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than thou ; ? and when the The utter destruction commanded LORD thy God shall deliver by God, in this and other passages them before thee; thou shalt throughout the chapter, is not to be smite them, and utterly de- charged upon Moses and the Israel
ites as cruelty on their part. The stroy them; thou shalt make Canaanites were offenders in the no covenant with them, nor sight of Jehovah, and He chose to shew mercy unto them: nei- make Israel the instrument of their ther shalt thou make mar
deserved punishment. riages with them ; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. * For sapped by habitual intercourse with
• Religious principle is so often they will turn away thy son the worlály and the wicked, that it from following me, that they was a wise and merciful command may serve other gods: so
which enjoined the people of God to will the anger of the LORD their idolatrous neighbours.
abstain entirely from the society of be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly. But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God : the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose yon, because ye were more in number than any people ; for ye were the fewest of all people : • but because the Lord loved
8 What a blessed truth ! that so you, and because he would long as we continue in covenant
God, honouring Him and keeping keep the oath which he had his commandments, He will, for his swom unto your fathers, oron sake, love us and bless us. hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; and repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them : he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face. Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them. Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers : and he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit
of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee. Thou shalt be blessed above all people : there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee. And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve their gods ; for that will be a snare unto thee.
17 Why should I fear, though my thou shalt say in thine heart, enemies also be many and strong ? These nations are more than God himself is my defence, and He I; how can I dispossess
is stronger and mightier than they. them? Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt; the great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD thy God brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid. Moreover the LORD thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed. Thou shalt not be affrighted at them : for the Lord thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible. And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little : thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee. But the LORD thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed. And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven : there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them. The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein : for it is an abomi
26 May God give me grace to shun nation to the LORD thy God. all evil ways, and love that which I 26 Neither shalt thou bring know will please Him. So, but so an abomination into thine only, may I hope for his blessing on
me and mine! house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it : but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it ; for it is a cursed thing.
The fifth Sunday after Easter.
MORNING. DEUTERONOMY viii. All the commandments i God bids us “ observe to do" all which I command thee this his commandments. He who wilfully day shall ye observe to do, breaks one, is so far“ guilty of all, that ye may live, and multi- obedience. We are not to choose
as he breaks through the principle of ply, and go in and possess which of the commandments we will the land which the LORD obey, and which disobey. sware unto your fathers.
2 Every trial in this wilderness of * And thou shalt remember
life has the same object-“ to prote
us." We are altogether in a state all the way which the LORD
of probation. Let us strengthen, thy God led thee these forty then, our hope of future blessing, by years in the wilderness, to remembering past mercies. humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. * And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and
3 The soul must live by spiritual
food-even the word and ordinances. fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. Thy rai- • So the robe of the righteousness ment waxed not old upon of Christ, with which we are supthee, neither did thy foot plied, waxeth not old ; and changeth swell, these forty years. Thou not, till it be changed for glory. shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee. Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him. For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills i a land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, 9 Is not the Gospel that good land and honey; 'a land wherein to me? Is it not an earnest of thou shalt eat bread without heaven? scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass. When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.
Beware that thou forget 11 Let not my privileges and my not the LORD thy God, in hopes make me forget my duties and not keeping his command- my fears. ments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command
thee this day: lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein ; and when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast
14 Does prosperity surround me? is multiplied ; "then thine
14 then thine let me beware, lest my heart be lifted heart be lifted up, and thou up, and I ungratefully forget the forget the LORD thy God, Giver in the gift. which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage ; who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of fint; who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; "and
17 Let not the foot of pride come thou say in thine heart, My against me! Religion and piety are power and the might of mine the only safety, alike for nations and hand hath gotten me this individuals ; sin and worldliness are
the sure ruin of both. wealth. But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God : for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. 20 As the nations
20 If the destruction which came which the LORD destroyeth held out as a warning to God's
upon the idolatrous Canaanites was before your face, so shall ye people in old time, their own utter perish ; because ye would overthrow since those days stands a not be obedient unto the voice still more awful warning to ourselves!
Reader, lay this truth to heart ! of the LORD your God.
EVENING. DEUTERONOMY ix. HEAR, O Israel : Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven, a people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak! Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth over before thee ; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face : so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the Lord hath said unto thee. Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them
out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee. Not for thy 5 The fearful example of nations, righteousness, or for the up- churches, and individuals, whom rightness of thine heart, dost God hath destroyed in their wickedthou go to possess their land:
ness, is recorded for our learning.
Their sad overthrow may well keep but for the wickedness of
us humble also, when we are warned, these nations the LORD thy that not the righteousness of Israel God doth drive them out gave to that people their victories, from before thee, and that he
but the sinfulness of their enemies. may perform the word which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
• Every good gift is of God's free • Understand therefore, that grace. The Christian's highest exthe LORD thy God giveth cellences cannot claim aught of rethee not this good land to
compense at his hand. possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people. Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness : from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD. Also in Horeb ye provoked the LORD to wrath, so that the LORD was angry with you to have destroyed you. When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water: and the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God ; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly. And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the LORD gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant. And the LORD said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly from hence ; for thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves, they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them ; they have made them a molten image. Furthermore the LORD spake unto me, saying, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people : "4 let me
14 How merciful is our God ! Even alone that I may destroy them, to the mediation of Moses, type only and blot out their name from of the great and only Mediator, he under heaven: and I will make doth deign to listen. of thee a nation mightier and greater than they. So I turned