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shall have gathered home out of many nations; even the mountains of Israel, which have been long wasted.
XXXVIII. '9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land. Thou shalt, for suddenness and fury, come like a storm; and, for a multitude and frequence, like a dark cloud, shalt cover the land.
XXXVIII. 10 And thou shalt think an evil thought. Thou shalt conceive and harbour, many subtile and cruel thoughts and projects, against my people.
XXXVIII. 11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates. I will go up to a land, that is easily invaded and overrun; as that which consists of unwalled villages, not able to bear out an assault : I will go to a secure people, that dwell, as they think, safely, in the confidence of the strength and number of the inhabitants.
XXXVIII. 13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil ? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, &c. ? Those nations, that have heretofore wont to live by sharking and spoil; and those seafaring men, who, upon the sea-coasts, have exercised piracy; shall say unto thee, Art thou come to rob and waste ? Hast thou gathered thy company to take booties? to carry away silver and gold? Why didst thou not take us along with thee, &c?
XXXVIII. 14 Thus saith the Lord God; In that day, when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? Thus saith the Lord ; In that day, when my people of Israel give themselves over to security, and false confidence in their own strength, shall it not be made known to thee, that thou mayest be the executioner of my anger against them?
XXXVIII. 16 When I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before When I shall be acknowledged just and righteous, in executing those judgments, which thy hand, O multitude of adverse 'nations, shall inflict upon Israel, before their eyes.
XXXIX. 1 O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. See chap. xxxviii, ver. 1.
XXXIX. 2 And beave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel : I will so consume thee, that only the sixth part of thy forces shall be left alive; and I will, in my just judgment, fetch thee from the borders of the north, to fall upon my Church, in great fury and malice.
XXXIX. 3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. I will make void, and frustrate all the attempts and endeavours, which thou shalt use against my people; and disappoint all thy warlike preparations.
Xxxix. 6 And I will send a fire on Mugog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles. I will send my fierce judgments upon the enemy of my Church; and upon those, that, being separated and guarded by the sea, live securely confident of their own safety.
XXXIX. 9 The bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years. Such store of these military weapons shall be taken from their ene. mies, as that those bows, and arrows, and staves, and spears shall yield thern firewood for many years.
XXXIX. 11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea : and it shall stop the noses of the passengers : and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude : and they shall call it, The valley of Hamon-Gog. I will cause these cruel and hostile nations, to leave their carcases in great abundance behind them, in the land of Israel; and there they shall be cast into pits and vallies, near to the common road; so as all passengers shall stop their noses, by reason of the noisome scent of the dead bodies; and the valley shall bear the name, for ever after, of this frequent sepulture of the nations.
XXXIX. 12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. And so great shall be the multitude of the slain, as that my people of Israel, by whose hand this slaughter shall be done, shall bestow many months in burying them; not so much out of respect to their dead enemies, as for their own sakes, that their land may be cleansed from the impurity and annoyance of those carcases. So verse 13, and 14,
XXXIX. 15 And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man's bone, ihen shall he set up a figure by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamon-Gog. And the passengers, that pass through the land, when any of them seeth a man's bone, then shall they lay a heap of stones upon to give notice to the buriers, that they fetch all those scattered bones to the common burying place of Hamon-Gog.
XXXIX. 16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land. And there shall be a city erected near to this common burial place ; and ye shall give it a name of multitude, because of the innune. rable company of those bodies, which shall lie there interred.
XXXIX. 17. Gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, &c. Assemble yourselves on every side, to that great slaughter, tha: 1
have made of the bodies of men ; whe with ye may feast yourselves abundantly So verse 18, and 19.
XXXIX. 29 For I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God. I have plentifully stored my Church with graces of sanctification, saith the Lord God.
XL. 2 In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south. I was, in vision, brought, as me seemed, into the land of Israel; and was, by the Spirit of God, set upon a very high hill, even the hill of Sion, under the side whereof was the frame of the city Jerusalem, on the south.
XL. 3 And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed. And, behold, there was a man, indeed the Son of God, whose appearance was bright and glorious, like unto burnished brass ; and he had in his hand a line of fax to measure the outward and more spacious courts of the temple, and a measuring reed for the walls and buildings.
