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- and bring an evil report. A: M. 2514 came unto Hebron ; where " Ahi- 27 And they told him, and said, A. M. 2514. B. C. 1490.

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children of Anak, were. (Now thou sentest us, and surely it p Hebron was built seven years before 4 Zoan floweth with * milk and honey; Y and this is in Egypt.)

the fruit of it. 23 + And they came unto the • brook of 28 Nevertheless ? the people be strong that Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it and very great ; and moreover we saw a the between two- upon a staff; and they brought children of Anak there. of the pomegranates, and of the figs.

29 b The Amalekites dwell in the land of 24 The place was called the brook " Esh- the south.. and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, col, because of the cluster of grapes which the and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains ; children of Israel cut down from thence. and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by

25 And they returned from searching of the the coast of Jordan. land after forty days.

30 And ? Caleb stilled the people before 26 And they went and came to Moses, and Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and to Aaron; and to all the congregation of the possess it; for we are well able to overchildren of Israel, * unto the wilderness of come it. Paran, to Kadesh ; and brought back word 31 But the nien ihat went up with him said, unto them, and unto all the congregation, and we be not able to go up against the people; showed them the fruit of the land. :

for they are stronger than we. D. Josh. xi. 21, 22 ; xv. 13, 14 ; Judg. i 10.- Lo Ver. 33. w Chap. xx. 1, 16; xxxii. 8; xxxiii. 36 ; Deut. i. 19; Josh. xiv. p Josh. xxi. 11. - Psa. lxxviii. 12; Isa. xix, 11; xxx. - Exod. iii. 8 ; xxxii. 3. -- Deut. i. 25. — Deut. i. 28; 4. - Deut. i. 24, 25. Or, valley; chap. xxxii. 9; Judg. ix. 1, 2. _ Ver. 33.-—Exod. xvii. 8 ; chap. xiv. 43; Judg. xvi. 4. - Or, valley.

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a cluster of grapes. vi. 3; 1 Sam. xiv. 48 ; xv. 3, &c. See chap. xiv. 6, 24; Josh. Ver. 3.

xiy. 7,- d Chap. xxxii. 9; Deut. i. 28 ; Josh. xiv. 8. in Egypt.) The Zoan of the Scriptures is allowed to From what is mentioned ver. 20, Now the time was be the Tanis of the heathen historians, which was the the time of the first-ripe grapes, it is very probable capital of Lower Egypt. Some think it was to hum- that the spies received their orders about the beginble the pride of the Egyptians, who boasted the high-) ning of August, and returned about the middle of Sepest antiquity, that this note concerning the higher an-tember, as in those countries grapes, pomegranates, tiguity, of Hebron was introduced by Moses. Somè. and figs, are ripe about this time; see Harmer, vol. i., have supposed that it is more likely to have been ori- p. 108-110. At Sheeraz, in Persia, I find from a MS. ginally a marginal nole, which in process of time crept journal, that the small white grape, askerie, came into into the text ; but all the versions and all the MSS. season August 6; and pomegranales September 6 ; that have as yet been collated, acknowledge it. and the large red grape, sahibi, September 10.

Verse 23. They bare it between two upon a staff} The spies' carrying the bunch of grapes on a staff It would be very easy to produce a great number of between two men was probably not rendered neceswitnesses to prove that grapes in the promised land, sary by the size of the bunch or cluster ; but to preand indeed in various other hot countries, grow to a serve it from being bruised, that the Israelites might prodigious size. By Calmel, Scheuchzer, and Harmer, have a fair specimen of the fruit. As Joshua and this subject has been exhausted, and to these I may Caleb were the only persons who gave a favourable refer the reader.. Pliny mentions bunches of grapes account of the land, it is most likely that they were in Africa each of which was larger than an infant. the persons who had gathered these fruits, and who Radzvil saw at Rhodes bunches of grapes three quarters brought them to the Israelitish camp. And it is likely of an ell in length, each grape as large as, a plum. they were gathered as short a time as possible before Dandini saw grapes of this size at Mount Libanus; their return, that they might not be injured by the and Paul Lucas mentions some bunches which he saw length of the time they had been separated from their at Damascus that weighed above forty-five pounds. respective trees. : From the most authentic accounts the Egyptian grape Verse 27. We came unto the land, gc.] It is astois very small, and this being the only one with which nishing that men so dastardly as these should have had the Israelites were acquainted, the great size of the courage enough to risk their persons in searching the grapes of Hebron would appear still more extraordi- land. But probably though destitute of valour they had nary. I myself once cut down a bunch of grapes, a sufficiency of cunning, and this carried them through. nearly twenty pounds in weight. Those who live in The report they brought was exceedingly discouragcold climates can scarcely have any conception to ing, and naturally tended to produce the effect menwhat perfection both grapes and other fruits grow in tioned in the next chapter. The conduct of Joshua climates that are warm, and where the soil is suitable and Caleb was alone magnanimous, and worthy of the to them,

