Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god,
&c.] Or, "in the strong holds of Mahuzzim" F23 that is, in the temples, churches, and chapels, dedicated to angels and departed saints; deck and adorn their images with gold, silver, precious stones, and with desirable things, which is notorious; as well as commit the grossest idolatries with this strange breaden god; which they hold up in such places, cringe and bow to, and pay all religious worship and adoration to it: whom he shall acknowledge, and increase with glory;
as really God; the wafer being transubstantiated into the very body and blood of Christ, as is said; and own it as such, as very God, and heap religious honour and glory upon it, which is due to Christ: he shall cause them to rule over many;
that is, the Mahuzzim, the departed saints; one shall rule over England, and be the patron and defender of it, as St. George; another over Scotland, as St. Andrew; another over Ireland, as St. Patrick; another over France, as St. Dennis; another over Spain, as St. James: and shall divide the land for gain;
or "price" F24; the whole Romish jurisdiction, all antichristian states, which are divided among those tutelar saints; each of them have their proper country assigned them they are to defend; but this is not done without gain arising to the pope of Rome from those countries, as by firstfruits, annates, Peter's pence
F23 (Myzem yrubml) "munitionibus Mahuzim", Pagninus, Montanus.
F24 (ryxmb) "pro pretio", Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.