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A. M. 3999. 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. After

saith the LORD ; for because thou

many 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 axii. 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 *Το perform the mercy promised to | δυσθέντας, λατρεύειν αυτών, 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 bAs 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 them that are of a fearful heart, Be God unto thee, and to thy seed after 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; I 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 parched ground shall become a pool, generations, Psal. cv. 8.

and the thirsty land springs of water : He hath

in the habitation of dragons, where given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his cove and rushes. And an highway shall

each lay, shull be grass, with reeds nant, cxi. 5. Nevertheless, I will re

be there, and a way, and it shall be member my covenant with thee in the

called, The way of holiness; the undays of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting cove

clean shall not pass over it; but it

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 “Ορκων 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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shall walk there. And the ransomed destroyin all my holy mountain, saith
of the LORD shall return, and come the Lord, Ixv. 17-25. As a shép-
to Zion 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. and will deliver them out of all places
wxv. But Israel shall be saved in where they have been scattered in the
the LORD with an everlasting sal cloudy and dark day. And I will
vation : ye shall not be ashamed nor bring them out from the people, and
confounded world without end, xlv. gather them from the countries, and
17. O thou afflicted, tossed with the will bring them to their own land, and
tempest, and not comforted, behold, feed them upon the mountains of
I will lay thy stones with fair colours, Israel by the rivers, and in all the in-
and lay thy foundation with sapphires. habited places of the country. I will
And I will make thy windows of feed them in a good pasture, and upon
agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, the high mountains of Israel shall
and all thy borders of pleasant stones. their fold be : there shall they lie in
And all thy children shall be taught of a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall
the LORD ; and great shall be the they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
peace of thy children. In righteous. I will feed my flock, and I will cause
ness shalt thou be established: thou them to lie down, saith the Lord God,
shalt be far from oppression ; for thou Ezek. xxxiv. 12—15. And I will en-
shalt not fear; and from terror; for camp about mine house because of the
it shall not come near thee, liv. 11— army, because of him that passeth by,
14. For, behold, I create new hea- and because of him that returneth :
vens, and a new earth: and the for- and no oppressor shall pass through
mer shall not be remembered, nor them any more : for now have I seen
come into mind. But be ye glad and with mine eyes. Rejoice greatly, O
rejoice for ever in that which I create: daughter of Zion; shout, o daugh-
for, behold, I create Jerusalem a re ter of Jerusalem: behold, the King
joicing, and her people a joy. And I cometh unto thee; he is just, and have
will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in ing salvation ; lowly, and riding upon
my people: and the voice of weeping an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an
shall be no more heard in her, nor the And I will cut off the chariot
voice of crying. There shall be no from Ephraim, and the horse from
more thence an infant of days, nor an Jerusalem, and the battle-bow shall
old man that hath not filled his days: be cut off: and he shall speak peace
for the child shall die an hundred years unto the heathen ;' and his dominion
old; but the sinner, being an hundred shall be from sea even to sea, and from
years old, shall be accursed. And they the river even to the ends of the earth,
shall build houses, and inhabit them ; Zech. ix. 8-10.
and they shall plant vineyards, and
eat the fruit of them. They shall not

VER. 75. build, and another inhabit; they shall 'Εν οσιότητα και δικαιοσύνη ενώπιον αυnot plant, and another eat: for as the toð, náras tas huépas this toñs nuãr. days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long

a In holiness and righteousness before enjoy the work of their hands. They him, ull the days of our life. 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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LUKE 1. 75–77.

A. M. 3999. 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 1 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 temspirit 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 flesh, and I will give you an godliness brotherly kindness; and to heart of Aesh. 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 Onone Teporrozeúon pàs arpò TE POTÁTOU Kupiou, famine upon you, Ezek. xxxvi. 23 étoijárat odoùs avtoữ• 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

prepare

his

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, hath 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 propitia-
man 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 ho-
him. He that hath the bride is the liness and of thy glory : where is thy
bridegroom : but the friend of the zeal 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,
he 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, humble-
timony. He that hath received his ness of mind, meekness, long-suffer-
testimony 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 his bro-
sent 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 won-
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 Alå orháyxva éneous Ebū npão, ły ons of hosts, saying, Behold the man έπεσκέψατο ημάς ανατολή εξ ύψους, , whose name is The BRANCH ; and 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 Jehe 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

way.

