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c Isa. Ixiii. 15.

13 Then thou shalt say before the LORD thy God, I have brought away the hallowed things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all thy commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them:

14 I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I taken away ought thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead : but I have hearkened to the voice of the Lord my God, and have done according to all that thou hast commanded me.

15 Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Israel, and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

16 | This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

17 Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice:

18 And & the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;

19 And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken.

Confirmation of the Law.

d Ch. vii. 6.

DEUTERONOMY XXVII. 1 The people are commanded to write the law upon stones, 5 and to build an altar

of whole stones. 11 The tribes divided on Gerizim and Ebal. 14 The curses pronounced on mount Ebal.

1 And Moses with the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Keep all the commandments which I command

you

this day.
2 And it shall be on the day when ye shall

pass over Jordan unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaister them with plaister:

3 And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art passed over, that thou mayest go in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, a land that

e Josh. iv. 1.

. viii, 31.

upon them.

floweth with milk and honey; as the Lord God of thy fa- A.C. 1451. thers hath promised thee.

4 Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, that ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Ebal, and thou shalt plaister them with plaister.

5 And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of stones: fthou shalt not lift up ary iron tool (Ex. xx. 25.

6 Thou shalt build the altar of the LORD thy God of whole stones : and thou shalt offer burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD thy God:

7 And thou shalt offer peace offerings, and shalt eat there, and rejoice before the LORD thy God.

8 And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.

9 g And Moses and the priests the Levites spake unto all Israel, saying, Take heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become the people of the LORD thy God.

10 Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the LORD thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day.

11 And Moses charged the people the same day, saying,

12 These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people when ye are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin:

13 And these shall stand upon mount Ebal * to curse ; * Heb. for a Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali

. 14 | And & the Levites shall speak, and say unto all the 8 Dan. ix. Il men of Israel with a loud voice,

15 Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.

16 Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour's landmark. And all the people shall

say, Amen. 18 Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen.

19 Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall

20 Cursed be he that lieth with his father's wife; because he uncovereth his father's skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen.

21 Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say, Amen.

cursing.

say, Amen.

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h Ezek. xxii. 12.

22 Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

23 Cursed be he that lieth with his mother in law. And all the people shall say, Amen.

24 Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. And all the people shall say, Amen.

25 Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen.

26 i Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Sanctions of the Law 29.

i Gal. iii. 10.

DEUTERONOMY XXVIIT. 1 The blessings for obedience. 15 The curses for disobedience. 1 And it shall come to pass, * if thou shalt hearken dili

k Lev. xxvi.3.

29 The continued fulfilment of prophecy is the perpetual miracle by which God is constantly appealing to mankind. Prophecy may be defined, anticipated history. History may be defined, the fulfilment of prophecy. In no instance throughout Scripture is the grandeur of the scheme of prophecy more discernible than in the prophecies of Moses; some of which are still fulfilling, or remain to be fulfilled. Moses resumes the predictions of Jacob, and of Balaam; and describes the Messiah in still clearer terms, as the Prophet who should arise, like unto him; that is, a Lawgiver, who should abolish one dispensation of Providence to introduce a better.

He predicts, in the plainest terms, the Assyrian and Babylonish captivities, Deut. xxviii. 32, 33. 36, 37. 47, 48. Lev. xxvi. 23. 34. 39. the import of which passages is fully explained by Jeremiah v. 15. 17.

He describes the desolation of the country, and the captivity of the Jews under the Romans-Deut. xxviii. 49. to the end.—He announces the ultimate restoration of the Jews, Lev. xxvi. 44. Deut. xxx. 1–6. and concludes with proclaiming the punishment of God upon their enemies. In the sublime ode written immediately preceding his death, he gives a bold outline of the whole history of the Jews, and repeats the predictions of their future destiny ; concluding with an anticipation of the day, when the Gentiles shall unite in the praises of the Jewish converts to the God of their fathers, who will finally bring about their restoration. Succeeding Prophets have frequently only amplified the prophecies of Moses. Of all beings merely human, the Jewish legislator was the first, the greatest, the most highly gifted. His prophecies, therefore, are the interpreters of the plans, and conduct of Providence, from his own day, until the end of the Christian dispensation, and the commencement of an unknown æra. They shine like a meteor through the dark night of history, illumining the past, the present, and the future: and they will always remain, as Moses declared they should remain, "a sign, and a wonder for ever."-Vide Jortin's Remarks on Eccl. History, last edit. works, vol. i. p. 203. 222 ; Chandler's Defence of Christianity, ch. 6. sect. ü.; Bishop Newton on the Prophecies, vol. i. p. 94. 120; Hales' Analysis, vol. ii. p. 250. 254.

* Or, dough, or, kneading

gently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and A.C. 1451. to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth :

2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

3. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy *store.

6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed trough. shalt thou be when thou goest out.

7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy + storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand + Or, barns. unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.

10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.

11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous fin goods, 1 Ch. xxx. 9, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and 10r, for good. in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and mthou shalt lend unto m Ch. xv. 6. many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

15 | But it shall come to pass, "if thou wilt not hearken n Lev. xxvi, unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his Mal. ii. 2. commandments and his statutes which I command thee this

(Heb. billy.

Bar. i. 20.

o Lev. xxvi. 16.

A.C. 1451. day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and over

take thee:

16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.

17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.

18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

20 The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and * Heb, which rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto * for to do, showe wouldest until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; be

cause of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.

21 The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.

22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and

with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme +Or, drought. burning, and with the + sword, and with blasting, and with

mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.

23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.

24 The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

25 The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies : thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.

26 And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away.

27 The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.

28 The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:

29 And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.

30 Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie

with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not jane, or, use it dwell therein: P thou shall plant a vineyard, and shalt not meat : as ch. Sgather the

removing.

grapes

thereof.

Ch. XX. 6.
Heb. pro-

XX.6.

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