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though, by a typographical errour, we preached in all congregations, I would read thy' in many copies of our, advise you to use in general not an English bible. "Take heed unto the argumentative but a plain didactick (not thy) doctrine ;' as if the apostle style: Teach with authority, not as studiously avoided a form of expres- the scribes :' upon the momentous docsion which might seem to imply that trines of man's corruption of Christ's even St. Timothy had any doctrine to atonement—the gratuitous acceptance deliver of his own. He is enjoined to of man's imperfect works in regard to take heed to the doctrine, i. e. to the doc- Christ's merits of the justification of trine delivered by the inspired apostles, man-of good works, always adherand by the authority of the church com- ing strictly, as I have before said, to mitted to St. Timothy. And this, my the scriptures, the thirty-nine articles, brethren, must be your rule : you have and the homilies.”* no authority to preach any new-fangled The importance of the above advice, opinions of your own, or to adopt those and particularly to the younger part of any uninspired self-coinmissioned of the clergy, I hope will be an excuse teachers; you must stick close to the for introducing it into, what appears to doctrine, to the form of sound words be its appropriate place, the Gospel Ada originally delivered to the saints; you vocate. It was elicited by the subject are to lay open the wonderful scheme under the bishop's remarks, and equal. of man's redemption ; you are to lay it ly applies to the object of this comopen in its entireness; you are to set communication. it forth faithfully and exactly, as it is Bishop Horsley annexed to his charge exhibited in the holy scriptures, and the following interesting note : “ The upon the authority of the scriptures, in oldest edition, [of the bible] among their plain, natural, unsophisticated those which I have inspected, in which meaning, in the offices, the thirty-nine this erratum appears, (thy doctrine, for articles, and the homilies of the church the doctrine) is the magnificent folio of of England. This doctrine will al Buck and Daniel, printed_at Camways
y-to the hearts of those bridge, in the year 1638. The text is that shall be saved, and bear down all correctly given, the, not 'thy,' in opposition internal or external of the the black letter folio of 1611, in the carnal man.
But if, instead of thus Roman letter quarto of 1612, and in the preaching Christ, you are content to black letter folio of 1617; all from the preach only Socrates or Seneca,-if, excellent press of Robert Barker. The instead of the everlasting gospel of the first of these three is the editio princeps living God, you preach some extract of the English bible now in use ; and only of your own, accommodated, by the second was the first impression in a bold retrenchment of mysteries, to quarto. From the year 1638 to the the blindness and the pride of human middle of the past century, editors reason, depend upon it, animated en- seem to have fluctuated between the thusiasm will be an overmatch for dry true and corrupt reading, without girfrigid ethicks; superstition will be an ing themselves the trouble to consult overmatch for all such mutilated gos- either the original Greek, or the first pels; and crafty atheism, taking ad- editions of king James's English text; vantage of the extravagance of the first, and the errour prevailed, as appears the insipidity of the second, the enor, from the annexed collation, which mities of the third, and of the rash con- shows the reading, the year, the princessions of half-believers, will make an ter's name, size, and place, of many easy conquest of them all. In deliver. 'editions in that interval. ing the great mysterious truths of the gospel, and I repeat it, the whole “ 1648. Daniel. 12mo. Cambridge. gospel, with all its mysteries, must be *Horsley's Charges, p. 164. Dundee, 1813.
find its way:
1658. Field. 24mo, London. .: 1809. Robert Scholey. London. 1756. Thomas Baskett. 4to. Oxford. 1815. White, Cochrane & Co. 3 vols. - Thy.
Imp. ** 1638. Buck & Daniel, folio. Cam.'
1816. Clarendon press. Oxford. bridge.
1816. E. F. Backus, Albany. Ste. 1657. Field. 8vo. Cambridge.
reotype. 1660. Field. folio. Cambridge.
- THE”-DUODECIMO, ET INFRA. 1660. Hill & Field. 8vo. London, 1803. Clarendon press. Oxford. Pock, 1663. Field. 4to. Cambridge. et edition. 1666. Field. 4to. Cambridge.
