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The Blessing of Levi Continued

The Blessing of Levi Continued

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BY WM. PARKINSON, A. M.


HIS DEPORTMENT AND SERVICE,



DEUT. xxx. 8 11. And of Levi ht said, Let thy Tkummim
and thy Urim be with thy Holy One, whom thou didst prove at
Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Mcri-
bah ; who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not sein
him ; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own
children: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant.
They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law : they
shall put incense before thee, and whole burnt-sacrifice upon thine
altar. Bless, LORD, his substance, and accept the work of his
hands : smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and
of them that hate him, that they rise not again.
BY WM. PARKINSON, A. M.


HIS DEPORTMENT AND SERVICE,



DEUT. xxx. 8 11. And of Levi ht said, Let thy Tkummim
and thy Urim be with thy Holy One, whom thou didst prove at
Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Mcri-
bah ; who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not sein
him ; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own
children: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant.
They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law : they
shall put incense before thee, and whole burnt-sacrifice upon thine
altar. Bless, LORD, his substance, and accept the work of his
hands : smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and
of them that hate him, that they rise not again.

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THE BLESSIG OF LEVI COTIUEDBY WM. PARKISO, A. M.HIS DEPORTMET AD SERVICE,DEUT. xxx. 8 11. And of Levi ht said, Let thy Tkummimand thy Urim be with thy Holy One, whom thou didst prove atMassah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Mcri-bah ; who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not seinhim ; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his ownchildren: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant.They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law : theyshall put incense before thee, and whole burnt-sacrifice upon thinealtar. Bless, LORD, his substance, and accept the work of hishands : smite through the loins of them that rise against him, andof them that hate him, that they rise not again.I blessing the tribe of Levi, Moses is ample anddiffuse ; not, however, because he was of that tribe,and, as such, ambitious to aggrandize himself; for,of his relation thereto he takes no notice, nor hadhe any control over the Spirit of prophecy ; but speak-ing as he was moved by the Holy Ghost, he thus dis-tinguished the tribe which God delighted to honor.The Urim and Thummim, with the propheticprayer respecting them, being already considered,your attention is now invited to the next part of Levi 'sblessing, and which is expressed in the words fol-lowing : Who said unto his fatJier and to his mo-ther, I have not seen him ; neither did he acknowledgehis brethren, nor knew his own children : for theyobserved thy word> and kept thy covenant.45
 
336 THE BLESSIG OF LEVI. [gER. XI.They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israelthy law: they shall put incense before thee, andwhole burnt- sacrifice upon thine altar.These words respect, partly the high-priest, partlythe inferior priests, and partly the common Levites ;and describe bothTheir deportment, andTheir work.1. Their deportment. This was strictly impar-tial : who said unto his father and to his mother, Ihave not seen him, neither did he acknowledge hisbrethren, nor knew his own children, fyc*Thus, in effect, the high-priest emphatically saidand did, in discharging some of his official duties:yet, not from any want of filial, fraternal, or parentalaffection, but in obedience to a positive divine in- junction. For the Lord, speaking by Moses, said," He that is the high-priest among his brethren, up-on whose head the anointing oil was poured, andthat is consecrated to put on the garments," thosepeculiar to his station, " shall not," as might a com-* The literal obscurity in the former part of this declaration, isoccasioned by a wrong version of the prefix h lamed ; which,thouuh most frequently used as the sign of the dative case, isused here to form the genitive preposition ; and which, therefore!instead of being rendered unto, as before his father, and to, as be-
 
fore his mother, should, in both instances, be rendered of, or con-ccrning,or about. See Ling. Sacra, Vol. 1, p. 142. This parti-cle being so rendered, the words, rid of that obscurity, read thus :" who said 0/his father and of his mother, I have not seen him,"or her, as the ease might be ; that is, I have not become defiled bygoing in to see any dead body, not even that of my father ormother, but have, in this respect, treated parents, brethren andchildren as if strangers. So this particle is rendered in Gen. xx.13. " say of me, He is my brother ;" and in Chap. xxvi. 7. " themen of the place asked him of his wife.SER. XI.] HIS DEPORTMET AD SERVICE. 337mon Israelite, or, in certain cases, an ordinary priest," uncover his head, nor rend his clothes," that is, intoken of mourning at the death or at the funerals of his nearest relations. "either" (so strict was theinjunction) "shall he go in to any dead body," thatis, into an apartment where any dead body lay," nor defile himself," by so doing, " for his fatheror his mother," when lying dead ; and thereforemuch less for one of his brethren, one of his ownnation, or tribe, or even one descended from thesame parents ; nor might he, in this way, know hisown children. Moreover, to complete the divine re-strictions under which, in these respects, the high-priest was laid, and withal to suggest the reasons of them, it was added, " either shall he go out of thesanctuary," that is, out of the tabernacle or temple,while bis attendance there was required no, noteven to pay his last respects to a dying parent, or tosee the corpse, or attend its interment; "nor pro-fane the sanctuary of his God," by returning thitherbefore purified, after having touched a dead body, oreven a grave, by which a man was rendered cere-monially unclean, and so unfit to enter the sanctuary,for seven days. See Levit. xxi. 10 12. Comp. Chap.x. 7. and um. xix. 11 14.

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