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and He will reign over the house of JACOB

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through all ages, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”


and He will reign over the house of THE CRAFTY ONES throughout all ages, and there will be no end of His exercise of authority over them.”


1: “house of Jacob”

Notice that here the negative name, “crafty ones” is used instead of the positive name, “One who refuses to let go of God.” Either name (Jacob or Israel) could have been chosen, but the negative one was chosen in order to show God’s grace and mercy toward sinners. In reality, the Jews did not see the name Jacob as being only negative; it was the name of an important ancestor, so they probably ignored the negative stuff about it. I personally think it was chosen rather than Israel in order to show spiritual man’s weakness and God’s grace.