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ten shekels weight of gold; And said, Whose daughter art thou ? 23 tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father's house for us to lodge in? And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel 24 the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor. She said moreover 25 unto himn, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in. And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped 26

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maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her the old man said, Whither goest thou ? and attire ? Yet my people have forgotten me whence comest thou? And he said unto him, times without number. Je. ii. 32. I will We are passing from Beth-lehem-judah, and therefore (saith Paul) in like manner also there is no man that receiveth me to house ; that women adorn themselves in modest ap- yet there is both straw and provender for our parel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not So he (the old man) brought him (the with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly Levite seeking his concubine) into his house, array, but (which becometh women professing and gave provender unto the asses. Ju. xix. godliness) with good works. 1 Ti. ii. 9, 10. 17, 18, 19. 21. The liberal deviseth liberal "Whose (" wives' ") adorning, let it not be things, and by liberal things shall he stand. that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and Is. xxxii. 8. Use hospitality one towards of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; another without grudging. I Pe. iv. 9. but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in 26 Bowed down.] And I (the servant of that which is not corruptible, even the ornament Abraham) bowed down my head, and worof a meek and quiet spirit: for after this man- shipped the Lord. And it came to pass when ner, in old time, the holy women also, who Abraham's servant heard “their” (Laban trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in and Bethuel's") words, he worshipped the subjection unto their own husbands. Finally, Lord, bowing himself to the earth. Ge. xxiv. be ye all of one mind. I Pe. iii. 3, 4, 5. 8. 48. 52. And Abraham said unto his young

Ear-ring.) See preced. com. In that day men, Abide ye here with the ass, and I and the (of the calamities of Judah) the Lord will take "lad” (Isaac") will go yonder and worship. away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments Ge. xxii. 4. And when “they" (the Israelabout their feet, and their cauls, and their ites") had heard that the Lord had visited the round tires like the moon ; the chains, and the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon bracelets, and the mufflers; the bonnets, and their affliction, then they bowed their heads the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and worshipped. Ex. iv. 31. It is the sacriand the tablets, and the ear-rings; the rings, fice of the Lord's passover (ye shall say your and nose jewels ; the changeable suits of ap- children), who passed over the houses of the parel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the crisping pins; the glasses, and the fine the Egyptians : (when Moses had thus said) linen, and the hoods, and the vails. Is. iii. the people bowed the head, and worshipped. 18–23. I (the Lord) decked “thee” (“ Je- Ex. xii. 27. And Moses made haste (as the rusalem") also with ornaments, and I put Lord passed by before him) and bowed his head bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy toward the earth, and worshipped. Er. xxxiv. neck; and I put a jewel on thy forehead, and 8. And David (the people having made Soloear-rings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown mon king the second time) said to all the conupon thine head. Ez. xvi. 11, 12.

gregation, Now bless the Lord your God. And Of half a shekel.] My lord (said Ephron to all the congregation blessed the Lord God of Abraham), hearken unto me. The land (for their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and a burying-place) is worth four hundred shekels worshipped the Lord and the king. i Ch. of silver. And Abraham hearkened unto xxix. 20. And Jehoshaphat (urging the people Ephron, and Abraham weighed to Ephron the to go out against the Ammonites) bowed his silver which he had named in the audience of head with his face to the ground; and all the sons of Heth. Ge. xxiii. 15, 16.

Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell 24 I am the daughter of Bethuel, &c.] See before the Lord, worshipping the Lord. 2 Ch. ter. 15. and chap. xi. 29. with com. and chap. xx. 18. Moreover, Hezekiah the king and the xxii. 20. 23.

princes commanded the Levites to sing praise 25 We have both straw, &c.] Let a little unto the Lord, with the words of David and water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your of Asaph the seer (for the cleansing of the (the angels' feet who were entertained by Abra- house of God); and they sang praises with kam) feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. gladness, and they bowed their heads and And he took butter and milk, and the calf worshipped. 2 Ch. xxix. 30. And Ezra blessed which he had dressed, and set it before them, the Lord, the great God (having read the law Ge. xviii, 4. 8. And when he (the old man before the congregation of men and women, and of Gibeah) had lifted up his eyes, he saw a all that could hear with understanding). And wayfaring man in the street of the city; and all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with

