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And it deserves special notice, God of all grace, that it seems to that when Job prayed for his bave had more effect to procure friends, God bad mercy on him, mercy for bimself, than any and delivered him from his suf- which he had been able to offer ferings and sorrows. And the for himself. The scriptures are Lord turned the captivity of Job, full of examples which proclaim
HIS that important truth-the effecÈRIENDS, and gave him twice as tual fervent prayer of a righteous much as he had before. His man availeth much, and no less prayer for them, after baving when offered up for others, than received, such treatment from when made for himself. them, was so acceptable to the
(To be continued.)
THE AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY.
It may be thought, that in this tion of similar institutions in age of societies, when their mul- Europe. titude almost defies enumeration, National Bible Societies are no new Institution can be need- not experiments of uncertain ed in our country, and it is fear- issue. They have been tried ed, that not a few individuals with the most animating success. may be terrified by the con- They are planted in the most stantly increasing demands of flourishing capitals of Europe, these instruments of charity, from and their influence is felt even giving due attention to the asso- to the ends of the earth. When ciation to which the present arti- the believer casts his eye over cle is devolved. But the Ameri- the old world, the sight, which can Bible Society ought not to be most gladdens his heart, is that confounded with those projects of Christians of all names and all of doubtful utility and of secta- nations, forgetting their differian tendency, for which the rences, and uniting in the Godaid of the liberal is frequently like work of diffusing the divine solicited. Its establishment is word through every inhabited an era in our history. Its object regions. He looks on this as on is the most sublime to which the the rainbow in the clouds, and bounty of Christians can be his thoughts are carried forward directed, and its necessity, or, at by it to an age of new peace and least, its great importance, will splendour for the Church. When hardly be disputed by those who so many nations are competitors are acquainted with the opera. in this new race of glory, this
unexampled Jabour for the illu- cieties an excess of aid. A mination of mankind, shall we central institution, like the sun, be deficient in zeal, and form a will diffuse more wide and equimelancholy contrast with the table bounty. Christian world ?
Another advantage of a naIt may be thought that our tional Society is, that the exlocal Bible Societies are suffi- tent of its funds will enable ciently adapted to the distribu- it to circulate, at a reduced extion of the scriptures, and that pense, much better impressions no other instrument is needed. of the Bible than are now comBut whilst it is cheerfully admit- mon among the labouring and ted that they have done great the poor.
The rich are not good, and whilst it is hoped, that sensible, how much a legible their agency will be uninterrupt. Bible is needed by their indigent ed, it is an undeniable fact, that brethren. The comfort of this our efforts in this cause have not Holy Book is now in a measure been proportioned to our national lost to many aged persons, and resources, and it is believed that to many who are imperfectly these resources can best be call- skilled in reading, in conseed forth by a national institution. quence of the smallness and ob
In the first place, such an in- scurity of the type in which the stitution is needed to collect and common Bible is printed. The distribute that knowledge, which plan already adopted by the is required to a judicious distri- National Society of spreading bution of the scriptures. Its through the country stereotype managers, placed on com- plates, which will furnish fair manding position, and pledged copies of the Bible, is the best to extensive activity, will have which could have been devised. every opportunity and every in- Let the means for accomplishing ducement, to discover and make it be liberally bestowed. known the wants of this country Another very important adand of the world. This Institu- vantage of a National Bible tion will be a centre into which Society, is this; it will awaken information will be poured from new zeal, give new energy to every region. It will maintain an Christian charity, call forth new enlarged correspondence both at resources for this best of objects. home and abroad, and watch the This institution, simply by colmovements of every other So- lecting and diffusing knowledge ciety. Who does not discover in regard to the want of Bibles, the immense advantages which will give a new spring to the exthis concentration of light will ertions of the charitable. Chrisafford for spreading the scrip- tians among us have little conceptures ? Local societies must tion of the limited circulation of always be limited in knowledge. the scriptures, even in their own Extensive districts may be left country. They judge of other without supply, whilst other's regions from their own immedimay derive from interfering so ate neighbourhood, and can bard
ly conceive of a family living for vour an extension of its powers. years without the sacred volume. Why is it that the British and The annual reports of a National Foreign Bible Society is the Bible Society, unfolding the object of an interest so unexam. wants of this and other countries, pled, so intense both at home will, it is believed, communicate and abroad? The answer is to an impulse to Christians, as yet be found in the extent of its unknown in our land. Christians operations, as developed in its will blush, at remembering the annual reports. As the Chrisproperty which they have wast- tian follows the streams which ed on superfluous indulgencies, this hallowed and life-giving whilst multitudes of suffering fountain is sending forth, his and destitute fellow-beings have conceptions are enlarged of what wanted that book, which can man can accomplish. Objects alone speak peace to conscience which once seemed to surpass and minister consolation to the power of human nature, now grief. It is a mortifying truth, appear practicable, and their that Bible Societies have awak- very vastness becomes a motive ened less zeal in this country for aiming at their accomplishthan in England, and one reason ment. It is a fact, that the ani. is, that we have known compa- mation which has been discoverratively little of the state of the ed by Bible Societies in our own world. Local Bible Societies, country, has been very much inwith scanty funds, have had little spired, nourished, and sustained inducement to extend their in- by the view of the sublime opequiries, to multiply correspon- rations of the parent Institution dences, to discover wants which in England. A National Society they have been unable to sup- among ourselves, filling a wide ply.
space, and approaching in its A national institution will in agency the grandeur of similar another way quicken our zeal. establishments in Europe, will Possessing larger funds, and still more surely diffuse warmth wider knowledge, than any limit- and zeal through the community. ed society, it will fill a wider It will be an object of attention sphere with its operations; its to Christians of every district of reports will detail more exten- our country. It will be the topick sive communications of the word of conversation. It will conof God; and the influence of this centrate their prayers.
