Page images
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]




[ocr errors]

earnest prayer and holy expecta. deem what has been lost; he tion by the means of the ordinary plunges into the full tide of comand standing means of grace. Is mercial occupations; rescues him. 11 this to keep a feast unto the Lord ? self from it as the day closes; joins

Again, have not many who his family; partakes the usual :* have professed to observe these meal; hastens again to the Sancdays, done so partially and with tuary, and unites in its solemn sersome reluctance. They have been vices with sentiments similar to unwilling to lose reputation in a what he would possess in the ordi- kill matter supported by general con- nary weekly Lecture. Is this to sent; but they have been back- keep a day unto the Lord ? Is this ward also to uphold it with the to keep it as our Fathers (of blessed full force of their example. It has memory) kept it ? indeed been seriously and fre Let it not be said, that this is quently maintained, that it is im- stated without sufficient allowance possible for men in business to to the real difficulties with which consecrate a whole day to such pur men of business have to contend. poses. Thus the poor have been It is readily allowed that there are left to become poorer still in giv- many difficulties, and that occaing the day to the Lord, while the sionally they are insurmountable. rich have managed dextrously to But generally, it is maintained, in balance the interests of the Ex- a full view of the case, that these change with those of the Sanctu- difficulties are not impracticable, ary, so that at least no temporal but may be dealt with and disposengagement might suffer. 'This ed of under the force of ordinary has gone so far, that the arrange- resolution. Do not these very ments of the day have been made persons manage to give whole subservient to it. The prime of it weeks to recreation ? Are any so has been given up to worldly pur- immersed in business as not to ressuits; and the early and closing cue some days in the year, and deportions of it only given to its vote them to pleasure ? Who avowed purposes.

The conse- shall


that there is any thing quences may readily be seen. like an impossibility in the way of Apart from lowering the impor- dedicating a single day to the high tance and solemnity of the engage- purposes of devotion?

In ordiment altogether, the day, which nary circumstances, then, the should be eminently one of calm ground must be abandoned; and and deliberate reflection, becomes the plea must resolve itself into one of more than common haste nothing better than disinclination. and bustle. The merchant hastens The writer is persuaded, from what to an early prayer-meeting, and he has seen, that it is better not to hastens also to leave it.

observe the day at all, than to obpresses a hope that it will not be

serve it thus partially and in haste. protracted beyond a certain hour, The intention is to separate us for otherwise he will be too late for wholly from the world, and to raise his morning letters. The minis us to a fresh and higher tone of reters engaging are not perhaps pre- ligious feeling ; and if we do blend pared to consider the importance the claims of the world with its soof his claims, and the service runs lemnities, we do a violence to our on beyond the time he has assigned habits and conscience, from which to it. His mind is restless: when it may be hard to recover. To he is released, he hastens to re- trifle with ordinary means is suffi

[ocr errors]

He ex

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]


ciently evil, but to trifle with ex- and man has slain his brother-man, traordinary means is still worse ; not in revenge for injury, but in it is to place ourselves in the con cold blood, and for a morsel of dition of a man who has tried the bread. The whole frame and form best remedies, and whose disease of society is shaken, and all things has united their influence.

are out of place. Luxury and peFinally-may not our past exer- nury, intemperance and want, cises on these otherwise delightful oppression and resentment, infioccasions become to us a copious delity and fanaticism, indifference source of humiliation. That so and presumption, are found tofew have attended these services in gether, but are found in conflict. comparison with the numbers who The hand of God is evidently had the opportunity; that so many stretched out over the land, that who have attended them have done may see it and take warning ! Disso with such partial interest, and tress has pressed heavily on every defective motives; and that those class of society, and dried up the who have given them their best resources of industry, while pestiattention, have not profited more lence, like a spectre of death, abundantly; is surely cause for stands on our shores, only waitpresent abasement and confusion. ing to be let loose to destroy a Our holy things condemn us, people too well prepared for de“Our prayers need praying over struction. Alas for the land ! it again, and our very tears need mourneth, but not after a godly sort. washing in the atoning blood of It is brought low, but it is in cirour Saviour.

cumstance, not in humiliation.Then, as to the present time, it There are those indeed who pray may be said, without the fear of for its salvation, and who support starting objection, that our cir- their prayer by strenuous exertions; cumstances are such as to make a

but hitherto they have been inadespecial service eminently necessary quate to the occasion. The mighty and deeply interesting.

