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And I will fetch them from those several lands whereinto they were driven by their miserable captivity, and will bring them back into their own country, and will feed them carefully and plentifully in my church. So verses 14, 15, 16,

XXXIV. 17 Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats. Behold, I judge between one man and another, between the lambs and kids, between the rams and goats: as I do now put a difference, between those of my own fock and the world ; so, hereafter I will exquisitely sever them, the one to my right hand, the other to my lett.

XXXIV, 18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures ? Seemeth it a small thing unto you, to have taken away from my people that wholesome doctrine, which I prepared for their spi. ritual nouristunent; but ye must also foully corrupt that, which yet remaineth of my law?

XXXIV. 19 And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet ; &c. As for my people, they are fain to take up with that doctrine, which ve have depraved by your unjust and sinful glosses and traditions.

XXXIV, 20 Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle. Behold, I will judge between the proud justiciaries, who are puffed up with a conceit of their own worthiness, and the poor dejected souls, that are mean in their own eyes.

XXXIV. 21 Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered themi abroad. Because ve have insolently despised and scornfully intreated the weak-hearted; and, instead of easing their afflicted consciences, have been ready to gall and burden them more, till ye have made them utterly weary of their stations in my Church.

XXXIV. 23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I will bring my Church, both Jews and Gentiles, under the government of that one King and Prophet of my chosen ; eren the Messiah, the true Heir and Successor of David ; and he shall both teach and rule them. So also verse 24.

XXXIV. 25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land : and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. And I will make with them a covenant of everlasting peace, betwixt me and them; and will keep from them those spiritual dangers and annoyances, that may be hurtful unto thein ; and they shall be safe and secure, even in the places, that would seem to threaten the greatest peril.

XXXIV. 26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing ; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season. And I will exceedingly bless and prosper them, and all that sincerely profess a holy relation to my Church; and will water them plentifully with heavenly doctrine.

XXXIV. 29 And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. And I will make them a glorious plant, being fast rooted in that promised Messiah, and being incorporated in him; and they shall no more be consumed with a spiritual famine, nor be trampled upon by the enemies of my Church.

XXXV. 3 Behold, O mount Seir, I am against thee. Behold, I am against you, () ye children of Esau, that inhabit mount Seir.

XXXV. 5 In the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquily had an end. In time of their calamity, which fell upon them, when the measure of their iniquity was full.

XXXV. io Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it ; whereas the LORD was there. Because thou hast said, These two nations of Israel and Judah and their countries, wasted by the Assyrian and Babylonian, shall be mine, and we will possess it; whereas, however this land is abused, yet it is the Lord's peculiar; and therefore out of thy reach, and free from any challenge of thine.


XXXVI. 3 And ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are on infamy of the people. And your name is scorvfully taken up in the lips of your busy and insulting enemies, and ye are made a byword and reproach of the people.

XXXVI. 7 I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame. I have sworn by myself, Surely the heathen, that are round about you, shall be put to that shame and confusion, wherein they bave rejoiced to see you and to insult

you. XXXVI. 13 Because they say unto you, Thou land devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations. Because they say unto you, Thou, O land, art fatal to thine inhabitants, and hast consumed them in divers successions, and hast made away with the nations that dwell in thee.

XXXVI. 17 Their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. Their continual practice was as foul and odious to me, as can be expressed by any legal uneleanness.

XXXVI. 20 They profuned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the Lord, and are gone forth out of his land. They caused my holy name to be scorned and evil spoken of, in that it was said of these so wicked and lewd persons, Lo, these are the select people of the Lord, and those that were inhabitants. of his holy land.

XXXVI. 23 When I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. When I shall glorify myself, by working your deliverance, and your apparent reformation, before their eyes.

XXXVI. 26 And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. I will take away your perverse and rebellious disposition; and I will give you a tenderness of heart, and an aptness to be wrought upon by the motions of my Spirit.

XXXVI. 37 I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them ; I will increase them with men like a flock. . I will so do this, that yet I will be sought and sued to by the house of Israel, for this blessing upon them; and then I will give such an increase to the men, as I am wont to give to their fruitful flocks.