1806. Matthew Carey. Philadelphia. 1679. The Theatre. 4to. Oxford. 12mo. 1701.
folio. London. 1812. Bible Society. Philadelphia. 1722.
folio. Edin. Stereotype. 12mo. burgh.
1816. W. Mercein. New York. 1762. Bentham. 4to. Cambridge. 1821. Auxiliary New York Bible
1767. Mark Baskett. 12mo. Lon- and Common Prayer Book Society., don.
Stereotype. 12mo. "Since the year 1756, the true read- 1806. W. W. Woodward, Philadeling seems to have maintained its ground phia. Pocket edition. in the Oxford and the best of the Lon- 1816. George Eyre and Andrew don bibles. Whether Thomas Bas. Strahan. London. Pocket edition. kett, in 1756, was the restorer of the 1819. Sir D. Hunter, Blair, and J.. text, I cannot tell, not having examin. Bruce. Edinburgh. Pocket edition. ed the whole series, from 1638 down
“ THY” – Quarto. wards : But after 1756, I find the text
1723. John Baskett. Oxford. correctly given in all the Oxford bibles that I have examined, (except a small
1807. Collins, Perkins & Co. New
York. octavo of Wright & Gill in 1776) particularly in the folio of Wright & Gill
" THY”-OCTAVO. in 1770, the folio of the Clarendon 1812. Whiting & Watson, New York. press in 1781, the quarto of Wright & Testament. Gill in 1777, a duodecimo of the Cla- 1815. Duychinck, Collins & Co. and rendon press in 1782, an octavo of the others. New York. Clarendon press in 1788. I find the 1815. Meriam & Co. Brookfield. text correct also in the London folio of
“ THY”-DUODECIMO ET INFRA. Eyre & Strahan in 1772, and in the octavo of the same printers without date Christopher Barker. Savoy. London.
1669. Assigns of John Bill, and of the year.”
12mo. Imitating the example of bishop Horsley, I have examined all the edi- ford, Con. - 12mo.
1809. Hudson & Goodwin, Harttions within my reach, and now give
1816. Hudson & Co. Hartford, Con. the result.
1 12mo. " THE”--Folio.
1816. E. Merriam & Co. Brookfield. 1716. John Baskett, Oxford.
Testament. 12mo. 1808. Clarendon Press. Oxford.
1816. Lincoln & Edmands. Bos1821. John Smith. Cambridge. ton. 12mo. “ THE”-QUARTO.
: 1818. West & Richardson. Boston 1783. Clarendon press. Oxford. · 12mo. Stereotype.' 1816. Collins & Co. - New York.
1812. John Hagerty. Baltimore Stereotype.. ti
Diamond edition. " THE"-OCTAVO.
1813. S. Etheridge, Jun. Charles1785. Clarendon press.
Oxford. town, Mass. 32mo. Testament,
THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES.
1818. R. P. & C. Williams. Boston. authorized version of the scriptures. 18mo. Stereotype.
We are indebted, under God, to the 1818. Collins & Hannay. New. care bestowed by the Jews upon their York. Pocket edition. Stereotype. copies, for the purity of the old testament
On examining the commentators and scriptures. Errours must necessarily be paraphrasts, I find that D'Oyley & found, where there were so many tranMant's Family Bible, published at the scribers. But their general accuracy, Clarendon press, Oxford, in 1817, in and particularly in those passages re
lating to faith and doctrine, the nature, 4 vols. 4to. has “ The.'
character, and offices, &c. of our blessed The following have “ Thy:" Lord, demand our warmest gratitude. Clarke's Commentary on the Bible,
Let, then, the Christian minister be 4to. now republishing in New York, in equally diligent with the ancient Jews.
Let him endeavour, by every means in numbers.
