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cies of Scripture which relate to the return of the Jews people,—when be would send them corn, and wine, to cbeir own land. They should put us into a waiting and oil, and would no more make them a reproach to posture, and lead us to much earnest prayer unto God the heathen. Various other portions of Scripture for the fulfilment of what he hath promised to his might have been adduced in proof of this event, which chosen people, and that the time to favour them may will be found on a careful study of the prophecies that soon come.

relate to the return of Israel to their own land; but II. It may be remarked, respecting the future pro- those bere adduced may be considered as clearly estabspects of the Jews, that there is to be a gathering of lishing the fact. them to their own land, previous to their final ingather- It may be proper, now, to attend more particularly ing, when they shall no more be given up to the will to the circumstances and effects of this first ingatherof their enemies. Of this there are repeated intima-ing of the people of Israel to their own land. Although tions in the propheries concerning their return to their it be preparatory to their final ingathering, it is quite own land; and the fact is plainly stated in the portion distinct from it, and of a very different character. It of Scripture referred to at the head of this paper. Ob. is even the time of Jacob's trouble ; but they shall at serve, that there are two gatherings of the people of length be delivered out of it. It is the time to which Israel to their own land, spoken of in this prophecy. our Lord refers, when he speaks of Jerusalem being Of the first of these, we read in verses 33 and 34. “trodden down of the Gentiles, till the times of the These words do not refer to their return from the Ba- Gentiles be fulfilled;" it is that time of “great tribulabylonian captivity; for it is a gathering them out from tion, such as bad never been experienced by them bevarious countries whither they were to be scattered. fore, and such as shall never be experienced by them It must refer to a time yet to come. Nor can it refer again. Happily, bowever, it is limited to a short time; to their final ingathering; for that will be wholly a for had not those days been shortened, no fesh could dispensation of mercy, as is every where declared when have been saved. It is limited to three years and a it is foretold. But this gathering is to be with fury half, as we learn both from the Book of Daniel and the against the workers of iniquity; and they are to pass Book of Revelation. The great instrument of this under the rod, and the rebels are to be purged out tribulation, is the “Man of Sin," that wicked one from amongst them,-verse 38. As to their final in- “ whom the Lord will consume with the spirit of his gathering, again, we read in the same chapter, verses mouth, and destroy with the brightness of his coming." 42-44. This is evidently a time of favour, in which As Satan put forth à desperate effort against Christ, as they shall come to know that God is the Lord; in to the design and purpose of his first coming, so this which they shall be brought to true repentance, and in will be his last and most desperate effort to oppose which they shall see the hand of the Lord signally Christ at bis second coming; and Pharaoh and his stretched out on their behalf. And of this great and hosts, and the king of Babylon with his great army, final deliverance there are many intimations in the pro- and Sennacherib and his army, and the Romans and their phecies; to some of which reference shall be bad in the armies, that demolished Jerusalem, and scattered the sequel. I only allude to them at present, to show people of Israel as at this day, were only the types of that there shall be a partial return to their own land, this last and most formidable enemy of Israel. By the distinct from the final ingathering, which shall be uni- artifices of Satan, the powers of this world shall lend versal; and the fact seems to be clearly established in their aid to the Man of Sin in a desperate attempt for the portion of Scripture referred to, where both are the destruction of Israel; thus, to anticipate the second mentioned, the one succeeding the other. But in the coming of Christ, and to oppose the design of restoring interval, the people of Israel who had returned to their the people of Israel, they shall give their strength and own land, shall be subjected to a very great trial, power unto the Beast. And what shall become of the which is compared to their living in the wilderness, people of lerael, when thus ready to be assailed by such after their coming out of Egypt. Happily for them, a formidable combination of enemies ?

