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Critical and explanatory notes on every verse throughout the Bible.

12,000 outlines of sermons by the leading preachers of all ages and all countries.

12,000 illustrations and anecdotes in elucidation of the Scriptures.

21,000 marginal quotations on & vast variety of subjects, in illustration of the Scripture truths.

More than 36,000 Scripture references explanatory of the Sacred Text.

6,000 authors quoted and referred to as providing additional help and suggesting further reading.


the whole of the books they send to editors are read by them. It is enough if a favourable notice is given. Is it likely that Mr. Spurgeon has read the forty-five volumes he notices in this month's (October) “Sword and Trowel?” We can only say that, for ourselves, we read the books sent us if we find them worth reading. That has been the case with THE BIBLICAL MUSEUM. One of the volumes is constantly on our table, and is the first book we take up for our morning reading; and we always take it up with pleasure and lay it down with profit to mind and heart. We have now on our table Vol. IV., Kings and Chronicles. As a commentary, it is not only explanatory but ILLUSTRATIVE. In this last respect it is, in our opinion, at the head of all commentaries. Invaluable to local preachers.

It may be briefly described as a commentary on the Scriptures on an entirely new and original plan, the object being to place in the hands of the reader the latest results of modern scholarship in exposition of the Bible; the best and most appropriate illustrative matter, and the most Homiletic Analysis of each text in the most condensed form; and accessible at the lowest possible price consistent with the vast outlay that the production of the work has necessarily involved.

The notes consist of eight kinds; as follows:1. Brief and suggestive critical and explanatory hints. 2. Outlines of sermons. 3. Illustrations, authentic anecdotes, illustrative quotations. 4. A key to the subject of each text. 5. Scripture references and parallel passages.

6. Names of authors quoted. 7. Archæological notes, and the etymology of old Bible words. 8. Aphorisms and quotations, classical and modern.

In addition to these different classes of Notes, each book of the New Testament is prefaced by a condensed Introduction, giving some account of its author, date, credibility, peculiarities, &c., and synopses of its contents.

The many features of the BIBLICAL MUSEUM, and the vast amount of material in aid of Scripture study contained in its pages, may be thus summarised :

A TRAVELLER, from journeying

In countries far away,
Re-passed his threshold at the close

Of one calm Sabbath day;
A voice of love, a comely face,

A kiss of chaste delight,
Were the first things to welcome him

On that blest Sabbath night. “I have a question now to ask

Of thee, my husband dear :
A stranger, one auspicious morn,

Did send some jewels here;
Until to take them from my care,

But yesterday he came,
And I restored them with a sigh:

-Dost thou approve, or blame ?" “ I marvel much, sweet wife, that thou

Shouldst breathe such words to me; Restore to man, resign to God,

Whate'er is lent to thee; Restore it with a willing heart,

Be grateful for the trust;
Whate'er may tempt to try us, wife,

Let us be ever just."
She took him by the passive hand,

And up the moonlit stair,
She led him to their bridal bed,

With mute and mournful air ; She turned the cover down, and there,

In grave-like garments dressed, Lay the twin children of their love,

In death's serenest rest.

“ These were the jewels lent to me,

Which God has deigned to own ; The precious caskets still remain,

But, ah, the gems are gone; But thou didst teach me to resign

What God alone can claim; He giveth and He takes away,

Blest be His holy name !"

When the sad sire had looked his fill,

He veiled each breathless face, And down in self-abasement bowed,

For comfort and for grace;
With the deep eloquence of woe,

Poured forth his secret soul,
Rose up, and stood erect and calm,

In spirit healed and whole. “ Restrain thy tears, poor wife" he said,

“ I learn this lesson still: God gives, and God can take away,

Blest be His holy will ! Blest are my children, for they live,

From sin and sorrow free, And I am not all joyless, wife,

With faith, hope, love, and thee."

Phenomena of the Months.

Jupiter rises on the 6th fifteen minutes after sunset, and after the 11th he rises in daylight. He sets at sunrise on the 14th, and one hour thirty minutes before sunrise on the 28th.

