8/8/18 Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 80-82, Proverbs 8
Psalm 80:12-14 (NKJV)
Why have You broken down her hedges, So that all who pass by the way pluck her fruit?
The boar out of the woods uproots it, And the wild beast of the field devours it.
Return, we beseech You, O God of hosts; Look down from heaven and see, And visit this vine
80:12-14b. However, this prosperity had withered. By a rhetorical question the writer lamented that God had broken down the walls of the nation to enable others to plunder her. The Hebrew word for “walls” (also used in 89:40; Isa. 5:5) does not mean city walls but walls around vineyards. The enemies who plundered Israel are here described as boars and beasts.
The figure of Israel as a vine may have been prompted by Genesis 49:22. It is used also in Isaiah 5:1-7; 27:2-6; Jeremiah 2:21; 12:10; Hosea 10:1. Jesus spoke of Himself as a Vine (John 15:1, 5) for He, being the promised Seed, represented and fulfilled God’s purposes for Israel. Where she failed, He succeeded.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.