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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'
*d>rm&dmboiit the house as God* because tJje.wcbe*g.e:itoas upon them-, and the opening thereof, every morning, pertained to them. And certain of them had the charge of the miniflring vessels, that they should bring them in and out, by tale. Some of them also, were appointed to oversee the vessels, and all the instruments of the sanctuary, and the fine flour, , and the wine, and the oy/y and the frankincense, and the spices. And Mattithiah, one of the Levites, who loas the first-born c/"Shallum the Korahite, had the jet office over the things, that were made in the pans.
It is reasonable to believe they were employed in several of the servile and inferior Offices, as well as in those of Credit and Importance j though, mean as their Employment was, we find David faying, / Psal. had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of **X1V' my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
They were divided into Classes, by Lot; and came into waiting, every week, by their Courses. We read that Jeboiada the High-Priest, (who, during the Minority of his Nephew King Joajh, probably
2 Chron. had the Regency of the Kingdom) Je i9. porters at the gates of the house of the Lor n that none which was unclean, in any thins Jhould enter in. .. i\ .;>, ,*\s» >.-.
In the Grand Passover, kept by K.kvg Jostab, we have Instances of the Priests, Levites, Singers and Porters, all acting m their respective Stations; which deserves transcribing; and with which, I shall close the Account upon those Heads. ib. xxxv, The service was prepared, and the Priejis food in their place, and the Levites in tk ir courses, according to the king's commandment. And they killed the pas over. And the Priests sprinkled the blood from their bands, and the Levites flayed them. And they- rev moved the burnt-offerings, that they might give according to the divifions of the families of the people, to offer to the L o R D 5 as it is written in the book of Moses. And they r oft ed the pajfover with fire, according to the ordinance: But the other holy offerings sod they in pots, and in caldrons, and in pans; and divided them speedily, among all the people.
And, afterward, they made ready for themselves, and for the Priests: Because, the