XXXVI. 38 As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts ; so shull the waste cities be filled with flocks of men. As Jerusalem, in her holy feasts, is filled with whole flocks and herds of those cattle, that are brought up thither for sacrifice; so shall all the waste cities of Israel be filled with flocks of men.

XXXVII. 1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones. The powerful motion of God's Spirit was with and upon me; and carried me, in vision, into the midst of a valley full of the bones of the slain.

XXXVII. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live ? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. Son of man, thinkest thou it possible, that these bones should live, and be restored to that estate of this present life, which they were lately in? And I answered, O Lord God, this is more than flesh and blood can conceive; human reason cannot think so; but thou knowest what thou hast to do, and to thee nothing is inpossible.

XXXVII. 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded : and as I pro phesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. So I spake to those bones, as I was commanded; and while I was in speaking, the vision represented to me a noise that filled the valley, and a motion of those bones, and a meeting together of them, bone to bone.

XXXVII. 8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh

came up upon them, and the skin covered them above : but there was no breath in them. And the vision shewed me the sinews and flesh coming upon them, and the skin covering them; but as yet no life was inspired into them.

XXXVII. 9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God, Come from the four quarters, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. In a representation of that powerful Spirit of God which gives life unto man, I was bidden, in vision, to call to the winds from all the coasts of heaven, to breathe upon these new-reformed bodies, that they might live. So verse 10.

XXXVII. 11 Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel : behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Son of man, these bones are a perfect resemblance of the whole house of Israel: Behold, they say, We are not only dead, but our carcases are dissolved, our bones dried, all our hopes and possibilities of life and recovery utterly cut off.

XXXVII. 12 Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Behold, O my people, I will so restore you, as if I opened the very graves, and infused a new life into you; even so will I recover vou to your former state in the land of Israel.

XXXVII. 16, 17 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions : then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions : And join them one to another into one stick ; and they shall become one in thine hand. Yea, there shall not only be a life, but a conjunction of Israel and Judah: for the signification whereof, take thee two sticks; and in the one of them write, For Judah, and the Benjamites his com. panions: in the other write, For Joseph, and his son Epbraim, and the rest of the Ten Tribes of Israel their companions : and, when thou hast so done, join one of the sticks to another; and they shall be so pieced together, in thy hand, as if they were but one stick.

XXXVII. 19 Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall

be one in mine hand. Behold, I will take the Ten Tribes of Israel, which are comprised under the name of Joseph and Ephraim and their fellows, and will put them together with the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and will make them one nation, and they shall be one in my hand. XXXVII. 22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon



the mountains of Israel ; and one king shall be king to them all and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided &c. And I will unite my Church, all the world over, in one; and one King, even the Messiah whom I shall send, shall be King to them all; and they shall no more be so divided in profession, as if they were several kingdoms, ruled by divers sovereigns, but in the main substance of religion shall be one.

XXXVII. 24 And David my servant shall be king over them ; &c. See chapter xxxiv. 23.

XXXVII. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them. See chapter xxxiv. 25.

XXXVII. Ibid. And I will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. I will set my Church in the midst of them, which shall continue to the end of the world ; and I will dwell in their hearts, as in my temple, for ever. So verse 27.

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XXXVIII. 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him. Son of man, denounce thou judgments against those princes and countries of the Gentiles, which shall, before the restoration of the Church by the coming of the Messiah, infest and oppress my people.

XXXVIII. 3 Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and subal : Behold, I am against thee, thou king of Syria ; and against all those assistant princes, which aid thee in thy cruel dealings with my people :

XXXVIII. 4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses &c. And I will bring thee back again from thine own land, by my overruling power; and will set thee on, and all thy forces, against Judah; and thou shalt come up against it, with a mighty army,

XXXVIII. 5, 6 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them ; 'all of them with shield and helmet. The rest of the nations also, even - Persians from the east, Ethiopians from the south, the Moors from the west, the Phrygi

. ans from the north, shall join with them in this onset.

XXXVIII. 7 And be thou a guard unto them. And do thou encompass them round about with thy forces, on every side ; so as they shall not be able to stir forth.

XXXVIII. 8. After many days thou shalt be visited : in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Isracl, which have been always waste. After many years I will visit thee with my judgments; for some two hundred years hence, thou shalt invade the land of any people, whom I shall have brought back from their captivity, and

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