Head of the Lord
Head of the Lord -- His simple Divinity; because He is the Beginning and Creator of all things: in Daniel. [3642]

The white hair of the Lord, because He is "the Ancient of Days:" as above.

The eyes of the Lord -- the Divine inspection: because He sees all things. Like that in the apostle: For all things are naked and open in His eyes." [3643]

The eyelids of the Lord -- hidden spiritual mysteries in the Divine precepts. In the Psalm: "His eyelids question, that is prove, the children of men." [3644]

The smelling of the Lord -- His delight in the prayers or works of the saints. In Genesis: "And the Lord smelled an odour of sweetness." [3645]

The mouth of the Lord -- His Son, or word addressed to men. In the prophet, "The mouth of the Lord hath spoken;" [3646] and elsewhere, "They provoked His mouth to anger." [3647]

The tongue of the Lord -- His Holy Spirit. In the Psalm: "My tongue is a pen." [3648]

The face of the Lord -- His manifestation. In Exodus, "My face shall go before thee;" [3649] and in the prophet, "The face of the Lord divided them." [3650]

The word of the Lord -- His Son. In the Psalm: "My heart hath uttered a good word." [3651]

The arm of the Lord -- His Son, by whom He hath wrought all His works. In the prophet Isaiah: "And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?" [3652]

The right hand of the Lord -- that is, His Son; as also above in the Psalm: "The right hand of the Lord hath done valiantly." [3653]

The right hand of the Lord -- electio omnis. As in Deuteronomy: "In His right hand is a fiery law." [3654]

The wings of the Lord -- Divine protection. In the Psalm: "In the shadow of Thy wings will I hope." [3655]

The shoulder of the Lord -- the Divine power, by which He condescends to carry the feeble. In Deuteronomy: "He took them up, and put them on His shoulders." [3656]

The hand of the Lord -- Divine operation. In the prophet: "Have not my hands made all these things?" [3657]

The finger of the Lord -- the Holy Spirit, by whose operation the tables of the law in Exodus are said to have been written; [3658] and in the Gospel: "If I by the finger of God cast out demons" [3659]

The fingers of the Lord -- The lawgiver Moses, or the prophets. In the Psalm: "I will regard the heavens," that is, the books of the Law and the Prophets, "the works of Thy fingers." [3660]

The wisdom of the Lord -- His Son. In the apostle: "Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God;" [3661] and in Solomon: "The wisdom of the Lord reacheth from one end to the other mightily." [3662]

The womb of the Lord -- the hidden recess of Deity out of which He brought forth His Son. In the Psalm: "Out of the womb, before Lucifer, have I borne Thee." [3663]

The feet of the Lord -- His immoveableness and eternity. In the Psalm: "And thick darkness was under His feet." [3664]

The throne of the Lord -- angels, or saints, or simply sovereign dominion. [3665] In the Psalm: "Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever." [3666]

Seat -- the same as above, angels or saints, because the Lord sits upon these. In the Psalm: "The Lord sat upon His holy seat." [3667]

The descent of the Lord -- His visitation of men. As in Micah: "Behold, the Lord shall come forth from His place; He shall come down trampling under foot the ends of the earth." [3668] Likewise in a bad sense. In Genesis: "The Lord came down to see the tower." [3669]

The ascent of the Lord -- the raising up of man, who is taken from earth to heaven. In the Psalm: "Who ascendeth above the heaven of heavens to the east." [3670]

The standing of the Lord -- the patience of the Deity, by which He bears with sinners that they may come to repentance. As in Habakkuk: "He stood and measured the earth; [3671] and in the Gospel: "Jesus stood, and bade him be called," [3672] that is, the blind man.

The transition of the Lord -- His assumption of our flesh, through which by His birth, His death, His resurrection, His ascent into heaven, He made transitions, so to say. In the Song of Songs: "Behold, He cometh, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills." [3673]

The going [3674] of the Lord -- His coming or visitation. In the Psalm.

