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The church's exercife on her Beloved's being withdrawn from her,
CHA P. IV.
Chrift awaketh the church with his calling.-The church having a taste of Chrift's love, is fick of love. A defcription of Chrift by his graces,
Chrift graciously accepts the church's invitation, and makes a kind vifit to her, verse 1.
The fpoufe's account of her folly in putting a flight upon her Beloved, and the distress she was in by reafon of his withdrawing, ver. 2,-8.
Mentions her indifpofition, and repeats her Beloved's kindly address to her, verse 2.
Condescends on the excufe she made to put off her compliance, verse 3.
Narrates the means used that gained her compliance, ver. 4, 5. Her fad disappointment when the opened to her Beloved, and the course she takes on that melancholy event, ver. 6, 7. Gives a charge to the daughters of Jerufalem to affift her, ver. 8. 385 The daughters of Jerufalem's queftion to the spouse, in confequence of the charge she had given them, verse 9. The fpoufe's particular reply to the enquiry of the daughters of
Jerufalem, concerning the amiable perfections of her Be-"
She affures them in general, that he is one of incomparable
As in particulars fhe falls fhort, fo the concludes with a general encomium concerning his excellency, and her own interest in him, ver. 16.
The church profeffeth her faith in Chrift.-Chrift fheweth the graces of the church, and his love towards her,
The daughters of Jerufalem's enquiry at the spouse concerning
the departure of her Beloved, verfe 1.
The fpoufe's reply to the enquiry, verse 2.
Chrift pronounceth the fpoufe to be truly amiable, verse 4.
Gives a minute defcription of her beauty, and prefers her
Manifefts his love towards her, and his regard for her,
ver, 10, 11, 12.
He kindly invites, and moft earnestly preffes her to return,
A farther defcription of the church's graces.-The church profeffeth her faith and defire,
Chrift gives a very large and ample description of the fpoufe's beauty and excellency, ver. 1,-5.
He expreffes his love to her, and the great complacency and delight he has in her thus beautified and adorned, ver. 6,—9. The fpoufe triumphs in her relation to Chrift, and her great delight in him, verfe 10.
She earnestly defires communion with him, ver. II, 12. She defires to be better acquaint with the state of her own foul, and the prefent pofture of its affairs, verfe 12.
Promifeth her Beloved her beft affections, and beft provifion and entertainment, ver. 12, 13.
The love of the church to Chrift.The vehemency of love. The calling of the Gentiles.-The church prayeth for Chrift's coming,
The fpoufe evidenceth her great love to Chrift, in her ardent defire of more intimate fellowship with him, ver. 1, 2, 3. She charges the daughters of Jerufalem not to interrupt her communion with him, verfe 4.
The daughters of Jerufalem admire the fpoufe's dependence on her Beloved, verse 5.
The spouse addreffeth herself to her Beloved, putting him in mind of the former experience the and others had of his love, ver. 5. ib. The ardency of her love expreffed, ver. 6, 7.
She intercedeth in behalf of her little Gifter, the Gentile church, verse 8.
Christ foon determines what shall be done for her, verfe 9.
She is also concerned about a vineyard at Baal-hamon, or the
Chrift's propriety in, and care for his vineyard, verfe 12.
Chrift being to part from the fpoufe, for a time, defires to hear frequently from hér, verfe 13.
The fpoufe warmly folicits his speedy return, verse 14.
A TABLE OF THE SCRIPTURE-SONGS,
According to the Order of the BOOKS, CHAPTERS, and VERSES they are taken from.
OLD-TESTAMENT SONGS; or, Songs upon feveral felect paffages in the Old Teftament.
The Preface, fhewing the occafion and defign of the following
SONGS felected from the Hiftorical Books.
An introduction, fhewing that poetical compofitions were very antient; and that thefe in the facred writings are truly excellent, and quite inimitable,
1. Gen. 1. The first fix days work; or, the first chapter of Genefis
2. Gen. 3. 15. The firft gofpel promife,
3. Exod. 7. 8, 9, 10, and 12. The ten plagues of Egypt named,
15. 1.-21. The fong of Mofes,
20. 3.-18. The ten commandments abridged and versi
6. Gen. 22. 6.-19. Submiffion and deliverance; or, God's appearing
in extremity, in Abraham offering his fon,
7. Deut. 32. 1.-43. The prophetical fong of Mofes, fetting forth
God's mercy and vengeance,
33. 26,-29. Mofes' laft words; or, the excellency of
9. Judges 5. 1,--31. The fong of Deborah and Barak, on Ifrael's
fignal victory over king Jabin,
ib. 10. 1 Sam. 2. 1.-10. Hannah's fong of thanksgiving to God, for his
giving her Samuel,
445 11. 2 Sam. 1. 19-27. David's fong of lamentation over Saul and
7. 18,-29. David's prayer and thanksgiving, after God's promife to build him a fure house, and to bless him in his feed; pointing at Chrift and his kingdom, 447 13. 1 Chron. 29. 10,--19. David's thanksgiving and prayer, when he and the princes offered willingly for building of the temple,
14. 2Sam. 23.3-7. David's laft words, viewed in a twofold light, 451
An introduction, containg some observations relative to the penman,
3. 17. Repofe in the grave,
4. 17,-21. The excellency of man laid low before God, 457
8. A faint's refolution how he should behave when in
9.-16. God's great work in the kingdom of Chrift,
6. 2, 3, 4. Terrors of God invading the foul,
7. 17, &c. God's ftooping to contend with man admired, 463 8.5, 6, 7. Good counfel, and good hope given to the afflicted, ib. 9. Time and life short,
11,-14. The hope of the hypocrite vanishing,
9. 2, 3, 4. God just in judging,
15. 20, 21. The righteoufnefs of works difcarded,
10. 1, 2. 14, 15. The afflicted foul's complaint to God,
12. 6. 10. That God may fuffer the wicked to profper,
11. Doctrine to be tried ere it be trusted,
13.-16. Proofs of God's power, in doing his pleasure,
and serving his own purposes,
17,-25. Proofs of his power and wisdom in the revolution of ftates and kingdoms,
14. 1,-15. The origin, nature, and iffue, of human life, 471 15. 14-17. Self-juftification extremely odious,
24,-30. The ruin of these that bid defiance to God, ib. 16. 14,—17. Afflictions heaped up, and come to an ex
17. 9. The growing strength of the righteous,
13, 14. Death and the grave, the faints familiars,
18. 5, 6. 10. 12. 14.-20. The calamities that await