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Jonn iv. 50— 4. 50 my child die. Jesus saith unto-him, Go-thy-way; thy son liveth. And the man 51 believed the word that Jesus had-spoken unto-him, and he-went-his-way. And as he
was-now-going-down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. 52 Then enquired-he of them the hour when he began to-amend kouvorepov eoxe. And 53 they-said unto-him, Yesterday at-the-seventh hour the fever left him. So the father
knew that it was at the same hour, in the-which Jesus said unto-him, Thy son liveth: 54 and himself believed, and his whole house. This is again the-second miracle onuecov
that Jesus did, when-he-was-come out of Judæa into Galilee. [Ch. v. 1, 8 23.]
SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS. 50. go thy way: thy son liveth-see..... Jesus' himself believed, and his whole house-the mother miracle of healing the centurion's servant, Mt. viii. supposed to be Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's 13, S 28-woman of Canaan's daughter, xv. 28, 8 45. steward,' Lu. viii. 3, § 30, and Joanna the wife of
Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many believed such faith we find in the centurion, others, which ministered unto him of their subMt. viii. 8, § 28_when Jesus was raised from the stance. See as to whole households believing that dead on the third day, and when thus the great of Lydia, Ac. xvi. 15, and when she was baptized, predicted sign had been given, the disciples be and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye sieved - see Jno. ii. 22, § 12, p. 82- see also Lu. xxiv. have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into 8, 893.
my house, and abide there. And she constrained us, 51. thy son liveth--the words of Jesus, ver. 50, used
Lihe jailor, ver. 31, and when he had brought them
into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, also by Elijah, upon raising the widow's son, 1 Ki.
believing in God with all his house, Crispus, xviii. xvii. 23.
8, and Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, be. 53. same hour, C.-' he spake, and it was done ; he
lieved on the Lord with all his house; and many of commanded, and it stood fast,' Ps. xxxiil. 9._'he
the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.' sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them | 54. Galilee-to which he had when a child been from their destructions,' evii. 20—see Mt. viii. 13, $ 28, brought out of Egypt, Mt. ii. 23, 85, p. 35, and he . and Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee, might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.' He shall be called a Nazarene,'-See Lu. i. 26. p. 9.
O MAGNIFY THE LORD WITH ME, AND LET US EXALT HIS NAME TOGETHER.--Psalm xxxiv. 3.
NOTES. 50. Go thy way. To shew that he could do even more children. Here the effort of a parent resulted in than the father hoped for, and could heal the sick ab- their conversion to Christ.-3rd. There is great beausent as well as present, (in order thereby effectually to ty and propriety when sickness thus results in piety: remove any want of faith in the bystanders,) our for that, it is sent. God does not willingly grieve or Lord dismisses him with the assurance that his re afflict the children of men. And when afflictions quest is granted.
thus terminate it will be cause of perfect joy, and
ceaseless praise.-1th. There is a peculiar charm Thy son liveth. Thy son shall recover. Or he
when piety thus comes into the families of the rich shall be restored to health according to thy request.
and the noble. It is so unusual; their example and 52. The seventh hour. According to St. John's
influence go so far; it overcomes so many temptacomputation of time, this would be either seven a.m.,
tions; and affords opportunities of doing so much or seven p.m., and was most probably the latter.
good, that there is no wonder that the evangelist
selected this instance as one of the effects of the power 53. The same hour. The time when Jesus spake. and preaching of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The fever lent him. It seems that it left him suddenly 54. This is again the second miracle, fc. That is, and entirely; so much so that they went to inform the second he did in that place, in Cana of Galilee : the father, and to comfort him; and also, doubtless, for otherwise, in Jerusalem and Judæa he had done to apprize him that it was not necessary to ask aid many miracles, between the former and this. from Jesus.
In this miracle we see the following attributes of JeHimself believed. This miracle removed all his
hovah plainly exhibited in our blessed Lord: First, doubts, and he became a real disciple and friend of
| OMNIPOTENOK, in that he healed the sick man, Jesus.