In the passage however, it shall be for a much shorter period. of Scripture referred to at the head of this paper, we

Before proceeding to consider more particularly the learn one of the ways in which the Lord will interpose circumstances connected with this first ingathering, it for their deliverance. He will again lead a great part may be proper, for the sake of those who have not bad of the nation into the wilderness; and then will he their attention much directed to the subject, to notice plead with them and chasten them. And observe the some other portions of Scripture that seem evidently striking resemblance there will be between this second to refer to the same event. In the prophecy of Ezekiel journey into the wilderness, and their former journey, it is again spoken of, in chapter xxxviii, 8-12. Here when they came out of Egypt:_ It was from Pbaraoh the people of Israel are spoken of as gathered out of that they Aled into the wilderness the first time, and it the countries, whither they had been scattered; it must is from a more formidable enemy that they sball the refer, then, to a time yet to come. And this is farther second time find a refuge in the wilderness; it was confirmed, by its being mentioned as what was to hap. God who led them the first time, and it is God who pen to them in the latter days. They bad been estab. shall lead them the second time. In the wilderness, lished in their own land, and living in peace and secu- God caused them to pass under the rod, and tried them, rity, when a formidable enemy makes bis assault upon and proved them; and in like manner it is foretold, rethem. But it cannot refer to their final establishment; specting this second journey into the wilderness, that for this enemy is permitted to prevail, and lead some God will plead with them face to face, and cause them of them captive, and even to take Jerusalem; whereas, to pass under the rod. In their first journey into the in the final ingathering, no enemy shall be permitted to wilderness, there were many who rebelled, and never assault them any more. There is reference to the reached the land of Canaan, but their carcasses fell in same event in the prophecy of Joel. The people of the wilderness; and so in this second journey, the reIsrael are there represented as returned to their own bels are to be purged out from among them, and to land; but instead of being thankful to God for bring- fall in the wilderness. ing them back to their own land, they had generally What is thus taught us by the portion of Ezekiel's been abusing their mércies; and therefore a loud warn- prophecy that has been referred to serves to give an ing is given them of approaching judgments, and they explanation of a difficult passage in the Book of Reveare called to humiliation, and fasting, and prayer,--and lation,--of which various interpretations have been this loud warning is accompanied with a promise of given, but none of them very satisfactory. In Rev. xii. mercy, and of God's returning favour to them, when we are informed of a great wonder, or sign, in heaven, the Lord would be jealous for his land, and pity his "A woman clothed with the sun, having the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve | Rev. vii. we find that one hundred and forty-four thou. stars.” Another sign was,-a great red dragon, that sand of all the tribes of Israel were so scaled; that is, stood before the woman, ready to devour her child. they were taken under the special care of Christ. But We can be at no loss as to the dragon, for we are told they were not thereby to be exempted from perseru. that he is "that old serpent, the Devil and Satan;" but tion and death; only, under the special care of Christ, who is the woman, and who is her child to be born? | they were to be kept faithful, and to maintain their An explanation has been given lately of that sign, testimony with unshaken stedfastness, in a time of very which appears to me much more natural and accordant general declension ; and accordingly, we find them with Scripture phraseology than any other explanation afterwards on Mount Zion, having gained the victory that I have seen. It is to this effect,-- The woman over all their enemies. represents the great body of the Jewish nation, when Such are a few hints from the prophecies of Scripreturned again to their own land. That nation is often ture, respecting the future destinies of Israel, particuspoken of under the form of a woman, by the prophets; | larly with regard to that severe trial to which they shall and it may be recollected, that the heads of that nation be subject, after they have generally returned to tbeir were symbolized, in one of Joseph's dreams, under the own land, but before their final and complete ingatheremblerns of the sun and moon, and twelve stars. Hering. I do not enter at present into any detail of wbat Jabouring in the pains of child-birth represents the shall be the state of the Gentile dispensation, under longing desire that will then be awakened among them which we live, at the time when such severe trials are for the appearing of their Lord; for it is to be remem- coming upon the people of Israel; but I would just bered, that the Jews always connect their return to say, that if Judah and Israel shall then be called to their own land with the appearing of the Saviour to drink of the cup of fury, it shall also pass into the hand establish his kingilom among them. The child, then, is of the other nations. That time of great tribulation Christ born a second time into the world, or his second of which our Lord speaks, during the reign of the Man coming. Satan's attempt to devour the child, is his of Sin, will be a time of great perplexity among the endeavouring to persuade them that He will not come ; nations,—a time of very general defection from the just as he attempted to extinguish their hopes as to cause of Christ, - a time of woful delusion, when many His first coming; but in this aim he is disappointed. / shall be under strong delusions to believe a lie, and The child being born, and caught up to heaven, is their when the Man of Sin shall deceive them with his lying being assured that he will come, and will reign over wonders; so that all the world shall wonder after the the nations, in spite of Satan's efforts. What is Satan's Beast. And it ought especially to be matter of much next effort ? He persecutes the woman,-he attempts serious conside tion to us, that “the mystery of inito cut off the great body of the nation at one blow. quity,” which will then work openly, and oblige all And why? Just that when Christ came to restore men to receive his mark, under the penalty of death if Israel, he might have no Bride to welcome his coming. they refuse, is even now working secretly, and is active But here, also, he shall be disappointed,--the nation of in preparing the world for receiving that strong deloIsrael is again conveyed into the wilderness, beyond sion, when it shall be openly manifested. We live, his reach ; there were given to the woman “two wings assuredly, in very trying times, when we are especially of a great eagle,” to carry her into the wilderness. And called to watch, and keep our garments clean. All the what a striking coincidence is there here, in the man. infidel publications, that are widely circulated, -all that ner of describing the care of God over his people in practical infidelity, that is spreading among all ranks, this second journey to the wilderness, and his care of —and all that agitation about forms of government, them in their former journey in the wilderness ! Moses and political arrangements, are but the devices of Satan, has beautifully described God's care of his people in the to turn men away from their stronghold, and to lay wilderness, Deut. xxxii. 10–12: “He found him in a them more open to the strong delusions that are predesert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he paring to ensnare them to their ruin. What need, tben, led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the have ail to watch and pray for the guidance of the apple of his eye. As an eagle stirreth up her nest, Holy Spirit, and for the strengthening of their faith, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, that they may stand in the evil day, and may be found taketh them, beareil them on her wings; so the Lord worthy to escape without hurt from the trials and judge alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with ments that are coming upon the earth! “Blessed are him." And in the second journey, they are represented those servants whom the Lord, when he cometh, sball as borne on the wings of a great eagle. Again, as in find so doing." their first journey into the wilderness God nourished them by manna, and water from the rock; so in this second journey, they are carried into the wilderness, to

