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Christians against the Mahometans; for as the former are defcended from Edom, and the latter from Ishmael; they, according to Scripture language, are brethren.

The Prophet then proceeds to fhew that, God will not only take vengeance on them by the fword; but alfo by the peftilence, fire, &c. and by which, he will be magnified in the fight of the nations: ver. 22—23. "And I will plead against him with peftilence and with blood; and (with) an overflowing fhower, and great hail ftones; (and) fire and brimstone will I rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people* that (are) with him. Thus will I magnify myself, and fanctify myself, and I will be known in the fight of many nations; and they shall know that I am the LORD." For when God fhall take vengeance on the nati ons, for what they did to his people; they will stand in awe of him; his particular providence will then be acknowledged; and he will be magnified, as a juft judge.

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The Prophet goes on to exemplify more at large, the figurative language that he had

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made ufe of above: chap. xxxix. 1-7. "Therefore, thou fon of man, prophecy against Gog, and fay, Thus faith the LORD God; Behold, I (am) against thee, O Gog, prince of Rhos Methech and Tubal; And I will turn thee back, and will ftrike thee with fix (plagues*), when I cause thee to come up from the north quarters, and bring thee upon the mountains of Ifrael. And I will fmite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will caufe thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Ifrael, thou and all thy bands, and the people that (are) with thee; to the birds of every fort†, and (to) the beafts of the field, have I given thee to be devoured. Thou fhalt fall upon the face of the field: for I have fpoken (it), faith the LORD God. And I will send a fire on Magog, and on them that dwell fecurely in the ifles: and they shall

This is according to Kimchi's father, and Abar banal: as the Prophet fays, with peftilence, and with blood, and with an over-flowing shower, and great hail fones, fire and brimflone which are the fix, plagues that he is to be fmitten with. But Jarchi, thinks, it denotes to deceive. And Kim. chi explains it thus, I will leave a fixth (part) of thee.

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know that I am the LORD. So will I make mime holy name known in the midst of my people Ifrael neither will I (suffer) mine holy name to be profaned any more: and the nations shall know that I (am) the LORD, the Holy One in Ifrael." For then the nations will not be able to say, that the Jews. were in captivity for crucifying the lord and faviour of the world; (as above mentioned p. 278.) but that, God is the Holy One in Ifrael.

And, as this prophecy was not to be accomplished till an exceedingly diftant time at the end of the captivity; in the latter days; the Prophet therefore affures us, that we may depend on its accomplishment: for, ver. 8th, Behold, it is come, and it is done, faith the LORD God: this (is) the day whereof I have spoken,

The Prophet then proceeds to describe the burning of the arms of the enemies of Ifrael and which will be fo numerous, that they will have no occafion to take any wood from the field for feven years: ver. 9-10. "And they that dwell in the cities of Ifrael fhall go forth, and they fhall fet on fire and burn

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burn the armour, the fhields, and the bucklers, the bows, and the arrows, and the hand-ftaves, and the fpears; and they shall burn them (for) fire feven years: So that they fhall take no wood from the field, neither cut down (any) from the forefts: for they shall burn the armour for fire and they thall spoil those that spoiled them, and shall plunder those that plundered them, faith the LORD God."

The Prophet then informs us, that in order to cleanse the land, that the air might not be corrupted or putrified, by the numerous flain; God hath promised to give Gog there a place of burial; ver, 11th. "And it fhall come to pass, in that day, (that) I will give unto Gog a place of burial there in Ifrael, the valley through which they pass to the east of the fea: and it fhall ftop (the noftrils of ) the paffengers: and there they shall bury Gog, and all his multitude: and they fhall call (it) The valley of the multitude of Gog."

He then goes on to inform us, that thẹ number will be so great, that all the people of the land will be engaged seven months in burying of them: ver. 12-13. "And fe

ven months fhall the houfe of Ifrael be burying them, that they may cleanse the land. Yea, all the people of the land shall bury (them); and it fhall be a renown to them. (in) the day that I fhall be glorified, faith the LORD God."

He farther informs us, that they will be fo diligent in cleanfing the land, that even after the feven months, they will make strict fearch after the carcafes that yet remain unburied ver. 14-15. "And they fhall fet apart men of continual employment, paffing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth to cleanse it; after the end of feven months fhall they fearch. And the paffengers (that). pafs through the land, when (any) feeth a man's bone, then shall he fet up a mark by it, till the buriers bury it in the valley of the multitude of Gog. Alfo the name of the city shall be MULTITUDE. Thus fhall they

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cleanse the land.

The Prophet then, in bold figurative language, goes on to fhew that, there will also be another event that will greatly contribute

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