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indigent and afflicted in other different ways:"_If the effects were not of this nature, is it possible that the late RICHARD REYNOLDS would have continued his support to Bible Societies?-A man who regularly applied ninetenths of his large income, in the most judicious manner, to charitable purposes? Of whom his fellow citizens have testified in the language of Job, that " when the ear heard him, then it blessed him; and when the eye saw him ; it gave witness to him ;-the blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon him; and he caused the widows heart to sing for joy. He was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame; a father to the poor : and the cause which he knew not he searched out.Nor was the support of this venerable man a singular instance in that religious community of which he was an ornament-a community which is characterized by a philantropic spirit and labours of love,-at home and abroad. How shall we account for the active and zealous co-operation of many of its members in the system and proceedings of the Bible Society but from a perfect conviction, both in principle and practice, that its influence is benign and salutary? Doubtless they have witnessed the collateral benefits, which have been enumerated—they have also heard many of the poor acknowledge, that, from becoming members of Bible Associations, they have acquired " habits of domestic order, sobriety, and economy, highly conducive to their tempo. ral welfare *. · What an exalted rank, then, does the British and Foreign Bible Society sustain among charitable Institutions, even in things pertaining to this life! And when we expand our view to its effects in those “ dark places of the earth, which are full of the habitations of cruelty ;” (Psalm lxxiv. 20.) where infants are exposed to perish ; self-devoted victims crushed under the wheels of their idols; women burned upon the funeral piles of their husbands- we shall not hesitate for an answer to our author's question, “ Where is this circulation of Bibles to end ?" Let it be given in his own words --The principle it proceeds on is indefinite.” It enibraces no less an object than THE HABITABLE GLOBE! But great as the tem. poral blessings are, which it realizes and anticipates, they are all comparatively lost in its SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS AND

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ETRENAL CONSEQUENCES! May these be duly impressed apon the heart of him who writes, and of every one who may read these pages ! May all of us, for ourselves, individually, be thankful, that God has “ caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning !” May we “receive with meekness the ingrafted word !” Then, I am persuaded, we shall agree in this happy conclusion, that the Bible Society will prosper--that every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth ; AND ALL FLESH SHALL SEE THE SALVATION OF GOD.

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