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THE CONGREGATIONAL LECTURE,

TWELFTH SERIES.

THE REVEALED DOCTRINE OF REWARDS

AND PUNISHMENTS.

BY RICHARD WINTER HAMILTON, LL.D. D.D.

LONDON :

ELACKBURN AND PARDON, PRINTERS,

HATTON GARDEN.

THE

REVEALED DOCTRINE

CF

REWARDS AND PUNISHMENTS.

BY

RICHARD WINTER HAMILTON, LL.D., D.D.,

LEEDS.

LONDON:

JACKSON AND

W ALF O RD,

18, ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD.

1817.

«'Eώ τα θεία και τα ημετερα, και τας καθ' ημας εκείθεν αποκειμένας μαστιγας. Αλλά και επί τούς σούς ελθε λόγους και φόβους, ου ποιηταίς μόνοις, αλλά και ανδράσιν φιλόσοφοις αρεσκοντας, και Πυριφλεγεθοντάς σου, και τους Κωκυτούς, και τους Αχεροντας, οις αδικίαν κολαζουσι, Τάνταλος, Τιτυός, Iξίων.

Gregory Nazienzen, Orat. iv. Adversus Julianum.

“Verbera, carnifices, robur, pix, lamina, tædæ;

Quæ tamen et si absunt, at mens sibi conscia facti
Præmetuens, adhibet stimulos, torretque flagellis:
Nec videt interea, qui terminus esse malorum
Possit, nec quæ sit pænarum denique finis :
Atque eadem metuit magis hæc ne in morte gravescant."

Lucretius : De Rerum Natura, lib iii.

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PREFACE.

The Author of the present Volume must have felt it, in most circumstances, a flattering distinction to be appointed Congregational Lecturer. As the selection was as unexpected as unsought, private consideration could be of no account; nor was it for him to complain of unworthiness and incompetency. To be associated with the cause of Theological Science was not quite indifferent to his ambition : to be enrolled with his honored predecessors in these tasks, was, at least, exciting to emulation.

“Forsitan et nostrum nomen miscebitur istis."

But he confesses that his thesis almost instantly subdued any rising pride. He submitted to it as “ the burden of the Lord.” In addicting himself to the necessary studies for the prælections required of him, in honest purpose, yet with unsuppressible anxiety, he invoked alike that strength of conviction, and that seriousness of temper, which befitted a subject so tremendous.

It must be remembered that the doctrine of Future Punishment is only a part of his theme. Had this been that which was assigned to him, the reader might

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