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Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me. Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places. The Lord liveth ; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation. It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me, and that bringeth me forth from mine enemies : thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. si He is the tower of $1 Wise princes study how to upsalvation for his king: and hold religion by their laws—and still sheweth mercy to his anointe more, by their example : remembered, unto David, and to his
ing that without the favour of Hea
ven, all their wisest counsels come seed for evermore.
King Charles the Martyr.
MORNING. 2 SAMUEL I. Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag; it came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head : and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance. And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped. And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people are also fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also. And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead? And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I. And he said unto me, Who art thou ? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me : for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me. ** So I stood upon him, and 10 The sin of this Amalekite was slew him, because I was sure twofold. He took the life of man ; that he could not live after and that man, a king *. that he was fallen : and I took the crown that was upon bis head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord. Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him : 12 and they mourn 12 What a noble trait is this in the ed, and wept, and fasted un- character of David! He mourns his til even, for Saul, and for persecutor. Enmity has no place in Jonathan his son, and for the that heart which is devoted to God. people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel ; because they were fallen by the sword. And David said unto the young man that told hin, Whence art thou ? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an
14 Well may they fear who stretch Amalekite. 14 And David
out their hand, and contrive evil said unto him, How wast against their sovereign. Loyalty has thou not afraid to stretch no surer guard than religion. If forth thine hand to destroy men “ fear God," they will “ honour the Lord's anointed ? And
the king.” Loyalty and religion go
hand in hand. David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. And David said unto him, Thy blood be! upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the Lord's anointed. And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son : (also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow : behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.) 19 The beauty of Israel is 19 No heart can read this tender slain upon thy high places : and affecting lament, unmoved ; for how are the mighty fallen! where are they that never mourned Tell it not in Gath, publish a friend + ?
* Nor was his sin palliated by Saul's command to slay him. No man's life is in his own power to take away ; consequently it is sin to aid man in compassing his own death. As life is the gift of God, so to take it away is the prerogative of God. And though sorrows and calamities sometimes accumulate in such weight, that the spirit of a man feareth lest he sustain not his infirmity, let not despair enter into his heart! God is ever present, and never-neder does he forsake the patient sufferer. Let us remember Job. He looked to the end ; and, in the prospect of rest in heaven, bore patiently one calamity after another ; reconciling all by the plain truth—“ It is the Lord.”
+ The parent laments the young and the beautiful- the flower withered in the bud. The good and the wise—they too die ! and leave behind sorrowing friends to mourn them. Then is the Christian's triumph ! he sorrows, not as a man without hope." The dead are but gone to their rest before him.
it not in the streets of Askelon ; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. 2. Ye mountains of 21 How touching is this appeal to Gilboa, let there be no dew, inanimate nature ! To the heart, neither let there be rain, upon sunk in the gloom of sorrow, the you, nor fields of offerings :
bright sunshine seems a mockery ;
and as for scenes of sweet repose, for there the shield of the
they are viewed but in painful conmighty is vilely cast away, trast with the storms and tempests the shield of Saul, as though agitating the heart, which adversity he had not been anointed with and trouble beat against. oil. From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided : they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel. How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places. I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan : very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished !
EVENING. JEREM. xii. or Dan. ix. to ver. 22.
JEREMIAH xii. * RIGHTEOUS art thou, O
Since we believe, with the proLORD, when I plead with,
phet, that the Lord is righteous and thee: yet let me talk with just,' we see, in the unequal distributhee of thy judgments : tion of good and ill in this life, a sure Wherefore doth the way of evidence of full retribution in the
nert. the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that
thót ? They professed God with their
mouth," but their hearts ; or reins, deal very treacherously ? were far from him. * Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root : they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit : thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins. But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.
How long shall the land 4 Yet God shall see their last hours, mourn, and the herbs of every and their good or their ill shall be field wither, for the wicked. open before Him. ness of them that dwell therein ? the beasts are consumed,
and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end. “If thou hast run with 5 Since the world cannot enable w the footmen, and they have to bear the lesser ills the ills of this wearied thee, then how canst life, how shall it sustain us under the thou contend with horses ? greater ills—the ills for which ve and if in the land of peace, must answer in the next life! wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thu do in the swelling of Jordan ? For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously with thee ; yea, they have called a multitude after thee believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee. ? I have forsaken mine house, TO God ! have pity ! O do nos I have left mine heritage ; forsake me! Save me, for thou hast I have given the dearly be- redeemed me! loved of my soul into the 8 God's people were so degraded by hand of her enemies. 8 Mine their evil passions, that they became heritage is unto me as a lion as beasts and birds of prey. in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore have I hated it. Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour. 10 The generals and leaders of the 10 Many pastors have destroy- Chaldean army desolated the land. ed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart. The spoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness : for the sword of the LORD shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land : no flesh shall have peace. They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns : they have put themselves to pain, but shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the LORD. Thus saith the LORD against all mine evil neighbours, that touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them. 15 After the captivity, the Lord 15 And it shall come to pass, would have compassion upon them, after that I have plucked and restore them. them out, I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land. 16 And it 16 Jew and Gentile shall be united shall come to pass, if they as one church - one people-one will diligently learn the ways family of God.
of my people, to swear by my name, The Lord liveth ; as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of my people. But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the
DANIEL ix. to ver. 22. In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; 'in the first year 2 The prophecies of Jeremiah here of his reign I Daniel under referred to, were delivered about sixty stood by books the number years before : and sixty-eight years of the years, whereof the word
reof the word of the captivity had already passed. of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in 3 Fere are called to engage in great the desolations of Jerusalem. events ; but every man has duties to * And I set my face unto the perform : and he is the wise man, Lord God, to seek by prayer
who, longing for wisdom to perform
them well, seeketh his God in prayer. and supplications, with fast- + If we would end our services in ing, and sackcloth, and ashes: hope, we must begin them in re+ and I prayed unto the LORD pentance, and continue them in faith. my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; we have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: 6 Can it be no sin now to reject the
neither have we hearkened counsel offered by the ministers of unto thy servants the pro- the same word, the servants of the phets, which spake in thy same God? name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 0 7 How striking the contrast between Lord, righteousness belongeth the perfection of the Creator and the unto thee, but unto iis con- nothingness of the creature. fusion of faces, as at this day; Kings and their subjects, if they to the men of Judah, and to would
and to would have national prosperity, must the inhabitants of Jerusalem, e
evidence national righteousness. and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; 10 Lo ! the authority of your minis1 neither bave we obeyed the ter is the delegated authority of God.