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is no other than the christian covenant; for there will be no distinction between them and other christians in that day, except their settlement in their own land. This covenant then God makes with us; and every clause of it deserves our attention. He will write his laws upon our hearts, will enable us to understand them, and dispose us to con. form to them, as a copy to the original: he will teach us by the clear discoveries of his gospel, and the labours of his ministers, and also by the influences of his fpirit: for the best interpreter of scripture, Jesus Christ, explains this promise, of immediate divine teaching. The great obstacle to divine illumination, sanctification, and comfort, is fin; it is therefore promised, that fin shall be pardoned. We have full assurance of this under the gospel. Let us rejoice and be thankful that we are under this covenant of grace; be ever mindful of it; heartily comply with the terms on which these blessings are promised; and earnestly pray that God would thus pardon, teach, fanctify, and save us.

2. From the continued providence of God in the sup. port and government of the universe, we may assuredly argue, that his promises will be fulfilled. He lights up the sun and the moon; manages this wide, unmeasurable world; rules the sea; keeps every thing in its proper place, and every creature in its proper office; he can therefore do any and all of those wonderful things which he hath promised. He hath preserved the jews a distinct peo. ple, notwithstanding the trouble and persecution they have every-where met with ; so that they are not loft among the nations ; while whole communities that have enflaved and persecuted them, have been fo. He has supported the world for the sake of the church, and for the execution of his purposes ; therefore we may be sure that the jews shall be restored, and the gospel spread over the earth. Let it be our hearts' desire and prayer, that Ifrael may be saved ; and let us in the mean time hold fast the profession of our faith with. out wavering, for he is faithful who hath promised.

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CHA P. XXXII. In which we have an account of Jeremiah's imprisonment; his · complaint to God; the prophecy of the captivity is confirined;

and the promise of a gracious return. ITTHE word that came to Jeremiah from the

Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which ( was] the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar, and one year before the destruction of Jerusalem. 2 For then the king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusa

lem : and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the

court of the prison, which was] in the king of Judah's ; house. For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up,

faying, Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it, and 4 so dishearten the people from defending it; And Zedekiah

king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes shall behold his eyes; 5 he hall see him look with fierceness and indignation; And

he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be until I visit him, or his posterity, faith the Lord: though ye fight with the Chaldeans, ye shall not

prosper. :6 And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came y unto me, saying, Behold, Hanameel the son of Shal.

lum thine uncle shall come unto thee, saying, Buy : thee my field that [is] in Anathoth, which was three i miles from Jerusalem, so that it was now in the power of

the Chaldeans ; for the right of redemption [is] thine to 8. buy [it.) So Hanameel mine uncle's fon came to me

in the court of the prison, according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that [is] in Anathoth, which [is] in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance [is] thine, and the redemption [is] thine ; buy [it] for thyself. Then I knew that this was] the word of the Lord, and done

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9 by his special dirc&tion. And I bought the field of

Hanameel my uncle's son, that (was] in Anathoth,

and weighed him the money, [even] seventeen shekels 10 of silver ; about forty Millings. And I subscribed the

evidence, and sealed [it,] and took witnesses, and Il weighed [him] the money in the balances. So I took the

evidence of the purchase, [both] that which was sealed

[according) to the law and custom, and [that which . was] open; the original and counterpart, or, the deed of

alignment that was sealed, and the certificate of the wit. nesses : And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the fight of Hanameel mine uncle's (son,) and in the prefence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that fat in the court of

the prison.. 13 14 And I charged Baruch before them, saying, Thus

faith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many

days; may be hid under ground for greater security, and 15 produced after the captivity. For thus faith the Lord of

hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vine

yards shall be poffesfed again in this land. 16 Now when I had delivered the evidence of the pur

chase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD," saying, Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and

ítretched out arm, fand) there is nothing too hard for 18 thee: Thou showest loving kindness unto thousands,

and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the

bosom of their children after them: the Great, the 19 Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, [is] his name, Great

in counsel, and mighty in work, or execution : for thine eyes (are] open upon all the ways of the sons of men :

to * Jeremiah, did as God commanded him, but he wanted to understand this mysterious providence ; perhaps he thought that the threatening was revoked, and therefore prayed to God for an explanation.

loving kind nothing too hoes and

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to give every one according to his ways, and according 20 to the fruit of his doings : Which haft set signs and

wonders in the land of Egypt, which are remembered, (even) unto this day, and in Israel, and among

other men, the nations round about, and hast made 21 thee a name, as at this day; And hast brought forth

thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs,

and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with a 22 stretched out arm, and with great terror; And haft

given them this land, which thou didst swear to their

fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and 23 honey; And they came in, and possessed it; but they

obeyed not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing, comparatively, of all that thou com

mandedst them to do: therefore thou hast caused all this 24 evil to come upon them: Behold the mounts, they

are come unto the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, that fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the

pestilence : and what thou hast spoken is come to pass; 25 and, behold, thou seest [it.] And thou hast said unto

me, O Lord God, Buy thee the field for money; and take witnesses; for, or altho', the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and therefore I have no prospect

of enjoying it. 26 Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, 27 saying, Behold, I sam] the LORD, the God of all

flesh : Is there any thing too hard for me? I can easily 28 surmount all the difficulties thou foreseest. Therefore thus

faith the LORD ; Behold, I will give this city into the

hand of the Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebuchad29 nezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it : And the

Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come and fet fire on this city, and burn it with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered incense unto Baal, and

poured out drink offerings unto other gods, in the most 30 open, audacious manner, to provoke me to anger. For

the children of Israel and the children of Judah have ': only done evil before me from their youth; for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger

yet they havehem,

35 to defile ions in the houndtruction.

31 with the work of their hands, faith the Lord. For

this city hath been to me (as) a provocation of mine anger and of my fury from the day that they built it, from Solomon's time, when it was beautified and completed; then their idolatry began, and has continued even unto this

day; that I should remove it from before my face ; 32 therefore I will withdraw my proteЕtion from it, Because

of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the child-, ren of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests,

and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and in33 habitants of Jerusalem. And they have turned unto

me the back, and not the face, though I taught them,

rising up early and teaching [them,] yet they have not 34 hearkened to receive instruction. But they set their

abominations.in the house, which is called by my name, 35 to defile it. And they built the high places of Baal,

which [are) in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through [the fire) unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do

this abomination, to cause Judah to fin. 36 And now therefore thus faith the Lord, the God of

Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say, in the language of despair, It shall be delivered into the hand of

the king of Babylon, to be destroyed by the sword, and 37 by the famine, and by the peftilence; Behold, I will

gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great

wrath; and I will bring them them again unto this 38 place, and I will cause them to dwell safely : And they 39 shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I

will give them one heart, and one way, a new heart, no more divided between God and idols, that they may fear

me for ever, for the good of them, and of their child. 40 ren after them: And I will make an everlasting cove.

nant with them, that I will not turn away from them,

to do them good, but I will put my fear in their hearts, 41 that they shall not depart from me. Yea, I will re.

joice over them to do them good, and I will plant them

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