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of them, which were before utter aliens from me and my Church; and I am accordingly found of them, which heretofore sought me not: I called a people unto my Covenant of Grace, which had before no relation unto me, either of name or interest.
LXV. 2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their ow'n thoughts; I have made continual and important means to these rebellious Jews; who yet will not be reclaimed, but walk on, lewdly and stubbornly, in their own vain and sinful lusts; .
LXV. 3---that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon als tars of brick;
That sacrificeth in those groves which they have in their private orchards, and upon their own-erected altars, according to their vain and superstitious fancies, contrary to the charge of God, who hath confined their services and oblations to his altar at Jerusalem;
LXV. 4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's fresh, and broth of abominable things in their vessels ; Which, in devilish fashion, gave themselves to the practice of necromancy, consulting with evil spirits under the form of the dead, and making no difference of those meats which the law hath made abominably unclean ;
LXV. 5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me ; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day. Which, in the pride and scorn of their heart, are ready to say to the holy prophets of God, admonishing them of their sins, Tush, I regard thee not; keep thy counsel to thyself: I am holier than thou. These are tedious and noisome to me; and their proud hypocrisy is such, as shall provoke my perpetual indignation, to burn them up like an unquenchable fire continually.
LXV. 8 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not ; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all. Thus saith the Lord, As a man, that intends to cut down or root up a sour ill-fruited vine, and, finding one branch of it yielding a kindly and pleasing grape, forbears to destroy it; so will I do with my people : though, in a generality, they deserve an utter extirpation; yet, for the sake of some of them, whom I have found careful and conscionable, I have resolved not to destroy them all.
LXV. 9 An inheritor of my mountains. A people, that shall inherit and possess that my mountainous country of Judea.
LXV. 10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me. And there shall be a frequent rehabitation of the whole land of Israel and Judah: the late-desolate pastures of Sharon, and the fruitful valley of Achor, shall be again put to use, and serve for the feeding and grazing of your focks and herds.
LXV. 11 But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering, unto that number. But ye are they, that forsake the Lord ; that do wilfully neglect my chosen mountain of Zion, and my holy temple there ; that offer sacrifice to a base rabble of counterfeit gods, and furnish drink offerings to all the innumerable hosts of heaven.
LXV. 12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, &c. Therefore will I design you to destruction, &c.
LXV. 13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry : behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed. Ye have made a fashionable profession of service to me, but there hath been no truth therein; and ye shall speed accordingly: for, behold, those, that are indeed my true and faithful servants, shall eat, and drink, and rejoice, and enjoy the good things of the land; when ye, hypocrites, shall be held short of all these comforts, and shall be punished with shame and want. So verse 14. ·
LXV. 15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen : for the Lord God shalt slay thee, and call his servants byanother name. And that name, whereof ye now rainly boast, shall no more be disgraced by you ; but, contrarily, instead thereof, your name and memory shall be execrable to all my chosen ; so as, when they would curse another, they shall say, So may God curse thee as he did the Jews: for the Lord God shall destroy thee, and call his servants, out of other nations, and by other names ; even by the glorious names of Christians.
LXV. 16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that swedreth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes, And, all the earth over, men shall give themselves to the holy and conscionable worship of God; whether they pray, or whether they swear, or whatsoever act of religion they do, it shall be directed to the only true God; for God hath determined to put a final end to the calamities of his Church, and not to see their grievous distresses any longer,
LXV. 17 For, behold, I create new heavens and à noo earth : and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. Behold, I will renew all things by the power and government of my Son Christ : the whole world shall be then cást in a new mould: the former condition, which served only for a shadow of the future, shall then vånish, and be no more of use or remembrance.
LXV. 18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create : for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. Be ye glad and rejoice for ever, () ye faithful souls, which shall receive the benefit of this happy renovation; for, I will give fulness of joy unto my Church, and will make my people eternally blessed, LXV. 20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days : for the children shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner of an hundred years old shall be accursed. There shall be a perfect age and stature in Christ; no deficiency, either in a nonage or a decrepid estate, but all shall attain to their due growth : the child shall not die till he be a hundred years old, and shall reach to a happy maturity; and those, that are old, shall enjoy a strong and vigorous age: thus spiritually blessed shall they be that are in Christ; but those, who are out of him, are no less miserable : for the sinner, though he enjoy a long life here on earth, yet is and shall be accursed; the length of his days shall add to the extremity of his torment.
LXV. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, &c. See Chapter xi, 6.
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LXVI. 1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool : where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest ? Why do ye, vain Jews, think to merit me; and boast yourselves of a temple built to me? as if that were a sufficient cover for all your hypocrisy and misbehaviour: no; ye know well enough I have no need of a house of your making ; I have another thanner of house of my own, even the heaven of heavens is the roof of it, and the carth is the floor of it ; in that I can and do gloriously dwell, without any material fabric of yours.
