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XXVII. 7 Until the very time of his land come : and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him. Until the time be expired, which God hath prefixed for the period of that monarchy, and then many nations and great kings shall come, and divide it amongst them, as a common prey.

XXVII. 12 Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live. If

ye submit yourselves to the Babylonians, ye shall both be preserved, and, in due time, restored.

XXVII. 22 And there shall they be until the day that I visit them, saith the LORD; then will I bring them up, and restore then to this place. And tbere they shall be, until the time of their restoration and restitution by Cyrus, whom I will stir up to be gracious unto my people.

XXVIII. 2 I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. I will deliver and free my people, from the captivity and bondage of the king of Babylon;

XXVIII. 3 Within two full years. Within the space of two full years.

XXVIII. 13 Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes of iron. Thou, o Hananiah, hast broken the yokes of wood; but I am commanded, from the Lord, to make them yokes of iron ; to sig. nify that this bondage, which thou saidst should be within two years, utterly freed and discharged, shall be continued in a more grievous and cruel manner than before, and that without all possibility of escaping or mitigation ; until the prefixed time of seventy years be expired.

XXIX. 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. I know what I have decreed concerning you; even favour and deliverance in my appointed time, and pot extirpation and destruction; so as ye shall, at the last, have that happy issue, which ye desire and expect.

XXIX. 11 And I will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. See chap. xxiv. verse 8.

XXIX. 26 For every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet. For every one, that, in a frantic humour, takes upon him to be a prophet, and delivers his own distracted fancies for visions from God.

XXX. 3 For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD; that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the

LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, &c. Howsoever God will not so suddenly free his people from their captivity, as is falsely foretold by some flattering prophets, yet surely he hath set the time, wherein he will most certainly accomplish it.

XXX. 6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child: IVherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? It is not for a man, we know, to travail with child; how then is it, that the men hold their hands on their loins, and move their bodies in a woeful complaint of pain, as if they were women in the very throws of their delivery ; and all faces, by the paleness thereof, bewray fear and astonishment ?

XXX. 7 It is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be sared out of it. It is the time of the most grievous trouble and calamity to the posterity of Jacob; but, at last, it shall end well, and they shall be delivered from it.

XXX. 9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them. They shall serve the Lord their God, and Christ his Son, the successor of David, in his spiritual government, whom I will in due time send into the world!

XXX. 12 For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, &c. Thine affliction, in regard of any human help, is utterly remediless.

XXX. 13 There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines. There is none, so much as to solicit for thy cure and redress ; nor any means left, whereby it may be, in man's rcason, effected.

XXX. 14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee ; they seek thee not ; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, &c. All those confederate nations, that professed friendship to thee, have quite forgotten thee; for I have deeply afflicted thee, by the oruel hand of the Chaldeans.

XXX. 17 Because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after. Because they have insulted upon thy miserv, and despised thee, as an outcast and forlorn people, saying ; This is that goodly hill of Zion; once the pride, now the scorn of the world.

XXXI. 2 Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. The people, which were left of the sword in the siege and sacking of Jerusalem, found favour in the land of their captivity ; even the remainder of the Jews; when I took order for their settling, for the time, in the land of Chaldea.

XXXI. 4 ugain I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, uir

gin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.

Jerusalem, thou shalt be built again; and shalt have again min. strelsy and mirth within thy walls : O my Church, thou shalt be happily restored, and filled with true spiritual joy.

XXXI. 5 Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samariu : the planter's shall plant, and shall éat thein as common things. Those fruitful bills of Samaria, which have lain long waste, shall be stored with excellent vines, and those, that plant them, shall eat the grapes plentifully, and make no spare of them.

XXXI. 6 For there shall be 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. Yea, not only those of Judah, but even those of the ten tribes of Israel, which have been long dispersed and neglected, shall be gathered together to Jerusalem ; and be encouraged by their spiritual watchmen, to join together in submission to the true Churchi

. XXXI. 8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lanie, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together. Behold, I will bring them back again from Babylon, and fetch them

up from all coasts, and will make them a type of my Erangelical Church; into which I will call all sorts of persons, even those, that are most full, and most conscious of their own infirmities.

XXXI. 9 I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble : for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. I will lead thein aright by the guidance of my word, in the safe and happy ways of life, holily and inoffensively; for I am a father to my faithful ones.

