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Review.-Carpenter's Examination of Scripture Difficulties. 25

"1 Kings iv. 29. And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceedingly much, and largeness of heart, even as the

It is one of the most cheering signs of| the times, that books of this description are in demand to a far greater extent sand that is on the sea shore.' Lord Bacon than was ever before known. has admirably illustrated the singular exThe following extracts, we flatter our-pression in the closing sentence of this text. selves will be highly acceptable to all our readers.

"Exodus xxxiv. 7. ' And that will by no means clear the guilty.' Dr. Geddes gives a very different translation of this passage, which is certainly more in accordance with the context, and does no violence to the original; it is as follows:-'Acquitting even him who is not innocent.' This rendering he justifies by a supposed ellipsis of asher, who, and a slight change of the points. Such, also, is nearly the interpretation of Lud de Dieu, which is approved by Rosenmüller. Nothing can more strongly express than does this, the goodness of God to frail mortals, which has been misunderstood and misinterpreted by all our translators. We must not omit to add, however, that this acquittal of the [not] innocent is always represented in Scripture as being the consequence of that provision of mercy secured by the death of the Redeemer.

"Numbers xxii. 23-30. The dialogue between Balaam and his ass.' This part of the history of Balaam has been often made the subject of profane ridicule and banter; bat assuredly every man of sense must see, that of all absurdities that is the greatest which subjects a miraculous event to the ordinary rules of reasoning. 'What a number of ideas must the ass have had, to be able to reason with his master,' says one learned man; while another bas discovered that the anatomical structure of the beast rendered it impossible for it to speak at all! But such objectors have forgotten the principal thing in the narrative, namely, that an adequate canse is assigned for this wonderful occurrence; The Lord opened the mouth of the ass.' If they will boldly say that this was beyond the power of Omnipotence well; but we should not then be surprised were some dumb ass, speaking with man's voice, to forbid their madness." See 2 Pet. ii. 16.

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He remarks, that, as the sand upon the sea shore incloses a great body of waters, so Solomon's mind contained an ocean of knowledge.

Matthew vi. 27. Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature.' This is an awkwardly translated passage; the allusion is rather to the continuance of a person's life, than to his increase in height. We must suppose the number of them to be very few, who, short as they may be, would prefer having nearly two feet added to their stature; much less for them to be very anxious about such an addition; but we need not go far in search of many who would gladly make great sacrifices for length of days. To guard us, therefore, against over-thoughtfulness for the things of this life, Christ in effect says, that it is not in the power of our greatest anxiety to add the least moment or shortest measure of time to our age in this world. The word Hλikia is rendered age, John ix. 21. He is of age, ask him." And the Psalmist speaks of our days being an hand breadth,' Ps. xxxix. 3. In agreement with which a popular author says

A span is all that we can boast,
An inch or two of time.

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Let the above suffice to convince the reader that in this work he may expect to find a large treasure of biblical criticism, collected from the best sources both British and Foreign, in which are also many original hints from the esteemed author's own mind.

Judges ix. 13. Wine, which cheereth God and man.' Wine is here very improperly said to cheer both God and man. should be Gods, that is, the hero gods of the heathen; for Jotham is speaking to men of an idolatrous city. Or it might be translated with great propriety, cheer both high and low,' both prince and people; for the A Set of Psalm and Hymn Tunes. By

meaning is, all conditions of men find themselves refreshed by wine.

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THERE are no works more coldly received by the public than detached pieces of original sacred music. Not

suited to public worship because origi- | success. Besides original reflections, nal, and therefore not generally known; the work abounds with prose and poetinot fit for mere amusement because sacred, the demand for them is confined to those few circles, domestic and social, where music is a familiar langnage, and devotion is allied to harmony.

