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must not with Nathansay tu es homo, thou art che man, to any delinquent in any of these kinds.

This then is the remedy, we may go to God himselfe, and chide with him for it, without any feare of scandalum magnatum, and in holy indignation and zeal of Gods glory, laying aside". our own corrupt passions, we may call him to account for shewing us and making us to see such chings.

And I do not doubt but we shall have as good lucceffe as this Prophet had, as the next section of this chapter doth declare.

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Vers, 5. Be hold yee among the beathen, and regard and wone der marvellousy: for I will work

a Work in your days, which you will not believe thongh it be told you. 6. For lo raise up the Chaldeans that bitter and bafty

Nation, which shall march through the bredeb of the land to

poffefe the dwelling places that are not theirs. 7. They are terrible and dreadful, their judgement and

their dignity fball proceed of themselves.
8. Their borses also are swifter then the Leopards, and more

fierce then the evening Wolves: and wobeirborsemen soall
Spread themselves, and their horfemen thall come from farre,

they sball fly as the Eagle that bastechio cat.
9. They Mall come all for violence, their faces faill fup ap as the

East-Wind, and they gather the captivity as the fant. 10. And obey shall scoffe at the Kings, and the Princes shall be

a scorne unto them : they fall deride every strong hold, for

they foall heap dust and takeita 11. Then fall his mind change and be spill paffe over and offendy

imputing this his power unto his God.

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Hele words are the second section of this chapter, and do

contain Gods own anfwer to the former complaint of the Prophet, wherein God declarech how he will be avenged on his own People, for the oppression and violence which chey bave used, for the corruption in manners, in religion, and in the administration of Iustice.

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Let us begin at the words, and search the will of God revealed Verse 5. therein.

Beholdye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellorfly]

Here is God himselfe speaking to his finful people che' Tews, and awaking them to behold the anger to come.

Here is first the roaring of the Lion, as in Amos. The Lord Cap. Ii zó Will-roare from Sion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem.

This is the thunder: the thunderbol doch after follow: 1. He biddeth them behold, that is to take this threatning of Gods judgement, and to spread it before their eyes, and co peruse the fad contents thereof.

2. Behold'yee among the heathen] He curaeth their eyes to the heathen, whom God will now make their sharp schoolmafers to instruct them; for tecing they will learn noching by the ministry of his Prophets, „whom he hath sent to them to chide them, and guide them; and seeing they are not moved with the lamentable complaints of their brethren, groaning under their oppressions, and grievances, and injustice:now he biddeth them to-look-among the heathen, as to the quarter from whence the following tempest is like to arise : for by them God intendechi to punish che lews.

3. He addech Regard; forbeholding without regarding; and taking the matter inco duc and serious consideration is but ga-zingAs the Apostle pressech an exhortation. Consider what I fay.

God had sent his Prophets to instruct them and they heard them, but regarded them:not

. Now he will not be so neglected.. 4. He addeth, and wonder marvelously, attoniti este ob obftupescite. Here he preparech their expectation for some extraordiDary. judgement; this is that which the Apostle doch call Terror domini, and ira ventura, the terrour of the Lord, and the wrach to come.

5. He addech in general terms the matter of their feare and consternation, Forg;

1. There is a work to be done.
2.God himself professech to be the worker:
3. The time is ac hand; in your days.

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4. The wonder is, that though God himself forcell them thereof, Non credetis, you will not beleeve,

The work to be done is. verf.6. God threatnech to raise up the Chaldeans against the Jews; he callcth them a biccer and an haftie nation;those chal go all the land over and drive out or destroy the Jews, and take poffeffion of their land.

Chaldea lay from ferusalem North;it was a mighty Kingdom; and the cheif City thereof was Babylon; Nebuchadnezzar was Kingthereof;they are to be Qirred up by God himlel,fwho, as you beard out of Obadiah, doth use to punish one Nacion by another, and sometimes his Church by the Heathen.

He gave Ifrael the promised land upon condition of their obedience to his Law; and now finding them rebellious, he giveth away their land to the beachen; and as before he drove out the posterity of Canaan to plant Israel there, now he will remove them, and give their land to the Chaldeans.

God is very terrible in his threatnings; for a great part of the Chapter is spent as you see in description of that Nacion of

the Chaldeans, to fill them full of horrour. Verf.6.