27 the Lord. And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of my master

Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and

his truth: I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my 28 master's brethren. And the damsel ran, and told them of her 29 mother's house these things. And Rebekah had a brother, and

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lifting up their hands; and they bowed their Lu. i. 68. Blessed be the God and Father of heads, and worshipped the Lord with their our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us faces to the ground. Ne. viii. 6. All they with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: in Christ. Ep. i. 3. Now unto the King all they that go down to the dust shall bow eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise before him. Ps. xxii. 29. All the earth shall God, be honour and glory, for ever and ever, worship thee; they shall sing to thy name (О Amen. 1 Ti. i. 17. God). Ps. Ixvi. 4. They that dwell in the Of his mercy and his truth.] Now, there. wilderness shall bow before him. Ps. Ixxii. 9. fore, let me alone, that my wrath may wax O come, let us worship, and bow down : let us hot against “them" (the "worshippers" of kneel before the Lord our maker. Ps. xcv. 6. the golden calf in the wilderness), and that I Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and may consume them; and I will make of thee bow myself before the high God ? Mi. vi. 6. (Moses) a great nation. Ex. xxxii. 10. He At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, hath remembered his mercy and his truth of things in heaven, and things in earth, and toward the house of Israel. All the ends of things under the earth. Phil. ii. 10.

the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 27 Blessed be the Lord God, &c.] See Ps. xcviii. 3. For the Lord is good : his mercy verse 12, and chap. ix. 26. and chap. xiv. 20. is everlasting, and his truth endureth to all with com.

And Jethro (the priest of Midian) generations. Ps. c. 5. Thou wilt perform said, Blessed be the Lord who hath delivered the truth to Jacob and the mercy to Abraham, "you" ("the Israelites ") out of the hand of which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh. the days of old. Mi, vii. 20. The law was Ex. xviii. 10. And the women said unto given by Moses, but grace and truth camne by Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left Jesus Christ. Jn. i. 17. See chap. xxxii. 10. thee this day without a kinsman, that his name and com. may be famous in Israel. Ru. iv. 14. And The Lord led me, &c.] See verse 18. In all David said to “ Abigail,” (the wife of Nabal thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct of Maon”), Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, thy paths. Pr. iii. 6. I have taught thee in which sent thee this day to meet me. And the way of wisdom ; I have led thee in right when David heard that Nabal was dead (for paths. "Take fast hold of instruction ; let her his heart died away within him upon hearing not go : keep her, for she is thy life. Pr. iv. from his wife that David spared him), he said, 11. 13. I lead in the way of righteousness, in Blessed be the Lord, that hath pleaded the the midst of the paths of judgment. Pr. viii

. 20. cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, My master's brethren.] See verse 4. and and hath kept his servant from evil. 1 Sa. chap. xiii. 8. with com. And it came to pass xxv. 32. 39. And Ahimaaz (who with Chushi in those days, that Moses went out unto his brought tidings of Absalom's death to David) brethren, and looked on their burdens; and said unto the king, All is well. And he fell he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one down to the earth upon his face before the of his brethren. Ex. ii. 11. king, and said, Blessed be the Lord thy God, 28 Them of her mother's house.) And "1" which hath delivered up the men that listed (" the servant of Abraham") blessed the Lord up their hand against my lord the king. God of my master, which had led me in the 2 Sa. xviii. 28. Wherefore (in consequence right way to take my master's brother's of the princes and people offering willingly to daughter unto his son. And her (Rebekah's) the house of God), David blessed the Lord brother and her mother said, Let the damsel before all the congregation : and David said, abide with us a few days, at the least ten. Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel our father, And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's for ever and ever : now, therefore, our God, tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. wife. Ge. xxiv. 48. 55. 67.

