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Part II. shows the importance deemed; contemplate their joys and of religion to the usefulness and their employments, and long to be

united with the just made perfect, happiness of the people. Part and with the innumerable company of III. describes the means best angels. Above all, let the meditacalculated for promoting the tions on God the Redeemer be sweet knowledge and spirit of religion. unto your thoughts. Contemplate your The following extracts afford heavenly Father's mercy and faithful

mess, his infinite glory, and his conde. useful specimens of this tract. scending care. Look unto Jesus, the While recommending the duty author of eternal redemption : admire of religious meditation in retire- his transcendent excellence, his sufment, the author writes thus; ferings and triumphs, the blessings

The want of religious knowledge, he bath purchased, the mediation, he and habitual neglect of serious consid

now accomplishes, and the happiness eration, proves the ruin of thousands. prepared for all his followers." What real or persevering religion can

The following observations, be expected from an uninformed, un- found in the concluding address disciplined, unthinking mind ? 'And to parents, are very impressive. how unavailing must be all the means

“ Too many parents, in the inferior of grace, if men will not allow themstations of life, foolishly suppose, selves leisure to examine their real that if they can procure food and raistate before God, to ponder the things ment for their children, they have which belong to their salvation, and to sufficiently discharged their duty, meditate on the all-important doctrines, promises, and preçepts of usefully employed in earning a little

and that their early days are far more Scripture? Some attention is necessary to give the objects of sense their Scriptures.

pittance, than in learning to read the full force; these are 'ever present,

Cruel and their influence is powerful; but for the souls of your offspring? Is it

parents! is it thus you care of what is unseen and everlasting, 2 more fixed recollection is indispensa- honourable part in life! And is it

thus you prepare them for acting an bly necessary : this, in some mea

thus you fortify them against the dansure, removes the distance between heaven and earth ;, brings spiritual world ? How false have you proved to

gerous temptations of an ensnaring objects near to the believing, reflecting mind ; increases that faith which divine requirements ! Your children

your trust! and how regardless of the is the substance of things hoped for : and derives from these unseen reali

are uneducated; and are likely to reties, far nobler joy than can be obtain- will soon be beyond the reach of your

main unprincipled through life: they ed from the most inviting pleasures instruction, under the dominion of of sin. “ Retire, therefore, by yourselves, their masters ; may it not be feared,

others, and engaged in the service of into the fields or the closet, to medi.

that there they will act a wretched tate on heavenly themes ; contemplate part, until their intemperance, dishon: what hath been, what is, and what shall be hereafter.

esty, and fraud, are detected, and

Mark the ways they themselves loaded with infamy of Providence ; and trace, with ad. miring acknowledgment, the doing of will be greatly owing their vices, and

and disgrace? To you, their parents, the Lord to yourselves, your family, their miseries. You taught them not, and your kindred. Look forward to future, but certain and approaching destroyer: you implanted not in their

in early days, to dread the path of the scenes : an expiring world, a general early minds the seeds of religious judgment, an unalterable state. How knowledge ; nay, you cruelly unfitted must these solemn prospects moder

them for acquiring that knowledge, by ate your eagerness for the passing withholding from them the blessing fashions of the world, and quicken of education.” your progress towards Zion. “Meditate on heaven, as the land of rest,

The careful and devout atand the sure inheritance of all the re.

tention of parents to the follow

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ing directions would greatly as- to keep it holy, as a day of peculiar sist them in the religious educa

intercourse with heaven ; and to seek tion of their children.

their delight in those spiritual duties

which become the followers of a risen “ For fulfilling this duty, by a meth- Saviour. Every man, therefore, who od easy to yourselves, and advanta- bears the Christian name, ought to geous to your family, let me recom- venerate the Sabbath. But heads of mend to your attention the venerable families, in busy or inferior stations, Assembly's Catechism. It contains

may particularly prize this day of sa2 valuable and comprehensive sum. cred rest; and ought carefully to mary of the Protestant religion : in guard against the misimprovement of it the sublime doctrines of Christiani. its valuable hours. The duties of the ty, its glorious privileges, and its closet must neither be omitted nor pure precepts, are stated with accu• superficially performed: the duties racy, arranged in order, and express of the sanctuary, if attended with reve ed in language as plain as the subject erence, will yield sublimest satisfacwill admit. Cause your children and tion: yet let not these exclude the servants to learn this catechism ; ex- delightful exercises of family instrucplain its eaning; and allot proper tion and devotion ; if these are omitseasons for examining their progress in ted ; if you only are well employed ; the knowledge of Christian principles. if the members of your family are not

