Of the hill Sinay. cap. 36.
SInay is a mount, and Oreb is a parte thereof, and is in Arabia in the pro∣uince of Madian. Of this mount speak∣eth Iesephus li. secundo Ant quitatum, and saith, that Sinay is a high mount and a noble, and worthy to pasture, and bea∣reth best hearbes and grasse. And it was supposed ye God dwelled there: and ther∣fore durst no man keepe shéepe there, for the Shepheardes durst not presume to walke there. Moses came towarde this mount, and sawe a wonderfull sight. For hée sawe that fire burnt a bush, and wa∣sted it not: neyther appaired the gréene∣nesse, neyther flowres thereof, neyther spraies that bare fruite, though the flame was swift, and full strong & mighty. And out of that fire our Lord spake to Mo∣ses. Also in libro. 3. he sayth, that Moses went vp to Sinay, that is the most high hill in that country, and because of his highnesse and greatnesse, and high strou∣ting crags, it is not onely harde for men to come thereto, but also it maye not bee seene without trauaile. Therefore it was saide that our Lorde dwelled about it. This mount was dreadful to all men, so that no man durst come thereto. About the foote of this mount the Hebrewes pight their tents, and were worthy to see God in fire, and in a clowd, and to heare him speake personallye. This mount is called Mons Sinay, the moūt of dwelling of our Lord, and oft conuning of Angels, mount of light, & of burning flame, moūt of clowdes and of darknesse, and inourd of raine and of dew, mount of Pasture, and of séeding, mount of wisdome and of lore. For out of that mount our Lorde taught Moses and the people, and gaue them lawe, mount of forgiuenesse and of mercy: For out of that foresayde mount gifts that were not before hearde, were graunted to the people: Mount of righte∣ousnesse, menassing and threatening. For he was dreadfull to them that saw him. Mount of lightening and of séeming and blasing, mount of trumpes and of trum∣ping: Mount of friendship and of truice. For by the lawe there our Lord ioyned and knit the people there to him in euer∣lasting truice: Mount of purenesse and of cleannes: Mount of gladnes, of solace, & of nursh, for none might come to this moūt but those that were cleane in body and in soule. Also they that were cleane before our Lorde, eate and dranke with ioy and mirth. Then mount of forgiuenesse, of mildnesse, and of pitie: mount of sacrifice and of prayers, for they did sacrifice to our Lorde, and heard that our Lord was pleased and had mercie on them by pray∣ers of Moses.
(*Sina, or Sinai, a mountaine in the de∣sart of Arabia, called also Oreb. It is of Solinus called Casies: Iustinus calleth it Synaeus. On that hill God appeared to Moses, and deliuered to him the Tables of the lawe. Meade heereof more at large in the olde testament. Exod. 20. It is al∣so a citie of Mesopotamia.