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Moses, Go down, charge the people, For the vision is yet for an ap&c.—Exod. xix. 3, 4.9, 10. 19, 20— pointed time: but at the end it shall 22. 24.
speak, and not lie: and though it If there be a prophet among you, tarry, wait for it; because it will I the Lord will make myself known surely come, it will not tarry.-Hab. to him in a vision,-Numb. xii. 6. ii. 3.
He hath said, which heard the Behold, the angel of the Lord, apwords of God; which saw the vision peared unto him in a dream, saying, of the Almighty; falling into a trance, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not but having his eyes open.-Numb. to take unto thee Mary thy wife.- xxiv. 4. 16.
Matt. i. 20. The Lord spake to Samuel, by And being warned of God in a voice, or word.—1 Sam. iii. 4. 10, dream, that they should not return 11.21.
unto Herod, &c. And when they To Nathan, by vision.--2 Sam. were departed, behold, the angel of vii. 17.
the Lord appeared to Joseph in a The Lord appeared to Solomon in dream, saying, Arise, and take the a dream by night: and God said, Ask young child, &c.-Matt. ii. 13.19.22. what I shall give thee.—1 Kings iii. Pilate's wife sent unto him, saying, 5-7, ix. 2.
Have thou nothing to do with that The Lord answered not Saul, just man; for I have suffered many neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor things this day in a dream because by prophets.—1 Sam. xxviii. 6. 15. of him.-Matt. xxvii. 19.
God speaketh once, yea, twice; Saul saw a vision, and heard a yet man perceiveth it not: in a dream, voice, saying unto him Saul, Saul, in a vision of the night, when deep why persecutest thou me? &c. A sleep falleth upon men, in slumber- certain disciple at Damascus, named ings upon the bed; then he openeth Ananias : and to him said the Lord the ears of men, and sealeth their in a vision, &c. Arise and go, &c.instruction.- Job xxxiii. 14--16. Actsix. 1-11.xxii.6,&c. xxvi, 13, &c.
Thou speakest in a vision to thy Cornelius saw in a vision eviHoly One, and saidest, 1 have) laid dently about the ninth hour of the help upon one that is mighty.-Ps. day, an angel of God coming in to Ixxxix. 19.
him, and saying, Cornelius, thy Nebuchadnezzar's dream, which prayers and thine alms are come up Daniel expounded.-Dan. ii. iv. for a memorial before God. Peter
Belshazzar's vision of the writing also had a vision; and God spake to against the wall.-Dan. v. 5. 25. him, &c.—Acts x, 3, 4. 9-15. 28.
Daniel's vision of the beast, &c. 30, &c. xi. 5. -Dan. vii.
A vision appeared to Paul in the Of the man clothed in linen.- night; there stood a man of MaceDan. X. 5, &c.
donia, and prayed him, saying, Come Of other things.—Dan. vii. viii. x. over unto Macedonia, and help us;
I have also spoken by the prophets; and after he had seen the vision, imand I have multiplied visions, and mediately we endeavoured to go : used similitudes, by the ministry of assuredly gathering, that the Lord the prophets.-Hosea xii. 10. had called us for to preach the gospel
I will pour out my Spirit upon all unto them.--Acts xvi. 9, 10. flesh: and your sons and your daugh- Then spake the Lord to Paul in ters shall prophesy; your old men the night, by a vision, Be not afraid, shall dream dreams, your young men but speak, &c. for I am with thee.shall see visions.-Joel ii. 28. Acts Acts xviii. 9. ii. 16, 17.
It is not expedient for me, doubtless, to glory: I will come to visions among themselves, who should be the and revelations of the Lord. I knew greatest: and he sat down and called a man in Christ, &c.—2 Cor. xii. the twelve, and saith unto them, If 1- 3.
any man desire to be first, the same God, who at sundry times, and in shall be last of all, and servant of all. divers manners, spake in times past -Mark ix. 34, 35. unto the fathers by the prophets, James and John, &c. said, Grant hath in these last days spoken unto unto us that we may sit one on thy us by his Son, &c.—Heb. i. 1, 2. right hand, &c. and when the ten
heard it, they began to be much disCHAP. LIV.
