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(the rod of correction will drive it far from him. Withhold « not correction from the child, for if thou beatest him with a « rod, he shall not die ; thou shalt beat him with a rod and " deliver his soul from hell. Chalten thy fon while there is
hope, and let not thy foul spare for his crying.” O that children could be induced to consider, that correction appointed by God however painful to themselves and parents, is for their highest use and benefit.
Sixthly, another branch of this dutifulness is, that children should only associate, and make intimates and companions of those, who are agreeable to their parents choice. Bad
company to youth is the greatest evil in society. All the confeflions of criminals brought to a shameful end, principally consist of three articles, disobedience to parents, wicked company, and fabbath breaking. Evil company is the destruction of youth. Other things slay their thousands, but this its ten thousands. Rust corrodes the most polished steel, so evil communication corrupts good manners.
Let not children enter into the secrets of the wicked, and let not their honor be united witk them. It is impossible to detail all the duties of the filial relation; let this close the collection. Imitate your parents in all that is good, avoid every thing in them wrong, pray for them, pray for yourselves, dedicate yourselves to God in Christ, renounce sin, and engage to walk in faith and holiness, then you will be useful in the world and happy forever.
The subject closis with the last advice of ministerial and the whole foul of parental counsel. “Be ye followers of God as
ar children, and walk in love, as Christ hath also loved “you.” Remember and imitate the character of the child Samuel, who grew up in favor with God and man.
Some Duties Incumbent upon Youth.
Ecclesi. xii. 1. 2. Remember now thy Creator in the days of
thy Touth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I bave no pleasure in them ; while the fun, or the light, of the moon, or the stars be not darkered, nor the clouds return after the rain.
NO address in facred writ is more directly pointed, or more folemnly made to the rising generation, than the words before us. . It was the last counsel of an old man, and this, and a few following discourses, are the last perhaps, you will ever bear from your aged paltor. Allow me to take for my copy at present, the last address of one of the oldest and wiselt preachers. This counsel is directed to those in the morning and bloom of life, whose active and volitile spirits bear them on to the gratification of every defire.
This address in our text, bursts forth in a very abrupt form, delivers a strong interference with the views and pleasures of
youth. In this sudden impulse, consists much of its strength, beauty, and vigor. It seems intended to form the attention, and command the most thoughtless to take notice. Young people must surely feel the spirit and power of this address. It is pointed like a dagger to the finful pleasures of the hearts of youth. It strikes death into their carnal delights, and raises their hearts, con ary to their native bent, from earth to heaven, fheds darkness on terrestrial things, and elevates their souls to God.
Solomon had described every worldly wish and carnal desire of his, as fully gratified. He had enjoyed the full round of riches, pleasures and honors, as far as this narrow life could afford indulgence. He was the person fingled out and defignated by God, for this wonderfulscene. No ma nmarked out for the full extension of earthly pleasures, but himself; none in this line ever preceded him, nor will there be such another instance to the end of time. Every thing that can be comprehended in - the term pleasure, Solomon enjoyed in the utmost extent. Peace, health, riches, honors, and the utmost gratification of human desires were all his own. No carnal man can poffibly wish for more than Solomon possessed. When he became old, and was glutted with enjoyment, what was his account of the whole ? A sum which he might have caft up long before. Hearken to the footing of his account. 166 Vanity of vanities - all is vanity and vexation of spirit." Vanity and vexation, what can form a more bitter and deteta ble compofition for life than this? This was Solomon's portion, when he drunk in pleasure in all its fulness, what then must be the misery of those who only lip at the rills, and never had a single draft of his delight. And all the pleasurable taking world may be affured they never will. A fermon could not develope the pleasures of Solomon in childhood, youth and riper age, and the miseries and toinent of his last days. If I hould live, my young friends, I would wish to lead you through this cx.
traordinary life of pleasure and fin, and of wisdom and folly of which there has been none like it, nor will there be ano. ther. Forgive me this excurfion and deviation from the fubje& in view. You are ready to say, that all old men will pass the same reflections on life, and make a similar regreto, that they have passed through the world under a kind of enchantment, which the approaches of death disalve, and they awake to think of God and religion when their heart strings. are breaking. I readily grant death is an awakening period, and I allo affirm the whole life is little enough to prepare for it. The young and gay will laugh atevery thing serious, and will say, the religious language of the aged, is the result of chagrin, disappointment, or surfeited repitition of enjoyments. To fuch, I can only say, “ Take the unhappy reins on your necks, range through the fields of pleasure, taste of every for. bidden tree, enjoy yourselves, abandon religion, banish death, . heaven, eternity, and hell from your thoughts, and forbid their intrusion to mar your pleasures ; finish life in a thoughtless and jovial swing ;" but, O youth, be assured of this, "God willbring “ you into judgment." This thought is excluded in the hours of mirth and lawless pleasures, but hereafter it will bite like an adder and fing like a serpent. I wish this one idea could be impressed. on the hearts of youth, “Remember that all your condu&t in life, and every period of its pleasures God will bring into judgment in the presence of the whole universe."
The great things enjoined upon youth in this subject is the plain duty of remembrance of God and several seasons to enforce their compliance with it.
The duty is to remember their Creator, and immediately to perform every matter and thing implied in this remembrance. The original word is Creators, strongly intimating a Trinity of persons in the Godhead to which their attention thould be turned; they foould remember the Father their maker, the Son
their redeemer, and the Holy Ghost their fanctifier, which comprehends in it the whole of religion. The reasons enforcing the duty of the text shall be the principal objeót of your atten. tion, and no more shall be said about the duty itself, than merely to ascertain the nature of it in general. It most evidently involves in it the following particulars.
First, that you ever bear fully in your mind that there is a God, glorious in the persons of Godhead and in all his attri. butes. You must surely feel he is your supreme and rightful sovereign. You did not give yourselves existence by your own will or power. All the being and faculties you possess are from God. You must then be wholly God's. He has a more absolute property in you, and a more unlimited claim upon you and your services, than it is possible you should have upon any thing you call your own.
Therefore he has an indisputable right to give you laws, and prescribe your duty towards himself, and towards all the creatures with which you stand connected.
Secondly, another thing involved in the remembrance of your Creator, is that you owe him duty and affection to the ut. most of your power.
This is a debt due to him, for what he is in himself, and from your relation to him. Is God yeur Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier ? Can any love be denied, or any duty suppreiled which he requires ? Reason, conscience, and all that is in man, especially the whole soul of youth muit acknowledge, that we are wholly the Lord's. Every young person in my audience, is filentiy faying in his heart, “ I am his, I am wholly his, created by his power and preserved by his goodness."
Thirdly, this reflection implies in it a feeling sense of your : absolute dependence upon him for the life that now is and for that which is to come. The streams of this world wax into