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these pages, as to lead them seriously to pray to the God of their fathers, - the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, that he would give them a heart rightly to understand this prophecy of Isaiah! Then I have no doubt that the prophecy of Zechariah xii. 10-14, would also be very soon fulfilled with respect to them. I would now conclude this chapter in the words of the pious psalmist, :: 0 that the salvation of • Israel were come out of Zion! When the

Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, • Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

CHAP V.

THE SAME SUBJECT CONTINUED.

In the twenty-second Psalm, David, speaking in the first person, describes a series of the most dreadful sufferings, which correspond, in the most particular and minute manner, with the sufferings of Jesus, as related by the evangelists. I shall place the following quotations from the psalmist and the evangelists, in opposite columns, that the reader may the more easily discern the exact correspondence between them.

Psalm, ver. 6. •I am a worm,

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Matth. xxvi. 67. « Then did they spit in his face, 6 and buffeted him; and o others smote him with • the palms of their hands, saying, Prophesy unto

no man ; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.'

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us, thou Christ : who is • he that smote thee?'

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Psalm, ver. 14. • poured out like water,

and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like

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it is melted in the

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o whole band of soldiers.'

« midst of my bowels. My strength is dried

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like a potsherd; and my

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* And they stripped him, • and put on him a scarlet

robe. And when they • had platted a crown of • thorns, they put it upon • his head, and a reed in

his right hand; and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, 6 saying, Hail ! king of the - Jews ! And they spit upon him ; and took the reed, and smote him on o the head. And after • that they had mocked

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tongue cleaveth unto my jaws; and

thou hast • brought me into the dust • of death. For dogs have

compassed me; the as• sembly of the wicked · have inclosed me: they ·

pierced my hands and my • feet. I

may • bones: they look and

stare on me. They part • my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.'

tell all my

him, they took the robe • off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify • him. (John xix. 23.) « Then the soldiers, when • they had crucified Jesus, took

his garments, and o made four parts, to every • soldier a part; and also

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As we read of nothing in the history of David's life, which at all corresponds with the language of this Psalm, we must conclude, that though the psalmist here speaks in the first person, yet the Spirit of God, who inspired him to express himself as above, had some other person in view; and when we see how exactly the language corresponds with the history given us by the evangelists, of the last sufferings of Jesus, we cannot avoid coming to the conclu

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