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זלגנבי בני חארא

on earth, during the thousand years Latin translations thereof in Wal-
of the general prevalence of true ton's Polyglot;--yet no such omis-
seligion, than in iwo, or three, or sion as he has noticed is to be found
more thousands of the preceding in the Latin translation of the Sy.
years ;, especially when, both at the riac, It obtains only in the Latin
creation and after the flood, a long translation of the Arabic.
time must have past before the The original meaning of avdpado-
earth was replenished. Nor does it dotais ("they who steal the children
seem to me improbable, that God in of freemen"), which, as the very
those favoured days may render the learned Principal of Magdalen Hall
earth vastly more fertile than it is informs us, is supported by the Cop-
at this day -as Canaan was vastly to-Arabic Leccionary, and the Ara.
more fertile, when given to Israel, bic New Testament of Erpenius,
than at present.

So that the nun is found also in the Peshito-Syriac
bers which may be saved during Version, as follows:
these glorious times may counter-

therlo gone the broad road; and
witla saved infants, prevent a vast
majority of those who perish;

nay, And against those who steal the chilpossibly render the saved the majo

dren of free men. rity. These are my views, and hopes, and anticipations, rather than And perhaps may be inferred from my decided judgment; which must the Coptic Version. The Latin be restrained to things expressly re translation by Wilkins is " decepto. vealed. If not, strictly speaking, ribus hominum, liberatoribus," against scriptural, they are not anti-scrip- circumventers of men, deliverers; turul; as many suppositions on this which latter word makes no sense, subject are. God is Love: and he and, as Wilkins remarks in the 36th does "all to the praise of the glory page of his preface, is to be found of bis grace.

neither in the original'nor in any I am, yours, &c,

other version. On referring to THOMAS Scott. Croze's Lexicon, abridged by Scholtz, and published by Woide

, To the Editor of the Christian Observer. read “refricebol, plagiarii," men-steel

I found in page 83, that his Ms. Holwell, 9 August, 1814. ers. So that I think it is probable, Permit me to insert in your vulua. that some Copric MSS. closely folble publication a few observations low the Greek, and that others give on the oniission in the Arabic Bible, the meaning more fully like the Sy of the word “men-stealers," I Tim. riac ;-10 which latter class the MS. i. Jo, in addition to those already of Wilkins may be refet red on the made by your correspondents T. $. supposition of some error in the and the very learned Dr. Macbride. scribe, who has mistaken the sense: The omission, singular as it is, is Men-stealers were punished with neither noticed by Bp. Walton nor death by the Jewish law, see Exod. Griesbach. Mill bas' noticed the xxi. 16, and Deut. xxiv. 1. omission, but from an oversight has Whilst on the subject of oriental Yeferred it to the Syriac (deest Syr.) literature I would remark, that tbé instead of to the Arabic. And this venerable Bishop of St. David's I think is certain from what he has might greatly facilitate and encouwritteo in the 162d page of his rage the study of the Arabic tanProlegomena, where he informs his guage, by reprinting Erpenii Histo. readers, that, in the collation of the ria Josephi, which is now dear, and Syriac. Persian, Arabic, and Alchio- very

scarce. And its importance to pic versions, de has made use of the the Englisbostadents would greatly


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he increased, if the Bishop's Alpha- But though the Psalmist thus discobet, with a concise Arabic grammar vered much in his ways which needin English, were to be inserted in- ed to be reformed, it was probably stead of the Alphabet of Erpenius; not the first time he had begun to if a literal English translation were seek after God and to serve him. to occupy the place of the interti. But aware that a close search, even neary Latin version; if Sales's tran- by the best of men, into their conslation were to be used, instead of duct, its motives, principles, and the two others given by Erpenius; end, would discover to them much and if the substance of the notes of that was amiss, be had felt it bis Erpenius were clothed in an English duty to engage in this salutary work dress, with a few additions to ex- of self-examination. Now it is this plain words difficult to beginners. consciousness of defect which is the A Vocabulary, Arabic and English, very beginning of improvement. and the two Arabic Versions of the If a man be perfectly satisfied with original Hebrew-one by Saadias, himself, or even if, knowing that the other published by Erpenius -- there is much amiss ia bim, he is would render the work very com- nevertheless easy under that convicplete, and yet of no inconvenient tion, he seems to be shut out froin