“ No season can be more suitable attended to, they will increase, by for this profitable employment, and their bad example, that general pronone can be more convenient, than the fanation of the Sabbath which you so evening of the Lord's day: you are justly lament. Suffer, therefore, the not then fatigued with labour, nor en. word of exhortation. On every recumbered by the interruptions of turning evening of that hallowed day, worldly business. That sacred day convene your children, domestics, and is appropriated for the purposes of servants; recommend religion to their obtaining and imparting heavenly attention and esteem; inquire into knowledge ; its precious hours must their conduct, and devotions, during not be squandered in the circle of the former part of the day ; remind friends, nor in business, nor in recrea- them of what they heard in the tions : these are allowed in six suc. house of God; examine if they have ceeding days of each revolving week: committed to memory what you forone day of seven is the day of God; merly appointed ; commend the dilihe claims it for his own ; he separates gent; encourage to farther improveit for himself; and wills not that its ment; and close this profitable duty hallowed joys should be molested or with suitable counsels, and with the dea abridged. He commands his people lightful solemnities of family worship.

Religious Jntelligence.

INTELLIGENCE RESPECTING THE

BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE
SOCIETY

self would prevent it by all means in
my power. As the degeneracy of all
outward churches is so great and

general, and still threatens to become (Continued from p. 483.)

greater and more general, I comfort

myself with this, that the Lord is reExtract of a Letter from a Roman tiring into the inner temple, and Catholic Clergyman in Swabia.

more gloriously building up the invis. “I Feel the highest regard for ible church. At least he does not sit the wise and prudent zeal of the En- idle at the right hand of his father, glish Bible Committee, because it is

nor can he lose his suit : whatever my own desire to see the pure and may now be the appearance, he must genuine word of God spread, and am finally be the gainer. Our duty how, so entirely against all corruption of ever is this, to pray more earnestly ghis invaluable treasure, that I my- than ever : let thy kingdom come! Vol. II. No. 12. BBbb

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and, Lord abide with us, for it is to. could be put into the hands of many wariis evening. Dr. Sailer, (who by pious Christians low price. his truly evangelical instructions and Thereby they would be comforted in writings has proved a great blessing their afflictions, strengthened in theit to the Roman Catholics in Germany) triais, and more preserved from the thuis expresses himself in his last temptations of the world. Many er: book: Christianity is so firmly cellent souls do not find in the public founded on its own basis, that after it religious instruction that for which has outlived the times of persecution, they hunger; are also often in the after it has remained unshaken in the confessional only judged for their outage of superstition, it will also outlive ward deeds, without being led to an this age of intidelity and contempt.' acknowledgment of their inward corTherefore we cannot shfficiently re- ruption, and to faith it the blood of joice, that we are privileged to serre Jesus their Redeemer : if these could such a Master, who is intinitely sul- read the Holy Scriptures of the New perior to all bis enemies, who has the Testament in the quiet time of holis victory in liis hands, ever since the days, their faith in the simple docworld has stood, who finally shall put trines from the mouth of Jesus Christ all enemies under his feet, at whose wouich, by the mercy of their Saviour, name every knee shall bow and every be thereby enlivened ; and the Lord's tongue contess, that Jesus Christ is gifts in the Holy Spirit be quickened Lord. Nor shall we be able suffi. in them. They would hear the voice ciently to know and to appreciate all of the Father in their inward part, the excelencies of the kingdom which leads them to their Saviour, of of Christ, and the exalted dig- which Christ saith: “They shall be nity of his person : never shall we all taught of God; and whosoerer bc able fully to comprehend the hath learned of the Father, and refavour and happiness vouchsafed to ceivetlı it, cometh unto me.' them who shall be partakers of the “ From these considerations has kingilom of God through faith in arisen, in the minds of some clergy. Christ. Would not even our blessed men, a wish to set on foot a cheap Lord and Saviour himself rejoice to German edition of the New Testasee the fraternal union which sub- ment, for the use of many pions Chris. sists between us, the interest which tians, the Repository thereof to be at we mutually take in each other, and Ratisbon, in the Ecclesiastical Semthe sincerity of our wish to see all our inary, as a central place in Germany. brethrein become partakers of the “I hereby give this intelligence to same blessings ? Yes, Lord! let thy some known confessors of Christ, with kingdom come, and be extended fur. a request that they will consider the ther and further: May our blessed matter before the Lord, recommend Lord and Saviour daily mcre become it to him in prayer; and if he is that which he is made of God unto pleased to afford them any opportuni. als, Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanc. ty to contribute in any way toward it, tification, and Redemption; yea may that they will not neglect it. Chris. he become our all in all, and we fruit- tian poverty and love have accom. ful branches in him the living vine. plished greater things in the world May light and life and love be multi- than the power and riches of tiits plied in us, and may the peace of God, world could do. which passeth all understanding, keep

“O Lord! Redeemer of our souls ! our hearts and minds in the love of Shepherd of the small despised flock' God and his dear Son Jesus Christ.“ do with this work as may please thee.

