He that chastiseth the Heathen
As he did the old world, by bringing a flood upon it, and sweeping away its inhabitants at once; and Sodom and Gomorrah, by raining fire and brimstone upon them, and consuming them from off the earth; and the old inhabitants of Canaan, by ejecting them out of their land for their abominations, with other similar instances:
shall he not correct?
such audacious wretches, guilty of such atrocious crimes, such horrid murders, and gross atheism? certainly he will, as he has both a right and power to do it. The Targum is,
``is it possible that he should give the law to his people, and, when they have sinned, should they not be corrected?''and if these are corrected and chastised, then surely such daring and insolent wretches shall not go unpunished: or, "he that instructeth the Heathen" F4; by the light of nature in things civil and moral, and therefore has a right to punish such who act contrary to it; see ( Romans 2:12 ) ,
he that teacheth man knowledge;
that has given him the light of nature; inspired him with reason and understanding; taught him more than the beasts of the field, and made him wiser than the fowls of the heaven; from whom he has the knowledge of all arts and sciences, liberal and mechanic, those of the lower as well as of the higher class; see ( John 1:9 ) ( Job 32:8 ) ( 35:11 ) ( Isaiah 28:26 Isaiah 28:29 ) . The Targum is,
``has not the Lord taught the first man knowledge?''that more perfect knowledge of things, which Adam had in innocence, was from the Lord; and therefore,
shall not he know?
all persons and things? verily he does; he is a God of knowledge, of all knowledge; his knowledge and understanding is infinite; it reaches to all persons, and to all their thoughts, words, and actions: this clause is not in the Hebrew text; but is understood, and rightly supplied; see ( 2 Samuel 5:8 ) , compared with ( 1 Chronicles 11:6 ) .
F4 (royx) "an erudiens gentes", Cocceius.