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before them; and behind be so terrible that none can withthem a flame burneth : the stand them, and so sure that none land is as the garden of Eden increased, how will that certainty be

can escape, how will that terror be before them, and behind them rendered more manifest in the final a desolate wilderness; yea, judgment. and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in

6 This is a type of the last gathering battle array

Before their of God's creatures, when dark shame face the people shall be much shall for ever cover the despisers of pained : all faces shall gather his word, and the opposers of his

will. blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks : neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path : and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. They shall run to and, fro in the city ; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the window like a thief. earth shall

10 Princes, and men of renown, quake before them; the hea- whose splendour now is like the sun vens shall tremble : the sun

in its brightness, shall be darkened ; and the moon shall be dark, and the earth itself shall pass away.

11 No earthly trumpet shall then and the stars shall withdraw sound—but an angel voice, trumpettheir shining: " and the tongued, shall summon all to judg. LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word : for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who

1? If it were folly in Israel pot to be can abide it?

Therefore moved from a wicked course by the also now, saith the LORD, prospect of temporal calamities, how turn ye even to me with all shall our folly be characterised, if we

each turn not from our wickedness your heart, and with fasting, in the prospect of eternal judgment. and with weeping, and with mourning : 13 and rend your

13 O the blessing of a contrite heart! heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and iful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repent- 14 Perhaps he may spare somewhat eth him of the evil. 14 Who of the produce of the land. knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him: even a meat offering and a drink offering unto



21 Fear the Lord be thy God.

the trumpet in Zion, sanctify people in supplication before their a fast, call a solemn assembly:

God. gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts ; let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them : wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you com, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith : and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen : but I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.

21 Fear not ! Only take heed that not, O land ; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things. Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field :- for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig-tree and the vine do yield their strength. Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God : for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first fronth. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and 25 The devastation caused by these oil. * And I will restore to scourges of the Lord, He will in you the years that the locust mercy compensate. hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

ye shall eat in plenty, 26 Neter! no, not even before angels and be satisfied, and praise shall they be ashamed. (Matt. x. 32.) the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else : and my people shall never be ashamed. 28 And it shall 28 Thisforetels the universal spreadcome to pass afterward, that ing of the Gospel, and the full outI will pour out my spirit pouring of the gift of the Holy

Ghost. upon all flesh; and your

And ye

sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens, and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned 31 The laws and ordinances of the into darkness, and the moon kingdom, together with their rulers, into blood, before the great shall first experience great and awful and the terrible day of the changes : as was the case in JeruLORD come. And it shall salem, before its destruction. come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered : for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

EVENING. Micau vi. "HEAR ye now wùat the God, in his works of nature, well LORD saith ; Arise, contend teaches us to honour Him as a God thou before the mountains, of grace. and let the hills hear thy voice. Hear ye, O mountains, the Lord's controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth : for the Lord hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel. O my 3 And does not the Lord now plead people, what have I done with thee! Have his unbounded unto thee? and wherein have mercies in thy redemption through I wearied thee? testify against Christ, from a worse than Egyptian me. For I brought thee up bondage, wearied thee? out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. so my people, remember 5 Did God turn the intended curses now what Balak king of of Balaam into blessings for his Moab consulted, and what people ? Remember-He is at hand Balaam the son of Beor an- to bless thee! to turn thy trials into swered him from Shittim unto blessings, and make even thine ene

mies to be at peace. Gilgal ; that ye may know ** the righteousness of the Lord. Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old ? will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with tens of thousands of rivers of oil ? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8 He hath shewed 8 The characteristics of a Holy life thee, O man, what is good; -how nobly are they here set forth? and what doth the Lord re- A glorious spirit is his, who with all

quire of thee, but to do justly, the high hopes of an inheritance in and to love mercy, and to Heaven, walks humbly with his God : walk humbly with thy

God? Humility, always laudable, is then

beyond praise. * The Lord's voice crieth

9 Wisdom acknowledges, in every unto the city, and the man of chastening, the hand of a Heavenly wisdom shall see thy name: Father. hear ye the rod, and who 10 How carefully the Almighty inhath appointed it. 10 Are sists upon peace and goodwill towards there yet the treasures of man in those who profess glory and wickedness in the house of

honour towards Him. the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable? Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights ? For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins. " Thou 14 Nothing shall prosper with the shalt eat, but not be satis- wicked. All shall be disappointment. fied; and thy casting down They shall feed on bitter ashes. shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword. Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but 16 The ten tribes had broken the shalt not drink wine. 16 For unity of the Church-yielding to the the statutes of Omri are kept, evil and idolatrous practices of Umri and all the works of the house

and Ahab. of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels ; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.

The highest earthly advantages profit not a people, but come to nought, when true religion and piety cease to flourish and abound.

Che twenty-first Sunday after Trinitp.

MORNING. HABAKKUK Ü. 'I will stand upon my watch, Thus your ministers wateh unto and set me upon the tower, prayer to God for your souls.

The Lorl accepts no service either of humility from those who are proud of heart towards their fellow-creatures, or of honour from him who scorneth the simple, or of duty from them who oppress or defraud their neighbour. His eye is upon the unjust balance, as well as upon the unbelieving heart-upon the unjust worshipper, as upon the despiser of and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. * Behold, his

+ Faith is life to the soul. Even soul which is lifted up is not the just in their most righteous and upright in him: but the just holy service, live not through their shall live by his faith. *Yea own righteousness, or by their own also, because he transgresseth holiness, but by faith in the Holy

One-the Lord, their righteousness by wine, he is a proud man, Pause, and ask your own heart

. If neither keepeth at home, who thus even the just live only by faith, enlargeth his desire as hell, wherewithal shall the ungodly and and is as death, and cannot

wicked save their souls alive? Is

there another Saviour ! be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and insatiable of empire. O Reader!

5 The ambition of Chaldea was ever heapeth unto him all people: guard thine own heart. Be not amshall not all these take up a bitious of greatness among thy fel. parable against him, and a low-creatures. He that is least in taunting proverb against him, the Gospel kingdom, the same shall

be great in the kingdom of heaven. and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his ! how long ? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay! Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them? Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that 9 Covetousness is idolatry. Avarice dwell therein. Woe to him is as wretched as it is wicked. It that coveteth an evil covet

pines amid plenty : ungrateful to

God, uncharitable towards man". ousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil! Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul. For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it. 12 Woe to him that buildeth a

12 God's anger is against cruelty ;

whether in a nation as the Babytown with blood, and sta- lonians,or in any individual. Special.

* Avoid thinking that when rich, no harm can reach you. That is to build a Babel tower, and to call down upon yourself God's just vengeance. It often happens that when men have heaped up all the wealth which they hope will deliver them from the power of evil,” then, sickness,

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