SOME MEN DISPLEASED WITH THE TRUTH UNDER be nourished there. Again, as in their first journey God was present with them, to protect them from their

A DISCOURSE. enemies; so in this second journey, they are to be preserved from the face of the serpent, their great enemy.

BY THE Rev. John Paul, Once more: the time of their first sojourning in the

One of the Ministers of St Cuthbert's Parish, Edinburgh. wilderness was limited to forty years; and the time of their second sojourning is limited to one thousand

Part I. two hundred and sixty days, or three years and a half, -the time of the Beast's reign.

“But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is But while the great body of those who had returned

like unto children sitting in the markets, and callto their own land are thus disposed of, there are others

ing unto their fellows, and saying, We have piped of them, and among them many faithful servants of

unto you, and ye have not danced; we have God, who remain in the land of Judea, to bear testi.

mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented."

&c.-MATT. xi. 16-20. mony to the cause of God; and Satan, disappointed in his attempt to cut off the great body of the nation, next It is a true representation which the sacred writers vents his rage against them. make war with the remnant of her seed, who keep the give of the Supreme Being, when they say that commandments of God, and have the testimony of he will have all men to be saved, and io come to Jesus; and they again shall be preserved, by having the knowledge of the truth, that he is not willing the seal of God put upon their forebeads. And in that any should perish, but that all should come


to repentance ; that he hath no pleasure in the wards of the Saviour himself; and yet though death of the sinner, but rather that he should re- favoured with that of both, they had profited by turn from his ways, and live; that he earnestly neither. The Scribes and Pharisees, in particudesires the salvation of all men, and that he is lar, had rejected the counsel of God against themdispleased and grieved at the ruin of any. Ever selves, and had refused to be instructed or baptized since our fatal apostasy in Adam, his design, with either by John or by Christ. They found fault respect to us, has been to bring us back to the with the austerity and severe deportment of the state which we forfeited by the fall; and he hath one, and they were offended at the ease and conset it forth as our great aim, to seek first, or above descension of the other, and exhibited a temper all things, a saving interest in that spiritual re- which no dispensations were fitted to please. covery which he at first did plan, in the fulness Hence it was that our Lord here set forth their of time did accomplish, and now graciously offers. conduct in a parable, and as if at a loss by what Immediately upon the fall, an intimation was given similitude to represent it, as if, in fact, no parable that a Deliverer should one day appear. This could adequately pourtray it, he says,

