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15 « Touch not mine Anoint. || servant : and Aaron whom he “ed : and do my prophets no || had chosen ; “ harm.”
27 And these shewed his 16 Moreover he called for a tokens among them: and wonders dearth upon the land : and de- || in the land of Ham. stroyed all the provision of bread. 28 He sent darkness, and it
13 But he had sent a man was dark ; and they were not obebefore them : even Joseph, who dient unto his word. was sold to be a bond-servant; 29 He turned their waters into
18 Whose feet they hurt in blood : and slew their fish. the stocks : the iron entered into 1 30 Their land brought forth his soul;
frogs : yea, even in their king's 19 Until the time came that chambers. his cause (0) was known : the 31 He spake the word, and word of the Lord tried him
there came all manner of flies : 20 The king sent, and deli and lice in all their quarters. vered him : the prince of the - 32 He gave them hailstones people let him go free.
for rain : and flames of fire in 21 He made him lord also of their land. his house : and ruler of all his 33 He smote their vines also substance;
and fig-trées : and destroyed the 22 That he might inform his trees that were in their coasts. princes after his will : and teach 34 He spake the word, and his senators wisdom,
the grasshoppers came, and cater23 Israel also came into Egypt: pillars innumerable : and did eat and Jacob was a stranger (0) in up all the grass in their land, and the land of Ham(9).
devoured the fruit of their ground. 24 And he increased his peo 35 He smote all the first-born ple exceedingly : and made them in their land : even the chief of stronger than their enemies; all their strength.
25 Whose heart turned so, 36 He brought them forth also that they hated his people : and with silver (r) and gold : there dealt untruly with his servants. was not one feeble person among
26 Then sent he Moses his their tribes.
(6) For “ cause" the reading should perhaps be “ power," viz. of interpreting dreams; and the meaning of the latter part of the verse may be, “ his gift “ of interpretation.” The word God put into his mouth tried him, that is, distinguished him, shewed his value.
() For " was a stranger," in the Bible translation is “ sojourned,” which seems preferable.
(9) “The land of Ham," i.e. Egypt.
(r) “ Silver," &c. According to the account, Exod. xi. 2. God directed that the people should borrow of the Egyptians jewels of silver, &c. and the people
borrowed them accordingly, Exod. xii. 35, 36. But the translation should per. haps be, that they were directed to ask them as gifts, and that they did so. It seems inconsistent with our notions that they should borrow what they would never be in a condition to restore. In Gen. xx. 13, 14. where God foretold their bondage in Egypt for 400 years, he adds, “and afterward shall they come “ out with great substance." So that it was his intention that they should be enriched with the property of the Egyp. tians, for whom indeed they had been working many years.
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37 Egypt was glad at their de- || 41 For why? he remembered parting : for they were afraid of || his holy promise : and Abraham them.
his servant. 38 He spread out a cloud to 42 And he brought forth his be a covering : and fire to give | people with joy : and his chosen light in the night-season.
with gladness; 39 At their desire he brought 1 43 And gave them the lands quails : and he filled them with of the heathen : and they took the bread of heaven.
the labours of the people in på 40. He opened the rock of session ; stone, and the waters flowed | 44 That they might keep his out : so that rivers ran in the dry statutes : and observe his laws. places.
Lessons for the Twenty-first Day of the Month throughout the rear.
January 21. February 21. 1 March 21.
John viii. (3)
1 Tim. v.
April 21. Morn. 2 Sam. xiv.
Acts xviii. Even. 2 Sam. xv.
1 Pet. v. (1)
Luke v. (0) 1 John ix. Even. 2 Kings xxv. Even. Job xxxviii. Even. Jer. x.
1 Cor. iv. (5) Gal. v. (7) 1 Tim. vi.
August 21. Morn. Dan. iv.
Acts xix. Even. Dan. v.
2 Pet, i.
September 21. October 21. November 21. | December 21. Morn. Ecclus. xxxv. Morn. Wisd. xv. Morn. Baruch iv. Morn. Prov. xxiii. Matt. xxii. (8) Luke vii. (9) John xiii.
Acts xxi. Ev. Ecclus. xxxviii. Even. Wisd. xvi. | Even. Baruch v. Even. Prov. xxiv. 1 Cor. vi.
Eph. i. 1 2 Tim. iv. (10) John i. (1)
ante 60. (7) ante 196.
(2) ante 46. (3) ante 90. (4) ante 168. (5) ante 31. (6) ante 195 (8) ante 211, 218. 205. (9) ante 201. (10) ante 213. (11) ante 41.
Psalm cvi. (s) O give thanks unto the Lord ; for he is gracioas : and his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Who can express the noble acts of the Lord : or shew forth all his praise ? · 3 Blessed are they that alway keep judgement ; and do righteousness.
4 Remember me, O Lord, ac
(8) An invocation to the praise of God, ones occur in that Psalm which David de. from the repeated instances of his for. livered out to the singers the day here: bearance towards the Israelites in the moved the ark from the house of Obedwilderness, notwithstanding their repeated edom to Mount Sion, about 1043 year provocations and occasional punishments. | before the birth of Christ. - See Ps.XCVL. The first verse and the two concluding II and Ps, cv.
cording to the favour that thou || them : there was not one of them
o visit left.
12 Then believed they his
6 We have sinned with our abide his counsel;
them in the wilderness : and they
8 Nevertheless, he helped them also in the tents : and Aaron, the
swallowed up Dathan : and co-
burnt up the ungodly.
20 Thus they turned their
[ v.8. () “ Name's sake.” See Psalm
occasion the triumphal hymn in Exod.xv.
