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The princes of Israel, by their several gifts, testified their joyful celebration of the dedication of the tabernacle and the altar. · VII. 8. Four waggons and eight oxen he gave unto the sons of Merari.
To the sons of Merari, whose charge was the heaviest carriage that belonged to the tabernacle, as the boards and pillars thereof, he gave a double proportion of waggons and oxen, for the more easy removal thereof.
VII. 89. When Moses, &c. to speak with him.
When Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation, to attend upon the Lord, and to receive his commandments.
· VIII. 2. The seven lamps shall give light over against 'the candlestick,
The seven lamps shall give light, round about the bulk or shaft of the candlestick, on all sides.
VIII. 11. Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD for an offering of the children of Israel.
Aaron shall present the Levites before the Lord, as persons consecrated to God; whom the chief of Israel, in the name of all the rest, shall devote to the holy service of God, in their behalf, as designed and allowed by them to offer up their oblations.
VIII. 24. From the age of twenty-five years and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle. · From the age of twenty-five years, they shall so enter into the tabernacle, as to inform themselves, and to learn, both by institution and practice, how to perform the services; and, at the age of thirty years, they shall enter upon the execution of their charge.
VIII. 25. After fifty years, &c. they shall serve no more.
They shall not serve any more, after the age of fifty, in any of the painful and laborious works of carriage or attendance ; although, for oversight and aid of advice, no age ought to be exempted.
· IX. 15. And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, namely, the tent of the testimony : and at even there was upon the tabernacle as it were an appearance of fire, until the morning.
In the day, that the tabernacle was perfectly set up, God gave visible testimony of his presence therein ; appearing, in the day time, as a cloud in the Holy of Holies, over the ark ; and, in the night time, as a lightsome fire over the same.
IX. 18. At the commandment of the LORD the children of Israel journeyed.
Upon the will of God, signified really to them by the stay or removal of the cloud, they disposed of their journey or abode. · X. 2. Make thee two trumpets of silver; of one whole piece shalt thou make them.
Of one entire piece, beaten out into length and breadth, shalt thou make each trumpet ; and not of several parcels beaten together: of silver, for the purity of the metal; of one piece, for the unity and perfection of the sound.
X. 31. Thou mayest be to us instead of eyes. · By reason of thy knowledge and experience, thou mayest be a good direction for us.
XI, 1. And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the Lord heard it ; and his anger was kindled ; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them in the uttermost parts of the camp.
And the people murmured and were discontent, at their three days' journey in the wilderness, ere they settled in a resting place; and the Lord took notice of their repining; and his anger was kindled against them, and shewed itself in a sensible judgment upon them ; for he sent forth a visible fire amongst them, and consumed those that were in the outer skirts of the camp.
XI. 4. And the mixt multitude that were among them fell a lusting : and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat ?
And the multitude, which was a mixed company of native Israelites and of strangers that came along with them out of Egypt, fell to an earnest longing and lusting after their old diet ; and said, Oh that somebody would now give us flesh to eat.
XI. 7. The manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium. · The manna was, in fashion and quantity, like to coriander seed ; and the colour of it was, as of a clear white gum. · XI. 15. And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee.
If I shall be put to bear the charge and burthen of this busy and troublesome people alone, rather take me away. • XI. 17. I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them.
I will endue them with the same spiritual gifts and abilities, that I have furnished thee withal, for the wielding of this great administration.
XI. 18. Sunctify yourselves against to-morrow. : Make yourselves, by due preparation, of believing and thankful hearts, apt and capable to receive this new and marvellous blessing from God.
XI. 20. Till it come forth at your nostrils.
Until you be overcloyed with it.
XII. 6. If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
It is my manner, when I would honour any man with the calling and employment of a prophet, to reveal my will to that man, either by dreams or visions, which are the two usual means, whereby I am wont to impart myself unto men.
XII. 7. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all my house.
But, as for my servant Moses, he is none of the ordinary rank of prophets; him, as whom I have found faithful in all the service that I have committed unto him, I have thought good to grace with an especial favour and entireness.
XII. 8. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches.
With him will I speak in a more familiar manner, than with the rest of mankind, even as a man would talk with his friend, by an immediate revelation of myself unto him : here shall need no dreams or visions, wherein to convey my will and pleasure unto him ; but his very senses shall apprehend and perceive the plain and clear demonstration of my presence, and the notice of my will, by a familiar and sociable conference,
XIII. 23. And when they came to the brook of Eshcol.
And when they came to the valley, or brook, which afterward, upon this occasion, was called Eshcol, from the cluster of grapes which here they cut down.
