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all people; princes, and all judges of the earth : Both young men and maidens, old men and children: Let them praise the name of the Lord; for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above earth and heaven *.
Now, I say, to make all this to be the mere flourish of a heated imagination, is to turn the most glorious parts of the Bible into empty fiction.
7. If we look into the Prophets, we shall find the fame pleasing truth set forth, in language not inferior to that of the Pfalmift, becoming the grandeur of the subject, and the majesty of the Most High. After the evangelical Prophet has spoken of the judgements of God executed upon many nations, and among the rest that of Israel ; and thus, having fung of judgement, he changes his stile, and sings sweetly of mercy; and having praised God for the execution of his judgements, a new scene presents itself, and, referring to the progress of the Gospel, he adds, And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make urto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees-of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cajt upon all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in viétory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces ; and the rebuke of his people shall be taken away from off the earth : for the Lord hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, L., this is our God; we have waited
* PL. cxlviii. 10---14
for him, and he will save us : this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his falvation *. Now this feast, these fat things, and all this rich provision, are generally allowed to refer to the Gospel; and here we find it as general as language can express, not only in its offers, but even in its acceptance; so that the veil which is spread upon all faces is to be taken away, and the universal exclamation is, Lo, this, this is our God; he will come and save us. Again, the divine commission to all the Minsters of the Gospel runs thus : Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people, faith your God; speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity iš pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her fins +. And that the pleasing tidings are not only to be founded in Jerusalem, it is added, The voice of him crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the Lord, make strait in the desert a high way for our God I. And to thew that nothing should be able to stop the progress of those blessed tidings, it is added, Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked fall be made Strait, and the rough places plain. And the glory of God sball be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together : for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it l. The last claufe is added to thew the certainty of its taking place, so that what the mouth of the Lord hath Jpoken shall in
fallibly take place. But we will go on a little farther with this charming Prophet, for he is very good company:
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good; that publisheth Salvation ; that faith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth ! Thy watchmen shall lift the voice; with the voice together shail they fing : for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord fall bring again Zion.--Break forth into singing, ye waste places of Jerusalem ; for the Lord hath comforted his people : he hath redeemed Jerusalem : the Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all nations ; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God *,
8. Now this chain of precious promises is not yet fully accomplished. It is true, something like it took place in the Apostolic ages; but that was only the former rain, or, rather, some sweet drops before the shower which shall fall in its season.
But as we are here in a pleasing path, let us not quit it yet. The living waters issue out in great plenty, and a voice like a heavenly trumpet is lifted up, crying, H., every one that thirseth, come ye to the waters; and ye that have no money, come ye buy wine and milk without money, &c.+ Thus he goes on, for several verses, to call, in the most pathetick manner, to the needy, to come. In the fiftyninth Chapter, a heavy complaint is uttered in very mournful language, but toward the close the day
breaks, and the following Chapter begins with an heavenly abruptness, which quite surprizes the reader. Arise ! fine! for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lordis risen upon thee :-then shalt thou see and flow together, and thine heart fall fear and be enlarged, because the abundance of the sea mall be converted unto thee--the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee *. Thus shall the glory of the Lord go forth like brightness, and his falvation like a lamp that burneth, while the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our God, and of his Christ, for ever,
9. But I have not done with this Prophet yet, or, rather, he hath not finished his delightful theme. He personates his incarnate Maker, who says, The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the meek : He hath fent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening the prison to them that are bound. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all that
To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. And they, viz. the true preachers of the Gospel, mall build the old wastes, they fall raise up the former desolations, they jhall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations *. Then will God say to his Church,
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I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which mall not hold thy peace day nor night. Then addresling himfelf to these watchmen, he says, le that make mention of the Lord, give him no rest till he estaBlish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth *. One word more from this sweet Singer of Israel, and then we will take our leave of him :- And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory ; and they fall declare my glory among the Gentiles t.
10. This charming Prophet has held our attention a good while, yet he is not tedious, however; we will pass on a little farther. Daniel having seen and delivered a number of very important events in regular fucceffion, does not pass by this surprising circumstance. After mentioning the rising and falling of many powerful kingdoms, he tells us, that a stone cut out without hands small smite all these kingdoms ; and it shall become a great mountain, and shall fill the whole earth--that the God of Heaven shall set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to another people, shall not change its master, as the kingdoms mentioned before have done; but it shall break in pieces, and consume all these kingdoms, and shall : stand forever : | And to shew that God will infallibly bring it to pass, and chiefly by the preaching of the
Gospel, # Ifa. lxii. 6. + Ibid ixvi. 19.
| Dan. ii. 35---44.