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styled the son of Eli. Nor can it be doubted that the author, when he introduces the subject as he does, was himself aware of the objection which might be made to the phraseology he employs. It is evident, however, that, according to this solution, the Evangelist takes it for granted, as a fact well known by the Jews and Christians of his time, that Mary was the
daughter of Eli.
And it is remarkable that as such she is ac
WE mentioned, in a former number, the great eagerness of the people in the islands which Mr. Kam visited, to hear the word of God; this will be further evinced by the following extract (translated from the Malay) of a letter, sent by the chief people of the Negery, called Abortiu. “To our Minister, the Rev. Joseph Kam, who has obtained much wisdom and honour, who is now to preach the word of God in the island of Saparua's Honourable Sir, our Minister, The humble request of us, your humble servants, as well the Regent,” or head of this Negery, as the master, with all the people of Aboruw, men and women, is, to pray
you, as if it were at your feet, that you will
IN a former Number we inserted a recent Bull of the present Pope (alias His Holiness) against Bible Societies; we now present our readers with another public of ficial paper, by the government of Hungary, to the same effect.
* Patty Aboran, means the King, or Regent of the Negery. The word Kapalla, is a head man; the word Soa, an elder man.
“Considering that the London Bible Association has caused the establishment of several affiliated Societies, particularly in Germany, and that several such Associa
i By the word consolation (panghiboran) they mean frequently the matter of a Sermon, or letter. Mr. Kam had sent them written Ser mons; he will soon be enabled to print Tracts
for their use. *
tions in the Imperial Hereditary Dominions, particularly among the Protestants, have more intimate connexion in view; his Sacred Majesty has been pleased to ordain,
minions, nor the establishment of a Bible Association allowed. For the rest, His Sacred Majesty is graciously pleased to allow the trade with Bibles, as with all other
that care be taken that printed copies of the books, by booksellers, according to the orBible be not circulated gratis, nor at a low|dinances published on this subject.
price, by such foreign Associations and Societies in his His Majesty's Hereditary Do
A KIND gentleman near London went to visit a poor woman that was sick. As he was going into the room, he saw a little girl kneeling by the side of the poor woman's bed. The little girl rose from her knees as soon as she saw the gentleman, and went out of the room. “Who is that child?” the gentleman asked: “Oh, Sir!” said the sick woman, “that is a little Angel, who often comes to read the Bible to me, to my great comfort; and she has just now given me sixpence.” The gentleman was so pleased with the little girl's conduct, that he wanted to know how she had learned to love the Word of God, and to be so kind to poor people. Finding that she was one of the Scholars of a neighbouring Sunday School, he went to the School the next Sunday, and asked for the child. She felt rather afraid when she was called to the gentleman; but he was very kind to her, and asked her if she was the little girl that
had been to read the Bible to the sick wo
man. She said she was. The gentleman said, “My dear! what made you think of doing so *"—she answered, “Because, Sir, I find it said in the Bible, that pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this—to visit the fatherless and widows in their afflictions.”—“Well,” said he, “and did you give her any money!”. Yes, Sir.” —“And where did you get it?” “Sir, it was the reward given me in this School.”— The gentleman was so affected by the goodness of God in making this little girlso obedient to his holy word, that, as he said himself when he told the story, “I clasped the little Angel, as the poor woman called her, in my arms, and prayed that the latter part of the text, which she had quoted, might also be fulfilled in her—that God would keep her unspotted froy, the world” (See James i. 27.)
--MEMOIR OF MoWHEE, A Youth from New Zealand, who died at Paddington, Dec. 28, 1816. By the Rev. Basil Woodd.
SO far as I have been able to ascertain particularly, this young man was born in the island of New Zealand about the year 1796.
On Monday, Dec. 16, about twelve days before his death, I had taken him to spend the evening with some friends. We came home together, as I was fearful of trusting him by himself, lest he should mistake his way. We had some very pleasant conversation, in which he expressed himself great
ly delighted and edified with the company to which he had been admitted. I little thought that this would prove the last time I should ever take him out with me. Just before we got out of the coach, I said, “Mowhee, you can now write a tolerably good hand. I wish you would, at your leisure, write down what particulars you can recollect of your history. I will keep it, to remember you, after you have departed for New Zealand.”
Accordingly, in the course of the week, he undertook this narrative; and had proceeded in it as far as his return to his native island, at the close of 1814, when his unexpected death prevented farther progress. From this narrative, and from occasional conversation, I have collected the following interesting facts; and, so far as I am able, I shall insert the statement in his own plain and unaffected words. The history discloses an extraordinary series of the interpositions of Divine Providence. Mowhee was a relation of Terra, a head chief, and a man of considerable influence, on the south side of the Bay of Islands. About the year 1806, one of the natives had gone to Port Jackson in New South Wales, and staid there some time. On his return, he told his countrymen “what a fine place the English people had, and the wonderful news of our Saviour dying for sinners and the world.” He also persuaded many of the natives to wish to send their children thither. Shortly after two ships came into the harbour. The captains came on shore; one of them to the spot where Mowhee's family resided. By the character Mowhee gave of him, he appears to have been a man of a very friendly disposition, and of a religious
state of mind. He frequently conversed with Mowhee's father; and endeavoured to impress on his conscience the value of his soul, the importance of eternity, and the leading truths of the Christian religion. This kind attention so much gained the af. sections and confidence of the father, that, when the ship was preparing to quit New Zealand, he earnestly entreated the captain to take his son a voyage with him.
Mowhee was at this period about nine or ten years of age. He had been a good deal with the captain while on shore, and loved him as a parent. He had also been frequently on board the ship; and, as was perfectly natural, was greatly delighted with the novelty of the scene, and the prospect of the voyage to a new island.