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evil report of the land. 32 And they brought up an that we saw in it are 5 men of a An. Exod. Isr. evil report of the land which great stature.

they had searched unto the chil- 33 And there we saw the giants, dren of Israel, saying, The land through which " the sons of Anak, which come of the giants : we have gone to search it is a land that eateịh and we were in our own sight as i grasshopup the inhabitants thereof : and all the people pers, and so we were * in their sight.

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Verse 32. Men of a great stature) -7172, VIX an- wilderness through which the Israelites passed, of the shey middoth, men of measures—two men's height ; difficulties and trials to be met with in the present i. e., exceedingly tall men.

world. The promise of the kingdom of God is given Verse 33. There we saw the giants] O-503 nephilim. to every believer ; but how many are discouraged by It is evident that they had seen a robust, sturdy, war- the difficulties in the way! A slothful heart sees danlike race of men, and of great stature ; for the asserted gers, lions, and giants, 'every-where; and therefore fact is not denied by Joshua or Caleb.

refuses to proceed in the heavenly path. Many of Tales of gigantic men are frequent in all countries, the spies contribute to this by the bad reports they but they are generally of such as have lived in times bring of the heavenly country. Certain preachers alvery remote from those in which such tales are told. low “ that the land is good, that it flows with milk That there have been giants at different times, in ra- and honey," and go so far as to show some of its rious parts of the earth, there can be no doubt; but fruits ; but they discourage the people by stating the that there ever was a nation of men twelve and four- impossibility of overcoming their enemies. “Sin," teen feet high, we cannot, should not believe. Goli. say they, “cannot be destroyed in this life- it will alath appears to have been at least nine feet high: this ways dwell in you—the Anakim cannot be conquered was very extraordinary. I knew three young men in -we are but as grasshoppers. against the Anakim," my own neighbourhood, two of them brothers, each &c., &c. Here and there a Joshua and a Caleb, trustof whom was upwards of seven feet, the third was ing alone in the power of God, armed with faith in the eight feet six inches, and these men were very well infinite efficacy of that blood which cleanses from all proportioned.' Others I have seen of extraordinary unrighteousness, boldly stand forth and say : “ Their stature, but they were generally disproportioned, espe- defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with cially in their limbs. These instances serve to prore us; let us go up at once and possess the land, for we the possibility of cases of this nature. The Anakim are well able to overcome.” . We ean do all things might appear to the Israelites as a very tall, robust through Christ strengthening us : he will purify us nation; and in comparison of the latter it is very pro- unto himself, and give us that rest from sin here which bable that they were so, as it is very likely that the his death has procured and his word has promised. growth of the Israelites had been greatly cramped Reader, canst thou not take God at his word? He with their long and severe servitude in Egypt. And has never yet failed thee. - Surely then thou hast no this may, in some measure account for their alarm. reason to doubt. Thou hast never yet tried him to On this subject the reader is desired to turn back to the uttermost. Thou knowest not how far and how the note on Gen. vi. 4.

fully he can save. Do not be dispirited : the sons of

Anak shall fall before thee, if thou meet them in the Canaan was a type of the kingdom of God; the name of the Lord of hosts.

