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fairs, yet it was only a temporary Designa-
So likewise concerning the Temple, it
To this the Psalmist, whoever he was, alludes, when he fings with a triumphant Ixxvi
, 1, Exultation; In Judah is God known, bis Name is great in Israel; In Salem also is bis tabernacle, and his dwelling-place in Sion, And in another Place, where, with a Rapcure of Gratitude, he expresses himself thụs; He refus’d the tabernacle of Joseph, Pfal.
Plal. cxxii 3.
and chose not the tribe of Ephraim ; but
And, to prove that this Alteration was
However, the Tabernacle having been once set up in Shiloh, help'd, among other false Arguments, to confirm the erroneous Samaritans in their Fretensions to be of the true Stock of Abraham, and that the right Place of Worship and Judicature was with them; for Shiloh was in Samaria; as was also Shechem or Sychar, upon Mount Ephraim; which was appointed for one of the Cities of Refuge; and where the Bones of yozeph were buried, And upon thiş
Ground it is, that the Samaritan Woman argues the Point with our LORD. Our fa- John iv. tbers (says the) worship'd in this mountain ; end ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
From this Claim therefore, equally urg'd on both sides, arose and continued a mortal Aversion to each other, between the two Countries; infomuch that the Jews would have no dealing with the Samaritans. And two of our LORD's Disciples, educated in the same Leaven of Uncharitableness, wanted to be calling for fire from bea- Luke ix. ven to consume a whole Village of them, be- 54. cause they were shy of admitting their Master and them, being Jews, into their Houfes.
The Samaritans, on the other side, as we may believe, were not wanting in Returns of the fame Courtesy. They rejected all other Scripture besides the Five Books of Moses; because it mostly refers to Jerusalem as the Place of Worship.
The great Charity and Moderation of our blessed LORD, is therefore highly worthy of Observation, upon this Occasion: For tho' he justly condemns the Er
ror of the Samaritans, whose Religion had
a Mixture of Heathenith Superstition in i John iv. ir, by saying, Ye worship ye know not wbat :
We know what we worship; for falvation is of the Jews ; ,Yet he rebukes his Disci ples for their intemperate Zeal and irreligious Proposal, in Terms somewhat severe; Ye know not what manner of spirit ge are of; for the Son of Man is not come to de: stroy mens lives, but to save them. And, so saying, departed quietly to another Village. But, to return from this Digrefsion,
Jerusalem, in early times, was call'd Sa
lem; of which Melchizedek was King, in Gen. xiv. the Days of Abraham; the Inhabitants
whereof were, even then, callid Jebusites: whom the two Tribes of Judah and Ben
jamin (for to them it was allotted) had neJosh, xv. ver been able to drive out, till the time of 63. David.
The City therefore belong'd to both thefe Tribes. As for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out, say the facred Records; which shews their Right to this City, if they could have obtain'd it. And
Benjamin's Claim is, by the generality of
Interpreters, justified from the celebrated - Prediction of Mofes concerning this Tribe,
before his Death. : *And of Benjamin be Deut. faid, The beloved of the LORD Jhall dwell in safety by him; and the LORD hall cover bim all the day long, and be Mall dwell between his shoulders. Besides which, it is exprefly faid, The children of Benjamin did Judges i. not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited 21. Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day. Whence we may conclude, that the City of Jerusalem came to be assign'd to both these Tribes, because of the Bigness of it; and which has led some to think that part
of the Temple itself stood upon the Portion of the Tribe of Benjamin.
Be that as it will, these two Tribes fo border'd
each other, and remain'd so closely attach'd in Fealty to Rehoboam, when the other ten went off from him, that thenceforward they were look'd upon as united by a kind of Coalition ; and were both of them callid and known by the Name of Judah.