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Those humble and meek servants of mine, that wait conscionably upon me, in that sinful and perverse generation, well knew, that this was the just will and pleasure of God, to deal thus severely with so rebellious a people.
XI. 12. And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
Thus I fed my charge; and, at the last, I said unto them, If I be approved of you as your shepherd, give ye me a return of those respects that are due to me, and that price and reward which my oversight and labour calls for at your hands; but, if otherwise ye accept not of me and my function, forbear. This I required of them; but they, instead of returning their holy obedience and due thankfulness unto me, weighed out thirty pieces of silver, which they gave unto a traitor, as the price of my life, which should by his perfidiousness be betrayed into their hands.
XI. 13. And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
And the Lord said unto me, Make known by this thy prophecy unto the people, that this thirty pieces shall be cast unto the potter: say to them, It is a goodly price, whereat ye have valued me. And, accordingly, in vision, I took those thirty pieces of silver; and shewed them, that this sum, which should be offered to be delivered back to the high priests in the house of the Lord, should by them be put into the hands of a potter, for the purchase of a field for burial.
XI. 14. Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bonds, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
Then I cut asunder mine other staff of unity, which I called Bonds; that I might thereby signify, that I had let loose all brotherly and peaceable respects, betwixt the true professors of the Gospel which are the spiritual Judah, and the revolted and erroneous sons of the spiritual Israel.
XI. 15. And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.
Do thou, for a sign unto them, take unto thee such a staff, and such a scrip, as no wise shepherd would bear, as being misfashioned and useless; and let thy gesture and carriage be thereafter.
XI. 16. For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.
And this shall foresignify unto them, that I will give way to a shepherd, not more foolish than wicked, to arise in my Church; even the Antichrist of the latter times; who shall cast off all care of my flock, either of seeking the strayed, or fetching in the weak and tender ones, or healing the broken, or carrying the lame and impotent: but, contrarily, he shall persecute my Church, and make a prey thereof; feeding himself fat, with the rich means, which he shall take from the great and mighty; and cruelly tyrannizing over the weak, with extreme violence, smiting and wounding them, that they may be disabled to stand up against him.
XI. 17. Woe to the idle shepherd that leaveth the flock ! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be quite dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.
But, woe be to that false pastor, which only carries the name and semblance of an evangelical shepherd, who leaveth the flock to be wasted and spoiled! the just revenge of God shall be, both upon the power and policy of that man of sin: his power shall be abated and utterly weakened, by the breath of the mouth of God; and his craft and policy shall, at the last, end in disappointment and confusion.
XII. 1. The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith &c.
The heavy message, which God sends to the world, in the favour and behalf of his Church: Thus saith, &c.
XII. 2. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
Behold, I will make my Church to be unto all the enemies thereof, as an intoxicating cup; which they shall no sooner offer to touch, by a wilful siege or opposition, but they shall be either giddy or senseless.
XII. 3. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people : all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
And in that day will I make my Church as some weighty and unwieldy stone; which when the enemies thereof shall lift at and strive to raise it up, it shall fall upon them, and crush them in pieces: yea, though all the people of the earth should join their forces together to remove it, yet they should miscarry under the burden.
XII. 4. In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness : and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, fc.
The malicious world may combine together against my Church, but it shall not prevail: I will defeat all their hostile attempts: their horses of war will I smite with astonishment, and their riders with stupidity and senselessness; and I will look down graciously upon my Church, for their deliverance and preservation.
XII. 5. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.
And the governors of my people shall say, in their heart, There is allsufficient strength and safeguard to me, and to all the true members of the Church of Christ, in the Lord of Hosts, our God; so as we need not fear what man can do unto us.
XII, 6. In that day will I make the governors of Judah like a hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.
Yea, I will not only give a defensive power to my people, but will make them prevalent and victorious over their enemies; so as I will cause the governors of my Church to be as coals on the hearth, while their enemies are as a faggot laid thereupon; or, to be as a torch of fire in their enemies' sheaf, which shall soon consume them to ashes; and my Church shall continue itself in despite of all opposition, and the gates of hell shall never be able to prevail against it.
