Imatges de pÓgina

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joice for joy with her, all ye Gospel ; for the Church of Christ that mourn for her : that ye

is the nursing mother of us all. may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream : then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled

18 God often compares his divine upon her knees.

watchfulness over us to the anxious whom his mother comforteth, care of a mother over her child. so will I comfort you ; and How then can I fear, so watched ?

What can I need, so cherished ! ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies. For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many. They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the Lord. For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues ; and they shall come, and see my glory.

And I will set a sign among 19 The faithful of the Jews who them, and I will send those escape shall spread the knowledge that escape of them unto the of my truth over all lands. nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles. And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD. And I will also take of them for priests and for Le

22 The Gospel is here represented vites, saith the LORD. 22 For

“ the new heaven and the new as the new heavens and the earth, which are to remain.” So new earth, which I will make,

“heaven and earth shall pass away, shall remain before me, saith

saith Christ, “but my words," that is,

the Gospel," shall not pass away." the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from



one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me : for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

Septuagesima Sunday.

MORNING. GENESIS i. 'In the beginning God cre

i God created the universe, the ated the heaven and the earth. whole visible world. ? And the earth was without 2 As the Holy Spirit, the third Perform and void ; and darkness

son in the blessed Trinity, was en

gaged in creating the natural world, was upon the face of the how easy is faith in Him as engaged deep. And the Spirit of God in the new creation ; the spiritual moved upon the face of the world—“ the Holy Ghost, the Lord waters.

And God said, Let and Giver of life !", there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. * And God said, Let there be

6 The firmament is the air, which a firmament in the midst of bears up the clouds as a column the waters, and let it divide bears up a building, and divides the the waters from the waters. clouds, which are the waters above, And God made the firma- from seas and lakes and rivers,

which are the waters under the fir. ment, and divided the waters

mament. which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear : and it was so, And God called the dry land Earth ; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas : and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed

12 How passing wonder! what a after his kind, and the tree of plants from their seed ! How shall

perpetual miracle is the propagation yielding fruit, whose seed I dare to question the mysteries of

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was in itself, after his kind : grace, when reason stands confounded and God saw that it was good.

at the mysteries of nature ! * And the evening and the morning were the third day. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years : and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth : and it was so. And God made two great lights ; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also t. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness : and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and the fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind : and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind : and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind : and God saw that it was good. And

26 The glorious Trinity were God said, Let us make man gaged in our first creation, as they in our image, after our like- are in our new creation. Man was ness : and let them have do- created after the divine likeness, that minion over the fish of the is, in holiness. sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth



The account which Moses gives of the creation is short, but sufficient. As it was to be of universal instruction, it neither affirms nor denies any philosophic truth ; neither confounds the minds of the unlearned, nor competes with the various views of the learned ; yet is it consonant with the majesty of Jehovah.

+ Moses does not add the mention of the stars thus incidentally, as if he supposed them inferior to our planetary system, but as belonging to other systems ; and his narrative was to affect specially our own: therefore this merely incidental mention of them.

upon the earth. 20 S. God 27 How wondrous my creation, soul created man in his own image, and body! Am I so near to God ?

Let my whole life be in conformity in the image of God created

to his will! So may I be happy in he him ; male and female his love and favour here ; and herecreated he them. And God after may I serve him for ever. blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I hare given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

EVENING. GENESIS Ü. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his on the Sabbath has been of perpetual

a Hence it is clear that a holy rest work which he had made; institution. Can it then be venial in and he rested on the seventh us to disregard that ordinance which day from all his work which even its Almighty Framer himself he had made. 3 And God

deigned to observe ? blessed the seventh day, and

3 O God ! give me grace to sanctify sanctified it: because that in this, my day of rest. it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew : for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. ? And the Lord

My spirit, then, is eternal; kindred God formed man of the dust with the Father of spirits. How of the ground, and breathed should I strive that it be like-minded into his nostrils the breath of towards God ; and, towards man, of life ; and man became a living Son Christ Jesus !"

“the same mind which was in his soul. And the LORD God




planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food ; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden ; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison : that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold ; and the gold of that land is good : there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel : that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou may- 17 What if this seem a harsh judg. est freely eat : but of the

TI sin was disobedience. tree of the knowledge of The more gentle the commandment, good and evil, thou shalt not

the greater the sin in disobeying it. eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone ; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air ; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them; and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field ; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept : and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave

24 After this divine command, it is his father and his mother, clear that marriage can never be and shall cleave unto his held as a merely civil contract, by wife, and they shall be one

those who believe the Divine word. flesh. And they were both They will ever esteem it a religious

contract, instituted of God. naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

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