And Laban 1 Ch. xxix. 10. 13. Blessed be the Lord, who (seeking for his gods which Rackel had stolen) daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, our salvation. Ps. Ixviii. 19. Blessed be the and into the two maid-servants' tents; but he Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth found them not: then went he out of Leah's wondrous things, and blessed be his glorious tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.

G name for ever, and let the whole earth be xxxi. 33. filled with his glory, Amen, Amen. Ps. Ixxii. 29 A brother.] See Ge. xxiv. 55. 60. 18, 19. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, preced. com. Know ye Laban the son of for he hath visited and redeemed his people. Nahor ? &c. Ge. xxix. 5.

bis name was Laban : and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well. And it came to pass, when he saw the ear-ring and brace- 30 lets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well. And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the Lord; wherefore 31 standest thou without ? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels. And the man came into the house : and he un- 32 girded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with him. And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not 33 eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on. And 34 he said, I am Abraham's servant. And the Lord hath blessed my 35 master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him

31 Thou blessed of the Lord, &c.] Let us thou a man diligent in his business; he shall make a covenant with thee (said Abimelech, stand before kings. Pr. xxii. 29. What&c.), that thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have soever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy not touched thee (Isaac), and as we have done might. Ec. ix. 10. Whosoever drinketh of unto thee nothing but good, and have sent the water that I shall give him shall never thee away in peace. Thou art now the thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall blessed of the Lord. Ge. xxvi. 29. And he be in him a well of water springing up into (Micah), said unto his mother, The eleven everlasting life. In the meanwhile his dishundred shekels of silver that were taken from ciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat : Jesus thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with him that sent me, and to finish his work. me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed Jn. iv. 14. 31. 34. Servants, be obedient to be thou of the Lord, my son. Ju. xvii. 2. And them that are your masters according to the he (Bouz) said (to Ruth, whom he found lying flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness at his feet), Blessed be thou of the Lord, my of your heart, as unto Christ : knowing that daughter, for thou hast shewed more kind- whatsoever good things any man doeth, the ness in the latter end than at the beginning. same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he . iii. 10. Ye (that fear the Lord) are be bond or free. Ep. vi. 5. 8. They that blessed of the Lord, which made heaven and have believing masters, let them not despise earth. Ps. cxv. 15. A gift is as a precious them because they are brethren; but rather do stone (a lip of excellency), in the eyes of him them service, because they are faithful and bethat hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it pros- loved, partakers of the benefit: these things pereth. Pr. xvii. 8. A man's gift maketh teach and exhort. Tim. vi. 2. room for him, and bringeth him before great 34 Abraham's servant, &c.] See verse 2. Pr. xviii. 16.

and com. For I have prepared the house.) We have 35 The Lord hath blessed my master, &c.] both straw and provender enough (said Re- See verse 1. and chap. xii. 2 ; xiii. 2. and com. bekah), and room to lodge in. Ge. xxiv. 25. And it came to pass after the death of Abra

32 Wash his feet.] See chap. xviii. 4. and ham, that God blessed his son Isaac. Ge. com. xix. 2. and com. “ He” (Jesus") xxv. 11. Then Isaac sowed in that land riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments (of Abimelech), and received in the same year and took a towel, and girded himself. After an hundred fold, and the Lord blessed him. that he poureth water into a bason, and began Ge. xxvi. 12. His (Joseph's) hands were to wash the disciples' feet. If I then (said made strong, even by the God of thy father Jesus), your Lord and Master, have washed (said Jacob), who shall help thee ; and by the

also ought to wash one another's Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings feet. Jn. xiii. 4. 5. 14.

