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then, by his Spirit, brought under your notice, The other term by which the apostle marks and impressed upon your understandings? Have out the lapse of time is salvation, which is you been ever since cherishing deep views of the identical in point of time with the believer's danger of sin, of your dependance upon Christ death, and implies his entrance upon a happiness and the Holy Spirit ? Have you ever since been that shall never end. Everyone who can reckoning yourselves dead unto sin, and alive look back upon a time when he believed in unto God, remembering that you are not your Christ, may, and ought, to look forward to a time own, but bought with a price? He then brought when he shall be saved, when he shall be adyou in at the strait gate. Have you ever since mitted to Christ's presence to behold his glory; been advancing vigorously along the narrow way? and this is a consideration well fitted to animate He then delivered you from the dominion of him with constant and increasing zeal in working Satan. Have you been since resisting all the the work of God. When you look forward to fiery darts of the wicked one? or rather, have the happiness on which you are one day to enter, you not sometimes showed a disposition to do his when you meditate upon what God has provided work, and to return to his service ? God then called for you, you must feel yourselves most powerfully you out from the world. Have you since that time constrained to labour in his service and to do his been living above it? or rather, has not your con- will. A great and glorious reward is laid up for duct been too much like, and too much influenced you, with which your present exertions, and sacriby, the conduct of those who are still its professed fices, trials and afflictions are not to be compared, rotaries? He then forgave you all your sins al- and when your thoughts are directed to this, you though you had nothing to pay, no excuse to offer, cannot but labour assiduously and anxiously. You and no satisfaction to make. Have you not some- are soon to enter upon an eternity of blessed rest, times since been unwilling to forgive others, and and surely you will not grudge the toils and harderen displayed malice, and envy, and jealousy, and ships of a few short years spent in God's service evil speaking, when you had scarcely any injury to upon earth. You are soon to take possession of complain of? You then solemnly devoted your happiness, such as eye hath not seen, ear heard, selves to his service. You then acknowledged your neither hath it entered into the heart of man to conobligation, and declared it to be your resolution, to ceive; and surely you must now be often thinkfollow Christ's example. Have you fulfilled these ing of it, and habitually preparing for it. The engagements, and acted suitably to these professions? fashion of the world is passing away, and eternity Alas, no, my friends, you have forgotten that there is drawing near ; surely it is your part to possess, was a time when God enabled you to believe in as though you possessed not; to weep, as though Christ, and you have failed to realize all that was you wept not; and to rejoice, as though you implied in that important event. Look back to rejoiced not. You are drawing nearer to an it now, consider how long it is since you believed, eternal state, of substantial and exalted joys; and how little you have done under the influence surely you will be withdrawing more and more of the considerations which God then set before you, from the world,—engaging in its pursuits and the objects which he had then in view in his dealings occupations more as a maiter of duty than as a with you, and the professions which you then made. source of happiness, and will be striving every He then set before you an object which you have day to leave it more and more behind you, and failed greatly to aim at,—he then put into your hands to be raised more fully above its influences. You a weapon which you have failed to employ,—he then are soon to enter upon a condition that is all pledged himself to give you every needful assist- holiness as well as all happiness, where nothing ance, and final, and complete success, if you would that is impure or unholy can enter ; surely you not be wanting to yourselves. And yet how little must every day loathe yourselves more and more have you done, how insignificant is the progress because of your remaining sinfulness, and be you have made! Think of these things now. more assiduous and active in your prayers and Let the retrospect fill you with humility,—let it exertions to get quit of it altogether. Nothing inspire you with resolutions of increased ardour now stands between you and eternal happiness and activity. Realize now the obligations which except your remaining unfitness, your continued the remembrance of the time when you first be- pollution with sin ; sure!y you cannot sit down lieved should imposo upon you, the objects it has careless and inactive, while any such obstacles set before you, the opportunities it has afforded, remain. Without holiness you cannot see the and the encouragements it has provided you, and Lord, and surely you will never rest until you be more careful to aim at the ohjects, to cherish are made perfect in holiness, and you must leel the principles, and to display the conduct of be- only the more powerfully constrained to act in this lievers ; and let your inactivity, your backslid- way the longer the time is that has elapsed since ing, your neglect of duty, and your disregard of you first believed, and the nearer your salvation apyour professions, since God brought you to the proaches, feeling more deeply at once the obligations belief of the truth, now be felt as motives to in- and the encouragements to be actively engaged in the creased activity and diligence. The longer you may work of the Lord. And every thing which reminds have believed, the louder is the call to you now to you that the period when you first believed is recedhestir yourselves, and to be boldly fighting the good ing farther and farther into the past, and that your figit of faith, that you may lay hold on eternal life. salvation is drawing nearer and nearer, should impress more deeply upon your hearts the propriety, | accompany salvation, and they have. Your death yea, the necessity of being up and doing ; of laying at this moment would prove your ruin, because it aside every weight, and the sins that do more would find you impenitent, unbelieving, unconeasily beset you; of being thoroughly and habitually verted, and unsanctified. But still they were once engaged in cleansing your hearts, in purifying your like you unbelieving and unconverted, and there is lives, in cherishing your graces, and improving nothing but your own indifference and aversion to your privileges. Another year has now elapsed prevent you being like them. It was God's comsince you first believed in Christ; and have the mandment to you, as well as to them, to believe fruits of faith been proportionally accumulating, on the name of his Son; they have obeyed this -have its effects in working love, purifying the commandment and you have not, although you heart, and overcoming the world, been suitably ex- were as much bound, entitled, and qualified, to do ercised ? Your salvation is now nearer by another so as they were. But it is still incumbent upon twelvemonth. Are you now better prepared you, and ought forth with to be attended to. The for heaven, and living more under the powers of gate by which they have entered is still open.

