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over his master's words. Some time after, his master observed him in the yard, and was very much surprised to see him so altered. There was a seriousness and quietness about him which he had never seen before; and he often seemed as if be bad something to say which he could not get out.

At length, his master was so struck with his manner, that he asked him if he wanted any thing. “ Ab! master,” said he, “ do you remember what you said to me about swearing, and the tract you gave me? I was thunderstruck. I went on the road, and I got through the turopike, and reached S- moor; and there I thought, that though I was alone, yet God was with me; and I trembled to think how he bad been with me, and had known all my sins and follies all my life long. My sins came to my remembrance; I was afraid that he would strike me dead; and I thank God that I have been roused to seek after the salvation of my poor soul.”. The master, as may be supposed, was greatly rejoiced to hear the young man's confession; and it is gratifying to be able to add, that his diligent attendance on the means of grace, and the reformation in his conduct, give solid ground for hoping that he has not only ceased to be a swearer, but a slave of Satan altogether.

Chap. iii, ver. 16.--For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Mr. Nott, missionary in the South Sea Islands, was on one occasion reading a portion of the Gospel of John to a puinber of the natives. When he had finished the sixteenth verse of the third chapter, a native, who had listened with avidity and joy to the words, interrupted him, and said, “ What words were those you read ? What sounds were those I heard ? Let me hear those words again?” Mr. Nott read again the verse, “ God so loved,” &c, wben the native

rose from his seat, and said, “ Is that true? Can that be true? God love the world, when the world not love him. God so love the world, as to give his Son to die, that man might not die. Can that be true?” Mr. Nott again read the verse, “ God so loved the world,” &c, told him it was true, and that it was the message God had sent to them, and that whosoever believed in him, would not perish, but be happy after death. The overwhelming feelings of the wondering native were too powerful for expression or restraint. He burst into tears, and as these chased each other down bis countenance, he retired to meditate in private on the amazing love of God, which had that day touched his soul; and there is every reason to believe he was afterwards raised to share the peace and happiness resulting from the love of God shed abroad in his heart.

Chap. iii, ver. 30.—He must increase, but I must decrease.

Mr. Venn, when removed to the obscurity of Yelling, never appeared to gain acceptance with the rude rustics amongst whom he sojourned; and at length, being incapable of much service, he was assisted by a curate from Wales, who attracted the people surprisingly “ Honest Evans," said he, “ carries all before him." His family were a little jealous of this unexpected preference; but he rebuked them: “ Carry me to bear birn,” said he,“ God honors bim, and I will honor him. Have you ever studied that text brother-'He must increase, but I must decrease ? • A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.'

Chap. iv, ver. 6,7.--Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well; and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said unto her, Give me to drink.

6 When in the market place," says the Rev. Jonas King, missionary in Greece, “ I saw several women who had water to sell: good water here is scarce; and brought from the monastery, which is a considerable distance from the city. As I passed by them, one of them asked me to drink; I told her that I had plenty of good water at my house: still, however, she asked me again if I would not drink. I replied, “ There is one who can give us water, of which if we drink, we shall never thirst. He tbat drinks of this water, will thirst again: but the other is the water of eternal life; and he who drinks of it, will thirst no more.” This reply, which I supposed would be understood, seemed to excite some wonder and curiosity; and several young men who were near, came round me to hear wbat I had said to the woman. One of the young men said, “Sir, where is that water? We wish for it. Where is be who has it?" I said, " Come with me to my house, and I will show you. It is Jesus Christ.” Still they did not seem to understand; and some said, “He must be a physician; he will give us something which will prevent us from thirsting.” As many began to collect, I thought it best to go awa:", and returned to my lodgings. Several young men, however, followed me, and expressed a desire to know where that water, of which I had spoken, could be found : so I took the New Testament, and read to them a part of the fourth chapter of St. John's Gospel, from the fifth to the fifteenth verse: and gave them the book to carry with them to the market place to read the whole chapter, and explain what I had said to those who were desirous of knowing. “Ah!" said one of them, after I had read the portion above mentioned, “ I perceive that he is speaking in a figure;” and went on explaining to the others what he supposed I intended to say.”

Chap. iv, ver. 22.--Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

Mr. Roby of Manchester, at the meeting of the British and Foreign Bible Society, introduced the following anecdote:-“A few of our collectors requested a merchant to become a subscriber. Pleading the hardness of the times, be declined subscribing, but offered them some refreshment. On their entersng the parlor, a little boy about seven years of age, said, “What are those gentlemen ?' • The friends of the Bible Society,' replied the father. Well,' said the child, (previously instructed by his mother.) • I hope you will give them something. The father still urged his inability. • Where are these Bibles to be distributed ?" said the boy. •In our own country, and in the East, replied the father. • And did we not receive the Bible from the east?' “Yes,' answered the father. • Surely then,' said the child, we are bound in gratitude to return it. Papa, where is the guinea I gave you the other day to take care of? I should be glad to give them that.' The father was overcome,

and made a liberal contribution ! Chap. v, ver. 24, 25.-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live.

The following examination took place on the fifth chapter of John's Gospel, in one of the schools of the Hibernian Society.--" I asked the meaning,” says the visitor, “ of the 24th verse. • He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.' A boy about thirteen years of age answered, “Jesus said, He that heareth my words, and believeth on God the Father,

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who sent me into this world, hath everlasting life.' I asked what was everlasting life. He answered, • Heaven and glory for ever.' I asked what was the meaning of not coming into condemnation; and be said, · Not to be condemned with the wicked to everlasting punishment, but to pass from death unto lise, by believing in Jesus Christ. I again asked what was the voice of the Son of God, mentioned in the 25th verse.

swered, “The Scripture is the voice, and the dead in sins, that will hear the Scriptures wbich speak of Jesus, sball live for ever.' I also asked who was the Son of man mentioned in the 27th

He replied, “Jesus was the son of man.' I said, How can Jesus be the Son of God and the Son of man? He answered, · Because he came from heaven he was the Son of God, and because be was born of the Jews he was the Son of man.'"

Chap. v, ver. 39.-Search the Scriptures ; for in them

have eternal life : and they are they which testify of me.

A sermon having been preached for the Bible Society a number of years ago in England, the next day the poor people of the place brought their little contributions to the clergyman's house. A little girl, four or five years old, accompanied her elder sister; and after listening with eager attention to all that passed, at last cried out,“ I will go for my money too, that I will.” The clergyman, thinking that so young a child could not understand the meaning of what had been said, asked her what she wanted to do with her money. “ To give it to you,” she replied, “ that you may buy Bibles for the poor negroes."

“ But what good will the Bible do them, my dear ?" “ Ob, it will tell them all about Jesus Christ; and how to get to beaven.-So be sure to buy Bibles with my money, and send them to the poor black men,” she added, with great earnestness, and tears in her eyes.

Chap. vi, ver 32.—Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses


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