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BY H. 0. BLINN.
BIBLICAL. NO. 5.
“For no prophecy ever came by the will of man; but men spake from God being moved
by the Holy Spirit.” Those who directed the revision of the Mark vii. The whole chapter has been New Testament have felt authorized to erase subjected to a thorough sifiing. Words and the 21st verse of Matt. xvii., as spurious, and sentences have been liberally cast aside and also verse 11th of the xviii chapter.
still the book is made better. Matt. XX., 16. “So the last shall be first, Mark ix., 23. " Jesus said unto him. If and the first last; for many be called but few thou canst believe, all things are possible to chosen."
him that believeth.” The revision changes A very happy change has been made in this the sense very essentially by a change of the place, and the passage now has nothing to do sentence. It has been thought very imporwith the condition of individuals as the words tant to punctuate a quotation exactly like the "for many are called but few chosen,” have text, but the revisors have taken unbounded been found to be an interpolation.
liberty and of course, in many cases, made Matt Xx., 22 and 23. “But Jesus answered very radical changes. The father here says, and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Ar: ye “If thou canst do anything, as though able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, there might be a doubt on the point, and a and to be baptized with the baptism that I am comma follows the remark. Then Jesus baptized with?” The revised version now says, “If thou canst believe, all things reads, “But Jesus answered and said, Ye are possible.” A comma follows believe. know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink This makes a very mild appeal to the faith of the cup that I am about to drink?"
the man, who had brought the child, but the The remarks referring to baptism in the 22 revisors change the sense entirely, and and 23 verses are now thrown out. It is re- make Jesus put forth, a cutting rebuke. markable that the Bible transcribers should “ And Jesus said unto him, If thou canst ! have been so officious as to enlarge to such All things are possible to him that believeth, an extent, upon the say ngs of Jesus, and put As much as to say, Away with your doubtinto his mouth what they were interested that ing! he should say, to help establish their own pe- Mark ix., 29. Speaking of diseases that culiar theology.
are to be healed by prayer and fasting ;-it Matt. xxiii., 14. “Woe unto you, Scribes now seems that Jesus did not advise the fastand Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devouring, but said, “ This kind can come out by widows' houses, and for a pretence make nothing, save by prayer.” long prayers : therefore ye shall receive the The ninth chapter of Mark is well worth a greater damnation." The whole of this careful perusal, as the revision has many verse is crossed out although it is said to be changes fron the A. V. by which a better found in some of the old MSS. This has reading is obtained. been read and quoted for two hundred years, Mark xvi. From the eighth verse to the and been the subject for hundreds of ser- end of the chapter is considered spurious, as mons while purporting to be the words of the old MSS. have so many different readings. Jesus and written by Matthew.
This takes away nearly all that Mark had to Mark vi., 11. “Verily I say unto you. say about the resurrection. This rejected It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and section also contains several remarkable Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for passages which have been very freely used in that city." So much of the eleventh verse is making strong points, for still stronger sererased. Was it written by holy men? Pe- mons. ter said this much of some of the prophecies, Luke iv., 4. “Man shall not live by bread * For the prophecy came not in old times by alone” the remaining part of the verse, “but tbe will of man, but holy men of God spake as by every word of God," is omitted as not bethey were moved by the Holy Spirit.” But longing to the text. In the fifth verse the the revision corrects this for the better. I words, “into a high mountain” are left out,
and in the eighth verse, “Get thee behind about, latent it may be, you may call me, Satan, ” has met the same fate. In the it the Soul, if you want to ; whichever eighteenth verse, "to heal the broken heart
call it, it is the element, in our ed,” is erased. This chapter has been singularly mutilated and it may take many years
make up, which counects us with the to reconcile such changes in the minds of great hereafter. some Bible readers.
