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Harmony of the Law-Volume 2

By Calvin, John

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Title: Harmony of the Law-Volume 2  
Author: Calvin, John
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Language: English
Subject: Religion, Christianity, Literature
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Calvin, J. (n.d.). Harmony of the Law-Volume 2. Retrieved from http://www.ebooklibrary.org/


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Excerpt: Take heed in the plague of leprosy. I am aware how greatly interpreters differ from each other and how variously they twist whatever Moses has written about Leprosy. Some are too eagerly devoted to allegories; some think that God, as a prudent Legislator, merely gave a commandment of a sanitary, nature, in order that a contagious disease should not, spread among the people. This notion, however, is very. poor, and almost unmeaning; and is briefly. refuted by Moses himself, both where he recounts the history of Miriam?s leprosy, and also where he assigns the cause why lepers should be put out of the camp, viz that they might not defile the camp in which God dwelt, whilst he ranks them with those that have an issue, and that they are defiled by the dead. Wherefore, I have thought it well, previous to attempting the full elucidation of the matter, to adduce two passages, by way of preface, from whence the design of God may more fully appear. When, in this passage from Deuteronomy, He commands the people to ?take heed? and ?observe diligently? the plague of leprosy, there can be no question but that He thus ratifies what He had before set forth at greater length in Leviticus. And, first of all, He refers the judgment of the matter to the priests, that what they pronounce should be firm and unalterable; and secondly, He would have the priests, lest they should pronounce rashly, and according to their own wishes, to follow simply what He prescribed to them, so that they may only be the ministers, or heralds; whilst, as to the sovereign authority, He alone should be the Judge. He confirms the law which He imposes by a special example; because He had cast out Miriam, the sister of Moses, for a time, lest her uncleanness during her leprosy should defile the camp. For the view which some take, that He exhorts the people lest, through sin, they should bring upon themselves the same evil as Miriam, is not to the purpose. But that which I have stated makes excellent sense, viz., that God?s command, whereby He prohibited Miriam from entering the camp, was to have the force and weight of a perpetual law; because He thus ordained what He would always have done.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents About This Book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. ii Harmony of the Law, Part 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 1 The Law: The First Commandment (continued). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 2 Shutting Up of the Leprous. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 2 Deuteronomy 24:8,9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 2 Numbers 5:1-3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 2 Leviticus 13:1-59. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 3 Of the Purifying of the Lepers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 12 Leviticus 14:1-57. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 12 Of the Pollutions Which Arise From Issues. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 20 Leviticus 15:1-33. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 20 Of Other Defects Which Exclude Men From Tabernacle. . . . . . . . . . . p. 25 Deuteronomy 23:1,2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 25 The General Purification of the People. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 26 Numbers 19:1-22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 26 Keeping Clean by the Concealment of Impurities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 32 Deuteronomy 23:9-14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 32 Deuteronomy 22:9-11; Deuteronomy 14:1,2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 34 Leviticus 19:19, 23-25, 27, 28. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 36 Clean and Unclean Beasts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 38 Leviticus 20:25, 26; Deuteronomy 14:3-20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 38 Leviticus 11:1-47. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 40 Touching Things Accidentally Unclean. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 49 Deuteronomy 14:21; Exodus 22:31; Leviticus 17:15,16. . . . . . . . . . . p. 50 Marriage With Unbelievers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 51 Deuteronomy 21:10-13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 51 Judicial Supplements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 53 Deuteronomy 18:19. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 53 Deuteronomy 13:5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 54 Deuteronomy 17:12,13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 56 Deuteronomy 13:6-11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 58 Deuteronomy 13:12-17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 60 Exodus 22:18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 63 Numbers 15:30,31. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 64 Leviticus 20:1-6,27. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 65

 

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