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wrath. 12 The iniquity of 12 Sin may be hidden for a time; Ephraim is bound up; his but at last it shall be revealed and sin is hid. 13 The sorrows of punished. a travailing woman shall come
13 Ephraim refused to repent. upon him : he is an unwise son ; for he should not stay long in the place of the breaking 14 How glorious this promise ! fulforth of children. "I will filled to us by Jesus Christ. ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues ; ( grave, I will be thy destruction : repentance shall be hid from mine eyes. * Though he be fruitful a- 15 Yet the impenitent, like Ephmong his brethren, an east raim, shall not go unpunished. wind shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant Tessels. Samaria shall become desolate ; for she hath repelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.
EVENING. Hosea xiv, 'O ISRAEL, return unto the 1 When one sinneth, he fallethLORD thy God; for thou hast from safety, from peace, from joy*. fallen by thine iniquity. 2 The “words” were a set form of * Take with you words, and prayer used by the Jews. The ofturn to the LORD: say unto fering of prayer and praise was him, Take away all iniquity,
termed" the calves of the lips.". and receive us graciously : so will we render the calves of our lips. 3 Asshur shall not save 3 No Assyrian alliance can help us us; we will not ride upon -no trust in the world! Thou, o horses : neither will we say
God, art the merciful, the ready any more to the work of our
Helper of all who have none else to
help them t. hands, Ye are our gods : for
* This is ever the tender language in thee the fatherless findeth of our God, whose love and grace are mercy. I will heal their free. backsliding, I will love them freely : for mine anger is turned away from him. I will be
5 The influence of God's Holy Spias the dew unto Israel : herit is like that of dew-gentle and shall grow as the lily, and imperceptible, but effective.
If men fall, it is because they cast themselves down. The enemy can only bid you,“ Cast thyself down;" he cannot himself accomplish your fall + Assyria derived its name from Ashur, the son of Shem.
cast forth his roots as Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found. Who is
9 Be sure that he is truly wise, who wise, and he shall understand finds the ways of the Lord right; these things ? prudent, and and he just, who walketh in them. he shall know them ? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
Thursday before Easter.
MORNING. DANIEL ix. These wonderful prophecies extend through many ages. They reveal the successive rise and fall of the four great monarchies of the world ; foreshadow the establishment of Christ's kingdom ; and, passing from earth to heaven, close in eternity. In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; ? in the first year 2 The prophecies of Jeremiah here of his reign I Daniel under- referred to, were delivered about sixty stood by books the number years before : and sixty-eight years of the years, whereof the word
of the captivity had already passed. of the LORD
Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in 3 Few are called to engage in gradt the desolations of Jerusalem. events ; but every man bas duties to
And I set my face unto the perform : and he is the wise man, Lord God, to seek by prayer them well, seeketh his God in prayer.
who, longing for wisdom to perform and supplications, with fast- 4 If we would end our services in ing, and sackcloth, and ashes: hope, we must begin them in re4 and I prayed unto the LORD pentance, and continue them in faith. my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; we have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
6 Can it be no sin now to reject the neither have we hearkened counsel offered by the ministers of unto thy servants the pro- the same word, the servants of the phets, which spake in thy same God ?
name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
? How striking the contrast between Lord, righteousness belongeth
the perfection of the Creator and the into thee, but unto us con- nothingness of the creature. fusion of faces, as at this day; Kings and their subjects, if they to the men of Judah, and to
would have national prosperity, must
evidence national righteousness. the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through ail the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; 10 Lo ! the authority of your minis18 neither have we obeyed the ter is the delegated authority of God. voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him. And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem. As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us : yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
14 What an awful thought! The " Therefore hath the Lord Almighty watching for the moment watched upon the evil, and when, wearied with our sins, he will brought it upon us : for the inflict the punishment he had preLord our God is righteous pared against us. in all his works which he doeth : for we obeyed not his voice. 15 And now, O Lord our God, 15 This unreserved confession authat hast brought thy people gurs a glorious sincerity. forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly. O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain : because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Now therefore, 0 our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary
that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear ; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name : for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousness, but for thy great mercies.
19 Whose heart adopts not this 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, for
touching appeal to the honour o. give; O Lord, hearken and Jehovah ?-Forgive, for thine vas do; defer not, for thine own
sake. sake, O my God : for thy city and thy people are called by thy name. And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God; ” yea, whiles Angels are God's ministers, ever I was speaking in prayer, ready to do us also service at his even the man Gabriel, whom bidding. I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to dy swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. 23 At the beginning of thy 23 How consolatory to be thus assupplications the command- sured that God's grace presentsor ment came forth, and I am goes before usmanticipating our holy come to shew thee ; for thou supplications * art greatly beloved : therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision t. Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And
26 Christ died, not for himself, but after threescore and two weeks for us—the just for the unjust. shall Messiah be cut off, but At length the Roman armies shall not for himself: and the
come ; and before them Jerusalem
shall fall, ple of the prince that shall
* So the Father goes out to meet the prodigal, even when he was “yet afar off.” Such is God's mercy! The first good thought marked and accepted!
+ Each day of these prophetical weeks is counted as a year, and the number of years would be 490 ; which was the exact time between the rebuilding of Jerusalem (Ezra i. 1) and the death and resurrection of “ Messiah the Prince."
come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week : and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
EVENING. JEREMIAH xxxi. At the same time, saith the 1 In the Messiah all the faithful Lord, will I be the God of shall become one great family of all the families of Israel, and God, the Father of all. O for our
home in heaven ! they shall be my people. * Thus saith the Lord, The
2 Those who escaped from Egypt. people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness ; even Israel, when I went up to cause him to rest. *The Lord hath appeared of
3 The Jewish nation thus acknow, old unto me, saying, Yea, I ledge God's care over them. have loved thee with an everlasting love : therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. 4 The Church shall be restored with Again I will build thee, and all her glorious services of joy. thou shalt be built, O 'virgin of Israel : thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry. “Thou shalt yet plant vines upon
5 Samaria shall cease her enmity,
and shall share the worship of Jeruthe mountains of Samaria : salem. The Church shall be received the planters shall plant, and even by those who once scoffed it. shall eat them as common 6 The voice of thy minister is the things. For there shall be
voice of the appointed watchman a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God. For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations : publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel. & How full of affection and tender * Behold, I will bring them care is Jehovah towards those who from the north country, and seek him! gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that traraileth with child together : a great company shall return thither
. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not