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brought you out of the land of Egypt. Therefore shall ye observe
all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them : J[ ant the
tovh.

I am the Lord your God, toljicl) l)at)c sejjaratcb QOtt frottt

OtI)Cr people. Ye shall therefore put difference between clean
beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean : and ye
shall not make your souls abominable by beast or by fowl, or by
any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I
have separated from you as unclean. And ye shall be holy unto
me : for I the Lord am holy, ailb [)avc BCmxch JlOtt from Otl)er

people, tljat ge 6l)oulb be mine.

He that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose
head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put
on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes ;
neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his
father, or for his mother ; neither shall he go out of the sanctuary,
nor profane the sanctuary of his God ; for the crown of the anoint-
ing oil of his God is upon him: J[ am tlje £orb.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying. Speak unto Aaron
aud to his sons, that they separate themselves from the holy things
of the children of Israel, and that they profane not my holy name in
those things which they hallow unto me : M flm tl)C Corb- Say
unto them. Whosoever he be of all your seed among your genera-
tions, that goeth unto the holy things, which the children of Israel
hallow unto the Lord, having his uncleanness upon him, that soul
shall be cut off from my presence : 3 am ll)e £orb.

That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts, he shall not
eat to defile himself therewith : jj am tl)e £orb.

And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the
Lord, offer it at your own will. On the same day it shall be eaten
up; ye shall leave none of it until the morrow: J am tl)e £orb-
Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them : J am
ll)C Corb. Neitlier shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be
hallowed among the children of Israel : 3 am tl)e Corb toljicl)
IjalloED 20n, that brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be
your God: 3 am tl}e Corb.



Leviticus,
XX. 24-26.



Leviticus,
xxi. 10-12.



Leviticus,
xxii. 1-3.



Lev. xxii. 8.



Leviticus,
xxii. 29-33.



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Leviticus,



Leviticus,
xxiii. 39-43.



Number.-',
iii. 40-45.



Nnmberfi,
viii. 13-18.



And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not
make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest,
neither shall thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest : tliou shalt
leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger : 3 tint tl)C fiovb

Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have
gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the
Lord seven days : on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the
eighth day shall be a sabbath. And ye shall take you on the first
day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm-trees, and the
boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook ; and ye shall re-
joice before the Lord your God seven days. And ye shall keep it
a feast unto the Lord seven days in the year : it shall be a statute
forever in your generations ; ye shall celebrate it in the seventh
month. Ye shall dwell in booths seven days ; all that are Isi-aelites
born shall dwell in booths : that your generations may know that
I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I broucfht
them out of the land of Egypt : jj am il)e £orb WOUr tSob-

And the Lord said unto Moses, Number all the first-born of
the males of the children of Israel, from a month old and upward,
and take the number of their names. And thou shalt take the
Levites for me (J[ am tl)C £orb) instead of all the first-born among
the children of Israel ; and the cattle of the Levites instead of all
the firstlings among the cattle of the children of Israel. And Moses
numbered, as the Lord commanded him, all the first-born among
the children of Israel. And all the first-born males bv the number
of names, from a month old and upward, of those that were num-
bered of them, were twenty and two thousand two hundred and
three-score and thirteen.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Sake tl)C CcwitCS
instcab of all tl)C first-born among the children of Israel, and the
cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle: anb tl]C £cintCS ol^all

be mine : J am tl)e iLorb.

And thou shalt set the Levites before Aaron, and before his
sons, and ofi'cr them for an off'ering unto tlie Lord. (Tlins G!)alt

tl)ou separate tijc Cemtcs from among tl)e cljilbren of Israel:
anb tl)e teuites sl)aU be mine. And after that shall the Levites
gu in to do tlie service of the tabernacle of the congregation : and
thou shalt cleanse them, and offer them for an otl'oring. For they
are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; in-
stead of such as open every womb, enen insteab of the first-boru
of all the chilbren of Israel, hiuie J taken them unto me. i'or
all the tirst-born of the chilbren of J?sreal are mine, both man
and bejist: on the day that I smote every first-born in the land of
Kgyjit I sjinctified them for myself. And I have taken the Levites
for all the lirst-born of the children of Israel.



