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Verse 3.

106 The nature of the Apostles doctrine. Ch.4.

away, they must needs supply his place A&. 1.219 out of the number of such as had conti

nued with them from Iohns Baptisme.

Secondly, they were surable cach one

to his fellow, and therefore the seventy * Luk.10. were sent out by couples *.

But especially they were fruitfull in bringing home many lambs to Christ; &

hence the seventy returned with joy to † Luk.10.Chriftt; and Satan is said to fall downe 17,18.

from heaven before them like lightning.

Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet ,and thy speech is comely : thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.

Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet ,and thing Speech is comely.] Both fignifying the deli very or utterance of the Doctrine of the Church at that time, which was,

First as a thread,llender, (senui filo) not plump or swelling with humane eloquence, but favouring of Fisher-like tenuity and simplicity

Secondly, as a thread of scarlet ; for as scarlet or purple is a princely and royall weare, fotheir Doctrine was,

First,touching the kingdom of heaven*.

Secondly, though tender, yet deeply dyed in graine with royall Majesty and

autho

* Mat, 10. 7.

Ch.4. Ministers how like Pomegranates. 107 authority of the Spirit of God.

Thy temples are like a piece of Pomegranate within the lockes.] Temples of the head are they by which the whole body watcheth or resteth ; they are such therefore as watch over the body, and for it. The Pomegranate was of much vse in the old Tabernacle and Temple: * Aarons *Exod. coat was hanged with Pomegranates and 28.34. Bells; Bells for sound of Doctrine and Prayer,Pomegranates for restraining and healing the distempers and diseases of the people. Pomegranates are commended by Fernelius t,

Fernel. First, for repressing the heat of choler. p-26.

2. The malignity, rottennesse,and acrimony of feavers.

3. The loosenesse of the belly.

Secondly for comforting and strengthning the stomacke and bowels, to the keeping backe all fainting*. This * Fernel. office, the Ecclesiasticall governours of Mahod. the Church doe performe to it ; they re- lib.s.ca.3. presse the heat of fallings out among brethren, the notorious abuses, the loose nesse, or distemperednesse of the people ; they comfort the feeble, and binde up the weake, and are therefore fitly resembled

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Faith is ftrong in Chrift. Ch.4. by Pomegranates, yea, by a piece of a Pomegranate: for it'is not the whole body of the Pomegranate that doth this; bur it, broken in pieces, by his juice and rinde is medicinable.

Within the lockes.] Because though

Chrift established Discipline, and delia k Mat.18. vered it to the Church in his timek; yet 15.-170 i was not displayed, nor showed it félfe 1. Cari's. in open execution till after his Refurre

aion.

Thy necke is like the tower of David, dr.] The necke is that part that joyneth 'head and body together ; now that which joyneth Christ and his Church together, is our Faith: which Faith in some of the members of that Church in Chrifts time, was obferved to bee strong and great*;

and therefore is here fitly com10:& 15. pared to the tower of David, for an At Neb.g. mory, (whereof wee read) I wohercon there

banged a show and bucklers, all fields of mighty men. It seemes Davids mighey men hanged up their fhiclds in this Ara mory againft times of warte zand so in like manner all the Worthies of Israel ; all the faithfull before Christ, hanged their shields of faith upon Christ, in

whom

Mat. 8.

Ch.4. The Apostles hove like Roes.

109 whom the faith of his Church was as a strong Armory*. Faith is not fo much (*Heb. 11. a tower of Atrength in it selfe, as in Christ "3. whom it apprehendeth.

Thog iwo breasts are like two young Roes Verse s. that are twinnes , which feed among the lillies.

Thy two breafts are like two young Roes that are twinnes. ] The breasts give milke: now the breasts that give milke to the Church, the fincerc † milke of the word, 1ta Pet.2.2 are the Ministers, which in the Church of Chrifts time were first the Apostless fecondly, the seventy: and are therefore here called two breasts and both asRocs, becaufc not eyed to any certaine place within all the people of the Jowes , for Roes itay not long in a place: And both as twins, because of equal commiffion, being both fent alike to the whole house of Israel, though, after the Refurrection, the Apostles commiffion was enlarged further then that of the seventy.

Which feed among the lillies.] For they were fent not only among the Gentiles of Samaritans, but amongst,

First, the loft fhcop of the house of Ifracle

Secondly,

Mac, 10.

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The faithfull how as lillies.

Ch.4. Secondly, the true-hearted or well-af. Mar.io.n: fected of the Israélites..

These faithfull are here compared to the lillies, 2 First, for their whitenesse and purity of innocency.

Secondly, for their amiablenesse. Versc6, 2 Untill the day breake, and the fhadowes flee

awaj : I will get mee to the morintaines of Myrrhand to the bill of Frankincense.

Untill the day breake, and the shadowes flee away. ] That is untill the light of the Ġospell breake forth, and the shadowes of the Mofaicall Ceremonies vanish.

I will get me to the mountaines of Myrrh, and to the hill of Frankincense, ]That is, to che Mounts, ts to

First, of olivet, where hee fuf. Secondly, of Golgotha, Šfered in the Garden, and on the Croffe, and nailed to his Crofle all the shadowes of the Law, and, in fulfilling them, abolished them.

Hay y Myrrh and Frankincenfe , atę wont to

be used in imbalming, and with such like John 19. Christ himselfe at his death was to have

beene, inbalmed,, çif his Resurrection had 46 not prevented the women. Besides, the

passion

* Col.a.

39,40.

Luke 33:

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