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the worst administration of civil and ecclesiastical authority will be found preferable to their total extinction, prefigured by the death of the two witnesses, who had more or less restrained the wickedness of the earth, (ver. 10.). This death, I apprehend, indicates, what may properly be termed, in the full and ultimate sense of the prophecies, the reign of Antichrist-successful opposition to the offices of the anointed one. This period is short, “ three prophetic days and an half,” (I think it synchronizes with the reign of the ten horns who “receive power as kings one hour with the beast.") The revival of the witnesses, and their assumption to heaven, I take to be what may not improperly be termed, the glorification of those offices in the person of the Messiah, which event is immediately announced by the trumpet of the seventh angel, and celebrated by the anthems of heaven.

Ch. Ob.

Op I Cor. xi. 4. 7. Every man praying or prophesying, HAVING HIS HEAD COVERED,

dishonoureth his head; for a man OUGHT NOT TO cover HIS HEAD, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God.These words of the apostle have been to me a subject of perplexity, since it is well known (as Dr. Whitby and others have proved) to have been the custom, not only among the Greeks and Romans, to appear in religious assemblies with their heads covered, but it is certain that the Jewish priests, by divine appointment, appeared thus, with a kind of turban (called bonnets, Exod. xxviii. 40.) during their sacred ministrations. However this difficulty seems to be removed by Dr. Doddridge (Fam. Exp. note, sect. 21. vol. 4.) who mentions a custom which prevailed in the synagogue, of the men wearing veils, and he supposes the Corinthians had adopted it out of regard to pharisaical traditions. Comparing this passage with that in the next epistle (chap. iii. 13, to the end,) I am led to conclude, that if veils were worn, it was only by those who ministered in the synagogue, and that they were used in commemoration of the veil of Moses, which covered the glory of his countenance when he spake with the people. R. Menachem on Ex. xxxiv. 33. says, “ that the former ancients of Israel, at the reading of the book of the law, covered their faces, and said, he that heareth from the mouth of the reader is as he that heareth from the mouth of Moses.” If this usage of the synagogue was introduced by the judaizing teachers into the Corinthian church, it was evidently done with a view to exalt the glory of the Mosaic dispensation, which accounts for the apostle's reprehension of it in this epistle, and allusion to it in the next : here, as foreseeing the opposition of these Jewish zealots, he closes the subject by saying, “ But if any man be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.” It also deserves to be considered, that no covering of the head, except that of the veil, has in any country been made the symbol of subjection; but the apostle argues from its being such for the propriety of women being veiled if they prayed or prophesied in a religious assembly; and we can hardly suppose that two different coverings of the head are meant to be expressed in the same passage.

P. S. Dr. Doddridge's version of 2 Cor. iv. 3, But if our gospel be under a veil too, it is veiled to those that are perishing,” is evidently more consonant to the original, and agreeable to the context than our common translation, and tends to confirm the explanation above given.

Ch. Ob.

ANECDOTE. A REMARKABLE ANSWER TO PRAYER. The widow of a respectable clergyman, who was once settled in the county of Chester, (Penn.) was some years since afficted with a distressing complaint in her mouth. She applied many remedies, and to several physicians, but to no effect. The disease increasing for two years, became at last very alarming, and she began to despair of a cure. She was induced, however, to make one effort more to obtain relief, and applied to a gentleman who had acquired considerable celebrity from the cure of such complaints. But upon examining her mouth, he told her, that the disease, he feared, was of a cancerous nature, and had progressed too far to be arrested by any medicine he could apply. She was much afflicted by the discouragement she met with, and returned home in great despondency. In this depressed state of mind, she retired to hold communion with that God, at whose throne she had often found comfort and joy; and in the overflowings of her soul, seemed taught to pray to the following effect: “ Lord Jesus, wilt thou heal my mouth. Thou hast as much power now upon earth, as when thou wast upon earth.” And that very night her disease disappeared, and her tongue, which had been nearly perforated in several places, by the corrosive nature of the complaint, was persectly healed.

The writer of this narrative has had the account repeatedly from the lady herself, who is a person of unquestionable veracity and distinguished piety.

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sions to ibe General Assembly was lorg The Assembly continued in session till and interesting. Parts of it, and likewise Monday evening the 26th of May, when it parts of the journals of Missionaries, will was dissolved, and another required to appear in future numbers of this Magameet in the same place on the third Thursday in May next, at 11 o'clock in the fore. We are happy to inform our readers,

that the Assembly have taken such mea. The deliberations of the Assembly were sures with respect to the support of this marked with intelligence, harmony, and Magazine, as will, we hope, call forth christian affection. A variety of interest. the aid of men respectable for their taing subjects engaged their attention ; and lents, piety, and stations. The following several important acts were passed, cal- is a copy of their resolutions on the subculated to promote the peace and edifica. ject: tion of the church of Christ, under the “ The Committee of Missions having Assembly's jurisdiction.

