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Part II. shows the importance deemed; contemplate their joys and of religion to the usefulness and their employments, and long to be
united with the just made perfect, happiness of the people. Part
and with the innumerable company of III. describes the means best angels. Above all, let the meditacalculated for promoting the tions on God the Redeemer be sweet knowledge and spirit of religion. unto your thoughts. Contemplate your
nd heavenly Father's mercy and faithfulThe following extracts afford me
tress, his infinite glory, and his condeuseful specimens of this tract.
scending care. Look unto Jesus, the While recommending the duty author of eternal redemption : admire of religious meditation in retire- his transcendent excellence, his sufment, the author writes thus ; ferings and triumphs, the blessings “ The want of religious knowledge,
he bath purchased, the mediation, he and habitual neglect of serious consid
now accomplishes, and the happiness etation, proves the ruin of thousands.
prepared for all his followers." What real or persevering religion can The following observations, be expected from an uninformed, un- found in the concluding address disciplined, unthinking mind? And to parents, are very impressive. how unavailing must be all the means Too many parents, in the inferior of grace, if men will not allow them stations of life, foolishly suppose, selves leisure to examine their real
that if they can procure food and raistate before God, to ponder the things
ment for their children, they have which belong to their salvation, and to
sufficiently discharged their duty, meditate on the all-important doc
and that their early days are far more trines, promises, and precepts of
usefully employed in earning a little Scripture ? Some attention is neces- pittance, than in learning to read the sary to give the objects of sense their Scriptures. full force ; these are ever present,
“Cruel parents! is it thus you care and their influence is powerful; but
for the souls of your offspring? Is it of what is unseen and everlasting, a
thus you prepare them for acting an more fixed recollection is indispensa- honourable part in life? And is it bly necessary : this, in some mea
thus you fortify them against the dansure, removes the distance between
gerous temptations of an ensnaring heaven and earth ; brings spiritual
world? How false have you proved to objects near to the believing, reflect
your trust! and how regardless of the ing mind ; increases that faith which
divine requirements ! Your children is the substance of things hoped for ;
are uneducated; and are likely to reand derives from these unseen reali
main unprincipled through life: they ties, far nobler joy than can be obtain
will soon be beyond the reach of your ed from the most inviting pleasures
instruction, under the dominion of of sin. " Retire, therefore, by yourselves,
others, and engaged in the service of
their masters ; may it not be feared, into the fields or the closet, to medi.
that there they will act a wretched tate on heavenly themes; contemplate
part, until their intemperance, dishonwhat hath been, what is, and what
esty, and fraud, are detected, and shall be hereafter. Mark the ways
they themselves loaded with infamy of Providence ; and trace, with ad. miring acknowledgment, the doing of
and disgrace? To you, their parents, the Lord to yourselves, your family,
will be greatly owing their vices, and
their miseries. You taught them not, and your kindred. Look forward to
in early days, to dread the path of the future, but certain and approaching
destroyer: you implanted not in their scenes : an expiring world, a general
early minds the seeds of religious judgment, an unalterable state. How must these solemn prospects moder
knowledge; nay, you cruelly unfitted
thern for acquiring that knowledge, by ate your eagerness for the passing fashions of the world, and quicken
withholding from them the blessing
of education." your progress towards Zion. “Meditate on heaven, as the land of rest,
The careful and devout atand the sure inheritance of all the re: tention of parents to the follow
ing directions would greatly as to keep it holy, as a day of peculiar sist them in the religious educa
intercourse with heaven; and to seek
their delight in those spiritual duties tion of their children.
which become the followers of a risen “For fulfilling this duty, by a meth Saviour. Every man, therefore, who od easy to yourselves, and advanta bears the Christian name, ought to geous to your family, let me recom venerate the Sabbath. But heads of mend to your attention the venerable families, in busy or inferior stations, Assembly's Catechism. It contains may particularly prize this day of saa valuable and comprehensive sum cred rest; and ought carefully to mary of the Protestant religion : in guard against the misimprovement of it the sublime doctrines of Christiani. its valuable hours. The duties of the ty, its glorious privileges, and its closet must neither be omitted nor pure precepts, are stated with accu- superficially performed: the duties racy, arranged in order, and express of the sanctuary, if attended with reyed in language as plain as the subject erence, will yield sublimest satisfacwill admit. Cause your children and tion: yet let not these exclude the servants to learn this catechism ; ex- delightful exercises of family instrucplain its meaning; and allot propertion and devotion ; if these are omitseasons for examining their progress in ted; if you only are well employed ; the knowledge of Christian principles. if the members of your family are not
"No season can be more suitable attended to, they will increase, by for this profitable employment, and their bad example, that general pronone can be more convenient, than the fanation of the Sabbath which you so evening of the Lord's day: you are justly lament. Suffer, therefore, the not then fatigued with labour, nor en word of exhortation. On every recumbered by the interruptions of turning evening of that hallowed day, worldly business. That sacred day convene your children, domestics, and is appropriated for the purposes of servants; recommend religion to their obtaining and imparting heavenly attention and esteem; inquire into knowledge ; its precious hours must their conduct, and devotions, during not be squandered in the circle of the former part of the day; remind friends, nor in business, nor in recrea- them of what they heard in the tions: these are allowed in six suc. house of God; examine if they have ceeding days of each revolving week: committed to memory what you forone day of seven is the day of God; merly appointed ; commend the dilihe claims it for his own; he separates gent; encourage to farther improve. it for himself; and wills not that its ment; and close this profitable duty hallowed joys should be molested or with suitable counsels, and with the de abridged. He commands his people lightful solemnities of family worship.