Doddridge's Family Expositor. Lon. his power, to preserve the accuracy of don. 1804. 6 vols. 8vo.
the authorized version; that the blunMcKnight on the Epistles. London.
ders of careless printers be not substi.
tuted for divine revelation. F. D. 1806. 6 vols. 8vo.
McKnight on the Epistles. London. 1816. 4 vols. 8vo. Whitby on the New Testament. Lon
SERMON.-No. XV. don. 1809. 2 vols. 4to.
Hammond on the New Testament. London. 1702. folio.
LUKE XXI. 29, 30, 31. Behold the figBurkitt on the New Testament. Lon
tree, and all the trees ; when they now don. 1739. folio.
shoot forth, ye see and know of your Brown's Bible, London, 1816. 2 vols.
ownselves, that summer is now nigh at 4to.
hand. So likewise
ye In the following editions, wat to those things come to pass, know ye διδασκαλία, is translated
66 and unto
that the kingdom of God is nigh at learning :"
hand. 1578. Christopher Barker. London. black letter, folio.
It was no small advantage to our 1610. Robert Barker. London, black Lord's stated followers, that they enletter. 4to.
joyed certain seasons of retirement
with him, when they could ask him It appears from the above statement, more particularly respecting any parts that of twenty American editions, which of his publick discourses, which they I have examined, thirteen have, incor- did not so fully understand. They rectly," thy” for the.” As it is an often availed themselves of this priviobject of primary importance to have lege, and obtained satisfactory inforthe editions of this all important book mation some important points, as free from errour as possible, I would which would otherwise have remained earnestly recommend to the clergy, in doubtful.--As they were one day at their daily study of the sacred volume, the temple with their Master, some to note such errours as they may occa- were expressing their admiration of sionally meet with, and to publish their that splendid building, “how it was observations in the Gospel Advocate. adorned with goodly stones and gifts.' This would lead to their future correc- He told them that the days were comtion, and be the means of producing, ing, in which it should be wholly ultimately, an accurate edition of the destroyed. The disciples then asked
him," when shall these things be, and The progress of months and days we wbat shall be the sign of their coming.” consider to be a more exact criterion To this question he gave them a very to determine the nearness of an apfull answer; not indeed specifying the proaching season. exact time, but declaring what remark- common people in Israel it was not so. able appearances should precede the They kept but little account of the destruction of Jerusalem, and also succession of time, but rather calculatsome of the signs that should be dis- ed the state of the seasons by the played in the last age of the world.- appearance of vegetation. When the He then illustrates his discourse by a cold of winter has passed away, the parable taken from the season of the trees and herbage put forth their leaves year, it being then the time of the in proportion to the advance of summer passover, in the spring season, when heat. “ Yea, the stork in the heavens," The festival of Easter is celebrated in says the prophet, " knoweth her the Christian church. Looking abroad, appointed times; and the turtle, and the probably, upon the vegetation that was crane observe the time of their coming.”
coming forward before their eyes, he And it is of great importance to us all, E says, " behold the fig-tree and all the in all our pursuits, whether of agricul
trees; when they now shoot forth, ye ture or commerce, to notice the face of see and know of your ownselves, that the sky, and the state and temperature summer is now nigh at hand. So of the air. In the opening season of likewise
ye, when ye see those things the year, when the ground is relieved come to pass,
know ye that the king- from frost, and the chills of winter have dom of God is nigh at hand."
subsided, when the earth is covered As the face of nature among us now
with verdure, and the buds and blospresents a scene, somewhat similar to soms expand to the approaching sun, that alluded to in the text, we ought then the soil is broken up, and the to make the same good use of it, and seed is cast in, to profit by the sumbe reminded of the same solemn con- mer's heat as it passes by. Again, siderations. We ought to be reminded when the sun recedes to southern of the serious and awful events that lie climes—when the fruits ripen and pass before us, and must soon come upon us.
