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The following sermons were preached on a sacramental occasion, in the chapel of the Theological Seminary, on the last Sabbath and last day of the winter term, when many of the students had left town. At the commencement of the summer term, when the students had reassembled, the writer received a request, that they might be again delivered in the chapel. With this request he complied; but on the second occasion of delivering them, several of the topics which the subject comprises were enlarged upon, and some others introduced, so that the whole constituted four discourses from the pulpit. As the discussions contained in this enlarged form were designed, in a particular manner, for students in theology, the author has judged it to be unnecessary to retain them all in the present publication ; and he has reduced the whole to the size of two discourses, by many omissions and abridgments. While he is not without fears, that some things may now be represented in a manner less perspic- · uous than he could wish, on account of his compressed limits, he indulges the hope that the great points which he has aimed to establish, may be clearly discerned.
The publication of the sermons is now made at the request of the students of the Theological Seminary. A state of health which obliged the writer to retire from the circle of his duties for the remainder of the summer term, necessarily hastened the printing much beyond what he could have wished. As this was unavoidable, he hopes it will be duly estimated, if an apology is found necessary for any small blemishes in the discour
For the leading sentiments, he stands fully responsible. They are the result of the deliberate consideration and deepest conviction of
THE AUTHOR. THEOL. SEMINARY, JULY 12, 1824.
ISAIAH LIII. 5, 6.
OUR INIQUITIES ; THE CHASTISEMENT OF OUR PEACE WAS UPON HIM ;
GONE ASTRAY; WE HAVE TURNED EVERY ONE TO HIS OWN WAY;
The sentiment of this passage may perhaps be made more perspicuous, by a translation of it somewhat nearer to the spirit of the original.
“ He was wounded on account of our transgres. sions; he was smitten on account of our iniquities; the chastisement by which our peace is procured was laid on him; and by his wounds are we healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have wandered each one in the path that he chose ; and Jehovah hath laid on him the punishment due to us all.”
This passage, no less than the august personage to whom it relates, has been to the Jews of ancient and modern times a stumbling block, and to many of the Gentiles foolishness. Very soon after Christians began, when disputing with the Jews about Christ crucified, to make their appeal to it, as proof that a suffering and atoning Saviour, Jesus of Nazareth, was foretold in the Hebrew Scriptures, the Jews set themselves to find out some other person,