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dren of Israel the fythes which I have gzv~ en you, from them, for- your inheritance, then yejhall offer up an heave-offering of it, for the Lord, even a tenth part of the tythe: And ye Jh all give thereof, /^lord's heave-offering, to Aaron the Fries.
thirdly, there was another Ty thing the People were to make, besides the firjlt out of all their Increases which they were, yearly, to carry up to the Temple; and there, and no where else, banquet upon it, together with the Levites. Thou Jhalt truDcut. ly tythe all the increase of thy feed, that £ "> the field bringeth forth year by year •, and thou Jhalt eat bejore the Lord thy Cod, in the place which he jhall choose to place his name there, the tythe of thy corn^ of thy wine, and of thine oyl, and the firstlings of thine herds, and of thy flocks. And if the way be too long for thee, thou jhalt turn it into money, and beflow that money for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for Jlrong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desir eth; and thou shalt eat there, before the Lord thy God, and thou Jhalt rejoyce, thou and thine houjhold; and the Levite that is within thy gates: Thou Jhalt not forsake him;
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for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee. Some confound these Tythes with the first Sort; but they are plainly a distinct Kind, There was a fourth Kind of Tything, mention'd likewise in the Law; in these Words: At the end of three years, thou Deut, fkalt bring forth all the tythe of thine in- TM' 28' crease the fame year; and stalt lay it up within thy gates. And the Levite (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee) and the Jlr anger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, jhall come and pall eat, and be satisfied. I take this to be the fame Tything with that mention'd just before; and that, instead of being carried to the Temple and partaken of there, every third Year, they might eat it at Home; and distribute it among the Levites, and the Poor, in their own Neighbourhood. Of the three Sorts oi Tythes payable by the Laity, we have an Instance, at once, in the Apocrypha; where Tobit fays; The first tenth T<*'J 7' part of all increase, I gave to the sons of Aaron, who ministred at Jerusalem: another tenth part Isold away, and went and spent it everyyear at Jerusalem: And the third, I gave unto them to whom it was meet.
At the Restoration of the true Worship of God by Hezekiah, after a Succession of idolatrous Kings, among other things;
« Chron. He commanded the people that dwelt in Je
&c.X1' 4' rusalenVo give the portion of the Priests and the LeviteSfthat they might be encouraged in tho law of the Lord. And, as soon as the Com mandment came abroad,the children of Israel brought, in abundance, the first-fruits of corn, wine, and oyl, and honey, and of all the increase of thefield, and the tythe of all things brought they in abundantly. And those that dwelt in the Cities of Judah brought in the tythe of Oxen and Sheep, &c. And we find the same Resolution taken
Neh. x. ana< pursued, after their Return from the
3J> &c. Captivity.
Another Kind of Gift was the sacred Money; which every Male, from twenty to fifty Years old, was to pay into the Numb. Treasury of the Tabernacle or Temple, by XXXI-54- way of a Capitation Tax, for the Use of the Sanctuaryj and this, as often as they were number'd j which, whether it were 4 yearly,
yearly, or only upon special Occasions, Interpreters do not agree. The latter seems to be the more probable: for otherwise, it is likely we should meet with Instances of the Payment of it, among the other annual Observances; which are all mention'd in some other Parts of Scripture, as well as in the Books of the Law, The Direction for the Payment of it, runs thus: When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel, after their number; then Jh'all they- Exod. give, every man a ransom for his soul, unto &c-' the Lord, when thou number efl them, that there be no plague among ft them. T'his they pall give, * half a Jhekel after the Jhekel of the sanctuary (a Jhekel is twenty Gerahs;) an half Jhekel pall be the offering of the Lo a D. And thoujhalt take the atonementmoney of the children of Israel, and salt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
This Money seems to have been paid constantly, for some time, in the Reign of fehoajh King of Judah; and to have been z K[^ applied toward the Repairs of the Tern- xii.4,&c pie: when, we are told, that Jehoiada the
priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it bejide the altar j and the priest that kept the door, put therein all the money that was brought into the bouse of the Lord. In another Place, it is said; 7. Chron. At the kings commandment, they made a xxiv, 8. cyj^^ anjjgt jt without, at the gate of the bouse of the Lord. And they made a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the Lord, the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.
A considerable Time after, in the Reign of King Jostah, mention is again made of this Money upon the fame Account. He fends a Scribe to the House of the xxU?"28 Lo*D> %ing> Go up to UiMah the priest, that he may sum the fiver that is brought into the house of the Lord, which the keepers of the door have gathered of the people.
We hear no more of it, till after the Building of the second Temple; when, instead of Chests, we read of a * Treasure*H$ufe, consisting of several Chambers, in
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* Perftco-Grœct r<t£opVkakw. Syriace Corban.