You the world to come? Do the great realities of an may even now enter, and, through God's blessing eternal world, to which you are drawing nearer and upon your zeal and activity, you may soon overnearer, now occupy a larger space in your mind's take them. There is but one way to heaven, and eye, and exert a proportionably greater influence all who seek for heaven must enter in at the same upon your conduct? In whatever way, my believ- strait gate, and travel along the same narrow way. ing friends, you can answer these questions, let | All have the same work to perform. With you the considerations they suggest impress upon you this great work is still to commence, but this should the importance of greater activity, and stir you only lead you to attend to it more carefully, and up to greater diligence, and encourage you to to engage in it more decidedly. The work must be abound more and more in the work of the Lord, done else you must be contented to resign heaven anil make you more resolute and determined in and to choose hell as your portion. And since it opposing and resisting every thing sinful in thought, must be done, then the longer it has been delayed, word or deed, and in growing in holiness and the sooner it should now be commenced. The more heavenly-mindedness, and devotedness to God's work and the less time, the greater should be your glory. And remember that if you have made little diligence. We took up the case of believers at a progress during the year that is now terminated, period in their history when the materials for their you are, on that account, more imperatively called great work had been provided,—when the foundaupon to labour constantly and assiduously during tions had been firmly laid, and when the whole plan the remainder of the period of preparation which of operations had been arranged, and showed that God may bestow, while there can be no doubt that even then they were called upon for most active if you have made much progress you will be still exertions ; how much louder is the call to you when urged on, by increasing experience of the happiness you have taken as yet no step in the matter,—when of holding communion with God, and of entering you have still to procure plans, to collect materials, through faith into that which is within the vail. and to lay the foundations? God has spared you

But there are some of you, I doubt not, who another year, while all the time you have been but cannot look back to a period when they were cumberers of the ground. You have great reason brought to the light of the truth, and who, of to praise him for bis goodness and forbearance. course, have no right, as yet, to look forward to a But for any thing you know this may be the last period when they shall be saved. Some of you

year he may try you; and much must be done must be conscious that you have never experienced before you can bring forth fruit to any good purany such change of character as that which we have

pose. endeavoured to describe, and that you

have never felt the influence of these principles which we have INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE NATURAL attempted to enforce. But though you cannot

HISTORY OF THE BIBLE. reckon the lapse of your time, by the great event of

BY THE LATE Rev. David Scot, M.D., your conversion and your salvation, and though, of course, you cannot directly feel the power of the Professor of Oriental Languages in th: University of St. Andrews. apostle's statement in the text, still your time is

No. I.
running on, and you ought to watch and mark its
progress.

