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the stone that I have laid before Joshua (the and say in thine heart, My power and the high priest), upon one stone shall be seven might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. eyes. Behold, I will engrave the graving But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God. thereof, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will De. viii. 17, 18. The Lord shall open unto remove the iniquity of the land in one day. thee (for thine obedience) his good treasure ; Zec. iii. 9. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in never read in the Scriptures, The stone which his season, and to bless all the work of thine the builders rejected, the same is become the hand. And thou shalt lend unto many nahead of the corner? This is the Lord's doing, tions; and thou shalt not borrow. De. xxviii. and it is marvellous in our eyes. Mat. xxi. 42. 12. And this is the blessing wherewith Moses Have ye not read this Scripture, The stone the man of God blessed the children of Israel which the builders rejected is become the before his death, &c. De. xxxiii. 1. Of Johead of the corner ? Mar. xii. 10. What is seph he said, Blessed of the Lord be his land, this then that is written, The stone which the for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, builders rejected, the same is become the head and for the deep that coucheth beneath, and of the corner ? Lu. xx. 17. This is the stone for the precious fruits brought forth by the which was set at nought of you builders, sun; and for the precious things put forth by which is become the head of the corner. Ac. the moon. And for the chief things of the iv. 11. Ye are no more strangers and foreign- ancient mountains, and for the precious things ers, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of of the lasting hills; and for the precious things the houshold of God ; and are built upon the of the earth, and fulness thereof, and for the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus good will of him who dwelt in the bush ; let Christ himself being the chief corner stone. the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, Ep. ii. 19, 20. As newborn babes, desire the and upon the top of the head of him that was sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow separated from his brethren. De. xxxiii. 13 thereby; if so be ye have tasted that the –16. His glory is like the firstling of his Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto bullock, and his horns are like the horns of a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but unicorns; with them he shall push the people chosen of God and precious; ye also as lively together, to the ends of the earth. De. xxxiii. 17. stones are built up, a spiritual house, an holy The Almighty.] I am the Almighty God priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices ac- (said the Lord to Abram when ninety years ceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore old); walk before me and be thou perfect. also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I Ge. xvii. 1. And God said unto him (Jacob, lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, pre in Beth-el,) I am God Almighty ; be fruitful cious; and he that believeth on him shall not and multiply! Ge. xxxv. 1). be confounded. Unto you, therefore, which Blessings of heaven above.] And all these believe he is precious; but unto them which blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee be disobedient, the stone which the builders (for thine obedience), if thou shalt hearken disallowed, the same is made the head of the unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed corner; and a stone of stumbling and a rock shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt of offence, even to them which stumble at the thou be in the field ; blessed shall be the fruit word, being disobedient, whereunto also they of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and were appointed. 1 Pe. ii. 248.

the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, 25 The God of thy father.] Behold, the and the flocks of thy sheep; blessed shall be Lord stood above it (the ladder in Jacob's thy basket and thy store; blessed shalt thou vision), and said, I am the Lord God of Abra- be when thou comest in, and when thou goest ham thy father, and the God of Isaac. And The Lord shall cause thine enemies Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be that rise up against thee to be smitten before with me, so that I come again to my father's thy face; they shall come out against thee house in peace, then shall the Lord be my one way, and flee before thee seven ways. God. Ge. xxviii. 13. 20, 21. Let us arise And all the people of the earth shall see that (said Jacob to his houshold), and go up to thou art called by the name of the Lord; and Beth-el, and I will make there an altar unto they shall be afraid of thee; and the Lord God, who answered me in the day of my dis- shall make thee plenteous in goods, &c. &c. tress, and was with me in the way which I De. xxviii. 2–12. Of Joseph he (Moses) went. Ge. xxxv. 3. And he (the steward of said, Blessed of the Lord be his land, &c. Joseph's house) said (unto Joseph's brethren), De. xxxiii. 13. For the Lord God is a sun Peace be to you, fear not; your God and the and shield; the Lord will give grace and God of your father hath given you treasure in glory; no good thing will he withhold from your sacks; I had your money. Ge. xliii. 23. them that walk uprightly. Ps. Ixxxiv. 11. Beware thou forget not the Lord thy God, Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good,

