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vidual before us: there was in him no lethargy, no apathy, history of men, we should probably find that many supno indolence. He trembled from head to foot ; the bed posed death.bed repentances are the mere renewal of si. shook beneath him. My heart was rent with his la milar repentings during life; the fruitless working of mentable entreaties for supplication on his behalf. He minds that are “ever learning and never able to conne desired me not to pray for his recovery; he seemed to the knowledge of the truth," seeking to enter in but afraid lest time should be wasted on such petition,- never prevailing, because they do not strive. Such a time, which to him was now too short and too precious, death as that we have just narrated may surely well ento be spent in asking that which could not be obtained ; | force the exhortation, “ Strive to enter in at the strait but earnest were his bescechings to plead for the sal- gate; for many will seek to enter in and shall not be able." vation of his soul. It was just a case in which one 2. We cannot conceive two characters more different, could have wished to forget every other call upon com- in many respects, than is the one we have now been repassion, and to have kneeled by his bedside while ebb-viewing, from that described in our last.
The one a ing life remained, helping him to pray; or to have gone blasphemer, and dead to every thing like a sense of sin; from him only to“ weep in secret places," and plead the other a man who trembled at the Word of God, and with the merciful One, if haply his sins might have was feelingly alive to his guilt. Their dring bours been forgiven ere his term of grace expired. It was were not less dissimilar ; the one closing bis eyes on cruel to be torn away, to be forced, by the wants of this world with his mouth full of cursing and bitterness, many others, to tear one's self from him who was most the other, if not in prayer, at least in the attempt to pray. of all, perhaps alone of all, alive to his own wants. Yet in their lives there appears to have been no viral And such our separation literally was. When I rose
distinction between them ; they both died in a manner to bid him a last farewell, he seized my hand in his long remarkably correspondent to the manner in which they bony fingers, and trembling in every limb, besought me had lived ; and if in the closing scene there was no not to forget him at a throne of grace ; nor would he thorough change in either, (which yet in the one case we let me go, till at length with great difficulty I extri-fondly hope inay have taken place,) then weinust conclude cated myself from his agonizing grasp.
that as the same sun set on both for time, the saine habi. I had witnessed one of the most affecting scenes that tation received both for eternity. Let the amiable, and the world presents,-an awakened sinner summoned into conscientious, and in some measure religious, weigh the judgment; and doubly affecting to me, in the removal reflection, that if they have not " passed from death of an object of much solicitude, of mingled fear and hope. unto life,” and perish in their unbelief, then they must Had I seen him for the first time, I should probably have as their companions for ever, the blasphemers, the have regarded him as a child of the kingdom encounter- unthankful, the unboly, the incontinent, the fierce, the ing the last enemy under the hiding of bis Father's face, implacable, the unmerciful. and wounded by such “ fiery darts of the wicked One," as for the moment he could not quench. Or had I learned
CHRISTIAN TREASURY. his character, such as the world would have given it, I A Fervent Appeal at the Lord's Supper.-0 all ye sh, uld have hoped that, having been a sinner, he was inhabitants of the world and dwellers in the earth, one saved in the eleventh hour, a death-bed penitent. come gather yourselves together unto the marriage of And as it was, I cannot but cherish the persuasion that the great King. Hear, ye that are afar off, and ye that he may have been saved “
yet so as by fire,” and that in are near, the Lord proclaimeth salvation to the ends of the last hour his prayer may have been heard,-his chain the earth, the glory of the Lord is to be revealed. have been broken, -his spirit set free. Still, in so Tidings, tidings, o ye captives! Hear, all ye that far as man could judge, his dying repentance was not look for salvation in Israel; behold I bring you tidings different from the many repentances of his life, wbich of great joy. O, blessed news! the Lord is coming themselves “ needed to be repented of." He was in- | down upon Mount Zion,-not in earthquakes and thundeed shut up as he had never been before; there was no ders, ,—not in fire and burnings,-not in darkness and future time into which his thoughts might run in vague tempests, but peaceably; the law of kindness is in his resolutions of amendment ; life was done, it was all be- mouth ; be crieth, “ Peace, peace to him that is afar off, hind, death and judgment were before. So situated, and to him that is near.” Behold! bow he leapeth on the his convictions of sin were more distressing, bis fear of mountains! He hath passed Mount Ebal, -no more punishment more overwhelming, his desire for deliver- wrath or cursing,-he