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CHAP. 1.-B. C. 4004.
a In the beginning

day is ,
Psalm 74, 16. Thou

makest darkness, and The

it is night. Psalm 104,

God 20.
All things were made 2 And the evening was,
by him; and without and the morning was.
him was not any thing

He hath made
John, 1.

,
thou Lord, in the bed hath established
foundation of the ; and hath stretched out
and the heavens are the

the heavens by his dis-
works of thine hands.

cretion. Jer. 10, 12

3 expansion. wast thou

He hath
tions of the earth? de-

Job, 26, 10. He gather-
clare, if thou hast un
derstanding. Job, 38,

sen together as an heap:
LORD were the heavens in storehouses. Psalm
made; and all the host 33, 7.
of them by the breath
of his mouth.
33, 6. I the LORD that cometh oft upon

stretcheth forth

herbs meet for them

earth by myself. Isa
41, 24. For by him
were all things crcated,
that are in heaven, and

receiveth blessing
God. Hebrews, 6, 7.
4 tender grass.

gather fige, nor of a bramble bush gather

things were created by
him, and for him; and
he is before ,

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moon, and

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Col. 1, 16, 17.

derstand

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unto all nations

the word of God, 80

Deut. 4Thou hast

74
To him that made great
lights. Psalm 136, 7.

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CHAPTER ).

CIIAP. 1.-B. C. 2004 yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after 1 The creation of heaven and earth, 3 of the light, 6 of the firma- Word as with God,

Words and the night at the time his kind: and God saw that it was good. ment: 9 the earth separated from the waters, 11 and made fruit and the Word was God.

13 And the evening and the morning were the ful. 14 The creation of the sun, moon, and stars, 20 of the fish beginning with

third day. and fowl, 24 of beasts and calile. 26 Creation of man, etc.

14 | And God said, Let there be lights in the Na the beginning God created the heaven worse, the mind carts by his over, the firmament of the heaven to divide 5 the day from b

that was made and the earth.

kunning hast" laid the word en die storie te mesdom the night; and let them be for signs, and for 2 And the earth was without form, and void;

seasons, and for days, and years: and darkness was upon the face of the deep. Hebrews, 1, 10.

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament And d the Spirit of God moved upon the face when thered the found at the waters with bounds of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and of the waters.

eth the waters of the it was so. 3 T And God said, Let there be light: and by the word of the be baseh up the photo 16 And Godmadetwo great lights; the greater there was light.

For the earth which light to rule the day, and the lesser light to 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: Psalm dininket in the min rule the night: he made the stars also. and God divided the 1 light from the darkness. that maketh all things and bringeth birth 17 And God set them in the firmament of the

5 And God called the light f Day, and the spread androgen her er der vitesse og from heaven to give light upon the earth, darkness he called Night. 2 And the evening

18 And to rule over the day andover the night, and the morning were the first day.

kiner og store rules and to divide the light from the darkness: and that are in earth,

visible known by his own fruit. 6 | And God said, 'Let there be a 3 firmament and invisible, whether

for phones menedi God saw that it was good. in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the dominions, or princi

palities, or powers; all they grapes. Luke, 6, 19 And the evening and the morning were the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament, and divided and by hom all things event all the host of

ki The sun, and the fourth day.

20 And God said, " Let the waters bring the waters which were under the firmament from mrough faith' we un divided

to deats forth abundantly the moving? creature that the waters which were above the firmament: and words were framed by under thewhole hearen hath & life, and 9 fowl that may fly above the it was so.

that things which are prepared the light and earth in the 10 open firmament of heaven. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. things which do appear.

21 And God created great whales, and every And the evening and the morning were the beheld the earth, s between the day and living creature that moveth, which the waters second day.

6 for the rule of the brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and 9 | And God said, " Let the waters under the h

1 O Lord our Lord, every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw heaven be gathered together unto one place, a Who hath measured name in all the earthy that it was good. and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and man, and comprehend O Lord, how mani. and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and the gathering together of the waters called he ine

iedomhast thou made let fowl multiply in the earth. Seas: and God saw that it was good.

23 And the evening and the morning were the 11 And God said, i Let the earth bring forth by the Lootes, the

, Being

things fifth day. grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit taughe him?