Secondly, OMNIPRESENCE, in that he healed the man
who was sick at a distance of twelve or fourteen His whole house. His whole family. We may learn miles from the town where he then was.-Thirdly, from this. Ist. That sickness or deep aflliction is OMNISCIENCX, in that he knew that his word was often the means of great good. Here the sickness of effectual, which was corroborated by the servants of the son resulted in the faith of all the family. God | the nobleman, who when he heard from them. Yes. often takes away earthly blessings for a time, that he terday at the seventh hour the fever left him, may im part rich spiritual mercies.--2nd. The father knew that it was at the same hour, in which Jesus of a family may be the means of the salvation of his said unto him, Thy son liveth,
THE LORD IS RIGHTEOUS IN ALL HIS WAYS, AND HOLY IN ALL HIS WORKS.-Psalm cxlv. 17
PRACTICAL REFLECTIONS. 50 ver. Jesus is as able to command blessing from but, like the nobleman, go at the bidding of Jesus, heaven as he was at Cana to command the healing and we shall And his saying trie, yea, we shall, like of the nobleman's son at Capernaum.
the noblemen, be met with the evidence of his being [Let us not turn away from the weak in faith, but, the Prince of life, whose omniscience, omnipresence, like our Great Teacher, lead gently on to a firm re and omnipotence, mercy and truth, were all here liance upon the word which Jesus hath spoken.- manifested, as signs or indications of his greater God will hear our prayers, and grant our requests, power to save. but often not in the precise manner in which we ask
33 ver. Let affliction bring us to Jesus; and not it. It is his to judge of the best way of doing us
only for temporal deliverance let us be brought indi. good.
vidually, but as families may we be brought to place 48-52 ver. Let us not put away the word, because a firm and united reliance upon him, in thankful it promises more than what we have yet experienced, acknowledgment of his mercy.
BLESSED BE THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL FROM EVERLASTING AND TO EVERLASTING.-Psalm xli. 13.
SECTION 15.-JESUS VISITS NAZARETH : AND PREACHES THERE IN THE
SYNAGOGUE ON THE SABBATH DAY. Luke iv. 1430.
17,) No. 15. At Nazareth. [For ver. 13, see ix. p. 66.] 14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there-went-out a15 fame of him through all the region-round-about. And he taught in their synagogues,
being-glorified of all. 16 And he-came to Nazareth, where he had been brought-up: and, as his custom was, 17 he-went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood-up for-to-read. And there
was-delivered unto him the-book of the prophet Esaias. And when-he-had-opened the 18 book, he found the place where it-was written, The-Spirit of-the-Lord is upon me, because he-hath-anointed me to-preach-the-gospel to-the-poor; he-hath-sent me to-heal
SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS. 14. power of the Spirit-had been promised, Is. xi.larly that Jesus opened the Scriptures to his disciples, 2: xlil the Spirit descended upon him, Lu. iii. 22, Lu. xxiv. 32, 45, SS 94. .& the Lamb as having been
the disciples were to receive power by the Holy slain took the book, Rev. v. 7-at his opening of the Ghost coming upon them, from their exalted Head, first seal, of which (Rev. vi. 2) there went forth the 80 were they to become witnesses for him unto the white horse, expressive of the same glad tidings deuttermost part of the earth,' Ac. i. &so Paul was clared. Is. lxi. 1-3. directed in his ministry of the word, xvi. 6-10.
18. anointed-predicted also, Da. ix. 21-recogfame of him-the fame of Jesus went throughout all nized, Jno. iii. 31, $ 13; Ac. iv. 27; 1. 38. Syria,' Mt. iv. 24, 9 18_ all the region round about Galilee,' Mk. i. 28, $ 17-see the promise to Abraham,
gospel to the poor-it had been predicted that the
I poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of IsI will bless thee, and make thy name great,' Ge. xii.
rael,' Is. xxix. 19_thus Jesus commenced his ser2_ I will get them praise and fame in every land
mon on the mount, Biessed are the poor in spirit: where they have been put to shame,' Zep. iii. 19.
