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Directions, concerning mourning, ver. 1, 2.
Concerning clean and unclean meats, ver. 3 - 21 .
Concerning tithes, ver. 29.
1: Of the Lord - Whom therefore you must not disparage by unworthy
or unbecoming practices. Ye shall not cut yourselves - Which were the
practices of idolaters, both in the worship of their idols, in their
funerals, and upon occasion of public calamities. Is not this like a
parent's charge to his little children, playing with knives, "Do not cut
yourselves!" This is, the intention of those commands, which obliges us to
deny ourselves. The meaning is, Do yourselves no harm! And as this
also is, the design of cross providences, to remove from us those things
by which we are in danger of doing ourselves harm.
3: Abominable - Unclean and forbidden by me, which therefore should
be abominable to you.
22: All the increase - This is to be understood of the second tithes,
which seem to be the same with the tithes of the first year, mentioned(De 14:28).
25: In thine hand - That is, in a bag to be taken into thy hand and
carried with thee.
27: Thou shalt not forsake him - Thou shalt give him a share in such
tithes or in the product of them.
28: At the end of three years - That is, in the third year,
as it is, expressed, (De 26:12).
The same year - This is added to shew that he speaks of the third year,
and not of the fourth year, as some might conjecture from the phrase,
at the end of three years.