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A. M. 3999. lence, 2 Sam. xxii. 2, 3. The LORD / and who is the sword of thy excelis my rock, and my fortress, and my lency! and thine enemies shall be deliverer; my God, my strength, in found liars unto thee; and thou shalt whom I will trust; my buckler, and tread upon their high places, Deut. the hora of my salvation, and my high xxxiii. 25—29. For the LORD will tower, Psal. xviii. 2. There will I have mercy on Jacob, and will yet make the born of David to bud : I choose Israel, and set them in their have ordained alamp for mine anoint- own land : and the strangers shall be ed, cxxxii. 17.
joined with them, and they shall cleave b See on Matt. i. ver. 1. clause 2.
to the house of Jacob. And the peo
ple shall take them, and bring them VER. 70.
to their place; and the house of Israel Καθώς ελάλησε δια στόματος των αγίων | shall possess them in the land of the τών απ' αιώνος προφητών αυτού
LORD for servants and handmaids : As ahe spake by the mouth of his holy and they shall take them captives, prophets, which have been since the world whose captives they were: and they beyan:
shall rule over their oppressors.
And a The Spirit of the Lord spake by the LORD shall give thee rest from
it shall come to pass, in the day that me, and his word was in my tongue: thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and 2 Sam. xxiii. 2. For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord from the hard bondage wherein thou
wast made to serve, Isa. xiv. 1-3. said to my Lord, sit thou on my right Behold, the days come, saith the hand, till I make thine enemies thy LORD, that I will raise unto David a footstool, Mark xii. 36. And when righteous Branch, and a King shall they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had reign and prosper, and shall execute spoken one word; Well spake the judgment and justice in the earth. In Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet Israel shall dwell safely ; and this is
his days Judah shall be saved, and unto our Fathers, Acts xxviii. 25. his name whereby he shall be called, Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSTo day if ye will hear his voice, Heb. NESS, Jer. xxiii. 5, 6. - Behold, I iii. 7. For the prophecy came not in will gather them out of all countries old time by the will of man: but Holy whither I have driven them in mine men of God spake as they were moved
anger, and in my fury, and in great by the Holy Ghost, 2 Pet. i. 21.
wrath; and I will bring them again VER. 71.
unto this place, and I will cause them Σωτηρίαν εξ εχθρών ημών, και εκ χειρός | to dwell safely: And they shall be πάντων των μισούντων ημάς
my people, and I will be their God, a That we should be saved from our ene
xxxii. 37, 38. Thus saith the LORD mies, and from the hand of all that house of Israel from the people among
God, When I shall have gathered the
whom they are scattered, and shall a Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; be sanctified in them in the sigħt of and as thy days, so shall thy strength the heathen, then shall they dwell in be. There is none like unto the God their land that I have given to my of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the hea- servant Jacob. And they shall dwell ven in thy help, and in his excellency safely therein, and shall build houses, on the sky. The eternal God is thy and plant vineyards ; yea, they shall refuge, and underneath are the ever- dwell with confidence, when I have lasting arms : and he shall thrust out executed judgments upon all those the enemy from before thee; and shall that despise them round about them; say, Destroy them. Israel then shall and they shall know that I am the dwell in safety alone : the fountain of Lord their God, Ezek. xxviii. 25, 26. Jacob shall be upon a land of corn
And I will make with them a coveand wine; also his heavens shall drop nant of peace, and will cause the evil down dew. Happy art thou, O Israel: beasts to cease out of the land : and who is like unto thee, O people saved they shall dwell safely in the wilderby the LORD, the shield of thy help, I'ness, and sleep in the woods, xxxiv.
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25. And they shall no more be a prey a The oath which he sware to our fa. to the heathen, neither shall the beast ther Abraham, of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall
a And said, By myself have I sworn, make them afraid, 28.
saith the LORD ; for because thou, days thou shalt be visited : in the lat. hast done this thing, and hast not ter years thou shalt come into the withheld thy son, thine only son, Gen. land that is brought back from the xxii. 16. For men verily swear by sword, and is gathered out of many peo
the greater : and an oath for confirple, against the mountains of Israel, mation is to them an end of all strife. which have been always waste : but it Wherein God, willing more abunis brought forth out of the nations, dantly to shew unto the heirs of proand they shall dwell safely all of them, mise the immutability of his counXxxviii. 8. See also on ver. 54.
sel, confirmed it by an oath, Heb. vi.