INTELLIGENCE RESPECTING THE self would prevent it by all means in
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE my power. As the degeneracy of all SOCIETY.
outward churches is so great and
general, and still threatens to become (Continued from p. 483.) greater and more general, I comfort
myself with this, that the Lord is re. Extract of a Letter from a Roman
tiring into the inner temple, and Catholic Clergyman in Swabia. more gloriously building up the invis. “ I Feel the highest regard for ible church. At least he does not sit the wise and prudent zeal of the En. idle at the right hand of his father, glish Bible Committee, because it is nor can he lose bis suit : whatever my own desire to see the pure and may now be the appearance, he must genuine word of God spread, and am finally be the gainer. Our duty how. so entirely against all corruption of ever is this, to pray more earnestly phis invaluable treasure, that I my than ever : let thy kingdom come! Vol. II. No. 12. BBb b
and, Lord abide with us, for it is to- could be put into the hands of many wards eveningDr. Sailer, (who by pious Christians at a low price. his truly evangelical instructions and Thereby they would be comforted in writings has proved a great blessing their afflictions, strengthened in theit to the Roman Catholics in Germany) trials, and more preserved from the thus expresses himself in his last temptations of the world. Many es book: Christianity is so firmly cellent souls do not find in the public founded on its own basis, that after it religious instruction that for which has outlived the times of persecution, they hunger : are also often in the after it has remained unshaken in the confessional only judged for their outage of superstition, it will also outlive ward deeds, without being led to an this age of intidelity and contempt.' acknowledgment of their inward corTherefore we cannot sufficiently re- ruption, and to faith it the blood of goice, that we are privileged to serve Jesus their Redeemer : if these could such a Master, who is infinitely su- read the Holy Scriptures of the New perior to all his enemies, who has the Testament in the quiet time of holi victory in liis hands, ever since the days, their faith in the simple docworld has stood, who finally shall put trines from the mouth of Jesus Christ all enemies under his feet, at whose would, by the mercy of their Saviour, name every knee shall bow and every be thereby enlivened ; and the Lord's tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is gifts in the Holy Spirit be quickened Lord. Nor" shall we be able suffi- in them. They would hear the voice ciently to know and to appreciate all of the Father in their inward part, the excellencies of the kingdom which leads them to their Saviour, of of Christ, and the exalted dig- which Christ saith: They shall be nity of his person : never shall we all taught of God; and whosoever be able fully to comprehend the hath learned of the Father, and re. favour and happiness vouchsafed to ceiveth it, cometh unto me. them who shall be partakers of the " From these considerations has kingdom of God through faith in arisen, in the minds of some clergy. Christ. Would not even our blessed men, a wish to set on foot a cheap Lord and Saviour himself rejoice to German edition of the New Testasee the fraternal union which sub-ment, for the use of many pious Chrissists between us, the interest which tians, the Repository thereof to be at we mutually take in each other, and Ratisbon, in the Ecelesiastical Semthe sincerity of our wish to see all our inary, as a central place in Germany. brethrer become partakers of the "I hereby give this intelligence to same blessings? Yes, Lord ! let thy some known confessors of Christ, with kingdom come, and be extended fur- & request that they will consider the ther and further: May ou blessed matter before the Lord, recommend Lord and Saviour daily more become it to him in prayer; and if he is that which he is made of God unto pleased to afford them any opportunus, Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanc- ty to contribute in any way toward it, tification, and Redemption; yea may that they will not neglect it. Chrishe become our all in all, and we fruit- tian poverty and love have accomful branches in him the living vine. plished greater things in the world May light and life and love be multi- than the power and riches of this plied in us, and may the peace of God, world could do. which passeth all understanding, keep "O Lord! Redeemer of our souls ! our hearts and minds in the love of Shepherd of the small despised flock! God and his dear Son Jesus Christ.” do with this work as may please thee.
