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great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.”a Even so, come, Lord Je sus, and hasten this happy day.
For the calling of the Jews. Seeing the Lord hath promised many glorious things to the Jews, with much grace and peace both to the Jews and Gentiles at their conversion ;
when the ten tribes shall be re-united to the two, which never yet was, let us never give him rest till he set up Jerusalem the praise of the world ; and for the strengthening of us in prayer, apply these promises, " Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: and I will make them one nation, in the land upon the mountains of Israel: and one king shall be king to them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.b
.“ In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north, to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.
“ The Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glo
a Rov. xviii. 8, 21. b Ezek. xxxvi. 21, 22.
ry shall be seen upon thee: and the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising; thy sons shall come from afar, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side : then thou shalt see and flow together, and thine heart shall fear and be enlarged, because the sea shall be converted unto thee: the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations : thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breasts of kings.a
“The Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory; and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name; thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.”
“They shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations; and strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your ploughmen, and your vine-dressers ; but ye shall be named 'the priests of the Lord:' men shall call you 'the ministers of our God :' ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall you boast yourselves.
a Isa. Ix. 2, 3, 4, 5, 15, 16. b Isa. Ixli. 2, 3. c Isa. Ixi. 4, 5, 6,
“ Thus saith the Lord, Behold I will lift up my
Promises for the Saint's support in times of trouble and
That God hath made a covenant with his children
to be their God.
“I will establish my covenant between me and
“ I will walk among you, and will be your
“ With great and eternal mercies will I gather
a Isa. xlix. 22, 23. b Gen. xvii. 7. Lev. xxvi. 12.
“I will be their God, and they shall be my
“I will say unto them, Thou art my people :
That God will call his children to the knowledge of
The meek will he teach his ways.
“For they shall all know me, from the least of
“I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee
That God will give his Spirit unto his children.
“I will pour upon the house of David the
a Hog. ii. 23. b Psalm xxv. 9. xxxii. 8. Isa. liv. 13.
“ I will pray unto the Father, and he shall give you even the Spirit of truth.”
That God will cause his children to trust in him by
“ Many shall see it and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.a
“ Under his wings shalt thou trust.
That God will give his children an humble and
“ I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and I will give them a heart of flesh.b
“I will pour on them the Spirit of supplication, and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth for his only son.
Every mountain and hill shall be brought low.
“ The Lord thy God will circumcise thy heart.”
a Psalm xl. 3. xci. 4. Isa. li. 5. Hab. ii. 4. Zeph. ii. 12. Matt. xii. 21. b Ezek. xi. 19. Zach. xii. 10. Luke iii. 5. Deut. xxx. 6.