XXXI. 12 Therefore shall they come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall floze together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, und 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. Therefore they shall come, and sing in the great congregation and most eminent assemblies; and shall meet cheerfully together, to enjoy the holy things of God, his word and sacraments; and their soul shall be refreshed, as a new watered garden in a drought; and they shall have no more cause of dejection and hopel s sorrow.

XXXI. 15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping ; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. Methinks, I hear a voice in the high place or mountain, (whence it may sound furthest ;) a voice of mourning and lamentation; Ruchel, the mother of Joseph and Benjamin, seems to mourn for

her children, those of Ephraim and the other tribes, long since desolated; and will not admit of any comfort, because they are scattered and vanished, without all hope of restoration or return,

XXXI. 16 Tlius saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weep. ing, 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. Thus saith the Lord to mourning Rachel ; Refrain thy weeping for those sons of thy womb, the distressed Israelites; for that desolated region shall flourish again: thou shalt receive comfort after thy sorrow, and those children of thine shall return from the land of their captivity.

XXXI. 17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border. In that end, which God bath prefixed to thy sorrows and sufferings, there is hope, yea assurance, that thy children shall come again to their native country.

XXXI. 18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised ine, and I was chustised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke. I have heard those of the ten tribes bemoaning themselves, after their captivity, thus; Thou hast afflicted me, O Lord, and I am humbled : I was as a wild young bullock, unaccustomed to the yoke ; but now, thou hast caused me to stoop unto it.

XXXI. 19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented. Surely after that thou hadst wrought upon me, and shewed me my sin, I repented.

XXXI. 20 Is Ephraim my dear son ? is he a pleasant child ? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember hin still : therefore my bowels are troubled for hiin; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the Lord. Would any man think, that Israel, thus afflicted, and, as it were, neglected, were my dear son ? that he were a child, wherein í take pleasure and delight? Yet he is so; and, howsoever I have dealt severely with him, both in my words and actions, yet I do in mercy still remember him, and the bowels of my compassion yearn towards him.

XXXI. 21 Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps : set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest : turn again, &c. Thou shalt return to thine own land, O my people; and therefore set thee up waymarks, as thou goest: heap up stones, for the direction of thy passage, through the wilderness ; and set thy thoughts to remember all the turnings of the way, and address thyself towards thy return.

XXXI. 22 How long wilt thou go about, Othou backsliding daughter ? for the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, X woman shall compass a man. How long wilt thou waver and stagger in thy belief, O thou re


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bellious Israel? for the Lord, which hath undertaken this deliver. ance, shall do a strange and marvellous thing in the earth: though the strength of the enemy be great and terrible, and the weakness of my people is noted and despicable, so as they are but as women, in comparison of their manly adversaries; yet these weak etfeminate Jews, shall prevail against those stout and manly Chaldeans.

XXXI. 23 When I shall bring again their captivity; The LORD bless thee, 0 habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness. When I shall have brought them back from their captivity, and planted them again in their land of Judah, they shall, with joyful acclamations, acknowledge the goodness of God, and pray for a continuance and increase of mercy ; saying, The Lord go on to bless and prosper thee, O Jerusalem, which now, from thy ruins and desolation, art raised up to be a habitation of justice; and bless thy temple, wherein now holiness shall reinbabit.

XXXI. 26 U pon this I awaked, and beheld ; and my sleep z'as sweet unto me. Upon these sweet and comfortable visions, wherein the Lord revealed to me his good pleasure concerning his Church, I awaked; and was exceedingly cheered up and delighted with the remembrance thereof.

XXXI. 27 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. I will cause my Church, which now seems to lie waste and barren, to yield so plentiful an increase of converts to me, as the rich ground doth of the seed which is sown in the furrows of it; and will also multiply unto it all outward helps, for the maintenance and strength thereof.

XXXI. 29 In those days they shall say no more, the fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge. In those days, after I shall have humbled my people and restored and comforted them again, they shall give me the praise of my justice and mercy; and shall not be ready to murmur against my proceedings as too severe and unjust, so as they have been apt to do, in saying, The fathers have offended, and the children are punished:

XXXI. 30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: Every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. But shall willingly acknowledge, that every man of them hath smarted for his own iniquity; and hath had sins enough of his own, to warrant God's proceedings against him.

XXXI. 31 Behold, ihe days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, &c. Behold, the days of the Messiah are coming, wherein I will make a new covenant with my Church.

XXXI. 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers. Not according to the form of that Legal covenant, which I mada with their fathers.

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