XL. 5 And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man's hand a measuring reed of six cubits long by the cubit and an hand breadth : so he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed. And, behold, he shewed me a description of the temple, in all the courts thereof, and the three walls encompassing them: and first, of the outmost wall, which environs the rest round about'; and in his hand he had a measuring reed of six cubits long, every cubit whereof had one handful added to it, above the common and ordinary length thereof; so as, while the common cubit was but of fire handfuls, this cubit was according to the rate of six handfuls to each cubit: so he measured this outmost wall, and found it one whole reed, that is, six cubits, in breadth, and one whole reed, or six cubits, in height.
XL. 6 Then came he unto the gate which looketh toward the cast, and went up the stairs thereof, and measured the threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad; and the other threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad. T'hen, when he had measured the outmost wall that encompasseth the whole mount of Sion, he went right from the east to the westward, till he came to the next inclosure of the temple ; and, whereas there are five gates in that wall, one to the east, another to the west, one to the north, and two to the south, he went to the eastern gate, and ascended up the stairs thereof; and, whereas the gate was double-leaved, he measured the breadth of the threshold, which was six large cubits broad, in either of the leaves
of that gate.
XL. 7 And every little chamber was one reed long', and one reed broad ; and between the little chambers were five cubits. And, whereas there were little rooms made in the inside of the gate, backing upon the wall, each of those rooms were six large cubits broad. The rest, unto chapter xliii, is a local description only, of the
measure of the several buildings, pertaining to the temple, which cannot be expressed in plainer terms; all the difficulty of those passages, being only in the apprehension of the fashion and quantity of that fabric.
XLIII. 7 Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel na more defile, neither they, nor &c. Son of man, I will hereafter purge my Church from those foul corruptions, wherewith it hath been blemished; so as my people shall no more profane my holy place, and defile themselves with their abominable idolatries; nor by the carcases of those, which they offered to their idols, in the high places.
XLIII. 8 In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, Sa In setting up their own false and superstitious worship, together with the true worship of my name, and in contestation therewith, &c.
XLIII. 9 Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever. Now let them put away from me their idolatries, and the murders they have done in sacrificing men to their idols, and I will continue my gracious presence with them for ever.
XLIV. 1 Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east, and it was shut. Now, whereas there were two degrees or distinctions of the sanctuary, the one which was called The Holy Place, the other called The Most Holy Place or the Holy of Holies; he brought me, in the Spirit, to the entering of the gate of the outer sanctuary, which looked eastward ; and that gate, which I had seen formerly open, as that by which the glory of God visibly entered into the temple, was now shut.
XLIV. 2 Then said the Lord unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the Lord, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut. Then said the Lord unto me; This gate shall continue shut, and no ordinary person shall ever enter in by it, because the Lord God of Israel hath honoured and hallowed it, by entering in thereby; therefore it shall never be put to any common use.
XLIV. 3 It is for the prince; the prince, he shall si in it to eat
bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gale, and shall go out by the way of the same. It is for the prince of that holy tribe, the high priest only: he alone shall be allowed to eat the consecrated bread, within the holy place ; and to have ingress and egress that way.
XLIV. 1 In that yc have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, &c. In that ye have ordained and appointed those to be priests in my sanctuary, that are strangers both in blood and in religion ; and have given them a place of ministration in my temple, to pollute it, &c.
XLIV. 9 No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel. No stranger, that is uncircumcised, either spiritually or corporally, wicked in heart and life, and an alien from iny Church, sball be admitted to serve in my sanctuary, although he be one that lives among my people.
XLIV. 10 Ånd the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity. And those of the tribe of Levi, which, being in the office of priesthood, were, in the defection of the rest of Israel, carried away to idolatry, they shall undergo punishment for their sin.
XLIV. 11 Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house : they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them. Yet they shall not utterly be excluded from the meaner businesses, that belong to my temple; as from taking charge of the gates of the house, &c. They shall be allowed to slay the burnt offering, and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall minister to the people ; but they shall not be admitted to offer any sacrifice to God for them.
XLIV. 12 Because they ministered unto them before their idols, &c. Because they polluted themselves, in ministering unto the people in their idolatrous sacrifices, &c.
XLIV. 19 Thuy shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat. They shall not gird about them any woollen garments, which may cause their bodies to sweat ; that those holy vestments may be soiled, or any outward uncleanliness may be caused thereby.
XLIV. 19° And when they go forth into the outer court, even into the court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall pui on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments. When they are before God in his temple and service, they shall