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bellious Israel? for the Lord, which hath undertaken this deliver. ance, shall do a strange and marvellous thing in the earth: though the strength of the enemy be great and terrible, and the weakness of my people is noted and despicable, so as they are but as women, in comparison of their manly adversaries; yet these weak effemipate Jews, shall prevail against those stout and manly Chaldeans.

XXXI. 23 When I shall bring again their captivity; The LORD bless thee, 0 habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness. When I shall have brought them back from their captivity, and planted them again in their land of Judah, they shall, with joyful acclamations, acknowledge the goodness of God, and pray for a continuance and increase of mercy; saying, The Lord go on to bless and prosper thee, O Jerusalem, which now, from thy ruins and desolation, art raised up to be a habitation of justice; and bless thy temple, wherein now holiness shall reinhabit.

XXXI. 26 Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me. Upon these sweet and comfortable visions, wherein the Lord revealed to me his good pleasure concerning his Church, I awaked ; and was exceedingly cheered up and delighted with the remembrance thereof.

XXXI. 27 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. I will cause my Church, which now seems to lie waste and barren, to yield so plentiful an increase of converts to me, as the rich ground doth of the seed which is sown in the furrows of it; and will also multiply unto it all outward helps, for the maintenance and strength thereof.

XXXI. 29 In those days they shall say no more, The father's have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge. In those days, after I shall have humbled my people and restored and comforted them again, they shall give me the praise of my justice and mercy; and shall not be ready to murmur against my proceedings as too severe and unjust, so as they have been apt to do, in saying, The fathers have offended, and the children are ponished:

XXXI. 30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity : every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.. But shall willingly acknowledge, that every man of them hath smarted for his own iniquity; and hath had sins enough of his own, to warrant God's proceedings against him.

XXXI. 31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, &c. Behold, the days of the Messiah are coming, wherein I will make a new coyenant with my Church.

XXXI. 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers. Not according to the form of that Legal covenant, which I made with their fathers.

XXXI. 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel : After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. But this shall be my covenant of grace with them, under the Gospel, which shall bring with it the power of regeneration, and salvation by Christ : in those days of mine Evangelical Church, I will work mightily in the hearts of my people, and will bring them, by the inoperation of my Spirit, to the obedience of my law; which, being formerly written in tables of stone, shall now be engraven so in the hearts of men, that they shall, out of love and willing obedience, frame themselves thereunto.

XXXI. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neigh. bour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord. And there shall be so clear a light of my Gospel shining forth unto men, as that they shall not so much need the help of others' instruction, in the grounds and principles of religion ; but shall be enlightened from God, with a competent measure of knowledge, even from the meanest and weakest novice in Christianity, unto the greatest proficient therein.

XXXI. 35 And the ordinances of the moon and stars for a light by night. Hath ordained a due, constant, and regular motion of the moon and stars, for a light by night.

XXXI. 36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. If that course, which I have set in nature, for the motions of the heavens, may be altered, then may it be possible for my Church to fail upon earth.

XXXI. 37 If heaven &c. then I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD. There can be nothing more impossible, than that I should utterly cast off my people, notwithstanding their ill deservings of me, so as that not a remnant of them should be preserved.

XXXI. 38, 39, 40 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the city shall be built to the LORD, from the tower of Hanancel unto the gate of the corner : &c. And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner of the horsegate toward the east, shall be holy unto the LORD. The days shall come, saith the Lord, that this city of Jerusalem, which yet stands in her full glory, shall, after the rasing and destruction of it, be fully built up again, in all the whole compass of it, from the one end to the other; and, which is thereby typi. fied, my Evangelical Church shall be built upon the ruins of the Jewish, in a complete form, and be wholly consecrated to the Lord.

XXXII. 5 There shall he be until I visit him, saith the LORD. There shall he be, until the time that I shall put an end to his captivity by death.

XXXII, 8 Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine ; buy it for thyself. Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD. Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth : it is true indeed, that the enemy is now in possession of it, so as no man may, or dare look forth towards it; yet, out of an assurance that it shall in due time be freed and redelivered, do thou give me money for it, beforehand ; since thou art the next of kin, and the purchase pertains unto thee by the law.

XXXII, 9 And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle's son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver, And accordingly, I bought the field of Hanameel, my cousin-german, that was at Anathoth, and paid him the money for it.

XXXII. 14 And this evidence which is open ; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days. Lay up these evidences sure, in an earthen vessel, where they may be kept from rotting, for a long time; as those, whereof I shall have most certain use hereafter : for this land shall be in due time repossessed.

