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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 in Scripture, after the Reign of good Jqfiah.
We come, next, to speak of the Temple, which was built by Solomon, at Jerusalem. Moses, having declar'd to the Israelites in the Wilderness, to this Purpose; when ye D<?ut. go over Jordan, and dwell in the landx"* IC which the Lord your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you reft from all your enemies round about, so that you dwell in Jafety; then there Jhall be a place which the Lord your God ftjall choose, to cause his name to dwell there; thither Jhall ye bring all that I command you; your burntofferings and your Jacrifices^ your tythes and the heave-offering of your hand; and all H 2 your
your choice vows which yejhall vow unto the L o a D. Take heed to thy self that thou offer not thy burnt-offerings in every place that thoujeest. But, in the place which the L o * D jhall choose in one of thy tribes, there thoujhalt offer thy burnt-offerings, and there thou Jhalt 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 promiscuous Use of the High-Places) till the Reign of 1)avid; when the Lord had given him rejl round about from all his 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 reveal'd 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 Successor Solomon, David desisted from his Purpose, i Chron. But afterwards, upon a certain Occa
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him, in the threshing-floor of Araunah or Oman 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 j ) he 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 Assembly of all the principal Men of his Kingdom; and spoke to them, as follows; Hear me, my brethren, and my people. As i Chron. for me, I had in mine heart to build an XXVU1"'" bouse of rest for the ark of the covenant of H 3 the
the Lord, and for the footstool of our God j and had made ready for the building. But God said unto me, thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou hast been a man of War, and hast shed blood: Solomon, thy son, Jhall build my house, and my courts, &c. 'Then David gave to Solomon his son, the pattern of the porch, and of tht 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.
Chron. Solomon, accordingly, in the fourth year os his reign, began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, in mount Moriah, where the LoRd appeared unto David his father; in the place that David had prepard in the threshing-floor of Oman the Jebusite: the particular Account and Description of Kings which Building is given in the Scripture j Chron. to which I shall refer those who are desirous of seeing it, only adding that from thence it will appear to have been a very noble and magnificent Structure.
The Temple being finifli'd, in the space of seven years, the Ark of the Covenant'.Kings of the Lord, was brought up out of the T chron. city of David, which is Sion; by thev> zPriests 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.
Dedication of the T Emvle.
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 \ anticipate H 4 " the