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the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the 26 womb: The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the bless

ings of thy progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting

hills : they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of 27 the head of him that was separate from his brethren. Benjamin

shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and

and our land shall yield her increase. Ps. ever. Moreover, I will make a covenant of Ixxxv. 12. Seek ye first the kingdom of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting God, and his righteousness, and all these things covenant with them; and I will place them, shall be added unto you. Mat. vi. 33. Let and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in no man glory in men, for all things are your's, the midst of them for evermore. Ez. xxxvii, whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the 25, 26. I (Jonah) went down to the bottoms world, or life, or death, or things present, or of the mountains: the earth with her bars things to come; all are your's, and ye are was about me for ever. Jon. ii. 6. He (che Christ's, and Christ is God's. 1 Co. iii. 21-23. Almighty) stood, and measured the earth : Blessed be the God and father of our Lord he beheld and drove asunder the nations, and Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all the everlasting mountains were scattered, the spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everEph. i. 3. My God shall supply all your need, lasting. Hab. iii. 6. according to his riches in glory, by Christ They shall be on the head, &c.] Let the Jesus. Phi. iv. 19. Godliness is profitable blessing come upon the head of Joseph (said unto all things, having promise of the life that Moses), and upon the top of the head of him now is, and of that which is to come. 1 Ti. that was separated from his brethren. De. iv. 8.

xxxiii. 16. His enemies will I clothe with 26 Have prevailed.] And he (Jacob) came shame, but upon himself shall his crown near and kissed him: and he (Isaac) smelled flourish. Ps. cxxxii. 18. the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and Wus separate, &c.] There passed by Midsaid, See the smell of my son is as the smell ianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted of a field which the Lord hath blessed. up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to Let people serve thee, and nations bow the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver, down to thee. Be lord over thy brethren, and they brought Joseph into Egypt Ge. and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: xxxvii. 28. Speak unto the children of Israel, cursed be every one that curseth thee; and and say unto them (said the Lord to Moses), blessed be he that blesseth thee. Behold, thy When either man or woman shall separate dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to of the dew of heaven from above. And by separate themselves unto the Lord, he shall thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy separate himself from wine, and strong drink, brother: and it shall come to pass, when thou &c. &c. Nu. vi. 2, 3. &c. He (the Lord) shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break sent a man before them (Israel), even Joseph, his yoke from off thy neck. Ge. xxvii. 27. 29. who was sold for a servant: whose feet they 39, 40. God Almighty bless thee (said Isaac to hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron until Jacob), and give thee the blessing of Abraham, the time that his word came : the word of the to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou Lord tried him. The king sent and loosed mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a him, even the ruler of the people, and let him stranger, which God gave unto Abraham. go free ; he made him lord of his house, and Ge. xxviii. 4. See Ep. i. 3. preced. com. ruler of all his substance: to bind his princes

Everlasting hills.] Blessed of the Lord be at his pleasure, and teach his senators wisdom. “his” (“. Joseph's") land, &c. for the precious Ps. cv. 17—22. I have spread out my hands things of the lasting bills. De. xxxiii. 13, all the day to a rebellious people, which say, 14. His seed shall endure for ever, and his Stand by thyself, come not near to me, for I (David's) throne as the days of heaven. Ps. am holier than thou : these are a snoke in Ixxxix. 29. 36. The mountains shall depart, and my nose, a fire that burneth all the day. Is. the hills be removed, but my kindness shall Ixv. 2. 5. The patriarchs, moved with enry, not depart from “thee” (the Church of sold Joseph into Egypt, but God was with Christ), neither shall the covenant of my him. Ac. vii. 9. peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath 27 Ravin, &c.] It came to pass as her mercy on thee. Is. liv. 10. And “they" (Rachel's) soul was in departing (for she died), (Israel and Judah") shall dwell in the land that she called his name Ben-oni, but his that I have given unto Jacob my servant, father (Jacob) called him Benjamin. Ge. III, wherein your fathers have dwelt ; and they 18. The sons of Benjamin were Belah, sed shall dwell therein, even they and their Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Eti children, and their children's children for and Rosh, and Muppim, and Huppim, and

