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But he found them still unfruitful, as he thus declares by his prophet Isaiah, *"what could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?" At length the sentence went forth, that Jerusalem so long, and so highly favoured, should be ent down, as a cumberer of the ground And John the Baptis of our Lord, proclaimed the axe was then laid
still continued unfruitful, and then after that, it was cut down, it perished by a miserable destruction, and its wretched inhabitants, are to this very hour, in the most deplorable state of banishment, from their native land; the kingdom of God has been taken away from them, and given to the Gentiles.
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