Thy kingdom proceeds an incessant Extract from an Advertisement of the pace in a still small way, and those
Roman Catholic Bible Society at Rat- who oppose it can do nothing against isbon, to the Christians of that Per- it, but become thy footstool, and consuasion throughout Germany.
tribute to the rest of thy feet in the - To those who value the Doctrine of peace of thy people. If it please thee, Jesus.
let thy holy history, the history of thy *Dear Brethren and Sisters in Christ! childhood, of thy ministry, of thy suf
" It is desirable, that the Holy fering, and of the victory of the Holy Scriptures of the New Testament Spirit in the apostles and firstlings of
the Christian Church, come into the them with a pecuniary aid, in order hands of thy little ones for their coin- that the whole Bible, or at least a fort and confirmation."
part of it, may be gratuitously or
cheaply distributed to the many indi. Extract of a Letter from a recpectable gent persons who are at present des
Lutheran Minister in Esthonia titute of this treasure. . “As you made some inquiries re
"In the mean while I shall endear. specting the state of the Bible in the
our to form a Bible Society in our Russian Empire, permit me now to
parts; and should it please the
British and Foreign Bible Society to return you the following answer :“ Among the poorer classes of our
lend us their generous aid in procur. countrymeo the Holy Scriptures are
ing a fund for such an institution, I So scarce. that perhaps out of 100 have not a moment's doubt, that ma. families hardly five will be found in ny gentlemen in our parts would possession of a Bible or New Testa
thereby be excited to take an active mcat.
part in such a benevolent design." "The scarcer Bibles are, the more
Ch. Ob. diligently they are read by the peo.
INDIA. ple when they can obtain them.
Extract of a Letter from J. Mursh. “ Throughout the whole province
man to the Rev. Dr. Green, Philadelof Esthonia there is a great want of
phia, dated Seram port, November Bibles, chiefly among the Swedish
4th, 1806. and Esthonian peasants.
REVEREND AND DEAR SIR, « There is in gencral neither a You will be pleased to hear that public nor private institution for the the Lord has not forsaken us; but still express purpose of relieving this continues to own our humble and weak want by a gratuitous or cheap distri efforts to promote his cause in this bution of Bibles, except a few small land, within about twenty months legacies, which have been left to some past we have baptized nearly fifty of churches for supplying the schools those who once bowed down to dumb with Bibles.
idols, the greater part of whom, by “ Many, who are destitute of the their walk and conversation, afford us Bible, express a great desire after 4 degree of pleasure peculiar, per. this treasure, which desire is increas. haps, to persons in our circunstances. ed, when they find it in the possession We have, also, the happiness of of others.
seeing not a few of them our helpers “I have not a moment's doubt, in the work of the Lord. Had you that here a Society of respectable been present this evening you would Clergymen and other pious Chris- bave felt pleasure of no common kind, tians might be formed for the express while joining with us in giving the purpose of spreading the Bible more parting benediction to six natiuc brethgenerally.
ren, going out to carry the news of life "I feel the less hesitation in saying to their perishing fellow country. that such a Society might be estab men. lished, because among the 50 or 60 It will be acceptable to the friends clergymen in this country, as also of God and man, with you, to hear among the private gentlemen in Lap. that their generous exertions to forponia, several are known to me as ward the translations of the Sacred men who feel the most lively interest Scriptures into the Indian languages, in enlightening the mind, and mel. are not in vain. The Lord is greatly jorating the state and condition of enlarging us in this work, and that in their fellow-creatures, by faith in such a manner as leaves no doubt Christ.
whether it be his hand or not. The « Permit me now, reverend and New Testament, in five languages, is dear Sir, to accompany this informa- now in the press ; the Bengalee, the tion with a humble petition to the Hindoosthanee, the Mahratta, the British and Foreign Bible Society Orissa, and the Sangskrit languages; kindly to remember the 50 country and translations in five others are go. parishes in Esthonia, which containing forward successfully. Among at least 15,000 families, and to assist these the goodness of God respecting
the Chinese, demands particular ac, oracles' being one day, not only whol. knowledgments (when we consider the ly translated into that extraordinary number of souls interested) in giving language, but of this translation being us so able and judicious a translator so fully revised, and compared with in the person of Mr. Lossar, and in other writings, in the language, as enabling some of the younger branch- shall remove every doubt of its fidelity es of the family to make so rapid a and accuracy. With the most corprogress in the Chinese language and dial ragards to our honoured Christian characters, as well as in the originals brethren with you, I remain, rererend of the Scriptures, that the most pleas- and dear Sir, very sincerely yours. ing prospect is afforded of the sacred