the hope of improvement. On the Your valuable correspondent Dr. contrary, the true servants of God, Macbride would much oblige many like the Psalmist, are pained by the of your readers, if he would insert a sense of their sins, and are earnestly notice in your Literary Intelligence desirous of deliverance from them. of any Oriental works that may be They not only perceive that they publishing under his inspection, or have done amiss, but they search if he would occasionally favour us into the causes of their misconduct; with the results of his researches in they consider how they may amend Biblical literature. The resident their ways, and are determined, by members of the University of Ox. God's help, to turn their feet unto ford, who wish to acquire a know his testimonies. ledge of Arabic, cannot do better In making this determination, than attend his lectures, to the uti- however, we must be careful not to lity of which I can bear honourable do it in our own strength. Young testimony.

persons, who have little knowledge . . I am, Sir, ww of themselves, are apt to be rash in Your obedient humble servant, forming resolutions, as if to resolve Jose

J.N.C. were to perform. Man is so corrupt a

creature, that his very determination

to sin no more, seems to savour of FAMILY SERMONS. No. LXX. iw presumption, and at least to argue Psalm cxix, 59, I thought on my great ignorance of his own heart. ways, and turned my feet unto thy Qur resolutions are to be made under testimonies. I made haste, and de- a deep consciousness of our own ina

layed not to keep thy command. bility to fulfil them, unless as we are ments.

aided by Divine grace; rather as Two things are implied in these solemn declarations of what we are words; the Psalmist's determination bound to do, than as absolute pro. to turn his feet unto God's testimo- raises of what we will do ; rather as nies, and the readiness with which subjects for future prayer, than as he would execute bis purpose. engagements certainly to be fulfilla

I. The Psalmist had thought on ed. In the great work of reformahis ways, and had discovered many tion, we succeed just so far as we of them to be wrong, and he now implore and engage the help of determines, by the grace of God, God. Not one evil habit can we to walk no longer as be had done evercome without the power of the


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Spirit of Christ working in us. But loaded with wealth; were esteemed, the way in which Christ communic and loved, and admired by our cates his ait), is, by discovering to fellow-creatures, still, withoot the Us our sins, humbling us on account favour of God we should be objects of them, and enabling us to strive of pity, poor miserable creatures

. against them. To him then must But if we are the sons of God, adopt

our tiope be directed who died to ed into his family, walking under ibe purify to himse)f a peculiar people guidance of his word and Spirit

, then, zealous of good works; even to him, though destitote of every thing the who, seated in heaven, rules over the world can give, we shall be truly church, and sends thence to all bis blessed. true servants, the effectual aid of his - Are we then resolved by the grace Spirit. If we trust to his power and of God 'to serve bim? Can we grace, we may, notwithstanding our adopt the sentiments of the PsalmOwn natural weakness; confidently ist and say, "I will turn my feet to expect that we shall be made more thy testimonies?" --Let us proceed to than conquerors over every sin. trace out the duty which is implied For then we shall be clothed with in these words. the whole armour of God; we shall . *. The testimonies of the Lord” fight under his banner, and have him

are very extensive. They relate to on our side ; and with such aid we every part of our conduct and con. may be assured of final victory. versation ; to all our actions, words,

