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ויקרא אנרחם שם המקום ההוא יהוה יראה אשר יאמר היום בהר יהוה יראה.
be expunged from the Liturgy: join what I conceive to be the true
} to the opinions expressed in the
* commentary in question ; and I would humbly suggest that, from
“ And Abraham called the name a regard to the established Church, of that place Jebovab-jireb; beat least this Bible shall not be cir- cause, said be, this day in the mouncylated without the Book of Com- taip the Lord hath provided.”. mon Prayer.
In this version, sir, you will observe that I have given to the future verb 787 ibe signification of a preterite; wbich I conceive to
be fully justified, in the first inTo the Editor of the Christian Observer.
stance of its occurrence, by the vau Every attentive reader of the Old which stands at the beginning of Testament must bave been struck the sentence, and in jhe second with the obscurity of the 14th verse instance, by the word 728 going of the 22d chapter of Genesis. before it, which has the same As the passage has attracted con- power as the vau to convert the siderable notice, and no satisfacto future tense into a preterite. ry solution of the difficulties at- Tbe advantage of this version tending it has yet appeared, at above the autborized one must, I least as far as my limited reading think, be obvious. Of the transextends, I shall make no apology actions which took place on that for troubling you with a few remarks day, (on the mountain of Moriah,) upon it. My object is to show that the most interesting to the feelings our authorized version of the pas- of the Patriarch must undoubtedly sage is incorrect, and to propose in have been, that at the moment, its stead one more intelligible. The when he was about to become the passage is as
“ And executioner of bis beloved and only Abrabam called the name of that son, the Lord interfered, and proplace Jehovah-jireh ; as it is said vided a ram to be offered up in bis to this day, in the mount of the stead. It was therefore most naLord it shall be seen."
tural that be sbould give to the Now, sir, I would ask, what con- place a name connected with so sistent meaning is it possible to touching a recollection. extract from these expressions ? As a parallel instance, I might What shall be seen in the mount adduce that of Leab, at the latter of the Lord ? When the transace end of the 29th chapter, giving 10 tions of the day were ended, no- ber three sons in succession, names thing more remained to be either
suggested by the circumstances of done or seen, and therefore it seems their birth, and intended to comimprobable that a name should memorate the gracious interposition have been given to the place, froin of Heaven to soften her sorrows. the expectation of any future event. The word 1787. occurs in the sense I would also observe, that the word of providing in the 8th verse of the
same chapter, (221,) and seems to in a manner altogether unwarrant- point out its true meaning in the : !
must always this 14th. day," or " to-day:" and if the au- The Septuagint version of the thor of the Book of Genesis had' passage in question, seems singų intended to say To this day," he larly loose and inconsisteni. In
one place they translate JebovahI shall first quote the whole pas- jireh kupios sidsvin another speas sage in the Hebrew, and then sub. iper. The latter interpretation is
of the original is translated היום
להיום would have written
“ A good
the better of the two, but does not gination or peevishness, and, ill accord with the history; for Je.. understood, or misconstrued, meets hovah himself did not appear: it perhaps with little attention. The was only his angel.
mind dwells exclusively on what it H. S. considers unkindness, but which is
in reality nothing more than igno
or inconsideration : it beTo the Editor of the Christian Observer.
comes tumultuated; spiritual conOf all the afflictions by which it siderations are unregarded; “ all pleases the all-wise Parent of the men are liars” is the feeling towards universe to try the faith of his our fellow mortals; and,“ is it people, none perhaps, to a mind good unto thee that thou shouldest that has ever known the pleasure oppress, that thou shouldest despise of vigorous intellectual pursuit, or the work of thine hands ?” towards of active employment, is more dif- God. O what may not the voice ficult to endure than lingering and of friendship and compassion, in hopeless indisposition. Violent ill. this morbid and unjustifiable, but ness enters not into comparison pitiable state, effect ! with it: the shock, the pain, the word maketh the heart glad ;" and danger, and the anxiety these in such a situation it will be deeply create, engross the mind and sus- felt: deep sinks the shower into tain the spirits. But we get used the softened earth. None but they to see others suffer; when the case who have experienced it;-they is remediless, and no immediate who for sad weeks, and months, and apprehension of danger exists, in- years have known what it is to feel terest ceases: we even wonder that the depression arising from wear. privations and restrictions to which ing and continued sickness—the we are become accustomed, the painful sense of uselessness and denecessity of wbich is so obvious, pendence--one melancholy day should continue to be felt; and at- succeeding another—no capability teption flags at the time when it is of cheering, invigorating exertion most needed.
