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know that lambs are innocent creatures. When you quarrel with one another, you act, not as Christ's lambs, but rather as young bears and wolves.

6. If you fear God, you will endeavour to do good according to your ability : and besure, you will be careful to do no mischief, to have no con. cern in any wicked plans that are proposed. If finners entice you, you will not consent; but will turn from them and pass away : you will have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness; but will rather reprove them : you will say to evil doers, “ Depart from us, for we will keep the commandments of God.” We read of fome, who Deep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. Never join such parties as thefe ; for “a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, and feet that are swift in running to mischief, are abomination to the Lord.” And “ a companion of fools will be destroyed.”

7. If you fear God, you will honour your parents : For this is his command, “Honour thy father and mother, that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest live long on the earth.” Speak of them with respect, behave toward them with reverence, obey them with cheerfulness, and regard their will, when you are absent from them, as well as when you are present with them. Solomon says, “ The eye that mocketh his father and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles fhall eat it."

His meaning is, Such ungracious and wicked creatures, as mock and despise a parent, while children, will probably prove rogues and villains, when they grow up; so that God, in his wrath, will give them up to an untimely death,

and leave them to be devoured by ravenous beasts and birds. 8. If

you fear God, you will betake yourselves to Jesus Christ, the Saviour of lost sinners.

He came to seek and to save them that are loft. When you compare your hearts and lives with God's holy law, you see that you have transgress. ed it. This law condemns every one who continues not in all things written therein to do them. Christ by his death hath redeemed us from the curse of the law-you can have redemption only by faith in him as a dying Saviour. The fear of God, as a holy and righteous Being, will lead you to Christ, who came to save you from the wrath to come. The law of God is a schoolmaster to bring you to Christ, that you may be justified by faith. Christ invites all weary and heavyladen sinners, all who feel their guilt and see their danger, to come unto him, that they may find rest to their souls. Them who come to him, he will in no wife cast out.

FINALLY; If you fear God, keep his command. ments. Do what he requires, and shun what he forbids. Keep out of the company of wicked children, as much as you can, left you learn their ways, and get a snare to your souls. When you see evil in other children, reprove them ; if they are so proud and scornful, that they will not regard you, desire those who are older to reprove them. “He that converteth a finner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide the multitude of sins."

Thus, my children, I have taught you, what it is to fear God, and why you should fear him. I hope you have hearkened, while I have been speaking. Forget not what has been said. Think of it after you go home, and pray God to impress it on your hearts. If you knew you should die, in two or three days, would you not regard what. has been spoken ? You know not how soon you shall die. Many die young. How happy. it is to be always ready. If you live to be old, death is not far off. “ Man that is born of a woman is of few days.” God has called you to obtain falvation through Christ. Give diligence to make your calling sure. Now is the accepted time ; now is the day of salvation. If you despise God's calls and relift his grace, when you are young, perhaps you will be hardened through the deceitfulness of fin, and rejected of God forever.

Hear then and regard the words of David in our text and the verses which follow :-“Come, ye children, hearken unto me, and I will teach you the fear of the Lord. What man is he that defireth life and loveth many days, that he may see good ? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil and do good ; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry. But the face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut of their remembrance from the earth. Evil fhall lay the wicked. But the Lord redeemeth the soul of his fervants; and none of them that trust in him Thall be desolate.


ALMIGHTY God! Thou hast created me by thy power, preserved me by thy care, and supported me by thy goodness. From thee I derived my being, my reafon, and all my powers. I am indebted to thee for all

that I have ; I am dependent on thee for all that i want; and I owe to thee all that I can do. I would be humbled before thee for all my childish follies and youthful vanities ; for the corruptions of my heart, and the iniquities of my life. I pray thee, O God, to deliver me from my guilt, and cleanse me from-my: pollus tions. Form my mind to the early love of true and subs ftantial wisdom. Teach me to love, fear and serve thee, with all my heart. May I honour my Divine Saviour, know the truth as it is in him, feel the power of hisdoctrines; obey his commands, and be conformed to his example. I desire especially to imitate his example of youthful piety, virtue and wisdom. O that like him, I might not only grow in ftature, but also increase in wifdom, and in favour with God and man. May I ema brace the good, and abhor the evil which I fee in othe ers; and, by my example, do something to encourage good and discourage evil, in all that I associate with. May I be a companion of them who fear God, and

wifely shun the snares of wicked company. May I be kept from temptations, or, when they meet-me, be enabled to overcome them. Give me grace to keep my heart dili . gently, to govern my tongue wisely, and to use my time profitably. May I daily mind the one thing needful, and faithfully attend to the care of my foul. May I daily act in the fear of God, and with a sense of the judgment to come. May I daily think of dying, and do something in preparatian for my great change. And when death shall remove me from this world, may I, of thine abundant mercy in Christ Jesus, be received to thy presence in heaven. Take me under thy care this day, [or this night,] and, both by night and by day, may [ be kept from fin. And, whetber I seep or wake, may I be preserved from harm; and unto thee I will afcribe the praise, through Jesus Christ my Redeemer.-Amen.


The Duty of Speaking to the roung.


-Run speak to this young man.

This young man was the prophet Zechariah, who seems to have enjoyed the spirit of prophecy in his youth. He flourished toward the end of the captivity, when things were ripening for the restoration. The intention of the first part of his prophecy is to encourage the Jews in re. building their ancient city and temple. As he was converling with an angel, whom he calls “the an, gel that talked with him,” he saw another angel, with a measuring line in his hand, going, like an architect, to lay out the plan and take the proportion of the city, in order to its being rebuilded. And the angel, who talked with him, went forth, and this other angel went out to meet him, and faid to him, “ Run speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited, as towns without walls; for the Lord will be a wall of fire round about her, and the glory in the midst of her.”

This message to the young prophet was sent on a special occalion. There may be many occasions which call on us to address the young. Other young men are to be spoken to, as well as the Vol. V.


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