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haps they were decent in their manners, and orderly in their conduct, as any of us; but a relaxation of principle, and the neglect of their religious duties, have brought them to this pass. May God enlighten their eyes that they sleep not in death.
CERTAIN it is - our life in this world is but a journey. From the cradle to the grave, we have several stages to pass through, but the falvation of our souls, is the end of all the divine leadings, the obje&t which God's Providence has ever in view, in all his most righteous dispensations. Though with the Patriarchs we come not to worship at Beer-sheba; still let us acknowledge the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to be our covenant God. And though we facrifice not
from our flocks or herds; let us offer unto God the more acceptable sacrifices of the heart; the sacrifices of obedience, of faith, of charity: Then shall we receive an answer of peace, though not in the visions of the night, yer in the more certain word of God, the scriptures of truth, where God speaks as expressly to us, as to the Patriarch of old where he bids us not fear-where he assures us of his presence and protection where he declares Himfelf the Resurrection and the Life, and that whosoever believeth in him shall never die. This was he that comforted feeble Jacob, that encouraged him to go down into Egypt, that promised to go down with him there, that he would also surely bring him up again, and that Jofeph,
his favourite son, should put his hand upon his eyes.
This God is our God for ever and ever, he will be our guide, even unto death. Amen.
JACOB IN EGYPT.
GENESIS, xlvi. 5, 6, 7: And Facob rofe up from Beer-sheba : And the fons of Ifrael carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, in the waggons which Pharaoh had sent to carry them. And they took their cattle, and their goods which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob with all his feed with him. His fons and his fons fons with him, his daughters and his fons daughters, and all
his feed brought he with him into Egypt. There is a richness and fertility in the style of the Sacred Book, which under a vail of the plainest diction, contains the most sublime and heavenly truths. Herein sacred history differs from all other history: Pro