CHAPTER XIV. The whole congregation weep at the-account brought by the spies, 1. They murmur, 2, 3; and propose to make themselves a captain, and go back to Egypt, 4. Moses and Aaron are greatly affected, 5. Joshua and Caleb endeavour to appease and encourage the people, 6-9. The congregation are about to stone them, 10. The glory of the Lord appears, and he is about to smite the rebels with the pestilence, 11, 12. Moses makes a long and pathetic intercession in their behalf, 13–19. The Lord hears and forbears in punish, 20; but purposes that not one of that generation shall enter into the promised land save Joshua and Caleb, 21-24. Moses is commanded to turn and get into the wilderness by way of the Red Sca, 25. The Lord repeats his purpose that none of that generation shall enter into the promised landthat their carcasses shall fall in the wilderness, and that their children alone, with Joshua and Caleb, shall possess the land of the Canaanites, 80., 26–32. As many days as they hare searched the land shall they wander years in the desert, until they shall be utterly consumed, 33–35. All the spies save Joshua and Caled die by a plague, 36–38. Moses declares God's purpose to the people, at which they are greatly affected, 39. They acknowledge their sin, and purpose to go up at once and possess the land, 40. Moses cautions them against resisting the purpose of God, 41–43. They, notwithstanding, presume to go, but Moses and the ark abide in the camp, 44. The Amalekites and Canaanites come down from the mountains, and defeat them, 45.

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CHAP. XIV. - propose to return to Egypt. A. M. 2514. AND all the congregation lifted we passed through to search it, A. M. 2514.

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An. Exod. [sr. up their voice, and cried; and is an exceeding good land.

An. Exod. Isr. a the people wept that night.. 8 If the LORD delight in us, 2 And all the children of Israel murmured then he will bring us into this land, and give it against Moses and against Aaron : and the us; ka land which 'floweth with milk and whole congregation said unto them, Would honey God that we had died in'the land of Egypt!'or 9 Ônly · rebel not ye against the Lord,

would God we had died in this wilderness! neither fear ye the people of the land : for

3 And wherefore hath the Lord brought us " they are bread for us; their o defence is deunto this land, to fall by the sword, that our parted from them, and the Lord is with us : wives and our children should be a

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fear them not. it not better for us to return into Egypt? 10 9 But all the congregation bade stone them

4 And they said one to another, d-Let us with stones. And the glory of the Lord apmake a captain, and let us return into Egypt. peared in the tabernacle of the congregation

5 Then f Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the children of Israel. before all the assembly of the congregation of 11 And the LORD said unto Moses, How the children of Israel.

long wilt this people sprovoke me? and how 6 & And-Joshua the son of Nuns and Caleb long will it be ere they t believe me, for all the son of Jephunneh, which were of them the signs which I have showed among them . that searched the land, rent their clothes : 12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and

7 And they spake unto all the company of disinherit them, and ! will make of thee a the children of Israel, saying, “The-land, which greater nation and mightier than they.

*Chip. xi. 4. Lb Exod. xvi. 2; xvij. 3; chap. xvi. 41; Psa. P Gen. xlviii. 21; Exod. xxxu. 16; Deut. xx. 1,3, 4; xxxi. 6, vi. 25.––c See ver. 28, 29-d Neh. ix. 17. e See Deut. 8; Josh. i. 5 ; Judg. i. 22 ; 2 Chron.xii. 12 ; xv. 2; xx. 17; xxxij. xyii. 16; Acts vii. 39.- - Chap. xvi. 4, 22. - Ver. 24, 30, 8; Psa. xlvi. 7, 11 ; Isa. xli. 10; Ainos v. 14; Zech. viji. 23. 38 ; chap. xiii. 6, 8. —h Chap. xvi. 27; Deut. i. 25.-i Deut. 9 Exod. xvii. 4.

—Exod. xvi. 10; xxiv. 16, 17; xl. 34 ; Lev. x. 15; 2 Sam. xv. 25, 26 ; xxii

. 20 ; 1 Kings x. 9; Psa. xxii. 8; | ix. 23; chap. xvi. 19, 42; xx. 6. - Ver. 23; Deut. ix. 7, 8, 22. cxlvii. 10, 11 ; Isa. lxii. 4. -k Chap. xiii. 27.- - Deut. ix. 7, Psa. xcv. 8; Heb. iii. 8, 16. - Deut. i. 32; ix. 23; Psa. 23, 24.m Deut, vii. 18; xx. 3.----- Chap. xxiv. 8: - Heb. Ixxviii. 22, 32, 42; cvi. 24; John xii. 37; Heb. ii. 18.-u Exod. shadow ; Psa. cxxi. 5; Isa. xxx. 2, 3; Jer. xlviii. 45. NOTES ON CHAP. XIV.