at night he shall divide the spoil. All these are the twelve tribes 28

Ard. Ge. xlvi. 21. Of Benjamin he (Moses) coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, said, The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in saying, Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul, safety by him, and the Lord shall cover him and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his all the day long, and he shall dwell between oxen: and the fear of the Lord fell upon the his shoulders. De. xxxiii. 12.

people, and they came out with one consent. A wolf.] The people (of Israel, said Ba And they said unto the messengers that came, laam to Balak) shall rise up as a great lion, Thus shall ye say to the men of Jabesh and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall Gilead, Tomorrow by that time the sun be not lie down until he eat of the prey, and hot ye shall have help. Therefore the men drink the blood of the slain. Nu. xxiii. 24. of Jabesh said (unto Nahash the Ammonite When the children of Israel cried unto the who had given them seven days' respite), ToLord (being in subjection to Eglon the king of morrow we will come out unto you, and ye Moab eighteen years), the Lord raised them shall do with us all that seemeth good unto you up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a (he had threatened to thrust out all their right Benjamite, a man left-handed ; and by him eyes). And it was so on the morrow, that the children of Israel sent a present unto Saul put the people in three companies ; and Eglon the king of Moab. But Ehud made him they came into the midst of the host in the a dagger, which had two edges, of a cubit long; morning watch, and slew the Ammonites until and he did gird it under his raiment upon his the heat of the day : and it came to pass that right thigh. And he brought the present they which remained were scattered, so that unto Eglon king of Moab, and Eglon was a two of them were not left together. 1 Sa. very fat man : and when he had made an xi. 4-11. See also Nu. xiv. 15. 17. As for end to offer the present, he sent away the Saul (of Tarsus), he made havock of the people that bare the present: but he himself Church, entering into every house, and haling turned again from the quarries that were by men and women, committed them to prison. Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto Ac. viii. 3. And Saul, yet breathing out thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And threatenings and slaughter against the disall that stood by him went out from him. And ciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest. Ehud came unto him, and he was sitting in Ac. ix. 1. Circumcised (was Saul or Paul) a summer parlour which he had for himself the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the alone. And Ehud put forth his left hand tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; and took the dagger from his right thigh, and as touching the law a Pharisee. Phi. iii. 5. thrust it into his belly, &c. &c. Then Ehud At night he shall divide the spoil.] A lion went forth through the porch, and shut the out of the forest shall slay them (the rebellious doors of the parlour upon him, and locked Jews), and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them. And Ehud escaped. And they (the them; a leopard shall watch over their cities : children of Israel) went down after him, and every one that goeth out thence shall be torn took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and in pieces, because their transgressions are suffered not a man to pass over: and they many, and their backslidings are increased. slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand Je. v. 6. There is a conspiracy of her (Jeru

So Moab was subdued that day under salem's) prophets in the midst thereof, like the hand of Israel. Ju. iii. 15-30. And a roaring lion ravening the prey ; they have the men of Israel went out to battle against devoured souls: they have taken the treasure Benjamin, and put themselves in array to and precious things : they have made her fight against them at Gibeah. And the chil- many widows in the midst thereof. Her dren of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, princes in the midst thereof are like wolves and destroyed down to the ground of the ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to Israelites that day twenty and two thousand destroy souls, to get dishonest gains. Ez.