of heaven above, blessings of the deep that 33 I will not eat, &c.] Neither have Ilieth under, blessings of the breasts and of the gone back from the commandment of his lips. womb. Ge. xlix. 25. Thou hast also given I have esteemed the words of his mouth more me the shield of thy salvation; and thy right than my necessary food. Job xxiji. 12. Surely hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness I will not come into the tabernacle of my hath made me great. Ps. xviii. 35. Wealth house, nor go up into my bed, until I find out and riches shall be in his house (who feareth a place for the Lord, an habitation for the the Lord), and his righteousness endureth for mighty God of Jacob. Ps. cxxxii. 3. 5. Seest Ps. cxii. 3. The blessing of the Lord

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flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and men servants, and 36 maid-servants, and camels, and asses. And Sarah my master's

wife bare a son to my master when she was old : and unto him 37 hath he given all that he hath. And my master made me swear,

saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of 38 the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell: But thou shalt go unto my

father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son. 39 And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not 40 follow me. And he said unto me, The Lord, before whom I walk,

will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt

take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house : 41 Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to

my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear 42 from my oath. And I came this day unto the well, and said, O

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it maketh rich. Pr. x. 22. By humility and Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, God; walk before me, and be thou perfect and life. Pr. xxii. 4. Godliness is profitable Ge. xvii. 1. and com. Keep (said David to unto all things, having promise of the life that Solomon), the charge of the Lord thy God, to now is, and of that which is to come. 1 Ti. walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his iv. 8.

commandments, and his judgments, and his Flocks, &c.] See chap. xii. 16. and com. testimonies, as it is written in the law of and xiii. 1. with com. And the Lord turned Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest friends; also the Lord gave Job twice as much thyself. I Ki. ii. 3. And he (Solomon) said, as he had before. Job xlii. 10. He (the Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee Lord) blesseth them (the hungry) also, so that in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who they are multiplied greatly, and suffereth not keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants their cattle to decrease. Ps. cvii. 38.

that walk before thee with all their heart. 36 Sarah, my master's wife.] Chap. xi. 29. 1 Ki. viii. 23. I have set the Lord always 30. and com. and xvii. 15. 19; xxi. 1. 7. and before me: because he is at my right hand, I

And being not weak in faith, he (Abra- shall not be moved. Ps. xvi. 8. ham) considered not his own body now dead, Will send his angel] See verse 7. And when he was about an hundred years old, he (that walketh in the law of the Lord) shall neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb. be like a tree planted by the rivers of water: Ro. iv, 19.

his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever Unto him hath he given, &c.] See chap. xxi. he doeth shall prosper. Ps. i. 3. He shall 10. and com.

And Abraham gave all that he give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee had unto Isaac. Ge. xxv. 5.

in all thy ways. Ps. xci. 11. Then Nebu37 My master made me swear, &c.] See chadnezzar and said, Blessed be the verse 2. 9. and com. ; vi. 2. and com. “They” God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, (the Israelites”) have taken of their daugh- who hath sent his angel, that delivered his ters (of the people of the land) for themselves servants that trusted in him. Da. iii. 28 and for their sons, so that the holy seed have And when I (John) had heard and seen these mingled themselves with the people of those (things), I fell down to worship before the lands; yea, the hand of the princes and rulers feet of the angel which shewed me these hath been chief in this trespass: and when I things. I, Jesus, have sent mine angel to (Ezra) heard this thing, 1 rent my garment testify unto you these things in the churches. and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of Re. xxii. 8. 16. my head, and of my beard, and sat down 41 See verse 8. astonied. Ez. ix. 2, 3.

Then shalt thou be clear, &c.] Ye stand this 38 But thou shalt go, &c.] See verse 4. day (said Moses) all of you before the Lord: and com. and chap. xii. 1. and com.

that thou shouldest enter into covenant with 39 See verse 5.

the Lord thy God, and into his oath, which the 40 See verse 7.