in the sultry eastern countries. The protection of Verse 1. Cried; andwept that night.) In almost God is so called ; see Psa. xci. 1; cxxi. 5 ; see also every case this people gave deplorable evidence of ihe Isa. li. 16; xlix. 2 ; xxx. 2. degraded state of their minds. With scarcely any

The Arabs and Persians have the same word to exmental firmness, and with almost no religion, they could press the same thing. so sala ägs och bear no reverses, and were ever at their wit's end. nemayeed zulli doulet mamdood bad.

“May the They were headstrong, presumptuous, pusillanimous, shadow of thy, prosperity be extended!" mila indecisive, and fickle. · And because they were such,

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nemayeed دولت برمفارق خيرخواهی ممدود باد therefore the power and wisdom of God appeared the

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more conspicuously in the whole of their history. zulli doulet ber mufareki Khayr khwahen mamdood

Verse 4. Let us make a captain] Here was a for- bad. "May the shadow of thy prosperity be spread mal renunciation of the authority of Moses, and flat over the heads of thy well-wishers !" They have also rebellion against God. And it seems from Neh. ix, the following elegant dističh.:17 that they had actually appointed another leader,

s under whose direction they were about to return to Egypt. How astonishing is this! Their lives were made biljet, because of the rigour with which they

Sayahat kem mubad az seri were made to serve in the land of Egypt; and yet they

Bast Allah zullikem abeda. are willing, yea eager, to get back into the same cir- “ May thy protection never be removed from my head! cumstances again! Great evils, when once some time May God extend thy shadow eternally !" pasl, affect the mind less than present ills, though much inferior. They 'had partly forgot their Egyp- Hebrew 58 tsel, both signifying that which overspreads

Here the Arabic lo zull answers exactly to the tian bondage, and now smart under a little discourage- or övershadows. See the note on ver. 14. ment, having totally lost sight of their high calling, and of the power and goodness of God.

Verse 10. The glory of the Lord appeared] This

timely appearance of the Divine glory prevented these Verse 6. And Joshua, gc.] See on the preceding faithful servants of God from being stoned to death by chapter, ver. 33.

this base and treacherous multitude. " Every man is Verse 9. Their defence) obs tsillam, their shadow, immortal till his work is done,” while in simplicity of a metaphor highly expressive of protection and suppori l'heart he is following his God.

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from the promised land 13 And v Moses said unto the iniquity of the fathers upon the AK. Exod. Isr. Lond, Then the Egyptians shall children unto the third and fourth An: Exod. Isr.

hear it, (for thou broughtest up generation, this people in thy might from among them ;) 19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of

14 And they will tell įt to the inhabitants of this people according unto the greatness of this land ; - * for they have heard that thou thy mercy, and d as thou hast forgiven this Lord art-among this people, that thou Lord people, from Egypt even until now. art seen face to face, and that * thy cloud 20 And the LORD said, I have pardoned facstandeth over them, and that thou goest before cording to thy word : them, by day-time in a pillar of a cloud, and 21 But as truly as I live, & all the earth shall in a pillar of fire by night.

be filled with the glory of the LORD. 15 Now if thou shalt kill all this people as 22 Because all those men which have seen one man, then the nations which have heard my glory, and my miracles, which I did in the fame of thee will speak, saying,

Egypt and in the wilderness, have tempted me 16 Because the Lord was not y able to bring now i these ten times, and have not hearkened this people into the land which he sware unto to my yoice; them, therefore. he hath slain them in the wil.

