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saith, I said indeed that thy even by their dependent fellow. house, and the house of thy creatures, unless dignity of character

be added to dignity of station. How father, should walk before me

much less can nations or individuals for ever: but now the LORD expect God to bless them or honour saith, Be it far from me; for them, unless they first honour hirn. them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. Behold, the days come, that I will ent off thine arm, and the arın of thy father's house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house. And thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an old man in thine house for ever. And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from thine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the flower of their age. And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of

35 This prophety foreshadowed them. 5 And I will raise me Zadoc, who was to minister before up a faithful priest, that shall David-himself a type of the anointed do according to that which is of the Lord. in mine heart and in my mind : and I will build him a sure house ; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever. And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in thine house shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread, and shall say, Put me, I pray thee, into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a piece of bread.


And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision. And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see ; and ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; that the LORD called Samuel : and he answered, Here am I.

5 Nothing is more praiseworthy in * And he ran unto Eli, and youth than ready obedience to pasaid, Here am I; for thou rents, or to those who are in the calledst me. And he said, place of parents. This is not only I called not ; lie down again. in itself amiable, but it is well And he went and lay down. one of the ten commandments ex

pleasing to God, who has directed . And the LORD called yet pressly to the enforcing it. again, Samuel. And Samuel

How pleasing it is to observe the arose and went to Eli, and patient and cheerful obedience of the said, Here am I; for thou youthful Samuel ! didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son ; lie down again. Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the

8 Again and again he is called ; Lord yet revealed unto him. again and again he is sent back. * And the Lord called Samuel But still, no hesitation to obey each

successive call; no petulance; no exagain the third time. And

pression of impatience or even wonhe arose and went to Eli, and der. Happy the children who resaid, Here am I : for thou member this, and act upon it, patient didst call me.

And Eli


and meek! God will Wess them. ceived that the Lord had called the child. Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down : and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth, So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak ; for thy servant heareth. And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house : when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth ; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever. And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel feared to show Eli the vision. Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And 17 It is here that the character of he answered, Here am 1. the youthful Samuel shines with 17 And he said, What is the brightest lustre +.

manded by God to declare a painful thing that the LORD hath

truth to one he loved. He felt the said unto thee? I pray thee command difficult ; but he felt that

He was


* Thus it ever is when our conduct rests upon a religious principle. It is wise in parents specially to act upon this truth when enforcing obedience upon their children. A fulfilment of duty then becomes habitual, and the performance of it prompt, and decisive, and unwearied.

+ That he loved Eli with filial reverence and most deferential respect, is evidenced by his obedience. Yet, when bidden to declare the heavenly message, he not for a moment hesitates. He knew full well-every child would have known—with what agonized feelings Eli would receive the tidings of approaching misery on his house for the wickedness of his sons; and he grieved to be the messenger of such tidings: but he obeyed God, even though he pained his friend.


hide it not from me: God do obedience was imperative, and that 80 to thee, and more also, if

to declare the truth must be right.

Let the young especially remember thou hide any thing from me this, and imitate the courage and of all the things that he said faithfulness of the youthful Samuel. unto thee. And Samuel

18 Eli, in his submission, sets a told him every whit, and hid noble example to us all, of that deep nothing from him. And he resignation which ever becomes a said, It is the LORD: let him

creature before his Creator ! do wbat seemeth him good. And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan even to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD. And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

What if God now speak not to us audibly ; and appear not to us visibly the whole rational world displays clearly to us his power and wisdom and lovingkindness, and his word and Spirit speak to us in language to which the wilfully deaf alone can be insensible.

The fourth Sunday after Trinity.

MORNING. 1 SAMUEL xü, And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you. And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded ; and, behold, my sons are with you : and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day. Behold, here 3 This blessed and noble courage is I am: witness against me the fruit of a conscience void of before the LORD, and before offence before God and man. his anointed : whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded ? whom have I oppressed ? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith ? and I will restore it you. And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man's

5 Well is it for a land, when its sand. 5 And he said unto rulers and governors not only feel them, The LORD is witness their awful responsibility, but can against you, and his anointed thus nobly meet it. This sense of is witness this day, that ye alone. ' Piety towards God and in

honour, however, flows from religion have not found ought in my tegrity towards man, go hand in hand. And they answered, hand. He is witness. “And Samuel • Samuel reminds Israel that the said unto the people, It is same God which appointed Moses the LORD that advanced

and Aaron to their ministry,appointed

him to his, and that his ministerial Moses and Aaron, and that

office was to be exercised with the brought your fathers up out same authority as theirs, and to be of the land of Egypt. Now received with the same affection *. therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the Lord of all the righteous acts of the Lord, which he did to you and to your fathers. When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto the Lord, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place. And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them. And they cried unto the LORD, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth : but now deliver as out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee. And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled

12 What an instructive lesson! See safe. 1? And when ye saw how, when the civil polity of God's that Nahash the king of the people was to be placed under human children of Ammon authority, He willed that the people

should obey the kings, and princes, against you, ye said unto me,

and governors he set over them; Nay; but a king shall reign pointing the important truth, that over us; when the Lord the few should rule the many, not your God was your king. that the many should dictate to the

few. Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the Lord hath set a king over you. If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ve and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God: but if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the Lord be against you, as it was against your

fathers. Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes. Is it not wheat

# Thus the ministers and stewards of God's mysteries now, being duly ordained to their office by bishops in apostolic succession, justly claim to declare the word under apostolic authority, and reasonably plead that it be “received with pure affection;" as the word, not of man, but of God.


harvest to day? I will call unto the Lord, and he shall send thunder and rain ; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king. So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel. And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for 'we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king. And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not : ye have done all this wickedness : yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart; and turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver ; for they are vain. 22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great fall upon it, repent of its own indi

22 Let every heart, as these words name's sake: because it hath vidual sins, that God inay have pleased the LORD to make mercy upon all ; for of a truth, you his people. Moreover righteousness alone exalteth any

nation. as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you : but I will teach you the good and the right way: only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart : for consider how great things he hath done for you. But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.

EVENING. 1 SAMUEL xiii. SAUL reigned one year ; and when he had reigned two years over Israel, Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel ; whereof two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Beth-el, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin : and the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent. And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear. And all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten a garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel also was had in abomination with the Philistines. And the people were called together after Saul to Gilgal. And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the seashore in multitude : and they came up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward from Beth-aven. When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people

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