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There shall be so right a discerning of all things, that virtues shall not pass for vices, nor vices be mistaken for virtues; but men shall be esteemed as they are.

XXXII. 9 Rise up, ye women that are at ease ; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech. Rise up, ye nice and dainty dames of Judah and Jerusalem, and give ear to this speech of mine, () ye careless women, who have given yourselves hitherto only to ease and delicacy.

XXXII, 10 For the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come. God will hold you short of those means of your riot; for the vintage shall fail, the harvest shall disappoint you.

XXXII. 12 They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine. They shall lament for those plentiful means of sustenance, for the corn, and for the vines; the fruit of both which shall come short of their hopes.

XXXII. 15 Until the spirit be poured upon us froin on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest. Until the Spirit of Renovation be poured upon us from God; until it please him to breathe comfortably upon us, so as our wilderness may be turned into a fruitful field, and that field, which now goes for fruitful, bc in comparison thereof accounted but as a desert forest.

XXXII. 16 Then judgment shall droell in the wilderness. Then there shall be a holy and wise administration of justice in those places, which were before reputed wild and desert.

XXXII. 19 When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place. When violent storms shall bluster upon the earth, and fall both upon the forest and towns, with such fury, that the city sball be uncovered therewith, and utterly abased.

XXXII. 20 Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass. Ye shall, in the mean time, be so blessed with increase, that wheresoever you sow your seed, though in moorish and watery fens, yet it shall abundantly prosper ; and grow so'rank, as that ye shall be fain to send in your cattle to eat down the first head thereof.

XXXIII. i Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee ! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled ; &c. Woe to thee, () thou cruel Assyrian, that spoilest God's people causelessly and unprovoked; and dealest treacherously with those, that have offered no such measure unto thee; for God will be sure to meet with thee in thine own way: when thou hast done spoiling the Jews, the Chaldees shall begin to spoil thee, &c.

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XXXIII. 2 0 LORD, be gracious unto us; we hate waited for thee : be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble. O Lord, be gracious to us, thy chosen people: we have ever hitherto depended upon thee: thou hast been the refuge of our forefathers; as thou hast been their God of old, so renew thy favour and protection to us, every day; and be thou our salvation in the time of trouble.

XXXIII. 3 At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered. Upon the noise of the tumultuous onset of the Jews, the multitudes of the Assyrian army fed: when thou, O God, didst bot seem to rouse up thyself, all those nations were suddenly dispersed.

XXXIII. 4 And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpiller. As when the country is annoyed with caterpillers, all sorts of people run forth, even women and children, to destroy them at once, and even the weakest can kill them with ease; so shall all the people run forth, to gather this spoil of the Assyrians.

XXXIII. 6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation : the fear of the Lord is his treasure. The main strength and stability, which thy times shall have, shall consist in the true spiritual wisdom, and in the knowledge of God; and the greatest treasure of thy good king Hezekiah, shall be the fear of the Lord. XXXIII. 7 Behold, their valiant ones shall


without : the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly. Behold, for the time, Jerusalem shall be put to great distress : their captains and soldiers shall be discouraged; and their ambassadors, that went to treat for peace, shall return discontented and sorrowful.

XXXIII. 9 The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ushamed and heron down : Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits. The whole country mourneth and languisheth, even those parts which are remotest; and every province thereof beareth his own proper share in this misery: the cedars of Lebanon are cut down the corn of Sharon and the fruitful pastures of Bashan and Carmel are wasted.

XXXIII. 10 Now will I rise, saith the LORD. Now, when things are come to an extremity, will I rise, saith the Lord.

XXXIII. 11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble : your breath, as fire, shall devour you. Ye have conceived great hopes of victory and triumph, but you shall go away with a shameful foil; yea, ye shall perish by your own plots: the fire, which your own breath hath kindled, shall

devour you.

be sure.

XXXIII. 14 The sinners in Sion are afraid ; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? &c. Those, that are prophane and godless in Jerusalem, are, not without cause, much terrified; and those hypocrites, which would not believe the predictions of these evils, are now overwhelmed with fearfulness, and now they are ready to say, Alas, how shall we be able to endure this wrath of God, which is gone out against us ? &c.

XXXIII. 16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks : bread shall be given him ; his waters shall He shall

: dwell in a safe place, inaccessible to all enemies, and utterly impregnable; and shall bave all things cast in his way, which are necessary for bis sustentation.

XXXIII. 17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off. Whosoever thou art, that walkest thus uprightly; thou shalt see the Court of Jerusalem restored to his full glory: though Hezekiah be under hatches for the time, yet thou shalt see him in bis wonted port and magnificence; and thou shalt see him subduing other remote kingdoms, and ruling over them.