Nor is the idea cor- to change the current of thought, rect, that spiritual joy is usually or quicken the flow of ideas ;-can the accompaniment of ill health : be aware how much, and for how the reverse is more frequently the long a time, a kind wish, a cheering case ; and disqualified, in a great expression will be felt; nor the degree, for spiritual or intellectual chilling, depressing effect of neemployments-unable to attend to glect on the part of those to whom those duties, or make those exer- the mind has turned with the fond tions, wbich, in depression of spirits hope of sympathy and consolation. unattended with bodily disease, This confirms every gloomy idea though painful, are commonly sa. before entertained: it brings conlutary, the mind is left to aggravate viction to the mind, that it is no its calamity by poring upon it. It longer able to fulfil its part in the perceives its faculties weakened, social compact--that what is grantthe “ spirits prompt to undertake, ed, is granted solely on the score and not soon spent, though in an of compassion. Painful concluarduous task, the powers of fancy sions, slowly and reluctantly adand strong thought” lost; its abi. mitted ! Ruminations upon the lity for giving, almost for receiving neglect of others, bowever, can pleasure, vanished; it feels itself have no other effect than that of å burden rather endured, than de embittering and agitating the mind. sired in society. A mistaken pride Relief can be obtained only by rissuppresses, as far as possible, everying completely above this worldindication of what is suffered. by faith in that reviving declaraWhat escapes is attributed to ima- tion, "The sufferings of this present CHRIST, OBSERV. No. 183.
time are not worthy to be compared task is hard ; I know the unbe.
“ Ye that are
T. B. P. dren, as well as to magnify the power of his grace, as Job was
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ON GRACE AT MEALS. righteousness, at the very time when he was glorifying God by his con. The circumstance that no systemduct under suffering; and under atical and regular mode of ethics this assurance we might well be is laid down in the holy Scriptures, contented to acquiesce in his so- instead of presenting any real difvereign will; but long-continued ficulty to the honest inquirer who afflictions demand every consolation wishes to make them “ a lamp un that can be offered, and I hardly to his feet," in fact facilitates his know of one more powerful than researches. So infinitely varied are chis idea presents. Impatience and the questions of duty which call rebellion, however, rob it of all its for a practical solution, that no sweetness. An unsubmissive, re- body of rules for particular cases, pining spirit renders affliction in, however voluminous, would have tolerable: it deprives the soul of met every demand. The superior the intended benefit, and takes excellency of the Bible as a rule of from God the glory. I know the life consists in the perfection and
universálity of those principles or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do which may be applied to every all to the glory of God." I Cor. conceivable variety of circum- X. 30, 31. Contrast a modern stances by a casuist really bent party of those who profess and upon discovering the truth. They call themselves Christians," sitare like the standard weights and ting down to their abundant table measures, which, though compa- with less thankfulness, and no more ratively few in number, may be ceremony, than their oxen go to the used in the widest range of calcu- stall, with the following truly Chris. lation, and are equally subservient tian sketch : “ And they continuing to the most sublime discoveries of daily with one accord in the temthe philosopher, and the minute ple, and breaking bread from house details of the man of business. to house, did eat their meat with Having made this allusion, I cannot gladness and singleness of heart; help being drawn on by it, though praising God, and having favour a little from my point, to express with all the people."
Acts ii, a joyful hope, thāt, however little 46, 47.--If these examples do not progress ba
been hitherto made suffice, go to Pitcairn's Island, and towards the establishment of that be put to share by the descendants desideratum in statistics, a uni- of the mutineers of the Bounty. versal standard of weights and mea- The days, alas !, are not gone by, sures, we are making rapid strides in which God might well exclaim, towards a consummation much more The ox®knoweth his owner, and devoutly to be wished for the dise the ass bis master's crib ; but Israel semination of the Bible, to form doth not kuow, my people doth not the manual of the moral and reli. consider.” Isa. i. 3. gious casuist in every region and But wbile the decided neglect of corner of the globe.
