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nour? Believers are more frequently despised, than envied, in this world. But they may congratulate one another. The King of kings is their friend. They have honours and pleasures which the world knows nothing of. Their titles are high, they are the fons and the daughters of the Lord almighty * Their poffefsions are great, for all things are theirs of. They are afsured, of what is best for them in this life, and of life eternal hereafter. They are now nearly related to the King of kings, and shall ere long be acknowledged and owned by him, before assembled worlds. They who now account the proud happy, will be astonished and confounded when they shall see the righteous, whom they once undervalued, shine forth like the fun in the kingdom of God.

4. We may lastly infer the extreme folly and danger, of those, who persist in their rebellion and opposition against this King of kings, and Lord of lords. Though he exercises much patience and long-suffering towards them for a season, the hour is approaching, when his wrath will burn like fire. It is written, and must be fulfilled, * 2 Cor. vi, 18. † I Cor. iii. 21.

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the wicked shall be turned into kell, and all the nations that forget God *. Oh the solemnities of that great day, when the frame of nature shall be dissolved, when the Judge shall appear, the books be opened, and all mankind shall be summoned to his tribunal ! Will not you yet tremble and bow before him, ye careless ones, while he is seated upon a throne of grace, and while the door of mercy stands open ? Once more I call, I :warn, I charge you, to repent and believe the gospel. If to day you will hear his voice, it is not yet too late. But who can answer for to-morrow? Perhaps, this night your soul may be required of you f. Are you prepared for the summons ? If not, seize the present opportunity. Attend to the one thing needful. Seek his face that your soul may live. If not, remember that you are warned, your blood will be upon your own head. We have delivered our message, and if you finally reject it, you must answer for yourselves, to him whose message it is.

* Pl. ix. 17. Luke xii. 20.

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JOB'S FAITH AND EXPECTATION.

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