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OF THE PATRIARCHS, MOSES, AND RAHAB.
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20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph: and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's command
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprink
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29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea, as by dry land which the Egyptians assaying to do, were
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
§ 33. HEB. xi. 32, to the end, and chap. xii. 2. The Apostle having shewn the Nature and Efficacy of Faith by many illustrious Examples from the Adamic and Patriarchal Dispensations, now proves that the same active Principle of Faith directed, in all their great Exploits, the Judges, Heroes, Prophets, and Kings, of the Mosaic Dispensation-These all suffered and triumphed over the Contempt and Persecution of the World; supported by a firm and lively Faith in Things not seen, and in the Expectation of the promised Glories of a future State-But they had not yet received the heavenly Rest, and that glorious Reward promised to Abraham and to his Seed-God having provided a better Revelation, and a better Means of Faith, which made perfect all that had preceded at the End of which all the spiritual Children of Abraham, from the Beginning to the Completion of the Divine Economy, may be collected into one Church, and be admitted together, after the Resurrection, to the full Perfection of the Gospel Blessings (Rev. vi. 11.)— The Apostle, in Application of these Arguments, exhorts them to imitate the Faith and Obedience of their eminent Ancestors, who will bear Testimony for or against them, looking from worldly to spiritual Things, to Jesus, who is the Author, and, by his own Sufferings, the most perfect Example of Truth-enduring the Cross for the Glory and Happiness of Man's Redemption.
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon*, and of Barak †, and of Samson ‡, and of Jephthae §, of David || also, and Samuel, and of + Judges iv. the prophets;
*Judges vi. 25-29.
+ Judges xiv. 6-19. xv. 14.
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of Judges xi. lions,
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of 1 Sam. xvii. the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed va¶1Sam.vii. liant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again :
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WHO WERE JUSTIFIED BY FAITH-CHAP. XV.
and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that Italy.
36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourg-
37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheep-skins and goat-skins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy :) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
1 Wherefore seeing we are also compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
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Further to encourage them under Persecutions and Trials,
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4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation, which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh, which corrected us; and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees:
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
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The Apostle exhorts them to cultivate Peace, as far as pos-
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RENDER THEMSELVES UNABLE TO REPENT.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without Italy. which no man shall see the Lord :
15 Looking diligently, lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birth-right.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with
§ 36. HEB. xii. 18-24.
The Apostle shews the Superiority of the Birth-rights of the
18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard, intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded. And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart.
21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city
10 Doddridge supposes that St. Paul here refers to the mani-