Thy kingdom proceeds an incessant Extract from an Advertisement of the pace in a still small way, and those

Roman Catholic Bible Society at Rat- who oppose it can do nothing against isbon, to the Christians of that Per it, but become thy footstool, and consuasion throughout Germany.

tribute to the rest of thy feet in the “ To those who value the Doctrine of peace of thy people. If it please thee, Fesus.

let thy holy history, the history of thy **Dear Brethren and Sisters in Christ! childhood, of thy ministry, of thy suf

“ It is desirable, that the Holy fering, and of the victory of the Holy Scriptures of the New Testament Spirit in the apostles and firstlings of

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the Christian Church, come into the them with a pecuniary aid, in order hands of thy little ones for their coin- that the whole Bible, or at least a fort and confirmation.”

part of it, may be gratuitously or

cheaply distributed to the many indi. Extract of a Letter from a recpectable gent persons who are at present desLutheran Minister in Esthonia.

titute of this treasure. “As you made some inquiries re

In the mean while I shall cndear. specting the state of the Bible in the

our to form a Bible Society in our Russian Empire, permit me now to

parts ; and should it please the return you the following answer :

British and Foreign Bible Society to Among the poorer classes of our

lend us their generous aid in procur. countrymco the Holy Scriptures are

ing a fund for such an institution, I

have not a moment's doubt, that maso scarce, that perhaps out of 100 families hardly five will be found in ny gentlemen in our parts would possession of a Bible or New Testa- thereby be excited to take an active mcnt.

part in such a benevolent design." “ The scarcer Biblcs are, the more

Ch. Ob. diligently they are read by the peo. ple when they can obtain them. Extract of a Letter from F. Mursh. Throughout the whole province

man to the Rev. Dr. Green, Philadelof Esthonia there is a great want of

phia,

dated Serampore, November Bibles, chiefly among the Swedish 4th, 1806. and Esthonian peasants.

R:EVEREND AND DEAR SIR, “There is in general neither a You will be pleased to hear that public nor private institution for the the Lord has not forsaken us; but still express purpose of relieving this continues to own our humble and weak want by a gratuitous or cheap distri- efforts to promote his cause in this bution of Bibles, except a few small land, Within about twenty months legacies, which have been left to some past we have baptized nearly fifty of churches for supplying the schools those who once bowed down to dumb with Bibles.

idols, the greater part of whom, by Many, who are destitute of the their walk and conversation, afford us Biblc, express a great desire after a degree of pleasure pcculiar, per. this treasure, which desire is increas. haps, to persons in our circumstances. ed, when they find it in the possession We have, also, the happiness of of others.

seeing not a few of them our helpers “I have not a moment's doubt, in the work of the Lord. Had you that here a Society of respectable been present this evening you would Clergymen and other pious Chris. have felt pleasure of no common kind, tians might be formed for the express while joining with us in giving the purpose of spreading the Bible more parting bencdiction to six nativc brethgenerally:

ren, going out to carry the news of life “I feel the less hesitation in saying to their perishing fellow country. that such a Society might be established, because among the 50 or 60 It will be acceptable to the friends clergymen in this country, as also of God and man, with you, to hear among the private gentlemen in Lap. that their generous exertions to forponia, several are known to me as ward the translations of the Sacred men who feel the most lively interest Scriptures into the Indian languages, in enlightening the mind, and mel- are not in vain. The Lord is greatly iorating the state and condition of enlarging us in this work, and that in their fellow-creatures, by faith in such a manner as leaves no doubt Christ.

whether it be his band or not. The “ Permit me now, reverend and New Testament, in five languages, is dear Sir, to accompany this informa- now in the press ; the Bengalce, the tion with a humble petition to the Hindoosthanee, the Mahratta, the British and Foreign Bible Society Orissa, and the Sangskrit languages ; kindly to remember the 50 country and translations in five others are goparishes in Esthonia, which contain ing forward successfully. at least 15,000 familics, and to assist these the goodness of God respecting

men.

Among

the Chinese, demands particular ac, oracles' being one day, not only whol. knowledgments (when we consider the ly translated into that extraordinary number of souls interested) in giving language, but of this translation being us so able and judicious a translator so fully revised, and compared with in the person of Mr. Lossar, and in other writings, in the language, as enabling some of the younger branch. shall remove every doubt of its fidelity es of the family to make so rapid a and accuracy. With the most cor. progress in the Chinese language and dial ragards to our honoured Christian characters, as well as in the originals brethren with you, I remain, reverend of the Scriptures, that the most pleas. and dear Sir, very sincerely yours. ing prospect is afforded of the sacred

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