Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
HYMN OF THE
Just as Miriam, after the deliverance of the Red Sea
celebrated it with an ode of praise
2. Lord JEHOVAH--Jah, Jehovah. The
repetition of the name
denotes emphasis, and the unchangeableness of God's character.
strength . . . song . . . salvation--derived from
The idea of salvation was peculiarly associated with the feast
of tabernacles (see
Hence the cry "Hosanna," "Save, we beseech thee," that
accompanied Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on that day (the
fifteenth of the seventh month)
Ps 118:25, 26);
the earnest of the perfected "salvation" which He shall bring to His
people at His glorious second appearance at Jerusalem
"He shall appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
"The tabernacle of God is with men." Compare
"three tabernacles: one for thee," &c. (the transfiguration
being a pledge of the future kingdom),
As the Jew was reminded by the feast of tabernacles of his wanderings
in tents in the wilderness, so the Jew-Gentile Church to come shall
call to mind, with thanksgiving, the various past ways whereby God has
at last brought them to the heavenly "city of habitation"
3. draw water . . . salvation--an expressive image in
a hot country. On the last day of the feast of tabernacles the Jews
used to bring water in a golden pitcher from the fountain of Siloam,
and pour it, mingled with wine, on the sacrifice on the altar, with
great rejoicing. This is the allusion in Jesus' words on "the last day
of the feast"
(Joh 7:2, 37-39).
The pouring out of water indicated repentance
compare, as to the Jews' repentance hereafter,
There shall be a latter outpouring of the Spirit like the
former one on pentecost
wells--not mere streams, which may run dry, but ever-flowing
(Joh 4:14; 7:38),
"Out of his belly (that is, in and from himself)--living water"
4. make mention--Hebrew, "cause it to be remembered."
5. Sing, &c.--alluding to
6. inhabitant of Zion--Hebrew, "inhabitress"; so "daughter of
Zion," that is, Zion and its people.
in the midst of thee--of Jerusalem literally
Zep 3:15, 17;