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cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease, Νumb. xi. 25

Τhe Spirit of the Lon D spake by me, and his word ωσs in my tongue,2Sam. xxiii. 2. Αnd it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophecy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions, Joel ii. 28. For the prophecy came πot in old time by the will of man :

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and who is the sword of thy excellency ! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee ; and thou shalt tread upon their high places, Deut. xxxiii. 25-29. For the LoRD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Ιsrael, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them,and they shallcleave to the house of Jacob. Αnd the people shall take them, and bring them to theirplace, and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LoRD for servants and handmaids : and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were : and they shall rule overtheir oppressors. Αnd it shall come to pass, in the day that the LoRD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve, Isa. xiv. 1-3. Βehold, the days come, saith the

Lon D, that I will raise unto David a

righteous Βranch, and a Κing shall reign and prosper, and shall execute, judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Ιsrael shall dwell safely ; and this is his name whereby he shall be called, ΤΗΕ LΟRΙΟ ΟUR R.ΙGΗΤΕΟUSΝΕSS, Jer. xxiii. 5, 6. Βehold, Ι will gather them out of all countries whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath, and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely : Αnd they shall be my people, and I will be their God, xxxii. 37, 38. Τhus saith the LonD God, When I shall have gathered the house ofΙsrael from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to

servant Jacob. Αnd they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards , yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments Ε all those that despise them round about them ; and they shall know that I am the Lon D their GoD, Εzek. xxviii. 25, 26. Αnd I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and

they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods, xxxίν.

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* See on ver. 54.

"Αs for me, behold, my covenant i, with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Νeither shall thy name any more be called Αbram; but thy name shall be Αbraham : for a father of many nations have I made thee. Αnd I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee, Αnd I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and thy seed after thee, in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, Αnd Ι will give unto thee,andto thy seed after thee, the land wherein thoα art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlastingpossession; and I will be their God. Αnd God said unto Αbraham, Τhou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee, in their generations, Gen. xvii. 4-9. Ηe hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word υchich he commanded to a thousand generations, Psal. cv. 8. Ηe hath given meat unto them that fear him : he will ever be mindful of his covenant, cxi. 5. Νevertheless, I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant, ΕΔek. xvi. 60.

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"Αnd said, Βy myselfhave Ιsworn, saith the LoRD ; for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, Gen. xxii. 16. Ε men verily swear by the greater : and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath, Ηeb. vi. 16, 17.

VΕR. 74,

Αφόβως, εκ χειρός των εχθρών ημών ρυσθέντας, λατρεύειν αυτώ,

Τhat he would grant unto us, " that ιue being delivered out of the hand of ομr enemies might serve him without Jear,

*Τhe wilderness, and the solitary place, shall be glad for them ; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even withjoy and singing; the glory of Lebanon shall be Ε υnto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon , they shall see the glory of the Loan, αnd the excellency of our God. Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Βe strong, fear not, behold, your God will come uith vengeance, eυεn God trith a recompence, he will come and save you. Τhen the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped: Τhen shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. Αnd the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty Iand springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass, with reeds and rushes, Αnd an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called, Τhe way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it , but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not errιherein. Νο lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not

be found there : but the redeemed

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shall walk there, Αnd the ransomed destroyin all my holy mountain, saith of the Lo R D shall return, and come the Lon p, Izv, 17-25, Αs a shepto Ζion with songs, and everlasting herd seeketh out his flock in the day joy upon their heads : they shall ob- that he is among his sheep that are tain joy and gladness, and sorrow scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and sighing shall flee away, Isa. l and will deliver them out of allplaces xxxv. Βut Israel shall be saved in where they have been scattered in the the Lonn with an everlasting sal-l cloudy and dark day, Αnd I will vation : ye shall not be ashamed nor bring them out from the people, and

confounded world without end, xlv. 17. Ο thou afilicted, tossed with the tempest, and not comforted, behold, Ι will lay thy stones with fair colours, andlay thy foundation with sapphires. Αnd I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and allthy borders of pleasant stones. Αnd all thy children shall be taught of the LonD , and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear; and from terror: for it shall not come near thee, liv, 1114. For, behold, I create new heavens, and a new earth: and the for

gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the in: habited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be : there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pastureshall theyfeed upon the mountains of Israel. I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord Go D, Εzek. xxxiv. 12-15. Αnd I will encamp about mine housebecause of the army, because ofhim that passeth by, and because of him that returneth : and no oppressor shall pass through

mer shall not be remembered, nor them any more : for now have I seen come into mind. Βut be ye glad and with mine eyes. Rejoice greatly, Ο rejoicefor ever in that which I create: daughter of Ζion, shout, Ο daughfor, behold, I create Jerusalem a re ter of Jerusalem : behold, the Κing joicing, and her people a joy. Αnd I cometh unto thee, he is just, and hav

will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying Τhere shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shalldiean hundredyears old , but the sinner, being an hundred years old, shallbeaccursed. Αnd they shall build houses, and inhabit thern ; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit, they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the ". of my people, and mine elect shall long

enjoy the work of their hands. Τhey shall not labour in vain, nor bring

ingsalvation ; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. Αnd 1 will cut off the chariot from Εphraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle-bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen , and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river ευεn to the ends of the earth, Ζech. ix, 8-10.

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forth for trouble : for they are the I will make with the house of Israel:

seed of the blessed of the LonD, and their offspring with them. Αnd it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer , and while they are yet speaking, I will hear: the wolf and thelamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock : and dust shall be the serηent's meat. Τhey shall not hurt nor

after those days, saith the LonD, 1 will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. Αnd they shall teach no πmore every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Κnow the Lord: for they shallall know me, from the least of them unto the great

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εst of them, saith the LonD : for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remembertheir sin no more, Jer. xxxi. 33, 34. Λnd I will give them one Heart, and one way, that they may fear mefor ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them : Αnd Ι will make an everlasting covenant with them, that Ι will not turn away from them to do them good, but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me, xxxii. 39, 40. , Αnd I willsanctify my great name which was profaned among the beathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them ; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lor D, saith the Lord GoD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Τhen will I sprinkle clean waterupon you, and yeshall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all

ouridols, will l cleanse you. Α new

eart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you , and Ι

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heart of fiesh. Αnd I will put my

Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. Αnd ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers: andye shall be ray people, and I will be your God. I will also save you from all your uncleannesses , and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you, Εzek. xxxvi. 2329. Αnd she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus : for he shall save his people from their sins, Μatt. i. 21. Αccording as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we εhould be holy, and without blame before him in love, Εph. i. 4. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them, ii. 10. Απd *hat ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness, iv. 24. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness, 1 Τhess. iv. 7. Βut we arebound to give thanks alway to

God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth, 2 Τhess. ii. 13. Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 2Τim. i. 9. Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a pecίiliar people, zealous of good works, Τit. ii. 14. Βut as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation, Βecause it is written, Βe ye holy, for Ι am holy, 1 Ρet. i. 15, 16, Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption thatis in the world through lust. Αnd beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge ; Αnd to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness ; Αnd to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make uou that ue shall neitherbe barren norunfruitfulin the knowledge ofour LordJesus Christ, 2Ρet. i. 4-8. See also on Μatt. v. ver. 8. clause 1.

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