And the children of Israel came near xxii. 25. 27. Therefore I will be unto them against the children of Benjamin the second (for abusing my benefits) as a lion, as a day. And Benjamin went forth against them leopard by the way will I observe them: I out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of down to the ground of the children of Israel her whelps, and will rend the caul of their again eighteen thousand men. Ju. xx. 20—25. heart, and there will I devour them like a There was a man of Benjamin, and he had a lion : the wild beast shall tear them. son whose name wis Saul (king of Israel). xiii. 7, 8. Her princes within “her” (“ JeruI Sa. ix. 1, 2. Then (when Jabesh Gilead was salem) are roaring lions : her judges are attacked by Naash the Ammonite) came the evening wolves, they gnaw not the bones till messengers to Gibeah of Saul. And the Spirit the morrow. Zep. iii. 3. Beware of false of God came upon Saul when he heard those prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothtidings, and his anger was kindled greatly: ing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. and he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them Mat. vii. 15. Behold, I send you forth (said in pieces, and sent them throughout all the Christ to his apostles) as sheep in the midst

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of Israel : and this is it that their father spake unto them, and

blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them. 29 And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered

unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in

of wolves. Mat. x. 16. I know this (said God shall come, and all the saints with thee. Paul to the elders of Ephesus) that after my And it shall come to pass in that day, that departing, shall grievous wolves enter in the light shall not be clear, nor dark; but it among you, not sparing the flock. Ac. xx. 29. shall be one day which shall be known to the

28 The twelve tribes, &c.] Sec Nu. xxiii. Lord, not day, nor night; but it shall come 24. under Wolf,verse 27. The king to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen, and Zec. xiv. 1–7. to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Every one according to his blessing.) The Esther the house of Haman, and him they sons of Jacob were twelve. Ge. xxxv. 22. have hanged upon the gallows, because he And the stones (of the breastplate of judglaid his hand upon the Jews. And it was ment) shall be with the names of the children written (according to all that Mordecai com- of Israel, twelve, according to their names, manded) unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, like the engravings of a signet ; every one and the deputies, and rulers of the provinces, with his name shall they be according to the which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hun- twelve tribes. Ex. xxviii. 21. Elijah took dred twenty and seven provinces. The king twelve stones, according to the number of the granted the Jews which were in every city to tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the gather themselves together, and to stand for word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, be thy name. 1 Ki. xviii. 31. Unto which all the power of the people and province, that promise (made of God unto our fathers) our would assault them, both little ones, and twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and women, and to take the spoil of them for a night, hope to come: for which hope's sake, prey. Es. viii. 7. 9. 11. See Es. ix. and x. king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Ac. xxvi. 7. James a servant of God, and of Lord God, This is the day whereof I have the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes spoken. And they that dwell in the cities of which are scattered abroad, greeting. Ja. i. 1. Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire, and I heard the number of them which were burn the weapons, both the shields and the sealed ; and there were sealed an hundred buckler, the bows and the arrows, and the and forty and four thousand of all the tribes hand-staves, and the spears, and they shall of the children of Israel. Re. vii. 4. burn them with fire seven years, so that they 29 Gathered unto my people.] Having then shall take no wood out of the field, neither gifts differing according to the grace that is cut down any out of the forests; for they given to us ; whether prophecy, let us prophesy shall burn the weapons with fire; and they according to the proportion of faith, &c. Ro. shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob xii. 6. those that robbed them, saith the Lord God. Bury me with my fathers.] Thou shalt Ez. xxxix. 8, 9, 10. Behold, the day of the go to thy fathers in peace (said the Lord to Lord cometh, and thy spoil (Jerusalem) shall Abram), thou shalt be buried in a good old be divided in the midst of thee: for I will age. Ge. xv. 15. Abraham gave up the gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man and the city shall be taken, and the houses and full of years, and was gathered to his rifled, and the women ravished ; and half the people. Ge. xxv. 8. And he (Ishmael) gave city shall go forth into captivity, and the up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto residue of the people shall not be cut off from his people, and he died in the presence of all the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and his brethren. Ge. xxv. 17, 18. And Isaac gave fight against those nations, as when he fought up the ghost, and died, and was gathered in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand unto his people, being old and full of days: in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. is before Jerusalem, on the east: and the Ge. xxxv. 29. Ye are came unto Mount Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst Sion, and unto the city of the living God, thereof toward the east, and toward the west, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerand there shall be a very great valley; and able company of angels; to the general ashalf of the mountain shall remove toward the sembly and church of the firstborn, which are north, and half of it toward the south ; and written in heaven, and to God the judge of ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains, all

