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τeconciled, we shall be saved by his life, v. 5-10. Αnd we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose, For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Μoreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called : and whom, he called, them he also justified : and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things: If God be for us, who can be against us : Ηe that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things ! Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect : It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth 2 Ιt is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ ! shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword Αs it is written, For thy sake are we killed all the day long ; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter, Νay, in all these things we are more thah conquerors through him that loved us. For Ι am persuaded, that
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Νοτ height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, viii. 28-39. Τhere
sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy-seat eastward , and before the mercy-seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times, 14. Αnd, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom , and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent, Μatt. xxvii. 51. Αnd hath raised us up together, and made us sit, together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Εph. ii. 6. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God, Col. iii. 1.
" For it became him, for whom ατε all things, andby whom ατeall things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings, Ηeb. ii. 10. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it uere not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. Αnd if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also, John xiv. 2, 3.
"See on chap. iv. ver. 14. clause 2.
• See chap. v. ver. 6-10. , vii. ver. 1-21.
* Αnd Μelchizedek, king of Salem, brought forth bread and wine : and be uas the priest of the most high God, and he blessed him, and said, Βlessed be Αbram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: Αnd blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. Αnd he gave him tithes of all, Gen. xiv. 18-20.
" In Salem also in his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Ζion, Psal. lxxvi. 2.
• Ι will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me, Psal. Ivii. 2. Αnd they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer, Ιxxviii. 35. Υet thev tempted and provoked the most high God, and Κept not his testimonies, 56. Ι thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God bath wrought toward me, Dan. iv. 2. Ο thou king, the most high God gave Νebuchadnezzar thy father a king«lom, and majesty, and glory, and Honour, v. 18. Αnd he was driven from the sons of men , and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling uas with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, ΕΥ his body was wet with the dew of heaven ; till he knew that the most bigh God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will, 21. Wherewith shall I come before the LonD, and Βow myself before the high God ! shall I come before him with burntofferings, with calves of a year old: Μic. vi. 6. Αnd cried with a loud voice, and said, What have Ι to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not, Μark v. 7. Τhe same followed Ρaul and us, and cried, saying, Τhese men are the ser
vants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation, Αcts xvi. 17.
4 Αnd when Αbram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained serυαnts, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. Αnd he divided himselfagainst them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Ηobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. Αnd he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people, Gen. xiv, 14-16. Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings ! he gave them as the dust to his sword, αηd as driven stubble to his bow. Ηe pursued them, and passed safely; euen by the way that he had not gone with his feet, Isa xli. 2, 3
"Ω και δεκάτην απο πάντων εμέρισεν Αβραάμ, πρώτον μεν ερμηνευόμενος ζασιλεύς δικαιοσύνης, έπειτα δε και βασιλεύς Σαλήμ ό εστι βασιλεύς ειρήνης
* For he testifieth, Τhou ανta Ρriest for ever after the order of Μelchisedec, ver. 17. Αnd they truly were many Ρriests, because they were not suffered to continueby reason of death. Βut this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priestbood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an Ηigh Ρriest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens ; Who needeth not daily, as those Ηigh Priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's : for this he did once, when he offered up himself. For the law maketh men Ηigh Ρriests which have infirmity, but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore, 23-28.
Jet being uncircumcised : that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised, that righteousness might be imputed unto them also : Αnd the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Αbraham, which he had being Jet uncircumcised. For the promise, that he should be heir of the world, urus not to Αbraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith, Rom. iv. 11-13. (Αs it is written, I have made thee a father ofmany nations,) before him whom he believed, ευcπι God, who φuickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be, 17, 18. Τhere is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither πmale nor female; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus, Αnd if ye oe Christ's, then are ye Αbraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise, Gal. iv. 28, 29, Αnd the Scripture was fulfilled which saith, Αbraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God, Jam. ii.23. "Αnd blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. Αnd he gave him tithes ofall, Gen. xiv. 20
teousness of the faith which he had children of Israel, that he may min
at allτedeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. Αnd concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, euen of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LonD. Ηe shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the ohange thereof shall be holy, it shall not be redeemed, Lev. xxvii. 30-33. Τhus speak unto the Levites, and sa unto them, When ye take of the chiΙdren of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall οffer up an heaveoffering of it for the LonD, even a tenth part of the tithe. Αnd this your heave-offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshingfloor, and as the fulness of the winepress. Τhus ye also shall offer an heave-offering unto the Loτι» of all your tithes which ye receive of the children of Israel, and ye shall give thereof the Lon D's heave-offering to Αaron the priest. Οut of all your gifts ye shall οffer every heaveoffering of the Lon D, of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it. Τherefore thoushalt say μmto them, When ye have heaved the best thereof from it, then it shall be counted unto the Levites as the increase of the threshingfloor, and as the increase of the winepress, Αnd ye shall eat it in every place, ye and Ε housholds, for it is your rewards or your service in the tabernacle of the congregation. Αnd ye shall bear no sin by reason of it, when ye have heaved from it the best of it : neither shall ye pollute the holy things of the children of Israel, lest ye die, Νumb. xviii. 26-32. Αnd, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, 21. Αnd he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and his servants, 1 Sam. viii. 15. Μoreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the law of the Lon D. Αnd as soon as the commandment came abroad, the
children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase ofthe field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly. Αnd concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe ofholy things which were consecrated unto the Loπ D their God, and laid them by heaps, 2 Chron. xxxi. 4-6. Αnd Ι perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them : for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fied every one to his field, Νeh. xiii. 10. • For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Μelchisedec met him, ver. 10. Αnd God said unto him, I am God Αlmighty ; be fruitful and multiply, a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins, Gen. xxxv. 11. Αll the souls that came with Jacob into Εgypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls uere threescore and six, xlvi. 26. Αnd all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls : for Joseph was in Εgypt alreudy, Εxod. i. 5.
* Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life , but made like unto the Son of God, abideth a priest continually. Νow consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Αbraham gave the tenth of the spoils, ver, 3, 4.
5 For when God made promise to Αbraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing Ι will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. Αnd so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise, Ηeb. νί. 13-15. Τhese all died in faith, not having received the promises, but
having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth, xi. 13. Βy faith Αbraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac : and he that had received thepromises offered up his only begotten son, 17. Αnd I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing, Gen. xii. 2. Αnd the LoπΡ said unto Λbram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. Αnd I will make thy seed as the dust ofthe earth : so that ifa man can number the dust of the earth, then shallthy seed also be numbered. Αrise, walk through the land in the length of it, and in the breadth of it; for Ι will give it unto thee, xiii. 14-17. Αs for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations, Neither shall thy name any more be called Αbram, but thy name shall be Αbraham ; for a father of many nations have I made thee. Αnd I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. Αnd I will establish my covenant between πme and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. Αnd 1 will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession; and Ι will be their God, xvii. 4-8. Τhat in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies ; Αnd in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice, xxii. 17, 18. Υe are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, Αnd in th
seed shall all the kindreds of the eart
be blessed, Αcts iii. 25. For the pro