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,' Mt. v. 3. S19 16. custom-referred to by Jesus, Jno. xviii. 20, $ 89%
thus he characterised his ministry to John, The followed by the apostles, Ac. xiii. 5, 14-6; xvii. 1, 2;
| poor have the gospel preached to them,'xi. 5, S29 xix. 8, &c.-prediction, I will declare thy name unto
see the invitation to the marriage, xxii. 9, 10, S 84 my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in praise thee,' Ps. xxii. 22— I have preached righte faith?' Ja. ii. 5-instruments of his power in the gosousness in the great congregation : lo, I have not pel, 1 Co. i. 26, .7-Israel, after being made poor, refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest,' xl. 9, Ho. ii. 3, 13, was to have the words of comfort spoken 10.-- See Sect. xvii. p. 110.
to her in the wilderness, Ver. 14—comp. Is. xl. 143, 17. opened the book_see as to Ezra, Ne. viii. 5-it of which preaching, that of John was a pledge, Mk. was after his death and resurrection more particu- | i. 3, § 7, p. 49.
NOTES. 14. In the power of the Spirit. Under the powerful the law imported the setting of them apart to the influence of the Spirit.
service of God, or to some noted office of prophet,
priest, or king; and was typical of the communicaA fame. A report-see Mt. iv. 24, $ 18.
tion of the Holy Ghost to Christ and his church, Ex. 16. And, as his custom was, he ucent, sc. From this it xxviii., xxix. The Holy Ghost is called an unction, appears that our Lord regularly attended the service or anointing. God's anointing of our Redeemer im of the synagogue.
ports his calling him to the office of Mediator, Pro
Iphet, Priest, and King; hence the Son of God is The synagogue. - See ADDENDA, “Synagogue,'
called the Messiah, a Hebrew word signifying the p. 106.
Anointed; or the Christ. a Greek word signifying the Stood up for to read. By standing up he shewed same thing. Christ's unction was the descent of the that he was ready to read the lesson of the day, if | Holy Spirit upon him at his baptism; whereby, they would let him.
as Peter says, Ac. X. 38, ‘God anointed Jesus of Nazu. 17. There was delivered unto him. By the minister
reth with the Holy Ghost and with power.' of the synagogue, or the keeper of the sacred books. To preach the gospel to the poor. By the poor, They were kept in an ark, or chest, not far from the are meant all those who are destitute of the comforts pulpit, and the minister gave them to whomsoever he of this life; all those who are sensible of their sins. chose, to read them publicly.
or are poor in spirit, Mt. v. 3, § 19; and all the miser
able and the afflicted, described in Is. lviii. 7, as The book. The volume containing Isaiah.
hungry, and cast out, and naked. Our Saviour gave When he had opened. avattukas, having unrolled; it as one proof that he was the Messiah, or was from for books formerly were written on rolls of paper or God, that he preached the gospel to the poor, Mt. xi. parchment, or vellum. These rolls were fastened 5, § 29. The Pharisees and Sadducees despised the to two laths with handles, by holding which in his poor. Ancient philosophers neglected them. Riches hand the reader could roll or unroll the book.
too often fill the mind with pride, with self-compla18. The Spirit of the Lord, &c. The Holy Ghost,
cency, and with a feeling that the gospel is not which had 'descended upon him in the form of a
needed-see Rev. iii. 17. But the gospel pours con
tempt on all human greatness, and seeks, like God, dove, abode upon him.
to do good to those whom the world overlooks or Anointed. The anointing of persons or things under despises.
AS IT IS WRITTEN, HE THAT GLORIETH, LET HIM GLORY IN THE LORD.-1 Cor. 1. 31.
PRACTICAL REFLECTIONS. 14 ver. Let us seek that the messengers of Jesus may duty to assist in maintaining it, to shew by our co forth in the power of the Spirit, in the declaring example that we love it, and to win others to love of his message ; carnestly desiring that the fame of it also.-See He. X. 25, Not forsaking the assemJesus ray be spread abroad, in all the region around. bling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; 15 ver. Let us not mistake our glorifying the
but exhorting one another and so much the more, as speaker for the being truly and permanently bene
ye see the day approaching.' At the same time this fited by his message. Jesus was glorified of all in
remark cannot be construed as enjoining it as our
duty to attend a place where the true God is not the synagogues, and yet, speedily, they cast him out.
worshipped, or where he is worshipped by pagan 16 ver. Let it be our custom, like that of Jesus, to
rites and pagan prayers. As, therefore, the Unitarian go on the sabbath day where we may have an oppor does not worship the true God in Christ, and as the tunity, along with others, of reading the Holy Scrip- Roman Catholic worships God in a manner forbidtures.
den, and offers homage to the creatures of God also, It is of vast importance that the public worthus being guilty of idolatry, it cannot be our duty ship of God should be maintained; and it is our to attend on such worship.']