cal contributions, selected from various authors, but bearing either directly or indirectly on the writer's declared object. Some of these extracts have great point and elegance; but there are a Nor does this necessarily imply any few concerning which, had our opinion deficiency of merit; we are acquainted been consulted, we should have respectwith publications of this class, of first fully, but decidedly, advised their omisrate excellence, (and in their foremost sion. With this limited exception we rank, some by a respected member of would recommend the work, especially our own denomination, C. W. Banister,) to those persons whose restricted means which although associated with the most and opportunities forbid their examinpleasurable youthful recollections, of ing the more elaborate and standard many now turning the brow of the hill productions ou the same subject. After of life, and never opened, but with a all, we are convinced, that could obfeeling of gratitude to their respective jectors be induced to take the Bible authors, are yet unknown beyond this itself, which we fear they seldom or limited sphere, which have never taken never read, into their calm consideratheir place in our public worship, nor tion, more might be expected from its remunerated their authors, (we appre-own pure radiance, its compassionate hend,) for the trouble of copying them appeals, and awful denunciations, than out for the engraver.

has either been realized, or can be anticipated, from the best intentioned and most ably written works in its defence.

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If such be the fate of sterling merit, and acknowledged genius, that of mere mediocrity may be easily anticipated, and to no higher praise can we consider this work entitled; the airs are easy and agreeable, the harmony generally correct, and had we found them in a large and popular collection, and been ignorant of the original on which some of them have been evidently, although MR. Cobbin's work collects into one perhaps unintentionally modelled, they focus those scattered rays of celestial would have passed nearly uncensured, light and glory which have irradiated but the author has not, we conceive, the dying chamber of many departed sufficient originality of conception, and saints, transforming it into the very feeling for the poetry of music, to justify" gate of Heaven." Those fearful Chrishis public appearance as a contributor to our already abundant stores of Psalmody.

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The subject of the following memoir was born at Reading, in Berkshire, January 28, 1756. His parents were both rigid members of the Church of England, and carefully brought up their children in the same persuasion; but greatly to the grief of his father, who was as much opposed to all sectaries as he was attached to the Established Church, this hapless child became a dissenter.

During the youthful days of Mr. Collier, he frequently attended on the ministry of the Rev. W. B. Cadogan, and the Rev. Thomas Davis, both of Reading, whose ministry was beneficial to his soul.

incensed. In order to cure him of his heretical pravity, he had recourse to various means; sometimes promisin, sometimes threatening, but all to no purpose; for his son (to use his own expression) "had made up his mind on the subject of religion," and having decided on the Lord's side, it was useless to assail him. Through grace, he was alike unmoved by menaces or entreaties. The opposition of his father was not the only opposition he had to encounter, but he was enabled to resist, and he continued stedfast in the faith.

It Is pleasing also to reflect, that he was enabled, by an upright and consistent conduct, to disarm persecution, and in a great measure, to live down prejudice; proving the truth of the Scripture, "that when a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh his enemies to be at peace with him."

In June, 1782, Mr. C. entered into the matrimonial connexion with Miss Ann Perkins of Reading, who proved a true help meet to him. An excellent man, now living, who well knew her, writes of her thus:-"She was a very pious woman: on her death-bed she seemed almost in heaven." They had eight children, six sons and two daughters. Two sons died in infancy, and the eldest daughter in 1820. Four sons

The precise time or manner of his conversion is not correctly known by the writer of this article, but Mr. C. has often been heard to say, he was brought to the knowledge of the truth when nineteen years of age, and therefore it must have been in some part of the year 1775. In general, it is known that the ministry of Mr. Davis was very useful to him, in connection with the spiritual and affectionate conversation of his uncle, Mr. Robert Collier, who was for many years a deacon and a distinguished ornament of the Baptist church at Reading. He from that and one daughter still survive. May period became a thoroughly changed man, a "living epistle of Christ, known and read of all men." He did not take upon him a profession of religion without counting the cost, but having done so, he, with a decision that characterised him through life, made his choice, and resolved, at all hazards, to follow divine direction, and obey the will of God. On the 13th of July, 1777, he was baptized by Mr. Davis, and joined the church under his care.

When the father of our friend first perceived the predilection of this son towards the Baptists, he became highly

they follow their honoured parents so far as they followed Christ!

In 1785, Mr. C. was chosen a deacon, for which office he was eminently fitted, as far as deep-rooted piety, unbending rectitude, and stability of principle are qualifications. It was, however, a subject of regret, that the numerous and pressing engagements of his secular profession, left him but little time to attend to the duties of his office in the church. Hence one of his successors in the same office, speaking of him, says "He (Mr. C.) was always a man of peace, and an honourable member

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