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193



And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Make thee two trum-
pets of silver ; of a whole piece shalt tliou make them : that thou
mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and tor the jour-
neying of the camps. And when they shall blow with them, all
the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the
tabernacle of the congregation. And if they blow but with one
trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of
Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee. When ye blow an alarm,
then the camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward. When
ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the
south side shall take their journey : they shall blow an alarm for
their journeys. But when the congregation is to be gathered to-
gether, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm. And the
sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets ; and they
shall be to you for an ordinance forev^er throughout your genera-
tions. And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that
oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets;
and ye shall be remembered before the Lord your God, and ye
shall be saved from your enemies. Also in the day of your glad-
ness, and in your solemn days, and in the beg-innings of your
months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt-offerings,
and over tlie sacrifices of your peace-offerings ; that they may be
to you for a memorial before your God: 3 Cint tl)C Corb YtOVlX
©ob.

And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried ; and
the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel nun-
mured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congrega-
tion said unto them. Would God that we had died in the land of
Egypt ! or Avould God we had died in this wilderness ! And where-
fore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to f;ill by the sword,
that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better
for us to return into Egypt ? And they said one to another, Let us
make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assem-
bly of the congregation of ^the children of Israel. And Joshua the
son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them
that searched the land, rent their clothes : and they spake unto all
the company of the children of Israel, saying. The land, which we
passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the
Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it
us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye
against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land ; for they
are bread for us : their defence is departed from them, and the Lord
is with us : fear them not. But all the congi-egation bade stone
them with stones. And the glory of the Lord appeared in the
tabernacle of the confrrefjation before all the children of Israel.

And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people pro-
voke me ? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the



Numbers,
X. 1-10.



Numbers,
xiv. 1-35.



13



194



GOD'S SOVEEEIGNTY.



signs wliicli I have shewed among them ? I will smite them with
the pestilence, and disinherit them, anb loill mtlkc of tl)CC a greater

nation anb migliticr tl)an tljcn.

And Moses said unto the L(ji'd, Then the Egyptians shall hear
it, for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among
them ; and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land : for
they have heard that thou Lord art among this people, that thou
Lord art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them,
and that thou goest before them, by day-time in a pillar of a cloud,
and in a pillar of fire by night.

Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the na-
tions which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying, Because
the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land which he
sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.
And now, I beseecli thee, let the power of my Lord be great, ac-
cording as thou hast spoken, saying. The Lord is long-sutiering, and
of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no
means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon
the children unto the third and fourth generation. Pardon, I be-
seech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness
of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt
even until now.

And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word :
but as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of
the Lord. Because all those men which have seen my glory, and
my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have
tempted mt^ now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my
voice; sureln tl)cn sliall not sec tl)c Uuxb u)l)ic!) 3 Bvoavc nnto
tlicir fatl)ers" neiflier sliail amj of {\)^m tl)at pronokeb me see

it : but my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him,
and hath followed me fully, him will 1 bring into the land where-
into he went ; and his seed shall possess it. (Now the Amalekites
and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) To-morrow turn you, and
get you into the wilderness by the way of the lied sea. And the
Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, How long shall I
bear with this evil congregation, whiclf murmur against rae ? I
have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel which they
murmur against me. Say unto them. As truly as T live, saitli the

Lord, as ne l)ai!e spoken in mine ears, so U3ill B ho to non:
ijonr caraises sijall fill in tl)is lyilberness ; and all that were

numbered of you, according to your whole nundjer, from twenty
years old and upward, which have munnurcd against m<\ Doubt-
less ye shall not come into the land concerning which I sware to
mak(^ you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of .Icphunneli, and
Joshua the son of Nun. But your little ones, which y<' said siiould
be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which
ye have despised. But as for you, your carcasfs, tlifV shall fall in this

wilderness. QVnt> jionr cl)ilbrcn sl)all roaniier in tl)c ujilbcrncss



GOD S SOVEREIGNTY.



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forts scars, anb bear nonr wljorcboms, until your carcases

be mastec) in tljc IDilberlieSG. Atlc' tlie number of tlie days in
which ye searclied the laud, even forty da3^s, each day for a year,
shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know
my breach of promise. I the Lord have said, I will surely do it unto
all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me :
in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.

Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of
Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab and On, the son
of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men : and they rose up before
Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty
princes of the assembly, famous in tlxe congregation, men of re-
nown : and they gathei-ed themselves together against Moses and
against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you,
seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the
Lord is among them : wherefoi-e then lift ye up yourselves above
the congregation of the Lord ?

And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face : and he spake
unto Korah and unto all his company, saying. Even to-morrow the
Lord will shew who are his, and who is holy ; and will cause him
to come near unto him: eucn llim U)l)Om 1)C IjatI) cl)OSen will he
cause to come near unto him. This do ; Take you censers, Korah,
and all his company ; and put fire therein, and put incense in them
before the Lord to-morrow: and it shall be that the man roljont
tl)e Corb boti) cl^OOSC, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon
you, ye sons of Levi.

