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Secr.IV.“ OF RIGHTEOU S NESS arise, with
“ healing in his wings; and ye Thall go
bear his name, but was to be, in cer-Sect.IV. tain respects, like David, conquering the enemies, and fitting upon the throne of Israel. So the forerunner of Messiah was not to be Elijah descended from heaven, nor was he, at his manifestation, to be called by that name, but was to be like him in his office and character. Such a messenger, faith God, “I “ will send, before the coming of the “ great and dreadful day of the Lord,” that is, the day that should " burn like “ an oven,” the day of Yerusalem's destruction, mentioned in the first verse. “ And he shall turn the heart of the “ fathers to the children, and the heart “ of the children to the fathers, lest I “ come and smite the earth,” or “ the “ land, with a curse.” In the citation of this passage by the angel, one part of it is paraphrased ---" To turn the “ hearts of the fathers to the children, « and the disobedient to the wisdom of the “justa." The meaning of the whole seems to be, either, that men of every age and every disposition should be united in truth and charity; or, as some a Luke i. 17.
Šect.IV.learned expositors understand the paf
sage, that St. John fhould bring many
BESIDES these notices afforded us
« in the wilderness, make straight the Sect.IV.
“ way of the Lord, as said the prophet .“ Efaias ?.” But let us take a view of
the whole context, as far as it concerns our present purpose.
ISAI. XL. I. “ Comfort ye, comfort
“ye my people, faith your God."
* The future manifestation of Christ's kingdom is represented to the prophet in spirit, with the concomitant signs and circumstances of it. He hears the voice of God directing his servants to comfort his people, by proclaiming certain glad tidings which had been communicated to them. These glad tidings were the tidings of the Gospel. The persons to whom they first came were Zacharias, the blessed Virgin, Simeon, and Anna, who composed sacred songs upon the occasion, and spake of Messiah's advent “ to all such as looked for redemption “ in Jerusalem b.” The same tidings were afterwards published by the Baptist, then by Christ himself and his
Sect.IV. apostles, and have been ever since m preached by their successors, whose
commission still runs ---" Comfort ye, “ comfort ye my people.”
2. “SPEAK ye comfortably to Jeru
“s salem,, and cry unto her, that “ her warfare is accomplished, “ that her iniquity is pardoned : « for she hath received of the « Lord's hand double for all her 6 fins.”
: Good news should be related with