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Pollok's character and talents. We have ex- There is abundance of all covetable vessels;tracted so largely from the memoir, that we have
Emptiness, and emptiedness, and roid ;
Heart-melting, and tottering of knees ; no space for even a specimen of this part of the
There is intense pain in all loins, sketch. The whole, however, is eminently interest
And all faces withdraw their colour." ing.)
Ch. ii, 10, 11, Dr. Henderson's Tr.
Or stay one moment longer to see him painting THE MINOR PROPHETS.
the besiegers pouring into the city. His language 80
arrested Jerome (see Henderson), that he despaired Each prophet had a gift of his own. His natural of translating it, and every critic has spoken of it as talents were not superseded, but were used by the unrivalled : Spirit who inspired him; and men of every grade and of every turn of mind found themselves suitably
“ The sound of the whip, and the sound of the rattling
of the wheels; addressed. “O, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often
The horses prancing, and the chariots bounding: would he have gathered thee under his wing !" Joel The mounting of horsemen, the gleaming of swords ; is chronologically the first of the minor prophets, The lightning of spears, Ininistering about 865 years B.C. Hear his words.
The multitude of slain,
And the mass of corpses ; They pour forth a flood of desolation on the land,
There is no end to the carcasses-but at the same time declare what might be gotten
They stumble over their carcasses." instead. As he is the first, the very first prophet
Ch. iii. 2, 3, Henderson's Tr. since David, whose words were committed to writing, how interesting it is to find in him the prediction of It is probable that Nahum uttered his prophecies
the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Jonah then among the Ten Tribes. It was some comfort to the appears, B.c. 810. In hiin we see a prophet who godly there to know that God would glorify himself shrank from his awfully solemn burden; but we also on his proud enemies. About 630 B.C., in Judab, see in him how the Lord can use whom he will, and Zephaniah arose, a man of God in spirit like Jereeffect what he will. He is the prophet of Nineveh, miah, and cotemporary with him. Both he and blessed to awaken a mighty metropolis by few and Jeremiah began to prophesy (it is thought) in the feeble words. He is himself a monument of the reign of tender-hearted King Josiah. This prophet Lord's grace to the rebellious, and his success is not points out the moral causes of Jerusalem's ruin. It the less so. Amos, a few years later, lifts his voice would add interest to his history if it could be prored, suddenly among the Ten Tribes; while Jonah is sent from chap. i. 1, that he was great-grandson to good
from Galilee to Nineveh, Amos is sent from Judah to King Hezekiah. But seldom has a more rapt prothe kingdom of Israel. And there he appears, a phet appeared than the next we meet_Habakkuk. shepherd and a stranger, yet a man of power, speak- It is likely he was a Levite, if not even one of the ing to Israel in words all tinged with rural glow, singers of Israel (iü. 1, 19); and it may have been in while his theme is the Lord's righteous judgments. one of his watchings by night in the house of the Soon is he followed by Hosea, whose blasts against Lord (ü. I) that he received his message. We feel the backslider are like notes of Sinai's trumpet, him to be a prophet in the position of watchfulness waxing louder and louder, ever abrupt and startling. and expectation--his loins girt, his lamp burning, his He, too, traversed the Ten Tribes, and exhibited to soul calin and happy. His magnificent strains set
them their God unwilling to punish, but by no before us God our gladness, in times of sin, and trial, means clearing the guilty. About 730 B.C., Micah and judgment. It was about his time, or somewhere appeared in Judah, cotemporary with Isaiah, and pos- probably about 590 B.C., that Obadiah was heard, sessing much of his texture of mind, with even more perhaps in the temple, denouncing Edom's doon. sensitive tenderness. Mercy as well as judgment are He is the prophet of Edom, soaring, like the eagle, his themes, and we leave him in the attitude of one above the rocky dwellings, and darting down upon rapt in adoring love at the view of the God whom them with his message of woe. Sin against the he proclaims to his fellow-sinners: “ Who is a God | brethren is the burden of his prophecy. After this, like unto thee?” &c. Nahum, whom some have the seventy years' captivity came on. And at the fancied a dweller in Capernaum, and at all events a return from Babylon, Haggai appeared, with his five Galilean, prophesied B.c. 710. In him we see how messages, delivered with interrogatory vehemence men of Galilee-how James and John-might be to selfish men. Zechariah, like another Ezekiel, full truly “sons of thunder.” He is the prophet that of both clear and dark sayings, stands beside him, announces Nineveh's doom; and never were thunder-dealing with the destiny of Israel, and exhibiting claps heard more terrific than in his message. No them at last under the happy booths of the Feast of Greek tragedian ever approached his sublimity of Tabernacles. Malachi closed the whole. He is the style. Let us stay for a moment, and hear him prophet who gives “ a last lingering look at the describing the entering in of the foe at the breach in Mosaic dispensation." The sins of Israel and their the walls:
future hopes are set before them, and then we are
suddenly left by the prophet in expectation of some -" They are fleeing; Stop, stop! but none turveth back,
scene yet to arise. The Jews call him " the seal of Plunder the silver, plunder the gold
the prophets," because with him ends the line of There is no end to the store ;
prophets until the Baptist arose, breaking the silence
ILLUSTRATIONS OF SCRIPTURE EVIDENCES.
