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syria. We may suppose that, it was publicly delivered, so that Rab-shakeh and the other generals, with their army, heard it. The latter part of the prediction was calculated to inspire fresh spirits into the people of Judah, who, --without doubt, were in great consternation
on account of the formidable. army. by which they were besieged.
From 2 Kings. Chap. xix. And it came to pass that night that the angel of the Lord went out and smoce in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand : and when the people of Judah arose early in the morning, behold, their enemies were all dead
corpses So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword : ,and they escaped into the land of Armenia, And Esarhaddon, his son reigned in his stead.
ANNOTATIONS AND REFLECTIONS.
The Divine promises made by the mouth of Isaiah, were ,sopn fulfilled. It seems that, Sennacherib, shortly followed his letter, and was preparing to attack Jerusalem; but before the Assyrians could have time to commit any hostilities, the greatest part of their army was miraculously smitten.
* I have taken the liberty of changing the cxpression here, according to the obvious meaning of the text.
“ From this wonderful defeat of the mighty Assyrian army, we may learn, that
as the LORD stills, at his pleasure, the raging of the sea, and the noise of the waves ; in like manner he stills the raging of the people. When the passions of men he most inflamed, and their designs just ripe for bursting into execution, often by some unexpected interposition, he calls upon the world to observe, that there is one higher than the highest upon earth, who can frustrate their devices in a moment, and com. mand the earth to be still before him. Proud fleets, des tined to carry destruction to neighbouring kingdoms, may cover the ocean ; He blows with his wind, and they are scattered. Mighty armies may go forth to the field in all the glory of human strength, but the issues of battle are with Him. He gives to some slight event the power of deciding the fate of nations. "A thousand unbeen ministers stand by to be the instruments' of His power, in humbling the pride, and checking the efforts of the wrath of man; as in the instańce of haughty Sennacherib, and that boasted tempest of his wrath, which he threatened to pour on all the Jewish nation. It was allowed to prevail against the Israelites, ás a punishment for their incorrigible wickedness, and was employed as an instrument of discipline and correction to the king and people of Judah, in order to produce in them proper reflections upon their duty, and their past errors ; as they wisely considered it in this light, and humbled themselves before the LORD, he graciously * restrained the remainder of Sennacherib's wrath; and made it the mean of advancing the temporal prosperity of his faithful people, and of confirming the truth of his holy religion and his almighty power."
* Psalm xxvi, 10.
« Let Psalm lxxvii. 19.
« Let this history, therefore, lead us to a religious contemplation of the hand of God, in all the transactions of the world. Let us not censure Providence, on account of any seeming disorders and evils which at present take place : the plans of Divine wisdom are too large and comprehensive to be discerned by us in all their extent; and where we see only by parts, we must frequently be at a loss in judging of the whole. The way of God is in the sea, and lis path in the great waters ; His footsteps are not known." But although thou sayesi thou canst not see Him, yet judgment is before Him; therefore trust thou in Himt. Whatever distresses we suffer from the wrath of man, we have ground to believe that they befall us not in vain. Let us then study to gain the protection and favour of the Almighty. If He be for us, who or what can be against us ? Let us pursue the measures which He has appointed for obtaining His grace, by faith pentance, and a holy life, and we shall have no reason to be afraid of any evil tidings : our hearts, will be fixed trusting in the Lord; and we need not fear what man çar do unto us."
These Reflections which are taken from a Sermon of an eminent Divine, are particularly suitable to the present times, when we are threatened with invasion and destruction by a proud and haughty foe, who hath already been sent by the ALMIGHTY though he thinketh not so, to destroy, nations not a few.
+ Jub.xxxv. 14.
I Dr. Blair.
END OF THE THIRD VOLUME.
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