With
you, too, another year bas closed. A

The dove is called ione in the Hebrew Bible. The portion of time has been spent that can never be recalled. Your death at least is drawing nearer, and origin of the word is obscure, and no account of it

which we have seen is very satisfactory. We think the you are well aware that if your death be not your sal- notion of those who deduce it from a word signifying to vation it must be your destruction; if it do not admit oppress, is not improbable; as if you should say, the you to heaven it must consign you to hell, and, in oppressed or defenceless one. either case, the reflection that it is drawing nearer

Bochart has broached a fanciful theory concerning is equally well fitted to exert a powerful influence. the origin of ione; He traces it through the Arabic to Why is it that your death must be your destruc- Javan, who inhabited a district of the lesser Asia,

the people called iones, evidently the descendants of tion, while the death of believers is their salvation ? named Ionin; and he conjectures that from Ionia, wheró It is because you have none of the things that after the deluge the dove abounded, it spread into the

THE DOVE, OR IONE OF THE HEBREWS.

other districts of the earth, and especially into the that hateth peace : but when I speak for peace, they southern and western parts of Asia. This theory of are for war.' Bochart is supported by Michaelis, and though we are In Ps. Ixviii. 13, the dove is introduced, but in what ever ready to bow to the authority of so great names, sense that verse is to be understood, critics are not we cannot help thinking that in the present case they are agreed. Lowth has given up this and the next verse mistaken. Indeed Rosenmuller has clearly shown the as inexplicable, and we fear that a cloud will remain futility of this theory, and it is plain, that whenever the on any explanation of it that can be offered. It runs doves were let out of the ark, they would be as ready thus in the common translation, " though ye have lien to take their route to the plain of Shinar, whither among the pots, yet ye shall be as the wings of a dove, Noah and his family descended, as to Ionia, or any covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.” district on the border of the lesser Asia. The banks | Shopetim, according to Parkhurst, comes from Shopet, of the Tigris and Euphrates were first inhabited by the to put in order, and it may be interpreted fire ranges, human race, and we know froin the writings of Moses, or hearth stones; and this idea of Parkhurst is apthat doves abounded in Palestine, Arabia, and Egypt, proved by Chandler and Horne. To lie between the before Greece was peopled, or colonies sent from it to hearth stones or fire ranges, was to lie in the midst of people the lesser Asia. It is impossible, therefore, that dust and ashes, as slaves did, and as the Israelites a Hebrew word could be derived from the Greek might be represented as doing in Egypt, before they language, before that language was spoken, or the came into Canaan, that is, in a state of slavery and people who spoke it known to exist.

subjection, before they were possessed of freedom and As the dove, from its exposure to outrage and independence. The words, ye

shall be as the wings violence, is led to connect itself with man; so from of a dove, covered with silver, and her feathers with its beauty and loveliness, its innocence and affection to yellow gold," describe a state of elegance and lustre; its mate, he is disposed to yield it protection. Cotes a state which the party-coloured dove was fitted to erected for doves are nearly as numerous as stables for represent; a dove having two colours, the colour of horses, or sheds for oxen. Though they lay no more silver, and the colour of gold, the whiteness of silver than two eggs for each brood, they are remarkably on the wings, and the yellowness of gold on the feaprolific. They brced three or four times a year thers. oftener, at least, in the tame, than in the wild state. The word dove is often used as an expression of en

