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THE PROFITS ARISING FROM THE SALE OF THIS WORK ARE GIVEN TO THE
WIDOWS OF BAPTIST MINISTERS, AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE

CONTRIBUTORS.

VOLUME LXV.

(SERIES V.—Vol. XVII).

Editor : Rev. W. G. LEWIS.

“ Speaking the truth in love."--EPHESIANS IV. 15.

LONDON :
YATES AND ALEXANDER, SYMONDS INN, CHANCERY LANE.

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THE

BAPTIST MAGAZINE.

JANUARY, 1873.

"The Eternal God thy Refuge."

BY JAMES CULROSS, A.M., D.D.

T HE chapter from which these words are quoted records “the

1 blessing wherewith Moses, the man of God, blessed the children of Israel before his death.” After naming the tribes separately, he looks upon the nation as a whole, and utters a blessing over it. One cannot fail to be impressed with the grandeur and solemnity of his words. They are those of a man who has grown old in mighty enterprises, who has now only to die, and who commits the nation of which he has been leader, into the hands of God. Their full sense is condensed into this one line—"The eternal God thy refuge.” There is a simple magnificence in this line which every reader must perceive. It corresponds almost literally with the opening words of the Ninetieth Psalm, which is entitled “a prayer of Moses the man of God.” “Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling-place in all generations: Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art, O God.” There--just as here—the eternal existence of God is brought into view–His existence before the mountains, before the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting; and the Psalm says,

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