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lech, and the chief of the fathers tl Priests and Levites. • . - • ••< y (:, .

We find the Performances of ihis kin. mention'd in several Places. At the Dedication of the Temple by Solomon, .aijapvig other pompous Preparations, we are, told; 2 Chron. effof Levites which were Jingersy all them if Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, •with tbeir sons and their brethren, being arrayed a white linen, having cymbals, and psalteries, and harps, flood at the east end of the alter; and with them, an hundred and twenty Priejls, sounding with trumpets, ivere us one; to make one found to be beardjn praijki and thanking the Lord; and they lift-up their voice, with the trumpets, and cymbals, and instruments of muse, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good, for bis mercy endureth for ever* '. , ■'

And when Jehojhapbat King of Judab went out to Battle against the Children of Ahibon and Moab and Mount Seir, he

xx^T" confu^ w**b people* and appointd f tigers unto the Lor D, that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and fay, Praise the Lorb, for his mercy endureth for ever. And who,

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i they began soJmg, and] ttpraise; the Lord fit ambushments against the children of hmL riiori, Moab, and mount Seir, and they were

Xa8b at the Building of the second Tern1 pie When the builders laid the foundation Ezra, iii,

of the temple of the Lord, they set the10' 'priefls, in their apparel, -with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with « cymbals, to praise she Lord, after the if ordinance o/'David king of Israel. And they fung together, by course, in praijing and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever, &c, Agassi, -it is sa$d; In the days of David and Nch. xii. Asaph, of old, there were chief of the +6> fingers; and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God. V ' 1

Encourag'd by these Examples,therefore, arxi because'-the Worship of God ought to be solerrmiz'd, in the best manner we are able to devise, (not because God wants afiy of our Services, but because it be-, hoves u&to exert our selves upon all such, Occasions, to the utmost and best of our Skill; however when: we have done our best, majr be But unprofitable Sertihhts) Thi V 3 Church, Church of England, in all those Plaees3 where they may conveniently he .had, gives Thanks to God, with the J>e/t Voices and Instruments she can procure. It (hews an earnest and hearty Intention to please God, however short it be of having any real Effect, when Men offer up to Him the Sacrifices of their Lips, in that Manner, which is accounted the most noble, sublime, and every way agreeable, amongst themselves.

Besides, we may observe, that this Practice has an Advantage by its not having been, a Mosaical Institution; and cannot, upon that account, be suppos'd to have been only temporary, or typical, and to have receiv'd its Completion in, and been abolifh'd by the Gospel; for we find it was instituted, by David*, a Man, in respect to his Zeal for the true Religion, said to be, after God's own Heart. And, *X1V' a/ter the Gospel had taken Place, St. John hears the voice of harpers harping with their harps, in heaven; and singing, as it •were, a new song, before the Throne of God. Why, therefore,good Christians should not imitate these Examples as well as they h ■■; can<

^n, there seems to be no Reason: But, on the contrary, many good ones, "why they should. e-'

b or SECT. XIV.

The Porters or Doorkeepers.

;) ^ry >Next, we are %o speak of the Doorkeepers-, whose Business it was, to be posted ,,up and down at all the several Avenues and Doors of the Tabernacle and Temi *plc, and of all the Chambers and Offices - thereunto belonging; to have the Charge rcjf them, upon all Occasions; to open and shut them, Morning and Evening; to keep constant Watch and Ward about them, that no unclean or otherwise suspicious Persons, might have Admittance: and, probably, to be ready and at hand to assist upon any occasional Call or Exigency, They were regulated and establisli'd by David, at the fame Time that the 'Priests, Levitest and Singers were; which, probably, might be done according to a Scheme communicated to him by Samuel. -JoJThe Account we have of them is, as follQw&; The porters "were Shallum, and? Chr°n» U4 Akkub,&c/7'

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Akkub, and Talmon, and Ahimanjigands their brethren: Shallum was Chiefs who bitherto waited in the king'sv gate freaft: ward. They were porters in the companies of the children of Levi. And Shallum tbes Son of Korah, and his brethren the Korado hites, were over the work of the fervices keepers of the gates of the tabernacle. And their fathers being over the bost of the LORD, were keepers of the entry:Ando Zechariah, the son of Methelemiah, was porter of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. All these, which were chofen to be porters in the gates, were twa bine dred and twelve: v*There were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages: Whom Dana vid and Samuel the feer did ordain in theino set office. So they, and their children bad ! the overhght of the gates of the boufaefitbeo LORD. ' In four quarters, were the porters, toward the east, weft, north and Jouth. And their brethren, which were in their, ville ges, were to come after seven day's, from time to time, with them. For thefe Levitesse the four chief porters, were in theirsrifetid office; and were over the chambers and trecer furies of the house of God. And they lodge

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