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Church of England, in all those Places, where they may conveniently be had, gives Thanks to God, with the best Voices and Instruments she can procure. It shews 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 Man. ner, 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 Instituțion; 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 abolish'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, Rev. xiv.

after the Gospel had taken Place, St. John
bears the voice of harpers. harping with
their barps, 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

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keepers; whose Business it was, to be posted up and down at all the several Avenues and Doors of the Tabernacle and Temple, and of all the Chambers and Offices thereunto belonging; to have the Charge of them, upon all Occasions; to open and

fhut them, Morning and Evening; to keep
constant Watch and Ward about them,
that no unclean or otherwise suspicious Per-
sons, might have Admitcance: and, pro-
bably, to be ready, and at hand to assist
upon any occasional Call or Exigency,
They were regulated and establish'd by
David, at the same Time that the Priests,
Levites and Singers were; which, proba-
bly, might be done according to a Scheme
communicated to him by Samuel.
w The Account we have of them is, as
follows; The porters were Shallum, and! Chron,

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Akkub, and Talmon, and Ahiman, and a their brethren. Shallum was Chiefs who a bitherto waited in the king'sv gate east to ward. They were porters in the scompanies of the children of Levi. And Shallum tbes

tbe et Jon of Korah, and his brethren tbe s Koras hices, were over the work of the fervice; keepers of the gates of the tabernacle. And their fathers being over the host of the LORD, were keepers of the entry::: And. Zechariah, the fon of Mefhelemiah, was th porter of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. All these, which were cbofen to be porters in the gates, were two bundred and twelve: v These were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages: Whom Da- p! vid and Samuel the feer did ordain in being fet office. So they, and their children bad ! the oversight of the gates of the boufe of the LORD. In four quarters, were the porters, toward the east, weft, north and youth. And their brethren, which were in their villa ges, were to come after seven days, from time to time, with them. For thefe Levites, the four chief porters, were in their fet u office; and were over the chambers and treafuries of the house of God. And they lodge

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sied round about the boufer of God; because

the charge was upon them; and the opening thereof, every morning, pertained to them.

And certain of them had the charge of the ministring vessels.s that they Jhould bring them in and out, by tale. Some of them also, were appointed to oversee the vessels,

and all the instruments of the sanctuary, 1 and the fine flour, and the wine, and the byl, and the frankincense, and the spices.

And Matrithiah, one of the Levites, who I was the first-born of Shallum the Korabite, bad the fet office over the things, that were made in the pans.

It is reasonable to believe they were em-' ploy'd in several of the servile and inferior Offices, as well as in those of Credit and Importance; though, mean as their Employment was, we find David saying, I Pfal. bad rather be a doorkeeper in the house of lxxxiv

. my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

They were divided into Clafies, by Lot; and came into waiting, every week, by their Couries. We read that Jeboiada the HighPrieft, (who, during the Minority of his Nephew King Jaafh, probably

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porters at the gates of the house of the LORD, that none which was unclean, in

any thing should enter in.

In the Grand Passover, kept by King Fopah, we have Instances of the Priests, Levites, Singers and Porters, all acting in their respective Stations; which deserves transcribing; and with which, I shall

close the Account upon thofe Heads ib. xxxv, The fervice was prepared, and the Priests

stood in their place, and the Levites in their courses, according to the king's commandment. And they killed the passover. And the -Priefts Sprinkled the blood from their bands, and the Levites flayed them. And they removed the burnt-offerings, that they might give according to the divisions of the families of the people, to offer to the LORD; as it is written in the book of Moses. And they rosted the paffover with fire, according to the ordinance : But the other holy offerings fod they in "pots; and in cala drons, and in pans; and divided them spee: dily, among all the people.

And, afterward, they made ready for themselves, and for the Priests : Because, the

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