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" Singers sball be converted unto thee.”—Ps. li. 13.
" It is good for me that I have been aflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”—
“ And Moses spake uuto the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave
“King Solomon made a molten sea.”—1 Kings vii. 23.
ye sball find rest unto your souls.”—Matt. xi. 29.
“ And he sbewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of
" Verily, I say unto you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall
By Mr. T. D. DYRE.
“ Arise, and take up thy bed and walk.”—Mark ii. 9.
The Power conferred on the Lord's Real Disciples
By the late Rev.J. PROUD.
“ And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are sub-
ject unto us through thy name."- Luke x. 17.
LIST OF THE WRITERS OF THE SERMONS
CONTAINED IN THIS VOLUME.
Bruce, Rev. W., of Edinburgh.
ON THE CHARACTER OF MARY MAGDALEN.
BY THE REV. S. NOBLE.
Luke viï. 1, 2, 3. " And it came to pass afterwards, that he went through every city
and village, preaching the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities; Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many
others; which ministered unto him of their substance." Among the various female converts and disciples spoken of in the Gospels, there is none who has been regarded with greater interest than Mary Magdalen, and none, the consideration of whose history and character can be more interesting, or more replete with salutary instruction. This then shall be attempted in the present discourse.
The first thing necessary to be known respecting her, which, though obvious to scholars, may not be usually understood by common readers of the Scriptures, is, the reason why she has the surname of Magdalen, or Magdalené, as the pure Greek word which the translators have rather strangely retained, would be properly pronounced. This merely signifies, that she was a native or resident of Magdala, a town in Galilee. It would be more agreeable to our customary mode of forming such personal titles from names of places, to call her Mary the Magdalian,-Mary Magdalen simply meaning, Mary of Magdala.