XXXIII. 18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. There is the scribe? where is the receiver ? where is he that counted the towers? Thy heart shall think upon the terror thou wert in, when thou distractedly askedst for thy officers; Where is the clerk of the band? Where is the receiver? Where is the surveyor of the works? As if these could have availed thee.

XXXIII. 19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand. Thou shalt not be forced to see and endure the tyranny of those fierce and cruel Assyrians; to live under the servitude of a nation, whose barbarous and harsh language thou understandest not.

XXXIII. 21 But there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, &c. But there, even in Jerusalem, will the Lord be unto us instead of all the rivers and ditches and bulwarks of defence, which other cities boast themselves of; yea, he shall give Jerusalem protection without danger: in other cities and countries where they have the commodity of large rivers and inlets from the sea, there may be perhaps some peril of advantage to an enemy, and opportu; nity of invasion ; but here shall be no such matter: no galley shall go here with oars, &c.

XXXIII. 23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail : then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey. But for thee, O Assyrian, howsoever thou camest like a well rigged ship to this siege, yet thy tacklings do not hold, thy mast totters; yea, so shall God ply thee with storms, that thou shalt

not so much as spread a sail, but shalt be wrecked and spilt, and every one, though lame and impotent, shall share in the spoil of thee.

XXXIII. 24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick : the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity. But my people shall, in the mean time, be kept in safety and health; forasınuch as the very cause of their suffering, which is their iniquity, shall be removed and forgiven.

XXXIV. 3 And the mountains shall be melted with their blood. And the mountains shall so run down with blood, as if they were melted and dissolved into it.

XXXIV. 4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved. And in that great day of the Lord, shall the very frame of heaven feel an apparent alteration.

XXXIV. 5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven : behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse to judgment. For my judgment, decreed in heaven, shall be fearfully executed upon the known and professed enemies of my Church ; upon those people, ,w hoin I have accursed to an everlasting condemnation.

XXXIV. 6 The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams. God shall take full vengeance on his enemies: his sword shall be, as it were, fed with the blood of his great and noted adversaries : this slaughter of his shall be like to that of an universal sacrifice, which shall be killed on the altar of the land of Edom, and all the regions of his proud opposites.

XXXIV. 7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood. Neither shall the tame cattle only be the matter of this sacrifice, as the poor and quiet lambs, which have no power to resist; but the wildest and fiercest of all other creatures, as the unicorns and bulls &c. figuring the most lawless and potent enemies of Christ, siiall be exposed to this bloody oblation; and their land shall be drenched and soaked with their blood.

XXXIV. 8 For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. It is the time, wherein God will give a full satisfaction and retribution of the wrongs, that have been done to his Church, in the consummate plagues of his enemies.

XXXIV. 9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. There shall be nothing but horror and burning; for, instead of streams, there shall be liquid pitch ; and instead of dust, brimstone: and a fire shall be put to both of them; so as the whole world shall be but as one flame.



XXXIV. 11 The cormorant and the bittern shall possess it ; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness. As for those hostile countries, that have made havock of Jerusalem, they shall be laid waste in the mean time; and turned to a habitation of solitary, doleful, and dismal birds: God shall condemn them to perpetual confusion and ruin, never to be either built or inhabited.

XXXIV. 14, 15 The wild beasts, &c. the satyr shall cry to his fellow. There shall the great owl make her nest, &c. See chap. xiii. 21.

XXXIV. 16 Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read : no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate : for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them. Inquire after this prophecy, which I have delivered to you from the Lord, and compare it with the event : ye shall find none of these particulars to fail; but these fowls of solitude and desolation shall nest and breed here: none of them shall want her mate: I have spoken it as from God, and his power shall call them thither, and fasten them there.

XXXIV. 17 And he cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided it unto them by line : they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell therein. He hath distributed the land to them for their use, and his just providence hath divided it to them, by line: there they shall take up

their abode for ever.

XXXV. 1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose. The kingdom of Christ shall come, wherein he shall rule by the Gospel of peace; at what time all things shall flourish ; even those places, which now seem to be forlorn deserts, shall then rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

XXXV. 2 The glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the ércellence of Carmel and Sharon. That, which was once a dry sandy desert, shall be now as fresh and green as Lebanon, and as plentiful and rich as Carmel and Sharon.

XXXV. 3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, &c. Comfort yourselves therefore in the Lord, Oye that are weak and dejected.

XXXV. 7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of waters : in the habitations of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. That barren soil, that was parched and burnt up with drought, shall flow with abundance of water; and those desolate and dry deserts, which were wont be the habitation of dragons, shall now turn moist and fruitful, so as the rushes and reeds shall cover it.

XXXV. 8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called, The way of holiness ; the unclean shall not pass

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