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A. M. 4000. γάτου καθημένους, του κατευθύνει τους | ask for the old paths, where is the πόδας ημών εις οδόν ειρήνης.

good way, and walk therein, and ye a To give light to them that sit in dark- shall find rest for your souls. But ness and in the shadow of death, bto they said, We will not walk therein, guide our feet into the way of peace.

Jer. vi. 16. Come unto me, all ye

that labour and are heavy laden, and . See on Matt. iv, ver. 16.

I will give you rest. Take my yoke b Good and upright is the LORD: upon you, and learn of me; for I am therefore will he teach sinners in the meek and lowly in heart: and ye

The meek will he guide in shall find rest unto your souls. For judgment, and the meek will he teach my yoke is easy, and my burden is his way. All the paths of the LORD light, Matt. xi. 28—30. are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies,

VER. 80. Psal. XXV. 8—10. What man is he Το δε παιδίον ήυξανε και εκραταιούτο that feareth the LoRD? him shall be | πνεύματι» και ήν εν ταϊς ερήμοις έως ημέteach in the way that he shall choose: pas åvadeißews aŭtou 7spòs Tor lopaña. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his

And the child grew, and wared strong seed shall inherit the earth, 12, 13. in spirit, and was in a the deserts till the Mercy and truth are met together; day of his shewing unto Isruel. righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of

a And, as they departed, Jesus belook down from heaven. Yea, the the wilderness to see ? a reed shaken the earth; and righteousness shall gan to say unto the multitudes con

cerning John, What went ye out into LORD shall give that which is good :) with the wind ? Matt. xi. 7. and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him,

CHAP. II.--VER. 1. and shall set us in the way of his steps, lxxxv. 10–13. Her ways are

Εγένετο δε εν ταίς ημέραις εκείναις, ,

εξήλθε δόγμα παρά Καίσαρος Αυγούστου, ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace, Prov. iii. 17. I lead åmoyfámecba. Tāsay tùy olxoupévv. in the way of righteousness, in the

And it came to pass in those days, midst of the paths of judgment; that that there went out a decree from a Cæsar I may cause those that love me to Augustus, that ball the world should be inherit substance; and I will fill their * taxed. treasures, viü. 20, 21. Thus saith

*Or, enrolled. the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy a Now in the fifteenth year of the One of Israel; I am the LORD thy reign of Tiberius Cæsar, Pontius PiGod which teacheth thee to profit, late being governor of Judæa, and which leadeth thee by the way that Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and thou shouldest go. O that thou hadst his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea hearkened to my commandments! and of the region of Trachonitis, 'and then had thy peace been as a river, Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, and thy righteousness as the waves Luke iii. 1. of the sea, Isa. xlviii. 17, 18. I b Destruction upon destruction is create the fruit of the lips ; Peace, cried : for the whole land is spoiled : peace to him that is far off, and to him suddenly are my tents spoiled, and that is near, saith the Lord; and I my curtains in a moment, Jer. iv. 20. will heal him. But the wicked are And there stood up one of them, like the troubled sea, when it cannot named Agabus, and signified by the rest, whose waters cast up mire and Spirit that there should be great dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, dearth throughout all the world : to the wicked, lvii. 19–21. The way which came to pass in the days of of peace they know not; and there is Claudius Cæsar, Acts xi. 28. First, no judgment in their goings: they 1 thank my God through Jesus Christ 'have made them crooked paths; who- for you all, that your faith is spoken soever goeth therein shall not know of throughout the whole world, Rom. peace, lix. 8. Thus saith the LORD, i. 8. Elias was a man subject to like Stand ye in the ways and see, and passions as we are, and he prayed

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