A Fisherman. A Preacher, that winneth souls. Luke v. 10.

Soldier. A Christian, at War with the World, the Flesh, and the Devil. 1 Tim. ii. 3, 4.

A Captain. The Leader of Salvation. Heb. ii. 10. Josh. v. 15. 2 Chron. xiii. 12.

A Physician. The Saviour curing the Sins and Sicknesses of the Mind. Matt. ix. 12. Luke

x. 34.

A Beggar. Man, in respect of his Poverty and Weakness before God. Rev. iii. 17.


THE Field. The World. Matt. xiii. 38.

The Wheat. The Children of the Kingdom. Matt.

xiii. 38.

The Tares. The Children of the wicked One. Matt. xii. 38.

The Harvest. The End of the World. Matt. xiii. 3.


The Reapers. The Angels. Ibid.

A Sower. A Preacher of the Word. Matt. xiii. 3.
The Seed. The Word of God. Luke viii. 11.
The Ground. The Heart of Man. Luke viii. 15.
Heb. vi. 7.

Thorns. Cares, Riches, and Pleasures of Life. Luke viii. 14. Heb. vi. 8.

Plowing and breaking up the Ground. The preparation of the Heart by Repentance. Hos. x.


A Vineyard. The Church of Israel. Isa. v. 7.
The Mower. Death, which cuts down the fairest
Flowers of the Field. Psalm xc. 6.

The Labourer. The Minister, who serves under God in his Husbandry. Matt. ix. 37, 38. 1 Cor. iii. 9. James v. 4.

Stubble. The Wicked. Isa. xl. 24. The sifting of Wheat. The Temptations and Trials of the Godly. Luke xxii. 31.


A BODY. A Society: a Church, with its different Members. 1 Cor. xii. 20-27.

The Head. The superior Part: the governing Principle. Ephes. v. 23. Isa. ix. 15. Deut. xxviii. 13. Isa. i. 5. Dan. ii. 38.

The Eye. A Prophet, or Minister that giveth Knowledge to the People. 1 Cor. xii. 16, 17. 1 Sam. ix. 9. Isa. xxx. 10.

Blindness. Wanting Understanding in divine Wisdom. Matt. xv. 14. 2 Pet. i. 9. Acts xiii. 11. Isa. xxix. 18.

Wounds, and Bruises, and putrifying Sores. The miserable Effects of Sin in the Nature of Man. Isa. i. 6. Jer. xvii. 14. Psalm cvii. 20. Isa. xxxiii. 5.

The Clothing of the Body. Man being naked, the Gifts of Grace and Righteousness are a Clothing. Matt. xxii. 11. Isaiah lxi. 10. Rev. vii.

14. Luke xv. 22. Rev. xv. 6. 1 Pet. v. 5. Gal. iii. 27.

Shoes. The Preparation of the Gospel of Peace. Eph. vi. 15. Luke xv. 22.

Armour. A Covering of Grace against the Assaults of the Enemy. Ephes. vi. 11.

An Helmet. Salvation. Eph. vi. 17. 1 Thess. v.


The Shield. Faith, to defend the Vital Parts, and resist the fiery Darts of Satan. Eph. vi.


Sword of the Spirit. The Word of God. Eph. vi. 17. Heb. iv. 12. Rev. i. 16.

A Rod or Wand. Power and Rule. Psalm cx. 2. Psalm ii. 9. Exod. iv. 17.

A Cloke. Hypocrisy and Malice. 1 Pet. ii. 16. 1 Thess. ii. 5.

A Crown. A Garland of Herbs or Flowers, bestowed upon Champions and Conquerors, as the Reward of Victory. 1 Cor. ix. 25. 2 Tim. ii. 5. 1 Pet. v. 4. Rev. ii. 10.

Life. The Life of a regenerate Spirit: Immortality. Isa. xxxviii. 16. Gen. ii. 9. Psalm xvi. 11. xxxvi.

John vi. 53.

9. Matt. xix. 17. Sleep. Death, to be followed by a Resurrection. John xi. 11. Dan. xii. 2. 1 Cor. xv. 20.

Death. The State of a Soul insensible of Sin and Corruption, and destitute of the Spirit of Life. 1 Tim. v. 6. Jude, 12. Rev. iii. 1. A State of Mortification, Death to Sin, and Crucifixion with Christ. Rom. vi. 8. 1 Pet. ii. 24. Col. ii. 20.

Gal. vi. 14.

Bread, Food, or Nourishment of any Sort. of God. Deut. viii. 3. Matt. iv. 4. 13, 14.

The Word

Heb. v. 12,

Hunger and Thirst. The Appetites of the Spirit after Righteousness. Luke i. 53. Matt. v. 6. John vii. 37. Psalm xlii. 2.

Itching Ears. A Lust after the Preachers of false Doctrine. 2 Tim. iv. 3.

Bodily Infirmities. All the Distempers and Weaknesses of the Mind are expressed by them. Isa. Xxxv. 3-6. Matt. viii. 17. Isa. i. 5. Miracles on the Body were therefore SIGNS of Salvation to the Soul. John ix. 5, 6.


PARADISE. Was an emblematical Residence; the Name being applied to the invisible Residence of the Blessed. Luke xxiii. 43. 1 Cor. xii. 4. Rev. ii. 7. Also to the Church and Tabernacle. Cant. iv.

12. Lam. ii. 6.

Jerusalem. The earthly, a Sign, Earnest, and Pattern of the heavenly. Gal. iv. 26. Rev. iii. 12. Heb. xi. 10. 12. 22.

Sodom. The Name is applied to any Apostate City, or to the wicked World at large. Isa. i. 10. Rev. xi. 8. Jude, 7.

Egypt and Babylon. Mystical Names of Wickedness, whether of Jews, Heathens, or apostate Christians. Rev. xvii. 5. 1 Pet. v. 13. Rev. xi. 8.

A Tabernacle. The Body of Man, in which the Soul dwelleth. 2 Cor. v. 1. 2 Pet. i. 13, 14. An House, a Temple, are used in the same Sense. 2 Cor. v. 1. 1 Cor. vi. 19.

An House. The Church of God, in which his Family

live, and he dwells with them. 1 Tim. iii. 15. Heb. iii. 6.

The Ark of Noah. The Church in which we are saved

by the Water of Baptism. 1 Pet. iii. 21. The Wilderness. This World, through which Christians pass, and undergo all the Trials of the Hebrews, in their Way to Canaan. Isa. xxxv. 1. xli. 18. li. 3. 1 Cor. x. 5, 6.


HIGH PRIEST. Christ the only true Priest, in whose Person and Name every other Priest is appointed to act, under the Law and the Gospel. Heb. iv. 14. v. 1.

Sacrifices. Redemption by the Blood of Christ. Heb. ix. 22. Eph. i. 7.

Incense. An outward Sign of the Devotion of the Heart in Prayer, ascending up to God. Psalm cxli. 2. Luke i. 10. Acts x. 4. Rev. v. 8. Passover. What the Paschal Lamb was at its first Institution, when the First-born of the Hebrews were all redeemed by it; such Christ is to us. 1 Cor.

V. 7.

Circumcision. An Engagement, like that of Baptism, to renounce the Flesh and circumcise the Heart. Deut. x. 16. xxx. 6. Phil. iii. 3. Col. ii. 11. Rom. ii. 29.

Washing with Water. Purification from Sin and Guilt. Psalm lxxiii. 13. li. 2. 7. Isa. i. 16. Jer. iv. 14. 1 Cor. vi. 11.

Tabernacle. A Representation of this World and the

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