reported that, notwithstanding the reOn Monday, the 19th of May, accord. solutions of the last Assembly, in support ing to a custom observed for several years of the Magazine, no considerable aid had past, the Assembly had a free conversa. been received; and the Assembly know. tion on the state of religion within their ing that the Magazine, if well conducted bounds. The result of this conversation and extensively circulated, will both edi. appears in a summary of it, drawn up by a fy the readers of it, and materially inCommittee appointed for the purpose, crease the Missionary fund: which will be published in our next Suf. “Resolved, that the resolutions of the fice it at present to state, that this sum- last Assembly be renewed in the following mary represents the church of Christ words : ander the Assembly's care, in a flourish- “ Resolved, that it be recommended, mg condition ; and that though general, and it is hereby earnestly recommended, yet will, it is hoped, refresh and gladden to the presbyteries under the care of the the hearts of all who love the Redeemer, General Assembly, to take measures for and pray for the prosperity of his king- promoting subscriptions for the Assemdom.

bly's Magazine. And as the continued In the evening of the same day, the existence of this Magazine, intended not fourth Missionary sermon was preached, only to entertain and instruct, but also to before the Assembly, in the second pres. aid the Missionary fund, will depend on a byterian church, by the Rev. Dr. E. Nott, constant supply of suitable materials for President of Union College, in the state of the work: New-York. The collection made on this Resolved, that the presbyteries enoccasion for Missionary purposes, inclu- join it on their members, to use their en. ding a note afterwards sent, amounted to deavours to procure, and forward to the more than 400 dollars. The sermon was editor, Mr. William P. Farrand, suitable extremely impressive, highly elegant, and communications for this Magazine, espe. well adapted to the occasion. It has been cially of the original kind." printed, and is for sale, at several of the Moreover, the Assembly desirous to do bookstores in this city. The profits are all in their power to support the Maga. devoted to the Missionary fund. This zine, and to give to it that interest and consideration, as well as the excellence of character which it ought to possess, the sermon, it is hoped, will induce many “ Resolved, further, that a Committee to purchase it.

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time to time, to the editor, Mr. William It is of infinite importance, however, P. Farrand.

that those who superintend or direct a “Resolved, that the Committe for the measure, so intimately connected with ensuing year consist of the following per. the future interests of christianity in the sons :

empire, should proceed in its execution The Rev. Dr. Macwhorter; Dr. Samu- on such principles as, with the blessing of el s Smith, President of the College of God, may be likely to convey the pure New Jersey; Dr Davidson, President of oracles of truth, wialloyed with error or Carisie Cillege : Dr E Nott, President mistake. In order to which, it appears of U non College; Mr. Kollock, Profes. requisite in the first place, that the indi. sor of Divinity in the College of New. viduals who are to be employed should be Jersey: Mr. Alexander, President of themselves well grounded in those views Prince Edward College ; D: Blair; Dr. of the christian doctrine, wbich by eran. Muir; Dr. M Kright; Dr. King, of Car. gelical believers are generally considered liste Presbytery ; Dr. Miller; Dr. Mille. as derived from the word of God. It is al. doler; the Rev. Edward D. Griffin ; Mr. so of high importance that they should Richards ; Mr. Samuel Porter, of Red. previously possess a know ledge of the lanstone Presbytery ; Mr. Authur ; Mr guage adequate to the undertaking. WithClark; Mr. Ingles; Mr. Coe; Mr. Isaac out the combination of these qualificaLewis, Hudson Presbytery; Mr. Baxter, tions no translation of the scriptures can of Lexington ; Mr Freeman ; Mr. M.Mil

. prove satisfactory to the religious public. lin, Ohio Presbytery; M: Findley; Mr. With these principles in view, the DirecJohn E. Latta; Mr. Blatchford ; Mr. tors wish to proceed in the selection of Lisle, Winchester; Mr. James Hughes ; suitable instruments to be employed, and Mr. David Bogurt,

in the situation best adapted for the ac“ Ordered, that their names be pub- quirement of the language. On this latter lished on the cover of every number of point, they are so much under the control the Magaz ne.

of circumstances, as to render it inexpe. “ Ordered also, that the names of the dient to fix on any specific plan, so as ab. Committee who, in conjunction with the solutely to exclude the exercise of discre. Editor, collect, revise, and arrange the tion on the palt of the missionaries: they materials, be likewise published with their bave, however, considerable reason to respective numbers."

believe that at the Prince of Wales's Is.

land, they will find the most eligible staExtract from the Report of the Directors

tion for every purpose of a preparatory of the Missionary Societ', to their ele. nature, and it may be proper to mention

some of those considerations on wbich venth general meeting, held in London, on the 8th, 9th, and 10th of May.

this opinion is founded.