Doves are distributed into two great classes, those dearment. It is one of those metaphors ready on the that are wild and those that are tame. This distribu- tongue of a lover, and suitable to those ideas which he tion is not acknowledged in the Bible, and when the entertains of her that he loves. It calls up to his dove is spoken of, the wild is not discriminated from mind the undivided affection and faithful attachment the tame, nor the tame from the wild.

of the dove to its mate. The truth of these remarks The dove is mentioned as early as the time of Noah, is proved by the words with which the bridegroom adand it deserves particular notice, because, when the dresses the bride : Open to me, my sister, my love, earth lay under a deluge of waters, it performed an my dove, my undefiled." Cant. v. 2. • My dove, my essential service to this second father of the human undefiled is but one. She is the only one of her mo

At the end of forty days, after the waters of the ther. She is the choice one of her that bare her." deluge began to abate, Noah sent out a raven, which | vi. 9. vent going and returning, that is, making the ark its In Cant. ii. 14, the bride is called a dove from her resting-place, after it had continued a long time on the resemblance to the lovely appearance and amiable ving, and picked up carrion floating on the waters; but manners of the dove. “O my dove, that art in the it did not come to the window of the ark, that it might cliffs of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs; be admitted, and present a sensible sign to Noah, by let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for which he might understand how far the waters had sub- sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely." sided. At the distance eight days Noah sent forth a That species of dove is here recognised which is called dore, which proved a more faithful messenger. As it was livia, or the rock dove, being found in the cliffs of the accustomed to live on grain or pulse, which could not rocks. be got in this excursion, and, in all probability, was When the dove is absent from its mate, it is soli. terrified by the tumultuous rising and falling of the tary, and utters a mournful sound, thus alluded to by waters, it returned to the window of the ark, and flew Hezekiah, (Isaiah xxxviii. 14,)“ Like the swallow, in, because it could find no spot on which it could like the crane, did I twitter; as a dove, did I moan.” light. After seven days, it was sent out a second time, In the spirit of sadness speaks the same prophet, (lix. and returned with an olive leaf in its mouth; at the 11:) " We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like sight of which, Noah and his family were assured, that doves.” We know not what interpretation to put the waters were sunk below the tops of the trees. At upon the roaring of bears, whether to call it a note of the end of other seven days, the dove was sent out a disappointment or rage ; but we think we put a right third time, but returned no more. From this circum- interpretation on the mourning of doves, when we say stanee Noah concluded that the waters had retired from that it proceeds from love or affection, from sympathy the earth, and that sustenance could be procured for the fowls, at least, if not for the beasts.

These remarks introduce us to the curious declara. Distinguished among the properties of the dove, are tion of Ezek, vii. 16, “ They that escape, shall escape, its power of wing, and rapidity of flight. It exerts and shall be on the mountains like the dovcs of the itself to the utmost, when pursued by the hawk, and valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his ini. often escapes by rushing to the neighbourhood of the quity." The persons spoken of by the prophet have dwellings of men. From such means of deliverance, suffered losses, and they mourn for their sins which possessed by the dove, we will readily understand the occasioned them; they have escaped from captivity and exclamation of David, (Ps. Iv. 6.) “Oh that I had the destruction, and while they are returned to the mounwings of a dove! for then I would flee away, and be at tainous country of Judea, regretting and sorrowing, Test.” The wish was natural to one in hourly danger they are compared to the doves of the valleys. The of bis life from the implacable malignity and murderous cooings of these birds, which accord with the lament attempts of his enemies. He longed for security, but ings of men, are heard from the trees which grow in Ins enemies would not allow him to attain it. "Woes the deep ravines, or crown the declivities on either side. me that my sojourning is prolonged! I dwell in the Nahum ii. 7, breathes a kindred spirit : "She is tents of Kedar. My soul hath long dwelt with bim I taken into captivity. She is brought up, and carried

race.

or sorrow.

