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all the forces and excellent graces of the Gentiles shall be added unto thee.
LX. 6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord.
The multitudes of several nations shall come, and send in unto thee, according to their sundry commodities and means of conveyance, all manner of rich and precious presents; whereby they shall testify their homage, and joy in that God, which hath honoured them with the high calling of the children of his Church.
LX 7 All theflocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall comevp with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.
So cheerful and so frequent and universal shall be the sacrifices, which shall be offered unto God, in joy and thanksgiving, as that all the Arabian flocks shall be gladly consecrated to this service, and shall ascend up, in a holy smoke, to the God of Heaven; and I will exceedingly glorify my Church, wherein I am honoured.
LX. 8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?
Then shall my Church, wondering at so frequent a confluence, say, Who are these, that come flying, as thick as clouds, and as swiftly as the doves to their windows?
LX. 9 Surely the isles shall waitfor me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord.
Surely the foreign nation shall be called into the Church, even from beyond the seas: the ships shall be employed, therefore, to bring in both their persons and their treasures, to be dedicated to the service of God.
LX. 10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee.
And, in a type of the restoration of my Church, behold, the sons of strangers shall help to re-edify the walls of Jerusalem; and their kings shall give bountiful gifts, towards the repairing of the edifices thereof.
LX. 11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. The doors of the Church, under the Gospel, shall be always open: they shall not be shut, either by night or day, upon any man; but shall be wide opened, to receive all comers; that the riches of the Gentiles, and their kings and governors, may have a clear and free ingress thereinto.
LX. 12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. As there neither is nor can be any salvation out of Christ, or out of the Church; surely that person, or that nation and kingdom, that cometh not in, and submitteth not to the government of Christ in his Church, cannot chuse but perish.
I.X. 13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. All the tall cedars of Lebanon, and all those other varieties of trees, both for building and sculpture, shall gladly be employed to the re-edifying of the material temple; and all persons, both honourable and mean, shall joyfully be employed to be the pieces of my spiritual Church and Sanctuary; so as the place, where I shall fix my foot, and dwell for ever, shall be beautiful and glorious.
LX. 14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall e rne bending unto thee; Hc.
The posterity of those, that persecuted thee, O my Church, shall come in, and with all reverence submit themselves unto thee; &c.
LX. 16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shall suck the breast of kings.
The Gentiles and their kings, which heretofore have been hostilely bent against thee, shall now lay to nourish and sustain thee, even as the mother doth her child, with the milk of their breasts; and shall yield thee their best succour and assistance.
LX. 17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. I know you will much lament the ruins of the glorious temple; but, he of good cheer: it shall be better built than before: instead of the former brass, it shall now be enriched with gold; and, in all the whole fabric, the change shall be to the better: and, whereas you have served under a hard bondage of the Babylonians, now, instead of those tyrannous officers, you shall have peace; and, instead of exactors, justice.
LX. 18 But thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.
The safeguard of God shall be instead of walls unto thee, and thy gates shall be full of the praise of thy God.
LX. 19 Tlie sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. There shall be a certain stability and fixedness of the happy estate, wherein thou art: thou shalt not be subject to any more interchanges of light and darkness, or depend upon those outward means of comfort, which are wont to convey it to the world; but the Lord himself, who is ever one and unchangeable, shall be thine everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. So verse 20.'
LX. 21 Thy people also shall'be all righteous: the,ij shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
Those, that are the true and lively members of the Church,
shall be all sincere and upright; not wicked, not hypocritical: they shall be unremovably fastened in their holy station; as being the branches of my own planting, and the work of my own hands, which I have made for the glory of my mercy.
LX. 22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time. Though thou be now small in number, yet thou shalt become exceeding populous; and thou, which art now weak, shalt become a strong and mighty people: I, the Lord, will, in due time, and that ere long, accomplish it.