of four centuries, and ushering in “ the prophet like Unthankfulness was the sin of Noah and Lot after unto Moses." Proximus huic sed longo proximus their deliverances—the one from water, the other interrallo !-Presbyterian Review,
from fire (Gen ix., xix.); the sin of Israel, that forgat their Rock, their Husband, that found them in "the waste howling wilderness" (Deut. xxxii.); and
when they “ lay in their blood, no eye pitying them, THE UNTHANKFUL.
cast out to the loathing of their persons (Ezek,
xvi. 1-36); the sin of David (2 Sam. xii. 7-9); the Is IT THE WILL or God in Christ Jest'S THAT IN sin of Solomon (1 Kings xi. 9); the sin of Hezekiah EVERYTHING WE GIVE THANKS?—Then this serves to (2 Chron, xxxiii. 25). condemn the horrid ingratitude of Christians.
The great sin of the Gospel is unthankfulness, by 1. Those that in nothing will give thanks, at no sinning against the light, love, free grace, and rich latime, for no mercy.-These are swine that devour patience of God in it. This is to turn his grace into all that drops from the tree of God's bounty, and wantonness;” to prefer darkness before light; to never look up whence it cometh. These are worse
“ neglect so great salvation;" not to come under than the ox and ass that know their owner's and Christ's wing when he calls to us; to “despise his master's cribs.—Isa. i. 3. These are mere Heathens, goodness and long-suffering, leading us to repentance," who, though they profess“ they know God, yet do not to “ come to him that we may have life;" to renot glorify him as God, nor are thankful."---Rom. i. sist his Spirit, and trample on his blood. The sin of 121. These are like buckets that run greedily down the greatest sinners in the book of God is unthankinto a well when they are empty with open mouth; fulness; the sin of the angels that kept not their first but when they be full, they turn their hinder part station, the sin of Cain in his offering, the sin of the upon the well that filled them. Thus do unthankful Sodomites, the sin of the old world, the sin of Saul, men call greedily for mercies; and when God hath
the sin of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the sin of filled them, they " turn the back, and not the face."
Nabal, the sin of Hanun, the sin of Judas, the sin of 2. Another kind of unthankful men is that sort urho, Julian, and of Antichrist—all is unthankfulness.-haring received mercies from God, arrogate the honour | Cooper. of them to themselves.—Let Papists and Pelagians, old ard new, who attribute more to free-will than to grace,
which the one makes the root of merits, the other gives the casting of the scale in man's conver- ILLUSTRATIONS OF SCRIPTURE sion to it let these see how by such principles they
EVIDENCES. can acquit themselves from the crime of sacrilegious 'ingratitude, for they rob God of his glory; and then let them hear, not me, but St. Austin, thundering EGYPTIAN GARDENS, VINEYARDS, ETC. against them: “ O Lord, he that assumes the glory of any good he hath to himself, and ascribes it not to
BY JAMES TAYLOR, D.D., GLASGOW. thee, that man is a thief, and a robber, and like the devil, who robbeth thee of thy glory;” Thus also Among the ancient Egyptians horticulture seems to chey' who attribute their riches, children, honours, have received great attention. Their gardens were victories, health, safety, knowledge, &c., to their wits, laid out in the old French style, as common in Eng
labours, merits—these are ungrateful robbers of God. .). Thus they burnt incense to their drag and yarn.
