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they obeyed it, their lives would be preserved; but if they broke it, they were to lose their lives. This was the judgment of the law, administered upon the Jews to whom it was given. For as many as have sinned without law, shall also perish without law; and as many as have sinned in the law, shall be judged by the law.' Rom. ii: 12. The Jews were judged by the law in their day of judgment, which Christ calls the day of vengeance, in which all things written in the law and prophets, concerning Judea and Jerusalem should be fulfilled. The Gentile nations who had not the law, by sinning against God and disregarding that inward law, written on their hearts, were doomed to perish without law. Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities round about them, which suffered the vengeance of eternal fire ; the Egyptians, who were overthrown in the Red Sea and perished, are exam
ples of Gentiles perishing without being judged by a revealed law. But the Jews sinned in the law, and so were judged
and perished by the law.
CONCERNING THE PENALTY OF THE LAW.
THE law being given to the Jews only, with its statutes and judgments, written in the books of Moses, they only were to be judged out of these books in the last days; by which we are to understand the conclusion of the Jewish state. Then it was Christ came to judgment, to execute upon the Israelites what God had before told them they should suffer, if they disregarded the law-even all the plagues written in the book of Moses.
Now what were these plagues? And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that
ye will not do my commandments, but that ye break my covenant; I will also do this unto you. I will even appoint over you my terror-consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart. And ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies-they that hate you, shall reign over you, and ye shall flee when no man pursueth you.
And if ye will not, yet for all this, hearken unto me, I will punish you seven times more for your sins. And I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass; and your strength shall be spent in vain. For your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits. And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me, I
will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins. I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your highways shall be desolate. And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me, then will I walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant. And when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pesti
lence among you, and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight, and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.
And if ye will not for all this hearken