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of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows
of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled
are girded with strength. They that were full have hired
out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceas-
ed: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath
many children is waxed feeble. The Lord killeth, and
maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth
up. The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bring-
eth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the
dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set
them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne
of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and he
hath set the world upon them. He will keep the feet of his

saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by

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strength shall no man prevail. The adversaries of the
Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thun-
der upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth;
and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the
horn of his anointed.


Sam. ii. 18, 21.-But Samuel ministered before the Lord,
being a child, girded with a linen ephod. Moreover his
mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from
year to year, when she came up with her husband, to offer
the yearly sacrifice. And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife,
and said, The Lord give thee seed of this woman, for the
loan which is lent to the Lord. And they went unto their
own home. And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she
conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And
the child Samuel grew before the Lord.


Sam. ii. 12, 17, 23, 24.—Now the sons of Eli were sons
of Belial; they knew not the Lord. And the priest’s custom
with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice,
the priest’s servant came, while the flesh was in seething,
with a flesh-hook of three teeth in his hand; and he struck
it into the pan, or kettle, or chaldron, or pot; all that the
flesh-hook brought up, the priest took for himself. So they
did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither. Also
before they burned the fat, the priest’s servant came, and
said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the

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JAnd I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away, and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man according to their works,—RE v. xx. 11, 12, 13.

IT is a solemn thing for a man to be judged of his own conscience. How sweet is the approving testimony of that bosom monitor and witness! but more bitter than death its upbraiding and reproaches. To stand at a human tribunal, with life or reputation, death or infamy depending on the issue, can never appear a light matter to one who understands and feels the value of either. Even conscious innocence and integrity, accompanied with good hope toward God, court not the eye of public inquiry; but prefer the secret, silent feast of inward peace, and of divine applause, to the public banquet of innocence proved and proclaimed by sound of trumpet. Serious it is to reflect that your name, your words, your conduct may become matter of record, and ages to come


mention them with approbation and esteem, or withindignation and contempt. But every feeling of this sort is lost in the certain and more awful prospect of judgment to come. It is a light thing to be judged of man, who can only kill the body, and blight the reputation, and beyond that hath nothing more that he can do; but how formidable is the judgment of him, who knows the heart, who records in “the book of his remembrance” the actions of the life, the words that fall from the tongue, the thoughts which arise in the heart; who will bring every secret thing to light, and “render to every man according to his works;” and who, “after ; has killed, has power to bestroy body and soul in ell.” Aided by the light which sacred history sheds on ages and generations past, we have ventured into the solemn mansions of the dead, and conversed with those silent instructors who know not either to flatter or to fear; and whom the Spirit of God has condescended to delineate in their true colours and just proportions, that they may serve to us “for doctrine, and for reproof, and for correction, and for instruction in righteousness.” We have plunged into ages beyond the flood, and contemplated human nature in its original glory; “man,” as God made him, “perfect;” and man, as he made himself, lost in the multitude of his own inventions. The “first man, by whom came death—the figure of Him who should come, by whom is the resurrection of the dead; Adam, in whom all die: Christ, in whom all shall be made alive.” We have attended “righteous Abel” to the altar of God, and beheld the smoke of his “more excellent sacrifice” ascending with acceptance to heaven: and “by which he, being dead, yet speaketh.” We have seen the hands of “wicked Cain” besmeared with a brother’s blood; and the earth refusing to cover that blood, but calling to Heaven for ven

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