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they have from the spiritual world by influx from the Lord, as casting oul demons in the name of the Lord derived its effects from this circumstance, that the name of the Lord, spiritually understood, is the all of doctrine ori. ginating in the Word from the Lord, and that demons are false principles of every kind, which are thus cast out, that is, removed by doctrine originating in the Word from the Lord; speaking with new tongues, derived its effects from this consideration, that new tongues are doctrinals for the New Church; serpents were to be taken up, because serpents signify the bells as to wickedness, and thus they were to be safe from its infestation; not being hurt if they drank any deadly thing, denoted, that the wickedness of the hells would not infest them; the recovery of the sick by laying on of hands denoted, that by communication and conjunction with heaven, thus with the Lord, they should be healed of spiritual diseases, wbich are called iniquities and sins, the laying on of hands, by the disciples, corresponding to conjunction and communication with the Lord, and thus to the removal of iniquities by His Divine Power, Ap. Exp. 706.
Deceit is called hypocrisy, when expressions of piety are in the mouth, and impiety is in the heart, or when charity is in the mouth, but hatred in the beart, or when innocence is in the countenance or gesture, but cruelty in the soul and bosom, consequently when innocence, charity and piety are employed as the means of deceiving'; such deceivers are serpents and vi. pers in the internal sense, since, as was said above, when viewed in the light of heaven by the angels, all such persons appear as serpents, and as vipers, who conceal evils under truths, that is, who deceitfully bend truths to do evils, for they hide poison under the teeth, and thus destroy life. But they, who are in the faith of truth, and in the life of good from the Lord, cannot be hurt by their poison, for they are in light from the Lord, in which light the deceitful appear as serpents, and their deceits as poisons ; that they are in safety from the Lord, is meant by the Lord's words to the disciples, “ Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions," Luke x. 19: and in Mark, “ These signs shall follow them who believe, they shall take up serpents ; though they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them," xvi. 18. A.C. 9013.
Translators Notes and Observations. VERSE 2. And very early on one of the Sabbaths, &c. What is here rendered, on one of the Sabbaths, is expressed in the common version of the New Testament, by the first day of the week, but in the original Greek by Tns fusas oaßßatwy, which, literally translated, is one of the Sabbaths, or times of sacred rest, appointed in the law of Moses, as well as that of the seventh day. The word is particularly applied by the Septuagint to the pas, chal Sabbath, Levit. xxiii. 15; to that on the tenth day of the seventh month, Levit xxiii. 32; and to those on the 15th and 23rd day of the same, Levit xxiii, 39.
To the work is prefixed a most excellent and well written Preface of 20 pages, the great object of which is to prove the Hon. E. Swedenborg to be, “what thousands are now convinced he is, a Scribe instructed into the kingdom of heaven.” After proving this point in the most clear and satisfactory manner, the Author thus concludes :
The Translator of the following gospel has now only to observe, in reference to his Translation, that he has endeavoured, as on a former occasion,“ to make it as correct as possible, by consulting the best and most approved commentators, and that whensoever he has felt himself under the obligation to adopt a sense differing from what is expressed in the authorised version, it has always been with regret, on account of the commenda. tion so justly due to that version for its general accuracy and correctness. He has accordingly thought it right to give his reasons for his occasional deviations from that version, which reasons may be found in the notes and observations annexed to each chapter.”
It only remains then that both the gospel itself, and also the accompany. ing extracts, notes and observations, may be perused by the reader in that spirit of humility, prayer, and the sincere love of truth for its own sake, which led the Psalmist of old to address himself to his HEAVENLY FATHER in these interesting words, “ Open Thou mine eyes, that I may beħold wondrous things out of Thy law,” [Psalm cxix. 18.]
That such may be the mind and temper of the reader, and such the blessed end of his reading, is the devout prayer of the
TRANSLATOR. We cannot finish our remarks upon this work, without warmly recommending it to the notice of our readers, and expressing our hope that it may have an extensive circulation.
WANTAGE, BERKSHIRE. We have the pleasure of informing our readers of a small Society of the New Jerusalem, recently formed in this place, the members of which meet regularly on the evenings of Monday and Thursday in each week to read the writings of E. Swedenborg, and converse thereon.
UPHOLLAND. The friends at this place have agreed to arrange themselves into a regular society : thirteen individuals have put down their names as members, and the meetings are in general attended by from 50 to 100 individuals. The Rev D. G. Goyder visited them on Sunday, Nov. 12; on which occasion he preached from Gen. xliii, 11. It is understood that at his next visit the Society will be organized. The doctrines were first preached in this village by Mr. R. G. Sheldon of Liverpool.
Sweden. - We understand from a Swedish Correspondent, that the doctrines of the New Jerusalem continue 10 gain ground in Sweden, and although there is no regular Society, there are many warm reci. pients; this is particularly the case at the University, where among the professors we have many zealous advocates.
ROMAN INSCRIPTION. The learned Jacob Spon, in his “Miscellanea Eruditæ Antiquitatis,” instances only a single trumpeter among the Romans, an inscription over whom is mentioned ; Muratori knew only of one flute-player. A grave-stone, however, has been discovered by Captain Berg among the ruins of the ancient Cherson, upon which, under the figure of a trumpet, is the following inscription:
* To the manes of Aurelius Salvianus, trumpeter to the Eleventh (Claudian) Legion, who served fourteen years, and lived six-andthirty."
GENERAL CHURCH INFORMATION. NEW JERUSALEM TEMPLE Sunday SchooL, BOLTON STREET, SALFORD,
On Sunday evening the 5th November, the children of the above School were catechised by the Rev. D. Howarth in the School room before a numerous and respectable audience, principally consisting of the members of the church and the parents of the children. After a hymn being sung and the Lord's prayer repeated, Mr. Howarth proceeded to ask the children the whole of the questions contained in the catechism, which were answered very correctly.
Mr. H. then informed them that it was not only necessary that they should be able to repeat the catechism by heart, but that they should understaadit, several questions being then put to them and answered, Mr. H. explained to them in a familiar manner, the nature and use of thé catechism, and the duties which it required them to perform in order to make them useful in this world and happy hereafter; he then concluded by informing them that it was intended that they should be catechised in future once a month (on the first Sunday), but as they were now engaged in learning pieces for the annual recital at Christmas, they would not be again catechised in public until some time in January next, of which due notice would be given. After singing another hymn the meeting broke up much cdified: the school was completely filled. We understand the An. nual recital above alluded to will take place, as usual, in the Temple on the last Sunday in the year (the 31st Dec.) and we sincerely hope that it will meet with that success with which it has hitherto been crowned.
LONDON NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH FREE SCHOOL. A Public Examination of the children instructed in this Institution, took place on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19, 1826, at the New Jerusalem Temple, Waterloo Road, when the children, to the great satisfaction of the persons present, repeated a great number of passages taken from the Writings of E. Swedenborg, particularly illustrative of the Doctrine of the New Church respecting the Lord. Other pieces were also recited, and the children generally examined as to the knowledge they had obtained in the School concerning the heavenly doctrines. Specimens of the Boys' writing were also exhibited, which gave great satisfaction ; and one boy received two books as rewards for diligence and good behaviour. There are at this time upwards of Two Hundred Children in this Scbool.
WEST Houghton. We had last Sunday the pleasure of hearing Mr. Thomas Ogden, of Middleton, expatiate on the sublime doctrines of the New Jerusalem. Ho was accompanied by a few friends from Accrington, whom we were very glad to see; and in the evening he was requested to speak on the nature of the resurrection : he did so to the entire satisfaction of many who beard him, several of whom spoke in the highest terms of his services; and some remarked that the doctrines could not fail to spread rapidly now, were ho to preach regularly for us. He shewed with peculiar clearness that in order to understand the doctrine of the resurrection, it was essential to know the meaning of the terms Death and Life; the parable concerning the Prodigal shews the meaning of these terms in the most pleasing and instructive manner, and he who will read that parable with due attention to these important terms, will soon see the true nature of the resurrection, and be able to discover the meaning of these divine words," he who liveth and believeth in me shall never die." The edification and delight expe. rienced on this occasion was most evidently very considerable.
Six years have elapsed since the Doctrines of the New Church were first made known at this place, and though the progress of the church has not been rapid, we have reason to be thankful for what has been done :
in pecuniary things we are all poor, in things mental pone of us is competent to preach, but thanks to our Divine Lord we are all of us capable of being thankful, I trust we shall ever feel truly grateful for the support we have received. We would not murmur nor complain; thougb we su iler under various privations in these eventful times: the dark clouds which hang over the affairs of perishable things are finely contrasted by the light wbich is emanating from the “ City New Jerusalem now descending from God out of heaven;" in the ardent hope and fervent prayer that this light may be seen by all men, I remain yours,
ODED. LEEDS. We have received the following account from a Correspondent:"For the information of your numerous readers, I take the liberty of informing you, that the Society at Leeds have now removed from their old place of worship, which was distinguished by the name of the Tabernacle, and the members now meet in a spacious room, belonging to one of their generous friends, who has kindly allowed them the usc thereof gratis, until their new chapel be completed. On Sunday morning, the 12th of November last, the Rev. J. Gilbert delivered a discourse within it, to a full and attentive congregation : on this occasion he had selected for his text, 1 Sam. ii, 8: from this Scripture he remarked that the first part of the chapter might be called an hymn, full of beautiful imagery,-wholly prophetic; in which is announced, the wisdom, majesty, and glory of God: His special care of the penitent and faithful, and the blissful state to which they shall be exalted. The text speaketh to this more particularly, in the words “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust &c. " In discussing these words, an enquiry was made into their divine and spiritual import; they were eonsidered, as to their literal accomplishment, to relate to the advent of our Lord, and to the conversion, and instruction of the gentiles, who being without the Word, are in the Scriptures called poor, halt, lame, and blind; because they were in ignorance of the light of life; now these received the gospel, which dispelled their darkness, and exalted them to the light of divine truth, which emanated from the manifested God, Jesus Christ.
