47:1 Afterward he brought me again to the door of the house; and, behold, a waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the front of the house [stood toward] the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south [side] of the altar.
(a) By which are meant the spiritual graces that
would be given to the Church under the kingdom of Christ.
Afterward he measured a thousand; [and it was] a river that I could not pass
over: for the waters had risen, waters to swim in, a b
river that could not be passed over.
(b) Signifying that the graces of God would never
decrease, but ever abound in his Church.
47:7 Now when I had returned,
behold, at the bank of the river [were] very many c
trees on the one side and on the other.
(c) Meaning, the multitude of them that would be
refreshed by the spiritual waters.
47:8 Then said he to me, These waters issue out
toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the d
sea: [which being] brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.
(d) Showing that the abundance of these graces
would be so great, that all the world would be full of it, which is here meant
by the Persian sea, or Genezareth, and the sea called Mediterranean, (Zechariah
47:9 And it shall come to pass, [that] every thing
that liveth, which moveth, wherever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there
shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come there:
for they shall be e healed; and every
thing shall live where the river cometh.
(e) The waters which by nature are salt and
unwholesome will be made sweet and comfortable.
47:10 And it shall come to pass, [that] the f
fishermen shall stand upon it from Engedi even to g
Eneglaim; they shall be a [place] to spread forth nets; their fish shall be
according to their kinds, as the fish of h
the great sea, very many.
(f) Signifying that when God bestows his mercies
in such abundance the ministers will by their preaching win many.
(g) Which were cities at the corners of the salt
or dead sea.
(h) They will be here of all sorts and in as
great abundance as in the great ocean where they are bred.
47:11 But i
its miry places and its marshes shall not be healed; they shall be given to
(i) That is, the wicked and reprobate.
And this [shall be] the border k of the
land toward the north side, from the great sea, the way of Hethlon, as men go to
(k) By the land of promise he signifies the
spiritual land of which this was a figure.
And it shall come to pass, [that] ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance
to you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children
among you: and they shall be to you as born in the country among the children of
Israel; l they shall have inheritance
with you among the tribes of Israel.
(l) Meaning that in this spiritual kingdom there
would be no difference between Jew nor Gentile but that all would be partakers
of this inheritance in their head Christ.