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Jehovah'in another stage of idealisation, or some independent presence. In the literary interpretation the name must be left undefined. — The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me. Compare above, page 248. It is not easy to see why this form of the Divine name appears here and again on the following page. It may be observed, however, that in both cases the two names LORD and GOD are used in close association: perhaps this is a reflection of the spirit of the whole Vision, which includes strangers with the original people of God in the redemption worked in Zion.

Page 198. Prepare ye the way of the people ... lift up an ensign for the peoples. The close of this Vision is the immediate expectation of the promised return of exiles and gathering in of the Nations. The watchmen are smoothing the road for the inhabitants of Zion to go forth and meet their guests, and setting up waymarks to guide the newcomers to their destination.

Vision VII The main thought of Hebrew wisdom and prophecy is judgment: the vindication of good and fall of evil. This is here presented in two pictures : A Vision of Judgment on the Nations ; a Dramatic Scene of Judgment in Zion. — It will be noticed that this and the preceding Vision are independent of one another : the situation at the close of VI is not the situation at the beginning of VII: each Vision is complete in itself.

i. The use made of the 'Chorus of Watchmen’here is precisely that made of the Prophetic Watchman in IV. x. As Seir appears there for the border region nigh the prophetic watchtower, so here Edom and Bozrah are similarly used. — The
close of this section evidently echoes the language of section iii
of the previous Vision: this implies that it is Jehovah himself
who descends in judgment.

ii. For the pendulum-like alternation between Judgment and
Salvation, see above, page 218.

Page 206. What manner of house will ye build unto me?
The relevance of this passage is best explained by comparing
the words of Repentant Israel (page 203) as to the destruction
of the holy and beautiful house. Jehovah proclaims that his
dwelling is alike in heaven and in the humble heart.

Page 207. Confused cries, etc. There is clearly an inter-
ruption here to the alternating monologue. It seems to consist
of cries wrung out by the wonders of destruction and salvation;
the first are merely irregular cries, the others regular stanzas of
glad surprise that the mighty promises of a restored nation
should be fulfilled at a stroke.

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