this duty characterizes the most I have mentioned the minute ap- devoted worshippers of Fashion, plication of scriptural principles, that great Dagon of a still idolawith a view to calling the attention trous world; its indecorous, irreof the readers of the Christian Ob- verent, and consequently very inserver to a subject, the importance sufficient performance is to be atof which is not, I think, in general tributed to a far more numerous duly appreciated; namely, the mode class in society. There is little to of saying grace at meals.
choose between that forgetfulness The propriety of the custom it- of God, which takes the good things self is so obvious, that I did not he gives without a word of acknowmean even to have touched upon ledgment, and that which seems it; but in case this paper should to think three words, mumbled chance to meet the
any one, over as hastily and indistinctly as who has been led, by the seductive possible, an adequate token of reprinciple of conformity, to adopt spectful gratitude. the too prevalent, godless, and in- other form, where it is a form only, decent fashion of entirely omitting it is but a mockery of Hiin to whom it, I will point out a few passages it is offered, and more likely to in Scripture wbich bear directly on bring down a curse than a blessing the point.
« For every creature on those who “ draw nigh unto of God is good, and nothing to be him with their lips, while their refused, if it be received with hearts are far from him." Thie, ase thanksgiving for it is sanctified of God's name in this way, instead by the word of God and prayer.”. of being an exercise of the Chris1 Tim. iv. 5, 6. ** For, if I by tian grace of thankfulness, is a digrace be a partaker, why am I evil rect breach of one of his Commandspoken of for that for which I give ments, and a symptom of thought, thanks ? Whether therefore ye eat, less impiety. To him, whose mind
is really touched with a lively sense whether their babits in this point of his daily obligations to that and as daily babits they are very bountiful Giver of all blessings, important) are such as may give who “crowneth the year with his them a comfortable evidence, that goodness," who “openeth his band, they are feelingly convinced that and satisfieth the desire of every "God is a spirit, and requireth living thing,” there is something them that worship him to worship peculiarly painful in hearing words, bim in spirit and in truth.” Though calculated to awaken and express the form and mode of saying grace this feeling, uttered in a tone of are not precisely dictated in the indifference which scarcely accom- Bible, we may surely learn by the panies the most cursory remark, fairest inferences from that holy and in so hasty and careless a man- guide, that to give this act any real ner, that this act of thanksgiving efficacy, the manner of him who to the Almighty, does not, perhaps, speaks must be devout and reverent, arrest the attention of one balf of and sufficiently marked to command the party in whose name it is of the attention of the whole company; fered. It is offensive to such a that his tone should be such as to one to see a company stand up, show, that the heart accompanies without a single exception, to drink the lips; and that his expressions the health of some distinguished - should characterize the thanksindividual, (an occurrence witnessed giving of a Christian. N. T. at all our public dinners,) while the few, who rise up here and there, when grace is said, to mark their To the Editor of the Christian Observer. reverence for the King of kings, I was lately struck with a passage are stared at, perhaps, and regard- in Dr. Owen's Xpisodeya, which ed as precise Puritans.
appeared to have a remarkable apOne of the strong pleas, by plication to the Antinomian spirit which we justify the steps taken of certain professors of religion. by our church at the period of the In speaking of some of the first Reformation, is the absolute impos- heretics of the church, he observes : sibility, humanly speaking, of the “ Instead of Christ, and God in worship of the church, as it was him reconciling the world to bimthen conducted, being a generally self, and the obedience of faith spiritual worship. Some pious souls, thereon according to the Gospel, no doubt, made it the vehicle of they introduced endless fables which genuine aspirations after the Deity; practically issued in this, that Christ but to the greater part of those was such an emanation of light and who heard it, it was perfectly un- knowledge in them as made them intelligible, and consequently, as perfect ; that is, it took away all far as they were concerned, a mere differences of good and evil, and lifeless and empty form.
gave them liberty to do what they take care lest our daily practice pleased, without sense of sin or prove, that we maintain in our danger of punishment. This was houses an abuse which we profess the first way tbat Satan attempted to have corrected in our churches. the faith of the church; namely, by Though the words used be in a substituting a perfecting light and language which all can understand, knowledge, in the room of the perlittle is gained by that, if but a son of Cbrist: and for aught I know, small portion of the company can hear them.
ENDEAVOUR Not to multiply words . THE AGCOMPLISHMENT OF THE SAME ple question, I only DESIGN."
Would as those who may honour these re
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