pleased with James and John; but
Jesus called them to him, and saith THE CALL AND COMMISSION OF THE
unto them, Ye know that they which APOSTLES, EQUAL.
are accounted to rule over the GenJesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, tiles, exercise lordship over them, saw two brethren, Simon, called &c. but so it shall not be among you; Peter, and Andrew, his brother, cast- but whosoever will be great among ing a net into the sea: for they were you, shall be your minister: and whofishers. And he saith unto them, soever of you will be chiefest, shall be Follow me, and I will make you servant of all: for even the Son of fishers of men, &c. He saw other man came not to be ministered unto, two brethren, James the son of &c.-Mark x. 35-38.41–44. Luke Zebedee, and John his brother, &c. xxii. 24–27. and he called them, and they imme- He called unto him his disciples, diately left the ship, and their father, and of them he chose twelve, whom and followed him. -Matt.iv.18-22. also he named apostles: Simon, whom Mark i. 16–20.
he also named Peter, and Andrew his One is your master, even Christ; brother: James and John, Philip and and all ye are brethren, &c. whoso- Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, ever shall exalt himself, shall be James, the son of Alpheus, and Siabased. --Matt. xxii. 8. 11, 12. mon, called Zelotes, and Judas the
As Jesus passed forth, he saw a brother of James, and Judas Iscariot. man named Matthew, sitting at the —Luke vi. 13-16. receipt of custom; and he saith unto Then he called his twelve disciples him, Follow me: and he arose and together, and gave them power and followed him.-Matt. ix. 9. Mark authority over all devils, and to cure ii. 14. Luke v. 27, 28.
diseases: and he sent them to preach Whatsoever ye bind on earth, shall the kingdom of God, and to heal the be bound in heaven.—Matt. xviii. 18. sick: and he said unto them, Take
He ordained twelve: that they nothing for your journey.-Luke ir. should be with him, and that he might 1-5. send them forth to preach, and to When Jesus had washed his dishave power to heal sicknesses, and ciples' feet, he said, I have given you to cast out devils: and Simon he sur- an example, that ye ought to wash named Peter, and James the son of one another's feet : now there was Zebedee, and John, the brother of leaning on Jesus's bosom one of his James, &c. and Andrew, and Philip, disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Peter therefore beckoned to him, that Thomas, and James the son of Al- he should ask who it should be of pheus, and Thaddeus, and Simon the whom he spake, &c.—John xiii, 13Canaanite, and Judas.--Mark ii. 15. 22–25. xix. 26, 27. xx. 2. xxi. 14-19.
7, 20–22. By the way they had disputed Jesus came, &c. said, Peace be
unto you: as my Father hath sent am I behind (or any way inferior to) me, even so send I you: and when the very chiefest apostles, &c.—2 Cor. he had said this, he breathed on them, xii. 2-4. 11. and said unto them, Receive ye the When it pleased God, &c. to reveal Holy Ghost; whose soever sins ye re. his Son in me, that I might preach mit, they are remitted unto them; him among the heathen: immediately and whose soever sins ye retain, they I conferred not with flesh and blood; are retained.—John xx. 19-23. neither went I up to Jerusalem to
To whom ye forgive any thing, I them which were apostles before me, forgive also: if I forgave, &c. for your but I went into Arabia, &c. Then sakes I forgave it in the person (or after three years, I went up to Jerusight) of Christ.—2 Cor. ii. 10. salem to see Peter, and abode with
The twelve called the multitude of him fifteen days; but other of the the disciples unto them, and said, &c. apostles saw I none, save James, the Look ye out among you seven men, Lord's brother.—Gal. i. 15—19. of honest report, full of the Holy When they saw that the gospel of Ghost and wisdom, whom we may the uncircuincision was committed appoint over this business : but we unto me, as the gospel of the circumwill give ourselves continually to cision was unto Peter (for he that prayer, and to the ministry of the wrought effectually in Peter to the word, &c. whom they set before the apostleship of the circumcision, the apostles: and when they had prayed, same was mighty in me toward the they laid their hands on them.-Acts Gentiles): and when James, Cephas, vi. 2–6.
