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CHA P. XXVI.

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1 Of Idolatry, 2 Religiousness. 3 A Blessing to them that keép

the Commandments. 14 A Curse to those that break them. 40 God promiseth to remember them that repent.

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As Mofes in this Chapter asures

the Israelites of the great Successes, ven Image, neither rear ye joy in the Land of Canaan, as long up a standing Image, neither as they continue in their Obedience Mall ye set up any

to the Divine Commands; so he Image of

foretels the terrible Judgments and Stone in your Land, to bow great Calamities that should come down unto it : for I am the upon them, for their Idolatries and

Disobedience. LORD your God.

The History of this Nation fully 2 Ye fhall keep my Sab- verifys the Truth of thele Predictions, baths, and reverence my San- which will appear from the follow

ing Instances : ctuary : I am the Lord.

ist, As the Red Sea was divided for 3 If ye walk in my Sta- the Deliverance of the Israelites from tutes, and keep my Com- dan when it had overflown it's

the Egyptians, so was the River Jore mandments, and do them;

Banks) for the Pallage of their Army. 4 Then I will give you

2dly, The Walls of Jericho, which Rain in due Season; and the the Spyes had reported to be impreg

nable, by an immediate and almigh. Land ihall yield her Increase, ty Power, fell down before them. and the Trees of the Field 3d'y, Jofbua fubdued, and took Por

sellion of the whole Land of Canaan, shall yield their Fruit.

(the Sun standing Atill upon his Pray5 And your Threshing shall er) by which the Promises to Abrareach unto the Vintage, and bam were literally fulfilled. the Vintage shall reach unto deon, Barak, Jonathan, David, and his

4shly, In the Story of Samp, on, Githe Sowing-time : and ye Captains, and other Kings were acshall eat your Bread to the complished the Promises of the great

Vi&ories they should obtain, while Full, and dwell in your Land they confided in the Lord of Hosts. safely.

sthly, In the Reigns of David and 6 And I will give Peace Solomon, all the Nations from the

Banks of the great River Euphrates, in the Land, and ye shall lie

to the Borders of Egypt, were subdown, and none Thall make jeđed to them, and the divine Presence you afraid : and I will rid or Schekina was continued in the San

&uary and fift Temple. evil Beasts out of the Land,

6thly, Their Riches were so great, neither shall the Sword go that David left to Solomon a greater

Treasure than is now current in the through your Land.

whole known World, being an hunshall chase your dred thousand Talents of Gold, and Enemics, and they shall fall a thouíand thousand Talents of Sil. before you by the Sword.

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tions. dred of you shall put ten thou- But as their Obedience was rewardsand to Flight : and your E- ed with these Bleflings, fo their Re

bellion, Idolatry, and Disobedience, nemies shall fall before you by brought upon them all the Curses the Sword.

denounced against them by Moses: 9 For I will have Respect that succeeded to bua, they fell into

ift, In the very Time of the Judges unto you, and make you fruit- idolatry : For this they were chastiful, and multiply you, and zed by the seveial Enemies that were establish my Covenant with

raised up against them.

2d!y, In the Reigns of David and you.

Solomon the Kingdom of Israel was 10 And ye shall eat old fully established, but in the Time of Store, and bring forth the old volted and became a separate King

Rehoboam his Succelor, ten Tribes rebecause of the new.

dom for the Idolatry of Solomon in 11 And I will set my Ta- bis old Age, and the Tyranny of bernacle amongst you and Rehobom

3dly, Jeroboam causes two golden my Soul Mall not abhor you. Calves to be set up, and commands 12 And I will walk

among

his Subje&ts to worship them.