XXXII. 18 And recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them. Thou punishest the sins of the fathers, in those children, wherein they do still live ; who being as it were parts of their parents, is cannot be but their parents must justly, in temporal things, suffer in them.

XXXII. 24 Behold the mounts, they are come unto the city to take it. Behold those mounts, which are cast up for the siege of Jerusalem.

XXXII. 33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face. They have utterly neglected me, and wilfully refused to give ear and respect to that, which I delivered unto them.

XXXII. 34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it. They have set up their abominable altars to their idols, in the temple which is consecrated to my name, to defile it.

XXXII. 39 I will give them one heart, and one way. I will unite them, both in their judgments, and in their affections, and in their practices; so as they shall happily agree together, both to think and to do the same things.

XXXII. 44 Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, &c. There shall be an ordinary course of bargains and purchases; and

all those forms of legal transactions, which are wont to be in use upon these occasions.

XXXIII. 13 In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the vale, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, shall the flocks pass again under the hands of him that telleth them, saith the Lord. In those cities which are built upon the hills, and those which are low built in the vallies, even in all the region of Judea and Samaria, shall be a peaceable habitation of my people ; so as the shepherd may there, in their fields and pastures, securely feed his flocks, and tell their number at his own leisure.

XXXIII. 14 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the children of Israel and to the house Judah. Behold, the days draw on, wherein I will perform those gracious promises of mercy and deliverance, which I have made to my people of Judah and Israel.

XXXIII. 15 At that time, will I cause the Branch of righteous. ness to grow up unto David; &c. See Isaiah iv. 2.

XXXIII. 17 For thus saith the LORD ; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel. He, that is the true Son of David, shall evermore sit in the throne, and rule and reign over his Church, to the end of the world.

XXXIII. 18 Neither shall the priests the Levitcs want a mun before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually. Neither shall there be any interruption of that perfect priesthood, which shall be performed, by that All-sufficient Mediator, who shall offer up a full sacrifice to his father, and present our prayers and spiritual sacrifices unto God.

XXXIII. 20 If ye can break my covenant of day and night, &c. See chap. xxxi. verse 36.

XXXIV. 5 But thou shalt die in peace : and with the burnings of thy fathers, the former kings which were before thee, so shall they burn odours for thee. But thou shalt die of thy fair death, not violent, but natural; and shalt be honourably buried, after a princely manner, with store of sweet odours burnt about thy coffin, and in the vault where thou shalt be laid.

XXXIV. 8 After that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them. After that king Zedekiah, being admonished of this point of the law, bad dealt with the people effectually, to dismiss those of their own nation out of their service, in the end of the seventh year, according to the prescript of the law; and proclamation was made hereof accordingly,

XXXIV. 10 Then they obeyed, and let them go. They yielded for the time, and gave way for the performance of this edict; and gave freedom to their Jewish servants.

XXXIV. 11 But afterward they turned, and caused the servants and the handmaids, whom they had let go free, to return, and brought them in subjection for servants and for handmaids. But afterward they repented of their good act, and injuriously recalled their lately dismissed servants and handmaids, into their former servitude.

XXXIV. 17 Behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the LORD, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine, Behold, I do give full liberty to the sword, and to the pestilence, and to the famine, to seize upon you.

XXXIV. 18 And I will give the men that have transgressed my covenant, which have not performed the words of the covenant which they had made before me, when they cut the calf in twain, and passed between the parts thereof, &c. Ye know, ye made a covenant with me, in that ancient solemn manner, that was used by your father Abraham; wherein you, dividing the calf into halves, passed between the two halves of it, wishing, by way of execration, to be so divided, if you did not observe this promise and covenant of yours: and now, ye have palpably broken this part of your covenant with me; therefore, I will give the transgressors hereof into the hand of their enemies.

XXXIV. 21 Into the hand of the king of Babylon's army, which are gone up from you. Into the hand of the king of Babylon's army, which is now, for the time, departed from your siege, to go up against Egypt, but, however ye have vainly imagined, shall return to your cost. See chap. xxxvii. verse 5.

XXXV. 4 And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaligh, a man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, &c. And I brought some of the house of Jonadab the son of Rechab, into the court of the temple, and led them into one of those chambers, which are appointed therein for the priests and Levites; even into the lodging of one of the holiest of the priests, next to the chamber of the chief governor of the temple.

XXXV. 5 And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine. And, in that holy place, I did set before those sons of Rechab, pots of wine, and cups; and as of my own motion, wished them to drink winé.

XXXV. 6 For Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded Us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever. For Jonadab the son of Rechab, three hundred years ago, charged all us, that should come of his loins, Ye shall drink no wine, nei. ther ye, nor your sons for ever.

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