LXVI. 2 But to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. My love and respect is to that man, that is of a true, broken, penitent, faithful heart: he is a fit temple for me to dwell in.
LXVI. 3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man ; &c. Without this, all your legal compliments of ceremonies are not only vain, but odious: he, that killeth an ox, in a formal sacrifice to me, is as pleasing, as if he had murdered a man; &c.
LXVI. 4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them. I will make choice of their own delusions, wherewith to punish them : they thought to deceive me with their hypocritical devotions, and I will make their very hypocrisy their confusion; and will bring upon them those judgments, which they most of all feared.
LXVI. 5 Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified : but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. Those false brethren of yours, that hated you for your piety and goodness, were ready to say, Weare more careful to glorify God than yourselves ; or, Let God glorify himself by his judgments where they are deserved: but, they shall once find it otherwise with them ; for God shall appear to your joy, and their cork fusion.
LXVI. 6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD, that rendereth recompence to his enemies. Behold, 'their judgment is not afar off: hearken! methinks I do already hear a voice of noise and tumult from the city of Jerusalem, and from the temple, which shall be wasted ; even a fearful voice of that just God, which rendereth vengeance to his enemies.
LXVI. 7 Before she travailed, she brought forth ; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. My Church under the Gospel shall be exceedingly fruitful: she shall bear children unto her God, with great ease and speed ; yea, she shall bear a generous and manly issue, before she finds the throws of her travail. So verse 8.
LXVI. 9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth ? saith the LORD : &c. What marvel can there be of this easy and speedy multiplication of the Church, when as the Lord himself bath undertaken the work? Is there any thing impossible or difficult to the Almighty? Finite powers may fail; but shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth, saith the Lord ? &c. · LXVI. 12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream : then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. Behold, I will give a happy and glorious condition to my Church: her peace and prosperity shall overflow her, like a full rirer; and the glory and excellency of the Gentiles shall come gushing in upon her, like a strong torrent: then shall ye sons of the Church your Mother, suck the breasts of her happy nourishment; and she, like an indulgent mother, shall bear you close to her in her arms, and shall dandle you on her knees, and testify her dear love and care of your tendance and education.
LXVI. 14 And your bones shall flourish like an herb. Ye, which lay like dry bones scattered upon the earth, shall then live again and Aourish, as an herb of the field. · LXVI. 15 For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, 8c.. For, behold, the Lord will come in a furious and terrible manner, to take vengeance on his enemies; so as his adversaries shall be confounded with the horror thereof, &c.
LXVI. 17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abominations, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.
They, that give themselves to their idolatries in their private groves within their orchards, with all fond ceremonies of superstition, making choice of some one tree above the rest, more peculiarly consecrated to their false god; and do wilfully transgress the law of God, in eating those things which are forbidden, as abomi. pably unclean; they shall be consumed together, both the super. stitious and the profane, saith the Lord.
LXVI. 18 It shall come, that I will gather all nutions and tongues; and they shall conce, and see my glory. The time shall come, when, out of all nations and tongues, I will gather me out a holy Church to myself; and they shall be partakers of that grace, which hath hitherto been appropriated to the Jews; and, as my truly adopted children, shall inherit my glory.
LXVI. 19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar of, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles. And, amidst the common judgment, I will set a mark upon them, whom I will have reserved ; and those, that do escape of them, I will send as my messengers to the nations round about, to convert them unto me: I will send them, both by sea and land, to all parts of the earth; as to Cilicia, to Africa, to the lesser Asia, to the Parthians, Grecians, Italians, and to the isles afar off, that have not formerly heard of my name, nor seen my glory; and they shall publish my Gospel amongst the Gentiles,
LXVI. 20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offer. ing unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israd bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD. And they sball be a means, to turn the hearts of the world unto God, and to win men from their superstitions and impieties to the service of the true God; so as, out of all nations, there shall be some added to the Church, and shall hasten, by all the several means of their conveyances, to join themselves to the assemblies of God's people ; with no less zeal and purity, than now the chil. dren of Israel are wont to serve and worship God, in the house consecrated to his name.
LXVI. 21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Lë. vites, saith the LORD. And, of these converted nations, will I take some to my immediate service, to be peculiarly devoted to me, in the public ministration of my Church, saith the Lord.
LXVI. 22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And this happy condition of my Church shall be during and permanent; so as there shall never want those, that shall profess my name upon earth, &c.
LXVI. 23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. Whereas, under the Law, there were set and fixed solemnities, in which God was publicly attended upon with sacrifices and thankful celebrations ; now, these festivities and religious duties shall be perpetual, and continue without all intermission; and all