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of the land, ye mall keep a feast unto the LORD, seven days; on the first day Mall be a fabbath, and on the eighth day, shall be a sabbath. And ye shall take unto you, on the first day, the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook: and
ye shall rejoyce before the LORD your God, seven days. And ye mall keep it a feast unto the LORD, seven days in the year: It shall be a statute for ever
your generations; ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. Ye Mall dwell in booths seven days: That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in Booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt.
This Injunction is repeated in another Numb. Place, with particular Directions, what xxix.12, kind of Burnt-Offerings were to be offer’d, every one of the Days. And again, Deut.xvi. in these Words; Thou shalt observe the 13, feast of Tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gather’d in thy corn and thy Wine, This Festival, we find, was kept with great Pomp and Solemnicy, after their Re- Neh. viii. cuộn from the Captivity.
14, &c, This
This was one of those three great Festivals of the Year, upon which all their Males were to appear before the LORD at Jerusalem. The Precept for it is, as follows. *Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year; Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread, (Passover) in the month Abib (March) for in it thou camest out from Egypt. And the feast
And the feast of barveft, (Pentecoste) the first-fruits of thy labours which thou haft sown in the field: And the feast of Ingathering (Tabernacles) which is in the end of the year (the old natural Year) when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field. And this last is called in another Place, The Feast of Ingathering at the year's end. Which must mean the old Style, when, as we observ'd before, August was reckon'd the last Month in the Year.
* Exod. xxiii. 14, &c. Deut. xvi. 16. It was the second of these (Pentecoste) which St. Luke calls A07p577972", the second Sabbath after the First; when the Disciples pluck'd the Ears of Corn. Or, as fome will have it, the second weekly Sabbath, which happen'd after the first Great one, the Paflover. Luke vi.
SECT. XIV. The SABBATICAL YEAR. Among the divine Appointments beforemention'd, we may place the Sabbatical Year; every seventh Year was to be a Year of Rest to the Ground. Six years Exod. thou malt fow thy land, and salt gather xxiii
, bir in the fruits ther. of; but the seventh year,
thou Malt 'let it rest and lie still; that
In like manner thou Malt deal with
Again; W ben ye come into the land which Lev.xxv. I give you, then mall the land keep a fab
bath unto tbe LORD. Six years thou shalt En fow thy field, and fix years thou shalt prune
tby vineyard, and gather in the fruit there-
the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy franger that sojourneth with thee. And for thy cattle, and for the beasts that are in thy land, Mall all the increase thereof be meat.
And, a little further; If ye shall say what shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not fow, nor gather in our increase : Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it fall bring forth fruit for three
And ge shall fow the eighth year, and eat yet of old fruit, until the ninth year; until her fruits come in, ye shall eat of the old store.
In another Place, we are told how this
Year is to be further obferved: At the Deut. xv. end of every seven years, thou shalt make
a release. And this is the manner of the release; every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour, Mall release it; be mall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother, because it is called the LORD's release, &c. And if thy brother, an Hebrew
an Hebrew woman, be fold unto thee, and serve thee fix years; then, in the Seventh year, thou malt let him go free
from thee'; and thou shalt not let him go a: way empty: Thou shalt furnish, bim liberally : out of thy stock, and out of thy store, and out
of thy wine-press. And thou shalt remember that thou was't a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to-day.
SEC T. XV. The Year of J U BIL E E. There was, besides, another fabbatical Year, call’d the Year of Jubilee, which was every seventh of the Sabbatical Years beforemention'd, and revolv'd once in fifty Years; the Institution of which is as follows: Thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine Years. Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to found, on the tenth day of the seventh month; in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet found throughout all your
land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and 2 proclaim Liberty throughout all the land, un
to all the inhabitants thereof: It hall be a Jubilee unto you, and ye shall returnevery man