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Strengthened by these considerations, fuggesting the same or like past deliverances, either to thyself,—thy friends or acquaintance, -thou wilt learn this great lesson in the text, in all thy emergencies and distresses,—to trust God; and whatever befalls thee, in the many changes and chances of this mortal life, to speak comfort to thy soul, and to say in the words of Habakkuk the prophet, with which I conclude,
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines ;-although the labour of the olive shall fail, and the field shall yield no meat;-although the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there sħall be no herd in the stalls; yet will we rejoice in the Lord, and joy in the God of our salvation.
To whom be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Exodus xxi. 14.
But if a man come presumptuously upon his
neighbour, to say him with guile ;---thou shalt take him from my altar, that he may die.
A S the end and happy result of society, Al was our mutual protection from the depredations which malice and avarice lays us open to,-so have the laws of God laid proportionable restraints against such violations as would defeat us of such a security. Of all other attacks which can be made against usthat of a man's life, which is his all,-being the greatest,—the offence in God's dispensation to the Jews, was denounced as the most heinous,—and represented as most unpardonable.—At the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.—Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be fhed.-Ye shall take no fatisfaction for the life of a murderer ;-he shall surely be put to death. -So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are,—for blood defileth the land ;-and the land cannot be cleansed of blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.
-For this reason, by the laws of all civilized nations, in all parts of the globe, it has been punished with death.
Some civilized and wife communities have so far incorporated these severe dispensations into their municipal laws, as to allow of no distinction betwixt murder and homicide, at least in the penalty ;-leaving the intentions of the several parties concerned in it to that Being who knows the heart, and will adjust the differences of the case hereafter.—This falls, no doubt, heavy upon particulars,—but it is urged for the benefit of the whole. It is not the business of a preacher to enter into an examination of the grounds and reasons for fo seeming a severity.-Where most severe, they have proceeded, no doubt, from an excess of abhorrence of a crime,—which is, of all others, most terrible and shocking in its own nature,-and the most direct attack and stroke at fociety ;-as the security of a man's life was the first protection of society,—the