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ham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house ; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him. And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son. And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.

EVENING. DEUTERONOMY X. " And now, Israel, what doth 12 And is it too much for us to give the LORD thy God require of this return to Jehovah ! He has thee, but to fear the LORD

conducted us out of the bondage of thy God, to walk in all his

sin, into the glorious liberty of the

sons of God: he sustains us in the ways, and to love him,

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wilderness of life by the bread which to serve the LORD thy God came down from heaven: his word with all thy heart and with and spirit, like the pillar of a cloud, all thy soul, 1 to keep the

are ever at hand--sure guidance to

our promised land in heaven! () commandments of the LORD, let us be grateful. and his statutes, which I

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man dedicate command thee this day for himself to the service of God, and thy good ? 14 Behold, the not find it for his good ? heaven and the heaven of 14 How monitory! Whether or no heavens is the Lord's thy we obey, God is supreme! Obedience God, the earth also, with all

then is wisdom. that therein is. s Only the

15 Yet God would fain win us over Lord had a delight in thy

to obedience, for love of Him. fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is

16 Circumcision, remember, is the this day. 16 Circumcise there

putting away evil; being “ that of fore the foreskin of your the heart ;” in the spirit and“ not in heart, and be no more stiff- the letter.” (Rom. ii. 29.) Outward necked. For the Lord your

duties are enjoined ; but the heart God is God of gods, and

must be right also. Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: he doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and rai

Sympathy is the Christian's chament. 19 Love ye therefore racteristic. He weeps with them that household ; and his faith was accounted unto him for righteousness, because he did that which the Lord commanded him.

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the stranger : for ye were weep, and rejoices with them that strangers in the land of do rejoice. Egypt. Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name. He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen. Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now the Lord thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude.

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The Epiphany.

MORNING. Isaiah lx. Arise, shine ; for thy light

· In the prospect of the coming of is come, and the glory of the Christ, Jerusalem is bid to arise Lord is risen upon thee.

from her state of mourning. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon 3 “ I am the light of the world," said thee. And the Gentiles

the glorious Messiah. He shineth, shall come to thy light, and “the sun of righteousness ;” not kings to the brightness of only a glory to his people Israel, but thy rising. Lift up thine

a light to lighten the Gentiles. Hence

his light now shines upon us ! eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee : thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall show forth the praises of the LORD. All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee : they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory. 8 Who are these that

8 As the dove, the bird of peace, fly as a cloud, and as the

fleeth home for refuge when storm doves to their windows ? and tempest lower, so the fearful Surely the isles shall wait soul of man fleeth for refuge to its for me, and the ships of Tar- God, when sin and trouble threaten. shish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to

the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee. And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. 14 The sons also of them that affficted

14 Wicked men may now afflict the

church, and despise her ministers thee shall come bending unto and people ; but the days are at thee; and all they that de- hand when even they shall give spised thee shall bow them

honour for scorn, and reverence for selves down at the soles of

contempt. thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. ** Thou shalt also suck the

16 Well is it for a people, when milk of the Gentiles, and princes and governors sustain the shalt suck the breast of church of God, and uphold the honour kings : and thou shalt know of the name of Christ ; their Saviour that I the LORD am thy Sa- and Redeemer, the mighty one of

Happy the people who are viour and thy Redeemer, the in such a case! Yea! Blessed are mighty one of Jacob. 11 For the people, who have the Lord for brass I will bring gold, and their God.” for iron I will bring silver,

17 Indicative of the glorious change and for wood brass, and for upon the mind of men ; upon their stones iron : I will also make before God, and their conduct before

hopes and fears; upon their thouglits thy officers peace, and thine You know how opposite are exactors righteousness. Vio- the affections and actions of those lence shall no more be heard

who serve God, and those who serve

Him not. in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates

19 Worldly glory shall not be needed. Praise. 19 The sun shall be The glory of the Spirit of God shall no more thy light by day ;

so vindicate thy holiness and extend neither for brightness shal thy powers, that the knowledge of

the Lord shall cover the earth as the moon give light unto thee:

the waters cover the sea ; and thou but the LORD shall be unto -the church of Christ-shalt reign thee an everlasting light, and triumphantly.

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thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation : I the LORD will hasten it in his time.

EVENING. ISAIAH xlix.

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Listen, O isles, unto me;

1 Christ himself here speaks by his and hearken, ye people, from prophet-declaring that His heafar; the Lord hath called venly Father had foretold Him as the me from the womb; from Messiah, and that his Church may

trust and take comfort in Him. the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my

2 He is “the Word”- whose power ? And he hath made

is as a sharp sword. (Heb. iv. 12.) my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me ;

and said unto 3 Christ is here called, Israel. His me, Thou art my servant, O soul is exceeding troubled, as though Israel, in whom I will be

he had laboured in vain; for his own

received him not, neither were they glorified. Then I said, I

gathered unto Him. Yet his faith have laboured in vain, I have

rallies ; and he will not let go the spent my strength for nought, hope that his work shall at last and in vain : yet surely my

prosper. judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God. And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. 6 Christ declared himself the ser.

And he said, It is a light rant of God—“I come to do thy thing that thou shouldest be will, O my God.” “I have finished the

work which thou gavest me to do.” my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of

7 Jesus was indeed despised of men, the earth. Thus saith the and abhorred of his own nation ; yet Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, kings and princes in their wisdom and his Holy One, to him and piety have arisen and worwhom man despiseth, to him shipped Him. whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall

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choose thee. * Thus saith & The Gentiles, who by nature were the Lord, In an acceptable spiritually without inheritance and time have I heard thee, and Christ, all the glorious privileges of

desolate, shall now share, through in a day of salvation have I

the sons of God. They, too, shall helped thee: and I will pre- be to the Messiah, a goodly heritage. serve thee, and give thee for

To the indigent, shall be riches ; a covenant of the people, late, an inheritance ; to the wanderer,

to the famishing, food; to the desoto establish the earth, to a home ; to the despairing, shall be cause to inherit the desolate hope. heritages; that thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth ; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. 11 And I will make all my

11 I will remove all difficulties. mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. Behold, these shall come from far; and, lo, these from the north and from the west ; and these from the land of Sinim. 13 This call was responded to, when

Sing, O heavens; and be angels sung the advent of Messiah. joyful

, 0 earth ; and break The heavens did sing his praise ! forth into singing, O mountains : for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have 14 The church, at the death of its mercy upon his afflicted. founder, and during its consequent " But Zion said, The Lord persecutions, might well fear, lest hath forsaken me, and my Lo!-the promise !

the Lord had forsaken her. But Lord hath forgotten me.

15 Art thou a mother? Thy heart Can a woman forget her throws back the unworthy thought sucking child, that she should that thou canst forget thy sucking not have compassion on the child. Be it so! Learn then what son of her womb ? yea, they is the love of God for thy soul, which

exceeds that of a nursing mother's may forget, yet will I not love for her helpless infant! God forget thee. "Behold, I have never forgets thee! graven thee upon the palms 16 The final welfare of the Church of my hands; thy walls are is the continual care of the Most continually before me. Thy High, as he remembers all her trials. children shall make haste ; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee. Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth. ' For 19 Such isthe blessed change effected thy waste and thy desolate by the Gospel.

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