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* Heb. waters
Josh. iii, 16.
forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he A.C. 574.
4 Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through
5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river
6 | And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this ? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.
7 Now when I had returned, behold, at the I bank of the Heb. lip.
8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward
9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth,
10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand
11 But the miry places thereof, and the marishes thereof
12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side nor be healed.
13 | Thus saith the Lord God; This shall be the border,
shall inherit it, one as well as another : con-
15 And this shall be the border of the land toward the
* Or, and that
come up .
9 of a
A.C.574. north side, from the great sea, the way of Hethlon, as men
go to Zedad;
16 Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the Or, the mid border of Damascus and the border of Hamath ; * Hazardle village.
hatticon, which is by the coast of Hauran.
17 And the border from the sea shall be Hazar-enan, the border of Damascus, and the north northward, and the bor
der of Hamath. And this is the north side. + Heb. from
18 And the east side ye shall measure of from Hauran, and from Damascus, and from Gilead, and from the land of Israel by Jordan, from the border unto the east sea. And this is the east side.
19 And the south side southward, from Tamar even to the 1 Or, Meri.
waters of Istrife in Kadesh, the $ river to the great sea. Or, valley, And this is the south side || southward.
20 The west side also shall be the great sea from the border, till a man come over against Hamath. This is the west side.
21 So sball ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel.
22 9 And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.
23 And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord God.
# Heb. one portion.
1, 23 The portions of the twelve tribes, 8 of the sanctuary, 15 of the city and
suburbs, 21 and of the prince. 30 The dimensions and gates of the city.
1 Now these are the names of the tribes. From the north end to the coast of the way of Hethlon, as one goeth to Hamath, Hazar-enan, the border of Damascus northward, to the coast of Hamath; for these are his sides east and west ; * a portion for Dan.
2 And by the border of Dan, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Asher.
3 And by the border of Asher, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Naphtali
. 4 And by the border of Naphtali
, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Manasseh.
5 And by the border of Manasseh, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Ephraim.
6 And by the border of Ephraim, from the east side even A.C. 574. unto the west side, a portion for Reuben.
7 And by the border of Reuben, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Judah.
8 And by the border of Judah, from the east side unto the west side, shall be the offering which ye shall offer of five and twenty thousand reeds in breadth, and in length as one of the other parts, from the east side unto the west side: and the sanctuary shall be in the midst of it.
9 The oblation that ye shall offer unto the LORD shall be of five and twenty thousand in length, and of ten thousand in breadth.
10 And for them, even for the priests, shall be this holy oblation; toward the north five and twenty thousand in length, and toward the west ten thousand in breadth, and toward the east ten thousand in breadth, and toward the south five and twenty thousand in length: and the sanctuary of the LORD shall be in the midst thereof.
11 * It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the Or; the sancsons of Zadok; which have kept my + charge, which went shall be for not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the + Or, word, Levites went astray.
12 And this oblation of the land that is offered shall be unto them a thing most holy by the border of the Levites.
13 And over against the border of the priests the Levites shall have five and twenty thousand in length, and ten thousand in breadth : all the length shall be five and twenty thousand, and the breadth ten thousand.
14 And they shall not sell of it, neither exchange, nor alienate the firstfruits of the land : for it is holy unto the LORD.
15 And the five thousand, that are left in the breadth over against the five and twenty thousand, shall be a profane place for the city, for dwelling, and for suburbs : and the city shall be in the midst thereof.
16 And these shall be the measures thereof; the north side four thousand and five hundred, and the south side four thousand and five hundred, and on the east side four thousand and five hundred, and the west side four thousand and five hundred.
17 And the suburbs of the city shall be toward the north two hundred and fifty, and toward the south two hundred and fifty, and toward the east two hundred and fifty, and toward the west two hundred and fifty.
18 And the residue in length over against the oblation of the holy portion shall be ten thousand eastward, and ten thousand westward : and it shall be over against the obla
* Heb. one
A.C. 574. tion of the holy portion; and the increase thereof shall be
for food unto them that serve the city.