MOTIONS

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THE

PLANETS.

a way, with the voice of doves, tabering on their divine authority, thrust them out of the temple, with breasts." The prophet here compares women beating this remarkable declaration; “ My Father's house is a on their breasts in deep anguish, to persons beating house of prayer for all nations, but ye have made it on a tabret, in which the fingers are applied to a den of thieves.skin stretched over a hollow hoop, corresponding to the breast, to which the hands of the women are applied.

CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY. A different picture of the dove is presented to us in

No. XII. Jer. xviii. 28 : " Leave the cities, and dwell in the rock,

BY THE Rev. JAMES BRODIE, 0

ye inhabitants of Moah, and be like the dove, which maketh her nest in the side of the pit's mouth.” In the

Minister of Monimail. days of Jeremiah, doves sometimes built their nests in the holes or entrances of perpendicular rocks, very difficult to reach, and in which they enjoyed coin- In a former communication our attention was directed plete security from all intruders. That the Moabites to the vast size and rapid motions of the various bodies might avoid the extermination threatened, the prophet that constitute the solar system; let us now consider exhorts them, in bitter sarcasm, to leave their cities, the wisdom of the Creator as shown forth in the laws and dwell in the rock, otherwise they would have which regulate their motions. no safe shelter, or inaccessible dwelling. He grounds The earth and all the other planets, complete a cirthe exhortation on the example of the dove, who cuit round the sun in a certain definite time, which we places her nest in the mouth of caverns, entering terin their year, and, in doing so, keep the appointed path into the sides of the overhanging cliff or towering with unerring precision; yet notwithstanding, it is true, precipice.

that God" hangs the earth upon nothing." This While the dove discovers, in general, wonderful beautifully regular motion is the result of two opposing caution in the choice of her residence, she sometimes forces, differing both in their nature and in their origin. betrays a want of prudence sufficient to justify the They are distinguished by the names of Centrifugal and comparison of Hosea vii

. 11, “ Ephraim is like a silly | Centripetal. The first arises from the primary impulse dove without fear: they call to Egypt, they go to given to the earth when it began its course ; receiving Assyria," referring to the proneness of the Israelites no increase, and knowing no change, it produces a unito trust to human rather than divine aid, at one time forın velocity, and would, if left to itself, carry the to court the alliance of the Egyptians, and at another earth onward in a straight course for ever. The Cento unite with the Assyrians.

tripetal force arises from the influence of the sun's The qualities of tlie dove fit her to be an emblem of gravitation, which produces a motion towards the centre the highest excellencies, and, as an emblem of this sort of the system, and increases in power as the centre is the appearance of a dove lighted on the head of Jesus, approached. If the earth were acted upon by the first after he had been baptized by John in the Jordan. of these forces only, it would ny off at a tangent, as a This appearance we are told was the Holy Ghost, and stone flies out of a sling, and speedily removing beyond it was seen by the Baptist himself, if not by the bystand the influence of the solar beams, would wander in the ers. The descent of the Holy Ghost upon Jesus, in the regions of darkness and of death ; but the Centripetal form of a dove, was intended to signify his harmless power of gravitation, acting at right angles to the other, ness, and loveliness, his meekness, and gentleness; the draws it to a side, and makes it bend in its path. If it purity and spirituality, the benevolence and usefulness were acted upon by this second force alone, it would of that religion which he was to teach and establish in fall with accelerating velocity to the sun, and be lost the world ; and the singleness of heart, and amiableness in his blaze. But, so admirably are these two forces of life, which were to distinguish those who embraced adjusted, that, though continually tiying away it never his doctrine, believed in his divine mission, and obeyed removes,—though always falling, it never descends; and his commands. As the natural dove communicated to two dissimilar antagonist powers, either of which, if Noah and his family, that the flood of waters had acting by itself, would produce rectilinear motion, cause retired from the earth, and of course they might come it to describe a circular path in the heavens. It is not out of the ark with safety, so the spiritual dove in- easy to make the operation of these powers clear to timated to the Jews first, and through them to the common apprehension. We cannot illustrate it by any Gentiles, the tidings of deliverance from that deluge machine of human contrivance. We may construct of wrath with which they were overwhelined, and the orreries to show the motions of the earth and planets, speedy attainment of life and immortality, through the we may make wheels turn on their axles, and cause prophet promised to the fathers, who had now come little balls, representing the planetary bodies, revolve into the world.