24 1 Ånd God said, " Let the earth bring forth tree yielding fruit i after his kind, whose seed is Por he spake, and it

the living creature after his kind, cattle, and in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and Pabet i com 10 face of the firma kind: and it was so. herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree and between the dark: ment of heaven

25 And God made the beast of the earth after CHAP. I. THE CREATOR.–The Author and Cause of this great work; GOD, it is like the valley full of dead and dry bones. Can these live? Can this confused the Hebrew word is Elohim, which bespeaks, (1.) The power of God the Creator. mass of matter be formed into a beautiful world? Yes, if a spirit of life from God El signifies the strong God; and what less than an almighty strength could bring enter into it, Ezek. 37, 9. Now there is hope concerning this thing; for the Spirit all things out of nothing? (2.) The plurality of persons in the Godhead, Father, of God begins to work, and if he work, who or what

shall hinder? God is said to Son, and Holy Ghost. This plural name of God, in Hebrew, which speaks of make the world by his Spirit, Ps. 33, 6; Job 26, 13; and by the same mighty him as many, though he is one, was to the Gentiles perhaps 'a savour of death Worker

the new creation is effected. He moved upon the face of the deep, as unto death, hardening them in their idolatry; but it is to us a savour of life unto Elijah stretched himself upon the dead child; as the hen gathers her chickens under life, confirming our faith in the doctrine of the Trinity, though but darkly | her wings, and hovers over them, to warm and cherish them, Matth. 23, 37, as the intimated in the Old Testament, is clearly revealed in the New. The Son of God, eagle stirs up her nest, and futters over her young, (it is the same word that is the Eternal Word and Wisdom of the Father, was with him when he made the here used,) Deut. 32, 11. Learn hence, That God is not only the

Author of all world, Prov. 8, 20; nay, we are often told that the world was made by him, and being,

but the Fountain of life, and Spring of motion. Dead matter would be for nothing made without him, John 1, 3, 10; Eph. 3, 9; Col. 1, 16; Heb. 1,2 Oh ever dead, if he did not quicken it. And this makes it credible to us, that God what high thoughts should this form, in our minds, of that great God whom we should raise the dead. That power which brought such a world as this, out of draw nigh to in religious worship, and that great Mediator in whose name we confusion, emptiness, and darkness, at the beginning of time, can, at the end of draw nigh!-H.

time, bring our vile bodies out of the grave, though it be a land of darkness as THE CLOCK OF TIME.In the beginning, that is, in the beginning of time, when darkness itself, and without any order, Job 10, 22, and can make them glorious that clock was first set a going: time began with the production of those beings bodies. -H. that are measured by time. Before the beginning of time there was none but that WATERS. — The waters, being separated from the dry ground, which they had Infinite Being that inhabits eternity. Should we ask why God made the world hitherto overspread, or been mixed with, were divided into those “under the firno sooner, we should but darken counsel by words without knowledge: for how mament,” which are deposited in the oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, brooks, fountains, could there be sooner or later in eternity? And he did make it in the beginning and subterraneous receptacles; and those “ above the firmament,” which are sus; of time, according to his eternal counsels before all time. The Jewish Rabbins pended in the air, form the clouds, and descend in rains and dews-instead of have a saying, that there were seven things which God created before the world, attempting a further explanation of the terms here used, I would rather call the by which they only mean to express the excellency of these things—The Law; reader's attention to the power, wisdom, and goodness of God, displayed in this Repentance; Paradise; Hell; the throne of Glory; the House of the Sanctuary; part of creation. In the vast reservoir of the oceans and seas, the waters are and the

Name of the Messiah. But to us it is enough to say, In the beginning was treasured up, being, by their saltness and incessant motion, preserved from the Word, John 1, 1.-H.

putridity. These facilitate commerce and friendly intercourse betwixt distant THE FIRST MOVER.-The Spirit of God was the first Mover; he moved upon the nations, supply immense quantities of wholesome provisions, and are in many face of the waters. When we consider the earth without form, and void, methinks || ways serviceable to mankind. From them originally, by various modes of con

and, lo, it was without between the night
form and void, and the
heavens, and they had day.
no light Jeremiah, 4,
23.

how is
the waters in the hollow who hast set thy glory
of his hand, and mcted above the heavens. Ps.
out heaven with the 8, 1.
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fold are
& measure, and
weighed the mountains

all:
in scales, and the hills

full of thy riches; So is in a balance? Who

this great and wide sea,
Spirit

wherein are
his counsellor, hath both small and great

creeping innumerable,
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CHAP. 2-B, C. 4004.

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Creation of man.

GENESIS, II.

