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non, which looketh toward Damascus.

s 7 hine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the haire of thine' head like purple, the King is held in the galleries.

6 How fair , and how pleafant art thou, o love, for delights!

7 This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy brests to clusters of grapes.

8 I said, I will goe up to the palme tree, I will take hold of the boughes thereof : now alfa thy brests shall be as clufiers of the vine, and thự, mell of thy nose like apples.

9 And the roofe of thy mouth like the best wine for my beluved thar goeth downe sweetly, causing the lips of those that are ayleep to speake.

1o I am my beloveds, and his defire isto. wards noe.

11 Come, my beloved, let us goe forth into the field : let us lodge in the villages.

12 Let us get up early to the vineyards, let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranats bud forth, there will I give thee my loves.

13 The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, o pay be loved. THis

His Chapter to the end of the

fourth ver.of the cighth Chapter, describeth a fourfold eftate of the

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205. Severall estates of the lewish Church.

lewish Church. When they shall come to be converted unto the Lord: to wit,

First, as it shall be in gathering and growing up, v.1.5.

Secondly, as it shall be, growne up to her Stature and Maturity, V,6,7.

Thirdly,as it shall be further enlarged by the accesse of the Gentiles, Ver. 8.10.

Fourtbly, as it shall multiply and stretch it felfe into the Country villa. ges, and throughout the Land of Israel, v. 11.-0.4.of Chap.8.

That in ver. 11. the Church inviteth Christ, and with him her selfe to have recourse into the Country Villages, is plaine in the words of the former verses, which set forth a threefold estate of the Sholamite converted, isevident by the Repetition of the verses, ver. 3. 7.8. and all with some difference, and the brests are so described,

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and set forth an unsetled Ministry, quickly stirring up and downe to gather this Church and the scattered Members of it.

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The feet being shed signifies three things. 207

This' Church then in gathering, is described by ten parts ; Feet, loynts of Thighes, Navell, Belly, Brefts, Necke, Eyes, Nose, Head, Haire.

How beautifull are they feet with shooes, Verse 1: O Princes daughter ! the joynts of the thighes are like Iewels, the work of the bards of a cunning workman,

How beautifull are thy feet with shooes, O princes daughter!] Io her feet shod with shooes there is a threefold beauty: for it implyeth

First, her returne out of captivity; as on the contrary, bare feet is a signe

Ifa.20.254. of going into Captivity.

Secondly, her challenging and recovery of her last Inheritance in Israel,

Deut.25 9.

Ruth 4.7

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Thirdly, her walking in that peace of conscience which the Gospel pre- Ephe.615. pareth: whereas he that walketh barefoot, either gathereth a thick brawny skin upon

the foles of his feet; or if his feet bee more tender, hee pricketh them ever and anon with thornes, or little sharpe ftones as scruples :a conscience not furnished with true peace,

208 lewes converted, are of great authority.

either waxeth senselesse and brawny, or else fcrupulous &anxious:all the three things are beautifull and glorious; as on the contrary, it is a great disturbance and deformity to goc into captivity, to sell and foregoe a mans laheritance, to walke unquietly and uncomfortably : and if it bee beautifull and glorious to returne out of bodily captivity, and to recover the earthly Inberitance ; how much more is it together with these ourward things, to joyne a returne out of spirituall captivity, and recovery of an everlasting Inheritance, as the sewes shall doe at their conversion ?

O Princes daughter !] So called,

First, because they arc born of God, the Prince of Princes.

Secondly, the lewes converted shall Rev. 16,32. be of much glory and authority, even

as the Kings of the Earth.

The joynts of thy thighes, &c.] The word signifies whole bones of the thighes; they for their ape and ready turning in their conversion to God, are like well wrought pretious Jewels,

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w bo to be admitted to the Sacrament. 209 the work of the hand of God, the Spirituall workman of all the works of the Church.

Tby navell, bc, thy belly is like the mavell, &c.] The navell and belly are both hidden parts, not conspicuous to them without; and therefore set forth the two Mysteries, or Sacraments of the Church,

Baptisme, and the Lords Supper. The Navell, serving for the nourishing of the Infánt in the wombe, resembleth Baptisme, nouri. shing Infants, and new borne babes in the wombc of the Church.

It wanteth not liquor :

First, of the blood of Christ to justifie us from sin.

Secondly, of the Spirit of Christ to fan&tific and cleanse us from sin.

The belly: to wit, the Lords Supper, is as an heape of wheat, for store of excellent, and sweet, and fine nourishmene, set about with lillies; because onely the faithfull

pure Chrißians shall bee admitted to partake in that Sacrament. The Lords Table shall not bee les

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