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20.  That the Jews would fasten Christ to the cross.

In Isaiah: “I have spread out my hands all day to a people disobedient and contradicting me, who walk in ways that are not good, but after their own sins.”40634063    Isa. lxv. 2. [So Justin, vol. i. pp. 179 and 206. But compare Isa. xxv. 11, a remarkable simile.] Also in Jeremiah:  “Come, let us cast the tree into His bread, and let us blot out His life from the earth.”40644064    Jer. xi. 19. Also in Deuteronomy:  “And Thy life shall be hanging (in doubt) before Thine eyes; and Thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt not trust to Thy life.”40654065    Deut. xxviii. 66. Also in the twenty-first Psalm: “They tore my hands and my feet;40664066    [This is one of the passages corrupted by the Jews since the crucifixion. See Pearson, On the Creed, p. 534. All his notes on “crucified” are most precious.] they numbered all my bones. And they gazed upon me, and saw me, and divided my garments among them, and upon my vesture they cast a lot. But Thou, O Lord, remove not Thy help far from me; attend unto my help. Deliver my soul from the sword, and my only one from the paw40674067    “Manu.” of the dog. Save me from the mouth of the lion, and my lowliness from the horns of the unicorns. I will declare Thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the Church I will praise Thee.”40684068    Ps. xxii. 16–22. Also in the cxviiith Psalm: “Pierce my flesh with nails through fear of Thee.”40694069    Ps. cxix. 120. Also in the cxlth Psalm:  “The lifting up of my hands is an evening sacrifice.”40704070    Ps. cxli. 2. Of which sacrifice Sophonias said: “Fear from the presence of the Lord God, since His day is near, because the Lord hath prepared His sacrifice, He hath sanctified His elect.”40714071    Zeph. i. 7. Also in Zechariah: “And they shall look upon me, whom they have pierced.”40724072    Zech. xii. 10. Also in the eighty-seventh Psalm: “I have called unto Thee, O Lord, the whole day; I have stretched out my hands unto Thee.”40734073    Ps. lxxxviii. 9. Also in Numbers: “Not as a man is God suspended, nor as the son of man does He suffer threats.”40744074    Num. xxiii. 19. Whence in the Gospel the Lord says: “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whosoever believeth in the Son may have life eternal.”40754075    John iii. 14, 15.


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