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Tremellius ; and neither the one nor the ac ther regard the spiritual, but temporal welfare of God's people Ifrael; nor do they contain a wish for that, but a declaration, or an asseveration of it, on condition of their obedience to God's commands. The pafsage in Hof. xi. 8. which is sometimes joined with this, is an human way of speaking, as R. Aben Ezra on the place, observes; and expresses God's compassionate concern for the temporal welfare of Ephraim and IJrael, and not transports of affection, and defire after the spiritual welfare of any, much less of all mankind.

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1. The doctrine of the saints final perfeverance is so plainly intimated in the two preceding verses of this psalm ; They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for

As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people, from henceforth even for ever. If they that trust in the Lord, who are saints, true believers, men truly good, are as mount Zion; then they cannot be removed, neither from the heart of God, nor out of the hands of Christ, but will abide there for ever, and consequently cannot cease to be what they are. If, as the mountains are sound about Jerusalem ; so the Lord is round about the same persons before described, who are his people, and that even for ever ; how is it possible that they should ever perich?

II. These words are strictly connected with the former, and express a certain effect that Thould surely follow from the fafe state and happy situation of such who trust in the Lord;for, or because it is so and so with chem; therefore the rod of the wicked, the fyrannical government, oppressions and per

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