The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleZephaniah 3:15
The Lord hath taken away thy judgments…
and inward; not only exile, poverty, contempt and reproach among the
nations of the earth; but hardness of heart, blindness of mind,
impenitence and unbelief, to which the Jews are now given up, in a
judicial way; but at this time these shall be removed, through the
goodness of God unto them, and the power of divine grace upon them:
they will be brought to a sense of sin, and an acknowledgment of it;
their iniquities will be pardoned; and, the cause being removed, the
effects will cease; and all calamities, corrections and punishment,
will end; and they will be put into the possession of their own land,
and enjoy all the privileges of the church of God; and so will have
just reason to sing, shout, and rejoice:
he hath cast out thine enemy;
that is, the Lord has removed the
enemy that was in possession of their land, and so made way, and
prepared it for them; he has swept him away, as the word F16 signifies,
with great force, with much ease, and like so much dirt and filth; he
stood in their way, nor could they have easily removed him; but the
Lord did it, or will do it; though it may be by instruments, by means
of the Christian princes. This is to be understood of the eastern
antichrist, the Turk, now in possession of the land of Israel F15; but
shall be obliged to depart from it, when this prophecy shall take place,
for a reason following:
the King of Israel, [even] the Lord, [is] in the midst of thee;
the Lord Jesus Christ, the true Messiah; one of whose titles is the King
of Israel, of the spiritual Israel, King of saints, both Jews and
Gentiles; in whose hearts he rules by his Spirit and grace; and to this
passage the Jews in Christ's time seem to have respect, allowing this to
be the character of the Messiah, (Matthew 27:42) and also Nathanael,
(John 1:49) now at this time Christ will be in the midst of the converted
Jews, by his spiritual and gracious presence, as their King, to reign
over them, to whom they will be subject; and to protect and defend them,
and deliver them out of the hands of all their enemies; and so he is in
all his churches, and will be to the end of the world:
thou shalt not see evil any more;
the evil of affliction or punishment;
the evil of captivity, disgrace, and contempt. This shows that this
prophecy does not respect the Babylonish captivity, and deliverance from
that; for, since that time, they have seen evil by Antiochus Epiphanes,
in the times of the Maccabees; and by the Romans; and have had a large
and long experience of it; but when they are converted, and returned to
their own land in the latter day, all their afflictions and troubles
will be at an end, they will know them no more. The Vulgate Latin
version renders it, "thou shalt not fear evil any more". So the Targum,
``thou shalt not be afraid from before evil any more.''
In the same sense Aben Ezra understands it,
``thou shalt not be afraid of the enemy any more;''
taking the word to come from another root F17.
F15 Written about 1750. Editor.
F16 (hnp) "everrit", Drusius; so Ben Melech; see Gen. xxiv. 31.
F17 A (ary) "timuit", so V. L. "non timebis", Pagninus, Piscator; "fore ut
non timeas", Junius & Tremellius; "hinc non erit quod timeas amplius
quicquam mali", Burkius.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Zephaniah 3:15". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=zep&chapter=003&verse=015>. 1999.