[JOB XXVIII. continued.]
| he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to prohand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains claim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the 10 by the roots. He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; prison to them that are bound; 2, to proclaim the ac11 and his eye seeth every precious thing. He bindeth ceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of
the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid our God; to comfort all that mourn ; 3, to appoint unto 12 bringeth he forth to light. But where shall wisdom them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for
be found? and where is the place of understanding ?ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise 13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called 14 in the land of the living. The depth saith, It is not trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he 15 in me: and the sea saith, Il is not with me. It can- might be glorified.'
not be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed 16 for the price thereof.
18. ANOINTED. It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. predicted also :-Da. ix. 24, Seventy weeks are deter17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the ex-mined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish 18 change of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. No [or, to restrain] the transgression, and to make an end
mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for (or, lo seal up of sins, and to make reconciliation for 19 the price of wisdom is above rubies. The topaz of iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and
Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the 20 with pure gold. Whence then cometh wisdom ? and most Holy.' 21 where is the place of understanding? seeing it is hid recognized :-Jno. iii. 34, § 13, p. 91 ; Ac. iv. 27, For of
from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast 22 fowls of the air. Destruction and death say, We have anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gen. 23 heard the fame thereof with our ears. God under-tiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together.'
standeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the placex. 38, How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the 24 thereof. For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing 25 seeth under the whole heaven; to make the weight | good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil;
for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure. for God was with him.' 26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the 27 lightning of the thunder: then did he see it, and de
GOSPEL TO THE POOR. clare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out. predicted: see Scripture Illustrations.' 28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord,
instruments of his power in the gospel : Co. i. 26, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is under
.7, For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not standing.
many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27, but God hath chosen the
foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and 14. POWER OF THE SPIRIT.
God hath chosen the weak things of the world to conhad been promised :-Is. xi. 2, And the spirit of the found the things which are mighty.' LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and un Israel, after being made poor :-Ho. ii. 3, 13, Lest derstanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit
I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.'-xlii. I, Be
born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a hold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom
dry land, and slay her with thirst.' 13, And I will visit my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him : he upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.'
to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and see Scripture Illustrations.'
her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, the disciples were to receive power :- Ac. i. 8, But ye saith the LORD.' shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come was to have the words of comfort, &c. :-Ho. ii. 14, upon you (or, the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into you]: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusa- | the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.' lem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the
compare Is. xl. 1-31, Comfort ye, comfort ye my uttermost part of the earth.'
people, saith your God. 2, Speak ye comfortably (Heb. so Paul was directed :-Ac. xvi. 6-10, Now when to the heart] to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of warfare [or, her appointed time] is accomplished. that Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the the word in Asia, 7, after they were come to Mysia, | LORD's hand double for all her sins. 3, The voice of they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of them not. 8. And they passing by Mysia came down to the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our Troas. 9, And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; God.' There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, say
of which preaching, that of John was a pledge :-Mk. i. ing, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. 10, And
3, S7, p. 49. after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.'
PSALM LXXV. Unto thee, O God, do we give FAME OF HIM.-See Scripture Illustrations.'
thanks, unto thee do we give thanks for that thy
2 name is near thy wondrous works declare. When 16. Custom
I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly, referred to by Jesus:-Jno. xviii. 20, $ 89.
3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are disfollowed by the apostles :- Ac. xiii. 5, 14-.6–xvii. 1, 2, 4 solved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah. I said Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and
unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a syna
5 Lift not up the horn: lift not up your horn on high : gogue of the Jews: 2, and Paul, as his manner was,
6 speak not with a stiff neck. For promotion cometh went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned
neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the with them out of the scriptures.'-xix. 8, &c. 8. And
7 south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the
8 and setteth up another. For in the hand of the space of three months, disputing and persuading the
LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of things concerning the kingdom of God.'
mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the
dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring prediction :-see. Scripture Illustrations.'