23 "Surely they shall not see the land derness,

which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall ,17 And now, I beseech thee, let the power any of them that provoke me see it : of my Lord be great, according as thou hast 24 But my servant m Caleb, because he had spoken, saying,

another spirit with him, and hath followed 18 The Lord is a longsuffering, and of great me fully, him will I bring into the land wheremercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and into he went ; and his seed shall possess it. by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the 25 (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites

Exod. xxxii. 12; Psa, cvi. 23; Deut. ix, 26, 27, 28 ; xxxi, Psa, cvi, 45. a Psa. Ixxxii, 38. Or, hitherto. Psa. 27; Ezek. xx. 9, 14. w Exod. xv. 14; Josh. ii. 10; v. 1. cvi. 23 ; James v. 16; 1 John v. 14, 15, 16. - Psa. lxxii. 19. * Exod. xiii. 21; w1.38 ; chap. x. 34 ; Neh, ix. 12 ; Psa: lxxviii

. * Deut, i. 35; Psa. xcv. !k, cvi. 26; Heb. iii. 17, 18.

i Gen. 14; cv, 39. - Deut. ix. 28; Josh, vii. '9. -- Exod. xxxiv. xxxi. 7.- k Chap. xxxii, 11; Ezek. xx. 15.--Heb. if they 6,7; Psa, ciii. 8; cxlv,8; Jonah iv, 2.- a Exod. xx.5; xxxiv. see the land.- m Deut. i. 36; Josh, xiv. 6, 8, 9, 11.7.b Exod. xxxiv. 9.

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Verse 14. That thy cloud standeth over them] This the words of Moses's intercession; they need no ex-' cloud, the symbol of the Divine glory, and proof of planation, they are full of simplicity and energy ; his the Divine presence, appears to have assumed three arguments with God (for he did reason and argue with different forms for three important purposes. .

his Maker) are pointed, cogent, and respectful ; and • 1. It 'appeared by day in the form of a pillar of a while they show a heart full of humanity, they evidence sufficient height to be seen by all the camp, and thus the deepest concern for the glory of God. The arguwent before them to point out their way in the desert. montum ad hominem is here used in the most unex. Exod. xl. 38.

ceptionable manner, and with the fullest effect. : 2. It appeared by night as a pillar of fire to give Verse 20. I have pardoned} That is, They shall them light while travelling by night, which they pro- nof be cut off as they deserve, because thou hast interbably sometimes did ; "(see chap. ix. 21 ;) or to illu- ceded for their lives. minate their tents in their encampments ; Exod. xiii. 'Verse 21. All the earth shall be filled, fc.) 4752 21, 22.

kol haarets, all this land, i. e., the land of Canaan; 3. It stood at certain times above the whole con- which was only fulfilled to the letter when the preachgregation, overshadowing them from the scorching, ing of Christ and his apostles was heard through all rays of the sun; and probably at other times condensed the cities and villages of Júdea. It does not appear the vapours, and precipitated rain or dew for the re- that the whole of the terraqueous globe is meant by this freshment of the people. He spread a cloud for their expression in any of the places where it occurs concovering ; and fire to give light in the night; Psa. cv. nected with this promise of the diffusion of the Divine 39. It was probably from this circumstance that the light. See Psa. Ixxs. 19 ; `Isa. xl. 5 ; Hab. i. 14. shadow of the Lord was used to signify the Divine Verse 24. But my servant Caleb, fc.) Caleb had protection, not only by the Jews, but also by other another spirit—not only a bold, generous, courageous, Asiatic nations. See the note on ver. 9, and see par- noble, and heroic spirit ; but the Spirit and influence of ticularly the note on Exod. xiii. 21.

the God of heaven thus raised him aboye human inVerse 18. The Lord is longsuffering} See the quietudes and earthly fears, therefore he followed God note on Exod. xxxiv. 6.

"fully; 10x x'l vaimalle qoharai, literally, he filled Verse 19. Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of after me : God showed him the way he was to take, this people] From ver. 13 to ver, 19 inclusive we have and the line of conduct he was to pursue, and he filled

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33 And your children shall z wander a in' the 26 And the Lord spake unto Moses and wilderness bforty years, and bear your whoreunto Aaron, saying,

doms, until your carcasses be wasted in the 27 How long shall I bear with this evil wilderness. congregation, which murmur against me ? 11 34 d After the number of the days in whichi have heard the murmurings of the children of ye searched the land, even eforty days, each Israel, which they murmur against me. day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, ,

28 Say unto them, " As truly as I live, saith even forty years, and ye shall know 8 my the Lord, s as ye have spoken in mine ears, breach of promise. so will I do to you:

35 h-I the Lord have said, I will surely do 29 Your carcasses shall fall in this wilder- it unto all i this evil congregation, that are ness; and all that were numbered of you, gathered together against me; in this wilderaccording to your whole number, from twenty ness they shall be consumed, and there they years old and upward, which have murmured shall die. against me,

36 ķ And the men, which Moses sent 10 30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, search the land, who returned, and made all concerning which I usware to make you dwell the congregation to murmur against him, by therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, bringing up a slander upon the land, and Joshua the son of Nun.

