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“ David, without permission to do any thing ex

cept that which is shewn unto me from heaven. “ And now I am come to tell your highnesses the

verity of the words of truth. When I reached Ancona, immediately an assembly of the wicked* encompassed me, and slandered me before the

bishop, by their saying how I dwelt in the tents “ of Kedarf, but now am I in peace: for when " he sent for me, Jews from that place, and from

Turkey, went with me to see how the thing would “fall out; and he asked of me concerning the

matter, and I said unto him, “ They have told “ thee the truth.' And he answered me, "What “ hast thou seen concerning it?' And I replied “ unto him, “That the Lord is God; He is truth, “ and his law is true, and there is no other; and “ he became dumb like a dead carcase.' And upon

the men who were with me there fell a great tremblings. And he dismissed me with peace, but commanded me, that I should not

preach unto the Gentiles in opposition to their “ law. But notwithstanding all that, every time I

was preaching, there came into the synagogue “nobles and priests, and much people; and I also

* Ps. xxii. 16.

† Ps. cxx. 5. i. e. What was my condition and character among the orientals. Kedar means here the Mohammedan territories.

# Idiom for, Why hast thou done thus? Esther ix. 26. § Gen. xv.

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DUKE OF URBINO.

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“ had an argument with a bishop in the market

place: and this was the occasion on which the “ Duke of Urbino brought me away with him;

and I left my servants in his country, and I “ went on foot*, I alone, and no man with me, for " so it was commanded me. And on the fifth

day of my journey, I saw the place from afart, “ which was a stumbling-block unto us, because

of the multitude of the sins which we have “ committed against the Lord our God, and we “ have not entreated his face, to return from our “ wickedness, to hearken unto his voice, and to “ attend unto his truth; and I lifted

up
mine

eyes “ unto heaven, and I wept a sore weeping over my

sins and the sins of the children of our people; and I opened my mouth toward the gate of tearst, and said, 'Lord of hosts! how

long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and “ the cities of Judah, for the sake of the wrongs

done by them who stand up in this city to oppress us, and to cast us away from our country.

Because of our sins, and for the wickedness of “our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people have be

*77) 777, via conculcationis. + Gen, xxii. 4.

According to a rabbinical tradition there are various gates in heaven, through which tears, prayers, mercies, snow, &c., pass to the places where they are treasured up.

This tradition they support by passages like Ps. lvi. 9, Put

my

tears into thy bottle,” and Job xxxvii. 11, gates of death,” and ib., verse 12, " the treasures of snow,” &c.

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THE HOLY STONE ENGRAVED.

come a reproach round about us*. And now, hearken, O our God, unto the prayer of thy servant, and unto his supplicationst.

830. “ • That the holy stone may be engraven, “ the one stone which thou hast placed upon the “ breast of thy holy priests to clothe them with righteousness and salvation, to cause the horn of

thy anointed to bud forths. Forgive, I pray thee, “ the sins of thy country and the sins of thy chil

dren, the children of thy covenant, whom thou “ hast caused to go into captivity among the na6. tions.

And remember unto us the covenant " and the loving-kindness which thou hast sworn “ unto our forefathers of ancient days. And let

thy countenance shine into thy desolate sanc“ tuary, for the sake of my Lord, and for the sake “ of thy Name, by which thy city and thy nation “ were calledŷ.' The while I was speaking and

praying according to those words, mine eyes “ became like unto an increasing fountain, and my “ strength left me, neither was there breath left in

mell; but I gathered strength, and I prayed the evening offering in the field, before the enteringins of the city. And when I came to the blessing,

* Dan. ix. 16. + Dan. ix. 7. # Ezek. xxix. 21. § Dan. ix. 19.

ll Dan. x. 17. ID, DAB, , introitus, ingressus, congressus, congregatio.

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BATH-KOL-ROME.

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The deliverer of Israel,' I heard a voice speak“ing into mine ears, and it was that of my own

rabbi speaking*, and it said unto me, · And Seir “ shall be a possession for his enemiesf.' And on “ the blessing, “The gatherer of the scattered of “ Israel,' I heard also the same voice, and it said, “ And Israel shall do valiantly I.' And on the

blessing, "The king who loveth righteousness and judgment,' I heard, “Their foot shall slide in due ' times.' And at the blessing, · The support and

safety unto the righteous,' I heard, · And He “ will repent himself concerning His servants ||.' And on the blessing, 'The builder of Jerusalem,' “ I heard, . To me belongeth vengeance, and re

compenses. And on the blessing, · Who causeth “ the horn of salvation to bud forth,'I heard, “And “ Edom shall be a possession**.' And at the end of

my prayer I went into the city, and I went into " the house of the commander of the host, and I gave “ him the horse, and my goodly raimentft, and I " said unto him, 'I have in this country a beloved,

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, . heard a 392.2, a sort of oracle, on repeating the eighteen blessing; in the daily prayer of the Jews.

Numb. xxiv. 18. | Deut. xxxii. 35. § Deut. xxxii. 35. || Deut. xxxii. 36 ; Psalm cxxxv. 14. | Deut. xxxii. 35. ** Numb. xxiv. 18. # Gen. xxvii. 15.

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TIBER-THE POPE.

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“ whom I have loved [y] since the days of old and “ in former years; and my soul was bound up in her « soul*; but her father and her mother have con“ cealed her in secret places of concealment; and “it is impossible for me to speak unto her, unless

I dress myself like a stranger with the clothes of

the poor who beg at the doors : procure them for “ me, that I may go.' And the commander of the “ host did so. And I put on the clothes, and

changed the brightness of my countenance into

blacknesst, and tied linen cloths smeared with “ oil upon my legs, and went about inourning, like

one despised and rejected of meng; like a man “ of sorrows and acquainted with grief||, and in whom “ there is no soundness]. And I passed through the “ streets of the city unto the bridge which is over “ the river Tiber, near the fort of the

pope,

, where poor and the sick; and I sat among them thirty days, like unto one stricken and smitten of God** I did not eat pleasant bread, neither “ came flesh nor wine in my mouthft. And it

came to pass, at the end of the thirty days, on

the tenth day of the month of the Gentiles, which " is the twelfth month Adarff of the year Ruts, * Compare Gen. xliv, 30.

+ Hinw, gloom. # Ps. xxxviii. 7 (6). § Is. liii. 3. || Is. liii. 3. Is. i. 6. ** Is. liii. 4.

++ Dan. X. 3. II Esther iïi. 7.

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