away, and the leaves fade and fall to I. In the first place, we ought to no- the earth, we see plain indications of tice the signs, which God gives us, to approaching winter, and are induced to foreshow events that may be expected prepare for its coming. Such preparato take place. There is scarcely any tion is evidently necessary : and those thing needful for us to know, but what who neglect it will soon find themselves may be discovered by certain signs, destitute of the comforts and convebefore it actually exists, or at any raté niences of life. before it is fully accomplished. We 2. We may notice also, that in the may notice this,
works of Providence almost every 1. In the works of nature.
important event is introduced by some Our Lord very justly observes, that antecedent circumstances. The imthe seasons of the year do not come mediate dispensations referred to in the upon us unawares, but manifest their text were the destruction of Jerusalem, approach by certain previous signs. and the subsequent enlargement of the When they put forth their foliage, ye Redeemer's kingdom. These events know that summer is nigh. It is true, in. were to be preceded by the appeardeed, that among us, in our advanced ance of impostors, claiming the chastate of philosophical and literary im- racter of the Messiah ; " false Christs provement, we have other means of and false prophets should arise, and calculating the course of the seasons. should deceive many.” Bitter perse
cutions also were to be raised against hood, and youth, and manhood, and old the church, and lamentable apostacies age, naturally follow one another, and were to follow; "ye shall be brought death closes the scene.
This regular before kings and rulers, and some of course of things we can observe in the you shall be scourged and put to death; dispensations of Providence; and our and because iniquity abounds, the love Lord has taught us that we should be of many shall wax'cold." There should equally careful to “discern the signs of be wars and rumours of wars on earth, the times.” and tremendous signs in heaven. And - 3. We may further notice, that in particularly," the abomination of de- the works of grace, every considerable solation should stand where it ought event is preceded by some leading not;" that is, the idolatrous image circumstances. The conversion of a. upon the Roman standard should be soul, whenever it takes place, will be set up on holy ground, and Jerusalem found to have followed some important should be compassed about by be- indications. When we discover the sieging armies. It was of great im- mind of any one to be restless and unportance to the Christians of that day easy with its situation, realizing the to notice these signs of the times. They vanity of the world, and discontented could thus have their minds prepared with earthly enjoyments, we may take for the approaching events of divine some courage as to the event. When Providence, so as to meet the calamity we behold, further, an humble and with more composure, and bear it with teachable disposition, an eagerness for more patience. And it appears from searching the scriptures and getting a history of subsequent transactions, divine instruction, we may conclude that these predictions of our Lord were with much confidence, that the work of great service to his disciples. For will yet be effected. And when we when the country was invaded, and finally observe a love for divine : worJerusalem besieged, a few years after, ship, a diligence in duties, a renunciathey remembered their Lord's saying, tion of the world, and other similar and took advantage of an occasion marks, we may believe that the man when the siege was a little neglected, has passed from death unto life, even and fled from the city and saved their though he has obtained no peace and lives. He had forewarned them to satisfaction to his own mind. It is depart, when they should see these suitable that we should notice these signs; they obeyed his word and were symptoms, in order that we may the saved ; while the rest of the nation, better understand what course to take crowded into Jerusalem to attend one with the troubled mind; and it is deof their great festivals, perished in the sirable that the person bimself should most miserable manner. The signs of notice them, in order that he may gain other times are not so clearly marked; some comfort, when he would be otherbut there are some particular character: wise sinking to despair. i Our Lord. isticks, which generally precede con- himself formed an opinion of one of the siderable events. As sickness of body scribes in this way." Finding that he is a presage of death, so extreme cor- answered discreetly respecting the two ruption of manners is a token of apo great commandments, love to God and proaching destruction. If a man has love to man, he said unto him, " Thou become grossly abandoned, we may art not far from the kingdom of God." expect he will meet an untimely fate; If we follow the same method, in judg. if à nation is given up to vice, then na: ing of the state of the soul, we may be. tional ruin is not far distant. Even in useful to ourselves and to our fellow: the natural course of affairs, every thing creatures. verges regularly to its result. "Child- But though we are always liable to