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kingdom of heaven be suffering violence through thine importunity, and let the violent take it by force. Ask in faith,” in the full persuasion that Jesus is both able and willing to receive thee. I will now take my leave of the reader, reminding him with all affection of the weighty admonitions of our Lord to Martha, ONE THING IS NEEDFUL, infinitely NEEDFUL; if this is secured, thine all, comparatively, is secured; if this is neglected thine all is neglected, thine all is lost, and that to all eternity. Thou mayst enjoy all that temporal happiness which thy carnal heart can desire, or thy carnal imagination paint; thou mayst treasure up gold “like the stones of the brook," and climb to the very summit of earthly greatness, but if the good part is wanting, thou art laboring in vain ; thou art only preparing a more splendid entrance into the blackness of darkness : none probably drop deeper into perdition than those who slip from the heights of human affluence and honor; to none will the torments of hell be more intolerable than to those“ who put far away the evil day; who lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches; who eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall. Who chant to the sound of the viol, that drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointment, but they are not grieved for the afflictions of Joseph;” they are not duly exercised about their own salvation. AMEN.

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FOR JANUARY 1, 1806.


LUKE xiii, 6, 7, 8, 9.-He spake also this pa

rable: A certain man had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard ; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, and find none: cut it down ; why cumbereth it the ground? And he, answering, said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well, and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

THE mode of instruction among the nations of the east, and particularly among the Jews, was chiefly by parable: The speaker, in order more deeply to arrest the atteption of his audience, employed some object which was familiar to their senses as the representation of moral or spiritual truth, and thus, through the medium of their bodily organs, he conveyed important instruction to their hearts. Sages among the heathen, prophets underthe Old Testament, and our Divine Redeemer, while “he tabernacled” in our world, usually conversed in this manner.

The sower of the natural seed is employed to represent the Son of Man as a prophet preaching righteousness in the great congregation ; the field to point out

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