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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, &>- See Chapter xi, 6.
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 manner of house of my own, even the heaven of heavens is the roof of it, and the earth 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; &Cc. 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 / 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, We are 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 confusion.
LXVI. 6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the Lord, that rendereth recommence 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 throes of her travail. So verse 8.
LXVI. 9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: fife.
What marvel can there be of this easy and speedy multiplication of the Church, when as the Lord himself hath 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 river; 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 flourish, as an herb of the field.
LXVI. 15 For, behold, theLord will come with fire, andwith his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, He. 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. n 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 abominably unclean; they shall be consumed together, both the superstitious and the profane, saith the Lord.
LXVI. 18 It shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; anil they shall come, and see my glory. The time shall come, when, out of all nations and tongues, I will gather me oat 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 sjlory.
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, andJavan, to the isles afar off, 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 offering 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 Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord. And they shall 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 tbechii.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 JA'cites, 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
nations shall, at all times, come to worship before me, saith the Lord.
LXVI. 14 And they shall goforth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all jlesh.
And those, that have sincerely professed me, shafl be made the witnesses of the heavy vengeance of God upon them, that have wilfully rebelled against me; who shall be tormented with perpetual anguish of conscience, and lie unrecoverably under the sense of the fearful wrath of God, and be a woeful and abominable spectacle to angels and men.
I, 1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, that famous highpriest, who found the original book of the law; which Jeremy was one of the priests that dwelt in Anathoth, a town within three miles of Jerusufcm, which, in the tribe of Benjamin, was allotted peculiarly to the priests.
I. 2, 3. To whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah flCc., in the thirteenth year of his reign. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim, Kc, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah, He, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.
To whom the word of the Lord came, in the thirteenth year of king Josiah; and continued long with him; insomuch as he prophesied one and forty years, under the reigns of Josiah, Jehoiakin, and Zedekiah, besides those years, which he lived after the captivity.
I. 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou earnest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Before ever thou wert conceived in the womb of thy mother, I foreordained thee, in mine eternal counsel, to be a worthy instrument of my glory; and, before thou wert born into the world, I set thee apart to this great service; and predetermined thee, to be a prophet to the nations.
I. 6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God / behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
Then said I, Alas, O Lord God! behold, I am unfit, and unable, and unworthy to carry thy great messages to the kings and princes of this world: I am a very child, both in years and abilities.
I. 1 But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
And the Lord said unto me, Never plead thine age or disability; for I will give thee a mouth and wisdom: I will send thee forth on my errand, and furnish thee sufficiently for the service thou goest about; go therefore to all that I send thee, and speak all that I command thee.
I. 10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
See, I have this day made thee a Prophet, not to the Jews only, but to the nations round about also; to several countries and kingdoms; with,cpmmission, to deliver my messages, concerning the destroying and rooting out, the planting and establishing, of their dominions and sovereignties.
I. 12 Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.
It is true: thou seestindeed an almond tree, in a figure and representation of that haste, which I will make in the performance of my judgments; for, as that is the first tree which puts forth, so it well betokens the speed of my executions.
I. 13 And the face thereof was toward the north. And the forepart thereof to the fireward, was by the situation of it, towards the north.
I. 14 Then the Lord said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. Then the Lord said, This cauldron or boiling pot is Judea; this fire is the affliction and vastation, whjch it shall undergo; and from out of the north, even from the Babylonians, shall this desolation come upon all the inhabitants of the land.
I. 15 For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the Lord; He.
For, lo, I will call the neighbouring kingdoms of the north, in assistance to the Babylonians; and-tney shall come, &c. '
I. 17 Therefore gird up thy loins.
I. 18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land.
For, behold, I do this day confirm thee against all the opposition, which shall be made unto thee: thou shalt be more surely Hefenced from henceforth, than a strongly walled city; more firm than a pillar of iron, or walls of brass, &c.
II. 2 Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.'
I remember well, how graciously I dealt with thee of old; and how well thou wert affected to me, in my first choice of thee for my people; and how we were mutually engaged to each other, by covenants and professions of love; when I led thee in the wilderness, and carried thee, with miraculous sustenance and preservation, through an uncultured desert.