L E V I T I C U S
This chapter is a solemn conclusion of the main
body of the levitical law. The precepts that follow in this and the
following book either relate to some particular matters or are
repetitions and explications of the foregoing institutions. Now
this chapter contains a general enforcement of all those laws by
promises of reward in case of obedience on the one hand, and
threatenings of punishment for disobedience on the other hand, the
former to work upon hope, the latter on fear, those two handles of
the soul, by which it is taken hold of and managed. Here is, I. A
repetition of two or three of the principal of the commandments,
ver. 1, 2. II. An inviting
promise of all good things, if they would but keep God's
commandments, ver. 3-13.
III. A terrible threatening of ruining judgments which would be
brought upon them if they were refractory and disobedient,
ver. 14-39. IV. A
gracious promise of the return of mercy to those of them that would
repent and reform, ver.
40, &c. Deut.
xxviii is parallel to this.