Faith, is the Divine Afflatus, vivifyLuke xi., 44. “Woe unto you, for ye are ing the Latent Germ. Fanaticism, as graves.” Jesus did not say woe unto you sometimes, usurps the throne of Faith, Scribes, Pharisees, hypocrites, as these names were evidently added by some designing per
producing unhealthy action. son in recopying the Testament. The word
BELIEF,--the result of education, of hypocrites is not to be found in the whole dictum, or of investigation. Sensible or chapter.
otherwise, according to the progress Luke xvi., 9. “And I say unto you, make of the age, and status of the individual. to yourselves friends of the mammon of un
THEOLOGY,-a set of ideas, or dogrighteousness : that when ye fail, they may
mas, the concoction of would be master receive you into everlasting habitations.', This important passage has been the subject minds, a kind of substitute for living faith of much comment. The revisors have and practical Righteousness. changed it a mere trifle.
“Make to your- INDIVIDUALITY,—Whether, in coming selves friends by means of the mammon of worlds, we retain our present individualunrighteousness, that when it shall fail, they, ity, or take other forms, is not, an open may receive you into the eternal tabernacles.” This advice to make friends with the spirit of question. We modestly leave it an open the world does not sound like the testimony question, for others, to solve for themof Jesus, or the apostle. A better rendering selves, in their own way.
The materiis as follows :—Make not to yourselves friends al of which we are composed being upanof the mammon of unrighteousness, for they nihilable, we are bound to exist in some will fail, while ye are received into lasting habitations. This certainly must have been shape. Should we, in coming worlds, the spirit of the Teacher. Paul says, “ Make retain our present individuality, a life no provision for the flesh, “Whosoever squared by living faith here, will le therefore will be a friend of the world is the largely to our advantage there. enemy of God.” Too many have already
Should we take new forms of individtried this same thing to the ruin of their souls.
uality, that individuality will be like the Canterbury, N. II.
material elevated and refined, or other
wise, of which the new formation is RELIGION, FAITH AND BELIEF. composed.
Mt. Lebanon, N. Y.
IN MEMORY OF ELIZA FOWLER.
In all deference to superiors, who have essayed, or may hereafter essay to give definitions, or draw lines of demarkation. I also would show my opinion, not dogmatically, but by way of casting in my mite. Religion, is the germ of Divinity in
All there is of us worth talking
Gently rests her weary spirit,
Now the strife on earth is ended,
MY WELCOME HOME..
Who will greet me first in Heaven,
When that blissful realm I gain,Since she's gone to swell the number
When hands have ceased from toiling, Who have found the heavenly birth.
And the heart has ceased from pain; Thus when we like her have conquered, When the last farewell is spoken, And our journey here is o’er;
Severed the last tender tie, We may hope some day to meet her
And I know how sweet, how solemn, On that distant shining shore.
And how blest it is to die. Mt. Lebanon, N. Y.
As my barque glides o'er the waters
Of that cold and silent stream,
I shall see the domes of temples Ar the last supper, eleven disciples par- In the distance brightly gleam.took of one loaf of bread, and one cup, Temples of that beauteous city which Jesus said typically, was his body and From all blight and sorrow free; blood—meaning to represent the unity of his Who from out its golden portal spiritual substance, and circulating life. As
First will haste to welcome me? each of these were alike in kind and quality,
Who will greet me first in glory? though distributed to many parts, so is the
Oft the earnest thought will rise, spirit and body of Christ, though distributed
Musing on the unknown wonders to many members. Hence his spirit must
Of that home beyond the skies. produce the same kind of fruit in every soul
Who will be my heavenly mentor? that lives by it. Consequently, those who
Will it be some seraph bright, partake of the real body and blood of Christ
Or an angel from the countless cannot walk contrary to each other without
Myriads of that world of light? departing from Christ, in whom is no contradiction.-A. G. H.
No-not these! for they have never
Gladdened here my mortal view;
But the dear ones gone before me, IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH A. BARKER.
They, the loved, the tried, the true; They who walked with me life's pathway
From my soul by death were riven, 'Tis well with our Sister, we all can respund,
They who loved me best in this world
Will be the first to greet me in Heaven The angels have beckoned her home;
-- Selected. And we can rejoice that her soul now unbound,
O'er the bright fields elysian can roam.