is come to Mount Gerizim to bless; ance more intense. But the effect was simply this, that he cometh clothed with flames of love and bowels of his mind was more dreadfully distracted than ever, and compassion, plenteous redemption and multiplied parhe could no: fix it for a moment on any one object of dons. O, how pregnant is his love! Hearken, therethought ; yet the returning and prevailing emotion seem- fore, unto me, O, ye children; “ for behold ye stand ed to be “ a certain fearful looking for of judgment and all of you this day before the Lord your God; your fiery indignation.” His life declared that a thorough captains, your elders, your officers, and all the men of change of heart required to be wrought; that he had Israel, your little ones, your wives, and the stranger never truly discerned Christ and him crucified, nor that is within thy camp, from the hewer of wood to trusted in him; that his repentance had been legal and the drawer of water,"_that you should take hold of this self-righteous. “ Sin would not have had dominion marriage covenant. For I am come this day to deal over him, if he had been not under the law but under with you in a very peculiar manner, and am warranted grace.” There was then this great transition to be made; to proclaim and make oifer of this marriage to you, and the being born again ; the being set free with the liberty lay the offer before you. I am allowed to be particiof the children of God. His death gave no evidence lar with you in this offer and invitation, and to put it that such a change had been produced; for any differ- home to you and every one of you. Will you, then, ence discernible between this and his former repent man,-will you, woman,--old and young,—parent and ings, he might have risen from that bed the slave of sin child,-master and servant,-rich and poor,--learned as before. There was no returning of the soul unto and unlearned ? All is ready, O, come; I dare not quiet rest,” no becoming like a little child, no peace of take a nay-say, nor hearken to any shift or delay; it conscience, no sweet and placid reliance on the Hope of must be now or never. 0, then, what shall I answer Israel. His soul was still “like the troubled sea which Him that hath sent me ? Surely ye can give no relevant cannot rest;" his sun set in gloomy darkness unbroken reason why you will not, and, therefore, I can admit of by one perceptible streak of light.
no reply, but “ Behold we come." Will ye then come, In conclusion we subjoin these two remarks: or not? Shall I say that you will or that you will not ? 1. If we were better acquainted with the mental Abl shall I go again to God and say, " Thy people
now, even on a communion season, a high solemn Sab- | handmaid : Thou hast loosed my bonds.” And that is bath, will have none of thee?" If so, we need go no love. “ But," methinks I hear some hesitating soul farther towards this solemnity, else ye will seal a blank, reply, “ I do not feel that warmth of affection for or a lie, or your own damnation. If you give not your Christ which is due to him.” You cannot ; for his love consent, ye are beld by God to dissent, and, therefore, passeth returns, as it passeth knowledge.
" But I do say whether or not. 0, if there be any motion, do not not feel that love which others have felt for him, and stifle it, but allow me in your name to say,
" Even so
have had freedom to express.” Neither durst Peter we take Him ;” and thus will the contract be closed speak strongly on this head ; and the Saviour gracious. in your name and his name. Bear witness to this, 0, ly dropped the clause in the first question, expressive beavens, earth, angels, and saints! But, if after all, ye of the degree of his love, and instead of “ Lovest thou will not come, then I take witness against you, and call me more than these?” simply asked, Lovest tbou to witness the great God of heaven and earth, the
Think on what He is, and wbat He boly angels who surround the throne, yourselves, your bath done for sinners. Do you not love him? Can consciences, the very stones and timber in this place, you say that you do not ? Would you not wish to love and every one of you against another; and do, in the him? Can you but love him? Would you not be name of God, shake the dust from my feet against you, ashamed of yourself if you did not love him? Is it in witness, that on the 19th day of August, 1733, at a not your desire and prayer that all should love, honour, communion in this remote country of Zetland, in the and serve him? And have you not such a strong sense Isle of Fetlar, Christ, and with him all the Covenant of the high obligation which all are under to this exerof Grace, the marriage covenant, was offered to you all cise, that you can join with the apostle in saying, “ If without exception, and ye refused him and all this any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, lei him be glory. And if you live and die in that mind, I solemnly anathema, maran-atha”-accursed of the Lord at his charge and summon you to answer for this refusal becoming ?-Dr M‘CRIE. fore his awful tribunal at the Great Day. Bethink " Whom have I in heaven but thee 9 and there is none yourself, 0, refuser and despiser ! many a slight have upon earth that I desire besides thee ! ”_ The translators you put upon Christ, and yet he is loth to take a nayo might have retained the verb have in both members ; say. O, is there nobody here, old or young, saying in but in regard of the deceivableness and uncertainty of their soul, “ 0, include me not in this protest ?"