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So likewise concerning the Temple, it
is recorded that the LORD said, 'to David, 2 Kings

xxi. 7, and to Solomon his Son; In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, will I put my Name for ever. It being the Tribe of Judah, out of which the Mefiah was to arise, and not that of Ephraim; God might probably, out of Regard to Yoshua, who was of the Tribe of Ephraim, permit him to fix the Tabernacle in Shiloh, which was wichin that Tribe, for a while, and till the Inhabitants of Jerusalem were utterly subdued; when it was to be translated thither, and remain for the Time to come, in the Tribe of Judab; to which David belong'd.

To this the Psalmist, whoever he was, alludes, when he fings with a triumphant xxvi

, 1, Exulcation; In Judah is God known, bis Name is great in Israel; In Salem also is bis tabernacle, and his dwelling-place in Sion, And in another Place, where, with a Rapcure of Gratitude, he expresses himself thụs; He refus’d the tabernacle of Joseph, Pfal.

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and chose not the tribe of Ephraim ; but
chose the tribe of Judah, the Mount Sion
which he loved. And be built his fanctuary
like high palaces, like the earth which be
hath established for ever. He chose David al-
so bis fervant, and took bim fram the feep-

And, to prove that this Alteration was
made in David's Time, and consequently
by him, in another Psalm it is said, feru-
salem is built as a city that is compact toge-
ther : Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of
the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to
give thanks unto the Name of the LORD.
For there are set thrones of judgment; the
thrones of the house of David.

However, the Tabernacle having been once set up in Shiloh, help'd, among other false Arguments, to confirm the erroneous Samaritans in their Fretensions to be of the true Stock of Abraham, and that the right Place of Worship and Judicature was with them; for Shiloh was in Samaria; as was also Shechem or Sychar, upon Mount Ephraim; which was appointed for one of the Cities of Refuge; and where the Bones of Yueph were buried, And upon thiş


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Ground it is, that the Samaritan Woman argues the Point with our LORD. Our fa- John iv. tbers (says the) worship'd in this mountain ; end ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

From this Claim therefore, equally urg'd on both sides, arose and continued a mortal Aversion to each other, between the two Countries; infomuch that the Jews would have no dealing with the Samaritans. And two of our LORD's Disciples, educated in the same Leaven of Uncharitableness, wanted to be calling for fire from bea- Luke ix. ven to consume a whole Village of them, be- 54. cause they were shy of admitting their Master and them, being Jews, into their Houfes.

The Samaritans, on the other side, as we may believe, were not wanting in Returns of the fame Courtesy. They rejected all other Scripture besides the Five Books of Moses; because it mostly refers to Jerusalem as the Place of Worship.

The great Charity and Moderation of our blessed LORD, is therefore highly worthy of Observation, upon this Occasion: For tho' he justly condemns the Er


ror of the Samaritans, whose Religion had

a Mixture of Heathenith Superstition in i John iv. ir, by saying, Ye worship ye know not wbat :

We know what we worship; for falvation is of the Jews ; ,Yet he rebukes his Disci ples for their intemperate Zeal and irreligious Proposal, in Terms somewhat severe; Ye know not what manner of spirit ge are of; for the Son of Man is not come to de: stroy mens lives, but to save them. And, so saying, departed quietly to another Village. But, to return from this Digrefsion,

Jerusalem, in early times, was call'd Sa

lem; of which Melchizedek was King, in Gen. xiv. the Days of Abraham; the Inhabitants

whereof were, even then, callid Jebusites: whom the two Tribes of Judah and Ben

jamin (for to them it was allotted) had neJosh, xv. ver been able to drive out, till the time of 63. David.

The City therefore belong'd to both thefe Tribes. As for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out, say the facred Records; which shews their Right to this City, if they could have obtain'd it. And



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d Benjamin's Claim is, by the generality of

Interpreters, juftified from the celebrated Prediction of Mofes concerning this Tribe, before his Death. And of Benjamin be Deut.

xxxiii. 1 2. · Said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell

in safety by him; and the LORD shall cover bim all the day long, and be Mall dwell between his shoulders. Besides which, it is exprefly faid, The children of Benjamin did Judges i. not drive out the Jebu sites that inhabited 21.

Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the : children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this

day. Whence we may conclude, that the
City of Jerusalem came to be assign'd to
both these Tribes, because of the Bigness
of it; and which has led some to think

part of the Temple itself stood upon
the Portion of the Tribe of Benjamin.

Be that as it will, these two Tribes so border'd upon each other, and remain'd so closely attach'd in Fealty to Rehoboam, when the other ten went off from him, that thenceforward they were look'd upon as united by a kind of Coalition ; and were both of them call’d and known by the Name of Judah.

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