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And how poor are our attainments, how sinall our progress in religious improvement, considering the years we havelived and the advantages we have enjoyed. God hath fpoken to us rifing up early and speaking. From the first dawn and opening of our faculties, hath the voice of instruction founded in our ears; but no sooner were we taught our duty, than we had learned to disobey. We were as froward children, forfaking the guide of our youth. Starting aside like a broken bow, have been our continual deviations from the right way. When we consider the examples of the Saints of old, how do we fall fhort of their virtues --Few and evil have been the days of our pilgrimage
We have not attained unto the days of our fathers. If we look back upon our past lives, how little good does there appear! How little have the best of
us to boast of. Who can say that he is clean from fin? Who can produce one good action that ever he did, which had not fome evil intermixt with it. We must look for justification not from our own works, but from the free grace of God: For though our works may justify us in the sight of men, yet when God comes to search into the hidden motives and secret springs of action, our fairest and moft fpecious virtues will not stand the test of his impartial fcrutiny - In his fight shall no man living be justified. Before him, we must all confess, that few and evil have the days of the years of our life been_few, compared with his eternity; evil, in the light of his infinite purity. But here is our consolation and stay, He who is God from everlasting to everlasting, became united to our frail mortality - became the mystic son of Jacob, the fpi.
ritual Joseph :. And as the aged Patriarch was nourished in Egypt under the care of his favourite son, so will the son of MAN nourish and preserve us, pardon all our sins, guide us by his counsels, and after that, receive us up into glory.
JACOB'S DYING CII ARGE.
Genesis, xlvii. 29, 30, 31.
And the time drew near that Ifrael must die :
And he called his fon Jofeph, and faid unto him, If now I have found grace in thy fight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deat kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt. But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their burying place : And he said, I will do as thou haft said. And he said, swear unto me, and he fware unto him. And Ifrael bowed himfelf upon the bed's hend,
The affairs of Egypt continue under the administration of Jofeph: His brethren with their father are placed in the best of the land: They there find
pasture for their cattle; while Joseph fupplies them with bread for the fupport of themselves and their families. Thus are they preserved during the time of famine.
The Egyptians, while their money remained, came and bought corn of Joseph ; and when their money was spent, they gave their cattle for corn; and last of all they fold themselves and their lands. Only the land of the priests bought he not.—The ninifters of religion were not reduced to the necefsity of disposing of their property to procure sustenance; they had a certain allowance of provision assigned them every day from Pharaoh, and therefore they fold not their lands.
At length the famine abates; and by the provident care of Joseph, there