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And Mlriam The Prophetess, The Sister Of A-arck, Took A Timbrel In Her Hand) And All The Women Went Out After Her With Timbrels, And With Dances.
And Miriam Answered Them, Sino Unto The Lord, Vou He Hath Triumphed Gloriously! The House And Hi! Rldir Hath He Thrown Into Thi Sea.
/T^HE whole process of the circumstart..■*■ ces attending the miracles exhibited in Egypt are equally amazing,. awful, and peculiar; and a perusal of them cannot fail exciting'the. sincerest piety and veneration for the power, who brought them to so happy a period. ,.-:. ^ n'l t
It, is extremely interesting to trace the wonders of the Almighty in these memorable and multiplied exertions of his omniG 4 potence. potence. He begins with milder miracles, and with some slighter instances of his universal authority; remembering the divine attribute of mercy in the midst os justice, tender even in severity, and reluctant to punish.
Thus, the rod turned into a serpent, which is the first testimony of power, is less alarming than converting the river into blood. And the fame kind of sagacious climax is observable in the various visitations of the Divine displeasure by pestilence; the plague of frogs was not so utterly terrible as that of lice, and even that again, yielded in point of horror to the pestilence of flies.
The recitation of three verses will prove this more plainly. "And the river shall "bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall "go up and come into the house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into '* the house of thy servants, and upon thy
"people, and into thine ovans, and into "thy kneading-troughs."
Thus every private comfort was destroyed, and it does not seem easy to encrease the torment, yet we find, this was torment only in the smallest degree.
"And Aaron stretched out his hand! "with his rod, and smote the dust of the "earth, and it became lice both in man "and in beast: All the dust of the land be"came lice throughout all the land of "Egypt."
The very nature of this creature is more" abhoirent to humanity than the other, and: was, by so much, the more irksome, nauseous, and intolerable; yet even this■ punishment admitted addition.
"And there came a grievous fvarm of "flies into the house of Pharoah, and into "his servants houses, and into all the land
"of "of Egypt, and the land was corrupted by ** reason of the iwarm of flies."
In the former instances, we do not find that either the frogs or lice were in a state of putrefaction, but here they bred corrupted matter, and tainted the whole land. But sorer severities even than these were necessary to soften the more than marble heart of this incorrigible Pharoah, and at last, locusts of stupendous size (such as were never seen before, and are never to be seen hereafter) stung him into some sense of obedience. It was not even in the power of darkness—such darkness as might be felt —what an idea! to subdue him entirely: And God himself was obliged, as it were, to go forth in the dead of night with the sword of general desolation. This effected 'the great business of reformation, and restored the Israelites to long-lost liberty. And now, having laid aside his terrors, he displayed such a train of merciful miracles, as no language but that of the scriptures could give us the faintest idea. With