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them to hearken to the God of Salvation. Miracles were as openly performed by CHRIST as by Moses, for their immediate benefit, and yet their minds were so blinded by prejudices, and their ignorance of the law and the prophets which testified of him, that they exclaim, He hath a devil.

V. 32.—The men of Nineveh shall rise up in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonas, and behold a greater than Jonas is here.

Jonah, Ch. iii. V. 5.—So the people of Nineveh believed ELOHIM, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

If the Ninevites listened to Jonas, and repented of their sins, how great must be our guilt if we reject the salvation offered to us by One greater, immeasurably greater, than him. If we search the Scriptures with the earnestness they fully deserve, we cannot fail to perceive that Jesus Christ is indeed our Lord and God.

CHAP. XVI.

V. 17.-It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one tittle of the law to fail.

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Isa. Ch. li. V. 6.—Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon

the earth beneath, for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner. But salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. And yet

how little is this law studied, and how carelessly is it obeyed, although this two-fold guilt is at the risk of our everlasting happiness; for righteousness will never be abolished, and not one tittle of the law will ever fail, and to all eternity shall we suffer if we neglect the great salvation offered to us.

V. 29.—They have Moses and the Prophets, let them hear them. 30. And he said, Nay, father Abraham, but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.

Isa. Ch. viii. V. 20.—To the law and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Isa. Ch. xxxiv. V. 16.-Seek ye out of the book of Jehovah and read, No one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate, for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.

How awfully responsible, then, are those people who neglect to study the Bible; and more reprehensible still are those who prejudge its contents, and read it with minds led astray by the comments of its adversaries.

CHAP. XXI.

Some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts; and Jesus said, 6. The days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another which shall not be thrown down. 22. These be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

Dan. Ch. xii. V. 6.-How long shall it be till the end of these wonders ? 7. And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever, that it shall be for a time, times, and an half, and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

DÀN, Ch. ix. V. 26.--And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself. And the people of the prince that shall come, shall destroy the city and the sanctuary ; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

The above prophecies foretell the time when the Messiah was to be expected ; and thus far the faith of the Jews extended; for at this appointed time they were universally looking for a great Deliverer, but, overlooking the spirituality of the prophecies, they expected a worldly sovereign, whereas the Deliverer promised them was one whose kingdom was to endure from everlasting to everlasting.

CHAP. XXIII. At the crucifixion there was written over the cross a superscription in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, 38. THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Isa. Ch. xliii. V. 1.–Thus saith Jehovah, that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel,-Fear not, for I have redeemed thee. 3. I am Jehovah thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour. 11. I, even I, am Jehovah, and beside me there is no Saviour. 13. Yea, before the day was, I am He, and there is none that can deliver out of my hand. 15. I am Jehovah your Holy One, the Creator of Israel-Your KING.

I have merely concentrated the extraordinary and satisfactory contents of this chapter into a small space; but whoever will attentively read the original, will see that I have only selected its most essential points, without altering a word.

CHAP. XXIV.

Jesus saith to his disciples going to Emmaus, V. 25. O fools, and slow of heart, to believe all that the prophets have spoken. 26. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into

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his glory? 27. And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 44. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spoke unto you while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms concerning me.

Deut. Ch. xviii. V. 15.--Jehovah thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me. Unto him

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shall hearken, Isa. Ch. vii. V, 14.-Jehovah himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name IMMANUEL.

Dan. Ch. ix. V. 24.

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city-to finish the transgression-to make an end of sins-to make reconciliation for iniquity—to bring in everlasting righteousness—to seal up the vision and prophecy-and to anoint the Most Holy.

Ps. cxviii. V. 21.- I will praise thee, for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. 22. The stone which the builders refused is become the head-stone of the corner. 23. This is Jehovah's doing : it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which JEHOVAH hath made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

This small book may possibly be read by many who have not the patience and perseverance to read through and reflect on the contents of the whole Bible. Let me then seize this opportunity to entreat them to peruse with the greatest attention the last thirty verses of the 24th chapter of St. Luke; and I earneștly implore ALMIGHTY GOD, that (like the disciples) their understandings may be opened, and that they may learn to know Jesus Christ as he is taught in the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms.

ST. JOHN.

CHAP. I.

V. 1.-In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Isa. Ch. xliii. V. 12.-Jehovah saith, I am God. 13. Yea, before the day was, I am He.

In this comprehensive verse the eternity of Christ's existence is established.

V. 3.-All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Gen. Ch. i. V. 1.-In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth.

CHRIST is frequently said by St. Paul and the apostles to have created the world. To ascertain who created it, we must refer to Moses' account of the creation, and there we learn it is Elohim. Whatever difference of opinion there may be among Hebrew scholars as to the derivative of this name, no one, I believe, has ever asserted that Elohim was a created being ; consequently, St. Paul, St. John, &c., testify unequivocally their belief in the divinity of Christ.

V. 23.–St. John saith, I am the voice of one crying in the wil. derness, make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

Isa. Ch. xl. V. 3.-The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of JEHOVAH, make straight in the desert a high way for our God.

I must here repeat a former remark, as this point and this prophecy cannot be too strongly enforced;

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