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Lord is everywhere present; but my grandfather, and my great-grandfather, and my father, were all buried here, in the vale of Jehoshaphat, and I also wish to lay my bones down there.' I met one Israelite who was seventy-two years old, and I asked him, "Why did you come to Jerusalem ?' He replied, “I am just now two days old. When I asked him to explain, he said,

All the life I spent abroad is vanished away like a dream ; but it is now just two days since I arrived in the land of my fathers, and I have only thus begun to live.' Before Protestant missionaries came to the Jews in Jerusalem, they did not know what true Christianity was. They had had, from time to time, proclaimers ef the Gospel of Christ. Dr. Wolff, my dear friend and brother, was one of the first missionaries who went to preach the Gospel of Christ in Jerusalem; his footsteps I could trace even after fifteen years."

In reference to Missionary work amongst the Jews, Mr. Ewald said, “ I had forty Jews coming to me secretly to be informed about Christianity. They must do it secretly, because the whole Jewish body in Jerusalem is maintained by voluntary contributions from all the Jews in the world. The Jewish congregations in the Holy City send messengers into all quarters of the globe to collect money for their brethren; and the moment it is known that a Jew is inquiring into Christianity, he is summoned before the Chief Rabbi, and told that, if he continues, the supplies will be stopped. We were obliged to go outside the city, and hide ourselves behind rocks, and in solitary places, so that the enemy should not see us; and it has pleased God, by means of this

inquiry, to bring many Jews to believe in Christ as the Messiah. “Two rabbies among the converted have endured much persecution; their families were torn from them. One of them was even cast into prison. The unconverted rabbies worked so much upon the feelings of their wives, that they refused to live with their husbands, at the same time making their husbands pay for their support. “When I was on the coast of Africa, I met a rabbi to whom I proclaimed the Gospel. He said, “What, you would make me a Christian? I go about to make Christians Jews.” (Unfortunately it happens, that poor deluded men who know nothing of religion, go to Turkey, where the Jews are very zealous, and do everything they can to get a proselyte; and a Gentile sometimes wishes to become a Jew.) I met him a second time, and spoke to him again and again, afterwards I lost sight of him. Soon after our arrival in Jerusalem, it was told me that a rabbi wished to see me secretly. When he came in, I said, ‘I have seen you before.' He said, ‘Yes, eight years ago, on the coast of Africa. Those words you spoke to me that time I never forgot. I thought them wicked words. I came here to live and die as a pious Jew; and the first thing I find is, you are here.' We began to converse, and it pleased God to open his heart and mind; and he and his two children were baptized last Easter. Since our establishment in Jerusalem thirty-nine have been baptized.” In a future number, some particulars stated by Rev. Dr. Wolff, shall be given, to shew our young Christian people what sufferings the pet

Jews are still exposed to in many places. In the meantime we say to them, never omit praying for the Jews! They indeed need our prayers, because they know not Jesus Christ who came to die for them as well as for us. Give praise also to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that he has led so many of his people to desire their good and to pray that he would visit them again in mercy and love. May He hasten their day of merciful visitation, and in so doing cause “ Israel to blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit."-Isaiah xxvii. 6.

BAPTISM OF A JEWESS.

It is often the privilege of Christians attending the Episcopal Jews' Chapel, in London, to wit. ness the reception of believing Israelites into the Church of Christ. No circumstance can be more interesting than this confession of faith which they then make in that Saviour whom they had been taught to despise from their very infancy, and whose name they had been accustomed to hear joined with expressions of contempt. Those who are, by the grace of God, enabled to believe in Jesus, have much to endure for his sake. They are, generally, forbidden the houses of their parents; their relatives and friends and nation pour contempt upon them; and very often they are reduced to the greatest poverty; thus giving up father and mother and brother and sister, and all that they may have, to become disciples of our Lord.

An eye-witness thus mentions the baptism of a

daughter of Abraham, who was baptized, a short time since, in the above-mentioned chapel :

" It was a solemn and deeply-affecting scene when this daughter of Abraham, standing at the font, in the midst of a large congregation, confessed her faith in Jesus, as her Saviour, and the Son of God. She was much agitated, and appeared almost overwhelmed by the solemn service, and the strong and struggling emotions of her heart. She had given up all for Christ-forsaking home and kindred to become a disciple of him whom her nation rejected and despised. The witness of so grand a spectacle must have a heart harder than marble not to be moved thereby. We cannot know, or perhaps imagine, how many thoughts filled the mind of the young disciple; what memories of a home now no longer hers rushed forward to shake her purpose; what temptations might then be permitted to assail her; what malice of Satan to suggest thoughts of unbelief, or anxiety as to the future, in order to try her sincerity. No heroine in history, moved to high deeds, ever showed such courage as then sustained that poor Jewess. It was given her from above. We could not but remember that there is joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth,' and this recollection added to the deep interest of the scene-angels rejoicing over her, while God sustained her, and she, with a believing heart, made confession unto salvation."

Young, favoured disciple, whilst you thank God for your own unspeakable mercies, neglect not to pray for poor converted Jews, that their faith may be strengthened, and their hearts comforted in the midst of the many trials which they are called upon to endure !

REMEMBER THE JEW.

“Ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, and give him no rest till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”—Is AIAH lxii. 6, 7.

The Word of Life, if prized by you,
You owe to the despised Jew;
In all their wanderings far and near,
His Word was sent their hearts to cheer;
Preserved by them, and handed down,
We see their light—their Saviour own;
Then, on your knees, before his throne,
Remember oft the Jew.

If Christ, the Lord, is prized by you,
He once was a despised Jew;
Without a spot to lay his head;
For you he came, and lived, and bled.
And can you then refuse to feel
Compassion for his nation's weal?
Their griefs might break a heart of steel—
Oh, pity then the Jew!

If we would “prosper” all life through,
Still Zion's peace we must pursue;
Though trodden down, the Jews shall rise,
And own that Lord they now despise;
Then lend your every aid to bring
The outcast Jews to Christ our King,
That Jews with Gentiles soon may sing,
“Salvation to the Lamb l’’

We dare not, will not, hence refuse
To love, and feel, and pray for Jews.
Oh, praise our God, through Abraham's race,
Came light, and Christ, and promised grace.
Thou, God of Abraham, hear our cries,
Remove the veil from Israel's eyes;
Make Jews and Gentiles truly wise,
And Jesus all in all!

Macintosh, Printer, Great New Street, London.

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