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ginates from them, be accurately known ;--but no man, when he violates truth, can tell of what sin he is guilty; where his falsehood will penetrate; and what misery it will create. It may calumniate, it may kill, it may embitter, it may impoverish, what evil it may prove you cannot tell, all that you do know is, that it is a crime which injures man, and offends God; therefore, for every reason for which God has chained man up in his particular tendencies to individual sins, for all those reasons he has sanctified, and ordained truth; because, by truth every other virtue is upheld; and upon truth, as the deep rock, stand all the glories, and excellencies, of the human mind. Shake that basis, and with it fall justice to man, and piety to God; the frame of social order is broken up, and those talents, and passions are used for mutual destruction, upon which Providence intended that the dignity, and sublunary dominion of man should for ever rest.
ISAIAH XXXIII. VERSE VI.
Wisdom, and knowledge, shall be the stability of thy times.
WE seem to have here something like a prophetic sanction for the propagation of knowledge: Isaiah, in speaking of the future prosperity of the Jewish empire, rests the stability of its fortunes, not upon wealth, nor extensive dominion, but directly upon knowledge. Wisdom, and knowledge, shall be the stability of the times;---as if he had said, you must be brave, to be free ;---you must be active to be rich; you must be rich to be powerful; but to be stable, to endure, you must be taught: Gain all other good which you can, but do not expect to