The way of the Lord -- the operation of the Deity. As in Job, in speaking of the devil: "He is the beginning of the ways of the Lord." [3675]

Again: The ways of the Lord -- His precepts. In Hosea: "For the ways of the Lord are straight, and the just shall walk in them." [3676]

The footsteps of the Lord -- the signs of His secret operations. As in the Psalm: "And Thy footsteps shall not be known." [3677]

The knowledge of the Lord -- that which makes men to know Him. To Abraham He says: "Now I know that thou fearest the Lord;" [3678] that is, I have made thee to know.

The ignorance of God [3679] is His disapproval. In the Gospel: "I know you not." [3680]

The remembrance of God -- His mercy, by which He rejects and has mercy on whom He will. So in Genesis: "The Lord remembered Noah;" [3681] and in another passage: "The Lord hath remembered His people." [3682]

The repentance of the Lord -- His change of procedure. [3683] As in the book of Kings: "It repented me that I have made Saul king." [3684]

The anger and wrath of the Lord -- the vengeance of the Deity upon sinners, when He bears with them with a view to punishment, does not at once judge them according to strict equity. As in the Psalm: "In His anger and in His wrath will He trouble them." [3685]

The sleeping of the Lord -- when, in the thoughts of some, His faithfulness is not sufficiently wakeful. In the Psalm: "Awake, why sleepest Thou, O Lord?" [3686]

The watches of the Lord -- in the guardianship of His elect He is always at hand by the presence of His Deity. In the Psalm: "Lo! He will not slumber nor sleep." [3687]

The sitting of the Lord -- His ruling. In the Psalm: "The Lord sitteth upon His holy seat." [3688]

The footstool of the Lord -- man assumed by the Word; or His saints, as some think. In the Psalm: "Worship ye His footstool, for it is holy."

The walking of the Lord -- the delight of the Deity in the walks of His elect. In the prophet: "I will walk in them, and will be their Lord." [3689]

The trumpet of the Lord -- His mighty voice. In the apostle: "At the command, and at the voice of the archangel, and at the trumpet of God, shall He descend from heaven." [3690]


[3641] From The Key.

[3642] Daniel 7:9, 13, 22.

[3643] Hebrews 4:13.

[3644] Psalm 11:4.

[3645] Genesis 8:21.

[3646] Isaiah 1:20.

[3647] Lamentations 1:18.

[3648] Psalm 45:1.

[3649] Exodus 33:14.

[3650] Lamentations 4:16.

[3651] Psalm 45:1.

[3652] Isaiah 53:1.

[3653] Psalm 118:16.

[3654] Deuteronomy 33:2.

[3655] Psalm 57:1.

[3656] Deuteronomy 33:12.

[3657] Isaiah 66:2.

[3658] Exodus 34:1.

[3659] Luke 11:20.

[3660] Psalm 8:3.

[3661] 1 Corinthians 1:24.

[3662] Sap. viii. 1.

[3663] Psalm 110:3.

[3664] Psalm 18:9.

[3665] Ipsa regnandi potestas.

[3666] Psalm 45:6; comp. Psalm 5. xxix.

[3667] Psalm 47:8.

[3668] Micah 1:3.

[3669] Genesis 11:3.

[3670] Psalm 68:33.

[3671] Habakkuk 3:6.

[3672] Mark 10:49.

[3673] Cant. Cant. ii. 8.

[3674] Gressus.

[3675] Job 40:19.

[3676] Hosea 14:10.

[3677] Psalm 77:19.

[3678] Genesis 22:12.

[3679] Nescire Dei.

[3680] Luke 13:25.

[3681] Genesis 8:1.

[3682] Esther 10:12.

[3683] Rerum mutatio.

[3684] 1 Samuel 15:11.

[3685] Psalm 2:5.

[3686] Psalm 44:23.

[3687] Psalm 121:4.

[3688] Psalm 47:8.

[3689] Ezekiel 37:27.

[3690] 1 Thess. iv. 15. [The above has been shown to have no claim to be the work of Melito. It is a compilation of the sixth century, in all probability.]

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