This publick Idolatry is continued you, and will be your God, during the Reigns of the several and ye shall be my People. Kings of Israel, till the Time of Ho13 I am the LORD your Captive by Salmon Ezer, their cities

fhea, when the cen Tribes were carried God, which brought you deftroyed, and their Country laid forth out of the Land of E. desolate ; from which Captivity they

have never yet been restored. Which should not be ye

Disperlion has now lasted above 2400 their Bond-men, and I have years. broken the Bands of your tinued under the Reign of their le

4!!!y, The Kingdom of Judah conYoke, and made you go up- veral Kings for more than 100 Years right.

after the Captivity of the Ten Tribes ; 14. But if ye will not in which time it pleased God to raise hearken unto me, and will warned them of the Calamities that

up several Prophets, who all forenot do all these Command- were to come upon then for their ments :

great Impieties. But so mad were 15 And if ye fall despise Time of Manasseh and other Kings,

they upon their Idols, that in the my Statutes, or if your Soul the Temple itself was polluted with abhor my Judgments, so that the Idolatry of the Gentiles; and both

Prince and People were so obftinate ye will not do all my Com- in their Impieties, that they mu:mandments, but that ye break dered their Prophets, and despised all my Covenant :

their Threatnings, till they were care

ried Captive 1o Babylon by the Chara 16 I also will do this unto deans, who defolared their city, burnt you, I will even appoint over their Temple, and laid watte the

whole Countrey. you Terror, Consumption,

shly, After seventy Years Conti. and the burning Ague; that nuance in this Caprivity, they are reThall consume the Eye, and stored by Cyrus, as was foretold by

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cause Sorrow of Heart : and Ifaiah, Jeremiah, and other Prophets. ye shall row your Seed in

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was the place where Idolatry first vain, for your Enemies shall began after the Flood; and here it

was that the fows were cured of that 17 And I will set my Face Idolatry from which their ancestors

could never be reclaimed. But notagainst you, and ye shall be withstanding this Deliverance, upon Nain before your Enemies : their Relentlement in their own they that hate you shall reign pieties, for which they were severely

Countrey, they fell into many Imover you, and ye shall flee chastised; and at last filled up the when none pursueth you.

Measure of their Rebellions in re

jeating the Messiah, whom they had 18 And if ye will not yet so long, and at that very Time exfor all this hearken unto me, peated, and putting to Death the then I will punish you seven Lord of Life and Glory, and per

securing those that believed in him, times more for your Sins. for which they were pursued by the

19 And I will break the divine Vengeance. Pride of your Power; and I

6thly, The City of Jerusalem, after

enduring many terrible Calamities, will make your Heaven as and a long Siege, in which the tenIron, and your Earth as Brass. der and delicate Women eat their 20 And your Strength thall Me" and

own Children, as was foretold by

Mo es and other Prophets. be spent in vain : for your The City was taken, their Temple Land shall not yield her In- burnt, and the Nation difperfed, by crease, neither shall the

Trees drian. For so far had they provoked of the Land yield their Fruits. their Conquerors, that by an Impe; 21 And if ye walk con

rial Ediat, the Jews were prohibited trary unto me, and will not Land.

to set their Foot upon their own hearken unto me, I will bring The Emperor Julian, in order to seven times more Plagues up- mands the Temple to be rebuilt ; but

confound the Chilian Religion comon you, according to your no fooner were the Foundations of Sins.

the old Temple pulied up, but by 22 I will also send wild Earthquakes and Balls of Fire, an

End was put to this Attempt. And Beasts among you, which herein the Prediction of our SAVIOUR shall rob you of your Chil- was literally fulfilled, That nor one dren, and destroy your

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Stone should be left upon another.

zihly, The Jews are now sublifting, tle, and make you few in a People scattered and dispersed thro' Number, and your High- all the Nations of the known World, ways shall be desolate. without King, without Priest, with

out Sacrifice, without Prophet, and 23 And if ye will not be without any settled Property; as was reformed by me by these foretold by Koca. And they who Things, but will walk con

were so fo: wasd upon every Occasion

to run into Idolatry, are now the trary unto me:

most averse to it. 24 Then will I also walk They carry with them the Books

of the Prophets who forewarned contrary unto you, and will them of all these Calam ties and punish you yet seven times Difperfions. And such is their Vefor your Sins.

