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WHO IS WISE, AND HE SHALL UNDERSTAND THESE THINGS? PRUDENT,

AND HE SHALL KNOW THEM? FOR THE WAYS OF THE LORD ARE
RIGHT, AND THE JUST SHALL WALK IN THEM: BUT THE TRANS-
GRESSORS SHALL FALL THEREIN. HOSEA XIV. 9.
-I NOW WRITE UNTO YOU-THAT YE MAY BE MINDFUL OF THE
WORDS WHICH WERE SPOKEN BEFORE BY THE HOLY PROPHETS,
AND OF THE COMMANDMENT OF THE APOSTLES OF THE LORD AND
SAVIOUR. 2 PET. II1, I, 2.

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LECTURES

ON THE

PROPHECIES OF ISAIAH.

PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS.

THE fourth section of our Prophet's second dif

T course, comprised in the third part of these Prophecies, commences with the chapter now before us, and extends throughout the whole of chapter thirty-second. The portion of that beautiful variegated oration to be considered at this time, seems to have been primarily addressed to the Ephraimites and the Jews, at that critical period, wherein alarm, ed by their dangerous situation, an embassy was dispatched by the Israelites into Egypt, requesting the assistance of that powerful kingdom. In delivering the message wherewith he was intrusted, Ifaiah again admonishes the perfidious people to whom he was sent, of their extreme folly and danger in applying to the Egyptians for that assistance and defence which they might have had from God, infinitely more wise and powerful. This criminal conduct he sharply reproves, and shews that the salvation of the people of God does not depend on worldly policy, but on divine protection. He then subjoins comfortable alsurance of effectual fuccour being granted to those who, looking above an arm of flesh,

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