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any such wickedness as this is among you. If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the Lord thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying, Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently ; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you ; 18 thou
15 Death was the appointed penalty shalt surely smite the inha
of idolatry ; death, too, executed bitants of that city with the summarily—the peculiar severity in edge of the sword, destroy- this case, both of the punishment and ing it utterly, and all that is the mode of inflicting it being adapted therein, and the cattle there
to a peculiar dispensation. of, with the edge of the sword. And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap for shall not be built again. 17 Wouldst thou live in the favour 17 And there shall cleave of God ! O keep his commandments nought of the cursed thing always! He will then be thy friend. to thine hand : that the Lord may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers ; when thou shalt hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the Lord thy God.
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Whit Sunday. MORNING. DEUTERONOMY xvi. to ver. 18. OBSERVE the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God; for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of
2 Blessed be Christ, my passover, Egypt by night. ? Thou shalt
sacrificed for me! and blessed be the therefore sacrifice the pass- house of the Lord, wherein I partake over unto the LORD thy God, thereof, in the place which the Lord of the flock and the herd, in doth choose to place his name there the place which the Lord in the courts of the Lord's house,
even in the midst of thee, O Jerushall choose to place his name salem ! there. Thou shalt eat no 3 Sincere repentance is, to me, the leavened bread with it; seven bread of affliction. O God! sanctify
it. days shalt thou eat unlea
vened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction ; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste : that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life. And there shall be no leavened bread seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; neither shall there any thing of the flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first day at even, remain all night until the morning. Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the LORD
6 We are thus taught that a due thy God giveth thee : but observance of order in our religious at the place which the Lord services both as to time and place, is thy God shall choose to place conforinable with the divine will. his name in, there thou shalt May God bless our observance of it. sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt. And thou shalt roast and eat it in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose : and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go unto thy tents. Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread : and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work therein. Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn. And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the Lord thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
11 Religious services are intended "and thou shalt rejoice be- to be a delight. True piety ever fore the LORD thy God, thou, rejoices in the strength of its salvaand thy son, and thy daugh- tion. Her ways are ways of pleater, and thy manservant, and
santness. The wicked may have thy maidservant, and the Le.
mirth ; but only the righteous know
joy. Your own heart testifies this. vite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the Lord thy God hath chosen to place his name there.
12 It is wise to double present rest 12 And thou shalt remember and enjoyment, by contrasting them that thou wast a bondman in with past disquiet and sorrow. Even Egypt : and thou shalt ob- the joys of heaven will be brightened serve and do these statutes.
by the remembrance of past trials. Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine : and thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within
thy gates. Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose : because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice. Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose ; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles : and they shall not appear before the LORD empty: every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.
EVENING. Isaiah xi.
* AND there shall come forth 1 Jesus Christ was descended from a rod out of the stem of Jesse, David, the son of Jesse. and a Branch shall grow out ? This was fulfilled when the Spirit of his roots : ? and the spirit descended upon our Saviour at his of the Lord shall rest upon baptism. After that ordinance, He
went forth to do the will of his him, the spirit of wisdom and Father, in the Spirit
, and with the understanding, the spirit of power here foretold. counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears : * but
4 Jesus, whilst he graciously vouchwith righteousness shall he safes his righteousness to the poor judge the poor, and reprove in spirit and the meek of the earth, with equity for the meek of will signally punish the wicked. the earth : and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. The wolf also shall dwell
6 By the Gospel, the passions of
men, fierce by nature as the wild with the lamb, and the leo- beasts of the forest, are tamed. The pard shall lie down with the angry become gentle, the envious kid; and the calf and the contented, the revengeful forgiving ; young lion and the fatling simple, fearlessness. All is changed.
the proud put on humility, and the together; and a little child shall lead them. And the 7 The heart, formerly seeking only cow and the bear shall feed; spiritual things. Man no longer lives
carnal things, rejoices to feed on their young ones shall lie by bread alone, but by every word down together : and the lion which proceedeth out of the mouth shall eat straw like the ox.
of God, He careth now for his soul.
And the sucking child shall & The soul, weaned from the world,
finds that sin hath no more dominion play on the hole of the
asp, and the weaned child shall grapples with it unharmed. Rom.
-its sting is drawn. It therefore put his hand on the cocka- vi. 14. trice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain : for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 10 And in that
10 Christ is the root; we are the day there shall be a root of branches. O let me abide in the Jesse, which shall stand for root, lest I wither and die! Let me an ensign of the people ; to also be patient under trouble; looking it shall the Gentiles seek :
to that glorious rest, which remaineth and his rest shall be glorious.
to the people of God. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four
13 They who were at enmity, shall corners of the earth. The live in concord-one in Christ : one envy also of Ephraim shall faith, one Lord, one Baptism, one depart, and the adversaries of God and Father of all. How blessed
is unity, in a nation, in a church, in Judah shall be cut off: Eph- a family ! no envying-no vexingraim shall not envy Judah, no contention—no strife of tongues ! and Judah shall not vex Eph. Each seeketh peace, and ensueth it. raim. But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west ; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them. And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. 16 And there shall be an high
16 Such are and will be the accuway for the remnant of his mulated blessings of the kingdom of people, which shall be left, our God and of his Christ--the way from Assyria ; like as it was
to heaven, open to all believers. to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
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 Per
son in the blessed Trinity, was enform and void ; and darkness
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 a firmament in the midst of bears up the clouds as a column
6 The firmament is the air, which 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 firment, and divided the waters 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
And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed perpetual miracle is the propagation
12 How passing wonder! what a after his kind, and the tree of plants from their seed ? How shall yielding fruit, whose seed I dare to question the mysteries of 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