Saturn rises on the 3rd at about the time of sunset, and after this in daylight. He sets at sunrise on the 2nd, and two hours forty-five minutes before sunrise on the 28th.

High water at London Bridge on the 1st at nine in the morning. In the afternoon at forty-five minutes after nine. On the 30th thirty-five minutes after eight in the morning, and ten minutes after nine in the evening.

Eclipse of the sun on Nov. 21, in. visible at Greenwich. It begins at thirteen minutes after two p.m., mean time at Greenwich, in longitude 137 degrees W. of Greenwich, and latitude 264 degrees S., and ends at forty-nine minutes after six p.m., in longitude 11 degrees E. of Greenwich, and latitude 28 degrees S. NOTEWORTHY EVENTS, NOVEMBER.

George Peabody died on the 4th, 1869. Gunpowder plot, 5th, 1605. Prince of Wales born on the 9th, 1841. Martin Luther born on the 10th, 1483. Princess Royal born on the 21st, 1840.

NOVEMBER. The sun rises on the 1st at fifty-five minutes after six, and sets at thirtytwo minutes after four. On the 30th he rises at forty-four minutes after seven, and sets at fifty-four minutes after three. The day shortens fortynine minutes in the morning, and thirty-eight minutes in the evening, or one hour twenty-seven minutes during the month.

The moon is full on the 4th at three minutes after two in the morning. New moon 21st at twenty-one minutes after four in the afternoon. She is nearest the earth on the 25th, and most distant from it on the 13th. She is near Saturn on the 5th, Jupiter on the 6th, Mars on the 10th, and Venus and Mercury on the 20th.

Mercury transits or crosses the sun's disc on the 7th and 8th; the first contact will be at sixteen minutes after ten p.m. on the 7th, and the last at thirty-two minutes after three a.m. on the 8th, invisible from England. He sets at sunset on the 7th, and after that day sets in daylight. He rises at sunrise on the 6th, fifty-seven minutes before the sun on the 27th. He is at the least distance from the sun on the 12th.

Venus is a morning star, rising twenty-eight minutes after two on the 7th, and fifty-eight minutes after one on the 27th.

Mars rises on the 6th at three hours fourteen minutes after sunset. On the 26th two hours sixteen minutes after sunset.

MUSIC IN NATURE. In deep of night, when drowsiness Hath lock'd up mortal sense, then listen To the celestial syren's harmony, That sit upon the nine infolded spheres, And sing to those that hold the vital

shears, And turn the adamantine spindle round, On which the fate of gods and men is

wound. Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie, To lull the daughters of Necessity, And keep unsteady Nature to her law, And the low world in measur'd motion

draw After the heavenly tune, which none can

hear Of human mould, with gross unpurged ear.


It is not the height to which men are advanced, that makes them giddy; it is the looking down with contempt. upon those below them.


Mutual-Lid Association Reporter.


He says:


plenty of work, no Sundays idle ; but From our Brother Bowron.

my old sermons, I thought, did not take

here, so I relegated them to the From the far-off land Brother Bow

flames." I suppose our brother's new ron wrote some time ago," I wonder

stock will partake of the richness and what I have done to Brother Parker

freshness of his new country, and if that I have not had certain numbers

ever they should be published, may of the Local PREACHERS' MAGAZINE.” I

I be alive to read them! wrote, in reply, that I had sent them.

My letter was enclosed with one to He writes me on the 13th August

Brother Sims; and in addition to his last, “ that they have all turned up,

preaching he says: “I get more work though out of due course." I asked

than I can do, in connection with the him to give us something for our

Sunday Schools, Bands of Hope, and Magazine. He replied: "Well, my

Juvenile Missionary Gatherings, &c.” brother, I will give you a few Sketches

So our brother is not a drone, but a of New Zealand and its life, when I

real worker; may he be long spared get a little time.” “ We have just passed

and made abundantly useful.

