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adapted for learned bearers, but my Vandals could not understand you. I compare them to a crying babe, who is sooner satisfied with the breast of its mother, than with the richest confectionaries: so my people are more pourished by the simple word of the Gospel, than by the deepest erudition, though accompanied with all the embellishments of eloquence.”
Chap. iii, ver. 21, 22, 23.—Therefore let no man glory in men: for all things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come ;
all are yours;
ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's.
Dr. Stonehouse, who attended Mr. Hervey during his last illness, seeing the great difficulty and pain with which be spoke, and finding by his pulse, that the pangs of death were then coming on, desired that he would spare himself: “No,” said he, “ Doctor, No: You tell me I have but a few minutes to live; oh! let me spend them in adoring our great Redeemer. Though my flesh and my heart fail me, yet God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” He then expatiated in the most striking manner, on these words of Paul, “ All things are yours, life and death ; things present, and things to come; all are yours; and yeare Christ's, and Christ is God's.' “ Here, says he, is the treasure of a Christian, and a poble treasure, it is. Death is reckoned in this inventory: how thankful am I for it, as it is the passage through which I get to the Lord, and giver of eternal life; and as it frees me from all the misery you see me now endure, and which I am willing to endure as long as God thinks fit; for I know he will by and by, in his good time, dismiss me from the body. These light afflictions are but for a moment, and then comes an eternal weight of glory. Oh welcome, welcome, death! thou mayest well be reckoned
among the treasures of the Christian. To live is Christ, but to die is gain.”
Chap. iv, ver. 4.-For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not bereby justified ; but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
The celebrated Mr. Shepherd, when on his deathbed, said to some young ministers who had come to see hiin, “ Your work is great, and calls for great seriousness." With respect to bimself, be told these three things: First, That the studying of his sermoos very frequently cost him tears. Secondly, Before he preached any sermon to others, he got good by it bimself. And thirdly, That he always went to the pulpit, as if he were immediately after to render an account to his Master.
Chap. iv, ver. 13.—Being defamed, we entreat; we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.
“One Sabbath afternoon,” says Mr. Lacey, a missionary in the East Indies, " the people were extremely violent, shouting, “A lie! a lie!' at every word spoken. Some called aloud to drown my voice ; others made impudent gestures, and excited a loud obscene laugh: and, in short, all means of diverting the attention of the hearers were resorted to. Some few, I observed, were more backward in the crowd, more serious, and seemed to feel the force of truth; these encouraged me to proceed. Upon others, persecution seemed to make a favorable impression : these came and complained of the folly and ignorance of the mob; but soon had their mouths stopped by hearing, “Ah! are you of the caste, to blaspheme the mara poboo? It is blaspherning to hear tbis idiot's words, come away!' The epithets, fool, thief, liar, &c, were liberally bestowed this evening. Brother Bampton came up, followed by a mob, shouting him away. We both retired together, amidst the shouts and hisses of the multitude, and a sbower of dust and broken pots."
Chap. v, ver. 7, 8.-Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
General Burn, in recording his experience, says, “ One Lord's day, when I was to receive the sacrament, before I approached that sacred ordinance, my conscience so keenly accused me on account of this beloved idol (playing at cards) that I hardly knew what to do with myself. I tried to pacify it by a renewal of all my resolutions, with many additions and amendments. I parleyed and reasoned the matter over for hours, trying, if possible, to come to some terms of accommodation, but still the obstinate monitor within cried out, • There's an Achan in the camp; approach the table of the Lord if you dare! Scared at the threat, and yet unwilling to part with my darling lust, I became like one possessed. Restless and uneasy, I flew out of the house to vent my misery with more freedom in the fields under the wide canopy of heaven. Here I was led to meditate on the happiness of the righteous, and the misery of the wicked in a future state. The importance of eternity falling with a ponderous weight upon my soul, raised such a vebement indignation against the accursed thing within, that crying to God for help, I kneeled dowo uoder a hedge, and taking Heaven and Earth to witness, wrote on a piece of paper with my pencil a solemn vow, that I never would play at cards, on any pretence whatsoever, so long as I lived. No sooner bad I put my name to that solemn vow, than I felt myself another creature. Sorrow took wiog and flew away, and a delightful peace succeeded. The intolerable burden being removed from my mind, I approached the sacred table of the Lord with an unusual degree of pleasure and delight. This was not my only idol. I had many others to contend with. But wbile I was endeavoring to heal my wounded soul in one place, ere I'was aware sin broke out in another."
Chap. v, ver. 9, 10.-I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
Mr. Robert Blair, in a memoir of his life, written by himself, says, “ That year (1616) having, upon an evening, been engaged in company with some irreligious persons, when I returned to my chamber, and went to my ordinary devotion, the Lord did show me so much displeasure and wrath, that I was driven from prayer, and heavily threatened to be deserted of God: For this I bad a restless night, and resolved to spend the next day in extraordinary humiliation, fasting and prayer; and, toward the evening of that day, I found access to God, with sweet peace, through Jesus Christ, and learned to beware of such company; but then I did run into another extreme of rudeness and incivility toward such as were profane and irreligious, so hard a thing is it for short-sighted sinners to hold the right and the straight way.'
Chap. vi, ver. 7.—Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another : why do ye not rather take wrong; why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded ?
Mr. Philip Henry relates a remarkable story concerning a good old friend of his, who when young, being an orphan, was greatly wronged by his uncle.
His portion, which was £200, was put into the hands of that uncle; who, when he grew up, shuffled with him, and would give bim but £40 instead of his £200, and he had no way of recovering his right but by law ; but before he would engage in that, he was willing to advise with his minister, who was the famous Dr. Twiss of Newberry; the counsel he gave him, all things considered, was for peace sake, and for the preventing of sip and snares, and troubles, to take the f40 rather than contend ; " and Thomas," said the doctor, “if thou dost so, assure thyself that God will make it up to thee and thine, some other way, and they that defraud thee will be the losers by it at last.” He did so, and it pleased God so to bless that little which he began the world with, that when he died in a good old age, he left his son possessed of some bundreds a year, wbilst be that had wronged him fell into poverty.
Chap. vi, ver. 10.-For drunkards shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
A parent once said to a sabbath school teacher, “Ob sir! I am very glad that you have got a school for boys on Sunday nights. I had such a reprimand and serion from my little lad the other night, as I never had before in my life. After he came home last Sunday night, he sat down very thoughtful and at last began to cry, and said, . Oh father! if you go and get drunk, you will go to hell; and if I were to go to heaven, and see you on the left hand, oh how shall I cry and wish you to come to me!'”
Chap. vii, ver. 16.-For what knowest thou, oh wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband ?
A married woman who was called effectually by Divine grace, and became an exemplary Christian, bad a husband who was a lover of pleasure and of sin. When spending an evening as usual with his compan