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seems nearly certain, that the remains of the ten tribes are to be sought in this direction. Describing the inhabitants of the mountains that separate India from Persia, Sir William Jones speaks of numerous tribes of Afgháns, or Patans; he observes, “ There is very solid ground for believing, that the Afgháns descended from the Jews; because they sometimes in confidence avow that unpopular origin, which in general they sedulously conceal, and which other Musulmans positively assert; because Hazaret, which appears to be the Asareth of Esdras, is one of their territories; and, principally, because their language is evidently a dialect of the Scriptural Chaldaick.”

11. In that day thon shalt not be ashamed

For all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against

me ?

For I will remove from the midst of thee the rejoicers in thy

pride,' And thou shalt no more exalt thyself against my holy hill : 12. And I will leave as a reinnant,' in the midst of thee, a

meek and destitute people,
And they shall fee for shelter to the name of Jehovah.
13. The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity,

Neither shall they speak falsehood;
Nor shall the tongnie of deceit be found in their mouths:
And they shall feed, and lie down, and none shall make

them afraid.

the southern nations of Africa, and to the people among whom we live; (the lindus] : nor is it less observable, that according to Ephorus, quoted by Strabo, they called all th southern nations in

the world Ethiopians, thus using Indian and Ethiop as convertible terms," &c.—- Works, vol. iii. p. 169.

Archbishop Secker, " Thy proud exulters."

14. Sing, o daughter of Zion; shout ye, O Israel; Be glad, and rejoice with all thine heart, O daughter of

Jerusalem. 15. Jehovah hath removed thy judgments, he hath turned aside

thine enemies;
The King of Israel, Jehovah is' in the midst of thee,

Thou shalt see evil no more.
16. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear not;

And to Zion, Let not thy hands be slack;
Jehovah, thy Elohim, is in the midst of thee, the Mighty

One will save thee. 17. He will rejoice over thee with gladness, he will renew his

love,' He will exult over thee with singing. 18. The mourners in the solemn assembly will I remove out of

thee, They shall be removed,” no longer to cause reproach. 19. Behold, I will do all for thy sake at that time; And I will save her that halted, and her that was driven out

will I take again: And I will make them a praise and a name,

In every land of their shame.
20. At that time' when' I bring you again,

And at the time when I assemble you,
Surely, then, will I appoint you for a name,
And for a praise among all the peoples of the earth,
When I turn back your captivity before their eyes,
Hath Jehovah said.

See Archbishop Newcombe's note.

SECTION II.

Jeremiah, Chap. iii. 12. and following Verses.

The prophet Jeremiah was employed as an instrument of the prophetic Spirit, in the same reign as the former prophet. Dr. Blaney is of opinion, that the twelve first chapters contain the prophecies delivered in the reign of Josiah. In the third of these chapters, we find a prediction of the restoration of Israel, and of the subsequent glories of Messiah's kingdom. The oracle is addressed to the ten tribes, and, therefore, can have no reference to the return from Babylon.

CHAPTER III.
12. RETURN, O revolted Israel, saith Jehovah,

I will not look down upon you with a lowering brow;'
For I am gracious, saith Jehovah,

I will not keep displeasure in view for ever; 13. Only acknowledge thine iniquity,

That thou hast rebelled against Jehovah, thy Elohim.

14. Return, O revolted children, saith Jehovah,

For I will be a husband to you;
And I will take you one out of a city, and two out of a tribe,
And I will bring you to Zion:

' Dr. Blaney, whose translation has been inuch followed in these extracts from Jeremiah.

15. And I will give you rulers after mine own heart,

And they shall rule you with knowledge and discretion : 16. And it shall be, when ye shall have multiplied and increased

in the land,
In those days, saith Jehovah :
They shall no more say, 'The ark of Jehovah !
Neither shall it enter their thoughts.
Neither shall they remember it, nor miss it,
Nor shall it be made again.

The Mosaic polity, we collect, therefore, is not to be again set up: under whatever dispensation the Israelites may be finally restored : and whatever law and ritual may be imposed upon them, they will not be exactly those of Moses.

17. At that time Jerusalem shall be called the throne of Jehovah,

And all nations shall resort to it, to the name of Jehovah ;
And they shall not walk any more after the lusting of their

evil heart. 18. In those days shall the house of Judah go with the house of

Israel,
And they shall come together out of the north country,

Unto the land which I gave for an inheritance to your fathers. 19. For me, I said, How shall I place thee among sons?

And give thee the land of desire,
The inheritance of the glory of the hosts of nations.
Then said I, thou shalt call me, My Father,
And thou shalt not turn back from following me.

This, I conceive, from the comparison of what has gone before, will be generally received as a clear prediction of the re-establishment of the nation of Israel on the land of Canaan, under the glorious reign of Messiah, when it becomes the “ glory of all lands." Whether by

" host of nations” is meant multitude of nations, or the heavenly hosts that come with the Lord, and under him are to rule the nations, as the shining messengers of his high behests, I am unable to determine.

SECTION III.

Remarks on some Parts of the Sixteenth, the Twenty-third,

and the Forty-sixth Chapters. Of the prophecies of Jeremiah, written in the reign of Jehoiakim, we have to review the following:

CHAPTER XVI. 14. AFTER this, behold, the days shall come, saith Jehovah,

When it shall be no more said,
• As Jehovah liveth, that brought up

The children of Israel from the land of Egypt;" 15. But, as Jehovah liveth, that brought up

The children of Israel from the north country,
And from all the countries whither he had driven them.'
For I will cause them to return unto their own land,

Which I gave unto their fathers.
16. Behold, I will send for many fishers,

Saith Jehovah, and they shall fish them :
And afterwards I will send for many hunters,
And they shall hunt them from every mountain,

And from every hill, and from every hole of the rocks. 17. For mine eyes are upon

They are not hidden from before my face,
Neither is their iniquity concealed from the sight of mine
eyes:

See Dr. Blaney, p. 5.

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