LXI. 1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek: he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound „. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, the Messiah and Mediator; and hath endued me with power and.virtue from above: and authorised and sent me, to preach the glad tidings of salvation to the humble and contrite soul; to proclaim liberty to those, which are now in miserable captivity under Satan; to release those which are bound with the chains of their sins;
LXI. 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To proclaim the acceptable time of redemption, now fully come to the world, and of just vengeance of our God, against the malicious enemies of his Church, to their confusion, and the comfort of those whom they have unjustly afflicted;
LXI. 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil ofJoy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. To set a day of deliverance to them, which mourn in God's Church, whether for their sins, or under their afflictions; to put off all the sackcloth and ashes and sad ceremonies of their dejection, and, instead thereof, to give them cheerfulness and joy and thankful acknowledgments of mercy; that those, which before were as fruitless and sapless stocks, may now be called, and so approved, the fruitful and flourishing trees of righteousness, such as God hath, by his Spirit, planted in his Church, for the glory of his own mercy.
LXI. 4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, SCc.
In a just type of which restoration, my people the Jews, shall build again those ruinous walls, that had lain seventy years waste, &c.
LXI. 6 And strangers shall stand andfeed yourflocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vine dressa's. And those, which are strangers to you, both in nation and religion, shall be ready to be helpful unto you upon all occasions, of your outward and secular employmeuts.
LXI. 6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. While ye shall be a royal priesthood, consecrated unto the Lord, and to his holy service; participating of all those comforts, which God hath laid up in store for them which now are called Gentiles, whose future glory and happiness shall be an accession unto yours.
LXI. 1 For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. For that shame and grief which ye have endured, you shall have an abundant recompence of joy and comfort; and instead of your former confusion, ye shall now be rewarded with contentment and cheerfulness, in the fruition of your manifold blessings; the happiness of their return to their own land shall make double amends for their captivity; and they shall find cause of everlasting joy.
LXI. 8 For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, He. I, the Lord, love sincerity and true dealing in the carriages of men: I cannot abide, that men should pretend a sacrifice to be offered unto me, when they mean nothing but fraud and violence; that they should hope to please me with a stolen oblation: I will direct and enable them to serve me faithfully, &c.
LXI. 9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people.
Their seed, which shall be appointed to carry the word of God unto the Gentiles, shall be highly honoured of them, and their offspring among that people with whom they shall be united.
LXlL 1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burnetii. For my Church's sake I will not cease, till I have accomplished the great work of her redemption; and have fully finished, and openly manifested, the glory and salvation of mine elect.
LXII. 2 And tlie Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.
And those, that are now far off, even the now-despised Gentiles, shall acknowledge thy righteousness, O my Church; and that not the meaner sort, but even kings and princes, shall bless and celebrate thee; and thou shalt be honoured, as with a new estate, so with a name also which the Lord shall put upon thee. See verse 4.
LXII. 3 Thou shalt also be a crown ofglory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. God shall put exceeding glory upon thee, and shall cause to shine forth in thee the praise of his wonderful mercy; so as he shall unspeakably honour himself, by honouring thee.
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LXII. 4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Bculah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be mai ried.
And that new name, which he will call thee bv, is this; now, whereas thou art, both in name and condition, Forsaken; then, thou shalt no more either be so or be so called, but shalt both be and be called My Delightsome Spouse, forasmuch as both thy person and thine obedience shall be graciously respected of me.
LXII. 5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: Hc.
The outward and bodily marriage, is and shall be the image of this spiritual: behold, as a young man espouseth a virgin, so shall thy faithful ministers espouse thee unto me: &c.
LXII. 6 / have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence.
Behold, I have set over thee, O my Church, faithful pastors and teachers; who shall, in season and out of season, be instant tcde-liver my messages unto thee: ye, that speak from the Lord, and are his ambassadors to his Church, do your dutv conscionably, hide no part of God's counsel from his people, and be earnest with God in the behalf of his Church.
LXIf. 1 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Oh, be ye ever importunate in your prayers; not ceasing, till God have perfected his great work for his Church, which he hath determined and begun, investing his chosen ones with full glory.
LXII. 8 The Lord hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies.
The Lord hath engaged himself by his oath, and hath sworn by his power and omnipotence, that he will no more give over his Church to the utter waste and spoil of their enemies.
LXII. 10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
My Church shall be as a populous and well traded city, which shall be full of infinite resort: go to then, O my spiritual overseers; pass through the gates diligently and frequently, and make way for that happy concourse which shall be thither; remove those hindrances and scandals which may lie in the way of my people; and call all mine to a holy and constant profession and maintenance of my truth.
LXIII. 1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.