132:6 Ephratah. Ephratah is the same place as Bethlehem. Micah, a contemporary of Hezekiah (Micah 1:1), had prophesied that the Messiah would be born at Bethlehem Ephratah (Micah 5:2), and Hezekiah very likely knew of this prophecy. If Hezekiah wrote this psalm, he may have foreseen by divine inspiration the same great event when the Lord would finally fulfill His promise to David (and therefore also to Hezekiah) that “thine anointed,” or Messiah (Psalm 132:10) would come, and that “their children [that is, those of David and his seed] shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore” (Psalm 132:12). Prophetically, Hezekiah perhaps saw the event which the shepherds would see “at Ephratah,…in the fields of the wood,” where in a manger, there would be “an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob” (Psalm 132:5).
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