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They shall subdue their enemies afar.off, as with sling stones, and with other killing engines of war; and they sball rejoice in their victory, and shall feast for joy, and shout out in their triumphs, as men filled with wine; and shall, in the cheerfulness of their hearts, offer store of sacrifices of praise unto God, so as, both the bowls of the temples and the horns of the altar shall carry an abundant testimony of their frequent devotions.
IX. 16 For they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land. And, however they have been formerly despised and trod upon, yet they shall now be advanced to such honour, that they shall be as the precious stones of a royal crown, or as an ensign which is lifted up with honour over the heads of the people.
IX. 17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! coin shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids. For, how great is the blessing, how great is the beauty, wherewith God shall, upon those victories, grace and adorn his people! There shall be prosperity and plenty, every where amongst them; so as the young men shall be full fed with feasts, and their very maids shall be refreshed with new wine : all sorts and ages shall have cause to rejoice in their God.
X. 1 Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain ; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. Ask ye of the Lord rain, in the due season thereof, even the latter rain for the filling up of the fruits of the earth; so the Lord will, according to his promise, hear you, and give change of weather ; causing the clouds to lead in store of rain, such as may plentifully water the earth, that it may yield store of grass in every field.
X. 2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams ; they comfort in vain : therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd. It is the Lord, that must belp you : as for your Idols, whereto ye have hitherto trusted, they have vainly deluded you ; and your wizards have abused you, in false visions and dreams, and have pretended to give you those comforts which have failed you in the issue : therefore, both they and you were driven into captivity, as a flock of sheep into the fold ; and found no protection, but rather much discomfort and misery, because of the want of a shepherd to guide and defend you.
X. 3 Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the LORD of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle. Mine anger was kindled against the false prophets, and wicked rulers of my people; and I punished those (rather goats, than bell-wethers) which led my flock out of their way: for the Lord of Hosts hath sharply chastised the people of Judah ; and hatá designed them to hard conflicts, even as some stout horse is made for the day of battle.
X. 4 Out of him came forth the corner ; out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together. From his decree came forth all the plots of the siege : the tents pitched before their walls, the weapons of war which were used in that assault, and every oppressor that offered violence to them, did but execute bis just pleasure upon them.
X. 5 And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies, &c. But this sad condition of theirs shall not last always ; for the Lord hath determined happy success and victories into his people: they shall be as mighty men, which tread upon their enemies &c.
X. 8 I will hiss for them, and gather them ; for I have redeemed them : and they shall increase as they have increased. And I will, by the voice of my word, call them together into one Church; for I have redeemed them : and they shall multiply exceedingly.
X. 9 And I will sow them among the people : and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again. And I will so dispose of them, that they shall be sent all the world over, for the gathering of my Church; even as the seed is cast into several furrows of the large field, for a more plentiful increase : and they shall publish my Gospel in remote countries; and both they, and the children whom they beget unto the faith, shall live, and turn to their God and Saviour.
X. 10 I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria ; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon ; and place shall not be found for them. And I will gather my Church out of all the coasts under heaven, out of Egypt, and Assyria, and all other countries; and, in type thereof, I will fetch up my people the Jews, from those regions, where they have been captived, and bring them again into Judea ; and they shall grow to such numbers there, that the place shall not be able to bold them.
X. 11 And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away. No seas or rivers shall hinder the propagation of the Gospel; as, in type thereof, when the Jews shall return towards their country, God will rather work miracles for them, than that they shall be bindered in the way : he will again cause the sea to give them passage, and will dry up Jordan before them; and subdue all those their proud enemies of Assyria and Egypt, which had prevailed against them.
XI. i Open thy door, o Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. VOL. IV.
A grievous destruction will light upon thee, Othou ungrateful land of Judea, for those repulses and indigpities, which thou shalt offer to the Lord of Life: open thou therefore thy doors, () thou Temple of Jerusalem, that the fire may devour thy cedars.
XI. 2 Howl, fir tree ; for the cedar is fallen; because all the mighty are spoiled : howl, Oye oaks of Bashan ; for the forest of the vintage is come down. Howl and lament, () ye nobles; for your princes are fallen; all the men of power in Judea are spoiled : make lamentation, O ye of the meaner rank of Israel, for your great men are cut off.
XI. 3 There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds ; for their glory is spoiled : a voice of the roaring of young lions ; for the pride af Jordan is spožled. There is great wailing and mourning of the rulers and priests, who should have fed and guided my people ; for their glory is at an end : all the stout gallants of Judea do now roar and lament; for the magnificence of Jerusalem, and the strength of Jewry, is utterly wasted and come to nothing.