A SWARM OF BEES.
Jesus said: “ Be perfect, even as your Float upward, O freed one! Rejoice in thy Father in Heaven is perfect.” To obey this
To bid transient glories adieu, [call command, it is requisite that we should do as We'll follow thy footsteps when death's shadow well as we know how. Our Heavenly FaAnd our pilgrimage here closes too. [falls, ther with his infinite knowledge can do no Watervliet, N. Y.
To meet the requirement, it is necessary
that we Be watchful; Be prayerful; Be careABUSING the body and keeping the body ful of our words and actions; Be charitable; under, are two different things. The former | Be honest; Be kindly affectioned one toward is a great sin, the latter a constant duty. another; Be forgiving; Be merciful; Be
ELVAH F. COLLINS.
EDNAH E. FITTS.
pure; Be peace makers; Be sure
Letter Box. right before commencing anything, whether of a temporal nature or spiritual interest; Be steadfast; Be what we seem to be, and
SOLOMON'S TEMPLE. seem to be what we really are.
For Juvenile Bible Scholars. Be industrious and active, soul and body. Whoever indulges in idleness, will find sooner or later, that time thus spent is lost. It is one of the strong holds of the Adversary Among many interesting and profitable leswhereby he helps some individuals to make sons to be learned from the Bible we may their profession nothing but a sham. Be class the history of Solomon's Temple. I thankful; Be prudent and saving of the presume many of my young friends have temporal blessings given; Be interested in all read in their Bibles about the temple at Jeruthat pertains to our spiritual welfare, and be salem, and that Jesus found persons there so earnestly devoted to the work of the gos- who sold sheep and oxen, and how he made pel, that those not of us, may take knowledge a small scourge and drove them out, saying : of us, as did the Jews of Peter and John, . Make not my Father's house a house of that we have not only been with Jesus, but merchandise. ” John ii., 16. You may have hold a relationship and union in the spirit wondered also, what kind of a place the temnever to be marred nor broken.
and by whom it was built? St. Paul said; “I am persuaded that As its name implies, it was built by King neither death nor life, nor angels, principali- Solomon nearly a thousand years before Jeties nor powers, nor things present, nor things sus was born, and required the labor of to come, nor height nor depth nor any other 183,000 men for seven years. Previous to creature, shall be able to separate us from the building of this temple, the Jews had the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our worshipped at the Tabernacle, which was a Lord.”
movable structure, adapted to their roving We should be more than persuaded. Be manner of life. After many severe battles, not indifferent; Be true to principle: Ilow the Israelites took possession of the kinggreat the privilege to be and do good. doms which God had promised Abraham. Canterbury, N. H.
As the Jews became established they made for themselves permanent dwellings and also
made the House of God. David, who was "I SHALL NOT PASS AGAIN THIS WAY."
king of Israel, purposed to build a house for The bread tbat bringeth strength I want to give, God, wherein should dwell the ark of the The water pure that bids the thirsty live;
covenant and made known his intention to I want to help the fainting day by day; “ I'm sure I shall not pass again this way."
Nathan, the prophet, who gave this answer,
that while God approved of his design, he I want to give the oil of joy for tears, The faith to conquer crowding doubts and fears;
could not permit him to build a house to his Beauty for ashes may I give alway;
name, because he had fought great battles " I'm sure I shall not pass again this way.”
and was a man of blood. I want to give good measure, running o'er,
By this we may learn that to give to God an And into angry hearts I want to pour
acceptable offering we must live in peace and The answer soft that turneth wrath away; " I'm sure I shall not pass again this way.'
love, one with another, for if we * Love not
our brother whom we have seen, how can we I want to give, e'en as the Master gave, IIelp to the erring; and I want to have
love God whom we have not seen.” David Forgiveness in my own heart from day to day; submitted to the will of God, but provided " I'm sure I shall not pass again this way."