9 them out, and drink them. But I will declare for 17. OPENED THE BOOK.
10 ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. All the see as to Ezra:-Ne. viii. 5, And Ezra opened the
horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all
of the righteous shall be exalted. the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up.'-See Scripture Illustrations.' the Lamb as having been slain, &c. :-Rev. v. 7, 'And
PSALM CXXVI. When the LORD turned again the he came and took the book out of the right hand of him
captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. that sat upon the throne.'
2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our
tongue with singing: then said they among the heaat his opening of the first seal, &c. Rev. vi. 2, 'And I
then, The LORD hath done great things for them. saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him
3 The LORD hath done great things for us ; whereof we had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he
4 are glad. Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the went forth conquering, and to conquer.'
5 streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall there went forth ... as declared :-Is. Ixi. 1-3, The 6 reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearSpirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the LORD ing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
THE LORD LIFTETH UP THE MEEK: HE CASTETH THE WICKED DOWN TO THE GROUND.-Psalm cxlvii. 6.
GROORAPHICAL Notices.-SYCHAR-(continued.) of both these mountains, as here seen, were, to our from this bountiful supply of water. The sides of eyes, equally naked and sterile ... the only exception the valley, too, the continuation of Gerizim and in favour of the former, so far as we could perceive, is Ebal, are studded with villages, some of them large; a small ravine coming down opposite the west end of and these again are surrounded with extensive tilled the town, which, indeed, is full of fountains and fields and olive groves; so that the whole valley pretrees : in other respects, both mountains, as heresents a more beautiful and inviting landscape of seen, are desolate, except that a few olive-trees are green hills and dales than perhaps any other part of scattered upon them. The side of the northern Palestine. It is the deep verdure arising from the mountain, Ebal, along the foot, is full of ancient | abundance of water which gives it this peculiar excavated sepulchres.
charm; in the midst of a land where no rain falls in
summer, and where of course the face of nature, in Twenty minutes of ascent from the city... led us
the season of heat and drought, assumes a brown to the top of Gerizim ; which proved to be a tract of
and dreary aspect.'--Vol. III. pp. 89-136. high table-land, stretching off far towards the W. and S.W. Twenty minutes more towards the S.E., along
Sychar is about forty miles north of Jerusalem. a regular path upon the table-land, brought us to the
The cotton and soap manufactures are carried on Wely we had seen before, standing on a small emi
there. In the town is a covered bazaar for fine goods, nence on the eastern brow of the mountain. Here is and an open one for provisions, and shops of every the holy place of the Samaritans, whither they still
still description; it is about ten miles S. E. of the city come to worship.
Samaria. Lord Lindsay says, after leaving Nabulus,
* Two hours' ride, the following morning, through The whole valley of Nabulus is full of fountains, mule tracks, over the rocks, worn deep by the feet of irrigating it abundantly; and for that reason not centuries, took us to Subasta, the ancient Samaria, flowing off in any large stream. The valley is rich, named by Herod Sebaste, in honour of Augustus. fertile, and beautifully green, as might be expected I - Letters, July, 1837, Vol. II. p. 74,
JACOB'S WELL, p. 92. Jacob's well. It lies at the mouth of the valley, obvious question presented itself to us upon the spot, near the south side. We came to the opening of the viz., how it can be supposed that the woman should valley on the north side, at the ruins of the little have come from the city, now half an hour distant, hamlet called “ Belat.” Joseph's tomb stands in the with her water-pot, to draw water from Jacob's well, middle of the mouth of the valley; and the well is a when there are so many fountains just around the little south of the tomb,t and just at the base of city, and she must have also passed directly by a Gerizim, below the road by which we had passed large one at mid-distance P The ancient city might along this morning. We were thirty-five minutes in probably lay in part nearer to this well than the coming to it from the city. It was now dry and de modern one ; and there is nothing improbable or serted; but usually contains living water, and not unusual in the supposition, that the inhabitants may merely to be filled by the rains. . . . By dropping in have set a peculiar value on the water of this ancient stones, we could perceive that it was deep. Maun well of Jacob, and have occasionally put themselves drell describes it as dug in a firm rock, and about to the trouble of going thither to draw. That it was three yards in diameter, and thirty-five feet deep, not the ordinary public well of the city is probable five of which were full of water.
