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-say, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to “ do ?” Speak, Lord, for thy servant “ heareth.” Extract from the scripture the mind of God concerning yourselves individually. Take home the words I have been explaining, read, compare, resolve, reform. Do not ye, husbands, take away the duties of the wife, nor, ye wives, the duties of the husband; but both of you take respectively your own, and say,

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my “ directed to keep thy statutes." "I have “ chosen the way of truth, thy judgments 6 have I laid before me." Through thy precepts

I get understanding, therefore I

false way.” “I have sworn, " and I will perform it, that I will keep thy

righteous judgments."

Let the young think of this, and let it influence their choice. Let those think of it who are approaching this holy state. By many it is totally overlooked; and they contract marriages on considerations purely accidental, or sensual, or worldly-as if they wished to marry, not to be happy; to gain each other, not to enjoy. Who forms this alliance as a christian ; with those views and motives the gospel supplies ? Who consults God in the undertaking ? Who has the banns published in heaven to ascertain what

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impediments are pleaded there? Thus

perfons are often unsuitably bound together by an engagement which can only be dissolved by death, who comes to release them from one hell, and conduct them into another.

But may I not congratulate others ? In this important concern, I hope, my beLOVED FRIENDS, you have done nothing without asking counsel of the Lord. I trust you have engaged that Saviour who was present at the marriage of Cana in Galilee, to honour your approaching nuptials—May your mutual affections increase with time, and shine bright to all eternity.- I look forward and see you blessing, and blessed. I

you " walking in all the commandments " and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” I see your

“ children like olive plants around your table.” I see you endeavouring to form them into characters, and to “train “them up in the nurture and admonition of “ the Lord." I see you resigning each other with the feelings and hopes' of christians.“ For this I say,” BROTHER, “ the time is “ short: It remaineth therefore that both

they that have wives, be as though they “ had none; and they that weep, as though

they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that

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