The Berean Expositor
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"Ginsburg thinks it should be as follows: These are readings suggested by context and
verse, but not supported by the Ancient Versions" (G. Intro. pp. 162, 170).
Rotherham does not endorse this "suggestion", but translates:--
"Because of a hand against the throne of Yah."
The hand that was laid upon the throne of the Lord was the hand of Amalek. With all
their failures Israel were the Lord's anointed. When Balaam was brought to curse Israel,
he had to say:--
"He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob . . . . . the shout of a king is among them."
"His king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted."
"Edom shall be a possession."
"And when he looked upon Amalek, he took up his parable and said, Amalek was the
first of the nations, but his latter end is even to perish" (Numb. 23:, 24:).
Here Agag is mentioned in connection with Israel's king and kingdom. This was a
title similar to that of Pharaoh or Abimelech, and used by all the kings of Amalek.
(To be concluded).