1. For the people of that land, he calleth them Bitter and hafty.

Bitter in the execution of that wrath whereof God had made them bis Ministers, and hasty in the speed thereof; for the wick. ed are limited, and if God stayed them not, they would soon swallow up the Church of God; but when God enlargeth chem and suffereth them for the sins of the Church to break in upon them, they will come in like a flood that overflowech and break

kech the banks, and cover all with inundation. Verf. 7. 2. They are described to be terrible, and dreadfall, and there,

in he declarech that he will put the Jews out of heart, that they shall have no courage to resist this invasion; for God will smice them with fear of the adverfarie power, which fear in them shall open the enemie an easy way to victory.

3. He proveth this; for he faith, Their judgment and their dignity shall come of themselves

. His meaning is chat God will not çeftrain them, but give the

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Jews into their hands and leave the Chaldeans to be both judges and executioners in their own cause, and to follow the leading of their own will : no Law of God fhall awe them, no law of nature, or nations shall limit them, their own will shall carry them to give judgment upon the Jews, and to get them dignity and honour over them.

The reason why God will put them into lo mercilesse hands, is given by the Prophet Jeremy.

For the Jews have said to feremy: As for the Word that thou haft
Spoken to us in the name of tbe Lord; we will not hearken unto thee; Jer.44.16.
But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our

Verl. 17. own mouth.

For this wilfull stubbornnesse God doth now purpose to put them into the power of such as shall be as wilfull as they , whose judgment by which they shall judge the Jews, and whole dignity by which they shall:exalt themselves, lhall follow their own will.

He proceedech co thew what preparation they have for war, and therein first of their hortes, in which kind of strength some

Verr. 8. pur-cheie crostas, David faith,

Some put their trust in chariots, and some in horses.
Theie hories of the Chalde ans he doth makccerrible, in 2.things.

1. They are swifter then the Leopards; he compareth them not with cheRocbuck and the Hind so much mentioned in Scripcure for speed, nor with the Hare whose speed is to save themselves; buo with the Leopards perfecuting with swiftnesse the beasts on which they prey, as he addech,

2.Tbey are feircer then the evening wolves;those wolves whose hunger not only teadeth them out to seek prey, but fach is their cruelty that chey will destroy whole Hocks if they can. 1. The Chaldeans did breed horses for the warre, whose speed and feirceneile is such, t: at as feremy faith, describing the turning of men to their own ill wayes, it was likt as an horse rusheth into the battaile, i ...

Yet this were no great terrour, but that it followeth , their riders

fhall be such as Mall put them to it. oat. They shall spread themselves : for they were to paffe throughout the breadth of the counerey; that there will be no escaping then by resistance,

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2. They shall come from farre, 'to set up the army, so that they shall be terrible in their number.

3. they shall Ay as the Eagle that hafteth to eat;, 00 man shall escape them by flight, all shall be a prey.

He proceedech to describe the erlie victory that che Chaldeans shall have of the Jews.

They shall come all for violence. Tota gens ad rapinam veniet: not ad pugnam, but al prædam; The whole Nacions fhall come to spoile, not to fighe, buc co prey.

Their faces shall (mpup the Eaft-wind, the East-wind it seemeth was the most unwholesome breach of heaven upon chat land, within short time withered and destroyed che fruits of the earch, and the hopes of the Spring: The Lord faith, that the faces of the Chaldeans , the very light of them shall bee as bane full, and as unresistible as the East wind.

They shall gather the Captivity as the land: 1. They fhall gather together the people of that land to carry them away into caprivity, with no more pain then one would cake up his veffel

ful of sand out of the heap, or they shall carry multitudes of the Verfije. Jews into captivity without number as the fandi . 19

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scoffe at the Kings, and the Princes fball be ascorne unto them:]

Either he meaneth that he shall make nothing of the power of any Kings, either in the land against which he cometh, or amongst their confederates; buc hall laugh them to scorne that come to help the Jews, as his vassals.

Or he shall easily subdue them, and lead them in triumph whetherfoever he goech, and proudly inculc over chemi): 113

Some extend it so farre as that the Chaldean: congueror shall make Kings his jefters, and parafices, and make himlelf {porc with them.

And whereas the strong holds and castles are wont to be a terrour to the invador, the Chaldeans shall deride every Itrong. hold.

For they fall heap duft and take it: i.e.They shal raise up of the Carth near unto their roog holds, such fortifications as shall de fend them, and offend the enemy, the very earch of the Jews. shall they ute against the Jews to overcome them.

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