XI. 4, 5 Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter ; Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty : and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich : and their own shepherds pity them not. Thus saith the Lord my God; Yet amongst these Jews, which I have justly set out for this slaughter, there is a fock of mine, whom I have due care of ; let them be carefully fed, and looked unto: They are in a perilous and woeful case; for their own governors and spiritual guides slay them, and think they do therein good service ; and their victors, Titus and his Romans, sell them as merchandize, and rejoice in the wealth which they have raised from their price : and their own governors do not so much as pity them.
XI. 6 For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD ; but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour's hand, and into the hand of his king : and they shall smite the land. For the rest, I will have no more compassion on the inhabitants of the land, who have called for the blood of that Just One, to be required of them and their children : for I will deliver them into the hand of each other, to be slain in civil discord ; and into the hand of the Roman, whom they professed to be their king; and by both these means they shall be consumed.
XI. 7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Bear ty, and the other I called Bonds; and I fed the flock. As for that part of my flock, which are appointed as sheep to the slaughter, for my Name's sake, I will carefully feed them ; even you, O my poor little flock: and, for this cause, I took unto me two pastoral staves ; the one, which I called Beauty, was the start of mercy, and gracious and pleasurable protection ; the other, which I called Bonds, was the staff of unity for the conjoining
of my Church, or of correction and just censure of the offenders ; and with these, I guirled my little flock accordingly.
XI. 8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul loathed them, and their soul also abhorred me. Your three sorts of icaders, Kings, Priests, and Prophets, I cut off together, in a very short space : they were well worthy of my just extirpation : I loathed them for their corruption and wickedness, and they no less abhorred my laws and justice.
XI. 9 Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die ; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off, &c. Then said I, of this refractory and perverse people of the Jews; I will take charge of you no more: whatsoever calamity befal you, I will not put my hand to redress it.
XI. 10 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people. And I took my staff, even the staff of my safeguard and protec. tion, which I called Beauty, and cut it in sunder ; that I might thereby signify, that, as this people had broke the covenant which they made with me by their wilful disobedience, so that I would free myself from regarding my promise of favour and preservation made to them.
XI. 11 And so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LORD. Those humble and meek servants of mine, that wait conscionably upon me, in that sinful and perverse geüeration, well knew, that this was the just will and pleasure of God, to deal thus severely with so rebellious a people.
XI. 12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price ; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. Thus I fed my charge; and, at the last, I said unto them, If I be approved of you as your shepherd, give ye me a return of those respects that are due to me, and that price and reward which my oversight and labour calls for at your hands; but, if otherwise ye accept not of me and my function, forbear. This I required of them; but they, instead of returning their holy obedience and due thankfulness unto me, weighed out thirty pieces of silver, wbich they gave unto a traitor, as the price of my life, which should by his perfidiousness be betrayed into their hands.
XI. 13 And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter : a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD. And the Lord said unto me, Make known by this thy prophecy unto the people, that this thirty pieces shall be cast unto the potter : sav to them, It is a goodly price, whereat ye have valued me. And, accordingly, in vision, I took those thirty pieces of silver ; and shewed them, that this sum, which should be offered to be delivered back to the high priests in the house of the Lord,
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XI. 14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bonds, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel. Then I cut asunder mine other staff of unity, which I called Bonds; that I might thereby signify, that I had let loose all brotherly and peaceable respects, betwixt the true professors of the Gospel which are the spiritual Judah, and the revolted and erroneous sons of the spiritual Israel.
XI. 15 And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd. Do thou, for a sign unto them, take unto thee such a staff, and such a scrip, as no wise shepherd would bear, as being misfashioned and useless; and let thy gesture and carriage be thereafter.
XI. 16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still : but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. And this shall foresignify unto them, that I will give way to a shepherd, not more foolish than wicked, to arise in my Church ; even the Antichrist of the latter times; who shall cast off all care of my flock, either of seeking the strayed, or fetching in the weak and tender ones, or healing the broken, or carrying the lame and impotent: but, contrarily, he shall persecute my Church, and make a prey thereof; feeding himself fat, with the rich means, which he shall take from the great and mighty; and cruelly ty. rannizing over the weak, with extreme violence, smiting and wounding them, that they may be disabled to stand up against him,
XI. 17 Woe to the idle shepherd that leaveth the flock ! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye : his arm shall be quite dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened. But, woe be to that false pastor, which only carries the name and semblance of an evangelical shepherd, who leaveth the flock to be wasted and spoiled! the just revenge of God shall be, both upon the power and policy of that man of sin : bis power shall be abated and utterly weakened, by the breath of the mouth of God; and his craft and policy shall, at the last, end in disappointment and confusion,
XII. 1 The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith &c. The heavy message, which God sends to the world, in the favour and behalf of bis Church: Thus saith, &c.
XII. 2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. Behold, I will make my Church to be unto all the enemies thereof, as an intoxicating cup; which they shall no sooner offer to touch,