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beasts of the forest do creep forth. The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens. Man goeth forth unto his work, and to his labour until the evening. O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. There go the ships : there is that leviathan, which thou hast made to play therein. These wait all upon thee, that thou mayst give them their meat in due season. That thou givest them they gather : thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die and return to the dust. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are Created : and thou renewest the face of the earth. The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works. He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke. I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.
2. DEATH OF A CONQUEROR. And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy ' fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve, that thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, ' How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased ! The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruleth the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth. The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. Yca, the fir-trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, “Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.' The grave from beveath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming : it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. · All they shall speak and say unto thee, · Art thou also become weak as we? Art thou become like unto us ?' Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols ; the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. How art thou failen from heaven, () Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the korth: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds : I will be like the Most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to the grave, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee, shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, “Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms ? That made the world as a wi!derness, and destroyed the cities thereof, that opened not the house of his prisoners ?
Isaiah, chap. 14.
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3. CHRIST'S PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON. A CERTAIN man had two sons. of them said to his father, "Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in the land, and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country: and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat, and no man gave unto him.
And when he came to himself, he said, “ How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say unto him, Father, I have signed against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.' And he arose, and came to his father.
But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no worthy to be called thy son.' But the father said to his servants, ' Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it, and let us eat and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again'; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to be merry.
Now his elder son was in the field : and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant? And he said unto him, “Thy brother is come, and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him. And he answering said to his father, 'Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment; and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, "Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet we should make merry and be glad : for this tlıy brother was dead, and is alive again ; and was lost, and is found.'
St. Luke, chap. 15.
TENDENCY OF CHRISTIANITY TO PROMOTE THE
PRESENT INTEREST OF INDIVIDUALS AND OF
SOCIETY. WHVEVER reflects upon the nature and tendency of the Christian institation, must soon perceive it to be perfectly well calculated for promoting the present interest of men, and making the societies of the world flourish and prosper. To show how truly Christianity is adapted to this purpose, let us consider what the things are on which the happiness of particular men, and of society, chiefly depend. It must be evident to every one upon the least reflection, that the greatest part of his private happiness arises from a virtuous temper and state of mind, and a course of actions agreeable to it; from the dispositions of reverence, love, gratitude, and submission to the great author and governor of all things, and trust in his providence; from humanity, justice, and kindness to men; from the moderation of all the appetites and passions of the soul, and the keeping them in subjection to the directions of reason and conscience. Whoever attends to the several sorts of pleasant perceptions that he enjoys, will acknowledge, if he speaks ingenuously, that the pleasures which he receives from the exercise of these good dispositions and affections, are by far the most noble and satisfying of any with which he is acquainted; that they affect him in the most lively manner, and are steady and permanent in their nature, and of constant use to support and revive him in any misfortunes and adversities, which may happen to him in the world; besides, that they are usually attended with other most valuable comforts and plea