I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemoth unto
Silion king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying. Let me pass
through thy land : I will go along by the highway, I will neither
turn unto the riafht hand nor to the left. Thou shalt sell me meat
for money, that I may eat ; and give me water for money, that I
may drink : only I will pass through on my feet ; as the children
of Esau which dwell in Seii', and the Moabites which dwell in Ar,
did unto me ; until I shall pass over Jordan into the land which
the Lord our God giveth us. But SIIkmi king of Heshbon would
not let us pass by him ; for tl)e Corb tlin ^oh l)arbcneb l}is
spirit, anb mabe Ijis l)eart obstinate, tl]at !)e miigl)t beliner
l)im into tl)n hanb, as appeareth this day. And the Lord said
unto mo, iiehold, 1 have begun to give SihoTi and his land before
thee : begin to possess, that thou mayest iidierit his land. Then
Sihou came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz.
And the Lord our God delivered him before us ; and we smote him,
and his sons, and all his people. And we took all his cities at that
time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little
ones of every city ; we left none to remain.

Ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee,
since the day that God created man upon the eartli, and ask from



Numbers,
x\i. 1-7.



Deuteron.
ii. :J6-34.



Deuteron.
iv. 32-38.



196



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Deuteron.

vii. 6-8.

(And

Deut. xiv. 2.)



Deuteron.
X. 14, 15.



Deuteron.
xxvi. 18, 19.



Deuteron.
xxix. ii-4.



.loshiin,
xi. 16-i().



the one side of lieaveii unto the other, whether there hath been anj-
such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard Hke it? Did
ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the
fire, as tliou hast heard, and Hve? Or liath God assayed to go aitb

take l]im a nation from tl^c miftst of anot!]cr nation, by temp-
tations, by signs, and by Avonders, and by war, and by a mighty
hand, and by a stretched-out arm, and by great terrors, according
to all that the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your
eyes ? Unto i[)CC it loas sl)CtDcb, that thou mightest know that
the Lord he is God : there is none else beside him. Out of heaven
be made tliee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee : and
upon earth he shewed thee his great fire ; and thou heardest his
words out of the midst of the fire. QVnb bcciinsc l)C loucb tl)t}
fatl)cr6, tl]crefoi-c l)c cl)Ose tlicir st:cb after tl)cm, and brouglit

thee out in liis sight with his mighty power out of Egypt ; to drive
out nations from before thee, greater and mightier than thou art, to
bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.

Thou art a holy people unto the Lord thy God : tl)C Corb
tlin (&oh Ijatl) cljoscn tl)cc to be a special people nnto I)im-
scTf, aboue all people tl)at are upon tl)e face of tl)e eartl).

The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because
ye were more in number than any people ; for ye Avei'e the fewest
of all people: but becausc tl]e £orb looeb |10U, and because he
would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath
the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you
out of the house of bond-men, from the hand af Pharaoh king of
Egypt. /

Behold, the heaven and the heaven of lieavens is the Lord's
thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. Only the Lord
l)ab a beliglit in tl)n fathers to lone tl)em, anli l)e cl)osc tl)eir
sccb after tl)em, eucn non aboue all people, as it is this day.

The Lord hath avouched thee this day tO bc l)is peculiar

people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep
all his commandments ; and to make thee high above all nations
which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour ; and
that thou mayest be a holy peo})le unto the Lord thy God, as he
hath spoken.

And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have
seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt
unto I'liaraoh, and unto all his .servants, and unto all his land ; the
great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those
great niiracles : r)cl tl)e toxh \)al\) uot giueu non a l)eart to
perceiue, axib ciTes to see, anb ears to Ijear, mitn this day.

So Joshua took all that land, the hills, and all the south
country, and all the land of Goshen, and the valley, and the
plain, and the mountain of Israel, and the valley of the same ; even



from the mount Ilalak, that goeth up to Seir, even unto Baal-gad,
in the valley of Lebanon under mount Hermon : and all their kings
he took, and smote them, and slew them. Joshua made war a long
time with all those kings. There was not a city that made peace
with the children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of
Gibeon : all otlier they took in battle. Sov it toas of tl)C £orb
to l^arbcu tl)Cir l)CartS, that they should come against Israel in
battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might
have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the Lord com-
manded Moses.