land a century ago. Hab. i. 15, 16. Thus Nebuchadnezzar gloried in the " Grove nods to grove, each alley has its brother, great Babel of his own building.-Dan. iv. 30. Thus
And half the garden just reflects the other." The Assyrian also ranted and vaunted himself, as if The flower beds are square and formal, the raised by his own great wisdom and valour he had conquered the nations.- Isa. x. 13-15. But mark the end of terraces run in straight lines, arbours of trellis-work these men; how the Lord took it, and how he dealt occur at definite intervals, covered with vines and with them for it. He turned Nebuchadnezzar out to other creepers. Some of the ponds are stored with graze among the beasts. He kindled a fire in the water-fowl, and others with fish. Vegetables are deAgsyrian's forest, and burnt it. He struck Herod, picted in great variety and abundance. It is, indeed, that he was eaten up with worms, because he gave impossible to look at any representation of an Egyphimself, and not God, the glory.-Acts xii. 23. \ 3. Another sort of unthankful ones there is, that seem,
tian garden without feeling some sympathy for the to be very thankful; but it is only complimentally, and complaints and murmurings of the Israelites in the srith the lip.-These are like apes that eat up the desert. “ We remember the fish which we did eat in kernel, and leave God the shells; they care not to go Egypt freely, the cucumbers, and the melons, and to the cost of a heart or a life-thankfulness; they are cursed hypocrites; they put him off with the blind the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic; but now and the lame in sacrifice, and never once give him the
our soul is dried away, there is nothing at all beside male of their flock.—Maí. i. 14. God will pay then this manna before our eyes. in their own coin; they are thankful in jest, and God Closely connected with the garden was the vinewill damn thein in earnest. " That man,” saith yard, which opens a new field of scriptural illustration. Lactantius, “cannot be a godly man that is unthank
The infidel philosophers of last century endeavoured ful to his God.” And Aquinas saith, that "unthankfulness hath in it the root and matter of all sin;" for
to prove the late origin of the Mosaic history from ; it denies or dissembles the goodness of God, by which the mention which it makes of wine as used in Egypt. we live, move, and have our being, yea, and all our They affirmed, on the authority of Herodotus, that no blessings, the thankful acknowledgment whereof is vines grew in Egypt; and on the authority of Plutarch, our indispensable homage unto God. Unthankful that the Egyptians abhorred wine as being the blood neas was a huge ingredient into Adam's sin : to sin of those who had rebelled against the gods. In reagainst his Maker as soon as he was made; yea, by ference to the dream of the chief butler of Pharaoh whom he was so fearfully and wonderfully madelittle lower than the angels !-P8. cxxxix. 14, viii. 5.
• Bible Illustrated, &c., p. 47.
(Gen. xl. 10), Von Bohlem remarks: “An important ladies were not altogether free from similar excesso specification of time for the late origin of the narrative The force of these overwhelming proofs of the acis contained here in the dream of the butler, in which curacy of the sacred narrative can scarcely be sail the existence of the vine in Egypt is implied; for to have been increased by the discovery, in the aster Psamaticus, consequently just about the time of ruins of old Eg cities, of the remains of wine Josiah, had its cultivation been commenced in a small vessels still incrusted with the tartar deposited by degree, and could, in a low country, which at the time wine. of the ripening of the grape is overflowed, find en- The whole history of Joseph, from the period when trance only at some few points.” Various theories he was sold by the Ishmaelites to Potiphar, the capwere proposed for the purpose of removing this sup- tain of Pharaoh's guard, down to his death, when he posed difficulty. Some have assumed that in the was embalmed and put in a coffin in Egypt, displays, dream of the chief butler of Pharaoh there is no in a very striking manner, the minute and accurate mention made of wine, but only of drinking the newly knowledge which the sacred historian possessed of pressed-out unfermented juice of the grape. This, how- Egyptian manners and customs. We can find space ever, is merely an evasion of the difficulty, for to say for only a very few examples; but the subject is nothing of the fact that wine is elsewhere referred to treated in a very elaborate manner by Hengstenberg in the Pentateuch, the employment of a butler, a cup in his “ Egypt and the Books of Moses," * to which bearer, as a distinguished officer in the royal house- we refer our readers.
