Smith Expositor Minor Prophets Volume 2

THE EXPOSITOR’S BIBLE

EDITED BY THE REV.

W. ROBERTSON NICOLL, M.A., LL.D.

Editor of “The Expositor”

THE BOOK OF THE TWELVE PROPHETS

VOL. II.—ZEPHANIAH, NAHUM, HABAKKUK, OBADIAH,
HAGGAI, ZECHARIAH I.—VIII., “MALACHI,” JOEL,
“ZECHARIAH” IX.—XIV. AND JONAH

BY

GEORGE ADAM SMITH, D.D., LL.D.

NEW YORK

A. C. ARMSTRONG AND SON

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CONTENTS OF VOL. II.

PAGE
Preface v
Chronological Tables
[These Tables are in Volume I.]
INTRODUCTION TO THE PROPHETS OF
THE SEVENTH CENTURY
CHAP.
I. THE SEVENTH CENTURY BEFORE CHRIST 3
1. REACTION UNDER MANASSEH AND AMON (695?—639).
2. THE EARLY YEARS OF JOSIAH (639—625): JEREMIAH AND
ZEPHANIAH
3. THE REST OF THE CENTURY (625—586): THE FALL OF
NINIVEH; NAHUM AND HABAKKUK.
ZEPHANIAH
II. THE BOOK OF ZEPHANIAH 35
III. THE PROPHET AND THE REFORMERS 46
ZEPHANIAH i.—ii. 3.
IV. NINIVE DELENDA 61
ZEPHANIAH ii. 4–15.
V. SO AS BY FIRE 67
ZEPHANIAH iii.
NAHUM[Pg xiv]
VI. THE BOOK OF NAHUM 77
1. THE POSITION OF ELḲÔSH.
2. THE AUTHENTICITY OF CHAP. i.
3. THE DATE OF CHAPS. ii. AND iii
VII. THE VENGEANGE OF THE LORD 90
NAHUM i.
VIII. THE SIEGE AND FALL OF NINIVEH 96
NAHUM ii. AND iii.
HABAḲḲUḲ
IX. THE BOOK OF HABAKKUK 115
1. CHAP. i. 2—ii. 4 (OR 8).
2. CHAP. ii. 5–20.
3. CHAP. iii.
X. THE PROPHET AS SCEPTIC 129
HABBAKKUK i.—ii. 4.
XI. TYRANNY IS SUICIDE 143
HABBAKKUK ii. 5–20.
XII. “IN THE MIDST OF THE YEARS” 149
HABBAKKUK iii.
OBADIAH
XIII. THE BOOK OF OBADIAH 163
XIV. EDOM AND ISRAEL 177
OBADIAH 1–21.
[Pg xv]INTRODUCTION TO THE PROPHETS OF
THE PERSIAN PERIOD
(539—331 B.C.)
XV. ISRAEL UNDER THE PERSIANS 187
XVI. FROM THE RETURN FROM BABYLON TO THE
BUILDING OF THE TEMPLE (536—516 B.C.)
198
WITH A DISCUSSION OF PROFESSOR KOSTERS’ THEORY.
HAGGAI
XVII. THE BOOK OF HAGGAI 225
XVIII. HAGGAI AND THE BUILDING OF THE TEMPLE 234
HAGGAI. i., ii.
1. THE CALL TO BUILD (CHAP. i.).
2. COURAGE, ZERUBBABEL! COURAGE, JEHOSHUA
AND ALL THE PEOPLE! (CHAP. ii. 1–9).
3. THE POWER OF THE UNCLEAN (Chap. ii. 10–19).
4. THE REINVESTMENT OF ISRAEL’S HOPE (CHAP. ii. 20–23).
ZECHARIAH
(I.—VIII.)
XIX. THE BOOK OF ZECHARIAH (I.—VIII.) 255
XX. ZECHARIAH THE PROPHET 264
ZECHARIAH i. 1–6, ETC.; EZRA v. 1, vi. 14.
XXI. THE VISIONS OF ZECHARIAH[Pg xvi] 273
ZECHARIAH i. 7—vi.
1. THE INFLUENCES WHICH MOULDED THE VISIONS.
2. GENERAL FEATURES OF THE VISIONS.
3. EXPOSITION OF THE SEVERAL VISIONS:
THE FIRST: THE ANGELHORSEMEN (i. 7–17).
THE SECOND: THE FOUR HORNS AND THE FOUR SMITHS
(i. 18–21 ENG.).