“ All the points contained in the text were demonstrated by copious illustrations, and frequent appeals to the Oracles of Truth."*
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE. Mr. Rendell, late of Salisbury, has recently removed to Newcastle-uponTyne, to undertake the ministerial duties of the New Jerusalem Temple in that town. On Sunday the 29th October last, he visited London on his way to Newcastle, and preached twice in the Chapel in Waterloo Road. He was also, the same day, admitted into the Church by Baptism. He is 23 years of age, and promises to be a useful Minister in the Church.
those in preparation for working, Almanacks are said to have origi- previous to the recent stagnation, nated with the Germans, who for- and as near as ang calculation can bé merly used to engrave, or cut upon made, is 57,000. The average prosquare sticks, about a foot in length, duce, taking it at 22 square yards of the courses of the moon of the whole cloth a day, makes 1,254,000," or 1741 year, whereby they could tell when yards in every minute ; weekly 7,524, the new moons and changes should 000, yearly 376,200,000, allowing six happen, as also their festival days ; yards to each person for yearly conand this stick they called an Al-mon- sumption, this will supply 62,700,000, aght, that is to say, all must heed.
and will cover 62,700 acres of ground
and in length would extond 213,750 The estimated number of looms miles." propelled by water and steam power
LANGUAGES. in the united kingdoms, including According to a work published in
• Our correspondent gives us a migute explanation of all the points discussed in the Sermon; but our limits prevent us trom giving a further detail. Ed.
Germany by the learned philologist The first I shall notice is the whirl. Adelung, there exists on the earth winds, which occur all the year 3064 languages : 587 in Europe ; 937 round, but especially at the time of in Asia; 276 in Africa ; 1,264 in the Camseen wind, which begins in America.
April, acid lasts fisty days. Hence LOTTERIES.
the name of Camseen, which in AraThe first lottery ever known in bic signifies fifty. It generally blows England, drawn under public autbo-' from the South-west, and lasts four, rity, was in the reign of James I. five, or six days without varying, so The profits arising from it were prin- very strong, that it raises the sands cipally appropriated to defray the to a great height, forming a general expences of an English Colony in cloud, so thick that it is impossible America.
to keep the eyes open if pot under
It is troublesome even to the According to the venerable Bede, Arabs; it forces the sand into the artificers in glass came into England houses through every cranny, and fills in 674; according to others in 726. every thing with it. The caravans But glass windows were a rarity, and cannot proceed in the deserts ; the a mark of great luxury and magnifi- boats cannot continue their voyages ; cence until 1180, at which time they and travellers are obliged to eat sand were introduced from France, which in spite of their teeth. The whole is country had received the boon from like a chaos. Often a quantity of sand the Venetians.
and small stones, gradually ascends
to a great height, and forms a column The Cuckoo appears in Sussex of sixty or seventy feet in diameter, about the third week in April ; in and so thick, that were it steady in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh ono spot, it would appear a solid about the second week in May; by mass. This not only revolves within this natural judge it is thus decided, its own circumference, but runs in a that there are three weeks difference circular direction, over a great space in the seasons between Scotland and of ground; sometimes maintaining Sussex,
itself in motion for half an hour, and
wherever it falls it accumulates a small A plant named Aerial Epiden- hill of sand. drium, a native of Java and the East The next phenomenon is the Mi. In dies, beyond the Ganges, is kept in rage, often described by travellers, houses suspended from the ceiling who assert having been deceived by by a string; where from year to it, as at a distance it appears to them year it continnes to put fortb new like water. This is certainly a fact, leaves, new blossoms, and new frag- and I must confess that I have been rance, excited alone to new life and deceived myself, even after I was action by the stimulus of the sur- aware of it. The perfect resemblance rounding atmosphere.
to water, and the strong desire for
this element, made me conclude in The largest tree in England seems spite of all my caution not to be deto be one on the estate of Lady ceived, that it was really water I saw. Stourton, in Yorksbire, which, in It generally appears like a still lake, 1816, was nearly 85 feet in height, so unmoved by the wind, that every 48 in circumference, at a yard from thing above is to be seen distinctly the surface, and 78 in circumference reflected by it, which is the principal when measured close to the ground. cause of the deception. If the wind But this is nothing compared with agitate any of the plants that rise the circumference of the great ches- above the horizon of the mirage, the nut-tree on Mount Etna, in Sicily, motion is seen perfectly at a great which measures within the hollow of distance. If the traveller stands much the trunk about 204 feet.
above the mirage, he cannot see
through it, so that it appears to him A strong wind which arose this day clear water. By putting my head first (says Mr. Belzoni) leads me to men- to the ground, and then mounting a tion some particulars of the Pheno- camel, the height of which from the mena that often happen in Egypt, groundmight have been about ten feet