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11 Revel. 21. 4.

19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and of my people, and mine elect "shall long joy in my people: and the voice of weep- enjoy the work of their hands. ing

shall be no more heard in her, nor the 23 They shall not labour in vain, nor voice of crying

bring forth for trouble; for they are the 20 There shall be no more thence an in- seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their fant of days, nor an old man that hath not offspring with them. filled his days: for the child shall die an 24 And it shall come to pass, that "behundred years old; but the sinner being an fore they call, I will answer; and while they hundred years old shall be accursed.

are yet speaking, I will hear. 21 And they shall build houses, and in- 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed habit them; and they shall plant vineyards, together, and the lion shall eat straw like and eat the fruit of them.

the bullock: and dust shall be the ser22 They shall not build, and another in pent's meat. They shall not hurt nor dehabit; they shall not plant, and another stroy in all my holy mountain, saith the eat: for as the days of a tree are the days | LORD. 19 Heb. shall make them continue long, or, shall weur out.

13 Psal. 32. 6. 14 Chap 11. 6,7. Verse 3. “Sacrificeth in gardens.”—This and what follows alludes to idolatrous and superstitious practices, involving idolatry, which were forbidden to the Hebrews, but to which they were, nevertheless, as we frequently observe in the historical and prophetical books, excessively addicted, previously to the Babylonish captivity. Gardens in the East are rather orchards or plantations than what we call gardens. Worshipping in gardens is therefore equivalent to worshipping in groves—a practice from which the Jews were so strongly interdicted, that they were commanded (Deut. xii. 2) to burn the groves in which their idolatrous predecessors in the possession of Palestine, had been wont to worship

Aliars of brick.”—This was against the law which forbade the Hebrews to have any altars but of earth or unhewn stone. (Exod. xx. 24, 25.)

4. “Remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments."— It was an idolatrous superstition in most ancient nations, for certain persons to resort to the sepulchres, &c. for the purpose of magic or necromancy: There they expected, or pretended, to hold intercourse with spirits and dæmons, or to receive instructions or oracles in dreams and visions. There are frequent allusions to this practice in heathen writers; and it appears that the Hebrews were also addicted to them. There are (we cannot quite say were) superstitions in our own country connected with graves and sepulchres, which might but too well be cited in illustration. And if, with Bishop Lowth, we read the last word as instead of " monuments,” the observation would be equally applicable, as there is perhaps not a noted cavern in England with which some superstitious dread is not associated, in consequence of a tradition concerning some wizard or necromancer who once abode within its gloom.

11. “ A table for that troop...the drink offering unto that number.”—The words rendered “troop” and “number" ar more usually, as in the margin, given as the proper names of idols, Ta, Gad, and '32, Meni. As the former word means fortune in the Syriac dialect, some suppose the imaginary goddess of fortune to be intended ; and so the Septuagint, Túxn, and the Vulgate, Fortuna : and some of the Rabbins are of the same opinion. R. Moses, however, says it was the planet Jupiter, which was distinguished as the fortunate star. Meni is supposed by some, from the etymology of the name, to be Fate or Destiny; others imagine the seven planets to be intended, and some conclude it to be the planet Mercury in particular. Perhaps the most probable opinion is that which makes it to be the idol Manah (ölis) which was in ancient times worshipped by the Arabians. Some mythologists incline to the opinion that Gad was the sun and Meni the moon.

20. An infant of days.”—One who lived but a short time—an infant of few days ; “few being understood. This seems to say that none shall die in infancy, during the blessed time of which the prophet speaks.

The child shall die an hundred years old.”—This seems to intimate that one who dies at a hundred years old shall be considered to have died in childhood—so long then shall be the years of man’s life. The Hebrew writers imagine that life will then attain its antediluvian duration.

22. As the days of a tree,&c.—This is a figurative repetition of the same idea of longevity, as many kinds of tim= ber trees remain in life for ages--oaks and cedars, for example.

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CHAPTER LXVI.

throne, ana the earth is my footstool : where

is the house that ye build unto me? and 1 The glorious God will be served in humble sin | where is the place of my rest?

cerity. 5 He comforteth the humble with the marvellous generation, 10 and with the gracious

2. For all those things hath mine hand benefits of the church. 15 God's severe judgments made, and all those things have been, saith against the wicked. 19 The Gentiles shall have an the LORD: but to this man will I look, even holy church, 24 and see the damnation of the

to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, wicked.

and trembleth at my

word. Thus saith the LORD, 'The heaven is my 3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a

'1 Kings 8. 27. 2 Chron. 6. 18. Acte 7. 49, and 17 29.