16, 17. VER. 72. Ποιήσαι έλεος μετά των πατέρων ημών,
VER. 74. και μνησθήναι διαθήκης αγίας αυτού 'Αφόβως, εκ χειρός των εχθρών ημών
aΤo perform the mercy promised to δυσθέντας, λατρεύειν αυτώ, our fathers, and to remember his b holy
That he would grant unto us, a that covenant ;
we being delivered out of the hand of a See on ver. 54.
our enemies might serve him without b As for me, behold, my covenant fear, is with thee, and thou shalt be a fa
a The wilderness, and the solitary ther of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram; desert shall rejoice, and blossom as
place, shall be glad for them; and the but thy name shall be Abraham : for the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, a father
of many nations have I made and rejoice even with joy and singing; thee. And I will make thee exceed the glory of Lebanon shall be given ing fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of Sharon ; they shall see the glory of
unto it, the excellency of Carmel and thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and thy God. Strengthen ye the weak hands,
the Lord, and the excellency of our seed after thee, in their generations, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after them that are of a fearful heart, "Be thee. And I will give unto thee, and to
strong, fear not; behold, your God thy seed after thee, the land wherein with a recompence; he will come and
will come with vengeance, even God thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; shall be opened, and the ears of the
save you. Then the eyes of the blind and I will be their God. And God deaf shall be unstopped: Then shall said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep the lame man leap as an hart, and my covenant therefore, thou, and thy the tongue of the dumb sing: for in seed after thee, in their generations, the wilderness shall waters break out, Gen. xvii. 49. He hath remem
and streams in the desert. And the bered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand and the thirsty land springs of water :
parched ground shall become a pool, generations, Psal. cv. 8. He hath
in the habitation of dragons, where given meat unto them that fear him: each lay, shull be grass, with reeds he will ever be mindful of his cove
and rushes. And an highway shall nant, cxi. 5. Nevertheless, I will remember my covenant with thee in the be there, and a way, and it shall be days of thy youth, and I will esta- clean shall not pass over it; but it
called, The way of holiness; the unblish unto thee an everlasting cove
shall be for those: the wayfaring men, Dant, Ezek. xvi. 60.
though fools, shall not err therein. No VER. 73.
lion shall be there, nor any ravenous “Ορκον ον ώμοσε προς 'Αβραάμ τον πα- beast shall go up thereon, it shall not τέρα ημών, του δούναι ημίν,
be found there : but the redeemed
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VER. 75. build, and another inhabit; they shall 'Εν οσιότητα και δικαιοσύνη ενώπιον αυnot plant, and another eat: for as the του, πάσας τας ημέρας της ζωής ημών. days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long him, all the days of our life.
a In holiness and righteousness before enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring a But this shall be the covenant that forth for trouble : for they are the I will make with the house of Israel ; seed of the blessed of the LORD, after those days, saith the LORD, I and their offspring with them. And will put my law in their inward parts, it shall come to pass, that before they and write it in their hearts; and will call, I will answer ; and while they be their God, and they shall be my are yet speaking, I will hear: the people. And they shall teach no wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
more every man his neighbour, and and the lion shall eat straw like the every man his brother, saying, Know bullock : and dust shall be the ser- the Lord': for they shall all know me, pent's meat. They shall not hurt nor from the least of them unto the great
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est of them, saith the LORD: for I God for you, brethren beloved of the will forgive their iniquity, and I will Lord, because God hath from the remember their sin no more, Jer. xxxi. beginning chosen you to salvation 33, 34.
And I will give them one through sanctification of the Spirit heart, and one way, that they may and belief of the truth, 2 Thess. ii
. 13. fear me for ever, for the good of them, Who hath saved us, and called us and of their children after them: And with an holy calling, not according I will make an everlasting covenant to our works, but according to his with them, that I will not turn away own purpose and grace, which was from them to do them good; but I given us in Christ Jesus before the will put my fear in their hearts, that world began, 2 Tim. i. 9. Who gave they shall not depart from me, xxxii. himself for us, that he might redeem 39, 40. And I will sanctify my great us from all iniquity, and purify unto name which was profaned among the himself a peculiar people, zealous of heathen, which ye have profaned in good works, Tit. ii. 14. But as he the midst of them; and the heathen which hath called you is holy, so be shall know that I am the LORD, saith ye holy in all manner of conversation; the Lord God, when I shall be sanc- Because it is written, Be ye holy, for tified in you before their eyes. For I I am holy, 1 Pet. i. 15, 16. Wherewill take you from among the heathen, by are given unto us exceeding great and gather you out of all countries, and precious promises : that by these and will bring you into your own ye might be partakers of the divine land. Then will I sprinkle clean nature, having escaped the corruption water upon you, and ye shall be clean: that is in the world through lust. And from all your filthiness, and from all beside this, giving all diligence, add your idols, will I cleanse you. A new to your faith virtue; and to virtue heart also will I give you, and a new knowledge ; And to knowledge témspirit will I put within you ; and I perance; and to temperance patience; will take away the stony heart out of and to patience godliness; And to your filesh, and I will give you an godliness brotherly kindness; and to heart of flesh. And I will put my brotherly kindness charity. For if Spirit within you, and cause you to these things be in you, and abound, walk in my statutes, and ye shall they make you that ye shall neither be keep my judgments, and do them. barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge And ye
