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arrived after six hours' ride in good time at Hebron, this noted town of Abraham and David. During our short stay we naturally visited the plains of Mamre, sat and read under the oak of Abraham, saw the tombs of Jesse and Othniel, and the building which covers the tombs of the patriarchs and mothers of Israel : but our chief objects were the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who reside in this one of the four holy cities of Palestine. No sooner had we partaken of some refreshments after our journey, than brother Nicolayson and myself hastened to the Jewish synagogues, first the Polish, and then the Spanish, and had a lively and friendly conversation with a number of Jews, with the former in German, and the latter in Hebrew, on various religious topics. They were very civil, and entered into the discussion with all life and zeal, until the time of service, when we naturally ceased ; but we were afterwards and the next day visited by some Jews, who accepted gratefully our books and tracts. On Saturday morning we again visited the Spanish synagogue, and stayed during part of the service, and then took our departure for Jerusalem, where we arrived in safety about four o'clock in the afternoon, refreshed and rejoicing at what the Lord had enabled us to do. May He bless and water the seed that has been sown, that it may spring up and produce fruit unto everlasting life.
DOES JESUS LOVE THE JEWS ?
*I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” (Jer. xxxi. 3.)
Does Jesus love the Jews ? We love
The land which gave us birth,
Where Jesus dwelt on earth;
In childhood's sunny hours;
And gathered Sharon's flowers.
Does Jesus love the Jews? We love
Our own dear native tongue;
The hymns which first we sung.
Holy, and pure, and true,
The language of the Jew.
Does Jesus love the Jews? We love
More than each other friend,
The little child we tend.
'Twas Israel's babes he blest, 'Twas Israel's weary burdened sons
Who came to him for rest,
Does Jesus love the Jews ? He wept
O'er Salem's coming woe,
Had never caused to flow.
Which even God could give,
That dying men might live.
He rose, and Jewish eyes beheld
His triumph over death,
His spirit-giving breath.
To Israel's sons was given,
That Jesus went to heaven.
Does Jesus love the Jews? Oh, then,
In every Christian's heart, And prayers, and thoughts, and glorious hopes,
Israel hath surely part;
Who once was born a Jew,
London : Printed at the Operative Jewish Converts'Institution,
Palestine Place, Bethnal Green.
THE JEWISH ADVOCATE.
THE FUTURE PROSPECTS OF THE JEWS.
We proceed with quotations from the Prophet Isaiah, and the brief remarks of the Author of the little work which we have before mentioned.
“ Isaiah xxx. 18. Therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will be be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you; for JEHOVAH is a God of judgment; blessed are all they that wait for him.
"19. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more ; he will be very gracious unto thee, at the voice of thy cry; when ħe shall hear it, he will answer thee.
“ 26. Moreover, the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.
Isaiah xxxii. 20. Look upon Zion, the city
of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem, a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down, not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
· Zion, in these texts, cannot signify (as some would have it) the Christian Church ; because what is here said of its peaceable state, has never yet come to pass. Neither can these prophecies be applied to Jerusalem restored after the Babylonish captivity, because of the words thou shalt weep no more : and not one of the stakes thereof (i. e. of that tabernacle) shall ever be removed.
“ Isaiah xxxv. 10. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads ; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
“This whole chapter is generally applied to the times of the Gospel immediately succeeding the first coming of our Lord. But from the last verse here quoted, and also from the fourth, wherein it is said, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, &c., it appears to me to relate to the restoration of Israel, and the times of the Gospel cotemporary with it; when (as it is said in ver. 5) the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped ; i. e. the Jews shall be enabled to discern the true Messiah, and they shall both hearken to, and obey his doctrine.
“ Isaiah xliii, 5. Fear not, for I am with thee: