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none, though many false witnesses had come litf and last of all there came two false witnesses, and they said; This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and in three days to rebuild it. And the high-priest rising, said to him, Answerest thou nothing to the things which these witness against thee? But Jesus held his peace. And the high-priest said to him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us if thou be the Christ the Son of God? Jesus faith to him, Thou hast said it. Nevertheless, I fay to you, hereaster you shall see the son of man sitting on the right-hand of the power of God, and coming in the clouds of heaven. . Then the high-priest rent his garments, saying, , He hath blasphemed, what forther need have we of witnesses? Behold now you have heard the blasphemy, what think you? but they answering, said, He is guilty of death., Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him, and others struck his face with the palms of their hands, saying, Prophecy unto us, O Christ; who is he that struck thee ? The traitor Judas is noted in another Psalm, which is taken notice of by Peter in the first chapter of the Acts. "In those days, Peter rising up in the midst of the brethren, said, (now the number os persons together, was about one hundred and twenty) Men brethren, the scripture must needs be fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost spoke besore by the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who was the leader of them that apprehended Jesus, who was numbered with us, and obtained part of this ministry. And he indeed hath possessed
a field of the reward of iniquity, and being hanged burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out; and it became known to all the inhabitants. of Jerusalem; so that the same field was called in their tongue Haceldar ma, that is to fay, the field of blood, as it is written in the book of Psalms; "Let their habitation become desolate, and let there be none to dwell therein; and his bishoprick let another take," which was alloted to Matthias in the place of Judas.
Boy. 69th Psalm. "Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I am come into"deep waters, where the floods overflow me. 1 am weary of my crying; my throat is dried; my eyes fail while I wait for my God. They that hate me without cause are more than the hairs of my head; they that would destroy me, being my enemies wrongsully, are mighty; then I restored that which I took not away. O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.. Let not 'hem that wait on thee, O Lord of Hosts, be afliamed for my sake; let not those that seek thee, be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel. Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother-s children.. For the zeal of thim house hathe?.;en me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee, are fallen upo ;1 me. When I wept, and chastened my sou'. with fasting, that was to my reproach. I made sackcloth also my
Y 3 gargarment; and I became a proverb to them. They that sit in the Gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards. But as for me my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation. Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink; let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. Let not the water-flood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me upi and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. Hear me, O Lord; for thy loving-kindness is good; turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies; and hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble j hear me speedily. Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it; deliver me because of my enemies. ThoU hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour; my adversaries are all besore thee. Reproach hath broken tony heart; and I am sull of heaviness. I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Let their table become a snare besore them; and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap. Let their eyes be darkened jhat they see not; and make their loins continually to shake. Pour out thy indignation upon them, and let thy wrathsul anger take hold of them. Let their habitation be desolate, and let none dwell in their tents. For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the gries of those whom thou hast wounded. Add iniquity to their iniquity; and let them not come into thy righteousness. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. But 1 am poor and sorrowsul; let thy salvation, O Goo!, set me up on high. I will praise the name of God with a song. and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall praise the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs! The humble shall see this, and be glad; and your heart shall live that seek God. For the Lord heareth the poor, anddespiseth not his prisoners. Let the heavens and earth praise him; the seas, and every thing that moveth therein. For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah; that they may dwell there, and have it in possession. The seed also of his servants shall inherit it; and they that love his name shall dwell therein.
Moses. The nature os man is truly pitiable, unstable, and, like a reed, droop under the slightest breeze. I was convinced, and as I painted to myself with an unchangeable conviction, not to be deaf or stisfnecked, a charge against Israel throughout the scripture, against the call of Almighty God; and this from my youth, with this resolve: that should I at any time be enlightened by my God, to find our long expected Messiah, manisested according to our scriptures; that I would quit all other considerations, and from the happy instant sacrifice myself to his will. The Almighty, as I believe, has appointed and made use of you a child, to y 4 overpVft-rule and supercede presumption JLfld vain iarrogance, that I sear are too deep rooted in nay breast. You have instructed mea teacher in Israel, and opened with incontestible conviction, the scriptures relating to time, place, and minute circumstances touching the Messiah, the hope of Israel, and expectation of the Gentiles. Bur. something more is requisite j sor Israel, though oppressed, and, as it were, abandoned by her God, now near two thousand years, a_ proverb in the mouth of every nation, still perseveres in looking and considering herself the favorite people of God. .Two thousand years servitude Las softened and made oppression easy in some degree, and what we have been accustomed to from our insancy becomes natnral, and we are anxious for no other. So on the other hand to persuade the Jew§ that Jesus is the Messiah,'who from their infancy they had been taught to abominate, would be a task equally as disgustsul as those set their soresathers by the Egyptians, in the time of their bondage. The promises of the scripture prophecies greatly allay and alleviate the unparalelled hardships of so tedious and opprobrious a captivity; scorned and hated as a pest offensive to the rest of our species. O that my eyes were sountains that I might pour forth floods of tears without ceasing, besore my God, sor the miseries of my people. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how are once the delight of the Almighty levelled with the dust, and your children sisted and stigmatized; scattered, and marked with every infamy throughout all nations^pf the earth j lest without the least glimmer