around a centre; but all the parts of any mechanism That the dove had qualities worthy of imitation, our of man, must be connected together by rods and bars, Lord has declared in his exhortation, “ Be wise as ser

or other material framework, and however ingeniously pents, and harmless as doves." We have already seen, constructed, are liable to disorder and decay ; in the that the innocence of the dove in mankind may degenerate solar system, on the other hand, no part touches or into such a degree of simplicity as to unfit them, in some drives another, the various bodies are acted on by degree, for contending with the world. The wisdom forces at a distance, and, after the revolution of ages, of the serpent is required, that they may act a proper there is no symptom of decay or derangement to be part as members of society, as well as execute the duties found. of their station, as servants of God, and followers of It is also necessary to observe, that, while the at. Christ.

traction of the sun is the great regulating power that We learn from three evangelists, that in the temple keeps all the planets in their course, they are mutually of Jerusalem, it was customary to carry on a trade in attracted and influenced. From this cause certain perdoves. Those who came from every corner of Judea turbations or irregularities arise, which long perplexed to worship in the temple at the national feasts, needed astronomers, but which are now subjected to accurate doves for sacrifices, and they were supplied by the calculations; and it has been demonstrated, that, nudealers. This traffic being carried on in the porch of merous and intricate as they are, all are so arranged the temple, was a desecration of the sacred edifice to that they come at last to counteract each other, so that secular purposes, and the priests had a manifest interest the system, in as far as observers can determine, is in allowing it. Our Lord accordingly, by virtue of his titted for everlasting duration,

And not only are the planets guided in their course by honourable, and who completes the happiness of his this wouderful combination of two dissimilar forces; people, by perfecting them in holiness, and making but even the comets, irregular as their motions appear, thein willing in the day of his power. obey them too. The greater part of these bodies, instead of being solid masses like the planets, seem to

CHRISTIAN TREASURY. possess little more density than a cloud of dust, they move in exceedingly eccentric orbits, at one time ap- that you examine yourself where lies the stress of your

Examine Yourselves. It is of the bighest importance proaching alınost close to the surface of the sun, and, dependance for the good of your soul. To what fountain at another, speeding their course through space immeasurable. Such, however, is the uniformity of the

are you looking for pardon, for strength, for comfort,

for sanctification? Whether to your own good purposes Creator's laws, that man has been able to calculate their

and endeavours, to your own prayers, and meditations, path, and to foretell their return. These are the laws that regulate the motions of and good qualities, or to that inexhaustible treasury

God has provided for poor helpless guilty men in the the stars; and so long as they continue in force, regularity and harmony prevail; the planets enjoy the person of Christ Jesus ? —Venn. unilorm temperature that is suited to their various Prayer.-The longer you are with God on the mount productions ; "summer and winter, seed-time and har- of private prayer, and secret communion with him, vest do not cease." But if matter were capable, like the brighter will your face shine when you come moral agents, of transgression, and, when left to its down.- TOPLADY. own free will, should violate Jehovah's command, con- If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, fusion and irretrievable ruin would ensue. If the

or lifted up myself when evil found him.— The impreearth, for example, were, for a single day, either to cation of Job. To return the love of friends, is the cease its onward course, or refuse obedience to the charity of publicans, from the compact of advantage ; power of gravitation, the balance between the two but to be well minded towards enemies, is among the conducting forces would be destroyed; it would, in heights of the Christian law, and an imitation of the the one case, wheel nearer and nearer the sun, till Godhead. But, again, in such charity, there are many consumed in his blaze; and, in the other, continually degrees: of which, the first is, to pardon enemies who enlarge its distance from him, till lost in the voids of turn to us repenting; and of this charity some shadow space.

