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which the Offerings were repofited, And Nehem. the Levites shall bring up the tythe of the*' 3" tytbes, unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure-house. Then NeJian. brought all Judah the tithe of the corn, and X1U* ,2* the new wine, and the oyl unto the treasuries. And I made treasurers over the treasuries.

And something of this kind had been 2 Chron. done, in the Time of the first Temple, by xxxl-lt' order of King Hezekiah. As, no doubt but there were Conveniencies of this sort all along, even in the Time of the Tabernacle. We read that Moses and Eleazar Numb. the priest took the gold of the offering, that xxxi- S4« the captains of thousands and captains of hundreds offered up to the Lord, and brought it into the tabernacle of the congregation, Sec. And Jojhua fays, that all the Josli. vi. fiver and gold, and vessels of brass and iron '9' (taken in the City of Jericho) are consecrated unto the L o R D; they shall come into the treasury of the L o R D.

The best Interpreters think that, this Taxation, was what they came to demand of our L o K D in the Gospel; what is Mat. there render'd Tribute-Money, being, in xvu- 2+

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the Original, * such a Sum as is just equivalent ^to a Half-Shekel; and that which Peter was to find in the Fish's Mouth, and give for his Master and Himself, being likewise express'd by another Word, which signifies a Sum equal to a <f whole Shekel. Of the Treasury, in the Temple, we also find mention, in several parts of the Gospel.

SECT. XXIII.

Vows and Freewill-Offerings,

The Sacred Gifts, hitherto spoken of, were such as the Law appointed; there were others made, either by Vows, or out of mere Free-Will. Moses, mentioning the L^: . several Festivals of the Year, lays. These are thefeajts of theLord, which yefiall proclaim to be holy convocations; beside the sabbaths of the LoRd, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and befit all your free-will-offerings, which ye give unto the L o Jr. D.

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Vows, were Resolutions solemnly made, in Times of Difficulty or Want, of Offering such and such Things to God, by way of Thanksgiving, in case their Wishes were crown'd with Success; and, to neglect the Performance of them, was look'd upon as a most impious profane Thing. The Law speaks of it, thus; When thou Jhalt vow a Deut< vow unto the L Ord thy God, thou Jhalt not xxiii. zi« flack to pay it; for the Lord thy God will surely require it of thet; and it would be Jin in thee. 'That, which is gone out of thy lipst thou Jhalt keep and perform; even a free-will-offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the Lord thy God, which thou hajl promised with thy mouth.

Of the manner, in which these Vows were usually made, we have an Instance in that famous one of Jephthah. He vowed Judg. xi. a vow unto the Lord and said; if thou 3°* Jhalt, without fail, deliver the children of Ammon into my hands, 'Then jhall it be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord's j and 1 will offer it up for a burnt-offering.

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Another Instance is, in Hannah the Moi Sam. i. ther of the Prophet Samuel; She vowed a vow, and said; O Lord of hojls, if thou •wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaids and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man-child, then I will give him unto the Lord, all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his bead. 2 Sam' Absalom fays to David; I pray thee let me go, and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the Lord in Hebron. For thy servant vowed a vow, while I abode at Gefhur in Syria, saying, If the Lord shall bring me again indeed to JeruiaJem, then I -willserve the LorD.

Swearing, is likewise mention'd in the Law, as a way by which they sometimes bound themselves, as well as by vowing i If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or be. swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedetb out of bis mouth* At the fame time, it is said j That* if a single Woman, who lives with her Father, or a married Woman, who lives with her Husband* shall either of them vow a vow,

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they {hall not be bound by it, if either the Father, or the Husband, disallow of it: otherwise they shall.

What they usually vowed, was, either themselves, in Person j or their Houses, or Estates; or some Beast, or other. If Themselves, their Houses, or Estates,they might pay the Vow in Money; to be valued at the Discretion of the Priest, under certain Restrictions j as also, in case it were an unclean Beast that was vow'd. All which may be seen in the Law; and is ev:.

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rather too long to be transcrib'd from
thence. There was likewise a Vow rela-
ting so those that intended to be Naza-
rites. Of which we (hall treat in another
Place. The Things paid upon account of
Vows, like the other sacred Gifts, were
brought to the Temple. Free-will-Offer-
ings, were such as every man gave willingly Exo<J'
with his heart. They were distinguished
from Vows, as in others, so in this Parti-

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cular j Either a bullock, or a lamb, that xx»] hath any thing superfluous, or lacking, in his farts, that thou may est offer a free-will' offering; but, for a vow, it shall not be ac~ cepted.

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