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Alas, there are too many, who say, at least in their hearts, (for their conduct bewrays their secret thoughts) we care but little about them. If they were to speak out, they might adopt the language of the rebellious Jews to the prophet, As to the words which thou hast Spoken to us, in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth *. And there are others who plainly fay, Let us then continue in sin that grace may abound. They do not fo exprelly reject the gospel, as take encouragement from it, to go on in their wickedness. The case of the former is very dangerous, that of the latter is still worse. But grace, though long flighted, though often abused, is once more proclaimed in your hearing. The Lord forbid, that you should perish with the found of salvation in your ears!
At present, and while you persist in your impenitence and unbelief, I may reverse the words of my text. Oh, consider, I beseech you, before it be too late, If God be against you, who can be for you? Will your com* Jerem, xliv. 16, 17.
panions comfort you in a dying hour? Will your riches profit you in the day of wrath ? Will the recollection of your sinful pleasures, give you confidence to stand before this great and glorious Lord God, when you fall be summoned to appear at his tribunal. May you be timely wise, and flee for refuge to the hope set before you !
Alas, there are too : least in their hearts, (i wrays their secret t! little about them. out, they might ai rebellious Jews to words which that name of the Lord, thee. But we thing goeth fori And there are us then cont abound. TI the gospel, .. to go on ir of the forms latter is ftr. flighted, i proclaim bid, that of salvati
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Rom. viii. 33. Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's
elect? It is God that justifieth. MTHOUGH the collating of manuscripts
į and various readings, has, undoubte edly, been of use, in rectifying some mistakes, which, through the inadvertency of transcribers, had crept into different copies of the New Testament; yet such supposed corrections of the text, ought to be admitted with caution, and not unless supported by strong reasons, and good authorities. The whole scripture is given by inspiration of God; and they who thankfully receive it as bis book, will not trifle with it, by substi
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tutiog beit correê:21 atentices, whics, though they may deem to be anecerects, may pottiy cigle, cr al:27, the genuize fer fe cf the pafage. Some fascied emendatiers right te pointed out, sezgetted by very learned men, which co pot seem to aford to forong a picef cf the found judgment of the propciers, as cf their vanity and rashness. Let the learned men be as ingenious as they please, in correcting and amending the text of Horace, or Virgil, for it is of little importance to us, whether their criticisms be well founded or not, but let them treat the pages of divine revelation with reverence.
But the pointing of the New Testament, though it has a considerable influence upon the senfe, is of inferior authority. It is a human invention, very helpful, and, for the most part, I suppose, well executed. But in some places, it may admit of real amendment. The most ancient manufcripts are without points, and some of them, are even without a distinction of the words. With the pointing, therefore, we may take more liberty than with the text; though even this liberty should be used soberly. A change in