gold, silver, iron, brass, timber and stone in I want to give to others hope and faith,
great abundance. He also gave his son a patI want to do all that the Master saith; I want to live aright from day to day;
tern of the house and with instructions how to " I'm sure I shall not pass again this way.”
build. Solomon was anointed king and in the - Selected.
fourth year of his reign began to build the
House of God. As Solomon needed more maritans heard that the children of captivity timber than his father had provided he had returned to Jerusalem and were rebuildmade an agreement with the king of Tyre, ing the temple, they formed a written accusathat he would give him a yearly supply of tion against them and presented it to the wheat and oil in exchange for cedar, fir and king. In consequence of this, the Jews ceased olive trees.
building, till encouraged by the prophet, and These were hewn by the Sidonians in the with the consent of the king, they again comforests of Lebanon. Hiram complied, and menced building the temple. Haggai prophcame to Jerusalem to assist Solomon. esied that the glory of this second teniple
The temple was built of stone made ready should exceed that of the first; not as being before it was brought to the place for use, and more magnificent in outward appearance, but there was neither hammer nor ax, nor any because in that place God would manifest his tool of iron heard in the house while it was power and propagate peace unto all nations. in building. 1 Kings, vi., 7.
In four years the temple was finished, and Some of the stones were forty feet long, although the treasures of the House of God, thirteen feet high, twenty feet thick, all of which the Chaldeans carried into Babylon, white marble. A description of this beauti- had been restored to the Jews, yet they could ful building may be read in 2 Chron. iii. not regain some things which the first conWhen it was finished the Elders and chief tained, and which constituted its chief glory, men in Israel assembled to dedicate it. The and wanting these, no Jew would admit that it priests brought the ark of the covenant out exceeded the former in glory. of the city of David, and placed it in the This second Temple stood unharmed neartemple, under the wings of the two cheru- ly three hundred and fifty years, when it was bim. There was nothing in the ark save the profaned and pillaged by the king of Syria. two tables of the law which Moses put there. An altar of Jupiter then occupied the place of in at Horeb, more than four centuries before. the sacred altar. About three years after
This celebrated temple remained in its glo- this, the J.'ws purified the temple and restored ry about thirty-four years when the king of to the Jews their worship. Egypt, carried away its treasures. Under This second temple stood nearly five hunthe Hebrew rulers, it fell into great decay, dred years when Herod the Great began to but was repaired B. C. eight hundred and repair it. This was before the birth of our eighty nine. Nearly one hundred years after Savior. The main building was completed Ahaz removed the brazen altar and placed a in nine and a half years. It was in this heathen altar in its stead. He also removed building that Jesus conversed with the Jewthe brazen sea, brake many of the sacred ish Doctors when he was twelve years of vessels and closed the temple.
Hezekiah age. cleansed the temple and restored all the ves- Jesus went to the passover of the Jews, sels ; but in the fourteenth year of his reign, and finding there, many persons engaged in he gave much of its wealth to the king of selling cattle and changing money, he made Assyria. His son Manasseh reared altars un- a scourge of small cords, and drove both the to Baal, in the temple and led the people in- people and cattle, from the courts of the temto idolatry. In the reign of Josiah he des- ple, overthrew the tables, and poured out the troyed idolatry and caused the temple to be changers' money, and said to them that sold cleansed and repaired. In the reign of Zede- doves; “ Take these things hence, make not kiah, B. C. six hundred and two, the temple my Father's house a house of merchandise.”' was destroyed by the Chaldeans.
In the court of the temple, Christ taught the THE SECOND TEMPLE.
people, and performed many miracles. AcAbout fifty years after the destruction of cording to Christ's prophecy, Jerusalem was the first temple, Cyrus king of Persia, was besieged by the Romans, A. D. 70, and the moved by spirit-direction, and granted the soldiers made a fort of the temple, and finalJews permission to return to their own coun- ly sacked and burned it. try, and rebuild the temple. When the Sa- Canterbury, N. H.