But I proceed to explain the na. and thoughts. They point out our tute of the determination itself ; "I Juty, not only in public, but in pritorned my feet onto thy testimo- vate, when no eye but that of God is mies."This implies, that the sta- upon us; our duty to God and man; tutes of God shall be henceforth the to our families, relatives, "friends, Jole of our life, and that'we will in and acquaintance to the stranger all things conform to their injunc. and fatherless; the widow and or. tions. Nothing, indeed, can be more phan'; - the sick and distressed. reasonable than this. Has not the They prescribe 10'us the manageLord of heaven and earth a clear ment of our time, our money, our inright to direct his creatures, and to fluence, our authority. They fol. prescribe laws for their conduct? Is low us into every state of life

, as Git not fit that we should be guided masters, and servants; as husbands, by his wisdom who is the wisest of and wives ; as poor, and as rich. beings; that we should follow his Tbey extend to the deepest recesses instructions: who is the best and of the heart, and tell us what ought kindest iof parents, and intends only to be found there ; what our secret our good by all be enjoins? What wishes and desires must be, and motive 2 besides can he have for what they must not be. In short, giving us this precepts. Our righ- there can be no moment,'nor can we ieousness extends not to him, 'not be placed in any circumstances

, in doess he need our services. He which they ought not to direct, concoulds at once create myriads of trout, and influence our conduct. creatures far soperior to man in their

Now are we willing to be thos Faculties, who should serve him pers directed and controuled? Shall we fectly and dove him supremely... not feel it a hardship to have our in let us be persuaded of this, that it is berty 'thus abridged? Can we, in the highest glory and bappiness of this view of the extent of the contman to worship and obey God. Let mandment, tot 'only say with the us impress 1bis truth on our minds, Psalmist;- * The law of the Lord is that there is no true wisdom, 'no perfetti converting the soul; the Jastiog peace, no real comfort bot'in fudgments of the Lord are true and keeping God's commandments. “-} righteous altogether;" but add with We were masters of all sciences were bim, More to be desired are they

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than yold, yea than much fine gold, more violent for being thwarted; so sweeter also than honey and the ho- that it is with reason his life is neycomb?" If this be the sincere termed a warfare, and he is exhort, language of our hearts, we may pro- ed to fight the good fight of faith. ceed with advantage to a more par

And now, after this representaticular consideration of the subject. tion, are we still determined to turn

If we really resolve to turn our our feet to God's testimonies Are feet to the testimonies of the Lord, we seriously resolved to live a new we must live a different kind of life life according to God's precepts, from the world around us. Our ob- taking our estimate of Christianity ject must not be merely to make not from the world, or even the our circumstances as comfortable as practice of persons reputed to be rewe can in the present life, but to ligious, but from the pure word of glorify our God, and to shew forth God? Are we regardless what this by our life and conversation, the may cost us ? Can we encounter obpraises of him who bath called us loquy and shame, or worldly loss in out of darkness into his marvellous this pursuit ? If such be our resolulight. The world lieth in wicked- tion, may God hear our vows, and ness now, as in the days of St. John, give us his blessing ! May be be and the servants of Christ must still with us, and strengthen and support be a peculiar people; they must be us, that we may not faint in our new creatures in Christ Jesus. We course, nor turn back must, therefore, not be vain, foolish, count of its difficulties !. May he frivolous, selfish, idle, lovers of plea- conduct us safely through every dansure, or worldly, like many around ger, and give us at length an abundus. We must study to spend our ant entrance into his kingdom of time profitably ; to live to God, and glory! fulfil his will in all we do ; and II. And to strengthen these holy to be contented in every station. purposes, let us consider the necesWe must daily examine our hearts, sity of carrying them speedily into and try our conduct by the rules of effect, according to the Psalmist's the Gospel, labouring in all things to example: “I made haste, and deapprove ourselves to God, and to layed not to keep thy commandfollow the example of our Lord and ments."If all, who had good deSaviour.