THE THIRD: THE CITY OF PEACE (ii. 1–5 ENG).
THE FOURTH: THE HIGH PRIEST AND THE SATAN (iii. ).
THE FIFTH: THE TEMPLE CANDLESTICK AND THE TWO OLIVE-TREES (iv. ).
THE SIXTH: THE WINGED VOLUME (v. 1–4 ).
THE SEVENTH: THE WOMAN IN THE BARREL (v. 5–11).
THE EIGHTH: THE CHARIOTS OF THE FOUR WINDS (vi. 1–8).
THE RESULT OF THE VISIONS (vi. 9–15).
XXII. THE ANGELS OF THE VISIONS 310
ZECHARIAH i. 7—vi. 8.
XXIII. “THE SEED OF PEACE” 320
ZECHARIAH vii., viii.
“MALACHI”
XXIV. THE BOOK OF “MALACHI” 331
XXV. FROM ZECHARIAH TO “MALACHI” 341
XXVI. PROPHECY WITHIN THE LAW 348
“MALACHI” i.—iv. (ENG.)
1. GOD’S LOVE FOR ISRAEL AND HATRED OF EDOM (i. 2–5).
2. “HONOUR THY FATHER” (i. 6–14).  [Pg xvii]
3. THE PRIESTHOD OF KNOWLEDGE (ii. 1–9).
4. THE CRUELTY OF DIVORCE (ii. 10–16).
5. “WHERE IS THE GOD OF JUDGMENT?” (ii. 17—iii. 5).
6. REPENTANCE BY TITHES (iii. 6–12).
7. THE JUDGMENT TO COME (iii. 13—iv. 2 ENG.).
8. THE RETURN OF ELIJAH (iv. 3–5 ENG.).
JOEL
XXVII. THE BOOK OF JOEL 375
1. THE DATE OF THE BOOK.
2. THE INTERPRETATION OF THE BOOK.
3. STATE OF THE TEXT AND THE STYLE OF THE BOOK.
XXVIII. THE LOCUSTS AND THE DAY OF THE LORD. 398
JOEL i.—ii. 17.
XXIX. PROSPERITY AND THE SPIRIT 418
JOEL ii. 18–32 (ENG.)
1. THE RETURN OF PROSPERITY (ii. 19–27).
2. THE OUTPOURING OF THE SPIRIT (ii. 28–32).
XXX. THE JUDGMENT OF THE HEATHEN 431
JOEL iii (ENG.).
INTRODUCTION TO THE PROPHETS OF
THE GRECIAN PERIOD
(FROM 331 ONWARDS)
XXXI. ISRAEL AND THE GREEKS 439
“ZECHARIAH”[Pg xviii]
(IX.—XIV.)
XXXII. “ZECHARIAH” IX.—XIV. 449
XXXIII. THE CONTENTS OF “ZECHARIAH” IX.—XIV. 463
1. THE COMING OF THE GREEKS (ix. 1–8).
2. THE PRINCE OF PEACE (ix. 9–12).
3. THE SLAUGHTER OF THE GREEKS (ix. 13–17).
4. AGAINST THE TERAPHIM AND SORCERERS (x. 1, 2).
5. AGAINST EVIL SHEPHERDS (x. 3–12).
6. WAR UPON THE SYRIAN TYRANTS (xi. 1–3).
7. THE REJECTION AND MURDER OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (xi. 4–17, xiii. 7–9).
8. JUDAH versus JERUSALEM (xii. 1–7).
9. FOUR RESULTS OF JERUSALEM’S DELIVERANCE (xii. 8—xiii. 6).
10. JUDGMENT OF THE HEATHEN AND SANCTIFICATION
OF
 JERUSALEM (xiv.).
JONAH
XXXIV. THE BOOK OF JONAH 493
1. THE DATE OF THE BOOK.
2. THE CHARACTER OF THE BOOK.
3. THE PURPOSE OF THE BOOK.
4. OUR LORD’S USE OF THE BOOK.
5. THE UNITY OF THE BOOK.
XXXV. THE GREAT REFUSAL 514
JONAH i.
XXXVI.[Pg xix] THE GREAT FISH AND WHAT IT MEANS—THE PSALM 523
JONAH ii.
XXXVII. THE REPENTANCE OF THE CITY 529
JONAH iii.
XXXVIII. ISRAEL’S JEALOUSY OF JEHOVAH 536
JONAH iv.
INDEX OF PROPHETS 543
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