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die. Many of them have discov- God and man, and yet continued ered great distress and horror of to live in high health. He felt as mind on their death bed, and have if it would be much better for the died under awful apprehenfions of world if they fould be sick and falling into endlels deftruction. die. He had been wishing and And this may be the case with most hoping for this, that they might of the wicked when they feel they be taken out of the way, and do no are at the point of death, especial. more mischief ; but he was disaply of those who live in gospel light, pointed. That this is the true meanthough it be not discovered to oth. ing of the sentence under consideers. It cannot therefore be said ration, is confirmed by the words with truth, that the wicked have which immediately follow, “ But no bands in their death, in this their strength is firm." This has sense, if the expreshoo were prop- no respect to their dying without er and suited to convey this idea, fear or concern, or in distress and which it does not appear to be. horror ; but is mentioned in op
Another sense of thele words position to their being sick and offers itself to which the objections dying. They did not die, but made to the sense first mentioned, enjoyed health and bodily strength, do not apply; and perhaps no ob “ Their eyes stand out with fatjection will be made to it. ness--they have more than heart
It is to be observed, that the could with.” words there are, are not in the The bands of death doubtless original, but supplied by the transla- are the bodily disorders, sickness, tors. If the original be rendered pains and distress by which the without a supply, it may be thus ; body dies. And this observation their death, no bands. But there may serve, perhaps, to explain the must be a supply to make the sense words of Peter, Acs ii. 24, clear in our language.
Which “ Whom God hath raised up, may be thus ; " Their death hath having loosed the pains of death : no bands.” Death is bere per- because it was not possible that he sonified, and as if one such person Mould be holden of it," or of him, belonged, or was related to each that is death. These words would man. When men die, he is re- be more easily understood, at first presented as coming to them as a view, if the word bands had been conquerer who cannot be resisted, used instead of pains. But when and with his bands binding them the latter is understood as synonifast, and carrying them away as mous with the former, all difficulhis captives. When the Psalmist ty is removed. Death is spoken says, Their death hath no bands, of as a person, binding the g!orihe means not to represent the wick- ous Saviour of the world with the ed as immortal, but living long, paios and cruelties inficted by his much longer than he could wish, murderers. These bands were loofor is desirable ; so that it seemed ed in his resurrection, as it was not to him as if death had no bands to poffible death should hold him in bind them, and take them away. them, as he did others. This is the feeling and language of Beza and Doddridge understand one who envied them, and was un pains, in this passage as of the easy and vexed at their prosperity, Tame import with bands. who were proud, injurious, and
PHILOGRAPHE. spoke haughtily with respect to
2, on the ift Range the zoth. ala.
I went on foot and led my horfe AN a good man be unwilling that the great, good,
nearly 200 miles--the travelling wise, just, merciful Jehovah Mould being exceflively bad, owing priofo plan his operations concerning
cipally to the season of the year. all creatures,' actions and things, and arriving in Washington county,
“ After paffing the mountains as to answer his benevolent pur- I passed through and near to, about poses?
2. Can the eternal purposes of twenty Presbyterian congregations, God be hurtful in the end?
where for two years past, there 3: Are we afraid that infinite has been in the most of them a perfection will have too much influ. pretty general serious awakening. perfection will have too much infu. God has been pleased to carry ca ence in the affairs of this world ?.
his work in convincing and hope. MIKROS.
fully converting many hundred IF mankind are totally depra
fouls in these parts. The awakeved and naturally opposed to God, ning extended nearly 80 miles and are entirely dependent on hin from east to west. A number of
new settlements north-well of the to change their hearts, wherein is the propriety of directing them to eattern bounds of New Connecti.
Ohio, extending nearly to the repent and love God? M.
cut, were visited in a special mianMESSRS. EDITORS,
ner, and there yet remain many A READER of your weful instances of ferious awakening . Magazine wishes for an explana: ministers and people, the work has
By what I can lears, both from tion of Hebrews ri. 4–6. What is that from which if a man fall it
been generally free from enthusis impossible to renew him again to
afm; but powerful in humbling the sepentance ? Can a man partake proud heart, and in bringing it to
in of the common influences of the spirit of God and his backsliding for his church in this country. A
“ God has done great things be fatal ? When may a man know that he is under that awful sentence?
bout fix years ago there were fereral
young men hopefully brought AN explanation is desired, by advice of a few pious and learned
into Chrilt's kingdom. By tlae a correspondent, of 1 Corinthians XV. 29, and also of 1 Peter iv. 6. felves to study.
ministers, a number gave them.