6 Whereglorious day the patriarchs beheld afar off, the unto shall I liken the men of this generation, and prophets foretold, the righteous men anxiously to what are they like?” Their conduct was so desired, and the evangelists and apostles witnessed inconsistent, that no one could hear the reception its approach. And as the beings, for the sake of which they had given to these two characters, whose restoration this Deliverer has appeared, are without immediately perceiving it. It was sc of different characters, and temperaments, and dis- grossly inconsistent, that few comparisons could positions, so the means employed to secure their be found adequate to represent that grossness. acceptance are also different, accommodater to They rejected the ministry and pretensions of the what may best suit the wayward propensities of Baptist, because in his personal character he was each, varied and diversified according to their re- too rigid and reserved; and by a striking and lative state and inclination. To such as require very strange contrast, they rejected those of the to be overawed and restrained, he holds out the Saviour, because he mingled with the world; bethreatenings of his vindictive justice: to such, cause he rendered himself accessible at all times, and again, as stand in need of comfort, he sets forth scrupled not to associate with every class of the those promises of the Gospel, which are the only people, with all degrees and distinctions of men. proper cordial for penitent sinners. In some cases As the best illustration, therefore, which could be he alarms, and in some cases he allures. He given of this very inconsistent conduct, he speaks works now upon the fears of men, and again he of a group of children amusing each other in the works

upon their hopes. Some he plys with the market place; and be likens them to those of that terrors of the law, and to others he holds out the group, who are determined at all hazards to quarpromises of his grace. At one time he addresses rel with their associates, and in the indulgence of himself to the understanding, and at another to a peevish humour, to be pleased with none of the the heart; on some occasions, speaking with contrivances which they can fall upon to reconthunder, and upon others with the still small | cile or entertain them. The illustration is taken voice. And when so many, and so very various from the custom observed by the Jews at feasts means are employed to gain upon men's consent, and at funerals, on the former of which occasions, to incline their hearts, and to temper their affec- they were accustomed to have music of a cheerful tions toward the proposals which he makes, it is kind, accompanied with dancing; and on the latonly natural to suppose, that they would command ter, were in the habit of having music of a plaina very extensive success, that all of them would tive nature, accompanied by the lamentations of tell with effect upon some heart; and that what persons, professedly hired in to mourn.

The one did not suit the taste and temper of one man, part of the children are here represented as doing would be found better adapted to the feelings, and every thing in their power to propitiate the peermore readily meet with the acceptance of another. isliness of the other part. They are set forth as And yet is the supposition altogether a groundless willing to accommodate themselves to the present one, for, in despite of the variety of means em- disposition of their offended companions, and as ployed in order to bring men to Christ, they are trying every method of persuasion that they might productive of no impression upon many; and go along with them in their diversions. If they multitudes there are who, in the native obduracy are disposed to be merry, then they say that they of their bearts, do resist all methods that are used are also willing to be merry ; or if they were inwith them ; who are neither to be alarmed nor to clined to lay gaiety aside, and to indulge in sadhe allured; who are neither to be worked upon ness, then they were also ready to restrain their by the denunciations of God's wrath, nor to be mirth, and to be morose along with them. And wooed and won upon by the demonstrations of his having actually made the experiment, and shown mercy.

such a spirit of accommodation toward their offendOf the truth of these remarks, we may find a ed companions, they had just cause to prefer very notable illustration in the passage which we against them the complaint which they here make. have just read. At the period to which it refers, They had piped to them a pleasant tune, and they the body of the Jewish people had been favoured complain of them that they would not dance to with the ministry, first of the Baptist, and after- I the music. They then changed their strains, and mourned to them, and they complain that they | vied security of a sequestered station, to the glare also refused to join in their lamentations. To and temptations of public life ; because, in short, such, according to this similitude, to such were he took no freedoms with the people, but kep: the men like in the days of our Lord. They himself reserved and aloof from their intercourse