Accordingly, when the day arrived for the sailing of the ship, the father and mother, and several natives, accompanied Mowhee on board. Here he found a native with whom he was acquainted, who who had been to visit the English settlements, and was going back again with the captain. He spoke highly of the kindness of the captain, and of the English people; and persuaded Mowhee to persevere in his intention.
[To be continued.]
--ADDRESS Delivered at the Anniversary of the New-York Bible Society, in the Presbyte. rian Church in Cedar-street, Dec. 2, 1816, by the Rev.Ph. MILLEDolen, D.D.
THE British and Foreign Bible Society was founded at a time, when that nation, as well as most of the other nations of Europe, were engaged in a dreadful and sanguinary conflict. Under the immediate auspices of the God of Providence, that bright star arose, not only to diffuse its splendour over the fields and hamlets of its native land, but to light up other stars, of a similar description, in different and far distant regions. To say nothing of its past or present influence upon the European and Asiatic continents, it has given rise to a new era in the American Church, fraught with incalcula
ble advantages to the present age, as well
as to posterity unborn. A few years only have elapsed, since Societies for distributing the Holy Scriptures, without note or comment, were first organized in these United States. Calculating on the rich fruits of personal industry—on the moral habits of the country—on the facility of procuring copies of the Scriptures, and on the general diffusion of religious knowledge, it was doubted by many, when this subject was first agitated amongst us, whether such So . cieties were needed in America. This doubt, however, was of no long continuance. It was soon found that, owing some instances to causes, which ope
rate in other countries, and in others, to such as are perhaps in great measure peculiar to our own, an almost incredible mass of our population was actually destitute of the word of life. The unexampled rapidity with which settlements have been formed throughout the whole range of our extensive frontier— their deprivation in many instances of the regular administration of the word and ordinances—the inroads of death upon the original settlers, as well as the ancient habits of newly acquired territory, all have contributed in a greater or less degree, to a dearth of religious knowledge, and scarcity of Bibles. No sooner were these evils discovered, than means were employed to counteract them. Bible Societies were speedily organized in our large cities, and their example was emulated with almost enthusiasticardour, by numerous towns and villages, in almost every section of the country. The present year has recorded the erection in our city, of that broad and respectable monument of Christian philanthropy, the American Bible Society. Reared with great unanimity, by the hands of men of almost every religious denomination; aided in its funds by the Bible Society of NewYork, and other auxiliary institutions, it promises to become at once the pride and the boast of our country. The zeal, with which copies of the Holy Scriptures have, within a few years, been translated, multiplied, and distributed both at home and abroad, is unparalleled in the annals of the world. The Societies which have been formed, and the efforts employed in this cause, have not been the effects of extravagant calculation, nor have they arisen from the mere caprice or fashion of the age in which we live. That they will bear the inspection of our own time, and command the unqualified approbation of posterity, may easily be shown. If we examine into those Scriptures, and into the effects they are calculated to produce, we shall see at once the propriety, as well as the necessity, of all
the zeal we can employ, in their prompt
Being, attributes, and works, in a style,
differing from any other book in the world.
count of the information it conveys to us,
but also on account of the sources of that information, and the manner in which it is conveyed. It is a communication of the eternal God to man. It is not man speaking to man, but God speaking to man, that arrests our attention in the Scriptures; for “holy men of God spake, as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Their writings therefore, under these circumstances, are appropriately styled the Word of God.
The condescension of God, in making this communication to sinful men, is unparalleled and overwhelming. It ought to endear to us these Scriptures; and so much the more, as they are adapted by their nature, and intended by their Author, to produce innumerable and incalculable advantages to the human race.
This is a point that deserves attention.
In estimating the value of things, we must view them, in their power of doing good. Let us do so in the present instance. Let us consider the Scriptures of God in their influence—
1. On individuals; and, 2. Upon society at large. The time, and occasion, on which we are We shall therefore principally confine ourselves togeneral statements on these subjects. The Word of God carries with it its own eulogy. There are two passages which admirably describe its power, and its worth. I will read them. The first is contained in the 19th Psalm, and is as follows: “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple: the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes: the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warmed, and in keeping of them there is great reward.”
convened, forbid minute discussion.
The second passage to which I have al. luded is in 2 Tim. iii. 16, 17. “All Scripture is given by inspiration qi God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” From these highly descriptive passages it appears, that it is the great instrument in the hand of God, of conversion to the sinner, and of direction, warning, excitement, and consolation to the saint. Youth are taught by it the fear of the Lord, and the aged, patience in adversity. To the one it is a sure guide to honour and solid glory; to the other, it is the prop of his declining years. To all wayfaring men to the city and kingdom of our God, it is a counsellor in difficulty, a friend in adversity, a light to their feet, and a lamp to their path through all this dreary wilderness. So necessary is it to every age, and to every station in life, that it cannot at any time be dispensed with, without exposing to incalculable injury. The benighted traveller, who having lost his way in a wild and desert waste, sees neither moon, nor stars, nor distant cottage light; or the mariner, at night, without compass, in a dangerous sea, when mountain waves break over his shattered bark, and fierce winds drive it he knows not whither, are not in a situation so cheerless, or tremendous, as he that is deprived of the Word of God. These images may appear to be too highly coloured, but could we raise the description, could we infuse into it new and hitherto unheard-of terror, that would freeze the very blood in our veins, we should not even then reach the dreadful reality of such a deprivation. To ascertain the value of the Word Qf God, ask that pious youth, trained up from a child in the fear of the Lord, what it has done for him? And ask that poor prodigal, who, after spending the morning of his life in sin and anguish, has at length, by the
grace of God, formed and executed the re.