Man placed in Eden. his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every • In the day that God ,

5 And every plant of the field before it was in thing that creepeth upon the earth after his created man, in the to for the cattle the earth, and every herb of the field before kind: and God saw that it was good.

kobire den ene me te ring for thatodicomit grew: for the d LORD God had not caused it 26 1 And God said, ° Let us make man ? in he is God; it is he that the earth." Ps. 101, 14" to rain upon the earth, and there was not a our image, after our likeness: and let them have people, spacepois earth, and waterest de man to till the ground. dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the 3 pes, this only have 1

6 But there went up a mist from the earth, fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all made inan upright; but

thou preparest them and watered the whole face of the ground. the earth, and over every creeping thing that many inventious. Eccl

7 And the LORD God formed man 3 of the creepeth upon the earth.

menerupa mist which dust of the ground, and breathed into his nos27 So God created man in his own image, in terme Gadh is createdrine

trils the breath of life; and man became a living the " image of God created he him; & male and holiness. Ephes, a eyes, and beheld all the soul. female created he them.

81 And the LORD God planted a garden 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto the heart rate this to destroyed, Sodams and eastward in Eden; and there he put the man them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish oughe' not mo cover like the land of Egypt

For a man indeed Garden of the LORD, whom he had formed. the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion lead, forasmuch as he

9 And out of the ground made the LORD God over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the is the glory of the man. Elen the garden of God. tof grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight air, and over every living thing that 11 moveth

1 The cedars in the and good for food; 9 the tree of life also in the upon the earth.

omadueket hele Sports hide him midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge 29 | And God said, Behold, I have given you that he qmiglie seek a bouchs, and the ches of good and evil

. every herb 12 bearing seed, which is upon the fake need to your main te brengen en het 10 And h a river went out of Eden to water face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which crously against the wite God was like unto him the garden; and from thence it was parted, and is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall ... And he answered

and said unto them, I said, Behold, the man

And the Lord God became into four heads. be for meat.

11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to them male and female forth the hestendige manage

malle ore no lestende put which compasseth the whole land of · Havilah, every fowl of the air, and to every thing that

take also of the tree of where there is gold; creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is 13 life, anche se fruite of the

12 And the gold of that land is good: there I have given every green herb for meat: and it woulm 197,3 of the river wins there is bdellium and the onyx stone. was so.

13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: 31 And God saw every thing that he had

niet every month and the same is it that compasseth the whole land made, and, behold, it was very good. And the . For in siz dass the Here for the healing o of 4 Ethiopia. evening and the morning were the sixth day.

14 And the name of the third river is i HidCHAPTER II. rested the seventh day they tres bon vi regulates the dekel: that is it which goeth 5 toward the east

5 1 The first sabbath. 8 The garden of Eden. 17 The tree of know- and hallowed it. Exod.

they entering in there te of Assyria. And the

fourth river is Euphrates. ledge forbidden. 19 The creatures named. 21 The making of iwcen me and the chil

15 And the LORD God took 6 the man, and woman, and institution of marriage.

munkenplaa hete city output him into the garden of Eden to dress it THUS the heavens and the earth were finish- Lord made heaven and God, the holy place of

the the tabernacle of the and to keep it. ed, and all the host of them.

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, 2 And“ on the seventh day God ended his 3 And he said unto italiane elle from, saying, Of every tree of the garden 7 thou may

, work which he had made; and he rested on the then Lorisis hath " said, as thou goest toward est freely eat: seventh day from all his work which he had made. I Tomorrow is the rest Assyria: and he died in

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good 3 And Gòd 6 blessed the seventh day, and that which ye wil bake

and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day sanctified it; because that in it he had rested se I seether and that twentieth layout and that thou eatest thereof 8 thou shalt surely die. from all his work which God 1 created and made. ay, up for you to be

18 ( And the LORD God said, It is not good 4 T These are the generations of the heavens Potheke

Exodus, 16, 23.

that the man should be alone; I will make him and of the earth when they were created, in seier

an help meet for him. the day that the LORD God made the earth and wise, And God did rest

19 And out of the ground the LORD God formthe heavens,

e dying thou shalt die. ed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the veyance, the whole earth is supplied with water, rendered fresh and fit for use, || As he has the government of the inferior creatures, he is, as it were, God's and communicated in the gentlest method.-S.