-come, earthly goods and possessions, they change the verb then, 0, willing soul; we are unwilling to leave you have, in the first member, into desire in the second, out, and again offer Christ to you. Consider what a have in heaven, and desire on earth,—not desire in heabusband you have in your offer, what he hath done, ven and have on earth: for in precise truth there is and how earnest he is. Consider what a rich bargain, nothing which a religious soul can desire, but she bath what a full covenant ye are invited unto; and answer it in heaven, and, on the contrary, nothing not to be me three questions. First, What is your fault to the had, that is, firmly possessed and enjoyed, which she bridegroom? Second, Where can you make such a desireth on earth. Heaven is the place of having, the bargain? Third, Are you sure of another offer? If earth of desiring, or craving. When an old man, being not, then take time when time is; and so fear not to asked of his age, answered in the Latin phrase, I have, come to the table and sit down at the feast, which is or reckon four score years, a philosopher took him up, noble and excellent. And 0, Lord God of my Master, and said, “ What sayest thou ? I have or reckon fourI pray thee send me good speed this day! Eat, 0, score years,- just so many hast thou not !” For in friend, drink, yea drink abundantly, 0, beloved !— Un- numbering the days and years of our life, whose parts pablished Sermon of Rev. J. Bonar, Minister of Fetlar. are never all come until they are all gone, we usually
“ Lorest thou Me?”_Difficult as the question may count upon those years only that are fully past, which be, it admits of a satisfactory answer.
Had it not been therefore, we have not, because they are gone. Even so, Jesus would not have put the question. He would as he that taketh a lease for a term of years, after he not have pushed the matter to a third interrogatory, if has worn them out, has no more terms in his lease ; no be had not known that the disciple could reply in the more may any man be said to have those years good affirmative without hypocrisy, without his heart con- which he hath spent in the lease of his life. Much less demning bim. Nor would he have appointed an ordi- may he be said to have those that are not yet come, benance which was intended only for his friends, and en- cause they are not, and he is altogether uncertain whejoined them to observe it, if he had not promised that ther they may be at all, or no. For all that he knows, tis Spirit, witnessing with their spirits, should enable this day the lease of his life inay expire,—this hour his them to say with truth in the inward part,
“ We love last glass may be running, -at this very moment and sim who first loved us." The real friends of Christ point of time, the thread of his life may be cut off. Now may have great doubts of their actual believing, and of if we cannot be said truly to have any part of our time, the genuineness of their love to hiin. They are deeply how can we properly have any part in things temporal ? grieved on account of the many evidences which they If the lease of our lives, by which we hold all our earthhave given of indifference, and even of enmity to Him. ly goods and possessions, be of so uncertain a date, let The proofs of their ingratitude, forgetfulness, and un- our lawyers talk ever so much of possessions and estates, kindness, stare them in the face, and sometimes seal of firm conveyances, and perpetuities, and various kinds their lips. They complain, and they have good reason of tenures, they shall never persuade us that there is any to complain, of ihe coldness of their hearts and the dead- sure hold or any good tenure of any thing, save God and ress of their affections. But though they cannot say his promises: it is impossible that we should have any in so many words, “ Thou knowest that I love thee,” estate in things that are altogether unstable. Hereof it still they can say,
“ O Lord, the desire of our soul is seemeth that Abraham was well advised : for though to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.” And he was an exceeding rich man, yet we read of no purwhen urged by him, they cannot refrain from crying chase made by him, save only of a cave in Macpelah, out,“ Lord, I love thee ; help thou my want of love." for him and his heirs to hold, or rather, to hold him and To the question, “ Will ye also go away ?” they in- bis heirs, for ever. If any man ever knew the just value stinctively and resolutely reply, " To whom shall we of all earthly commodities, it was king Solomon, the go? Thou bast the words of eternal life.” And if mirror of wisdom; and yet, after he had weighed them offered their liberty to leave hiin, they would cry with all in the scales of the sanctuary, he found them as light the manumitted slave under the law, I love iny mas- as vanity itself. If all things under the sun are vanity ; ter, and I will not go free." " Truly, O Lord, I am therefore, the verity of all things is above the same, viz. tby servant, I am thy servant, and the son of thine in heaven.-Featly.