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man; he that sacrificeth a 'lamb, as if he rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an ob- herb: and the hand of the Lord shall be lation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that known toward his servants, and his indigna- . 'burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. tion toward his enemies. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and 15 For, behold, the LORD will come with their soul delighteth in their abomina- fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, tions.

to render his anger with fury, and his re. 4 I also will choose their delusions, and buke with flames of fire. will bring their fears upon them; because 16 For by fire and by his sword will the when I called, none did answer; when I LORD plead with all flesh : and the slain of spake, they did not hear: but they did evil the LORD shall be many. before mine eyes, and chose that in which I 17 They that sanctify themselves, and delighted not

purify themselves in the gardens behind 5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, tremble at his word; Your brethren that and the abomination, and the mouse, hated you, that cast you out for my name's shall be consumed together, saith the sake, said, 'Let the Lord be glorified: but Lukb. he shall appear to your joy, and they shall 18 For I know their works and their be ashamed.

thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather 6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice all nations and tongues; and they shall from the temple, a voice of the Lord that come, and see my glory. rendereth recompence to his enemies.

19 And I will set a sign among them, 7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; and I will send those that escape of them before her pain came, she was delivered of unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, a man child.

that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to 8 Who hath heard such a thing? who the isles afar off, that have not heard

my hath seen such things ? Shall the earth be fame, neither have seen my glory; and made to bring forth in one day? or shall a they shall declare my glory among the nation be born at once? for as soon as

Gentiles. Zion travailed, she brought forth her chil- 20 And they shall bring all your brethren dren.

for an offering unto the LORD out of all na9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not tions upon horses, and in chariots, and in 'cause to bring forth ? saith the Lord: shall litters, and upon mules, and upon swift I cause to bring forth, and shut the womh? beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalein, saith thy God.

saith the LORD, as the children of Israel 10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be bring an offering in a clean vessel into the glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice house of the LORD. for joy with her, all ye that mourn for

21 And I will also take of them for her:

priests and for Levites, saith the Lord. U That ye may suck, and be satisfied 22 For as 18the new heavens and the new with the breasts of her consolations ; that

ye

earth, which I will make, shall remain bemay milk out, and be delighted with the fore me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed Babundance of her glory.

and your name remain. 12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I 23 And it shall come to pass, that ''from will extend peace to her like a river, and one new moon to another, and from one sabthe glory of the Gentiles like a flowing bath to another, shall all flesh come to worstream : then shall ye suck, ye shall be ship before me, saith the LORD. borne upon her sides, and be dandled

upon 24 And they shall go forth, and look her knees.

upon the carcases of the men that have 13 As one whom his mother comforteth, transgressed against me: for their worm so will I comfort you; and ye shall be com- shall not die, neither shall their fire be forted in Jerusalem.

quenched; and they shall be an abhorring 14 And when ye see this, your heart shall unto all flesh. 3 Heh, mrketh a memorial of.

Prov. 1. 24. Chap. 65. 12. Jer. 7. 13. * Clap. 5. 19. 7 Or, bem 9 Chap. 49. 22. and 60. 4.

1.0r, one after another
13 Chap. 65. 17. 2 Pet. 3. 13. Revel. 21. 1. 1+ Heli frum new moon to his new-moon, and from sabwath tu kis sal bauh.

4 Or, derices.

? Or, kid. 8 Or, brightness

11 Or, coaches.

12 Esud. 19. 6 Chap. 61 6. 1 Pet 29 de 16

15 Mark 9. 44

Verse 17. Behind one tree.”—The word "tree" is not in the original. The word 71X, achad. certainly reus

"one;" but most translators give it as the proper name of an idol, Achad-perhaps the same as the Ajad of the Syrians, being their personification of the sun. Lowth renders, “ After the rites of Achad.”

: The mouse."--See the note on 1 Sam. vi. 5. . We take this opportunity of introducing a representation of the jerbos, which we have there supposed to be the animal in question.

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