hold, was not at all likely to have taken place if the In Gen. xl. 16, we are told that the chief baker or preparation of the drink had been so remarkably head cook of Pharaoh dreamed that he had three simple as this supposition implies. Others have white baskets on his head, and that in the uppermost supposed, with the learned Michaelis, that wine was basket there was of all manner of bake-meats for employed in the Jewish sacrifices expressly to break Pharaoh. The words “white baskets" are in the through any Egyptian prejudice regarding it, and to margin rendered“ baskets full of holes," and shoul! detach the Israelites still more from their overwean- be translated:“ baskets full of hole-bread,"--1.c., of ing affection for that country and its institutions. bread baked in holes. The allusion is to a mode of
The monumental sculptures have, however, finally baking peculiar to the East. A shallow bole, aboct settled the question, and it is scarcely necessary to six inches deep, by three or four feet in diameter, is say in favour of the Jewish legislation. On these made in the ground; this is filled up with dry brush. monuments there is a minute representation of wine wood, upon which, when kindled, pebbles are thrown. growing in all its parts. The dressing of the vine- to concentrate and retain the heat. Meanwhile the the watering of its roots to keepit moist-the gather- dough is prepared, and when the oven is sufficiently ing of the grapes—the conveying them in a basket heated, the ashes and pebbles are removed, and the to the wine vat-the treading them out in the press spot well cleaned out. The dough is then deposited ---the drawing off of the juice, and the compression in the hollow, and is left there over night. The cakes
of the crushed pulp in a bag, so that no part of the thus baked are about two fingers thick, and are very precious fluid might be lost. “In the grottoes of Beni palatable. From the manner in which they are Hassan,” says Champollion, "are found representa- baked, they are called hole-bread. As the process tions of the culture of the vine. The vintage; the is slower, and the bread more savoury than any bearing away, and the stripping off of the grapes; two other, this kind of bread might certainly be entitled
kinds of presses, the one moved merely by the strength to the distinction implied in its being prepared for of the arms, the other by mechanical power; the put- the table of the Egyptian king.+ The various deliting up of the wine in bottles or jars; the transporta- neations of cooking and kitchen scenes on the monution into the cellar; the preparation of boiled wine;"ments clearly show that the art of baking was carried &c. Rosellini, who has a separate section on grape to a high degree of perfection among the Egyptians. gathering and the art of making wine, says: “Nume- “ It is clear," says Rosellini, “that the Egyprous are the representations in the tombs which re- tians were accustomed to prepare many kinds of paslate to the cultivation of the vine; and these are found try for the table, as we see the very same kinds spread not merely in the tombs of the times of the eighteenth out upon the altars and tables which are represented and some later dynasties, but also in those which be- in the tombs. They made even bread in many and, long to the time of the most ancient dynasties." | various forms. These articles are found in the tombs, “These pictures,” he adds, "show more decidedly knead from barley or wheat, in the form of a star, than any ancient written testimony that in Egypt, a triangle, a dish, and other such like things." even in the most ancient times, the vine was cultiva- The chief baker dreamed that he carried the bası ted and wine made."
kets full of bread on his head. Examples of this In the representations of the offerings which the custom, which is peculiarly characteristic of the i kings present to the gods, and of the festive enter- Egyptians, are frequently found on the monuments.
tainments, the different kinds of wine are distinguished, According to Herodotus, the habit of bearing burdens as among us, by inscriptions or labels on the bottles. on the head by the men, is one by which the EgypIn the inscriptions of the times of the Pharaohs, no tians are distinguished from all other people. “Men," ! fewer than seven different kinds of wine are repre
• Clark's edition is preferable to the American one, as # 1 sented. On some of the sculptures men are seen who, contains some valuable notes by Dr. W. E. Taylor. unable to walk, are carried home from a feast by † See an able article on bread in the Biblical Cyclopædia, their servants, and it would even appear that the vol. 1.