Lord thy God maketh with thee this day. Before whom I walk.] See verse 22. 24. De. xxix. 12. Noah was a just man and perfect in his gene- 42 O Lord God, &c.] See chap. xii, 14. rations, and Noah walked with God. Ge, vi. and com. And when the angel which spake 9. and com. And when Abram was ninety unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of years old and nine, the Lord appeared to his household servants, and a devout soldier of

Lord God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way
which I go: Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall 43
come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water,
and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher
to drink; And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also 44
draw for thy camels : let the same be the woman whom the Lord
hath appointed out for my master's son. And before I had done 45
speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her
pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and
drew water : and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee. And 46

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them that waited on him continually ; and lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing
when he had declared all these things, he sent thereof is of the Lord. Pr. xvi. 33. Whoso
them to Joppa. And they said (to Peter), findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and ob-
Cornelius, the centurion, a just man, and one taineth favour of the Lord. Pr. xviii. 22.
that feareth God, and of good report among prudent wife is from the Lord. Pr. xix. 14.
all the nation of the Jews, was warned from 45 Before I had done speaking.] See verse
God, by an holy angel to send for thee into 15. 20. and com. O Lord, hear (said Daniel);
his house, and to hear words of thee. Ac. x. O Lord, forgive: 0 Lord, hearken, and do; defer
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not, for thine own sake, O my God, &c. Da.
Prosper my way, &c.] See verse 12. 31. ix. 19. And when " they" ("the company of

And his “master” (Potiphar") the apostles”) heard "that" (" that Peter and saw that the Lord was with “him” (Jo- John, who healed the lame man, were let go"), kepk"), and that the Lord made all that he they lifted up their voice to God with one

Ge. xxxix. 3. Then I accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which (Ezra) proclaimed a fast there, at the river of hast made heaven and earth, and the sea, and Abava, that we might afflict ourselves before all that in them is. And with great power our God, to seek of him a right way for us, gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of and for our little ones, and for all our sub- the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon stance. Ex. viji. 2). O Lord, I beseech thee, them all. Ac. iv. 24. 33. And Cornelius (a let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer centurion of the Italian band) said, Four days ago of " thy servant(Nehemiah"), and to the I was fasting, until this hour, and at the ninth prayer of thy servants who desire to fear thy hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man name; and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant stood before me in bright clothing. Ac. x. 30. this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of And when “he” (Peterdelivered by an this man (Artaxerxes). Ne. i. 11. Commit angel out the hand of Herod) had considered thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and the thing, he came to the house of Mary, the he shall bring it to pass. Ps. xxxvii. 5. And mother of John, whose surname was Mark, let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon where many were gathered together praying. us, and establish thou the work of our hands But he (as they were astonished at his appearupon us ; yea, the work of our hands establish ance), beckoning unto them with the hand to thou it. Ps, xc. 17. I make mention of you hold their peace, declared unto them how the always in my prayers (said Paul), making Lord had brought him out of the prison. Ac. request (if by any means now at length I xii. 12. 17. Ask, and it shall be given you, &c. might have a prosperous journey by the will Mat. vii. 7. of God) to come unto you. Ro. i. 10.

Speaking in mine heart.] Now “ Hannah" 43 See verse 13, 14.

(the mother of Samuel"), she spake in her 44 Both drink thou, &c.] The liberal de- heart, only her lips moved, but her voice was viseth liberal things.

Is. xxxii. 8. (I will not heard : therefore Eli (the priest) thought therefore) that women adorn themselves, not she had been drunken. And Hannah anwith embroidered hair, but (which becometh swered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman Women professing godliness) with good works. of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither 1 Tim. ii. 9. 10. Be not forgetful to entertain wine nor strong drink, but have poured out strangers. He. xiii. 2. Love as brethren, be my soul before the Lord. 1 Sa. i. 13. 15. pitiful, be courteous. 1 Pe. iii. 8.

And Joab said (to Abner, who had slain The woman whom the Lord, &c.] See verse his brother Asahel), As God liveth, unless xiv. and com. And the rib which the Lord thou hadst spoken, surely then in the mornGod had taken from man made he a woman, and ing the people (under Joab) had gone up brought her unto the man. Ge. ii. 22. The every one from following his brother. 2 Sa.

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