, were like to those peevish children who were and exhibited, in his conduct, a most devoted zeal determined, at all hazards, to be pleased with none for the advancement of His cause whose fore. of the conciliatory efforts of their associates, for runner he was, and whose kingdom was not of they were satisfied neither with a deportment of this world, they said that he had a devil,—tha! austerity on the one hand, nor of freedom and he acted like one under the influence of a disopen-heartedness on the other. And as this alle- eased imagination, and to whose teaching no gation, which he here made against the most re- credit ought to be attached. Imputing his strictspected classes of the day, was of a very serious ness to the influence of Satan, they looked upon nature, so he proceeded to show upon what it was him as one whose judgment had been outrun and that he founded it, and to make them feel and led captive by his fancy, who indulged in specuacknowledge its truth and application,

lations above the level of human life, and who Which leads us to remark, the description seemed desirous to darken by superstition, if not which he here gives both of the Baptist and him- altogether to overturn by an overstrained sererity self. Observe,

of conduct, the rational faith and the sound pracFirst of all, the representation which is here tice of their forefathers. given of John. “ For John,” he says, at the eigh- In such a manner came John. Let us now teenth verse, “ For John came neither eating nor observe what is said at the nineteenth verse, as to drinking, and they say, he bath a devil.”

the manner in which Christ did come. “ The He had come amongst them as one who mourn- Son of man came,” we read, “ eating and drinked, “ neither eating bread nor drinking wine." | ing." He rendered himself accessible to all sorts He bad appeared at first with more than an ordi- of people, and ever met them with the open looks nary degree of ansterity, living at a distance from of kindness and regard. He stooped to the comthe tumults of public life, mingling but little with mon duties, and, by his example, did animate the the world, familiar with all the forms of self-de- virtues of social life, and did not decline the opnial, and preserving, in his daily deportment, portunities which naturally presented themselves somewhat of the air, at least, of a misanthropic of the intercourse of society, and of beholding man, who had been galled by the injustice, or stung and conversing with human beings in all the vaby the ingratitude, of human beings. He con- rieties of their circumstances. Though he knew ducted himself as one who had no other object that, in the invitations which they gare, they than to fulfil the commission which he had re- wished merely to ensnare him, yet he refused not ceived, as the herald and harbinger of the Messiah, to dine with the Pharisees, to manifest the ntand who thought that it was best to be fulfilled most complacency and accommodation of bebathrough the medium of mortification and retire- viour, to show toward them the full confidence ment. He courted not the society of the people, that is due to an unsuspected hospitality, and to he went not to their feasts, he partook not of give them an opportunity of exercising toward their luxuries,—but he dwelt chiefly in the wilder- himself the warm and the unchilled regards of ness, clothed, not with a golden, but with a lea- private life,—and he was not ashamed to be seen thern girdle, living on locusts and wild honey. sitting at meat with the publicans and sinners, Such an one was the Baptist; and what, in the though that circumstance only made the shades of circumstances in which he was placed, was his suspicion to darken deeper around his name. Yet, praise, was yet, by his enemies, made a handle with the view, if possible, of doing good both to against him; for to him who preached the remis- the one class and to the other

, he scrupled not 10 sion of sin, who administered the ordinance of associate and to converse with them all. So far baptism to the people, upon the confession of their from shunning the company of men, we find, in sins, who exhorted all men to repent, and who the course of the Gospel history, that he went enforced the exhortation by the motive, that the often to the feasts and entertainments which were kingdom of heaven was at hand,—to a man of given to him ; that at these he displayed, without this character, this abstemious line of conduct measure, the attractive attachments of domestic was most in unison with the doctrine which he life, and afforded to them an opportunity

of preached ; and considering that, in a great mea-ing and of cherishing these into tenderness, that sure, this doctrine was new, the course which in he conducted bimself so as that every one who his conduct he pursued, of grave, sedate, and ab- chose might enjoy the benefit of conversing with stracted severity, was well fitted to recommend it him; and that all those who had taken offence to their acceptance : and yet is it true, however at the austerity exhibited by the Baptist, might strange it may appear, that he was rejected on be gained and won upon by the affability and conthis very account. Because his deportment was descension which were exhibited by him. at variance with the licentiousness of the world ; But, alas ! observe the inconsistency and the because, instead of joining in the guilty pleasures guilt of that conduct which the Scribes and Phaof life, he dwelt in the wilderness of Judea, and risees pursued. As they had said of John, that preferred the peace of retirement, and the unen- he had a devil, because he “camé neither eating


