¶Of Iordane. Cap. 9.
IOrdane is a Riuer of Iurie, & hath that name of two wels: one of them is tailed for and the other Dan, as Isi∣dore sayth li. 13. And ariseth vnder ye hil or mount Libani, and departeth Araby and Iurie, & passeth by many windings about, and by Iericho, and runneth into the dead sea, and is therein swallowed and wasted. When wheate is ripe, that oft ripeth in Palestine in springing time, this riuer ofte ariseth more than in any other time, & that falleth of much raine, and of melting of snowe, as it is sayd in Histor•• and in Glosa super Iosu. 3.
There it is sayde, Iordane filleth the drinkes and the brimmes of his chanell in reaping time &c. ••t in Ecclesiasti. 24. the same is sayd. This riuer hath many priueledges. First, for he departeth the country of right beléeuing men, from the country of misbeleeuing men, for he de∣parteth Iurie from Araby. The second, for he departed himselfe in presence of the children of Israel, & made them way and passage, to goe into the lande of be∣hest with the Arke of our Lord, as it is sayd Iosua. 3. The third, for he washed and cleansed Naaman of Syria of his le∣prosie. 3. Reg. cap. 5. The fourth, for by the diuiding of it selfe, it bare witnesse of the holinesse of Elias, & of Eliseus, for he was obedient to both their comman∣dements, as it appeareth 4. Reg. 2. The fifth, for agaynst kinde of other waters, he hid not in his bottome yron that fell therein, but cast it vpward, and areared it to the Prophets kinde, that had lost it, that he might it take, as it is read •. Re. 6. The sixt, for he was worthy to be ha∣lowed by touching of the most cleane flesh of our Lord, and by meane thereof our Lord gaue vertue of ghostly gende∣ring to waters, and ordained the Sacra∣ment of saluation of mankinde in wa∣ter, as it is sayde Luc. 2. The seauenth,* for in Iordane Iohn Baptist was wor∣thy to see heauen open, and to heare the voyce of the father, when he vnderstoode the mysterie of all the Trinitie in chri∣stening of our Lord.
(*Iordane, a faire riuer in Iudea, which deuideth Galile from the residue of Iu∣dea, and falleth into the Red sea.)