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The four succeeding Reigns, which are all that were before the Babylonish Captivity, being very wicked, after the Abominations of their Fathers, we may presume the High-Places were reviv'd, among the rest of their Impieties; but
however there is no more mention of them i in Scripture, after the Reign of good i Jofiah.
We come, next, to speak of the Temple, which was built by Solomon, at Jerusalem. Mofes, having declar'd to the Ifraelites in the Wilderness, to this Purpose; when ye Deut. go over Jordan, and dwell in the land xii. 10. which the LORD your God giveth you to inberit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that you dwell in safety; then there shall be a place which the Lord your God Mall choose, to cause bis name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burntofferings and your facrifices, your tytbes and the heave-offering of your hand; and all H 2
your choice vows which ye shall vow unto the LORD. Takebeed to thy self that thou offer not tby burnt-offerings in every place that thou seeft. But, in the place which the LORD Mall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt-offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee.
The Tabernacle therefore having serv'd as a proper Expedient for all these religious purposes, while the People remain'd in the Wilderness, and were not come over Jordan; and so long after (with the pro
miscuous Use of the High-Places) till the 2 Sam. Reign of David; when the Lord had vii. 1.
given him rejt round about from all bis enemies: That pious King propos'd building a proper, that is, a magnificent House, for the Ark of God; and began to consult with Nathan the Prophet, about it. But God having reveald to Nathan that it was not his Pleasure that David should build the Temple, at that Time, but leave it to be done by his Son and Succeffor So
lomon, David desisted from his Purpose. 1 Chron.
But afterwards, upon a cercain Occaxxii. 1. lion, seeing that the LORD bad answer'd
bim, in the threshing-floor of Araunah or Ornan the Jebusite; (and consequently, did not, any longer, require him to go up to the tabernacle of the Lord which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt-offering, which were, at that season, in the high-place at Gibeon ;) be sacrificed there; and said; This is the house of the LORD God; and this is the altar of the burnt-offering for Israel.
This was the Designation of the Place where God would have the House for his Name. And tho' David had been forbidden to build it himself, yet he prudently prepar'd Stores of all kinds of Materials; and set workmen about the Stone, Iron, and Timber Work; that his Son Solomon, who was then young, might, at his coming to the Kingdom, find these Things in a Readiness, and carry on the Building with the
greater Expedition. When he had done this, he call’d an Alsembly of all the principal Men of his Kingdom; and spoke to them, as follows ; Hear me, my brethren, and my people. As 1 Chron.
xxvii. 1. for me, I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of H 3
the LORD, and for the footstool of our God; and had made ready for the building. But God said unto me, thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou haft been a man of War, and hast med blood : Solomon, thy son, shall build my house, and my çourts, &c. Then David gave to Solomon bis son, the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasures thereof, and of the mercy feat; and the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, &c.
Building of the Temple by Solomon.
2 Chron. Solomon, accordingly, in the fourth year ull, I.
of his reign, began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, in mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared unto David bis father; in the place that David had prepar'd in the threshing - floor of Ornan the Jebusite;
the particular Account and Description of 1. Kings which Building is given in the Scripture; 2 Chron. to which I shall refer those who are defi- ;
rous of seeing it, only adding that from thence it will appear to have been a very
C noble and magnificent Structure,
The Temple being finish’d, in the space of seven years, the Ark of the Covenant 1 Kings of the LORD, was brought up out of the city of David, which is Sion; by the v. 2. Priests and Levites, into the Oracle of the House, which was the most holy Place, even under the Wings of the Cherubims; For the cherubims Spread forth their wings over the place of the Ark : there having been no Thing nor Part in the old Tabernacle, but what was provided in this Temple in a much more sumptuous and grand manner.
SEC T. VII.
When Solomon had order'd every thing according to the Plan and the Directions he had receiv'd from David his Father; and the holy Furniture and Utensils were fix'd in their proper Places, he proceeded to the Consecration of it ; which was perform’d with a Solemnity and Grandeur suitable to the occasion, and every way becoming the Character of the Prince who had the conducting of it. I will not į anticipate