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consume you, after that he hath done you good.

21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD. 22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses. 23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel. 24 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey. 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem. 26 And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that wus by the sanctuary of the LORD. 27 And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us ; for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God.

V. 26–27. In order to impress some rebuke thy disciples; and He animportant truth, or transaction, men swered and said unto them, If these have sometimes represented surround- should hold their peace, the stones ing inanimate objects as looking on would immediately cry out. If man and witnessing the scene, or listening refused to do homage to the King of to the words, and ready ever after- Glory, when He came among them, wards to open their mouth to testify to the rocks, more sensible, would break the facts, should man deny them. forth in His praises. The discoveries There are no writings which furnish of modern science, however, show us such striking illustrations of these that there is a literal sense, in which strong figurative representations, as the material creation receives an imthe sacred Scriptures. The first ex- pression from all our words and actions, ample of this occurs in the above pas- that can never be effaced ; and that sage, which is too obvious to need any nature, through all time, is ever ready comment. The second example may to bear testimony of what we have be taken from the prophet Habakkuk, said and done. Men fancy, that the who describes the insatiable wicked- wave of oblivion passes over the ness of the Chaldeans; and address- greater part of their actions. But ing the nation as an individual, he physical science shows us, that those says,

Thou hast consulted shame to actions have been transfused into the thy house by cutting off many people, very texture of the universe, so that and hast sinned against thy soul. For no waters can wash them out, and no the stone shall cry out of the wall, erosions, comminution, or metamorand the beam out of the timber shall phoses, can obliterate them.

The answer it. Such abominations had

principle expressed in its simple form aroused even the most insensible part is this:-Our words, our actions, and of creation—the very timber and stone even our thoughts, make an indelible -to life and indignation.

impression on the universe. Thrown As a third example, the whole mul- into a poetic form, this principle contitude of Jews had just spread their verts creation garments upon the ground for Christ to ride over, they meanwhile crying Into a vast sounding gallery; out, "Blessed be the King that cometh Into a vast picture gallery ; in the name of the Lord! Peace in And into a universal telegraph. heaven, and glory in the highest.. But

-Hitchcock. some of the Pharisees said, Master,

28 So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance. 29 And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old. 30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath-serah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash. 81 And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel. 82 And the bones of Joseph, which the chil- . dren of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver : and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph. 83 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim.


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