it, and exhorted them no longer to resist the truth, They heard all this with attention, walked for some time before the house with their bands folded, and to
wards evening retired, without offering either violence “ NOT LOST, BUT GONE BEFORE."
or insult. Say, why should friendship grieve for those
Faith in Christ.–The Rev. Dr Simpson was for Who safe arrive on Canaan's shore ?
many years tutor in the college at Hoxton, and while Releas'd from all their hurtful foes,
he stood very low in his own esteem, he ranked high They are not lost—but gone before.
in that of others. After a long life spent in the service How many painful days on earth
of Christ, he approached his latter end with holy joy. Their fainting spirits number'd o'er !
Among other expressions which indicated his love to Now they enjoy a heav'nly birth,
the Redeemer, and his interest in the favour of God, he They are not lost_but gone before.
spake with disapprobation of a phrase often used by
some pious people, “ Venturing on Christ.” “ When," Dear is the spot where Christians sleep,
said he, “ I consider the infinite dignity and all-suffi. And sweet the strain which angels pour ;
ciency of Christ, I am ashamed to talk of venturing on O why should we in anguish weep?
him. Oh, had I ten thousand souls, I would, at this They are not lost—but gone before.
moment, cast them all into his hands with the utmost Secure from ev'ry mortal care,
confidence. A few hours before his dissolution, he adBy sin and sorrow vex'd no more;
dressed himself to the last enemy, in a strain like that Eternal happiness they share,
of the apostle, when he exclaimed, “O death, where is Who are not lost-but gone before.
thy sting ?” Displaying his characteristic fervour, as though he saw the tyrant approaching, he said,
" What To Zion's peaceful courts above,
art thou? I am not afraid of thee. Thou art a vanIn faith triumphant may we soar,
quished enemy through the blood of the cross.' Embracing, in the arms of love, The friends not lost—but gone before.
Religious Melancholy.—David Hume observed, “That
all the devout persons he had ever met were melancholy." On Jordan's bank whene'er we come,
On which Bishop Horne remarked, “ This might very And hear the swelling waters roar,
probably be ; for, in the first place, it is most likely that Jesus, convey us safely home,
he saw very few, his friends and acquaintances being of To friends not lost—but gone before!
another sort; and secondly, the sight of him would
Anonymous. make a devout man look melancholy at any time.
A Bedfordshire Peasant.-- In the parish of the late
Rev. L. Richmond, was a dissolute, thoughtless man,
who bitterly persecuted religion in those who professed
it. He had formed a secret resolution never more to By whom the words of life were spoken, And in whose death, our sins are dead !
enter the church. Circumstances, however, constrained
him to alter his determination. Mr R. preached from Look on the heart, by sorrow broken,
Psalm li. 10; “ Create in me a clean heart, O God, and Look on the tears, by sinners shed;
renew a right spirit within me." Sharper than a twoAnd be thy feast to us the token,
edged sword is the Word of God; and in its application That by thy grace our souls are fed !
by the power of the Spirit to this poor man, it proved HEBER. to be " the hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces."
He confessed, that immediately on his return home, be MISCELLANEOUS.
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a sinner!” labours in Greenland, a number of murderers, excited by the angekoks, or sorcerers, threatened to kill the death-bed, was for some time under considerable dark
Final Hope.—The Rev. James Durham, when on his missionaries, and entered their house for that purpose, at a time when all were absent excepting one, named
ness respecting his spiritual state, and said to Mr
Carstairs, Matthew Stach. When they arrived, they found him
“ After all that I have preached or written, engaged in the work of translation, in which he went
there is but one scripture I can remember, or dare grip: on, without showing any marks of fear, though uncer
tell me if I dare lay the weight of my salvation upon it ; tain as to their intention. After they had sat a while, out.”” Mr Carstairs very properly answered, “ You
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HINTS ON SPIRITUAL DEPRESSION. to save, and exhaustion of mercy, and failure of proBY THE REV. WILLIAM MUIR, D. D.,
mises under his government of grace to sinners,
are utterly dishonouring to his glory. And this Minister of St. Stephen's Parish, Edinburgh.