and likeness is found even among the brutes that are And, if the violation of the laws given to inanimate generous, for lions are reported to be no longer savage matter would produce results so terrible as these, shall against the subdued and prostrate. A second degree we question the truth or propriety of the Word that is to pardon enemies though they be inexorable, and says, “ The soul that sinneth, it shall die?" Since without the atonements of reconciliation. A third dethe same wise and gracious God is the Creator both of gree is, not only to dispense pardon and forgiveness to matter and mind, we necessarily conclude, that the enemies, but also to confer upon them services and good rules by which they are severally regulated must cor- deeds. Yet still these various degrees have, or may respond in character, must be equally binding, and have, I know not what of ostentation, or at least of productive of similar benefits when obeyed, and of magnanimity, more than of pure charity. For, if one similar destruction when broken. Even if no revela- is sensible, as in these cases, that a virtue goes forth tion of God's will had been given, if no instance had and flows from him, it may be that he is magnified, and been known of bliss arising from obedience, or of mi- takes pleasure more in the product of his own virtue, sery springing from transgression, such is the natural than in the safety and good of his neighbour. But, if result to which enlightened reason leads. When we some evil happens to thine enemy from another quarter, find the statements of Scripture, therefore, exactly and thou, in the secretest chambers of thy heart, art agreeing with this conclusion, we have a strong inter- thereby laden and distrest, and hast no joy in this, that pal evidence that they proceed from God.

the day of thy vengeance and retribution has arrived ; cept which commands us to love the Lord with all our this I consider to be the summit and exaltation of beart, and our neighbour as ourselves, is equally simple charity.-Lord Bacon. (Meditationes Sacræ, transwith those which we have now been considering, its lated by James Glassford, Esq.) application is equally extensive, submission to its dic

Empty Feeling.Some persons think if their feelings tates insures corresponding harmony, and transgression of its requirements produces similar confusion. Tbe able to shed tears, that they are edified, though, perhaps,

are worked up to a high pitch, and especially if they are evident analogy, in short, that it bears to the laws of those feelings die with the sound of the voice which nature, shows that it originates in the same Almighty produced them; but, if not, what good will feeling do? and All-knowing God. Let us ever remember that the grand principle which hungry man ?—Rev. De Waugh.

Will it clothe that naked family? Will it feed that points to obedience as the source of bliss, and to transFression as the origin of woe, pervades the universe.

Election and Reprobation.— As no temporal blessing Among the heavenly orbs, the laws which the Creator is good enough to be a sign of eternal election, so no has given are uniformly observed, and there is, conse- temporal affliction is bad enough to be an evidence of quently, the most perfect regularity and peace. Among reprobation, for the dearest Son of God's love was a man the inhabitants of the heaven of heavens, the behests of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.--ARROWSMITH. of Jehovah are performed, and there is no dissension Ordinances.-Attend diligently on ordinances, yet to disturb their peace, and no withdrawing of the Fa- beware of putting ordinances in God's stead. Hath ther's love to cloud their felicity. But in hell, the not thy heart said, “I will go hear such a man, and precepts of God are trampled under foot, and there we get comfort and get strength ?" No wonder that you find confusion and despair ; and on earth, men "like feel yourself weak, barren, and unfruitful. How should not to retain God in their knowledge," and are, conse- means and ministers help thy soul, except the Lord quently, "given up to their reprobate lusts,” so that help? Christ himself keeps the key of his wine cellar. they " become hateful and bating one another," and are His ministering servants cannot so much as make you "like the troubled sea which cannot rest, whose waters drink when you come to his house; and therefore, poor aast up mire and dirt.” If, then, the nature and effects soul, stop not short of Christ, but press through all the of the divine command be so beneficial, let us cheer-crowd of ordinances, and ask to see Jesus, to speak to fully submit to its sway, and be the faithful followers Jesus, and to touch him, so will virtue come out from of him, who came to magnify the law and make it him to thee.--GURNALL..

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