and turbid tide of corruption rolls Our country is placed in a most

on to its destination, and all the efcritical situation. Questions of forts of all the good, seem only as the deepest moment are now in the gentle rain from heaven falling agitation, which, as they shall be on and slightly disturbing its surdetermined, will have a conserva face, but neither changing its native or ruinous influence on the ture nor checking its force. whole frame of society. Mean- not this a time to call upon the time, there is reason to fear that Lord ?” our sios may provoke the hand of Holy Brethren! ye who are conProvidence to dispose of them strained to stand between the narather in judgment than mercy. tion and her ruin, let us unite to Its direction is not sought, and it keep a day unto the Lord, under may justly be withheld. Our the persuasion that a people's Sabbaths are daringly profaned; prayers may do more for their salthe name of God insulted and blas- vation than a people's counsels, phemed; the common decencies of since the one appeals only to human, life are outraged; the incendiary has the other to divine wisdom. Let carried the fire-brand into his neigh- us seek more of the spirit of prayer, bour's possession, and destroyed that our prayers may assume the the bread of life ; vice has assumed urgent character of our circumnew and monstrous appearances, stances. Let us pray in faith and in

[ocr errors]

hope, for there is much to en- due extravagance by our sobriety; courage


graces, while there is inflame indifference by our zeal; every thing to promote unfeigned conciliate contention by our chacontrition. Let us mourn apart, rity; and confound infidelity by a and mourn together, for apart and living exemplification of the power together we have sinned. Let us of God in the Gospel of his Son. make sacrifices, and show a readi. Let us raise our protest every ness to dedicate the entire day to where against national iniquity, God, and not discourage others, by and insist that the slave be emancigiving part to the church and part pated-that education be universal to the world. Let the merchant -hat the poor find reward for their lay aside his merchandize, the labour, and, that men be taught to scholar his books, the mechanic his "s fear God,” as well as to "honour handicraft, and the child his toys, the king" Would God destroy a and let us all appear before the people in which such a church was Lord, acknowledging our sins in the found? dust, and by one consent let us of Above all, whatever may be the fer, from innumerable congrega- destinies of our land, let us hations, our fervent believing prayer bitually feel that we have interests for ourselves, our country, and the dearer to us than any it can preworld. Who can tell the Lord sent to us, dear, unspeakably dear, may hear-and turn-and forgive, as they are. Let us look steadily for he is very pitiful and of great to the sanctity, the ingathering, mercy.

and advancement of the Church Especially, let us desire that the amongst all people. Let us seek proof of our sincerity and profit to be prepared to rise above local may be found in carrying out the attachinents and worldly advanYows and impressions of the day tages, so that, should the kinginto future time. Let us see that doms of the earth perish, we may the tone of principle and piety may rejoice in that kingdom in whose pot be relaxed; but that we may dominion and blessedness there shall be more strong in the Lord to meet be no end. Fearful as the evils the crisis of the country, and to may be which we may be called seek the redemption of the world. to suffer, let us regard the evil as Let it be a time of inquisition for transitory, the good as permanent ; sin, and let every "easily besetting and, by the strong perception of sin” be exposed and sacrificed at faith, let us steadfastly look to the the foot of the cross. Let us take period, so surely promised, in fresh hold of the righteousness of which the world of mankind shall the Son of God, and, “as we live be restored to the favour and enin the Spirit, let us walk in the riched by the blessing of God.Spirit” also.

yield our. Thus shall we “ dwell under the selves unto God, as alive from the shadow of the Almighty,” and He dead," conscious that after all our will « hide us in the secret of his professions we have not yet been pavilion !” entirely his. Let us resolve to op Hackney.

A. R.* pose ourselves to vice of every form as the vicious themselves sup * This excellent Paper was written at port it by day and by night, and the reqnest of the Congregational Board. with the whole soul. Let us sub


Let us



on :

It is quite certain that Dissenters The reason here assigned does as well as Churchmen have ex not make it probable to me that pressed their approbation of Dr. • there were four if not five edi. Blayney's labours on the text of tions' published in 1611. At what the authorized version of the Bible. part of the year was the first ediFor instance, the late Dr. Edward tion published ?

