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unto you: as my Father hath sent am I behind (or any way inferior to) me, even so send I you: and when the very chiefest apostles, &c.—2 Cor. he had said this, he breathed on them, xii. 2-4. 11. and said unto them, Receive ye
the When it pleased God, &c. to reveal Holy Ghost ; whose soever sins ye re- his Son in me, that I might preach mit, they are remitted unto them; him among the heathen; iminediately and whose soever sins ye retain, they I conferred not
with flesh and blood : are retained.-John xx. 19-23. neither went I up to Jerusalem to
To whom ye forgive any thing, I them which were apostles before me, forgive also: if I forgave, &c. for your but I went into Arabia, &c. Then sakes I forgave it in the person (or after three years, I went up to Jerusight) of Christ.—2 Cor. ii. 10. salem to see Peter, and abode with
The twelve called the multitude of him fifteen days ; but other of the the disciples unto them, and said, &c. apostles saw I none, save James, the Look ye out among you seven men, Lord's brother.—Gal. i. 15–19. of honest report, full of the Holy When they saw that the gospel of Ghost and wisdom, whom we may the uncircumcision was committed appoint over this business: but we unto me, as the gospel of the circumwill give ourselves continually to cision was unto Peter (for he that prayer, and to the ministry of the wrought effectually in Peter to the word, &c. whom they set before the apostleship of the circumcision, the apostles : and when they had prayed, same was mighty in me toward the they laid their hands on them.--Acts Gentiles): and when James, Cephas, vi. 2-6.
and John (who seemed to be pillars), Now when the apostles which were perceived the grace that was given at Jerusalem had heard that Samaria unto me, they gave to me and Barnahad received the word of God, they bas the right hand of fellowship, that sent unto them Peter and John; who, we should go unto the heathen, and when they were come down, prayed they unto the circumcision, &c. but for them.-Acts viii. 14, 15.
when Peter was come to Antioch, 1 The believing Jews dispute with withstood him to the face, because he Peter for going to the Gentiles; and was to be blamed: for before that, he gives them an account of God's certain came from James, he did eat work upon
them.-Acts xi. 2, &c. with the Gentiles ; but when they I speak to you, Gentiles, inasmuch were come, he withdrew, and sepaas I am the apostle of the Gentiles, rated himself, fearing them which I magnify mine office. --Rom. xi. were of the circumcision, &c. but 13, 14.
when I saw that they walked not upFor I suppose I was not a whit be- rightly, &c. I said unto Peter, behind (or in nothing inferior to) the fore them all, If thou, being a Jew, very chiefest apostles, &c. Are they livest after the manner of the Genministers of Christ?' (I speak as a tiles, and not as do the Jews, why fool) I am more: in labours more compellest thou the Gentiles to live as abundant, &c. besides those things do the Jews ?-Gal. ii. 7-9. 11–14. that are without, that which cometh
I am appointed a preacher, an upon me daily, the care of all the apostle, and doctor of the Gentiles. churches.-2 Cor. xi. 5.23. 28. 1 Cor. -2 Tim. i. 11, xv. 10.
I knew a man in Christ, &c. such an one caught up to the third heaven, &c. into Paradise, heard unspeakable words, &c. I ought to have been commended of you; for in nothing
WHICH THEY ARE SCATTERED.
day, that the remnant of Israel, &c. CHAP, LV.
shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy
One of Israel, in truth: the remnant OF THE RESTORATION AND RETURN OF shall return, even the remnant of JaISRAEL FROM THE COUNTRIES INTO
cob, unto the mighty God : for though
thy people Israel be as the sand of And it shall come to pass, when all the sea; yet a remnant of them sball these things are come upon thee, the return, &c.—Isa. X. 20—23. blessing and the curse which I have And it shall come to pass in that set before thee; and thou shalt call day, that the Lord shall set his hand them to mind, among all the nations again the second time, to recover the whither the Lord thy God hath driven remuant of his people, which shall be thee, &c. that then the Lord thy God left, from Assyria, &c. and from the will turn thy captivity, and have com- islands of the sea : and he shall set passion upon thee, and will return, up an ensign for the nations, and and gather thee from all the nations shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, whither the Lord thy God hath scat- and gather together the dispersed of tered thee : if any of thine be driven Judah, from the four corners of the out unto the utmost parts of heaven, earth.-Isa. xi. 11, 12. from thence will the Lord thy God The Lord will have mercy on Jagather thee, &c. and bring thee into cob, and will yet choose Israel, and the land which thy fathers possessed, set them in their own land, &c.—Isa. and thou shalt possess it, &c. and the xiv. 1--3. 32. Lord thy God will circumcise thine He shall cause them that come of heart, and the heart of thy seed, to Jacob to take root: Israel shall bloslove the Lord thy God with all thine som and bud, and fill the face of the heart, &c.—Deut. xxx. 1–6. world with fruit, &c. ye shall be
The Lord shall judge his people, gathered one by one, Oye children of and repent himself for his servants, Israel, &c. And they shall come when he seeth that their poweris gone, which were ready to perish in the and there is none shut up, or left, &c. land of Assyria, and the outcasts in Rejoice, Oye nations, with his people; the land of Egypt, and shall worship for he will avenge the blood of his the Lord in the holy mount at Jeruservants, &c. and he will be merciful salem.—Isa. xxvii. 6. 12, 13. unto his land, and to his people. Look upon Zion, the city of our Deut. xxxii. 36. 43.
shall see JeO that the salvation of Israel were rusalem a quiet habitation, a tabercome out of Zion! when the Lord nacle that shall not be taken down, bringeth back the captivity of his not one of the stakes thereof shall people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel ever be removed : neither shall any of shall be glad.-Ps. xiv. 7.
the cords thereof be broken: but there And it shall come to pass in the the glorious Lord will be unto us a last days, that the mountain of the place of broad rivers.- Isa. xxxiii. Lord's house shall be established (or 20, &c. prepared) in the top of the mountains, Look unto Abraham your father, and shall be exalted above the hills, and unto Sarah that bare you, &c. for and all nations shall flow in unto it. the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will And many people shall go and say, comfort all her waste places, and he Come ye, and let us go up, &c. for will make her wilderness like Eden, out of Zion shall go forth the law, and her desert like the garden of the and the word of the Lord from Jeru- Lord : joy and gladness shall be found salem.—Isa. ii. 2, 3.
therein, thanksgiving, and the voice And it shall come to pass in that of melody.- Isa. li. 2, 3. lii. 1-4.
Ix. Ixi. 4, &c. lxii. Ixv. 18—23. lxvi. the seed of Israel, for all that they 8–13. 15. Micah iv. Zeph, iii. 14, &c. have done, saith the Lord: behold
At that time they shall call Je- the days come, saith the Lord, that rusalem the throne of the Lord, and the city shall be built to the Lord, all the nations shall be gathered unto &c. -Jer. xxxi. 1. 3—5. 7-12. 37, it, to the name of the Lord, to Jeru- &c. XXX. salem, &c. In those days the house Behold, I will gather them out of of Judah shall walk with the house of all countries whither I have driven Israel, and they shall come together them in mine anger, &c. and I will out of the land of the north, to the bring them again unto this place; land that I have given for an inheri- and I will cause them to dwell safely, tance unto your fathers. But I said, and they shall be my people, and I &c.-Jer. iii. 17-19.
will be their God.- Jer. xxxii. 37, 38. The days come, saith the Lord, Thus saith the Lord, If my covethat it shall no more be said, Thenant be not with day and night, &c. Lord liveth that brought up the chil- then will I cast away the seed of dren of Israel out of the land of Jacob, and David my servant; so that Egypt; but, The Lord liveth, who I will not take any of his seed to be brought up the children of Israel rulers over the seed of Abraham, from the land of the north, and from Isaac, and Jacob : for I will cause all the lands whither he had driven their captivity to return, and have them: and I will bring them again mercy on them.— Jer. xxxiii. 25, 26. into their land, that I gave unto their xlvi. 27, 28. fathers. -Jer. xvi. 14, 15. xxiii. And in those days, and in that time, 3-8.
saith the Lord, the children of Israel I will be the God of all the families shall come, they and the children of of Israel, and they shall be my peo- Judah together, going and weeping, ple, &c. Again, I will build thee, &c.—Jer. lix. 4. 20. and thou shalt be built, () virgin of Thus saith the Lord God, Although Israel, &c. thou shalt yet plant vines I have cast them afar off among the upon the mountains of Samaria, thy heathen; and although I have scatplanters shall plant and shall eat, &c. tered them among the countries; yet for thus saith the Lord, Sing with will I be to them as a little sanctugladness for Jacob, and shout among ary in the countries where they shall the chief of the nations, &c. behold, come: therefore say, Thus saith the I will bring them from the north Lord God, I will even gather you country, and gather them from the from the people, and assemble you coasts of the earth, &c. a great com- out of the countries where ye have pany shall return thither, &c. for I been scattered ; and I will give you am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is the land of Israel, and they shall my first-born. Hear the word of the come thither, and they shall take Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in away all the detestable things therethe isles afar off, and say, He that of, &c.—Ezek. xi. 16—13. scattered Israel, will gather him, and Ye shall know that I am the Lord, keep him as a shepherd doth his when I shall bring you into the land flock; for the Lord hath redeemed of Israel, into the country for the Jacob, and ransomed him from the which I lifted up mine hand to give hand of him that was stronger than it to your fathers, and there shall ye he: therefore they shall come and remember your ways, &c.—Ezek. xx. sing in the height of Zion, &c. If 42, 43. xxviii. 24–26. heaven above can be measured, and Thus, saith the Lord God, Behold the foundations of the earth searched 1, even I, will both search my sheep out beneath, I will also cast off all and seek them out, &c. and deliver
them out of all places where they and one king shall be king to them have been scattered, &c. and will all ; and they shall be no more two bring them to their own land, &c. nations, neither shall they be divided and I will set up the shepherd over into two kingdoms, &c. and they shall them, &c.—-Ezek. xxxiv. 11–13. dwell in the land that I have given 23, &c.
unto Jacob.—Ezek. xxxvii. 3. 11, 12. Mountains of Israel, ye shall shout 21, 22. 25. Hosea i. 10, 11. Joel forth your branches, and yield your iii. 6, 7. fruit to my people of Israel, for they Now will I bring again the captiare at hand to come: for behold I am vity of Jacob, and have mercy upon for you, and I will turn unto you, and the whole house of Israel. But I ye shall be tilled and sowed, &c. and have gathered them unto their own the city shall be inhabited, and the land, &c. neither will I hide face wastes shall be builded, &c. I will any more.-Ezek. xxxix. 25, &c. settle you
old estates, and Jerusalem shall be inhabited, &c. will do better unto you than at your Flee from the land of the north, saith beginnings; and ye shall know that the Lord; for I have spread you abroad I am the Lord, &c. I will take you as the four winds of the heaven, saith from among the heathen, and gather the Lord. Deliver thyself, O Zion, you out of all countries, and will that dwellest with the daughter of bring you into your own land, &c. Babylon, &c. for he that toucheth and ye shall dwell in the land that I you, toucheth the apple of his eye.gave to your fathers, and ye shall be Zech. ii. 4–8. 12. ^ Joel iii. Zeph. iny people, &c. then shall ye remem- iii. 14, &c. ber your own evil ways, &c. Not Thus, saith the Lord, I am returned for your sakes do I this, saith the unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst Lord God: be it known unto you, &c. of Jerusalem, &c. There shall yet then the heathen that are left round old men, and old women, dwell in about you, shall know, that I the the streets of Jerusalem, &c. and the Lord build the ruined places, and streets of the city shall be fall of plant that which was desolate: I the boys and girls playing in the streets Lord have spoken it, and I will do it. thereof, &c. Behold, I will save my Thus saith the Lord God, I will yet people from the east country, and for this be inquired of by the house from the west country; and I will of Israel.—Ezek. xxxvi. 8–11. 24. bring them, and they shall dwell in 28.31–33.36, 37. Hosea ii. 14, 15. the midst of Jerusalem, and they shall Amos ix. 11. 14, 15.
