whole Scripture.
By Tarshish, according to the most judicious writers, was meant Cilicia, a country in the lesser Asia, whose principal city was Tarsus, where St. Paul was born; so called from its first planter, Tarshish, the son of Javan. But it seems to me, that the Mediterranean Sea in general was, in the time of Isaiah, called Tarshish, or the sea of Tarshish. The meaning of the text will then be, that the ships of that sea shall be the first in bringing back the Jews.
+ This is more especially true of those European Jews, whose return is here said to be by the ships of Tarshish, i.e. the Mediterranean Sea.
“ Isaiah lxi. 4. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
“ 5. And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
“6. But ye shall be named the priests of the Lord : men shall call you the ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
• That this building the old wastes, &c. does not mean the rebuilding of
. Jerusalem, at the return from Babylon, is evident, from their being called the desolations of many generations.
" Isaiah lxii. 1. For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
“ 2. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a New Name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.
“3. Thou shalt be a crown of glory in the hand of Jehovah, and a royal diadem in the hand of
66 4. Thou shalt no more be termed forsaken, neither shall thy land any more be termed desolate : but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah ; for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.