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Ye shall not provoke the Lord your God, by distrusting, or straining his power for the satisfying of your own carnal desires.

VII. 15 The LORD will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt upon thee.

The Lord will not plague thee, with those contagious and deadly diseases, which he inflicted upon the Egyptians, when they withstood his will in your departure.

Vide Exod. ix. 14.

VII. 20 The LORD thy God shall send the hornet among them, &c. The Lord thy God, who is able by smallest means to confound the mightiest, shall send venomous flies amongst them, which shall not only gali them, but shall sting them to death.

VIII. 9 A land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.

A land, whose face is not better furnished with all kind of fruits, than her bowels are stored with rich and useful metals.

IX. 21 I took your sin, the calf which ye had made.

I took that molten caif, wherein you had sinned; idolatrously worshipping it, instead of the true God.

X. 16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your hearts.

Cut off therefore all that superfluity of wickedness, which is in your nature and practice; and be ye spiritually clean, and holy unto God.

XI. 11 But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and vallies, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven. The land of Canaan, which ye are now going to possess, is not an even and low plain, as Egypt was, from whence ye came, but full of pleasant and wholesome mountains; and therefore is not, nor cannot be watered with the overflowings of a river, as Egypt was with Nilus, but is moistened with the rain that falls from the clouds. XI. 14 I will give you the first and the latter rain.

I will give you seasonable rains; both the first rain after your seed time, to supply and fruiten the earth; and the later rain before your harvest, to swell up and fill the ears.

XI. 18 For a sign on thine hand and a frontlet between thine eyes. Vide Exod. xiii. 9. & 26. Not only shalt thou lay up my law in thy heart, but thou shalt have certain scrolis tied, both to thy forehead and to thy hand, for a memorial thereof.

XII. 22 Even as the roebuck and the hart is eaten, so shalt thou eat them: the unclean and clean shall eat of them alike. ver. 15.

So also Thou mayest freely eat of thy beeves, or sheep, or goats, though these kinds of creatures are wont to be of use for sacrifice unto

God; yet mavest thou with no less allowance eat of them, than of the roe and hart, which are unfit for sacrifice, and yet fit for the use of thy table: neither shall there be any difference of per. sons, in respect of legal cleanness or pollution, at these thy civil meals; but all shall partake of them alike.

XIII. 6 Or thy friend, which is as thine own soul.

Or, if it be possible that a friend should be dearer to thee than all these, as being no less one with thy soul, than thy wife is with thy body.

XIII. 9 Thou shalt surely kill him; thy hand shall be first upon him.

Thou shalt certainly procure his death, by thine information and testimony; and, as his just accuser, thou shalt throw the first stone at him.

XIII. 17 And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand.

Thou shalt suffer nothing to be reserved, of all that spoil, which is devoted to destruction.

XIV. 1 Ye shall not cut yourselves, &c. See Levit. xix 28. and Jerem. xvi, 6.

XIV. 6 Every beast that parteth the hoof.

See Levit. xi. 2, 3.

XV. 4 Save when there shall be no poor; or, that there be no peor among you.

Thou shalt thus release, that thou mavest not by thine exaction impoverish thy brother; that so there may be no needy person among you. -Compare this verse with the eleventh.

XVI. 7 And thou shalt turn in the morning, and go to thy tents. After thou hast thus eaten the passover on the evening, thou snalt in the morning return to the place of thine abode.

XVI. 19 Thou shalt not take a gift.

Thou shalt not receive a bribe to pervert justice.

XVI. 21 Thou shalt not plant thee any grove of trees near to the altar of the LORD.

Thou shalt not so far conform thyself to heathen idolaters, as to plant any grove of trees near to the altar of the Lord.

XVII. 8 If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke.

If there arise a matter for thee too hard to decide, in cases of murder and manslaughter, in questions of difference betwixt parties, whether in civil affairs or business of violence offered.

XVII. 16 Nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses.

Nor send his people down into Egypt, to fetch thence such multitude of horses, as whereon he may trust for success of victory.

XX. 5 What man hath built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? let him return, &c.

If any man have a mind to make excuses of occasions, whereby his heart may be drawn homeward, so as he cannot heartily intend the service of the war; whether it be in matter of purchase, or marriage, or plantation, let him have free liberty to return; for God requires a free and cheerful resolution, in those, which go forth to fight his battles.

XX. 16 Thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth.

Except they accept the conditions of peace, when they are tendered unto them, thou shalt leave none of the persons or beasts alive.

XX. 19 Thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof.

Thou shalt not destroy any of the trees, that bear fruit for the sustenance of man.

XXI. 4 Unto a rough valley.

Unto some obscure valley, that lies neglected, and utterly uncultured.

XXI. 12 She shall shave her head, and suffer her nails to grow. Thou shalt take those courses with her, that may most set off thy affections from her; both by the shaving her head close, and by the deformed growth of her nails.

XXI. 14 If thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go. But if, by these means of deformation, thy heart shall be set off from her, before thy marriage to her, then thou shalt dismiss her, &c. XXI. 17 The beginning of his strength.