from the circumstance, that there was here no pub
lic accommodation for drawing water, Jno. iv. 11. It I see much in the circumstances tending to con- was probably dug by the patriarch in some con. firm the supposition that this is actually the spot nexion with the possession of the “parcel of ground" where our Lord held his conversation with the Sa- / bought of Hamor, the father of Shechem, which he maritan woman. Jesus was journeying from Jeru- gave to his son Joseph, and in which Joseph and salem to Galilee, and rested at the well, while "his probably his brethren were buried. The practice of disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat," the patriarchs to dig wells wherever they sojourned Jno. iv. 8. The well, therefore, lay apparently be- is well known; and if Jacob's field, as it would seem, fore the city, and at some distance from it. In pass was here before the mouth of the valley of Shechem, ing along the eastern plain, Jesus had halted at the he might prefer not to be dependent for water on well, and sent his disciples to the city situated in the fountains which lay up that valley, and were not narrow valley, intending on their return to proceed his own. I think we may thus rest with confidence along the plain on his way to Galilee, without him in the opinion that this is Jacob's well, and here the self visiting the city. All this corresponds exactly parcel of ground which Jacob gave to his son Joto the present character of the ground. A very seph.'-Robinson's Researches, Vol. III. pp. 107–13.
THE LORD TAKETH PLEASURE IN THEM THAT FEAR HIM, IN THOSE THAT HOPE IN HIS MERCY.-Psalm cxlvii. 11.
A DDEN D A.
THE SAMARITANS, p. 92. • The Samaritans, mentioned in the New Testa-...... of them it is said, 2 Ki. xvii. 24, “ And the ment, are generally considered as a sect of the Jews. king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from
This appellation is, in the New Testament, given Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamuth, and from to a race of people who sprang originally from an in- Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria termixture of the ten tribes with Gentile nations. I instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed When the inhabitants of Samaria and of the adjacent Samaria, and duelt in the cities thereof." An origin country were carried into captivity by Shalmaneser like this would, of course, render the nation odious king of Assyria, he sent in their place colonies from to the Jews, and the Samaritans further augmented Babylonia, Cuthah, Ava, Hamath, and Sepharvaim; this cause of hatred by rejecting all the sacred books
• The valley of Naplous was, if possible, more beautiful by morning than by evening light, shaded by groves of figs, olives, almonds, and apricots, in full bloom, and bounded by lofty mountains, with a clear and beautiful stream winding and murmuring through its centre. For more than an hour we followed the course of the stream, and nothing could be more beautifully picturesque than the little mills on its banks. low, completely embosomed among the trees, and with their roofs covered with grass; and sometimes the agreeable sound of a waterfall was the first intimation we had of their presence. See Stephen's Incidents of Travel.
+ Mr. Fisk thus describes it: 'About a quarter of a mile northward of Jacob's well stands a whited sepul. chre. It consists of four walls, open at the top, and has a doorway opening to the north. On the left is a kind of covered sarcophagus, over which a wild vine clusters luxuriantly. Towards the right, is a raised piece of rude masoury, like the common coverings of Arab graves : undisputed tradition claims it as the tomb of Joseph.'- A Pastor's Memorial, fc., p. 341.
There is a low pile of rude masonry, surrounded by large loose stones, and foundations of walls. A very ancient well is concealed by these remains, called by the Arabs, “Bis Yaioob," the descent to which is through a narrow mouth in the stonework above, covered with a massive fragment of stone, too heavy for us I to remove. In addition I learnt that the "well is deep," and I had " nothing to draw with."'-Ibid. p. 339.
+ Mr. Calhoun, a recent European traveller, ascertained its depth at 75 feet, with about twelve feet of water.