PailIP PARKER. through one of our severe winters, but although the snow fell two or three times, it melted away before noon;

NEW HONORARY MEMBERS. such are our most severe winters. It suits me well, and Mrs. Bowron has Mr. James Clegg, Huddersfield. never had any winter cough which Mr. C. W. Keighley, Huddersfield. used to disturb her in the olu country, W. Smith, Esq., Nottingham. and she is delighted with the change.' Mr. Thos. Parker, Nottingham.

God's Providence seems to have Mr. J. W. Walton, Witton-le-Wear. followed our brother into his distant W.0. Smith, Esq., Barnstable, home. He had made arrangements, and everything was packed up for the journey, to bring his young daughter

NORTHAMPTON 1st BRANCH. over here to undergo an operation; The annual meeting was held on but he thought he heard, not an Monday, October 3rd, 1881, in Gold audible voice, but God did speak ; Street Chapel. There was a public Don't go,and laid His hand upon tea in the afternoon, the trays being the father and daughter, and they presided over by the ladies of the were both taken ill and unable to

congregation and friends. A goodly leave their beds, and the vessel sailed number sat down. Subsequently a without them; but as soon as the public meeting was held, Mr. D. vessel was gone they both got well, Sherwell in the chair. Before the and it was found that it was not commencement of the meeting, the necessary that an operation should Rev. J. B. Charles made a feeling take place; and to use his own words, allusion to the loss they had sus“ Here she is, well and busy, doing tained in the death of Mr. Vincent her work; and I am writing to my Mathews, who, as many of our readers Brother Parker.”

know, died suddenly, whilst on his What are we to say to these things ? way to Gold Street Chapel. Deceased There was over there, Don't go." was a man much respected by the From this country there was a tele- brethren, and was also a member of gram sent, Don't come ;” but it would the Local Preachers' Mutual Aid have arrived too late, if God had not Association. Mr. Sherwell, after interposed and laid them upon a sick expressing his pleasure at being with bed and as much as said, “You shan't them, read the report. The local go.

branch numbers 32, eight of whom Brother Bowron says: “I have are honorary members. £38 16s.

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has been paid to sick members during Branch. Not cnly was he always the past year, and £22 to super- ready with his own subscription of five annuated members. Collected during pounds per annum, but by preaching the year from benefit members, £16 and lectures has raised considerable 10s., and from honorary members sums for us. He died in his 71st and subscribers, £24 3s. 4d. The year. Thus our friends pass away offertories at the services on Sunday when we seem most to need them. amounted to £8 98. 9d. at Gold Who will fill the vacancy ? Street, and £6 15s. 8d. at Regent Square. Mr. Sherwell expressed his sorrow that their worthy secretary,

GENERAL COMMITTEE. Mr. Lenton, who had been with them at their annual meetings for so many The monthly meeting was held at years, was absent to-night through the office, No. 24, Bedford Street, on illness. Mr. Cooper addressed the Monday, 10th October. meeting in a happy strain, and was

Present : Bros. Durley (chair), followed by Mr. Gibbins, of Harpole, Amphlett, J. Carter,

Jameson, who detailed his experiences at the Chamberlain, Sims, A. R. Johnson, central meeting of the Association Wright, Captain Smith, Wardley, at Sheffield. Rev. Mr. Walker

Cropper, Parker. expressed his sympathies with the Prayer was offered by Bro. Captain objects of the Association, and Smith. thought it was a shame to Metho- The minutes were read and condism that any of their members, firmed. especially those who had been local The monthly abstract was read, preachers, should have to go to the showing receipts £101 10s. 3d.; payparish for relief in their old age. ments £331 6s. 6d.; New members, The Chairman said the Society was 12 ; deaths, 8, and 1 wife ; sick, 105 ; carried on after the manner of an

annuitants, 167. insurance society, and that its funds, Total receipts from branches since to the amount of £12,200, were the audit in May last £1,094 128. invested in Government Consols.