(x) “ Lust,” to have flesh to eat,
“ us flesh to eat."
Numb. xi. 31. “ there went forth a wind
(2) “ Leanness,” &c. According to v.15. Numb. xi. 33. “ while the flesh was yet “ between their teeth, ere it was chewed, " the wrath of the Lord was kindled « against the people, and the Lord “ smote the people with a very great “ plague : and he called the name of that
place Kibroth Haltaavah, because
(a) See Numb. xvi. I to 35.
(c) “ Turned their glory." St. Paul v.
Jer, ii. 11. “ My people have changed | “ their glory for that which doth not “ profit.”
21 And they forgat God their | 27 To cast out their seed Saviour : who had done so great among the nations : and to scatthings in Egypt; in i ter them in the lands. 122 Wondrous works in the l: 28 They joined themselves unto land of Ham : and fearful things Baal-peor (8): and ate the offer. by the Red Sea.
ings of the dead. 23 So he said, he would have 29 Thus they provoked him destroyed them, had not Moses, to anger with their own inven. his chosen, stood (d) before him tions : and the plague was great in the gap : to turn away his among them. wrathful indignation, lest he 30 Then stood up Phineas, · should destroy them. . and prayed (b): and so the plague
24 Yea, they thought scorn(e) ceased. of that pleasant land : and gave 31 And that was counted unto no credence unto his word; him for righteousness : among all
25 But murmured in their posterities for evermore. tents : and hearkened not unto 32 They angered him also at the voice of the Lord.
the waters of strife (i) : so that 26 Then lift he up his hand (f) he punished Moses for their against them : to overthrow them sakes. in the wilderness;
33 Because they provoked his
.22. (d) “Stood,” &c. See Exod. xxxii.
11, 12. “ Moses besought the Lord his
" them from the face of the earth,” &c. V. 24. (e) “ Thought scorn," &c. See
ante 3. note on Ps. xcv. 8 to il.
i sware." In the Israelitish mode of
had given them, and that I would
28. 42.-Dan. xi. 7.-Ps. xliv. 21.– cxliv. 8. .
(8) “ Unto Baalpeor." See Numb. xxv. 3. “ And Israel joined himself unto “ Baalpeor ; and the anger of the Lord - was kindled against Israel."
(b) For “ prayed,” the Bible transla tion is “ executed judgment;" and Dr. Hammond reads " made an atonement," either of which seems right. The Bible gives no account of any prayer by Phineas, but when Zimri brought unto his bre. thren a Midianitish woman, and God destroyed 24,000 of the people for joining themselves unto the daughters of Moab, and unto Baalpeor, Phineas slew Zimri and the woman : « and the Lord spake “ unto Moses, saying, Phineas hath " turned my wrath away from the chil. “ dren of Israel, while he was zealous « for my sake among them, that I con“ sumed not the children of Israel in my “ jealousy : Behold, I give unto him my
covenant of peace, and he shall have “ it, and his seed after him, even the “ covenant of an everlasting priesthood, “ because he was zealous for his God, " and made an atonement for the children “ of Israel." See Numb. xxv. 10 to
spirit : so that he spake unad. || 41 Their enemies oppressed visedly (k) with his lips.
them : and had them in sub34 Neither destroyed they the || jection. heathen (1) : as the Lord com 42 Many a time did he deliver manded them;
them : but they rebelled against 35 But were mingled among him with their own inventions, the heathen : and learned their and were brought down in their works.
wickedness. 36 Insomuch that they wor 43 Nevertheless, when he saw shipped their idols, which turned their adversity : he heard their to their own decay : yea, they complaint. offered their sons and their daugh 44 He thought upon his coveters unto devils;
nant, and pitied them according 39 And shed innocent blood, unto the multitude of his mercies: even the blood of their sons and yea, he made all those that led of their daughters : whom they them away captive, to pity them. offered unto the idols of Canaan, 45 Deliver us, O Lord our and the land was defiled with God, and gather us from among blood.
the heathen : that we may give 38 Thus were they stained thanks unto thy holy Name, and with their own works : and went make our boast of thy praise. a whoring with their own inven 46 Blessed be the Lord God tions.
of Israel from everlasting, and 39 Therefore was the wrath world without end : and let all of the Lord kindled against his the people say, Amen. people : insomuch that he ab. horred his own inheritance. 40 And he gave them over
MORNING PRAYER. into the hand of the heathen : and they that hated them were
Psalm cvii. (m) lords over them.
GIVE thanks unto the Lord;
children of Israel strove with the Lord
for want of water. See Numb. xx. 13. .. (k) “ Unadvisedly,' &c. God had
ordered Moses and Aaron to speak unto the rock before the eyes of the assembly, and it should give forth water ; they did so, and Moses struck the rock with his rod twice, and the water came out abundantly ; but Moses used some expressions upon gathering the people together, which implied a distrust in the water's being produced, and such as were not calculated to put the minds of the people into a proper temper, so as to give the miracle its proper effect upon them : “ Hear now, ye rebels, must we fetch “ you water out of this rock ?” and « God spake unto Moses and unto
“ Aaron, because ye believed me not, to
(1) “ Destroyed they the heathen,”' &c. v. 34. See Judges i. ii.
(m) A beautiful alternate hymn, by two sets of singers, animating the people to the praise of God, by pointing out instances of his mercy, each set endeavouring to surpass the other by those he adduced. It is not improbable, from the instances it brings forward, that it was written shortly after the pas. sage through Jordan, into the land of Canaan; and if so, it is far more antient