An academic school was established, where the
languages and arts and sciences are Religious Intelligence.
thoroughly taught. There have been fixteen or seventeen very wor
thy and pious minifters raised up in MISSIONARIES.
this school. It was thought by Extrait of a Letter from the Rev. many, when they saw such a num
Joseph Badger Misionary to ber entering on the ministry, there New Connecticut, dated roung's would be no places for them ; but town, January 8, 1801.
the late awakening has opened pla
ces enough. The settlements are A DERa long and tedious making with fuche rapidity and for
they cannot be fupplied but for a to exert themselves to promote the part of the time. There are now great object of the Misfionary So. eight or ten young men who ap- ciety, and to encourage the Mifpear to be pious, preparing for the fionaries. I propose loon to go to ministry, in the school which I Plattsburgh, and from thence dihave mentioned, and which is kept rectly 40 miles west into the Chatin Cannonfburgh, in Washington tagee settlement, which lies on the county, nearly 100 miles from this road to Upper Canada. I have place, under the care of two in- formed a church in Elizabeth-town, Itructors.
and baptized nine children. The “ There were ordained three principal men of tbe town joined ministers in and near the county of in a letter of thanks to the MiffionTrumbull, * laft September, by ary Society, and seemed greatly the Ohio Presbytery. One of affected with the benevolence of them, the Rev. William Wick, the good people of Connecticut, lives 8 miles from Young's town, who fhow fuch deep concern for at which place he preaches one the welfare of their souls. Strict, third of his time. He appears to evangelical doctrines gain credit, be a truly pious man. I am happy and the inhabitants seem to be most in having a brother fo near. From fond of those preachers who preach what I can learn of the present fit and enforce such do&trines in the uation of the settlements on the most clear and discriminating light. Reserve, it will be highly neceffa. The evidence and confideration of ту to fend on another Miffionary this tend to gladden the hearts of next spring if possible. I am con- all the well-wishers to Zion. My fident, from the best information plan is to recross the Lake before I can get, I shall not be able to the ice impedes, and to take the visit all the settlements without ma- upper tour of towns through Verking too rapid a progrefs to answer mont to Connecticut River, and the defign of Miffionary labors. visit the fettlements on both sides
“ I have to acknowledge the of the river down as far as they great goodness of God through all appear to to be entitled to Mishonmy journey. My health is good. ary services ; and then retura I have had an uncommon share of through the lower range of towns kindness and respect Ahown me, to the lake-cross it on the ice and and have been received with great revisit the new and needy settlecordiality.”
ments on the west." Extraof a letter from the Rev.
The Rev. Jedidiah Bushnell David HUNTINGTON, dated Pe- lately recommenced his Miffionary ru, Weft of Lake Champlain, labours. He is to spend a few Mno. 15, 1800.
weeks in the north-western part of “ Since I began my mission, 1 Vermont ; and then proceed to have in general been favored with the counties of Otsego, Herkethe attention of the people. In
mer and Delaware in the state of some places seriousness prevails. New-York. God has hitherto remarkably dispo Mr. Robert Porter has also gono sed wealthy and leading characters on another Miffionary tour of three
New Connecticut, or the Wes- months. He is to labor in the tern Reserve is formed into a county new settlements on Black river and by the name of TRUMBULL. parts adjacent.
COMMUNICATED AS ORIGINAL
3. Flesh demands a longer date, Fearful is the coming state; That forebodes terrific scenes,
While to life my nature leans. January 6th, 1801. 4. Yet can carthly scenes afford, MESSRS. EDITORS,
Wish of absence from the Lord ? AS you have requested that some Full of fin and deadlieft pain, Hymns might be forwarded for the Here 'tis dreadful to remain. benefit of the Magazine, I send you
5. Earthly scenes afford no rest, the following, which was composed God alone can make me blest ; in halte, on New-Year’s day and fung'Tis his presence gives me joy; in public, and which you may publish, All things clse my peace delcoy. if you think proper.
