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Review.-Carpenter's Examination of Scripture Difficulties. 25 It is one of the most cheering signs of “1 Kings iv. 29. And God gave Solothe times, that books of this description mon wisdom and understanding exceedingly are in demand to a far greater extent mach, and largeness of heart, even as the than was ever before known.

sand that is on the sea shore.' Lord Bacon

has admirably illustrated the singular exThe following extracts, we Natter oor- pression in the closing sentence of this text. selves will be highly acceptable to all He remarks, that, as the sand upon the sea our readers.

shore incloses a great body of waters, Bo

Solomon's mind contained an ocean of know“ Exodus ssxiv. 7. And that will by Do ledge. means clear the guilty.' Dr. Geddes gives Matthew vi. 27. Which of you by taka very different translation of this passage, ing thought can add one cubit unto his wbicb is certainly viore in accordance with stature.' This is an awkwardly translated the context, and does no violence to the passage ; the allusion is rather to the conoriginal ; it is as follows :- Acquitting even tinuance of a person's life, than to bis inhim who is not innocent.' This rendering crease in beight. We inust soppose the he justifies by a supposed ellipsis of asher, number of them to be very few, who, short who, and a slight change of the points. as they may be, would prefer having nearly Such, also, is nearly the interpretation of two feet added to their stature ; much less Lud de Dieu, which is approved by Rosen- for them to be very anxious about such an müller. Nothing can more strongly express addition; but we need not go far io search than does this, the goodness of God to frail of many wbo would gladly make great sacri. mortals, which has been misunderstood and fices for length of days. To guard us, misinterpreted by all our translators. We therefore, against over-thoughtfulness for must not omit to add, bowever, that this the things of this life, Christ in effect says, acquittal of the (not) innocent is always re- that it is not in the power of our greatest presented in Scriptare as being the conse- anxiety to add the least moment or shortest quence of tbat provision of mercy secured measure of time to our age in this world. by the death of the Redeemer.

The word Hleria is rendered age, Jobo ix. “ Numbers xxii. 23–30. · The dialogue 21. · He is of age, ask bim." And the between Balaam and his ass.' This part of Psalmist speaks of our days being an hand the bistory of Balaam bas been often made breadth,' Ps. xxxix. 3. In agreement with the subject of profane ridioule and banter; which a popular author says bat assuredly every man of sense must see, that of all absurdities that is the greatest

A span is all that we can boast, which subjects a miraculous event to the

An iuob or two of time, ordinary rules of reasoning. What a number of ideas must the ass bave had, to be

“ James iii. 1. My brethren, be not many able to reason with his master," says one masters,' &o. This may possibly be mis. learned man; wbile another has discovered understood ; teachers (oidaoralo)- should that the anatomical structure of the beast be substituted for masters, in the trauslarendered it impossible for it to speak at

tion. all! But sach objectors have forgotten

« Verse 2. • For in many things we offend the principal thing in the narrative, namely, all.'. This translation is very unhappy. It that an adequate canse is assigned for this should be, .For in many things all of us wonderfal occurrence ; • The Lord opened

offend. Wickliffe has, · For alle we offenthe mouth of the ass.' If they will boldly

den in many thingis.' say that this was beyond the power of Omnipotence well ; but we sboold not then be Let the above suffice to convince the surprised were some damb ass, speaking reader that in this work he may expect with man's voice, to forbid their madness.' to find a large treasure of biblical criti. See 2 Pet. ï. 16. " Jadges ix. 13. * Wine, which cheereth both British and Foreign, in which are

cism, collected from the best sources God and inan.' Wine is here very improperly said to cheer both God and man. It also many original hints from the esshould be Gods, that is, the bero gods of teemed author's own mind. the heathen; for Jotham is speaking to men of an idolatrous city. Or it might be translated with great propriety, `cheer both high and low, both prince and people ; for the A Set of Psalm and Hymn Tunes. By meaning is, all conditions of men find them.

H. SEARLE. selves refreshed by wine.

There are no works more coldly re

ceived by the public than detached pieces of original sacred music. Not

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suited to public worship becanse origi- | success. Besides original reflections, nal, and therefore not generally known; the work abounds with prose and poetinot fit for mere amusement because cal contributions, selected from various sacred, the demand for them is confined authors, but bearing either directly or to those few circles, domestic and social, indirectly on the writer's declared obwhere music is a familiar language, ject. Some of these extracts have great and devotion is allied to harmony. point and elegance; but there are a

