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• be freed from being hewers of wood, and drawers of water, for the house of my God. Upon which they surrender'd themselves at Discretion, and said; Now, behold, ive are in thine hand; as it feemeth right and good unto thee, to do unto us, do. And so he did unto them, and delivered them out of the hand os the children of Israel, that they few them not. And Joshua made them, that day, hewers of wood, and drawers of water, for the congregation, and for the altar of the LoRT>teven unto this day, in the place which he should choose. 2 Sam. Yet, afterwards, we find Saul, in a prexxi. 1,2. tended Fit of Zeal to his own Countrymen, had made an Attempt to destroy them all. Which inhuman Cruelty God resented so far as to fend a Famine upon the Land for three Years; till David took care to make Atonement for it; and to give the Gibeonites, such Satisfaction as they requir'd.
These, therefore, without Question, were the People, whom we find appropriated, by David, among the rest of his Regulations, to all the servile Employ- .
nents ^about the Temple, by the Name of ,
And. thus we find them mention'd, and number'd at the Return from the Captivity; Of the Nethinims, whom David Ezra viii. and the princes, had appointed for the Service of the Levites, Two hundred and twenty Nethinims: all of them were expressed, by name. We likewise find they were, at that Time, as zealous as any other, Neh. x. for the Restoration of the Law, and en- 28' ter'd into a Curse for the Observance of it. They likewise, as the Priejls and Levites, had their Heads and Chiefs, who were to marshal and order them as Oc, casion requir'd. We are told; The Ne-ib.xi. 21. thinims dwelt in Ophel: and Ziha and Gispa were over the Nethinims.
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* It is most likely they were so called from the first;
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So much, for those Persons who wer< employ'd in the Administration of Religious Affairs, in the Service of the Tafarnacle and 'Temple. We have yet, under the Name of Holy Persons, some others to treat of; such as in the old Testament, we find, were, call'd Nazarites, Prophets, and Scribes. Of these, in their several Turns.
We will* begin with the Nazarites: Who were a kind of Religious, thac consecrated themselves to God by a Vow for a Timej whereby, they likewise bound themselves to certain Rules and Abstinences, during the whole Time of their Vows, ^ b What the Lav) injoins concerning them, vi. i,&c. is as follows; When' either man or worn Jhall separate themselves, to vow a vow tft * Nazarite, to separate themselves unto tk Lord. He shall separate himself from -wine and strong drink,and Jhall drink no vinegar
* Which Word signifies One that is separated.
of ivine or vinegar of Jlrong drink-, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moijl grapes or dried. All the dap of his separation, shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the busk. All the days of the vow of his separation, there Jhall come no razor upon bis bead; until the days be fulfill'dr in which he feparateth himself unto the Lord, he Jhall be holy-, and Jhall let the locks of the hair of his head grow. He Jhall come at no dead body. He Jhall not make himself unclean (mourn) for his father, or for bis motheri for his brother, or for his jijler, when they die. And,. if any man die very suddenly, by him, and he hath defiled the head of his consecration-, then he jhall Jhave bis head, in the day of his cleanjing; on the seventh day Jhall he Jhave it: and on the eighth day^ he Jhall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons, to the Priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And the Priest Jhall offer the orie for a fin-offering, and the other for a burntoffering, and make an atonement for him, and Jhall hallow his head that sarrie day. And be jhall consecrate unto the Lord the days of his separation; and Jhail hrx\ a lamb of the first year, for a trespass-^ fering: But the days that were before,fiai be lost', because his separation was defiled.
These were the Conditions of the ¥w\ then follows an Account of what Offerings were to be made, and other Particulars to be observed, at the Expiration of the Term, for which the Vow was made. After which it is said j This is tht law of the Nazarite, who hath vowed; and of his offering unto the Lord for bis feparation, besides that that his hand shall get, Which makes it reasonable to conclude, that this Vow was undertaken, moftly, by People in narrow Circumstances j who, having nothing else to offer, offer'd then> selves to the Lord; and therefore it was look'd upon as a very meritorious and holy Action. A Pair of 'Turtlesi was the Offering of those who were not of Ability to afford a better. But we find, better was expected, if his Hand Jhou'dget it', if he throve and prosper'd in the World, afterwards.
We have one notable Instance of this Kind, in Samson j concerning whom, an