and John (who seemed to be pillars), Now when the apostles which were perceived the grace that was given at Jerusalem had heard that Samaria unto me, they gave to me and Barnahad received the word of God, they bas the right hand of fellowship, that sent unto them Peter and John; who, we should go unto the heathen, and when they were come down, prayed they unto the circumcision, &c. but for them.--Acts viii. 14, 15.
when Peter was come to Antioch, I The believing Jews dispute with withstood him to the face, because he Peter for going to the Gentiles; and was to be blamed: for before that, he gives them an account of God's certain came from James, he did eat work upon them.-Acts xi. 2, &c. with the Gentiles; but when they
I speak to you, Gentiles, inasmuch were come, he withdrew, and sepaas I am the apostle of the Gentiles, rated himself, fearing them which I magnify mine office.-- Rom. xi. were of the circumcision, &c. but 13, 14.
when I saw that they walked not upFor I suppose I was not a whit be- rightly, &c. I said unto Peter, behind (or in nothing inferior to) the fore them all, If thou, being a Jew, very chiefest apostles, &c. Are they livest after the manner of the Genministers of Christ? (I speak as a tiles, and not as do the Jews, why fool) I am more : in labours more compellest thou the Gentiles to live as abundant, &c. besides those things do the Jews?-Gal. i. 7-9. 11-14. that are without, that which cometh I am appointed a preacher, an upon me daily, the care of all the apostle, and doctor of the Gentiles, churches.-2 Cor. xi.5.23.28. 1 Cor. --2 Tim. i. 11. xy. 10.
I knew a man in Christ, &c. such an one caught up to the third heaven, &c. into Paradise, heard unspeakable words, &c. I ought to have been commended of you; for in nothing
CHAP. LV. .
day, that the remnant of Israel, &c.
shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy OF THE RESTORATION AND RETURN One of Israel, in truth: the remnant
OF ISRAEL FROM THE COUNTRIES shall return, even the remnant of JaINTO WHICH THEY ARE SCAT- cob, unto the mighty God: for though TERED.
thy people Israel be as the sand of And it shall come to pass, when all the sea; yet a rempant of them shall these things are come upon thee, the return, &c.--Isa. x. 20–23. blessing and the curse which I have And it shall come to pass in that set before thee; and thou shalt call day, that the Lord shall set his hand them to mind, among all the nations again the second time, to recover the whither the Lord thy God hath driven remnant of his people, which shall be thee, &c. that then the Lord thy God left, from Assyria, &c. and from the will turn thy captivity, and have com- islands of the sea : and he shall set passion upon thee, and will return, up an ensign for the nations, and and gather thee from all the nations shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, whither the Lord thy God hath scat- and gather together the dispersed of tered thee: if any of thine be driven Judah, from the four corners of the out unto the utmost parts of heaven, earth.—Isa. xi. 11, 12. from thence will the Lord thy God The Lord will have mercy on Jagather thee, &c. and bring thee into cob, and will yet choose Israel, and the land which thy fathers possessed, set them in their own land, &c.—Isa. and thou shalt possess it, &c. and the xiv. 1-3. 32. Lord thy God will circumcise thine He shall cause them that come of heart, and the heart of thy seed, to Jacob to take root: Israel shall bloslove the Lord thy God with all thine som and hud, and fill the face of the heart, &c.--Deut. xxx. 1-6. world with fruit, &c. ye shall be
The Lord shall judge his people, gathered one by one, O ye children of and repent himself for his servants, Israel, &c. And they shall come when he seeth that their power is gone, which were ready to perish in the and there is none shut up, or left, &c. land of Assyria, and the outcasts in Rejoice, Oye nations, with his people; the land of Egypt, and shall worship for he will avenge the blood of his the Lord in the holy mount at Jeruservants, &c. and he will be merciful salem.Isa. xxvii. 6. 12, 13. unto his land, and to his people. Look upon Zion, the city of our Deut. xxxii. 36. 43.
solemnities; thine eyes shall see JeO that the salvation of Israel were rusalem a quiet habitation, a tabercome out of Zion! when the Lord nacle that shall not be taken down, bringeth back the captivity of his not one of the stakes thereof shall people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel ever be removed: neither shall any of shall be glad.-Ps. xiv, 7.
