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that thou fearest God, I will prove thee as thy father Abraham was proved. I will order that thou be stripped, and will shoot three arrows into thee; if thou remain alive, I will receive thee as the Messiah.' Sabbathai Zeri begged for mercy; whereupon the Sultan offered to pardon him on condition of his becoming a Moslem. He accordingly took a turban from the head of one of the attendants and placed it upon his own; afterwards he ate and drank with the Mohammedans, and went to the mosque, receiving the name of Mehmed Effendi.

"Nothwithstanding his apostacy, many of his followers still adhered to him, and even after his death (supposed to have been a violent one), in 1676, his sect continued to increase, and his claims to the Messiahship were propagated far and wide. His great enemy, Rabbi Nehemiah, became a convert to his opinions, proclaimed his tenets in many countries, was anathematized by the synagogues of Poland, suffered the severest privations for his new creed, and died at Amsterdam, a blind beggar. The doctrines of Shabbathai Zevi found adherents, not only in the East, but along the northern shores of Africa, and spread throughout Europe as far as the Jewish race was then tolerated.”


Matt. xxi. 15.

COME, little Hebrew children,

And listen to a story
Of Jesus our Redeemer,

The Lord of life and glory.

You know that very long since

He came to bleed and die,
That Jew and Gentile sinners

Might live with Him on high.
Jesus was poor and lowly

Whilst dwelling here below,
Few of the great and mighty

Cared ought of Him to know.
But little Jewish children.

Hosannas to Him sung,
Loudly through Salem's temple

Their clear young voices rung.
And though some men were angry

When that sweet sound was heard,
The little one's still shouted,

Save, we beseech Thee, Lord.”
And Jesus heard and answered ;

For He is Lord and King,
And angels, high in glory,

To Him their praises bring.
Dear little Hebrew children!

Will you not sing His praise ?
Oh ! will you not to Jesus

One glad hosanna raise ?
There is no glorious temple

Now, upon Zion's hill,
And you are far from Canaan,
But He can hear


Oh, may His Spirit teach you

Indeed to seek His grace;
And then in heaven's own temple,
You shall behold His face.

J. T.

London: Printed at the Operative Jewish Converts' Institution,

Palestine Place, Bethnal Green.


AUGUST, 1852.




Isaiah li. 3. For the Lord shall comfort Zion : He will comfort all her waste places, and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord : joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

“ 11. Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion, and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

“17. Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out.

• 19. These two things are come unto thee: who shall be sorry for thee? Desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword : By whom shall I comfort thee?

“ 21. Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine.


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" 22. Thus saith thy Lord JEHOVAH, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thy hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury, thou shalt no more drink it again.

23. But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee: which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street to them that went over.

Isaiah lii. 1. Awake, awake, put on thy strength, 0 Zion : put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city : for henceforth there shall no more come into thee, the uncircumcised, and the unclean.

“ 2. Shake thyself from the dust : arise, and sit down, o Jerusalem : loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion, &c.

This and chap. lii. of Isaiah, have been generally applied to the redemption of the Christian Church ; and the headings of the chapters signify as much to us. But whoever considers the passages here quoted, will easily perceive that the prophet speaks of the redemption of the literal Israel from their captivity, throughout both these chapters. For to this restoration the following verses are applicable.


Isaiah lii. 7. How beautiful


the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace, that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation, that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

" 8. Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice, with


the voice together shall they sing : for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.

“ 9. Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem : for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.

That this chapter relates to the kingdom of Christ is very true. But then it is plainly that kingdom which he shall enter upon at his second coming, at which time shall be the restoring of Israel. For want of attending to this distinction of Christ's first and second coming, Commentators have often expounded those passages in the prophets, which relate to Christ's second coming, of his first; 'in order to which, they have been obliged to depart from the easy and literal sense of the prophecies, and to allegorize the passages in such a manner, as has given great advantage, as well as offence, to the adversaries of Christianity. Let us not be afraid, that by allowing those numerous prophecies, which speak of the great happiness and peace of Jerusalem or Zion, to relate to the second coming of our Lord, we shall any ways hurt the cause of our holy religion, by leaving no predictions of his first coming. For this will be very far from being the case. In this very chapter, we have an instance of the latter wherein the different condition of Christ at his first and second coming are set in opposition.

Isaiah lii, 13. Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled and be

very high.

“ 14. As many were astonished at thee ; (his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men ;)

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