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DEDICATION.

your hands, and the high encomiums you was pleased to beftow on it: your general Erudition; your veneration for our most holy Religion; and the high efteem you are held in by those that have the happiness of knowing you, all point out the peculiar propriety of infcribing a work of this nature to your Name.

That you may long live to be an honour and an ornament to our Nation, is the unfeigned and ardent prayer of

SIR,

Your much obliged,

And moft Obedient,

Green Street
Mile End New Town.
August 19. 1796.

Humble Servant,

D. LEVI.

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DISSERTATIONS

ON THE

PROPHECIE S.

THE tenth prophecy commences Chap

ter liv. verse 1. and is continued to the end, of the last verse of chapter lv.

The purport of this prophecy is, to comfort the Jewish nation, and prevent its despair in this long and dreadful captivity; and, under the image of a barren woman, whọ did not bear, and was deserted by her hus

band, the Prophet exhorts her to rejoice, and express her Joy in the livelieft manon the reconciliation of her husband, and the great increase of her family; afVOL. II.

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furing her that fhe fhall no more go into captivity, &c. as will be feen in the explanation,

In verfe ift. He fays," Shout for joy, O thou barren, that didft not bear; break forth into Joyful fhouting, and exult, thou that didft not travail: for more are the children of the defolate, than of the husbanded woman, faith the LORD." The barren woman denotes the Jewish nation, which in captivity, is as a, barren woman, deferted by her husband; and the husbanded woman, denotes the Gentiles, who enjoy plenty and peace, in their own country, as a woman that lives at eafe with her husband, and is furrounded by her children. Thus also the Pfalmift compares the nation in captivity, to a barren woman * "He maketh the barren woman to dwell in the midft of her household, (and to be) the Joyful mother of children." The Prophet verse 2d. continues to pursue the figure, Saying," Enlarge the place of thy tent; and let the canopies of thy habitations be extended: spare not; lengthen thy cords, and firmly fix thy ftakes." By this figurative expreffion, the

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• Pfalm cxiv. 9.

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