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them." (Ez. xxxvi. 37.) Whence we learn, that waiting humbly upon God with earnest prayer, is His appointed way of obtaining this inestimable blessing. Begin, therefore, without delay. The precious moments of irrevocable time are rapidly passing away. Eternity-Eternity is just at hand! And, oh ! who can tell what will be the miserable condition of your soul, if, after this warning, you should be swept into eternity unprepared ?
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? and understanding put forth her voice ?Now, therefore, hearken unto me, O ye children : for, blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me, findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul : all they that hate me love death." (Prov. viii. 1, 32—36.) “To-day, if you will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness : When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known iny ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.” (Ps. xcv. 7–11.)
THE PROMISED COVENANT:
A Solemn and Affectionate Address
CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB,
SOME SERIOUS CONSIDERATIONS RESPECTING THE PRESENT STATE, THE HOPE, AND FUTURE
GLORY OF ISRAEL.
“Thus saith the High and Lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy;
I dwell in the high and holy place ; with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth : for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made. For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.”-(Isaiah lvii. 15-18.)
THE PROMISED COVENANT.
Men and brethren ! Children of the stock of Abrahanı! You cannot be ignorant, that the Lord has made to
your nation many very great and precious promises of peace and glory in the latter days. Are not these your grounds of hope and consolation in your present dispersion and affliction ? and would not he be most unworthy of the name of Israel who should forget or despise them? It is perhaps not so well known to you, though it is certainly a fact, that there are many, who do not belong to the house of Israel after the flesh, but who are faithful disci. ples of Moses and the prophets, who are deeply concerned for your real prosperity, and affectionately desirous that those promises should be fulfilled to you; and who rejoice in hope that "the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." “ For the LORD shall comfort Zion : he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody." (Is. xxxv. 10;
I would humbly and affectionately introduce myself to you as one of that number ; and, being convinced that those promised blessings ought to be diligently considered and sought after, I request your attention to some serious reflections, which have occurred to my mind, in studying the writings of Moses and the prophets, and in comparing those writings with your present situation. In order to give some degree of order and connexion to this address, I refer you to a passage in one of your prophets, which appears to me exceedingly precious and important, and