Verse 20. "Upon the bells of the horses" - They appear, formerly, to have had bells on horses, camels, &c., as we have now, to amuse the animals, and encourage them in their work. In some very fine Asiatic paintings now before me, I see bells both on horses, mules, and camels; little bells tied to their legs, and larger ones about their necks, particularly in the representation of a caravan passing through the valley of serpents, in the island of Serendib, now Ceylon. The margin reads bridles.
"HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD" - AS the Gospel is a holy system, preaching holiness and producing holiness in those who believe, so all without, as well as within, shall bear this impress; and even a man's labour shall be begun and continued, and ended in the Lord; yea, and the animals he uses, and the instruments he works with, shall be all consecrated to God through Christ.
"The pots" - "The meanest utensil in the house of God, Nehemiah x. 29, shall be as the vessels of silver, and gold used in solemn sacrifice; they shall be like the bowls before the altar."-See Newcome.
Verse 21. "Yea, every pot in Jerusalem" - "The utensils of the Jews shall be treated as holy, and the worshippers shall use them reverently. The idea of preparing food in them (they that-seethe therein) is taken from the custom of feasting after sacrifice. And no trafficker (see Ezek. xviii. 4) shall pollute the house of God, as was the custom when our blessed Lord cleansed the temple."-See Newcome. This is what is called the Canaanite in the house of Gtod. The Canaanite is the merchant; and where such are tolerated in a place dedicated to Divine worship, that is not the house of the Lord of hosts. In churches and chapels, collections may be made for the simple purpose of supporting and extending the worship of Jehovah; but for no other purpose, especially on the Lord's day. Amen.