:37 Even those men that did bring up the -31 w But ġour little ones, which ye said should evil report upon the land, 'died by the plague be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall before the Lord. know the land which ye have despised. 38 But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb

Deut. i. 40. -> Ver. 11; Exod. xvi. 28; Matt. xvii. 7. 13; Psa. evii. 40.- . See Deut, ii. 14. Ezek. xxiii. 35 9 Exod. xvi. 12. Ver. 23; chap. xxvi. 65 ; xxxii. Il; Deut. Chap. xii. 25. Le Psa. Icv. 10; Ezek. iv. 6. See 1 Kings i. 35; Heb. iii. 17. See ver. 2. Chap. i. 45; xxvi. 64. viii. 56; Psa. lxxvii. 8; cv. 42 ; Heb. iv. 1.- Or, altering of Heb. lifted up my hand ; Gen. xiv. 22. - Ver. 38; chap. xxvi. my purpose.

- Chap. xxiii. 19.-i Ver. 27, 29; chap. xxvi. 65 ; xxxii. 12; Deut. i. 36, 38. W Deut. i. 39. -x Psau cvi. | 65 ; 1 Cor. A. 5. -k Chap. xii. 31, 32. — I Cor. x. 10; Heb. 24.- Cor. x. 5; Heb. ii. 17.- Or, feed. - Chap. xxxii. ii. 17; Jude 5.- Chap. xxvi. 65; Josh. xiv. 6, 10. up this line, and in all things followed the will of his kind, but in the pursuit of earthly good they lose them, Maker. He therefore shall see the promised land, and often lose the others also! If ye be willing and and his seed shall possess it. A dastardly spirit in obedient, ye shall eal the fruit of the land, but not the things of God is a heavy curse, How many are otherwise; unless for your farther punishment God retarded in their course, and fall short of the blessings give you your portion in this life, and ye get none in of the Gospel, through magnifying the number and the life to come. From so great a curse may God strength of their adversaries, their own weakness and save thee, thou money-loving, honour-hunting, pleathe difficulties of the way, with which we may connect sure-taking, thoughtless, godless man! their distrust of the power, faithfulness, and goodness And ye shall know my breach of promise. This is of God! And how many are prevented from receiv. certainly a most harsh expression; and most learned. ing the higher degrees of salvation by foolishly attri- men agree that the words 'nain ns eth lenuathi should buting insurmountable power, either to their inward | be translated my vengeance, which is the rendering of corruptions or outward enemies! Only such men as the Septuagint, Vulgale, Coptic, and Anglo-Saxon ; Joshua and Caleb, who take God at his word, and and which is followed by almost all our ancient Eng. who know that against his wisdom no cunning can lish translations. The meaning however appears to stand, and against his might no strength can prevail, be this : As God had promised to bring them into the are likely to follow God fully, and receive the heights, good land, provided they kept his statutes, ordinances, lengths, breadths, and depths of the salvation of God. 1 &c., and they had now broken their engagements, he

Verse 34. After the number of the days] The spies was no longer held by his covenant; and therefore, by were forty days in searching the land, and the people excluding them from the promised land, he showed them who rebelled on their evil report are condemned to at once his annulling of the covenant, which they had wander forty years in the wilderness! Now let them broken, and his vengeance because they had broken it. make them a captain and go back to Egypt if they Verse 37. Those men that did bring up the evil recan. God had so hedged them about with his power portdied] Thas ten of the twelve that searched out and providence that they could neither go back to the land were struck dead, by the justice of God, on Egypt nór. gèt' forward to the promised land! · God the spot ! Caleb of the tribe of Judah, and Joshua, of has provided innumerable spiritual blessings for man- | the tribe of Ephraim, alone escaped, because they had

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