MASTER AND SERVANT.
says he, “ bear burdens on their heads, and women confidence, as if it were matter admitting of ao doubt. on their shoulders." *
that “these objects of luxury, especially polished In Gen. xli. 14, we are told that when Pharaoh stones, belong to a later time." The inaccuracy of sent and called Joseph, he shared himself, and changed this statement has been incontestably proved, not his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. We might merely by the pictorial representations on the monuat first sight be apt to imagine that in shaving him- ments, where necklaces of gold appear as regular self Joseph only performed an act of cleanliness, ren- ensigns of rank, but by the actual discovery of the dered necessary by his neglect of his person while in necklaces themselves in the Egyptian tombs. the dungeon. But the fact is, that the Hebrews, like all other Oriental nations, except the Egyptians, attached a very great value to the possession of a
MASTER AND SERVANT. beard, and to be deprived of this cherished ornament and badge of honour, was a mark of infamy that de
BY TIIE REV. ANDREW THOMSON, A.B., EDINBURGII. Taded a person from the ranks of men to that of slaves and women. Joseph, on this occasion, pre
SECOND ARTICLE. pared himself for presentation to the king, by con- IV. The fourth and last duty which we shall forming to a custom, which both the representations mention, as due by masters to their servants, is on the monuments and the testimony of ancient wri- that of CONSCIENTIOUS REGARD FOR THEIR RELIters prove to have been a peculiar and distinguishing GIOUS INTERESTS. A servant is not a mere apcharacteristic of the Egyptians. “So particular,” | pendage of the family, but a part of it. She says Wilkinson, “ were they on this point, that to has come within the enclosure of that sacred have neglected it, was a subject of reproach and ridi- circle in which your influence is unequalled cule; and whenever they intended to convey the idea either for good or for evil. The duties of your of a man of low condition, or a slovenly person, the mutual relation are not discharged by the mere artists represented him with a beard. Although payment of wages on the one hand, and the reforeigners, who were brought to Egypt as slaves, had turn of toil on the other-a human soul has been beards on their arrival in the country, we find that brought within the reach of your influence, and as soon as they were employed in the service of the if you leave unheeded the great question of its civilized people, they were obliged to conform to the salvation, there is a day coming when “its blood cleanly habits of their masters; their beards and heads will be required at your hand.” We must were shared, and they adopted a close cap."
not allow our judgment on these subjects to According to chapter xli. 42, “ Pharaoh said unto rise no higher than the provisions of human Joseph, See I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. legislation, or the low and flexible morality of And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put the hour; it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures
“For many a crime, deemed innocent on earth, of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; and
Is registered in heaven." he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and This states the breadth and length of the rela| he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.” We tion between the Christian master and his have here an enumeration of the various steps by servant_“I know him," says God, “that he which Joseph was naturalized among the Egyptians, will command his children and his household and invested with the office of vizier. The gift of the after him, and they shall keep the way of the seal, or signet-ring, was a matter of special impor- Lord, to do justice and judgment.” This surely
" At the present day,” says Dr. Taylor, implies that the Christian master will carefully * public documents in the East are more frequently restrain his servant from all unnecessary expoauthenticated by the royal signet than by the sign sure to irreligious influences, and that he will manual. The seal, however, is a stamp giving an im- do all in his power to secure her in the full enpression with ink, similar to those made for Henry joyment of Christian privileges. And yet there the Eighth and George the Fourth, when disease are practices by wbich both portions of this rule rendered those monarchs incapable of writing, and is are violated. Are there no occasions, for exrarely used to give an impression on wax or any simi- ample, in which servants are detained from lar substance. The bestowing it on Joseph was equi- ordinances for mere purposes of cookery, when valent to intrusting him with the charge of the they might have enjoyed an unbroken Sabl'administration; because its impression, attached to bath had those above them been contented any document, gave it as much authority as if it had with a somewhat less luxurious fare? And 'been signed by the king's own hand.” The “vesture here especially let me raise my solemn protest
of fine linen " was a dress peculiarly Egyptian. Ac. against another custom, which I understand is cording to Herodotus, the garments of byssus were by no means uncommon in many of our towns considered by the Egyptians as pure and holy, and and cities. The servant's day of liberty and retherefore the priests wore these only; and they were creation is the Lord's-day. The agreement is, held in high estimation among the other classes of that she shall have that day to herself from a the Egyptians. In reference to this passage, Infidel certain hour early in the forenoon to another hour writers have affirmed, with the most unhesitating far on in the evening. She may go to church, or • See Hengstenberg, p. 27.