He is the first of that issue, which is a strengthening and defence unto him.

XXI. 23 For he that is hanged is accursed of God.

As all that are put to death as malefactors, are, in regard of the cause of their death, accursed of God, so, in an especial manner, those, that are put to this painful and shameful death of hanging upon the tree, as their offence is more heinous and detestable.

XXII. 1 Thou shalt not hide thyself from them. Thou shalt not forbear to give help to the ox or sheep of thy brother, in bringing it home from straying.

XXII. 7 But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, &c. Thou shalt avoid all cruelty towards those creatures, which God hath given to thy use: thou shalt not therefore at once kill the dam, sitting on her nest; since the lives of the young depend on


XXII. 27 And the betrothed damsel cried.

It is to be supposed, that the betrothed damsel cried.

XXII. 30 Nor discover his father's skirt. See Levit. xviii. 8.

XXIII. 1 Shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD. Shall not be admitted to bear office, in the state of Israel.

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XXIII. 8 The children that are begotten of them shall enter into the congregation of the LORD in the third generation.

After they have been in three successions incorporated into Israel, they may have the privilege of being admitted to the administration of the commonwealth.

XXIII. 12 Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad.

Thou shalt have a place set apart for thee, without the camp; whither thou shalt go, for the discharging of the necessities of


XXIII. 15 Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from his master to thee.

If a heathenish servant shall be a convert to thy true religion; and shall, in this regard, for the liberty of his conscience, flee unto thee; thou shalt not deliver him back to his master.

XXIII. 18 Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore.

A harlot shall not offer to God that money, which was given her for the hire of her whoredom.

XXIII. 20 Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury.

To him, that is a stranger from the blood and religion of Israel, thou mayest carry thyself strangely; and therefore thou art not bound to lend unto such a one freely.

XXIII. 25 Then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand. Thou mayest, for the satisfying of thy present hunger, pluck the ears of corn with thy hand.

XXIV. 1 Because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorce.

If a man shall find any foul or shameful matter in the behaviour of his wife, or any intolerable imperfection in her body, a divorce in such case is, for the hardness of your hearts, tolerated; which divorce is to be signified by a formal writing, to that purpose. XXIV. 6 For he taketh a man's life to pledge.

For that, which he taketh to pledge, is a necessary instrument of preparing that bread, whereby man's life is sustained.

XXIV. 15 He setteth his heart upon it.

He maketh account of it, as the means of his livelihood.

XXIV. 16 The father shall not be put to death for the children, &c.

However the magistrate may deal in case of mulcts and forfeitures, yet he may not inflict death upon the child for the father's offence, nor on the father for the crime of the child.

XXV. 1 They shall justify the righteous.

They shall absolve and acquit the innocent.

XXV. 5 Her husband's brother shall go in unto her.

He, that is next in blood to her husband, shall retire himself to a conjugal familiarity with her.

XXV. 6 Shall succeed in the name of his brother.
Shall be reputed as the son of that brother which is dead.

XXV. 9 And shall spit in his face (or, presence), and shall answer and say, So shall it be done to the man that will not build up his brother's house.

And shall spit upon the ground, before him; and shall sav; So shall the man be defied, or spat out of the congregation, as justly worthy of contempt, who refuseth to raise up seed to his dead brother."

XXVI. 5 A Syrian ready to perish was my father.

A distressed sojourner in Syria, that fled from a cruel brother to the service of a cruel uncle, was that ancestor, from whom we are derived.

XXVI. 14 I have not eaten thereof in my mourning.

I have not eaten thereof uncomfortably and dejectedly, but with that cheerfulness of heart, which thou requirest.

XXVI. Ibid. Nor given ought thereof to the dead.

I have not superstitiously bestowed any part thereof, in furnishing the exequies of the dead.

XXVII. 3 Thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them. No iron tool shall be used, in hewing and squaring of the stones for God's altar.

XXVII. 9 This day thou art become the people of the LORD thy God.

This day, by renewing thy covenant with God, thou art anew interested in him, and acknowledged for his peculiar people. 12 These shall stand upon mount Gerizim and bless the people.


Six of the tribes, which are more noble, by the mother's side, than the rest, shall, upon mount Gerizim, pronounce the blessing on the people.

XXVII. 24 Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. Cursed be he, that, by secret practices, procureth the blood of his neighbour to be shed.

XXVII. 26 Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them.

Cursed be he, that doth not in his practice conform and frame himself to the whole law of God, and continue in the careful observation thereof, all his days.

XXVIII. 5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

Blessed shalt thou be in the fruits, which thou gatherest and layest up; and in those victuals, which thou preparest or reservest.

XXVIII. 12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain to thy land &c.

The Lord, that hath treasured up his rich and fruitful showers in the clouds, shall open them seasonably unto thee; causing the rain to fall from heaven upon thy land, &c.

XXVIII. 13 The LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail. The Lord shail give thee a superiority above other nations, and not put thee beneath them in honour and reputation.

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