10d.; payments to branches £1,149 Mr. Pinney mentioned another highly- 8s. 1d. respected brother who had died during Bro. J. E., of D., aged 68; who has the past year—Mr. Pickford, of been receiving 3s. weekly since July, Moulton. Mr. Belson gave 1879, having become unable to earn address, and was followed by the anything from chronic rheumatism Rev. J. B. Charles, who said he was and bronchitis, and our help being all a local preacher once, and was almost he has to live upon, was voted 6s. a sorry he left their ranks. He hoped week in future. the brethren who were engaged in Bro. W. C., of A., aged 70 years ; the work would feel the responsibility an agricultural labourer who used to of their office, and he impressed upon earn 11s. a week, but is now unable them, especially the younger members, to do anything for a livelihood, the necessity of preparing their having lost the use of his left arm, sermons carefully, and never to preach applied for help. He has been a without they had carefully thought local preacher for 39 years, and is out their discourse. Messrs. Wilson

much respected in the neighbourhood. and Perkins gave addresses, and the Resolved, That this brother have 6s. meeting terminated with the cus- weekly. tomary votes of thanks.

Bro. G. H., of K., aged 58 years ; a local preacher 43 years ; also

applied. He has been a miner ; he OBITUARY

lost a leg some 16 years since, February 14, 1881. Mr. B. North, and has gone since then to his for many years a devoted friend of appointments on crutches; he earns Local Preachers, and a liberal sup- nothing, but the parish allows him porter of the Mutual-Aid Association, 2s. 6d. a week, He is a widower; has in connection with the High Wycombe 6 children, but none able to assist


him. Resolved, That the brother have 58. a week.

Letter read from Newark, respecting the formation of a new branch there. The letter was referred to the president with a request that he would attend as a deputation, or send some brother or brothers from Sheffield.

The entrance fee of a brother over 70 was fixed at 10 guineas.

The like amount was fixed for another brother aged 69.

Reports of sub-committees were received, considered, and approved.

Reports were also received respecting future meetings in our behalf.

The General Secretary was requested to write to Bro. Williamson, who has been so long laid aside by affliction.

Also to Bro. Plant, with a hope that we may shortly see him again.

The Treasurer mentioned Mr. Wild's Gift; the following resolution was passed. Resolved, That a circular be drawn up and sent to each member of the committee asking for contributions to Mr. Wild's Gift, in order that the £1,000 required may be speedily raised; so that each annuitant may receive 10s. at Christ

Preacher 55 years in the Ripon, Knaresbro, and York Circuits. While able to preach he was a clear exponent of the Word of Life, and retained the vigour of his intellect to the last, leaving a clear testimony that he was going to be with Jesus,

Sept. 12, 1881. William Fowler, Leicester, 1st branch, aged 57 years. Happy in Jesus. Claim £6.

Sept. 16, 1881. Robert Moulton, Chatteris 2nd Branch, aged 69 years. Trusting and resigned to the last, testifying that he was “ Safe in the arms of Jesus." Claim £8.

Sept. 23, 1881. Mark Clipsham, Sleaford Branch, aged 63 years. His end was peace. Claim £8.

Sept. 23, 1881. George Cutting, Diss Branch, aged 68 years. He fell asleep in Jesus. He had been an Annuitant 384 weeks, and received £57 198. Claim £2.

Sept. 25, 1881. John Murgatroyes, Shipley Branch, aged 87 years. He was much respected and loved by all who knew him, and died happy in God. He had been an Annuitant 394 weeks and received £82 28. Claim £1.

Oct. 2, 1881. Vincent Matthews, Northampton 1st Branch, aged 64 years. Death suddenly overtook him when on his way to Gold Street Chapel for the morning service. When about half way to the chapel, he passed to the higher service of heaven. He was a good man, a faithful leader, and an acceptable preacher, for more than 40 years. Our loss is his gain. Claim. £8.

Oct. 5, 1881. Robert Sykes, Hull Branch, aged 74 years. He died in peace. Claim £6.

Oct. 6, 1881. George Scarsbrook, Oxford Branch, aged 76 years. His mind was unclouded, faith unshaken, and his confidence in the life eternal full and clear. Claim £8.

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