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but with contempt and abhorrence; when, however, she was better acquainted with the history of the birth and work, life, death, and resurrection of our Saviour, her eyes were opened to see the truth, and the love of Christ took possession of her heart. Having at last resolved to make a public profession of her faith, she avowed her intention to her mother, and begged her consent to her baptism. At first she met with much opposition, but she persevered in her faith, and declared that, having now found her Lord and Saviour, it was impossible for her to live without him ; until her mother, who herself was no strict Jewess, at last complied with her wish. She now received instruction from a Roman Catholic priest, and finally went in company with her mother to Kelze, in the kingdom of Poland, in the Cathedral of which town she received the rite of baptism.

Having thus become a member of the Christian Church, Miss G. returned to Cracow, and continued to reside with her relatives, but had to suffer much from their enmity towards that Saviour in whom she believed with her whole heart. Notwithstanding these trials, however, she scrupulously observed all precepts and statutes of the Roman Catholic Church. She went to the Church at least once a-day, and sometimes oftener; observed rigorously all prescribed fastings, and went frequently to confession. Her confessor was a serious and well-meaning man, who to the best of his knowledge endeavoured to strengthen her in the Christian faith. Her integrity and piety became so manifest, that both among Jews and Christians she was known as the pious Anna."



In the year 1840, Mr. C. J. Behrens was appointed to missionary labour among his Jewish brethren in Cracow. In the pursuit of his calling he became acquainted with the family Grünbaum; and the spiritual state of that member of it to whom these notices refer, could not but engage the special attention of a Protestant missionary. Mr. Behrens was privileged to be the instrument in her becoming a convert to evangelical truth. Referring to the state of her mind at that time, when her faith, though sincere and zealous, was not that of the Gospel, Mr. B. states :

Notwithstanding her deep piety, she felt some uneasiness, because she felt her inability of performing so many good works as her Church prescribed. On her speaking to me about this, I showed her from the Word of God, that all our good works are nothing but filthy rags, and therefore of no value before the Lord. I copy of the New Testament, and of our Scriptural Liturgy, exhorting her diligently to read the first, and to pray in the spirit of the latter. She followed my advice; and it pleased the Lord so to bless these means, that the gold of her faith became purified from the dross of human invention, and, finally, grace was given her to acknowledge and avow the evangelical faith,—that salvation is to be sought and found solely in the merits of our High Priest, who has offered up himself a sacrifice for our sins, and wrought out an everlasting redemption."

Mr. Behrens having become a widower five years after his arrival in Cracow, was led to believe that this daughter of Abraham would make a suitable helpmate to him in his labours; and


Is. lxiii. 4.

The Year of Christ's Redeemed! would it were come!
Bright stars look down upon the New Year's birth,
Longing to raise once more the glorious hymn,
They sang with angels o'er the unstained earth,
And nature wearies to exchange the notes,
Which ever, in low breeze, or billowy main,
Speak of the curse,--for some rejoicing chords,
Fitting to swell redemption's thrilling strain.
The Year of His Redeemed! would it were come!
The burdened Christian's fervent lips repeat,
As, soiled with battle, stained, and worn, and faint,
For grace and strength he seeks the mercy-seat.
He knows not what this untried year may bring;
One thing he knows, when Jesus shall appear,
He shall be like Him, by His presence saved,
And fear no enemy, and shed no tear.
The Year of Christ's Redeemed! would it were come!
For Zion's recompense is promised then, *
And who, with beating heart and glancing eye,
Does not add joyfully his loud Amen ?
For Israel shall “ see evil ” never more,t
Nor hold“ the cup of trembling" in her hand ;"I
But double joy shall compensate her woe,
And beauty crown her long deserted land.
Would it were come! We will not give Thee rest;
Thou Star of Jacob, till Thy radiance beam
O'er Salem's zone of hills, and Carmel's mount,
And Galilee's blue wave, and Jordan's stream.
Oh, take thy sceptre, long-expected King;
That sceptre, by the “ Man of sorrows

won ;
And, this year, let the kingdoms of the world
Be “ kingdoms of our God and of His Son."

J. T.


# Is. xxxiv. 8,

† Zeph, ü, 15.

Is. li, 22.





THERE are three questions respecting the Jews which call forth replies, embracing the whole of their history as a nation. What were they? What are they? What will they be?

We can obtain answers to these questions from the Bible. That blessed book informs us of their remarkable origin, and of the purpose of God in separating them from the rest of the nations; gives us their history from the first, with only a brief interval, till they had filled up the measure of their iniquity by rejecting the Gospel preached to them by the Apostles, and had become like a dry and withered tree, only fit for the fire.

That blessed book describes also their present condition, and tells us what they should be, both as it regards their religion and their temporal affairs, in its inspired prophecies. Prophecy is history written before-band by the holy men whom God taught by His Spirit. Now we may be much mistaken as to the application of many



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prophecies, and may not be able to say to what nation, or people, or part of a nation, or community they refer; but it is not thus with the prewritten history of Israel. The name of Israel is not blotted out from amongst men.

The people abide, marked out by facts which cannot deceive, and we can have no difficulty in reading in the prophecies the outlines of Israel's present state and history. THE CHILDREN OF SRAEL shall abide many days, without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without a teraphim.

That blessed book points out the future history of Israel. There cannot be any mistake, generally, as to the people intended, when Israel is the subject of the prophecy. We do not hesitate at once to admit this when the prediction speaks of punishment, when it marks out a people who were to be a proverb and a bye-word amongst the nations; when it describes the branches broken-off because of unbelief; when their religious and political condition, as it is known to be and to have been, are the burden of the prophets' vision, that is when we walk by sight: there should therefore be no difficulty, one would imagine, when Israel is the subject of great and precious promises, and the object of an everlasting love, or as still beloved for their fathers' sakes. Why, when we come to the Scriptures and read prophecies yet to be fulfilled, should we alter our rule of interpretation ? By doing this, we make the Scriptures the most uncertain of all writings, and admit, in fact, that any man may make whatsoever he lists out of the prophecies of God.

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