not go to church--she may spend the day in visit
ing her acquaintances, or in strolling in the coun- in "the devout soldier that waited on him contry--no cognizance is taken, no questions are tinually." asked, provided only she returns punctually at To persons of a superficial and frivolous the appointed hour in the evening. "O how much habit of mind, some of these remarks may seem of guilt and shame rests on the head of those unduly minute, and othersextravagantly earnest. who give way to such a system! Perhaps your We have penned them under a deep persuasion servant is an orphan child whom Providence of their importance. has thrown under your roof to be a counsellor Is the fact generally known and pondered, to her and a guide; or perhaps she is the that, taking the entire population of our country, daughter of parents that dwell in some remote of those between the ages of fifteen and forty, corner of the land, and whose poverty more one-fifth are female servants! Viewing them, than their will has constrained them to yield therefore, even numerically, their importance is her up to a life of reluctant servitude. And is great. And this importance is almost inde this the way in which thou, the Christian master, finitely magnified, when we consider that the dischargest the stewardship committed to thee morality of servants must very seriously affect by confiding parents and a watchful Providence the morality of our families, and that the Seasons of occasional recreation should indeed morality of families is the morality of the be allowed to our servants, but not from God's world. time, but from our own--not from their Sab- We ascend now to a higher point of obserbath-day rest, but from their weekly toil. Ovation, and look at the servant as a being pos. tell them that it is the law of thy house reach- sessed of the same moral and immortal nature ing to thy sor and to thy daughter, to thy man- as ourselves; and we announce the appalling servant and to thy maid-servant, and to thy fact, ascertained by most accurate inquiry, stranger, that is within thy gates, that the that among the inmates of female peniten. first day of the week shall be consecrated to the tiaries at the present hour, three-fourths had hallowing of the name of the Lord!
once been household servants. Is no part o. And even when these wholesome regulations the blame of this to be ascribed to the relaxed of the Christian household have been enforced, authority or the neglect of Christian masters and the half of our duty to our servants has not mistresses? Had they been watched and warnbeen discharged. There should be the syste- ed, instructed and advised_had they been matic instruction of them along with our own gathered around the family altar, and taught to children in the lessons of Christianity, and the remember the Sabbath-day to keep it holyresolution, prayerfully formed, and prayerfully might they not still have been adorning the acted out, that no servant shall depart from paths of an humble virtue, and never have beneath our roof, without an adequate acquaint. known the agony of broken hearts, the pangs ance with the theory, at least, of the Divine of torturing remorse, and the shame of branded method of mercy. There should be brought and dishonoured names? How many voices habitually to bear upon them the hallowed in- come from those gloomy refuges, to which they fluences of family devotion. Their afflictions, have returned with bleeding feet!—how many as well as our own, should be recognised in the voices cry from that place where hope never' family prayer. And crowning all, our every _“No man cared for our souls !" Awful, instruction should find its interpretation, and all thought, to have resting on our consciences the our devotion its meet exponent, in a holy and blood of souls! "We are verily guilty concernconsistent walk with God in the quiet circle ing our brother.” of our own habitations. It is within the bosom O ye who are masters and mistresses, resolve, of their own families that men appear as they in the strength of Divine grace, that no servant are. There all formality is thrown aside, and shall ever pass from beneath your roof unin. all studied attitude forgotten, as too cumbrous structed, or, by the help of God, unconverted ! and oppressive for such a scene. So convinced Let them have reason to refer back to your was the sagacious John Newton of this, that holy and happy dwelling as the place where, in when he heard a friend on one occasion praising your example, they saw religion to be real, and the religious character of another very highly, felt it to be lovely. Let them, in future life, point and appealing to him for assent, his reply was : back to your domestic training as the perfect “I should like to see the man first at his own model on which they form their own. Let your fire-side.” And if even at your own fire-side house, like the sanctuary, be rich to them in your conduct prove in a great degree the reflec. holiest remembrances. And remember that ye tion and confirmation of your doctrine, who can too, are servants, for “your Master also is in calculate the amount of beneficent influence heaven, and there is no respect of persons with that you may be privileged to shed around him.” A part of the service he has intrusted to you? Look at that Abraham, who commanded us is, to bring our house to serve the Lord. And his children and his household after him, and there is an impartial day coming, when we shall see the reflection of his sanctity in his servant appear before him, to be judged of our stewardEliezer of Damascus. Look at yonder Cornelius, ship. No distinctions shall be known then, but and behold the reward and the fruit of his piety such as are moral and essential. All else, with