-flate in the Williams, who, both as a theolo- year, the thing is not probablegical tutor and a divine, may be scarcely possible.-If early in the considered as writing from actual year, it was still known beforehand, knowledge of the subject, has given ; that the new translation was to the following opinion :

supply the wants of the whole For accuracy of printing, the community;' which may have been Oxford edition of 1769, superin- done by one large impression, as tended by Dr. BLAYNEY, Regius well as by four or five smaller ones. Professor of Hebrew, at Oxford, -Undoubtedly, however, there is much esteemed. The valued may have been four or five editions correctness extends not merely to in 1611; and when the point shall the text, but also to the contents have been duly proved, there will of the chapters, the marginal ren- not be the slightest objection to derings and references, chrono- the belief of it. logical dates, &c." — (Christian The writer of the remarks

goes Preacher, p. 415, ed. 1800.)

I state this, not with a view of “ Surely, then, as these editions proving that Dr. Blayney must be must have passed under the eyes right; but to show the propriety of of the translators themselves, the expecting that good reasons should way to have obtained an accurate be given before his exertions are standard edition of the authorized set aside as of little value.

version, would have been to have The writer of the remarks ob- collated these early copies toge

ther; but I fear the Oxford doc“ The instructions which Dr. tors had no collection of early Blayney received, ordered him to editions in their possession, or collate. The folio edition of 1611.' were forgetful, if not altogether Now it would appear from this, ignorant of these facts.” that the delegates imagined that What facts - We have had only the year 1611 only produced one surmises. But admitting, (what edition. But when it is recol. has not been proved,) that four or lected that the new translation was five editions were published in to supply the wants of the whole 1011, shall people who lived sixty Community, the assertion I am

years ago be lightly spoken of, about to make will appear very because they were less knowing in probable, that there were four, if that matter than ourselves ?-Shall not five distinct editions published, we, therefore, talk of what the to meet the demands of the public Oxford Doctors of those days may in that year, besides other edi- have possessed or forgotten, or tions, bearing the dates of 1612 been ignorant of ? The current and 1613.”

opinion has lately been, that two



94 Observations on Remarks on Dr. Blayney's Corrections, &c.” [Feb. editions, somewhat differing in size, to consult the translators and comwere published in 1611. If it mentators, Chaldee, Hebrew, Syshould be at last discovered that rian, Greek, or Latin; no, four or five editions were published the Spanish, French, Italian, or in that year, let us at least bear our Dutch." faculties meekly under so great an Did, then, the translators use accession of knowledge.

this language with reference to the When I read, “Surely then these words in Italics ?-Certainly not. editions (of 1611, 1612, and 1613] Or, does the author of the Remarks must have passed under the eyes suppose that such a plan was of the translators themselves," I adopted for the purpose of insursuppose it is meant that these edi. ing correctness in that particular ? tions were revised by the trans- —Truly, that would be to overlators.- If it be so, why stop at shoot the mark. Translators and the year 1613?-Why not have commentators may very justly be recourse to the editions of subse- employed in ascertaining the meanquent years, so long as the trans- ing to be conveyed; but when that lators survived ? If the translators meaning is to be expressed in Engthus went on revising, it must, lish, a comparison of the Hebrew manifestly, be amongst the last and Greek with the English can editions published in their life-time, alone point out by what words in and not amongst the earlier edi- the version the elliptical brevity of tions, that we shall find the true the originals must be supplied. standard of the version.-But in I have now touched upon the reality, nothing has been produced leading points of the remarks-not that can for a moment sustain the with a design of engaging in connotion of different editions having troversy, for I am averse to every been revised by the translators. thing of the kind-but to show that Did the translators meet for the the subject is environed with greater purpose of revising these editions, difficulties than the writer is aware as (we are informed) they met for of. Let me also intreat him not the purpose of settling the trans- to persevere in the course he has lation ?- let the evidence of the marked out for himself;-should fact be produced. Did any indi. he do so, he will do more mischief vidual of them make alterations?- to religion than the longest life that let his warrant for so doing be ex is conceded to mortals will enable hibited. May it not, on the other him to repair.* side, be asserted, as far more pro

PAMPHILUS. bable, that the version, when once committed to the press, was left to the care of the authorized printer? On the alterations of the italic from an unknown correspondent, as we

*We readily insert this communication words, concerning which Dr. Blay- sincerely wish that historical ney had stated, that in effecting should characterize all the statements them be “ had frequent recourse to

which appear in this journal. the Hebrew and Greek originals,” insert any reply Beta may send, as we

same time we shall, with equal readiness, there are the following remarks. feel that the accuracy of the authorized

“Now, when I turn to the trans version is a question of no trifling moment, lators' preface, I find them stating, be put to rest by admonitions such as

and which, in times like these, is not to that besides the Greek and Hebrew

are contained in the closing sentence of originals, they did not think much this communication. Editors.


At the

« PreviousContinue »