Nor does this necessarily imply any few concerning which, had onr opinion deficiency of merit; we are acquainted been consulted, we should have respectwith publications of this class, of first fully, but decidedly, advised their omisrate excellence, (and in their foremost sion. With this limited exception we rank, some by a respected member of would recommend the work, especially our own denomination, C. W. Banister,) to those persons whose restricted means which although associated with the most and opportunities forbid their examinpleasurable youthful recollections, of ing the more elaborate and standard many now turning the brow of the hill productions ou the same subject. After of life, and never opened, but with a all, we are convinced, that could obfeeling of gratitude to their respective jectors be indaced to take the Bible authors, are yet unknown beyond this itself, which we fear they seldom or limited sphere, which have never taken never read, into their calm consideratheir place in our public worship, nor tion, more might be expected from its remunerated their authors, (we appre- own pure radiance, its compassionate hend,) for the trouble of copying them appeals, and awful denunciations, than out for the engraver.

has either been realized, or can be anIf such be the fate of sterling merit, ticipated, from the best intentioned and and acknowledged genius, that of mere most ably written works in its defence. mediocrity may be easily anticipated, and to no higher praise can we consi- Dying Sayings of Eminent Christians ; der this work entitled; the airs are easy especially Ministers of various Denoand agreeable, the harmony generally minations, Periods and Countries, secorrect, and had we found them in a lected and arranged in the Alphabetical large and popular collection, and been

Order of the Names of the Deceased.

By INGRAM Cobbin, M.A. Westley ignorant of the original on which some

and Davis. 6s, bds. of them have been evidently, although MR. Cobbin's work collects into one perhaps unintentionally modelled, they focus those scattered rays of celestial would have passed nearly uncensured, but the author has not, we conceive, the dying chamber of many departed

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saints, transforming it into the very

gate of Heaven.” Those fearful Chrishis public appearance as a contributor tians who are all their lifetime subject to our already abundant stores of Psal- to bondage through fear of death, can mody.

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OBITUARY.

MR. WILLIAM COLLIER.

incensed. In order to cure himn of his

heretical pravity, he bad recourse to The subject of the following memoir various means; sometimes promisin , was born at Reading, in Berkshire, sometimes threatening, but all to no January 28, 1756. His parents were purpose ; for his son (to use his own both rigid members of the Church of expression)" bad made up bis mind on England, and carefully brought up their the subject of religion,” and having children in the same persuasion; but decided on the Lord's side, it was usegreatly to the grief of his father, who less to assail him. Through grace, he was as much opposed to all sectaries as was alike unmoved by menaces or enhe was attached to the Established treaties. The opposition of his father Church, this hapless child became a was not the only opposition he had to dissenter.

encounter, but he was enabled to resist, During the youthful days of Mr. and he continued stedfast in the faith. Collier, he frequently attended on the It is pleasing also to reflect, that he ministry of the Rev. W. B. Cadogan, was enabled, by an upright and conand the Rev. Thomas Davis, both of sistent conduct, to disarm persecution, Reading, whose ministry was beneficial and in a great measure, to live down to his soul.

prejudice; proving the truth of the The precise time or manner of his Scripture, “that when a man's ways conversion is not correctly known by please the Lord, he maketh his enemies the writer of this article, but Mr. C. to be at peace with him." has often been heard to say, he was In June, 1782, Mr. C. entered into brought to the knowledge of the truth the matrimonial connexion with Miss when nineteen years of age, and there- Ano Perkins of Reading, who proved fore it must have been in some part of a true help meet to him. An excellent the year 1775. In general, it is known man, now living, who well knew her, that the ministry of Mr. Davis was very writes of her thus :—“She was a very useful to him, in connection with the pious woman : on her death-bed she spiritual and affectionate conversation seemed almost in heaven.” They had of his uncle, Mr. Robert Collier, who eight children, six sons and two daughwas for many years a deacon and a ters. Two sons died in infancy, and distinguished ornament of the Baptist the eldest daughter in 1920. Four sons church at Reading. He from that and one daughter still survive. May period became a thoroughly changed they follow their honoured parents so man, a “living epistle of Christ, known far as they followed Christ! and read of all men.” He did not take In 1785, Mr. C. was chosen a deacon, upon him a profession of religion with- for which office he was eminently fitted, out counting the cost, but having done as far as deep-rooted piety, unbending so, he, with a decision that characterised rectitude, and stability of principle are him through life, made his choice, and qualifications. It was, however, a subresolved, at all hazards, to follow divine ject of regret, that the numerous and direction, and obey the will of God. pressing engagements of his secular On the 13th of July, 1777, he was bap- profession, left him but little time to tized by Mr. Davis, and joined the attend to the duties of his office in the church under his care.

church. Hence one of his successors When the father of our friend first in the same office, speaking of him, perceived the predilection of this son says—“He (Mr. C.) was always a man towards the Baptists, he became highly of peace, and an honourable member

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