is so readily seen, that the giving way to the senReligious Melancholy, as it is usually called, is timents which originate from those views, may pvculiar to the mind that despairs of obtaining an immediately be followed by a deep conviction of interest in the divine favour. It is a spiritual ma- the unreasonableness and impiety of indulging in lady, afflictive even in its lowest measures. On them. But even such a conviction, though salurising to the higher degrees, it becomes, in the tary, serves only, in the case now supposed, to very extreme, grievous. It not only interrupts aggravate the distress. The mind is painfully the common business of life, but destroys the struck with the sinfulness of having cherished and whole spring of laudable enterprise and urgent uttered what is so derogatory to the divine honour. daty_estranges the heart from the claims, strong While its misery before sprang from unbelief of as they are tender, of the nearest relationships the mercy of God, there is now an increase of its and throws a gloomy suspicion over every thing misery, drawn from the thought of having ever with which the human lot, amid many evils, is yielded to the suggestions of that unbelief. As-till brightened. Under the distorted vision form- sured that the proposal of grace, conveyed by the ed by it, there is scarcely an object of contempla-“ promise” of redemption, ought neither to be tion that does not seem revolting : our earth rejected, nor viewed as dubiously offered to human appearing as a prison-house, in which occasional acceptance, the mind is tempted to look on itself Tespite from pain is meant to make the after tor- as now most certainly “ cast off” from mercy, on ture the more intense,—the schemes of Providence account of the guilt of having questioned the truth appearing as a mass of contradiction,—the throne or the freeness of the mercy. Having first been cí heaven as the tribunal of vengeance,—the angels harassed by agitating doubts, it next finds the as ministers of wrath, and the world beyond cause of new harassment in the remembrance of death as a region crowded exclusively with images its sinful doubtings. Nay, the troubles may not of terror and anguish. The soul is wounded. cease here. And reflection on this second ground - The arrow hath entered, the poison whereof of self-reproach may excite fresh anguish ; and drinketh up the spirit.” Every feeling, every thus the malady grows, and the symptoms extend thought is infected. In the feverish excitement into multiplied sorrows, in consequence of which, of disease, the mind rejects the application of a the soul, tossed as on a bed of thorns, is denied remedy. The past is a troubled fountain, that even a moment's repose. gives out only sorrowful remembrances; and no Happily for the author of the seventy-seventh pleasing anticipation mixes with the stream for Psalm, whose despairing language has been quoted, sweetening its bitterness. The language of the he was enabled to stop this afflictive circling of the I'salmist : “ Will the Lord cast off for ever? Will thoughts,—though not till after he endured for a he be favourable no more ? Is his mercy clean season the agitations of spiritual distresses. His gone ? Doth his promise fail for ever? Hath he attempts to regain peace of mind were not at once in anger shut up his tender mercies ?” (Psalm successful. He considered the days of old, and ixxvii,)—this language utters those inquiries of the years of ancient times,” inquiring, it may be, the heart, to which the answers returned by itself for a parallel to his distresses, or for the methods are negatives of overwhelming harshness. by which trials similar to his own, had, in the
It is true, that even a little reflection on the experience of others, been met and relieved. language just quoted, (expressing so strongly des. He called “ to remembrance his song in the night,” pair of the divine favour,) will shew that the views some occasion of personal thanksgiving, from which give rise to the mournful inquiries, detract which he might draw the motives to hope and enfrom right notions of the character of God. Suspi- couragement. And still, though he communed cions of changeableness in his character, of aversion | “ with his own heart, and his spirit made diligent
search,” the immediate result of considering the time, such as might have raised the fear of their subjects, whatever they were, which passed in re- being cut off, that his chosen people “were review before his mind, is indicated by this despair- deemed with his outstretched arm ;” and that, ing lamentation : “ Will the Lord cast off for though adversity be repeated on adversity in a ever? Will he be favourable no more? Is his nysterious course of trials, yet this procedure is mercy
clean gone ? Doth his promise fail for ever? not incompatible with the fulfilment of a wise and Itath he in anger shut up his tender mercies ?” good end ; because “the way” through which the