shall dwell in the land that I of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Pet. i. 4–8. gave to your fathers; and ye shall be See also on Matt. v. ver. 8. clause 1. my people, and I will be your God. I will also save you from all your un
VER. 76. cleannesses ; and I will call for the Και συ, παιδίον, προφήτης υψίστου κληcorn, and will increase it, and lay no θήση: προπορεύση γάρ προ προσώπου Κυρίου, famine upon you, Ezek. xxxvi. 23 étoipácar ödows aŭtom. 29. And she shall bring forth a son,
And thou, child, shalt be called the and thou shalt call his name Jesus: a prophet of the Highest : b for thou for he shall save his people from their shalt go before the face of the Lord to sins, Matt. i. 21. According as he
ways ; hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we a See on Matt. xi. ver. 9. should be holy, and without blame b See on Matt. xi. ver. 10. before him in love, Eph. i. 4. For
VER. 77. we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which Του δούναι γνώσιν σωτηρίας τω λαώ αυGod hath before ordained that we του, εν αφέσει αμαρτιών αυτών, should walk in them, ii. 10. And a To give knowledge of salvation unto that ye put on the new man, which his people, * by the bremission of their sins, after God is created in righteousness
* Or, for. and true holiness, iv. 24. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, a And he came into all the country but unto holiness, 1 Thess. iv. 7. But about Jordan, preaching the baptism we are bound to give thanks alway to l of repentance for the remission of sins,
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Luke iii. 3. Jobu did baptize in the , in sins, bath quickened us together wilderness, and preach the baptism of with Christ, (by grace ye are saved ;) repentance for the remission of sins, Eph. ii. 4, 5. In this was manifested Mark i. 4. The same came for a wit- the love of God toward us, because ness, to bear witness of the Light, that that God sent his only begotten Son all men through him might believe. into the world, that we might live He was not that Light, but was sent to through him. Herein is love, not bear witness of that Light. That was that we loved God, but that he loved the true Light, which lighteth every
us, and sent his Son to be the propitiaman that cometh into the world, John tion for our sins, 1 John iv. 9, 10. i. 7-9. John answered and said, A b Remember, O LORD, thy tender man can receive nothing, except it be mercies, and thy loving-kindnesses; given him from heaven. Ye yourselves for they have been ever of old, Psal. bear me witness, that I said, I am not xxv. 6. Look down from heaven, and the Christ, but that I am sent before behold from the habitation of thy hohim. He that hath the bride is the liness and of thy glory : where is thy bridegroom : but the friend of the real and thy strength, the sounding of bridegroom, which standeth and hear thy bowels and of thy mercies toward eth him, rejoiceth greatly because of me? are they restrained ? Isa. Ixiii. the bridegroom's voice. This my joy 15. For God is my record, how therefore is fulfilled. He must in- greatly I long after you all in the crease, but I must decrease. He that bowels of Jesus Christ, Phil. i. 8. If cometh from above is above all: he there be therefore any consolation in that is of the earth is earthly, and Christ, if any comfort of love, if any speaketh of the earth : he that cometh fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels from heaven is above all. And what and mercies, ii. 1. Put on therefore, be hath seen and heard, that he tes- as the elect of God, holy and beloved, tifieth; and no man receiveth his tes bowels of mercies, kindness, humbletimony. He that hath received his ness of mind, meekness, long-suffertestimony hath set to his seal that ing, Col. iii. 12. But whoso hath God is true. For he whom God hath this world's good, and seeth bis brosent speaketh the words of God : for ther have need, and shutteth up his God giveth not the Spirit by measure bowels of compassion from him, how unto him. The Father loveth the Son, dwelleth the love of God in him? 1 and hath given all things into his John iii. 17. hand, John iii. 27–35. Then said c And there shall come forth a rod Paul, John verily baptized with the out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch baptism of repentance, saying unto shall grow out of his roots, Isa. xi. the people, That they should believe 1. Hear now, O Joshua the high on him which should come after him, priest, thou and thy fellows that sit that is, on Christ Jesus, Acts xix, 4. before thee : for they are men wonb See on Matt. vi. ver. 12. clause 1. dered at; for, behold, I will bring
forth my servant, The BRANCH, VER. 78.
Zech. iii. 8. Thus speaketh the LORD Διά σπλάγχνα ελέους Θεού ημών, εν οίς of hosts, saying, Behold the man έπεσκέψατο ημάς ανατολή εξ ύψους, whose name is The BRANCH ; and a Through the b* tender mercy of our
he shall grow up out of his place, and God; whereby the c7 dayspring from on
he shall build the temple of the LORD, high hath visited us,
vi. 12. But unto you that fear my *Or, bow. Is of the mercy,
name shall the Sun of Righteousness
arise with healing in his wings, and + Or, sunrising, or, branch.
ye shall go forth, and grow up as a For God so loved the world, that calves of the stall, Mal. iv. 2. I Je he gave his only begotten Son, that sus-am the root and the offspring of whosoever believeth in him should David, and the bright and morning not perish, but have everlasting life, star, Rev. xxii. 16. John iii. 16. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith
VER. 79. ke loved us, Even when we were dead 'Επιφάναι τοίς εν σκότει και σκιά θα