, and to the spirits of just men made perfor the valley of the mountains shall reach fect. He. xii. 22, 23. unto Azal. Yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled In the cave, &c.] But I will lie with my from before the earthquake in the days of fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt Uzziah king of Judah : and the Lord my (said Jacob to Joseph), and bury me in their

the field of Ephron the Hittite. In the cave that is in the field 30 of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a burying-place. (There they buried Abraham and 31 Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.) The purchase of the field and of the 32 cave that is therein was from the children of Heth. And when 33 Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.

burying-place. Ge. xlvii. 30. Let thy servant, the people, Behold, this stone (a great stone I pray thee (said Barzillai to David), turn which he had set up under an oak) shall be a back again, that I may die in mine own city, witness unto us; for it hath heard all the and be buried by the grave of my father and words of the Lord which he spake unto us : of my mother. 2 Sa. xix. 37.

it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest Ephron the Hittite.] His (Jacob's) sons ye deny your God.

So Joshua let the people carried him into the land of Canaan, and depart, every man unto his inheritance. And buried him in the cave of the field of Mach- it came to pass after these things, that Joshua pelah, which Abraham bought with the field the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, for the possession of a burying-place of Ephron being an hundred and ten years old. Jos. the Hittite, before Mamre. Ge. I. 13.

xxiv. 27, 28, 29. By faith Joseph, when he 30 Which Abraham bought.] And he (Abra- died, made mention of the departing of the ham) communed with them (the children of children of Israel, and gave commandment Heth), saying, If it be your mind that I should concerning his bones. He. xi. 22. bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and And yielded up the ghost.] See verse 29. entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar. and com. In famine he shall redeem thee Ge. xxiii. 8.

from death, and in war from the power of the 31 They buried Abraham.] See Ge. xxiii. sword. Job v. 20. Man dieth and wasteth 3. 16--20. But I will lie with my fathers; away; yea, man giveth up the ghost, and and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and where is he? Job xiv. 10. I know that bury me in their burying-place. Ge. xlvii. thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house 30. His sons carried him (Israel) into the appointed for all living. Job xxx. 23. Then land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave shall the dust return to the earth as it was, and in the field of Machpelah, which Abraham the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. bought with the field for a possession of a Ec. xii. 7. The righteous perisheth, and no burying-place of Ephron the Hittite, before man layeth it to heart; and merciful men are Mamre. Ge. l. 13. "He" (Jacob) and taken away, none considering that the righteour fathers were carried over into Sychem, ous is taken away from the evil to come. He and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought shall enter into peace; they shall rest in their for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor, the beds, each one walking in his uprightness. Is. father of Sychem. Ac. vii. 16.

lvii. 1, 2. Lord, now lettest thou thy servant And Sarah his wife.] Abraham buried depart in peace, according to thy word. Lu. Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of įi. 29. These all (Abraham and his posterity) Machpelah before Mamre: the same is He died in faith, not having received the promises, bron in the land of Canaan. Ge. xxiii. 19. but having seen them afar off, and were perHis (Abraham's) sons Isaac and Ishmael bu suaded of them, and embraced them, and conried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the fessed that they were strangers and pilgrims field of Ephron, the son of Zohar the Hittite, on the earth; for they that say such things which is before Mamre. Ge. xxv. 9. Isaac declare plainly that they seek a country: and gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered truly, if they had been mindful of that country unto his people, being old and full of days, from whence they came out, they might have and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. Ge. had opportunity to have returned. But now

they desire a better country, that is an hea. 32 The purchase of the field, &c.] See Ge. venly; wherefore God is not ashamed to be xxiii, 17-20. and com.

called their God, for he hath prepared for 33 Made an end of commanding.] See them a city. He. xi. 13-16. verses l. 24-26. And Joshua said unto all

Xxxv. 29.

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