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deemed them by the blood of his Cross. "Tis true, the prospect as yet seems very gloomy, and one sees in them every thing that is detestable, and scarce one good quality; add to this, they are despised by the whole world, and have often been banished divers countries for their perfidious practices. But may not one add, they fee very little amongit the generality of those called Chriftians, to induce them, either to read the New Testament, or to hear those called Christian Teachers ? For are the Jews accused of being covetous, deceitful, liars, thieves, cruel, and rapacious ? And may not all this, with dreadful and aggravating circumstances, be applied to the greater part of such as are called Christians! I will not mention the direful circumstances of Mexico and Peru, or those of the Dutch in the East Indies ; as, perhaps, it may be ob. jected they were Papists and Dutchmen who committed those horrid barbarities over so many thousands : but let any one consider the transactions of our own countrymen in the East-Indies, and of the Slave-Trade in the WestIndies. O earth! cover not their blood ! How many England now are rioting upon the Aesh and blood of the poor Blacks, who are made to howl every day ?'. I don't remember, either hearing, or reading, that ever a Jew was engaged in that infernal calling. In thort, I know not one evil attributed to the Jews but what is found among the Christians'; I mean, such as are called Chriftians--so that can be no bar at all, seeing where fin does abound, grace shall much more abound.

3. As CHRIST has died for them to atone for their of. fences, so he has 'procured for them the Holy Spirit to soften the stony heart, and torn into an heart of Aeth :

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for unto them, in an especial manner, belong the promises mentioned in Ezekiel, and directly to the point is that description of holy mourningAnd I will pour upon the House of David, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and supplication ; and they shall look upen me whom they bave pierced, and they shall mourn for Him; as one that mournert for his only fon, and shall be in bitternefs for Him, as one that is. in bitterness for his firft-born *. And at the first gracious out-pouring of the Spirit, the first glorious fhower, the Apostle having quoted a passage from Joel, where the effusion of the Spirit is spoken of, concludes bis address to the Jews thus: For the promise to wit of the Spirit, is to you, and 10 your children, and to all that are afar off even as many as the Lord our God hall call +.

The Gospel being universally proclaimed, of course it will reach the Jews, and they will hear it; and, as Faith comes by hearing, so it will come to them. They originally took offence at the low and mean appearance which the Saviour made in the world. They, not understanding the Scriptures, had been taught to expect a Messiah in pomp and grandeur ; but now they will see his kingdom is not of this world, and will acknowledge their King coming meek and lowly, to dwell in meck and lowly hearts I. The vail is yet upon their hearts, but then the vail Thall be taken away ; for the Lord is that Spuit, which shall take the vail away ; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty $. The heart of stone being turned into a heart of fleshi, they shall bow to the once.

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despised Nazarene ; for every knee fall bow, and, confequently, their knees shall bow, and every tongue confess him to be. Lord to the glory of the Father, Thus will their unbelief be removed, and they graffed into their own olive; there shall be one fold and one Shepherd t.: They were offended at the Gentiles having the offers of Salvation, and, like the elder son in the parable, would not go in; but the father came out and intreated him, and made him to understand that it should not lessen his patrimony; for, said he, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine ; nevertheless, it is meet that we should be glad, and make merry, for this thy brother is come : for he was dead, but is alive; he was loft, and is found 1. And who would not rejoice to see the descendants of those venerable Patriarchs and Prophets, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Moses and Aaron, Samuel and David I say, who would not rejoice to see them brought to the true Shepberd of Israel? Who, that knows any thing of Religion, can but feel a most cordial affection for that chosen race, from whom the Saviour of the world came, who was born King of the Jews ? Now, as God foretold their dispersion at a time when it did not seem very likely, yet it minutely came to pass, why should not their restoration as assuredly take place ?--I have proved that he is able, and, I think, I have sufficiently proved that he is willing; and he will remove their infidelity, and make them a willing people in the day of his power. If the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our God and his Christ, must the progeny of faithful Abraham, the friend of God, and the literal brethren of the

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Great Messiah I' fay, must these be a set of out-cafts, troop of vagrants, and a sort of lawless banditti? God forbid. It is true, for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a true teaching Priest, and without law: but if they feek him, thoug; in trouble, he will be found of them *. He will turn again, he will have compaffion upon them : he will fübdue their iniquities : he will cast all fons into the depth of the sea. He will perform the truth unto Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which he hath

fworn to their fathers from the days of old t. In short, so great an honour will God confer upon his people, that in those days it fail come to pass, that ten men shall take holu', out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jeru, saying, We will go with you ; for we have heard that God is with you I.

+ Mich. viii. 19, 20. Zech. viii. 23.

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And in that day there all be a root of Jelle, which fall Atand for an ensign of the people ; to it ball the Gen. tiles seek, and his reft jhall be glorious.

HAVE lately pleaded the cause of the dispersed and

unbelieving Jews, proving, from the living oracles, that God hath not cast them off ; but that he will gather them from all lands, and will manifeft himself to be their God, and will own them to be his people-his people for: ever for they shall go out no more! hall wander from the true Shepherd no more. And, as it hath been ob., served, who will not rejoice at their being gathered in?, When we consider the noble stock from whence they are , sprung, the father of the faithful, and the friend of God; as also the exceeding free intercourse Jehovah favoured. them with,-heir rising and talling, conquests and defeats, captivity and freedom, make the greatest subject of the Bible, --whoever considers this, and especially confidering the near affinity betwixt them and the Great Mefliah ; I say, whoever he is that considers this, cannot

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