sires and intentions were admitted Add to this, that if we truly turn into heaven, few would be excluded; our feet to God's testimonies, we but the turning point is not what must take up our cross and deny have been our desires and purposes, ourselvc3. Let us not imagine that but how these have been fulfilled. the Christian life is a life of ease. And in this it is highly important Far from it. A Christian is one who that we admit no delay; as 1 sball declares war against affections and now proceed to show, by several passions the dearest to man, He is considerations... io mortify the pride of his heart, 1. Our good desires, if not carried which is ever seeking self-exaltation; into immediate effect, are apt to the conceit of his talents or import. grow languid and fail. Now, perance bis enyy of others; the an- haps, we may be deeply impressed

apt to rise on any fans with a sense of our past sins ; our cied, provocation, the love of ease, miuds are disentangled from the which is continually craving indul- world, and in a serious frames gence, and templing us to decline Every thing, therefore, is nosy fas the active discharge of present duty. vourable,sn But soon we shall have He wages war against himself and lost our present feelings, they canagainst the world, and many, and not be expected to remain always: severe are

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should daily become weaker; if, ing this great work, 'may be drawn therefore, we seize not the present from the majesty and greatness of inoment, we cannot rely on being God.'* When he calls, ought we to equally disposed to good at another trifle ? Shall he invite es, and we time. The decentralness of the heart, decline the invitation till a more indeed, is ever ready to plead, that convenient time? Shallower thos à more convenient season will ar- treat the Almighty, when addressing tive:–Our plans of reformation are us on a subject involving our eternal not yet matored; we tave some ur happiness Oh, let us not make such gent concerns to attend to at pre- a return to 'God 'for his goodness, sent; soon we shall have more lei- lest, wearied by our neglect

, he sure, and fewer hindrances. Thus should at lengeli turn a deaf ear to did those reason who have already all our calls. perished through self-deceit. They 4. But fastly, Tet tis be induced did not refuse to serve God; nay, by all the goodness and mercy of they were resolved to serve him the Saviour, to admit of no delay. but still there were particular nh Shalf the Son of God come down stacles in the way just at that time. from heavei, and suffer a cruel death Oh! give not credit to these ruinous on the cross for our sakes; and when suggestions. Be assured, there never he offers us pardon and eternal life, will be a more favourable opport shall we trifte with him? In what nity tban the present. "If

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an affecting maruer is be repreglect to seize it, it shews an un. sented as urging us to pursue one soundness of heart which promises true happiness!*** Behold, stabdát .no good result.

the door and knock"}, I stand in a 2. But besides this, we carinht' be lowly waiting posture, praying for certain that another opportunity of bilmittance ; * If any man hear my repentance will be allowed us. May voice, and open the foot, will noi this be the last time we shall be come in to hiin,' and snp with him, thus addressed? Life is too short to and he with me:" "What blessings admit of trifling, and is unceriainty await too great to justify a moment's interested to those cubio open their hearts å lay. We may loiter, but tiure will 'By all these blessings, let us be per

of Christ, and receive him! speed its flight. Saran will not be suaded no longer lo trifle. Now is inactive in carrying on his work; his love otkered to us, but soon it and God will not be trifled with. 'will be offered 'no more. *". We can all remember many of our It remains with us now, seriously friends and acquaintance as young to say these things to 'beart. Asas strong, as healiny, as ourselves, sured that we can be bappy only in who now are, laid in the grave. the knowledge and love of Jesus And how soon may it be the sură of Christ, I earnestly commend you those who are now young, am gay, to trim, and to the word of his and thoughtless, who have never felt "gráce, which'is able to build you up, a day's pain and are exulting in and to give you an inheritance their bealth and strength; or of among them which are sanctified those whose worldly cares are now by faith Which is in Christ Jesus. 80 many and urgent as to leave Blessed are those who enjoy bis prenot one thought for God and eter. sence, and are partakers of his grace. nity! Could we see the register of What though they may endure Fate, might not, some even of our many trials, if God be with them, selves tura pale, to find our names 'they will have no cause to repine. inscribed on some of its first lides? Wtrat though they be poor and Oh, then, let us be entreated to make needy; if God give to them thie true baste, and not delay to keep God's riches, they wili want no really good commandments!

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