Who must be, to give energy, joy, and does not see that new fervour will fervour to Christians. It is the be communicated to the friends nature of the human mind, to of religion ? dilate itself in proportion to the And this is not all. A Naobjects of its contemplation. It tional Society, by its extent and is the nature of benevolence, to respectability, will become an be kindled by the view of diffu- object of attention to a large sive and generous activity, and class of men, who, without being to find in the increase of its fer- wholly indifferent to religion, yet
criminally neglect it, and can only prayed in his last hours, that his be roused to contribute to its ex- disciples "might be one,” can tension, by the view of great and doubt that he will regard with improving institutions. Many, peculiar favour an institution who will overlook a confined and which attaches Christians to each local society, will be attracted by other by the holiest bond, by a greater; and they who are apt cooperating in sending his word to “despise the day of small to every family and every nation things,” will not disdain to be under heaven. patrons of an extended and re- To conclude, we may hope spected association. The prin- from a National Bible Society, a ciple of imitation, and the pow- happy influence on our national erful sentiment of respect for character. It will help to heal opinion, will thus be pressed into our divisions. Common interest the service of piety.
is thought to be the strongest Another important benefit of bond of union to a people; but a national instiíution, is this :-It perhaps a stronger may be found will be a centre, a bond of union, in common sentiment, in common a source of charity and Christian feelings, in attachment to geneaffection, to the various religious rous objects, diffused through denominations in our country. every class and district, and exThis is a distinguishing glory of citing general zeal and activity. Bible Societies. They break In this country peculiarly, we down the barriers between Chris- need institutions of a generous tians. They annihilate the dis- character, which shall be regardtinctions of sects. Christians, ed as the property not of a parwhen they enter them, lay aside ticular state, but of the nation. the badges of party, and assume These are the best nutriment of the appointed badge of disciples, patriotism. A country, to be that of mutual love. Nothing loved, must possess something strengthens affection, nothing more than physical advantages ; reveals to men each other's vir something more than a favoured tues, so much as cooperation in climate, or a fertile soil. It must a great and beneficent work. possess institutions, which will Much of the uncharitableness of be monuments of its intellectual Christians should be ascribed to and moral progress, which will reserve, to distance, to ignorance render it venerable in the eyes of each other's character. Let of its citizens, which will speak them come together on this holy to their hearts, and awaken a ground, and read in each other's consciousness of its glory. The countenances, words and actions association, whose cause we have a devotion to the cause of their been pleading, will be surpassed common Master, and their jea. by none in communicating this lousies and alienations will gra- moral dignity and lustre to our dually give place to candour and country. love. Who that remembers the Such are the benefits of a earnestness rith which Jesus ppal Bible Society. In Vol. IV. No. 10.
these remarks, I have all along the part of condescension and supposed, that this Institution disinterestedness. Let not this will be conducted on the most noble wish be dishonoured, even catholick principles. This is by the appearance of Sectarian essential to its usefulness and partialities. Its principal con
The least mixture of a ductors have a solemn responsiSectarian spirit will be the stroke bility. Be it their care, by conof death to all its promises of ciliation and wisdom, to inspire good. Never had an Institution universal confidence, and to call to contend with keener jealousies forth the power and resources of than this. Let its elections, its all classes of Christians, so that reports, its whole proceedings, be this people may be partakers in marked by an entire superiority the joy and honour of working to the narrow views of party. together with God, and with Let the most powerful denomi- other nations in the illumination nations remember that to them, of the world. in an especial manner, belongs
ON THE OBSERVANCE OF THE LORD'S DAY.
To the Editor of the Christian Disciple. SIR,
I PRESUME it is compatible of a man of fine feelings, exceedwith the designs of your useful ingly averse to compulsion, to magazine to admit strictures on threats; and he ranks the pasprevailing habits in society, of sion of sear among the lowest in immoral and unchristian tenden- our natures. Place his errours cy. I know, however, from con- before him in a friendly manner, stant perusals of your pages, that discuss their evil characters, and all angry denunciations are sedu- you win him to your opinion. lously avoided ; that the moral Men are generally addicted to and spiritual lash and cord this or that errour from want of are never employed; that you consideration. With these reaim to make men ashamed of marks, I wish to call the attentheir sins and follies, and to tion of your readers to certain engage them on the side of virtue inattentions to the Lord's day, and religion, by mild persuasion prevalent among us, particularly and sound arguments. This in this metropolis. It is highly course deserves the approbation honourable to the good sense and of every one : it is the most suc- sobriety of the community, that cessful course of doing good. this sacred day is so respectfully The Saviour came, not to drive, and religiously observed. I behut to call men to repentance. lieve there is no city in chrisThere is something in the mind tendom, where there is greater