The liberal principles on which its go. Continucil from page 197.] vernment is conducted is of prime impor.

tance. It is a free port, open to all naCHINA.

tions, (unless with the exception of the The Directors now proceed to a sub. French) and prudent, well disposed mis. ject which has for a considerable time en- sionaries would here pursue their peacegaged their attention, and which, as a ful labours without interruption, as no Missionary undertaking, will probably be place admits of more freedom either of a deemed of unequalled magnitude and im- civil or religious nature than this. It is alportance; they refer to a resolution which so a circumstance of equal moment, that they have formed of attempting a transla- nearly one half of the population consists tion of the holy scriptures into the Chi. of an industrious colony of Chinese, to nese language, as a measure, preparato. whose activity much of the prosperity of ry to the introduction of a mission to the island may be ascribed; it is there. that empire.

fore highly probable not only that the lanIt is unnecessary in this report to expa. guage may be acquired, but that a mission tiate on this interesting topic. The im- to China may actually commence here, mense population of China, and the de. and instruments be raised up not only to plorable darkness by which it is enveloped, suggest the best plan of action, but also are so generally known, that it may be to assist in its introduction into various reasonably expected that any well formed parts of that great empire ; for its inter, plan for the communication of divine course there with is easy and frequent, it truth to that country, will find a powerful being not more than ten days sail; it is advocate in the breast of every christian. also the great depot for the produce of

the Eastern Islands, and the Company's form the most favourable judgment. The regular ships bound to China endeavour Directors regret much that so few persons to call there in their way; it is likewise have hitherto offered themselves as candi. the resort of the country ships from Ben- dates for missionary services, especially gal, Siam, Pegu, Madras, and Batavia. when the great advantages which this se

In relation then to this great object, the minary offers, as preparatory to the work, translation of the scriptures into the Chic are so easy of access. From the small numnese language, with a view towards a ber of young men, in this school of the promission to China, the Directors conclude, phets, it pleased the Lord to deprive us of for the above reasons, that the Prince of one, a few months since. Mr. Owen, a proWales's Island presents a desirable sta- mising and devoted missionary, was suddention. There are also some collateral ob- ly removed by death, at the close of a day, jects, highly interesting to the cause of which, as usual, had been employed in use

Christ, which seem to be connected with ful studies and exertions. The Directors w this situation, and capable of being pur- lament their loss, and entreat the Lord to

suerl at the same time, and by the same repair it by the introduction of others equali instruments ; particularly the Malay na- ly pious and devoted. There are now at

tions, containing an iminense population Gosport only six students: these, however, in numerous islands from the Bay of Ben- are diligently engaged in appropriate stu

gal, to the coast of New Guinea. The dies, and some of them will soon be at li- Malay language, which is considered as berty to enter upon the great work, parti.

the Italian of the East, may be easily ac- cularly, Mr. Frey, one of the chilren of quired in a short time, and become the Abraham, and now, by grace, walking in medium of great and extensive useful. the steps of that great father of the faithful.

ness. These people are acquainted with When Mr. Frey was first taken under the i letters, and thus, by means of a small patronage of the society, it was expected

printing press, the views of the missiona- that his services would be devoted to the ries may be explained, religious tracts cir. heathen in Africa. But it is with peculiar culated, the holy scriptures translated, and satisfaction that the Directors concur in future missions prepared: so extensive and the desire expressed by Mr Frey to comencouraging are the openings of providence, municate to his brethren, the knowledge comnected with this station. May they be of Christ, and to be the means of remov. improved with wisdom and zeal on our ing from their hearts that veil of ignorance part, and attended with the Divine benedic. and unbelief, which for so many ages has tion in an abundant degree. The society hidden from them the glories of the goswill perceive that on account of the impor. pel dispensation ; they are thankful to the tance of the measure, the length of time re- providence of God, who has furnished quisite to obtain a perfect knowledge of the them with an instrument so much adaptChinese language, and the uncertainty of ed to this important occasion. None can human life, this great work should not be so well enter into the feelings, the princiconfided to less than three or four able mis- ples, and the strong prejudices of a Jew,

as yet, one only is appointed to as one who has himself been educated in this service. The Directors earnestly pray that religion, and has also been converted that the great Head of the church would in- to the faith of the gospel: None can be cline the heart of others to come forward; expected to commiserate with such strong they also look to christian societies, and on sympathy their moral state, or devote this occasion, especially, to evangelical se. himself to their relief with more sincere minaries, for persons, who to the radical and ardent solicitude, than one of their qualifications of a missionary, unite a facility own nation, who has himself been melted in the acquisition of languages, and who into contrition by looking unto him whom may thus be peculiarly fitted for a service their fathers pierced. It will also be a so distinguished and useful in the christian source of satisfaction to the society, that

a ministry is thus to be opened, which is The society, desirous of furnishing fu- immediately and specifically addressed to turé missions with tried and able instru- the ancient people of God, and thus a ments, have, for some years past, support. commencement made towards the dised a number of young men at the seminary charge of that immense debt of obligaat Gosport, under the tuition of our highly tion and gratitude, which christians are valued brother, Mr. Bogue. To this estar under to the Jews, as the medium through blishment we owe some of those missiona- which they have received the inestimable ries which are already gone forth to the gift of the sacred oracles. The degree of heathen, and of whose talents and piety we success which may ultimately arise out.

sionaries;

church.

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