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which the Offerings were reposited, And Nehem.

x. 38, the Levites shall bring up the tythe of the tytbes, unto the house of our God, to the

chambers, into the treasure-bouse. Then Nchem, - brought all Judah the tithe of the corn, and the new wine, and the oyl unto the treasuries. And I made treasurers over the treafuries

, And something of this kind had been 2 Chron. done, in the Time of the first Temple, by xxxi. 11, order of King Hezekiah. As, no doubt but there were Conveniencies of this sort all along, even in the Time of the Tabernacle. We read that Moses and Eleazar Numb. the priest took the gold of the offering, that xxxi. 54. the captains of thousands and captains of bundreds offered up to the LORD, and brought it into the tabernacle of the congregation, &c. And yofbua fays, that all the Jolh. vi. silver and gold, and vessels of brass and iron 19. (taken in the City of Jericho) are consecrated unto the LORD; they shall come into the treasury of the LOR D.

The best Interpreters think that, this Taxation, was what they came to demand of our LORD in the Gospel; what is. Mat. there render'd Tribute-Money, being, in xvii. 24.


the Original, * such a Sum as is just equivalent to a Half-Shekel; and that which Peter was to find in the Fish's Mouth, and give for his Master and Himself, being likewise express'd by another Word, which fignifies a Sum equal to a + whole Shekel. Of the Treasury, in the Temple, we also find mention, in several parts of the Gospel.


Vows and Freewill-Offerings.

The Sacred Gifts, hitherto spoken of, were such as the Law appointed ; there were others made, either by Vows, or out

of mere Free-Will. Mofes, mentioning the Lev. several Festivals of the Year, lays, These are xxiii. 38.

the feasts of the LOR D, which ye mall proclaim to be holy convocations; beħde the fabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and befide all your vows, and bende all your free-will-offerings, which ye give unto the LORD.


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Vows, were Resolutions solemnly made, in Times of Difficulty or Want, of Offering fuch and such Things to God, by way of Thanksgiving, in case their Wishes were crown'd with Success; and, to neglect the Performance of them, was look'd upon as a most impious profane Thing. The Law speaks of it, thus; When thou shalt vow a Deut. vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not xxiii

. 21. Jack to pay it ; for the LORD thy God will surely require it of ther; and it would be fin in thee. That, which is gone out of thy lips, thou shalt keep and perform; even a free-will-offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou bast promised with thy mouth.

Of the manner, in which these Vows were usually made, we have an Instance in that famous one of Jephthah. He vowed Judg. xi. a vow unto the Lord and said; if thou 30. salt, without fail, deliver the children of Ammon into my hands, Then Mall it be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD's; and I will offer it up for a burnt-offering



2 Sam. XV. 8.

Another Instance is, in Hannab the Moo 1 Sam. i. cher of the Prophet Samuel; She vowed a

vow, and said; O LORD of bosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the afliction of thine band- 2 maid, and remember me, and not forg'et thine bandmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man-child, then I will give him unto the LORD, all the days of bis life, and there Mall no razor come upon his bead.

Abfalom says to David; I pray thee let me go, and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the LORD in Hebron.

For thy fervant vowed a wow, while I abode at Gelhur in Syria, saying, If the LORD mall bring me again indeed to Jerufalem, then I will serve the LORD.

Swearing, is likewise mention'd in the Law, as a way by which they sometimes

bound themselves, as well as by vowing: Numb.

If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or &c. swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond;

be shall not break his word, be Mall do according to all that proceedetb out of his mouth. At the same time, it is said; That, if a single Woman, who lives with her Father, or a married Woman, who lives with her Husband, shall either of them vow a vow,


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wey shall not be bound by it, if either the Cather, or the Husband, disallow of it: herwise they shall.

What they usually vowed, was, either hemselves, in Person ; or their Houses, e Estates; or some Beast, or other. If 'hemselves, their Houses, or Estates, they right pay the Vow in Money ; to be vaJed at the Discretion of the Priest, under ertain Restrictions; as also, in case it vere an unclean Beast that was vow'd. All

Lev. which may be seen in the Law; and is

xxvi. ather too long to be transcrib'd from hence. There was likewise a Vow rela. ing to those that intended to be Nazarites. Of which we Thall treat in anotheo Place. The Things paid upon account of Vows, like the other sacred Gifts, were brought to the Temple. Free-will-Offerings, were such as every man gave willingly

Exod. with his beart. They were distinguish'd from Vows, as in others, so in this particular; Either a bullock, or a lamb, that

Lev. any thing superfluous, or lacking, in his 3 parts, that thou mayest offer a free-willoffering ; but, for a vow, it shall not be accepted.


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