In cases of spiritual depression, there are usual- Lord led his elect was deep, as “ in the sea, and ly afflictions arising from outward causes, which in great waters,” while he was still guiding them give to the burden that lies upon the mind addi- with the tenderness and beneficence of a good tional weight and tenacity. In the Psalmist's shepherd. situation bodily suffering appears to have befal- Now the blessed influence both of the Psalmist's len him; and it was, doubtless, by his regard- meditation and prayer, in restoring to him peace of ing the allotment as the token of Divine an- mind, (the return of which called forth his ardent ger that his soul “refused,” under the visi- thanksgiving,) may well intimate, that to speak of tation, “to be comforted.” And similar causes Religious Melancholy, meaning thereby that Relihave often had the effect of darkening to devout gion is the cause of the melancholy, is to misapply men their contemplation of the favour of God; language. It is true, the opinion prevails, that and that to an extent which, without experience the whole evil is traceable to that cause. Multiof the fact, no mere speculatist on the subject of tudes in the world connect with the admission of Christian assurance can
ever apprehend. But Religion into the mind the thought of nothing but still, the general course of things, even in the what is gloomy and depressing. And in proof of worst case of spiritual depression, wherever the this, they refer to certain facts which are regarded faith of revealed truth is genuine, is this, that con- by them as quite conclusive. Easy it were to solation is perseveringly sought at the divine source shew them, that the native influence of Divine of peace, and that the result of perseveringly seek- Truth is calculated to produce an effect the very ing it there, (as the history of the Psalmist clearly opposite of that which they bewail and reprehend. shews,) is very blessed. The Psalmist has re- But they dread to listen to a single statement on corded the fact, that he “cried unto God in the the subject. The very listening, they think, day of trouble, and that God gave ear unto him ;" would bring them within the reach of contagion, or, in other words, that support in the season of and how wise, they infer, to avoid coming near trial, and ultimate deliverance from affliction, came the malady, or what may infect them with it! The as the answer to prayer. He has recorded an- facts, however, by which they defend their opiother fact, that, in the religious exercises which nions and aversion, are drawn from instances where employed him, and the effects of which were so the mind is unhinged either through the prevabeneficial and happy, he not only prayed, but lence of constitutional bias, or the shock of calameditated on the character, and government, and mity: and where, coming to Revealed Religion, it promises of Jehovah. He “remembered the years carries thither its own morbid sensibility, and thus of the right hand of the Most High ;” or, the an- turns the bread of life into the very aliment of nals of the divine doings. Persuaded that “the spiritual disease.
of God ” is to be seen most clearly “in the It is unreasonable to adduce these facts for the sanctuary,”—under the light of those dispensa- purpose of disparaging the character and real tions which affect the Church,--he “ remembered tendency of evangelical faith. Wandering and the works of the Lord and his wonders of old” wretchedness would have been found in such a to the chosen people. He looked back to their mind, though it had never heard of the subject rise in the families of Jacob and “ Joseph ;" to that is blamed for the aberration and suffering. their “redemption” from bondage by the arm of Were it to receive the subject as a whole, what a the Lord, when the waters saw God and were blessing would the reception prove! The tenafraid, and “the troubled depths” parting at the dencies of the mind, if not thoroughly rooted out. divine will, opened a passage for the ransomed; would, at least, be corrected and trained. Af-to the destruction of their enemies, when the sections, easily agitated, would be brought nearthunder and lightning, “the arrows of Jehovah, er to their due place and poise; and thus, the went abroad, and the earth trembled and shook ;"- influence of heavenly faith, moving over the dark and to the after journeyings of the redeemed, who and troubled elements of nature, would allay its were led“ like a flock” under the guidance of the disorders, and compose and beautify it. But the shepherd. How clearly does even a transient tendencies of the mind in such an instance as bas reference to this history indicate the following now been described, urge it to take partial views truths :—That God is superintending and arranging of Religion. Through timidity, the promises of the events of his people's history with minute and the Bible are put out of sight, as what cannot, gracious care ; that sufferings are not exclusively without sinful presumption, be looked at, while the signs of his vengeance, since his chosen people the threatenings alone are admitted and felt. God suffered ; that delays in the fulfilment of his pro- is revealed in the Bible under the engaging chamises, bring no evidence against his faithfulness racters of Father, Saviour, Protector, and Friend; and unchangeableness, because it was after a long clothed in every perfection, in goodness, as well as