25 And 25 And I will bring a neration for these Books, that if the

least Miftake be made in the TransSword upon you, that shall

cript of them, they are not permitavenge the Quarrel of my Co- ted to be read in their Synagogues. venant : and when ye are so that they are now the living Witgathered together within your Records.

nesses of the Truch of these divine Cities, I will send the Pesti- The Application that all Christians lence among you ; and ye ought to make of these direful Sto

ries, is to fear left a Promise being shall be delivered into the

made to us by the Gospel, of entring Hand of the Enemy.

into the eternal Rest of Heaven, we 26 And when I have bro- come sort of it by Unbelief.

For because of Unbelief the Jews ken the Staff of your Bread, were cast off, and the Christian Church ten Women shall bake your ftands by Faith. Therefore we should Bread in one Oven, and they

not be high minded, but fear.

For if God spared not the natural shall deliver you your Bread Branches, take heed left by Unbelief again by Weight : and ye and Disobedience, those that call fhall eat and not be satisfied.

themselves Chriftians do not provoke

the divine Vengeance. 27 And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me:

28 Then I will walk contrary unto you also in Fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your Sins.

29 And ye shall eat the Flesh of your Sons, and the Flesh of your Daughters shall ye eat.

30 And I will destroy your high Places, and cut down your Images, and cast your Carcales upon the Carcases of your Idols, and my Soul shall abhor you.

31 And I will make your Cities waste, and bring your Sanctuaries unto Desolation, and I will not smell the Savour of your sweet Odours.

32 And I will bring the Land into Desolation, and your Enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.

33 And I will scatter you among the Heathen, and will draw out a Sword after you : and your Land shall be desolate, and your Cities waste.

34 Then shail the Land enjoy her Sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your Enemies Land; even then Thall the Land rest, and enjoy her Sabbaths.

35 As long as it lieth defolate, it shall rest : because it did not rest in your Sabbaths when ye dwelt upon it.

36 And upon them that are left alive of you, I will send a Faintness into their Hearts in the Lands of their Enemies; änd the Sound of a shaken Leaf shall chase them ; and they shall flee, as fleeing from a Sword : and they shall fall when monę pursueth.

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37 And 37 And they shall fall one upon another, as it were before a Sword, when none pursueth: and ye shall have na Power to stand before your Enemies.

38 And ye shall perish among the Heathen, and the Land of your Enemies shall eat you up.

39 And they that are left of you, shall pine away in their Iniquity, in your Enemies Lands; and also in the Íniquities of their Fathers shall they pine away with them.

40 If they shall confess their Iniquity, and the Iniquity of their Fathers, with their Trespass which they trespasied against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;

41 And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the Land of their Enemies; if then their uncircumcised Hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the Punishment of their Iniquity :

42 Then will I remember my Covenant with Jacob, and also my Covenant with Ifaac, and allo my Covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the Land.

43 The Land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her Sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them : and they shall accept of the Punishment of their Iniquity ; because, even because they despised my Judgments, and because their Soul abhorred my Statutes.

44 And yet for all that, when they be in the Land of their Enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my Covenant with them: for I am the Lord their God.

45 But I will for their Sakes remember the Covenant of their Ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the Land of Egypt, in the Sight of the Heathen, that I might be their God: I am the Lord.

46 These are the Statutes, and Judgments, and Laws, which the LORD made between him and the Children of Ilrael, in Mount Sinai, by the Hand of Mofes.

CH A P. XXVII.

1 He that maketh a singular Vow must be the LORD's; 2 the

Estimation of the Person, 9 of a Beast given by Vow, 14. of an House, 16 of a Field, and the Redemption thereof. 28 No devoted Thing may be redeemed. 32 The Tythe may not be changed.

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