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34These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.
34 Verse 34. These are the commandments] This conclusion is very

similar to that at the end of the preceding chapter. I have

already supposed that this chapter should have followed the 25th,

and that the 26th originally terminated the book.

Mr. Ainsworth, the whole of whose writings are animated with

the spirit of piety, concludes this book with the following

excellent remarks:-

"The tithes in Israel being thus sanctified by the commandment

of God to his honour, the maintenance of his ministers, and the

relief of the poor, it taught them and teaches us to honour the

Lord with our substance, (,) acknowledging him to be the

author of all our increase and store; (; ;) to

honour his MINISTERS, and to communicate unto them in all good

things, (; ,)

that they who sow unto us spiritual things should reap our carnal

things, (,)

and to give ALMS of such things as we have, that all things may be

clear unto us, (,)

yea, even to sell that we have, and give alms; to provide ourselves

bags that wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not.


They who forget their Maker, his ministers, and the poor, are

never likely to hear that blessed word in the great day: "Come, ye

blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you; for I

was hungry, and ye gave me meat; thirsty, and ye gave me drink;

naked, and ye clothed me; sick and in prison, and ye came unto me."

READER, thou hast now gone through the whole of this most

interesting book; a book whose subject is too little regarded by

Christians in general. Here thou mayest discover the rigid

requisitions of Divine justice, the sinfulness of sin, the

exceeding breadth of the commandment, and the end of all human

perfection. And now what thinkest thou of that word, "Whatsoever

the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law?" .

But who are under the law-the condemning power of the pure, rigid,

moral law of God? Not the Jews only, but every soul of man: all

to whom it is sent, and who acknowledge it as a Divine revelation,

and have not been redeemed from the guilt of sin by the grace of

our Lord Jesus Christ; for "cursed is every one that continueth

not in all things that are written in the book of the law to do

them." By this law then is the knowledge, but not the cure, of

sin. Here then what God saith unto thee: "If therefore perfection

were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people

received the law,) what farther need was there that another priest

should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called

after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there

is made of necessity a change also of the law; .

Now of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum: We have

such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of

the Majesty in the heavens; a minister of the sanctuary, and of the

true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man; .

For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should

take away sins; . But Christ being come a high priest of

good things to come,-neither by the blood of goats and calves, but

by his own blood, he entered in once into the holy place, having

obtained eternal redemption for us. And for this cause he is the

Mediator of the New Testament, that, by means of death, they which

are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. And

without shedding of blood is no remission. So Christ was once

offered to bear the sins of many, and unto them that look for him

shall he appear the second time, without sin, unto salvation;"

. We see then that Christ was the END of the

law for righteousness (for justification) to every one that

believeth. "Unto him, therefore, who hath loved us, and washed us

from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests

unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and

ever. Amen." .

SECTIONS in the Book of Leviticus, carried on from Exodus,

which ends with the TWENTY-THIRD.

The TWENTY-FOURTH, called valyikra, begins ,

and ends .

The TWENTY-FIFTH, called tsav, begins , and ends


The TWENTY-SIXTH, called shemini, begins , and

ends .

The TWENTY-SEVENTH, called tazria, begins ,

and ends .

The TWENTY-EIGHTH, called metsora, begins , and

ends .

The TWENTY-NINTH, called acharey moth, begins

, and ends .

The THIRTIETH, called kedoshim, begins , and

ends .

The THIRTY-FIRST, called emor, begins , and ends


The THIRTY-SECOND, called behar Sinai, begins

, and ends .

The THIRTY-THIRD, called bechukkothai, begins

, and ends .

These sections, as was observed on Exodus, have their technical

names from some remarkable word, either in the first or second

verse of their commencement.


The number of verses in vaiyikra, i. e., Leviticus, is 859.

The symbol of which is ''. pe final stands for 800,

nun for 50, and teth for 9.

The middle verse is : And he that toucheth

the flesh, &c.

Its pareshioth, or larger sections, are 10, the memorial symbol

of which is taken from :

ba gad, a troop cometh: in which beth stands for 2,

aleph for 1, gimel for 3, and daleth for 4.

Its sedarim, or Masoretic sections, are 23. The symbol of which

is taken from ,

yehgeh: In thy law shall he MEDITATE day and night.

Its perakim, or modern chapters, are 27. The memorial sign

which is veeyeheh, : AND I WILL BE

with thee, and will bless thee.

The number of its open divisions is 52; of its close divisions,

46: total 98. The memorial sign of which is tsach, Cant.


My beloved is WHITE and ruddy. In this word tsaddi stands

for 90, and cheth for 8.

VERSES 859. WORDS 11,902. LETTERS computed to be 44,989.

See the concluding note on GENESIS.

Finished the correction of Exodus and Leviticus, April 2, 1827.-A. CLARKE.