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name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 10

7 How striking the contrast between Lord, righteousness belongeth the perfection of the Creator and the into thee, but unto us con- nothingness of the creature. fusion of faces, as at this day; Kings and their subjects, if they to the men of Judah, and to would have national prosperity, must the inhabitants of Jerusalem, en

evidence national righteousness. and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; 10 Lo ! the authority of your minis1° neither have we obeyed the ter is the delegated authority of God. voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him. And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil : for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem. As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us : yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth. 14 What an awful thought! The " Therefore hath the LORD Almighty watching for the moment watched upon the evil, and when, wearied with our sins, he will brought it upon us : for the inflict the punishment he had preLORD our God is righteous pared against us. in all his works which he doeth : for we obeyed not his voice. 15 And now, O Lord our God, 15 This unreserved confession authat hast brought thy people gurs a glorious sincerity. forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly. O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain : because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary

that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear ; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousness, but for thy great mercies. 19 Whose heart adopts not this 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, for- touching appeal to the honour of give; O Lord, hearken and Jehovah !-Forgive, for thine oict do; defer not, for thine own sake. sake, O my God : for thy city and thy people are called by thy name. And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God; ~ yea, whiles 21 Angels are God's ministers, ever I was speaking in prayer, ready to do us also service at his even the man Gabriel, whom bidding. I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to dy swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. 23 At the beginning of thy 23 How consolatory to be thus assupplications the command, sured that God's grace prerents-or ment came forth, and I am goes before us--anticipating our holy come to shew thee ; for thou supplications * ! art greatly beloved : therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision t. Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 20 And 26 Christ died, not for himself, but after threescore and two weeks for us—the just for the unjust. shall Messiah be cut off, but At length the Roman armies shall not for himself; and the peo- come ; and before them Jerusalem ple of the prince that shall

shall fall.

* So the Father goes out to meet the prodigal, even when he was yet afar off.” Such is God's mercy! The first good thought marked and accepted!

+ Each day of these prophetical weeks is counted as a year, and the number of years would be 490 ; which was the exact time between the rebuilding of Jerusalem (Ezra i. 1) and the death and resurrection of

come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week : and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

EVENING. JEREMIAJ Xxxi. * At the same time, saith the

1 In the Messiah all the faithful LORD, will I be the God of shall become one great family of all the families of Israel, and God, the Father of all. O for our

home in heaven! they shall be my people. * Thus saith the LORD, The

2 Those who escaped from Egypt. people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness ; even Israel, when I went up to cause him to rest. *The Lord hath appeared of 3 The Jewish nation thus acknow. old unto me, saying, Yea, I ledge God's care over them. have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. The Church shall be restored with Again I will build thee, and all her glorious services of joy. thou shalt be built, О virgin of Israel : thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that makemerry. “Thou

5 Samaria shall cease her enmity, shalt yet plant vines upon and shall share the worship of Jeruthe mountains of Samaria: salem. The Church shall be received the planters shall plant, and even by those who once scoffed it. shall eat them as common 6 The voice of thy minister is the things. For there shall be voice of the appointed watchman a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God. For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations : publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel. & How full of affection and tender

Behold, I will bring them care is Jehovah towards those who from the north country, and seek him ! gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not

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stumble : for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd : and their soul shall be as a watered garden ; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mouriing into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my good. ness, saith the LORD. Thus

15 All misery among the faithful saith the LORD; A voice was shall one day cease. Rachel, the heard in Ramah, lamentation,

common mother of both people and bitter weeping; Rachel through her sons Joseph and Ben

jamin, shall be amply compensated weeping for her children re

for the long travail of her soul, when fused to be comforted for her she shall see them all gathered to children, because they were gether as one great family of God in not. Thus saith the LORD;

Jesus Christ the righteous *. Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears : for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD ; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border. I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus ; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke : turn thou me, and I shall be turned ; for thou art the LORD

God. Surely after that I was turned, I repented ; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth. Is Ephraim my dear son ? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore

my bowels are troubled for him ; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the Lord. Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps : set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities. How long wilt thou go about, O thou

Ephraim was descended from Joseph, and the tribe of Benjamin continued with Judah. Rachel was buried between Ramah and Bethlehem, on the confines of either tribe.

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backsliding daughter? for the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As yet they shall use this speech in the land of Judah and in the cities thereof, when I shall bring again their captivity; The Lord bless thee, O habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness. And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all the cities thereof together, husbandmen, and they that go forth with flocks. For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. Upon this I awaked, and beheld ; and my sleep was sweet unto me. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD. 29 The sins of the fathers were » In those days they shall visited upon the children. But now, say no more, The fathers have under a better covenant, every man eaten a sour grape, and the shall bear his own iniquity. children's teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity : every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the liouse of Judah : not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: but this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD : for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar ; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever, Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be

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