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20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God 13 iquities, we know them; in transgressing and lying 21 for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: and
against the LORD, and departing away from our God, he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth
speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and utter kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto 14 ing from the heart words of falsehood. And judg.
the wise, and knowledge to them that know underment is turned away backward, and justice standeth | 22 standing : he revealeth the deep and secret things: he
afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth 15 cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth ; and he that depart 23 with him. I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God
eth from evil maketh himself a prey [or, is accounted of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might. mad]: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him and hast made known unto me now what we desired
[Heb. it was eril in his eyes] that there was no judgment. of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the 16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered king's matter.
that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm 24 Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: 17 sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a he went and said thus unto him ; Destroy not the wise
breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I
head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for 25 will shew unto the king the interpretation. Then 18 clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke. Accord Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and
ing to their deeds [Heb. recompences], accordingly he said thus unto him, I have found a man of the cap
will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his tives of Judah [Chald. children of the captivity of Ju19 enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. So dah), that will make known unto the king the interpre
shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, 26 tation. The king answered and said to Daniel, whose and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interLORD shall lift up a standard against him [or, put 27 pretation thereof? Daniel answered in the presence him to flight).
of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath 20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the
them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the 28 magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; but 21 LORD. As for me, this is my covenant with them, there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and
saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my maketh known Chald. hath made known to the king words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart Nebuchadnezzer what shall be in the latter days. Thy out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the 29 these; As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
mind [Chald. came up] upon thy bed, what should
come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets
30 maketh known to thee what shall come to pass. But DANIEL II. And in the second year of the reign of as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the 2 from him. Then the king commanded to call the king [or, but for the intent that the interpretation may magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and be made known to the king), and that thou mightest
the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So know the thoughts of thy heart. 3 they came and stood before the king. And the king 31 Thou, O king. sa west [Chald. was seeing], and behold
said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my a great image. This great image, whose brightness was 4 spirit was troubled to know the dream. Then spake excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, o king, live for 32 terrible. This image's head was of fine gold, his breast ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs [or, 5 the interpretation. The king answered and said to 33 sidesl of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part of iron
the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will 34 and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was not make known unto me the dream, with the inter cut out without hands [or, which was not in hands, as
pretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your ver. 45), which smote the image upon his feet that 6 houses shall be made a dunghill. But if ye shew the 35 were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then
dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof. chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind 7 They answered again and said, Let the king tell his carried them away, that no place was found for them:
servants the dream, and we will shew the interpreta and the stone that smote the image became a great 8 tion of it. The king answered and said, I know of mountain, and filled the whole earth.
certainty that ye would gain (Chald. buy] the time, 36 This is the dream, and we will tell the interpreta9 because ye see the thing is gone from me. But if ye 37 tion thereof before the king. Thoni, o king, art a king will not make known unto me the dream, there is but of kings for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingone decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and 38 dom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresocorrupt words to speak before me, till the time be ever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine
know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof. hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou 10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, 39 art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise an
There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the other kingdom inferior to thee, and another third king's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the
ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or as 40 earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as 11 trologer, or Chaldean. And it is a rare thing that the iron : forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and sub
king requireth, and there is none other that can shew dueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these,
it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is | 41 shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou 12 not with flesh. For this cause the king was angry sa west the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part
and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall 13 wise men of Babylon. And the decree went forth that be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou
the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel 42 sa west the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes and his fellows to be slain.
of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the 14 Then Daniel answered [Chald. returned] with coun. kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken [or,
sel and wisdom to Arioch the captain [or, chief mar-43 brilile. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with shal. Chald. chief of the executioners, or, slaughter-1 miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed
men of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay 1 of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even 15 the wise men of Babylon: he answered and said to 44 as iron is not mixed with clay. And in the [Chald.
Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty their days) days of these kings shall the God of heaven
from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed : and 16 to Daniel Then Daniel went in, and desired of the the kingdom Chald. kingdom thereof] shall not be left
king that he would give him time, and that he would to other people, but it shall break in pieces and con17 shew the king the interpretation. Then Daniel went sume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, 45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out 18 Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: that they of the mountain without hands [or, which was not in
would desire mercies of the God [Chald. from before hand), and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, God of heaven concerning this secret ; that Daniel the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath and his fellows should not perish with the rest of made known to the king what shall come to pass herethe wise men of Babylon.
after [Chald. after this and the dream is certain, and 19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night the interpretation thereof sure. vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
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