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non, which looketh toward Damascus, 5

7 hinc 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 pleasant art thou, o love, for delights!

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 Mall be as clujiers of the vine , and ohę, mell of thy nose like apples.

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

10 I am my beloveds, and his defire isto. wards me,

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

12 Let us get up early to the vineyards, let us fee 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 shee, o may beloved. THis Chapter to the end of the

fourth ver.of the eighth Chapter, describeth a fourfold estate of the


205 Sederall 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 accese of the Gentiles, ver.8.10.

Fourthly, 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.

Thar 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 verfes, which set forth a threefold estate of the Sholamite converted, is evident by the Repetition of the verses, ver. 3. 7.8. and all with some difference; and the brests are ro described,


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


The feet being shed signifies three things. 207

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

How beautifull are thy feet with shooes, Verse 1: O Princes daughter! the joynts of the thighes are like lewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman,

How beautifull are thy feet with shoves, O princes daughter!] In her feet thod with shooes there is a chrecfold beauty: for it implyeth

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

Secondly, her challenging and reco- Deuc.zs s. very of her last Inheritance in Israel, Ruth 4.7,8.

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


208 lewesconderted, 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 goe 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 Inheritance ; how much more is it together with these outward things, to joyne a returne out of spirituall captivity, and recovery of an everlasting Inheritance, as the lewes 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 apt and ready turning in their conversion to God, are like well wrought pretious lewels

, the

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.

Thy navell, óc, thy belly is like the navell

, &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 Infant 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 fanétific 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 nourishment, fet about with lillies ; because onely the faithfull pure Chrifians shall bee admitted to partake in that Sacrament. The Lords Table shall not bee fee



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