19 And they that serve the city shall serve it out of all the tribes of Israel.
20 All the oblation shall be five and twenty thousand by five and twenty thousand : ye shall offer the holy oblation foursquare, with the possession of the city.
21 | And the residue shall be for the prince, on the one side and on the other of the holy oblation, and of the possession of the city, over against the five and twenty thousand of the oblation toward the east border, and westward over against the five and twenty thousand toward the west border, over against the portions for the prince : and it shall be the holy oblation; and the sanctuary of the house shall be in the midst thereof.
22 Moreover from the possession of the Levites, and from the possession of the city, being in the midst of that which is the prince's, between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin, shall be for the prince.
23 As for the rest of the tribes, from the east side unto
the west side Benjamin shall have * a portion. portion.
24 And by the border of Benjamin, from the east side unto the west side, Simeon shall have a portion.
25 And by the border of Simeon, from the east side unto the west side, Issachar a portion.
26 And by the border of Issachar, from the east side unto the west side, Zebulun a portion.
27 And by the border of Zebulun, from the east side unto the west side, Gad a portion.
28 And by the border of Gad, at the south side south
ward, the border shall be even from Tamar unto the waters Heb. Meri- of pstrife in Kadesh, and to the river toward the great sea.
29 This is the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these are iheir portions, saith the Lord God.
30 I And these are the goings out of the city on the north side, four thousand and five hundred measures.
31 And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate
of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi.
32 And at the east side four thousand and five hundred : and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan.
33 And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures : and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun.
34 At the west side four thousand and five hundred, with
their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one A.C. 574. gate of Naphtali.
35 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, * The LORD is a cha Jeho there.
mah: See Ex xyii. 15.
Last Prediction against Egypt.
38 The date of this prophecy proves that it was the last given by Ezekiel. In all probability, it was placed in the sacred Canon, where it there stands, that all the prophecies against Egypt might come together. In the second year after the destruction of Jerusalem, Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Tyre. The siege was long and laborious. It lasted thirteen years. The heads of the soldiers were “made bald” by disease and by toil: their shoulders were “peeled" by carrying earth to raise mounts and fortifications against it: yet Nebuchadnezzar had (Ezek. xxix. 18,) “no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it :" For as soon as the inhabitants found the works for carrying on the siege were perfected, and the foundations of the walls were sbaken by the battering rams, whatsoever precious things in gold, silver, clothes, and various kinds of furniture, the nobility had, they put them on board their ships, and carried them to the islands ; so that when the city was taken, Nebuchadnezzar found “no wages," either for himself or his army. To compensate for this disappointment, the plunder of Egypt is promised; "her multitude, her spoil, and her prey,” (ver. 19.) Accordingly, in the spring of the year, after the Tyrian war was finished, Nebuchadnezzar invaded Egypt, and quickly overran the whole extent of the country from Migdol, or Magdolus, its northern extremity, near the Red Sea, to Syene, the southern, bordering on Ethiopia, or Abyssinia, which part of the country he also reduced with the other auxiliaries of the Egyptians. In the course of this war, that “ cruel lord and fierce king,” 80 wasted and depopulated the land with fire and sword, that it lay desolate for forty years, (Ezek. xxix. 11,) he defeated Hophra, or Apries, and forced him to become his vassal, (Jer. xlvi. 25, 26;) soon after which this king was slain by his own subjects, (Herod. ij. $ 162–169,) fulfilling Jeremiah's prophecy xliv. 30, and Ezekiel's xxxii. 32. From this period commenced the fulfilment of that prophecy which declared that Egypt should be the basest of kingdoms, and there should no more reign over it an independent native prince; it was ever after successively subject to the Babylonians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Saracens, Mamelukes, and it is at the present day a province of the Ottoman empire.Newton on the Prophecies.
The rise and fall of empires, the destruction of cities and countries, is the work of God’s almighty providence. Egypt, though so finely situated for commerce, -once at the height of grandeur, and in the possession of every natural and intellectual superiority,--has never, can never recover itself. God makes use