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to grief : when thou shalt followers spreading over the world ; make his soul an offering for called by his name, happy in his sin, he shall see his seed, he love *. shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied : by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many ; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him

12 At last He who died and rose a portion with the great, and again and ascended into heaven for he shall divide the spoil with us, shall come as a mighty conquethe strong ; because he hath ror ; leading captivity captive, and poured out his soul unto bringing his redeemed with him. death : and he was numbered His triumph shall be the recompense

of his humiliation. with the transgressors, and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Easter Even.

MORNING. ZECHARIAH ix. The burden of the word of 1 The trouble foretold shall rest—or the Lord in the land of Ha- settle—upon Damascus, and upon drach, and Damascus shall be Hadrach, one of the cities of Syria. the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the Lord. And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus, and Zidon, though it be very wise. * And Tyrus did build herself

3 The wit of the wisest, and the a strong hold, and heaped up wealth of the richest, cannot prevent silver as the dust, and fine calamity. gold as the mire of the streets. Behold, the LORD will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea ; and she shall be devoured with firet. 'Ash- 5 These cities of Philistia had looked kelon shall see it, and fear; to receive succour from Tyre. Their Gaza also shall see it, and be expectation therefore thus frustrated very sorrowful, and Ekron ; brought only shame. for her expectation shall be ashamed ; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.

6 A foreigner shall bear rule. bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of

The faithful followers of Jesus Christ are, even here, justified in their fidelity : for he is their Saviour, having removed their iniquities ; and, hereafter, he shall see in them, when glorified, the fruit of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied. They will be his glory and his crown.

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7 The cruel and shameful practices take away his blood out of of the Philistines shall cease. his mouth, and his abomi. nations from between his teeth : but he that remaineth, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebu

8 The angels of God, like an armed site. And I will encamp host, encamp around to defend his about mine house because of Church and people. Blessed be a the army, because of him that truth so comforting ! passeth by, and because of him that returneth : and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.

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Well therefore may the prophet joice greatly, O daughter of call upon the Church to rejoice! Zion; shout, o daughter of Jerusalem : behold, thy King cometh unto thee : he is just, and having salvation ; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an

10 The Messiah's kingdom being not 10 And I will cut off the cha- of this world, it was to be extended riot from Ephraim, and the

not by carnal weapons. horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen : and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river eten to the ends of the earth.

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By the merits of the Saviour's thee also, by the blood of thy atonement we are delivered from the covenant I have sent forth thy pit of misery and death. prisoners out of the pit where- Repent and turn to Christ, and in is no water.

God“ will abundantly pardon.” to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;

My Gospel shall first be preached when I

by my servants, the sons of Judah ; have bent Judah for me, filled afterwards the learned among the the bow with Ephraim, and Gentiles shall aid in defending my raised up thy sons, o Zion, cause, and extending my kingdom. against thy sons, ó Greece, They also shall be as an arrow to

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bow +. and made thee as the sword of a mighty man. And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning : and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south. 5 The Lord of hosts

15 What encouragement is this to shall defend them; and they God's anxious ministers now! Her

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* The prophecy was exactly fulfilled by our blessed Lord. (Luke xix. 30.)

+ Judah was as the bow, Ephraim as the arrow.

shall devour, and subdue with the all-present, the all-powerfulsling stones ; and they shall He defends them here, and hereafter drink, and make a noise as

will give them a bright crown of through wine: and they shall glory which fadeth not away. be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar. And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people : for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.

17 As their warfare should end in 17 For how great is his good- victory, so victory would be followed ness, and how great is his by peace and plenty ; the reapers beauty! corn shall make the would find full sheaves, and the Foung men cheerful, and new

grape-gatherers, full vintage. wine the maids.

EVENING. Exodus xiii. * And the LORD spake unto 1 How can we enough admire the Moses, saying, 'Sanctify un- provident mercy of the Almighty, to me all the firstborn, what- who, by the minute and peculiar soever openeth the womb regulations which he enjoined his

people, so preoccupied their time among the children of Israel, and thoughts, as necessarily to with. both of man and of beast: it draw them from much intercourse is mine. And Moses said with the neighbouring idolatrous na.

tions. unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came

2 Having spared the first-born in out from Egypt, out of the dedication of them to himself, as a

Egypt, God naturally demanded the honse of bondage ; for by perpetual memorial of his gracious strength of hand the LORD goodness, and an abiding proof of his brought you out from this people’s gratitude. place : there shall no leavened bread be eaten. This day eame ye out in the month Abib. And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, to me! It is indeed a day of holy

6 May the seventh day be blessed and in the seventh day shall rest and repose from care-a day of be a feast to the LORD. Un- peace after strife, of joy after sorleavened bread shall be eaten

row ; emblem of eternal rest and

bliss in heaven. seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters. And thou shalt

shew thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the Lord did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt. And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the Lord's law may be in thy mouth : for with a strong hand hath the Lord brought thee out of Egypt. Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year. And it shall be when the Lord shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee, that thou shalt set apart unto the Lord all that openeth the matris, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast ; the males shall be the Lord's. And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou

14 How pointedly God enjoins upon redeem, 14 And it shall be his people to give their children a when thy son asketh thee in religious education. Knowledge withtime to come, saying, What

out religion is no blessing. (ver. 8.) is this ? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the Lord brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage: and it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the Lord slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem. And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes : for by strength of hand the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt.

17 If troubles come for religion's it came to pass, when Pha- sake, let me never go back to the raoh had let the people go,

world — that worse than Egyptian that God led them not through

bondage. the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: but God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea : and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt. 19 And Moses took

19 A pious regard for the dead is the bones of Joseph with him:

thus strikingly sanctioned. We refor he had straitly sworn the verence the dust which, through children of Israel, saying, Christ, shall once again live ; for God will surely visit you ;

though worms destroy this body, and ye shall carry up my

yet in my flesh shall I see God.” bones away hence with you. And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness. And the Lord

31 Lo ! the Holy Ghost thus ever went before them by day in a companieth with God's people not;

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pillar of a cloud, to lead them by night and by day ; a defence and

the way ; and by night in a a glory. It is the Shechinah which 3 pillar of fire, to give them shall be with us “ alway-even unto

the end of the world." light ; to go by day and night : he took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

Monday in Easter-week.

MORNING. Exodus xvi. And they took their journey 1 The desert of Sin extended from from Elim, and all the con- Elim to mount Sinai. Its name was gregation of the children of derived from the city Sin in Egypt. Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: * and 3 Thus it too often is with us all. the children of Israel said When troubles come for the Gospel's uinto them, Would to God we

sake, are we not apt to look back to had died by the hand of the

the world, and long for its broad and LORD in the land of Egypt, restraints of religion, weary of her

easy way? Impatient of the holy when we sat by the flesh pots, calm and sober duties, no more reand when we did eat bread joicing in her peaceful and unamto the full : for ye have bitious hopes, our hearts would fain brought us forth into this freedom from care, when, alas ! it wilderness, to kill this whole would prove only' freedom from assembly with hunger. Then safety. şaid the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from hearen for yon; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

And it shall come to pass, that the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in ; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily. And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even,

ye shall know that the Lord hath brought you out from the land of Egypt: and in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD ; for that he heareth your murmurings against the Lord: and what are we, that ye murmur against us? And Moses said, This shall be, when the Lord shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full ; for that the Lord heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him : and what are we? your murmurings are

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