XII. 7. The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.
The Lord shall save first those that are of the villages of Judah; that is, the weakest of his people, and those of the outskirts of his Church; that the glory of the more noble and courageous champions of Christ may not magnify itself, over the feeble and obscure, but that all may ascribe their salvation to the Lord.
XII. 8. And he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as Darid; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.
He, that is weak in himself, shall be as strong as David, who overcame the bear and the lion and the Philistine, in the power of his God; and those, that are eminent in this holy profession of Christianity, shall be as the angels of God, invincible, and able to do all things, through him that strengthens them.
XII. 10. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications : and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one that mourneth for his only son, fc.
And I will pour out upon my Church, beginning at Jerusalem and Zion, a great and apparent measure of my Spirit; and, besides those common gifts, I will endue them with the sanctifying graces of my Spirit, and with the spirit of prayer and supplication: and they shall, by a lively faith, look up to me their Saviour and Redeemer, whom they have pierced upon the Cross; and they shall mourn for that violence which was offered to the Lord of Life, dying for them, even as one m ourneth for his only son, &c.
XII. 11. In that day shall there be great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
In that day, wherein the Messiah shall suffer, there shall be great mourning, both in Jerusalem and in all the tribes of Israel : all those many disciples of Christ, whom he shall have won by his wonderful miracles and heavenly doctrine, shall mourn and lament, even like as the Jews mourned for the death of Josiah, in the valley of Megiddon.
XII. 12. And the land shall mourn, every family apart ; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; fc.
And all that believed in him, throughout all Judea and Samaria and Galilee, shall take up a solemn mourning for the death of him, from whom they expected the redemption of Israel; the family of the house of David apart, as that which shall be more nearly interested in him, by consanguinity and kindred, &c.
XIII. 1. In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
In that day of the passion of the Son of God, there shall be a Fountain opened, even in the side of that Blessed Redeemer; which shall flow forth, for the cleansing of all penitent and true believers, from all their sins and all their spiritual uncleannesses: that precious blood, which shall issue thence, shall be an allsufficient laver for all repentant and faithful souls.
XIII. 2. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered : and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
That gross idolatry, wherewith the world was infected, shall now cease; and the very names and mention of those Pagan idols shall be forgotten: and the oracles, whereto they resorted in all their doubts, shall cease; and those prophets and priests,
which attended upon the unclean spirits who were agents in these wicked delusions, shall be cut off.
XIII. 3. And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the nume of the Lord: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.
And if any false prophet shall yet take upon him to use these wicked divinations, his very parents, that begat and bore him, shall rise up against him; and, out of their detestation of his sin, shall be both his accusers and his executioners: so shall the zeal of God's glory prevail with them, above all natural respects.
XIII. 4. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceire.
And the false teachers, which shall arise in the Church, shall be convinced of their errors; and so laid open by the light of the Gospel, that they shall not any more, under colourable pretences, deceive God's people.
XIII. 5. But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.
But, contrarily, the false teacher shall be confounded in himself; and be forced to confess, that he hath erred, and that God hath not given him any warrant for the broaching of his erroneous doctrines, or any lawful calling in his Church; but that his education and breeding hath been in another way, even in secular employments from his youth.
XIII. 6. And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
And when one shall say unto him, What are these grievous censures that are inflicted upon thee? Then he shall answer, These are just censures, wherewith I was branded in the holy Church of God, by them which did seriously and lovingly seek my conversion.
XIII. 7. Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts : smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered : and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
O thou, my sword of affliction, awake, arise, and lay about thee: smite him, that is nearest and dearest unto me; even him, that is my Coequal and Coeternal Son, the image of me the Invisible God, saith the Lord of Hosts: smite thou this Great Shepherd of my Church, and his sheep, his disciples and followers, shall be scattered, and shall both forsake him and be severed from each other; for, even against those disci