XIII. 32. It is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof.
Either the air is unwholesome and wastes the inhabitants with diseases ; or the soil is so stubborn and harsh to work upon, that it spends their bodies with the difficulty of their labours.
XIII. 33. We were in our own sight us grasshoppers.
For stature and strength, there seemed to be no less difference betwixt them and us, than between grasshoppers and men.
XIV. 8. Floweth with milk and honey.
Hath abundance of all provision, both for sustenance and pleasure.
XIV. 9. For they are bread for us.
We shall consume them with great ease, and feed upon their rich provisions.
XIV. 10. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle.
And the Lord gave an apparent sign of his glorious presence in the cloud, that covered the tabernacle, in the sight of Israel.
XIV. 21. All the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD, VOL. III,
The whole earth shall take notice of my righteous judgments, which I will execute upon this people; and give unto me the praise and glory of my justice.
XIV. 33. Your children shall bear your whoredoms.
Your children, though they shall at last enter into the promised land, yet, in the mean time, they shall smart for your sins; that you may be punished in them.
XIV. 34. You shall know my breach of promise.
Since you have thus shamefully broken your covenant with me, ye shall know and feel that those promises, which I made to you upon your obedience, shall now be reversed.
XIV. 40. We will go up to the place which the Lord hath promised : for we have sinned.
We will now, without any farther mutiny, go forward to the promised land, and fight with our enemies; for we do well see and confess, we have sinned against our God, in this our murmuring and backwardness.
XV. 30. But the soul that doth ought presumptuously, &c. the same reproacheth the LORD ; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
That man, that sinneth in an arrogant and presumptuous manner, as it were daring God and despiting heaven, he shall be destroyed by an immediate hand of God; as having wilfully affronted the Lord, and called his justice into question.
XVI. 3. Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them.
Ye take too much state and greatness upon you : as if you only might or ought to engross the Lord to yourselves : since there is none of the congregation, but is capable and fit to do those holy actions, which ye have appropriated to yourselves; and the Lord would be as ready to testify his acceptation of them.
XVI. 4. Moses fell upon his face.
In a deep sorrow for this presumptuous sin of these princes, and in an humble invocation upon God who only could right these proud challenges, Moses cast himself down upon his face.
XVI. 5. Even to-morrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him, whom he hath chosen.
To-morrow the Lord will give a visible proof, whether he hath set us apart to these his highest services; and whether he be well pleased, that ye should, without any special calling thereunto, approach unto his presence to offer sacrifices to him.
XVI. 7. Ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi,'
Rather thou, O Korah, being one of the tribe of Levi, takest too much upon thee and thine, thus to encroach upon the Priests' office; which thou shalt well find in the sequel.
XVI. 14. Wilt thou put out the eyes of these men?
Canst thou hope so to blind the eyes of these people, that they shall not discern thy fraudulent, presumptuous, and false dealing with them?
XVI. 47. The plague was begun among the people,
XVII. 13. Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of the LORD shall die : shall we be consumed with dying?
We do well see, how deadly a thing it is, for us to offer to meddle with any of the sacred businesses of the tabernacle ; but, O Lord, what shall become of us? Some of us are swallowed up of the earth; others of us are consumed by fire; others, by the sudden stroke of thy hand : 0 God, wilt thou not be entreated to take off thy revenging hand from us, till we be all utterly consumed?
XVIII. 1. Thou and thy sons and thy father's house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary.
Thou, and thy posterity that is descended from the loins of Levi, shall be answerable for any abuse, that is done in the sanctuary.
XVIII. 7. I have given the priest's office unto you as a service of gift.
I have, of my free choice and gift, designed you to the office and service of the priesthood.
XVIII. 19. It is a covenant of salt for ever.
XVIII. 24. But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heaveoffering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit.
The tithes of the children of Israel, which they set apart and consecrate to the Lord, by lifting them up in way of oblation to God, I have given to the tribe of Levi, as a constant and perpetual inheritance, to claim and enjoy for ever.
XVIII. 27. And this your heaveoffering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshing floor, and as the fulness of the winepress.
And this tenth part, which you shall offer out of your tithe, shall be no less imputed to you or accepted from you, than if it were raised out of your own cornfloor, or your own winepress.
XIX. 9. It shall be kept, &c. for a water of separation,
It shall be kept for the cleansing of those, that are separated upon occasion of legal uncleannesses.