* the goings.
16,32-35 Re 21:16
It is certainly most obvious to interpret these measures, not
of cubits, but of the measuring reed which the prophet's
conductor had in his hand; according to which, the city would
be about thirty-six miles in circumference, and nine miles on
each side of the square; which was nearly nine times larger
than the greatest extent to which Jerusalem ever attained,
(See on ver. 15; ch. 42:16.) The large dimensions of the city
and land were perhaps intended to intimate the extensive and
glorious propagation of the gospel in the times predicted; and
the land was not called Canaan, nor the city Jerusalem,
probably because they were figurative of spiritual blessings
to the church and to Israel.