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ihe mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are gird-

ed with strength. They that were full have hired out them-

selves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased; so

that the barren hath born seven: and she that hath many

children is waxed feeble. The Lord killeth, and maketh

alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.

The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich : he bringeth low,

and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust,

and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them

among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of

glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and he

hath set the world upon them. He will keep the feet of

his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness: for

by strength shall no man prevail. The adversaries of the

Lord shall be broken to pieces: out of heaven shall he thun-

der upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the

earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and ex-

alt the horn of his anointed.

LECTURE XX.

HISTORY OF HANNAH. 414

1 Sam. ii. 18, 21.—But Samuel ministered before the Lord,

being a child, girded with a linen cphod. Moreover his

mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from

year to year, when she came up with her husband, to offer

the yearly sacrifice. And Eli blessed LIkanah and his

wife, and said, The Lord give thee seed of this woman,

for the loan which is lent to the Lord. And they went

unto their own home. And the Lord visited Hannah, so

that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters.

And the child Samuel gtew before the Lord.

LECTURE XXI.

HISTORY OF HANNAH. 424

I Sam. ii. 12, 17, 23, 24—Now the sons of Eli were sons of

Belial: they knew not the Lord. And the priests' custom

,with the people was, that when any man offered sacrifice,

the priest's servant came while the flesh was in seething,

with a flesli-hook of three teeth in his hand: and he struck

it into the pan, or kettle, or chaldron, or pot: all that the

flesh-hook brought up, the priest took for himself: so they

did in Shiloh, unto all the Isrseliles that came thither. Also

before they burned the fat, the priest's servant came and

said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the

priest: for he will not have sodden flesh of thee* but raw. And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail ts burn the fat presently: and then take as much as thy soul desireth, then he would answer him, Nay, but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force. Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord, for men abhorred the offering of the Lord. Now Eli was very old, and heard all that liis sons did unto all Israel. And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people. Nay, my sons: for it is no good report that I hear; yc mukc the Lord's people to transgress.

LECTURE XXII.

HISTORY OF HANNAH. 43S

1 Sam. ii. 26.—And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favor both with the Lord and also with men.

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LECTyRE I.

And I saiv a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven Jied away, and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead small and great stand before God, and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it: and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them ; and they ivere judged every man according to their works...kkv. Xx. 11, 12, 13.

IT is a solemn thing for a man to be judged of his own conscience. How sweet is the approving testimony of that bosom monitor and witness! but more bitter than 'death its upbraiding and reproaches. To stand at a human tribunal, with life or reputation, death or infamy depending on the issue, can never appear a light matter to one who understands and feels the value of either. Even conscious innocence and integrity, accompanied with good hope toward God, court not the eye of public inquiry, but prefer the secret, silent feast of inward peace, and of divine applause, to the public banquet of innocence proved and proclaimed by sound of trumpet. Serious it is to reflect that your name, your words, your conduct may b ecome matter of record, and ages to come mention

VOL. III. B

them with approbation and esteem, or with indignation and contempt. But every feeling of this sort islc%t in the certain and more awful prospect of judgment to come. It is a light thing to be judged of man, who can only kill the body, and blight the reputation, and beyond that bath nothing more that he can do; but how formidable is the judgment of him, who knows the heart, who records in " the book of his remembrance" the actions of the life, the words that fall from the tongue, the thoughts which arise in the heart; who will bring every secret thing to light, and " render to every man accordmg to bis works;." and who, " after he has killed, has pouer to destroy body and soul iu hell."

Aided by the light which sacred history sheds on ages and generations past, we have ventured mto the solemn mansions of- the dead, and conversed with those silent instructors who know uot either to flatter or to tear ; and whom the Spirit of God has condescended to deliueate in their tiue colors and just proportions, that they may serve to us "lbr doctrine, and for reproof, and lbr correction; and for instruction in righteousness." We have plunged into ages beyond the flood, and contemplated human nature in its original glory ; " man," as God made him, "'perfectand man, as he made himself, k«st in. the multitude of his own inventions.

The **, first manr by whom came death,..the figure of Him W1kl should come, by whom is the resurrection of the dead; Adam, in whom all die : Christ, in whom all shall be made alive."

We have attended ** righteous Abel" to the altar of God, and beheld the smoak of his "more excellent sacrifice" ascending with acceptance to heaven : and "bv which, he bt-ingdead, vet speaketh."

We have seen the hands of "wicked Cain" besmeared with a brother's blood ; and the earth refusing to cover that blood, but calling to Heaven for verv

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