nor drinking," so, because Christ was the reverse list; and in our own days, just as well as in his, of this -because he exhibited all the affable com- there are multitudes of whom it is seen, and may pliances of an obliging character, and had none of he said, that they show an equal disregard, the reserved temper of John,—did these very whether they have set forth before them the mercy people cry out, “ Behold a gluttonous man and of God for their hope, or his justice for their fear. a wine-bibber, the friend of publicans and sinners.” | As the ambassadors for God, to whom has been That openness of his mind, which no degree of committed the ministry of reconciliation, who are levity did ever tincture, they were heartless enough appointed and set apart to watch for their souls as to misinterpret. His humanity and condescen- those who must give an account, and to teach sion they looked upon as symptoms of the grossest lessons both of doctrine and of duty, to which licentiousness ; and because of his anxiety to pro- every ear should be open, and by which every mote the amendment of publicans and sinners, heart should be impressed, we may use with such because of his desire to make them the objects of his every argument, we may employ every mean, we recovering grace,-and because, in order to this may exhibit every promise, we may hold forth every end, he received them into his company, conde-threatening, and yet, in all ways may speak without scended to eat with them, and to exhibit towards purpose and without effect. In the language of them the social wants and common charities of the passage, If we pipe to them they will not dance. ordinary life, they said that he was one like unto If we speak to them in the persuasive accents of themselves,—disposed, from a sympathy of habits affection, and seek to gain them over by the sweet and dispositions, to take such men under his pro- agency of love; if we hold out to them the pretection. The people who complained that John cious promises of the Gospel, and show them what was too rigid,—that very people complained that an application they may make of them to themJesus was too free. They who found fault with selves, and how comfortably they may live upon the forbidding solemnity and gloomy moroseness their faith ; if we address to them the encourage of the one, found equal fault with the frank and ments which are given, the helps, the remedies, affable deportment of the other. They who re- the assistances that are provided, and tell them presented the Baptist as deranged in his under how these are all pressed upon their acceptance by standing, because he was abstemious,—even they a gracious God, who is willing, desirous, ever affirmed of our Lord, that he was depraved in bis ready to do them good; if we set before them morals, because he was social and condescend- the invitations of a Saviour, who was affected ing. The truth was, that they were determined, toward them with all the tenderness of a divine at all events, to find fault, and to be pleased with compassion,—who stooped so low, and suffered the ministry and instructions neither of the Bap- so much, on their account, as to evince the charity tist nor of Christ, in whatever circumstances they which he bore for them by his crucifixion upon a might have appeared, and by whatever features tree; if we paint in glowing colours the immortal their characters might bave been marked ; and prospects that lie before the disciples of the therefore did they set themselves to embitter the Saviour,—the crown, and the kingdom, and the lives of both, by all that the littleness of malig- endless satisfaction which God hath covenanted, nant envy could possibly suggest.

and bath promised to bestow upon those who beMy brethren, the narrative of a deportment, lieve, the bliss which they are hereafter to enjoy characterized by such prejudice and inconsistency for ever, incorporated with the views and the hapas this was, is here specially written for our ad- piness of superior beings; though we should set monition ; for the conduct of those men in the forth one or all of these allurements, they will generation of our Lord is no unapt representation either hear of them with the most wanton indifferof the conduct of many even now. I'he conduct ence, or resist them with the most determined of those who rejected the instructions of the Bap-resolution, or perhaps turn them all into a subject tist because he was too strict, and yet scoffed at of their unhallowed derision. On the other hand, those of the Saviour because he was too free,- if we mourn to them they will not lament; if we who blamed the one for his private retirement, show them the truth in a more awful, but in an and blamed also the other for his frank conversa- equally correct, light; if, instead of trying to tion, is in the highest degree descriptive of those constrain them by the ties of love, we attempt to who are resolved to be displeased with the truth, move them by the agency of terror ; if we as that truth is in Jesus, under whatever aspect it hold forth the threatenings which are denounced may be presented,—who presume even to quarrel upon those who are obstinately impenitent, and with, and to sit in judgment upon, the mode of speak to them of that throne before which they the divine procedure, who laugh at all the threat- must be gathered, or of that law of righteousness enings denounced against sin as a mere instrument by which they are to be tried, or of those books of police to keep the world in awe, and treat, with of the divine remembrance out of which the doom a contemptuous superiority all the proposals of of every one of them shall be read ; if we plainly grace in every variety of form in which they can remind them of those fearful images under which possibly be made. The representation which is the future punishments of the wicked are set beset before us in the passage, is a representation of fore us, of that worm that never dies, of that fire the conduct of men in all ages, no less than of that never goes out, of that lake which burns for those who were cotemporaries with the Evange- lever ; should we warn them of that period when

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