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away; I will

The Song of Songs.

Ch.4. are twins, which feed among the lillies. 6 Untill the day breake, and the shadowes flee

I will get me to the mountains of Myrrhe, and to the hil of Frankincense.

7 Thou art all faire, my love , there is no spot in thee.

8 Come with me from Lebanon (my Spouse) with me from Lebanon:look from the top of Amana from the top of Shenir and Hermon , from the Lions dens from the mountains of the Leopards.

9 Thou hast ravished my heart , my sister, my Spouse ; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine

eyes, with one chaine of thy necke. 10 How faire is thy love, my sister, my Spoufe! how much better is the love then wine and the smell of thy oyntments then all spices!

11 Thy lips, O my spouse , drop as the honeycomb:honey and milke are under thy.tongue co the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.

12 A garden in closed is my sister, my spoufe,ce spring shut up, a fountaine fealed.

13 Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranats, with pleafant fruits, Camphere, with Spikenard.

14 Spikenard and Saffron, Calamus and C namon, with all trees of Frankincense, Myrrhe, and Aloes, with all the chiefe fpices.

15 A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streames from Lebanon.

16 Awake, O Northwind, and come thox South,blow upon my garden that the spices thereof may flow ont: let my beloved come into his gardens, and eat his pleasant fruits.

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Ch.4.The estate of the Church in Christs time so I

Tu : EXPLANATION.

Cant.4. 1:-6.Behold,thou art faire my love, behold thou art faire, thou hast dovés eyes within thy locks thy haire is as a flock of goates, that appeare from mount Gilead, &í. THís

His Chapter describes the estate of

the Church in her periods: First, in Christs time,under his Ministery, verfe 1.-6.

Secondly, after his ascension , under the Apostles, verse 7.-1.

Thirdly, after their departure, during the first ten persecutions, verè 12:4--16.

The Church in Chrifts time is commended and described,

First,by her beauty in generall, Behold, thou art faire my love, behold, thou art faire.

Secondly, the beauty of hér feveral! parts, at that time moft conspicuous, as

First, of her eyes, verse 1.
Secondly, of her haire, verse 1.
Thirdly, of her teeth, verse 2.
Fourthly, of her lips, veife 3.
Fifthly, of her templés, vérse 3.
Sixthly, of her necké, verfe 4.
Seventhly, of her breasts, verle si

Secondly,

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1 02 The Church faire in Chrifts time. Ch.4.

Secondly, the death of Christ falling out in her time, verse 6.

Behold thou art faire : ) faire twice repeated implies, by an usuall Hebraifme, that shee was very faire : and beloved twice repeated, argues her eminent beauty was very conspicuous ; such was the estate of the Church gathered by his Ministery and flocking after him.

First, it was faire and beautifull, parta Mat. 4. Ily in her flocking after him 2.

Secondly, leaving all to follow him, * Mat.19. | * hanging upon his mouth, and wonLuk. 19. dring at the gracious words and deeds 48.& 9. comming from him.

Şecondly, In his both, bloh.3.29 First, presence with her, as her light.

Secondly, decking of her by hìs Ministery.

This beauty of the Church was well knowne, yet ought to have beene better obferved:

First of all, by the children of wisedomec

Secondly, of all the Greekes, even d Ioh. 12. strangers of the Pharisees and Elders. e Ioh. 127

Thou hast Doves eyes within thy lackes:] Doves as before Cha.l.15.) are moted,

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Ch.4. How the Church hath Doves eyes. 103

First, for their chafteneffe.

Secondly, loathing of uncleannesse : but there is with all in their eyes,

1. Cleannesse. 2. Simplicity.

This implies that the Church at thač time

First, faw more clearely fundry truths about Christ then the Fathers f Luk. 1o. had dones, or the present Governours 8. | 23,2.4.

Secondly, was of a simple and inno- : loh.g. cent looke and demeanour h.

Thirdly, looked with a chalte eye, 16. after Christ alone i.

iIoh.6.68 Fourthly, loathed the uncleanueffe of Pharifaicali superstitions k.

k Mat.15. Within thy lockes.] For their knowledge, though cleere in many things , yet perceived not sundry plaine points : as,

First, the death and resurrection of Chrift*.

* Luk.18. Secondly, the leaven of the Pharifeest.

Max.8.15 As the eye within lockes of haire is hindred from discerning things lying o

39. h Mat. 10.

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32,33,34.

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pen before it.

Thy haire as a flocke of Goats that appeare from mount Gilead.]

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104 Christians hoip call d baire and goats. Gh.4.

Haire, though it hang long upon the head, yet it may in time either,

First, fall of it felfe.

Secondly, be cut off: so were the common Christians of that time ( as it were) haire,

1. For multitude.
2. Hanging on Christ the head.

3. Falling many of them from him: * Ioh. 6. First, either of themselves *, Or

Secondly, cut off by the practises of *Mat. 27. the *Priests:hence it was that Jesus durft

nor commit himselfe to them t.

As a flocke of Goats,] which are wont, f Iob. 2.

First, to assemble themselves in com-23025.

panies; so did the people gather after Christ.

Secondly, to be without a shepheard,

as this people were * 36.

Thirdly, to feed a farre off, and that somewhat dangerously, upon Rocks.

So the people came from farre to *Mar.8.3 heare Christ and were in danger, for * Ioh.9.

feeding on him *. Verse 2.: Thy teeth are like a flecke of sheepe that

are even shorne, which came up from the washing : whereof every nine beare twins, and none is barren among them. ] },

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Ioh.12. 42,43.

* Mat 9.

32.

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