6. Guilty as my soul remains, Hymn for New-Year.
Christ can wajb away the sains
On his grace, I venture thro', REAT God! whose inercy hath Scenes of Death and Judgment too. G
no bound; Whose power and skill no limits know; 7. Tho' l've nothing there to plead, Whose years are one eternal now ; Yet I've feen my Saviour bleed From whom alone our blessings flow : Yea I've seen his plentcous grace,
Plenteous love and righteousnels. 2. By thee our lives are still preserv'd, While millions of our race have fled, 8. Sinful souls the Saviour faw Since the last year began its course, Curs'd by an avenging law : To the dark regions of the dead. Love inclin'd him then to come, 3. With grateful hearts, and songs of Here to die in finner's room. praise,
9. He has magnified the law, Let us begin the new-born year ; Does my soul t'obedience draw: And let the remnant of our days Him I love-on him I ret; Be fill'd with holy love and fear, He alone, can make me blest. 4. And while the rapid wings of time 10. With his eye to guide my way Speed days, & months, & years away.
I shall share a glorious day, May we improve each fleeting hour, Leave the scenes of fletli and blood, And from God's precepts never stray. To be ever with my God. 5. That when the toils of life are o'er,
II. Shall I find a heart to grieve, And death this mortal scene shall close, That I cannot always live? We then to realms of bliss may soar, Fly my days-revolve the iky And in our God find sweet repose.
'Tis a blessed thing to die.
12. Roll ye planets burk my chain Hymin for a Birth-Day.
For to die is folid gain. VITAL Spark of heavenly From my fins it seis me free flame
Gives me all my Lord to see. Prison'd in “ this mortal frame,"
13. Yet I would not chide delay, See thy years successive run, Time with thee will soon be gone.
If I'm prison'd here to stay;
Let my Soul in Chrift believe, 2. See thy moments swiftly fly,
Let me to his glory live. All the train of Deatb is nigh ; 14. Let me learn his facred will, Shalt thou joy; or shalt thou grieve? Let me love obcdience ftill; Would'At thou die; or would'it thou Let no moment useless fly live?
May his grace be ever nigh.
of its glory as great and irrepara OBSERVING my first let. able an evil to them, as to yourter of address to the good people selves. Who can conceive of the of Connecticut was published, on quantity of happiness or misery, the subject of contributing for the that must be experienced by an support of Misfions, I now fend immortal soul through eternity ! you a second, requesting the same. It is a quantity that exceeds all favor. MINORIS. the descriptive power of words,
and outstretches the strength of Friends and Fellow-Christians, created imagination. This will N my laft, I gave you a general be obtained or lost by each one of
view of the wide field, that those immortal souls, for whom is opened for Missionary labors in your charity is solicited, and the this country ; and of the peculiar greater part of them know it not. obligations on the American Church The way, which is appointed by to contribute for so benevolent a the gracious Redeemer of men, purpose. I shall now particularly for them to obtain this knowledge, ftate fome further reasons and mo- is through your inftrumental libetives to excite your liberality. rality; and can you deny it? Can
1. I beg you to consider the you fay, I will forbear to give, worth of the fouls of men. En and thus place at risque their souls, deavor to conceive the worth of this immense quantity of bliss and your own souls; the worth of a heav. woe? The security and ignorance en that is eternal, and the awful and unconcern of these people for ness of linking into utter and eter- themselves, in many instances, is nal woe ; and then consider that the very reason why your Chrif all the Heathen, and all our friends tian compaffion ought to yearn in the new settlements, who are over them. The salvation of one placed beyond the reach of means foul would far outweigh all the which God is commonly pleased pains than can be taken, for it is a to bless unto falvation, have souls value of infinite amount, in the as valuable as your own. Heav. case of a single person ; and how en will be as precious, and the loss much greater in the multitude of Vol. I. No. 10.