be my people, and I will be their God, By the dry bones is typified the &c. "As I thought to punish you, Israelites' return. These bones are when your fathers provoked me to the whole house of Israel; behold wrath, saith the Lord of hosts, and I they say, Our bones are dried, and repented not; so again have I thought our hope is lost, and we are cut off in these days to do well unto Jerusafor our parts: therefore prophesy, lem, and to the house of Judah: fear &c. O my people, I will open your ye not, &c. Yea, many people, and graves, cause you to come up out of strong nations shall come to seek your graves, and bring you into the the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, land of Israel, &c. I will take the and to pray before the Lord.—Zech. children of Israel from among the viii. 3—5. 7, 8. 14, 15. 22. xii. heathen, whither they be gone, and 7–9. xiv. 10, 11. 20—23. Joel iii. will gather them on every side, and 19, 20. bring them into their own land: and In that day I will make Jerusalem I will make them one nation in the a burdensome stone for all people, land, upon the mountains of Israel, &c. They shall be cut in pieces,
TO THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK.
though the people of the earth be On the seventh day. thou shalt rest; gathered together against it.--Zech. that thine ox and thine ass may rest, xii. 3, &c.
and the son of thine handmaid, and I would not, brethren, that ye should the stranger may be refreshed.be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye Exod. xxiii. 12. xxxiv. 21. should be wise in your own conceits ; Ye shall keep the sabbath therethat blindness in part is happened to fore; for it is holy unto you: every Israel, until the fulness of the Gen- one that defileth it shall surely be tiles be come in. And so all Israel put to death : for whosoever doeth shall be saved, as it is written, There any work therein, that soul shall be shall come out of Sion the deliverer, cut off from amongst his people, and and shall turn away ungodliness from he shall surely be put to death. Jacob: for this is my covenant unto Wherefore the children of Israel shall them when I shall take away their keep the sabbath, &c. it is a sign besins, &c. They are beloved for the tween me and the children of Israel fathers' sake.—Rom. xi. 25—28. for ever : for in six days the Lord
made heaven and earth.-Exod. xxxi. CHAP. LVÌ.
14-18. xxxv. 2.
Six days shall work be done, &c. OF THE SEVENTH, OR SABBATH DAY, ye shall kindle no fire throughout IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, AND THE
upon the sabbath? LAWS ABOUT IT ; AND OF ITS CHANGE day.—Exod. xxxv. 2, 3.
Six days shall work be done, but On the seventh day God ended his the seventh day is the sabbath of work which he had made ; and he rest : an holy convocation.—Levit. rested on the seventh day from all his xxiii. 3. work which he had made : and God They found a man that gathered blessed the seventh day, and sancti- sticks upon the sabbath day, &c. and fied it, because that in it he had rested the Lord said unto Moses, The man from all his work.-Gen. ii. 2, 3. shall surely be put to death, all the
To morrow is the rest of the holy congregation shall stone him with sabbath unto the Lord : bake that stones without the camp.-Numb.xy. which you will bake to day, &c. for 32–36. to morrow is the rest of the holy sab And on the sabbath day two lambs, bath unto the Lord, &c. Six days &c. this is the burnt-offering of every ye shall gather it, but on the seventh sabbath, besides the continual burntday, which is the sabbath, in it there offering, and his drink-offering. shall be none, &c. Abide ye every Numb. xxviii. 9, 10. man in his place; let no man go out Keep the sabbath day to sanctify of his place on the seventh day. So it, &c. and remember that thou wast the
people rested on the seventh day. a servant in the land of Egypt.-Exod. xvi. 23–30.
Deut. v. 12-15. Remember the sabbath day to keep If the people of the land bring it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, wares, or any victuals on the sabbath and do all thy work; but the seventh day to sell, we should not buy it on day is the sabbath of the Lord thy the sabbath.—Neh. x. 31. Göd: in it thou shalt not do any Nehemiah contended with the nowork, thou nor thy son, &c. for in six bles of Judah, for profaning the sabdays the Lord made heaven, &c. and bath, and he caused the gates to be rested the seventh day; wherefore shut on the sabbath, to keep out merthe Lord blessed the sabbath day, and chandises, and threatened such who hallowed it.—Exod. xx. 8—11. Deut. brought them to sell on the sabbath v. 12-14.
day. -Neh. xiii. 15—23.