A Short and Plain Exposition of the Old Testament (Volume 1); With Devotional and Practical Reflections, for the Use of Families

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General Books LLC, 2010 - History - 344 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1805 Excerpt: ...saints are taken away, the forms of mourning are peculiarly proper, both on account of the loss which the world sustains, and out of respect to the pious dead. It is fit that we should lament the death of good men, and lay it to heart j when the righteous perish, the excellent of the earth are taken away. Decent funerals, according to persons' circumstances, are very commendable. Thus devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made a great lamentation over him. The bodies of the saints are under Christ's care; he will watch over them, and put honour upon them another day. 3. How restless does guilt make the mind! After so many vears of kind and generous treatment, it is strange that Joseph's brethren should suspect that any degree of resentment or revenge was harboured in his breast. They knew they had done iniquity, and therefore suspected him. Sec the importance and necessity of keeping a good conscience; fear and suspicion arise from a guilty mind. 4. How beautiful does generosity and kindness appear! Joseph was remarkable for this; the belief of Providence led him to it. He not only pardoned and excused his brethren, but nourished them as his own children. He spoke kindly to them, spoke to their hearts, removed their fears, and did not keep them in suspense. We learn from so bright an example, to forgive them that injure us. Let the remembrance of Joseph excite us to this, that we be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good; thus let us be imitators of God as dear children, and walk in lave. 5. Let us labour and pray that we may die in faith, as Joseph did. So the apostle says, Heb. xi. 22. By faith Joseph when he died, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. Let us exercise faith i...

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