representative, or viceroy, upon earth; they are not capable of fearing and serving FIRMAMENTAL LIGHTS. -Ver. 16, 18. The lights of heaven are, the sun, moon, God, therefore God has appointed them to fear and serve man. 3. In his purity and stars; and these are all the work of God's hands. 1. The sun is the greatest and rectitude. God's image upon man consists in knowledge, righteousness, and light of all, one hundred and sixty-six times greater than the earth, and the most true holiness, Eph. 4, 24; Col. 3, 10. He was upright, Eccl. 7, 29. He had an glorious and useful of all the lamps of heaven; a noble instance of the Creator's habitual conformity of all his natural powers to the whole will of God. Thus wisdom, power, and goodness, and an invaluable blessing to the creatures of this holy, thus happy, wereour first parents, in having the image of God upon them.-H. lower world. Let us learn, from Ps. 19, 1-6, how to give unto God the glory due CHAP. II. THE FIRST SABBATH. We have here the commencement of the to his name, as the Maker of the sun. 2. The moon is a lesser light, and yet is kingdom of grace, in the sanctification of the sabbath-day, ver. 3. He rested on here reckoned one of the greater lights, because, though, in regard of its magni- that day, and took a complacency in his creatures, and then sanctified it, and tude and borrowed light, it is inferior to many of the stars, yet, by virtue of its | appointed us, on that day, to rest and take a complacency in the Creator; office, as ruler of the night, and in respect of its usefulness to the earth, it is more and his rest is, in the fourth commandment, made a reason for our's, after six excellent than they. Those are most valuable that are most serviceable; and those days' labour. Observe, 1. That the solemn observation of one day in seven, as a are the greater lights, not that have the best gifts, but that humbly and faithfully day of holy rest, and holy work, to God's honour, is the indispensable duty of all do the most good with them. Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your those to whom God has revealed his holy sabbaths. 2. That the way of sabbathminister, Matth. 20, 26. 3. He made the stars also; which are here spoken of, as sanctification is the good old way, Jer. 6, 16. Sabbaths are as ancient as the they appear to vulgar eyes, without disti guishing between the planets and the world; and I see no reason to doubt that the sabbath, being ow instituted in infixed stars, or accounting for their number, nature, place, magnitude, motions, or|| nocency, was religiously observed by the people of God throughout the patriarchal influences; for the scriptures were written, not to gratify our curiosity, and make age. 3. That the sabbath of the Lord is truly honourable, and we have reason to us astronomers, but to lead us to God, and make us saints. Now these lights are honour it; honour it for the sake of its antiquity, its great Author, the sanctificasaid to rule, ver. 16, 18, not that they have a supreme dominion as God has, but | tion of the first sabbath by the holy God himself, and, in obedience to him, by our they are deputy governors, rulers under him. Here the lesser light, the moon, is first parents in innocency. 4. That the sabbath-day is a blessed day, for God blessed said to rule the night; but, Ps. 136, 9, the stars are mentioned as sharers in that it; and that which he blesses is blessed indeed. God has put an honour upon it, government, the moon and stars to rule by night. No more is meant, than that they has appointed us, on that day, to bless him, and has promised, on that day, to give light, Jer. 31, 35. The best and most honourable way of ruling, is, by giving meet us and bless us. 5. That the sabbath-day is a holy day, for God has sanctilight, and doing good: those command respect, that live an useful life, and so fied it. He has separated and distinguished it from the rest of the days of the shine as lights.-H.

week, and he has consecrated it, and set it apart to himself and his own service MAN.-God's IMAGE.-Man was not made in the likeness of any creature that and honour. Though it is commonly taken for granted, that the Christian sab. went before him, but in the likeness of his Creator; yet still, between God and bath we observe, reckoning from the creation, is not the seventh but the first day man there is an infinite distance. Christ only is the express image of God's person, | of week, yet being a seventh day, and we, in it, celebrating the rest of God as the Son of his Father, having the same nature. It is only some of God's honour, the Son, and the finishing the work of our redemption, we may and ought to act that is put upon man, who is God's image, only as the shadow in the glass, or the faith upon this original institution of the sabbath-day, and to commemorate the king's impress 'upon the coin. God's image upon man consists in these three work of creation, to the honour of the great Creator, who is therefore worthy to things, 1. In his nature and constitution, not those of his body, (for God has not a receive, on that day, blessing, and honour, and praise, from all religious assembody,) but those of his soul. This honour, indeed, God has put upon the body of blies.-H. man, that the Word was made flesh, the Son of God was clothed with a body like ADAM'S HOUSE.—The place appointed for Adam's residence was a garden; not unto our's, and will shortly clothe our's with a glory like unto his. 2. In his an ivory house, or a palace overlaid with gold, but a garden, furnished and place and authority. Let us make man in our image, and let them have dominion. || adorned by nature, not by art. What little reason have men to be proud of

earth,

on
seventh day he rested, Most High, Ps. 46, 4.
and was refreshed. Ex. * And they (the sons

of Ishmael dwelt
6

Havilah
This which that is Egypt,

of the holy of all his
unto the LORD: bakebrethren, Gen. 95, 18.

4 Cush.
to

And the four which

first , as I was

by the side of the great until morn

river, which is Hiding.

dekel Dan. 10, 4. For spake in .

place of the 5 Or, eastward to Asseventh day on this syria.

6 Or, Adam.
the seventh

7 eating thou shalt eat.
all his works. Heb. 4, 4.
1 created to make. 9 as before

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