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“ Vienna is a central spot from which the Christian missionary can with ease visit other cities in which many Jews are to be found.”
“On the 5th July we started for Presburg, and as we glided down the Danube became assured of meeting with many Jews there.
“ There are 8000 Jews in Presburg. We proclaimed the Gospel to many, and visited others in their own houses, not forgetting the rabbi, to whom on leaving I presented a copy of the New Testament. We found that the written reports of the late persecution of the Jews in Presburg were much exaggerated; no lives were lost, and the jealousy and hatred of the mob were in the first instance excited by seeing some young Jews swaggering about the streets in self-appointed military uniform.
“ The superintendent of the Protestant Church in Presburg is much interested in the welfare of Israel. He has already baptized ten Jews. He had several times, he said, been visited before by English missionaries; and amongst others, probably the first who stirred him up to this good work, were Messrs. Reichardt and Smith, who visited Presburg, on a journey through Austria, twenty years ago."
“I left Vienna for Brunn on the 20th July. On arriving at Brunn, I found that only a few families of Jews are now permitted to reside there; the city, however, is surrounded by Jewish villages and colonies, and as it was fair time, many Jews were assembled in the city. I preached the Gospel to a party of Jews on the evening of my arrival ; and on the following morning entered into argument with a party, whom I found standing idly in the market-place.
“Altogether, although our efforts to preach the Gospel to the Jews are somewhat circumscribed just now, on account of the volcanic state of the Continent, and by reason of the jealousy of the authorities in regard to foreigners, especially in the smaller towns and villages, from the circumstance of the numerous political emissaries who are now traversing the Continent; yet I am thank. ful for having been enabled to find such opportunities of making known the Gospel to the ancient people of God.
“ And that our work is not in vain in the Lord,' suffer me now, in conclusion, to bring before you a new and impartial witness : * Thirty years ago,' said a Jew lately to Mr. Hoff, •When the English first sent their missionaries to the Jews, I said, O the English! the English! what fools they are for their pains ; but I now see that like the drop of water that wears out the rock, you are getting the better of us by degrees ; and as, since that time, God has been pleased to permit the gradual breaking up of the old ark of Talmudism by other hands than the missionaries, so I begin to fear that the time is not distant when the Jewish people will in their extremity throw themselves into the gates of the ark of Christianity, which are already yawning to receive them."
PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
From the Poetic Prism, by R. N. Greville.
PSALM cxxii. 6.
PRAY for Jerusalem's peace! for she hath pray'd
Pray for Jerusalem ! 'tis the Lord's command !
Pray for Jerusalem Spray: cease not to plead Before the throne of grace, for Abraham's seed, That streams of peace and joy may there be found, Whence flow'd the first pure stream of life around.
Pray for Jerusalem, that her sons may claim
Pray for Jerusalem! that with faithful care,
Christian! for Salem pray on bended knee,
LONDON : Printed at the Operative Jewish Converts' Institution,
Palestine Place, Bethnal Green.
THE JEWS WITNESSES FOR GOD.
Man had forgotten God. The world which he had formed to be a temple in which holy beings might render him a pure service, and be themselves perfectly happy in his love, had become the theatre of an universal rebellion against him, where other lords were acknowledged, and sacrifices were offered to other gods. As far as they could, men had banished all knowledge and all thought of him from his own world; had turned his glory into images of corruptible creatures, till their foolish hearts were darkened, and they were given over to a reprobate mind. They received his gifts, but were not thankful. They lived by his power, but gave their life to the service of his foes. One people alone retained a knowledge of his will, and à revelation of his perfections: one people alone testified of him. The mighty works which he had wrought for them, struck dread and terror into the hearts of idolatrous nations. “ In Jewry was God known, his name was great in Israel ; in Salem was his tabernacle, and his dwelling-place in Zion;" and thence, as from their centre, some beams of light went forth to other lands. In the days of Solomon, men of all nations heard of the wisdom
which God had given him, and pilgrim strangers came to hear if fame spake true.
In their captivity in Babylon the Jews were witnesses for God. They bowed not to the golden image, they joined not in the idolatrous worship of their Gentile conquerors ; in their desolation, they forsook not their professed allegiance to the Lord. Even when, as they sat weeping over the fall of still remembered home, and hung their unstrung harps upon the willows, and when their taunting masters cried, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion;' even then, in their misery they exclaimed, “How can we sing the Lord's song
in a strange land?” Thus their silent and songless woe testified for him. They would not tune their harps for other gods; they would not desecrate the songs of Zion to gratify the heathen's pride. Faithless as they had been 'when in their own loved land, now they are witnesses for God, and honour him alone.
In vain is the golden image raised on the plain of Dura'; in vain, the command of Babylon's proud king. Amongst the captives of Judah there are bolder hearts than amongst the ranks of his victorious hosts; men who are bold for God; men upheld by the unseen power of assured trust; men who knew that even in the fiery furnace he would be present with his people. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego are cast into the sevenfold heated furnace, because they will not bow down to the God, nor worship the image which the king had set up. The smell of fire does not pass upon them; they walk unbound amidst the flames; one like unto the Son of God is with them. The astonished king bids them come forth; he magnifies the name of their God; he