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thy free will, and without compulsion?' I. I shall give it because it is the Consul's pleasure, but you know that it is not my choice. The Jews then petitioned the Consul to compel me to say, that I gave it without compulsion. He ordered me to make no more difficulty, but to answer the Jews as required. “I shall divorce her,' I said, “because it is your order, but cannot say I do it with my good will ; I am a Christian, and cannot lie.' No sooner had I spoken these words, than I was taken to prison. I found myself confined in a dirty dark ruined stable. I was groping to find a place where to sit down, but was disappointed. Several friends brought me some refreshments, but they were not allowed to approach the stable. The Consul’s janizary came once to see if I had not made my escape, for the stable had a door which I could have burst open with one push. I offered five piasters for a little water, but was not suffered to have either food or water. In such a miserable condition I remained nearly the whole day. A little before sunset, Mr. Nicolayson, and Dr. Macgowan went to the Consul, to use their influence on my behalf. He called me out of the stable, and told me in their
that he does nothing else than what the law compels him to do; that it was only for their sake that he brought me into his presence, to ask whether I bad repented of my obstinacy; but that if I persisted in my disregard of the laws, though he would be exceedingly sorry to cause
any unpleasantness to his friends (Mr. N. and Dr. M.), yet he must perform his duty, and send me back to prison. Seeing my helplessness, I thought it advisable to comply, on condition that before the divorce, the question respecting my child and property should be settled. He promised to take th:
matter into consideration. The next day my property was adjudged to belong to my wife, and I was ordered besides, to pay her 2,000 piastres in ready money
The Consul then held out to her 500 piastres, and said, 'I exceedingly commiserate you; what you took will not suffice to defray the expenses of half-a-year. Take this as a present from me.'
Neither the 2,000 piastres, however, nor the 500, ever reached her pocket. The Jews, in acknowledgment of his generosity, purchased for him, with the 2,000 piastres, some silver vessels, in one of which he found a treasure (as one of Joseph's brethren found in their sacks) which amounted to 500 piastres, the very sum which out of charity he had just given to a poor stranger!
Nor did my trials cease here. I claimed my child; but unfortunately the Russian Consul had now forgotten to whom, according to the laws of his country, the child belonged; he therefore informed me, he would consult the code of civil laws at home, and answer me when he next visited Jerusalem. He remembered, however, that I must pay my wife for nursing the child then at her breast, otherwise I should have no claim on it.
“I had, accordingly, paid her for fourteen months successively, when the Consul again made his appearance at Jerusalem. I visited him, but was told he was much occupied, and would be glad to see me the next day. That day, however, at sunrise, he left Jerusalem. A few days after, I found my wife and child had been sent secretly away to Russia. My wife arrived safely there, and went directly to my grandfather, with whom she left my child, and then proceeded to her native place, to visit her relations."
(To be continued.)
MISSIONS TO THE JEWS.
LONDON. Extracts from the Journal of a Missionary. * Met a Dutch Jew, of the name of with whom I had a long conversation on the subject of religion, and after I had preached to him Jesus Christ crucified, he said: “From what I have just heard, I gather that men can only obtain everlasting life by faith in Jesus Christ.' I can assure you, then, that I believe in Jesus as the Redeemer of mankind, and I will also tell you briefly how I came to that conviction. I made the acquaintance of a Christian lady, twenty years ago, whom I also married, without telling her that I am a Jew, and which she does not know even to this very day. I accompanied her every Sunday to Church, as she was a pious young lady; and through listening thus to the Gospel of free grace, I ha
become convinced of the truth as it is in Jesus, and though I am not yet baptized publicly, I hope and trust that I have been baptized inwardly with that Holy Ghost which alone gives life and immortality; and if you like to call at my house, you will find
children well instructed in the doctrines of the truth.”
I have to-day again experienced that the Word of God never returns void. I met an English Jewish merchant six months ago at a dining room in where I had a long conversation with him on the one thing needful, and left the result entirely to Him who is able to bless it. Since then I never heard or saw anything of him again, until this morning, when to my greatest surprise and joy I was told by Mr. Winter, of the Depôt in Leadenhail Street,
that this very man had called on him and enquired after me, and where I lived. Mr. Winter even told me that he was pleased to hear him talk with love and reverence of Him whom his forefathers have pierced, but who is risen again for our justification and redemption.”
THE HOLY LAND.
LAND of the pure and sacred fire!
London : Printed at the Operative Jewish Converts' Institution,
Palestine Place, Bethnal Green.
THE JEWISH ADVOCATE.
THE FUTURE PROSPECTS OF THE JEWS.
ZEPHANIAH prophesied in the days of Josiah, about the
year before Christ, 630.
• Zeph. ii. 8. Wait you upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up unto the prey : for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them my indignation, even all my fierce anger : for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
19. Behold, at that time, I will undo all that afflict thee, and will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out, and I will get th praise and fame in every land, where they have been put to shame.
“ 20. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make
From Eyre's “Observations on the Prophecies.” Published by the Society.