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THIRTY-FIFTH TO THIRTY-EIGHTH JOURNEY. 147
JOURNEY THE THIRTY-FIFTH-FROM ZALMONAH TO PUNON.
NUMB. XXXIII. 42.
And they departed from Zalmonah, and pitched'in Punon.
JOURNEY THE THIRTY-SIXTH-FROM PUNON TO OBOTH.
NUMB. XXXIII. 43; XXI. 10. And they departed from Punon, and pitched in Oboth.
And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in Oboth.
JOURNEY THE THIRTY-SEVENTH-FROM OBOTH TO
NUMB. XXXIII. 44; xxi. 11. And they departed from Oboth, and pitched in lje-abarim, in the border of Moab.
And they journeyed from Oboth, and pitched at Ije-abarim, in the wilderness which is before Moab, toward the sunrising.
JOURNEY THE THIRTY-EIGIITH-FROM IJE-ABARIM OR HIM,
NUMB. XXXIII. 45; XXI. 12...18. (B. C. 1451.) And they departed from Iim, and pitched in Dibon-gad.
From thence they removed, and pitched in the valley of Zared. From thence they removed, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, which is in the wilderness that cometh out of the coasts of the Amorites : for Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites. Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the LORD, What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of Arnon, and at the stream of the brooks that goeth down to the dwelling of Ar, and lieth upon the border of Moab. And from thence they went to Beer : that is the well whereof the LORD spake unto Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water.
148 THIRTY-NINTH TO FORTY-SECOND JOURNEY.
Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, 0 well; sing ye unto it: The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their
JOURNEY THE THIRTY-NINTH-FROM DIBON-GAD TO
NUMB. XXXIII. 46. And they removed from Dibon-gad, and encamped in Almon-diblathaim.
JOURNEY THE FORTIETH-FROM ALMON-DIBLATHAIM TO
NUMB. XXXIII. 47. And they removed from Almon-diblathaim, and pitched in the mountains of Abarim, before Nebo.
JOURNEY THE FORTY-FIRST-FROM ABARIM TO THE PLAINS
NUMB. XXI. 18... 20; XXXIII. 48. And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah: And from Mattanah to Nahaliel: and from Nahaliel to Bamoth : And from Bamoth in the valley, that is in the country of Moab, to the top of Pisgah, which looketh toward Jeshi
And they departed from the mountains of Abarim, and pitched in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho.
JOURNEY THE FORTY-SECOND--FROM BETH-JESIMOTH TO
NUMB. XXXIII. 49. And they pitched by Jordan, from Beth-jesimoth, even unto Abel-shittim in the plains of Moab.
Sunctions of the Law *. — The Blessings for Obedience.
Deut. XXVII. 1; xxviii. 1...14. And Moses with the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Keep all the commandments which I command you this day.—And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy
* The continued fulfilment of prophecy is the perpetual miracle by which God is constantly appealing to mankind. Prophecy may be defined, anticipated history. History may be defined, the fulfilment of prophecy. In no instance throughont Scripture is the grandeur of the scheme of prophecy more discernible than in the prophecies of Moses; some of which are still fulfilling, or remain to be fultilled. Moses resumes the predictions of Jacob, and of Balaam; and describes the Messiah in still clearer terms, as the Prophet who should arise, like unto him; that is, a Lawgiver, who should abolish one dispensation of Providence to introduce a better.
He predicts, in the plainest terms, the Assyrian and Babylonish captivities, Deut. xxviii. 32, 33. 36, 37. 47, 48; Lev. xxvi. 23. 34. 39, the import of which passages is fully explained by Jeremiah v. 15. 17.
He describes the desolation of the country, and the captivity of the Jews under the Romans-Deut. xxviji. 49. to the end. He announces the ultimate restoration of the Jews, Lev. xxvi. 44, Deut. xxx. 1-6, and concludes with proclaiming the punishment of God upon their enemies. In the sublime ode written immediately preceding his death, he gives a bold outline of the whole history of the Jews, and repeats the predictions of their future destiny; conclnding with an anticipation of the day, when the Gentiles shall unite in the praises of the Jewish converts to the God of their fathers, who will finally bring about their restoration. Succeeding prophets have frequently only amplified the prophecies of Moses. Of all beings merely human, the Jewish legislator was the first, the greatest, the most highly gifted. His prophecies, therefore, are the interpreters of the plans, and conduct of Providence, from his own day until the end of the christian dispensation, and the commencement of an unknown era. They shine like a meteor through the dark night of history, illumining the past, the present, and the future: and they will always remain, as Moses declared they should remain, a sign, and a wonder for ever.”_Vide Jortin's Remarks on Eccl. History, last edit. Works, vol. i. p. 203. 222; Chandler's Defence of Christianity, ch. 6. sect. ii.; Bishop Newton on the Prophecies, vol. i. p. 94. 120; Hales' Analysis, vol. ii. p. 250. 254. Townsend.
BLESSINGS FOR OBEDIENCE. ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. And all the people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee. And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee. The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand : and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail ; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath ; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
The Curses for Disobedience.
DEUT. XXVIII. 15...44. But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee :
Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.