The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 72:8
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea…
The same is
said of the Messiah in (Zechariah 9:10) ; where he is manifestly spoken of as
here, and regards the extent of his dominion; not over the land of
Israel only, as some think; but over the Gentile world, through the
preaching of the Gospel in the several parts of it; and especially as
it will be in the latter day, when the kingdoms of this world will be
his, and he will be King over all the earth; see (Revelation 17:14) (Zechariah 14:9) ;
which cannot agree with Solomon, whose dominion reached only to the
land of the Philistines, to the border of Egypt, (1 Kings 4:21) ; but
Christ's dominion will be, as it follows,
and from the river unto the ends of the earth;
which, as Kimchi owns,
is clear, if applied to the Messiah, since his government shall be over
all the world. The note of Aben Ezra on the text is worthy of regard.
``If this is said concerning Solomon, the meaning is, from the
Red sea to the sea of the Philistines; and from the river,
this is Euphrates; and the ends of the earth mean the
wilderness; (see (Exodus 23:31) ); and, lo, mention is made of the
length and breadth of the land of Israel: and if of the
Messiah, the sense is, from the south sea, which is called
the Idumean sea, to the northern sea, which is the sea of the
ocean; and from the river, the river that goes out of Eden at
the beginning of the east, unto the ends of the earth, which
is at the end of the west;''
though rather the sense is, from the Indian ocean, the great sea, unto
the Mediterranean sea; and from the river Euphrates to the end of the
world. This text is applied to the Messiah by many Jewish writers F26,
ancient and modern.
F26 Raya Mehimna in Zohar in Exod. fol. 49. 4. Bemidbar Rabba, s. 13.
fol. 209. 4. Baal Hatturim in Num. fol. 178. 4. R. Nachman. Disput.
cum fratre Paulo, p. 41.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalm 72:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=072&verse=008>. 1999.