Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Behold, I say, how they reward us.—Literally, and behold they are requiting us by coming, &c. (Comp. Psalm 83:4-9.)
Cast.—Drive out (Genesis 3:24).
Thy possession.—The Promised Land is so called nowhere else in the Old Testament.
Thou hast given us to inherit.—Made us possess. (Comp. Judges 11:24.)2 Chronicles 20:1 are here, and in 2 Chronicles 20:22-23, called the "children" or inhabitants "of mount Seir." Hence, we may gather that they were a tribe of Edomites, the inhabitants, probably of a city Maon (now Ma'an) on the eastern side of the Wady el-Arabah.
to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit; the land of Canaan was their inheritance, an inheritance given them by God, their covenant God and Father, who had a right to dispose of it; and yet so given, that it was still his possession, he was the Lord and Proprietor, they but tenants under him; all which, as they were so many aggravations of the guilt of their enemies, so they were so many arguments with the Lord to protect them.Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)11. thy possession] A “possession” means that which one takes possession of by the sword. Canaan is God’s “possession” because it was conquered by His arm (Psalm 44:3).2 Chronicles 4:9). It is here called the new court, probably because it had been restored or extended under Jehoshaphat or Asa. This court was the place where the congregation assembled before God in the sanctuary. Jehoshaphat placed himself before it, i.e., at the entrance into the court of the priests, so that the congregation stood opposite to him.
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