the cords thereof be broken: but there And it shall come to pass in the the glorious Lord will be unto us a last days, that the mountain of the place of broad rivers.--Isa. xxxü. Lord's house shall be established (or 20, &c. prepared) in the top of the mountains, Look unto Abraham your father, and shall be exalted above the hills, and unto Sarah that bare you, &c. for and all nations shall flow in unto it. the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will And many people shall go and say, comfort all her waste places, and he Come ye, and let us go up, &c. for will make her wilderness like Eden, out of Zion shall go forth the law, and her desert like the garden of the and the word of the Lord from Jeru. Lord: joy and gladness shall be found salem.—Isa. ii. 2, 3.
therein, thanksgiving, and the voice And it shall come to pass in that of melody.-Isa. li. 2, 3. lii. 1-4. Ix. Ixi. 4, &c. Ixii. Ixv. 18-23. Ixvi. the seed of Israel, for all that they 8-13.15. Micah iv. Zeph. jii. 14, &c. have done, saith the Lord: behold
At that time they shall call Jeru- the days come, saith the Lord, that salem the throne of the Lord, and all the city shall be built to the Lord, the nations shall be gathered unto it, &c.—Jer. xxxi. 1. 3-5. 7-12. 37. to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem, &c. xxx. &c. In those days the house of JudahB ehold, I will gather them out of shall walk with the house of Israel, all countries whither I have driven and they shall come together out of them in mine anger, &c. and I will the land of the north, to the land that bring them again unto this place; I have given for an inheritance unto and I will cause them to dwell safely, your fathers. But I said, &c.—Jer. and they shall be my people, and I iii. 17-19.
will be their God.-Jer. xxxii. 37, 38. The days come, saith the Lord, Thus saith the Lord, If my covethat it shall no more be said, The nant be not with day and night, &c. Lord liveth that brought up the chil- then will I cast away the seed of dren of Israel out of the land of Jacob, and David my servant; so that Egypt; but the Lord liveth, who I will not take any of his seed to be brought up the children of Israel rulers over the seed of Abraham, from the land of the north, and from Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause all the lands whither he had driven their captivity to return, and have them; and I will bring them again mercy on them.-Jer. xxxiii. 25, 26. into their land, that I gave unto their xlvi. 27, 28. fathers.— Jer. xvi. 14, 15. xxiii. And in those days, and in that time, 3-8.
saith the Lord, the children of Israel I will be the God of all the families shall come, they and the children of of Israel, and they shall be my peo- Judah together, going and weeping, ple, &c. Again, I will build thee, &c.—Jer. lix. 4. 20. and thou shalt be built, О virgin of Thus saith the Lord God, Although Israel, &c. thou shalt yet plant vines I have cast them afar off among the upon the mountains of Samaria, thy heathen; and although I have scatplanters shall plant and shall eat, &c. tered them among the countries; yet for thus saith the Lord, Sing with will I be to them as a little sanctugladness for Jacob, and shout among ary in the countries where they shall the chief of the nations, &c. behold, come: therefore say, Thus saith the I will bring them from the north Lord God, I will even gather you country, and gather them from the from the people, and assemble you coasts of the earth, &c. a great com- out of the countries where ye have pany shall return thither, &c. for I been scattered; and I will give you am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is the land of Israel, and they shall my first-born. Hear the word of the come thither, and they shall take Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in away all the detestable things therethe isles afar off, and say, He that of, &c.—Ezek. xi. 16–18. scattered Israel, will gather him, and Ye shall know that I am the Lord, keep him as 'a shepherd doth his when I shall bring you into the land flock; for the Lord hath redeemed of Israel, into the country for the Jacob, and ransomed him from the which I lifted up mine hand to give hand of him that was stronger than it to your fathers, and there shall ye he: therefore they shall come and remember your ways, &c.- Ezek. xx. sing in the height of Zion, &c. If 42, 43. xxviii. 24-26. heaven above can be measured, and Thus, saith the Lord God, Behold the foundations of the earth searched I, even I, will both search my sheep out beneath, I will also cast off all and seek them out, &c. and deliver