And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God
of Israel, Your ftxthers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old
time, even Tei-ah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nalior :
and they served other gods, ^nh J tooli JlOUr -fatl)Cr Cflbra-
l)am from tl)C Otl)Cr sibc of tl)C floob, and led him throughout all
the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac.
And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau : and I gave unto Esau
mount Seir, to possess it ; but Jacob and his children went down
into Egypt. I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt,
according to that which I did among them : and afterward I
brought you out. And I brought your fathers out of Egypt:
and ye came unto the sea ; and the Egyptians pursued after your
fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea. And when
they cried unto the Lord, he put darkness between you and the
Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them ;
and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt : and ye
dwelt in the wilderness a lono- season. And I brouo'ht vou into
the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan ;
and they fought with you : and I gave them into your hand, tliat
ye might possess their land ; and I destroyed them from before
you. Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and
Avarred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor
to curse you : but I would not hearken unto Balaam ; therefore he
blessed you still : so I delivered you out of his hand. And ye went
over Jordan, and came unto Jericho : and the men of Jericho
fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Ca-
naanites, and the liittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the
Jebusites, and I delivered them into your hand. And I sent the
hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the
two kings of the AniDritos : but not with thy sword, nor with thy

bow. '%,\xii 3 Ijiuic giot'u nou a luib for tDl)icl) iic bib not la-
bour, onb cities uil)fcl) ijc built not, iiub ijc brocfl in tlicm • of
tlje nincnarbs anh oiiuqiarbQ U3l)iii) ijc plantcb not bo ne cat.

Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial ; they knew not the
Lord. And the priest's custom with the peo})le was, tliat when
any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh
was in seething, with a flesh-hook of three teeth in his hand ; and



Jo?IlU!l,

xxiv. 'J-JX



1 Samuel, ii.
12-17, W-iio.



198



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1 Sam. X. 9.



1 Samuel,
xii. 20-*i.



1 Samuel,

xvi. 14-10.

22 ^J

"(Anil'

ch. xviii. 10.



2 Samuel,
vii. 4-21.



he stiiiek it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot ; all that the
flesh-hook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in
Shiloh unto all the Israelites that caine thither. Also befoi-e they
burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and said to the man that
sacrificed. Give flesh to roast for the priest ; for he will not have
sodden flesh of thee, but raw. And if any man said unto him, Let
them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as
thy soul desireth ; then he would answer him, Nay ; but thou .shalt
give it me now : and if not, I will take it by force. Wherefore the
sin of the young men was very great before the Lord : for men ab-
horred the ofl'ering of the Lord

Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all
Israel ; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the
door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he said unto
them. Why do ye such things ? for I hear of your evil dealings by
all this people. Nay, my sons ; for it is no good report that I
hear : ye make the Lord's people to transgress. If one man sin
against another, the judge shall judge him : but if a man sin against
the Lord, who shall entreat for him ? Notwithstanding, they
heaikened imt unto the voice of their father, bccrtUSC t\)C fioxh
tDOulb skill tl)cm.

And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from
Samuel, ©ob QiWC l)im auotljCr l)eart : and all those signs came
to pass that day.

And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not : ye have done all
this wickedness : yet turn not aside fi-om following the Lord, but
serve the Lord with all your heart ; and turn ye not aside : for then
should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver ;
for they are vain. For the Lord will not forsake his people for his
great name's suke : because it I) at I) plciTGCb tl)C iiovh tO make
SOU l)is people.

The Spirit of tlie Lord departed from Saul, nnb flit Cvii
spirit from tl)C toih tronbk^b l)im. And Saul's servants said
uiilo him, Drhold now, an evil spirit from (xod troubleth thee.
Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to
seek out a man who is a cunning jilayer on a harp : and it shall
come to pass, when tlie evil spii'it from God is upon thee, that he

shall ])lay with his hand, and thou shalt be well

And S;iul sent to Jesse, saying. Let David, I pray thee, stand before
nie ; for ho hath found favour in iiiv siglil. And it came to pass,

raljcu tl)c cuil spirit fiom <i^c^i uuis upon Gaul, that David took

a liarp, and j)layed with his liand ; so Saul was refreshed, and
was well, and the evil spirit departed from liim.

And it came to pa.ss that niglit, that the word of the Lord
came unto Nathan, .saying, Go and tell my .servant David, Thus
saitli llie Lord, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in ?
Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought



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up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this da}', but have
walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. In all the places wherein I
have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with
any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people
Israel, saying, Why build ye not me a house of cedar 1 Now
therefore, so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the

Lord of hosts, 3 took tljcc froiu tl)c sl)ccp-cotc, fromfollotDing
tl)c 6l)ccp, to be nilcr oucr mij |3coplc, over Israel : and I was

Avith thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine
enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like

unto the name of the great men that are in the earth

Also the Lord telleth thee tljat lie toill make t\]CC a 1)0USC.
And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fa-



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