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were visible on the countenan- shall soon be at rest." He often ces of all present. He exhibited prayed that he might not be de. to all, “a mortal paleness on his ceived, and if he was, that God cheek, but glory in his soul." would undeceive him. He sevWhen these exercises

eral times repeated the followover, he appeared to be exhaust- ing lines; ed; but soon revived, and in prayer commended himself, his "Jesus can make a dying bed wife and family, to God. When Feel soft as downy pillows are,

While on his breast I lean my head, persons came in, who lived with. And breathe my life out sweetly there." out religion, he warned them to look immediately to the Savior Thus he continued till the

When professing last, rejoicing in hope. When Christians visited him, he took he was informed that his dissothem by the hand, and exclaim. lulion drew near, being in the ed-O how I love you because perfect exercise of his reason, you love my Jezus.” A few he whispered with a smile, hours before he died, being ask, "Good news, Come Lord Jesus, ed if his hope remained strong: Come quickly," and soon expir"yes, said he, I believe that ed.

E. L. God will support me, and that I Canterbury, July 28th, 1812.

for mercy.

RELIGIOUS COMMUNICATIONS.

PLAIN SCRIPTURE READINGS. conception. The opinion to

which I have alluded, is, that No. II.

the second person in the Trinity

became the Son of God when he I INTENDED to have observed in became the Messiah; that, antemy first number, and will there. cedently to this event, the relafore observe now, that if the alter- tion of Father and Son did not ation proposed by Griesbach in subsist between the first and Matt. I, 18, has any effect upon second persons in the Trinity; the meaning of the passage, the aud that, in the words of Bishop effect is to make the passage Horsley, the “Son of God is a timore evidently teach the doc- tle which belongs to our Lord in trine of the incarnation of Christ, his human character describing as this doctrine was understood him as that man who became the by Bishop Horsley, and is now un. Son of God by union with the derstood by many, if not most, Godhead.” Posthu. Ser. vol. i, Trinitarians. Admitting the al. pp. 93, 94. Ain. Ed. It will be teration, the verse will read remembered, that the angel thus:

Now the generation of said to Mary, Luke i, 35.“ThereChrist was on this wise, &c. or fore," i. e. in consequence of which is the same thing, Now the miraculons conception, which the generation of the

Messiah was had just been revealed, thereon this wise, &c. Then follows fore, also, that holy thing, which the account of the miraculous shall be born of thee, shall be cele Vol. Y. New Series.

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led the Son of God. If the alter- mitted; i. e. as an alteration of ation in question be admitted, the 4th class. This cannot posthe passage in Matthew express- sibly affect the meaning or the ly teaches the same thing as its English translation. barallel in Luke; if it be not ad- V. 18. p. 0. lamentation, and. mitted, the passage teaches V. 22. The Greek preposi. nothing contrary to the doctrine tion before the word judea is just mentioned

marked as less probably to be Ti is worthy of remark, that omitted. This alteration cannot he editors of the Improved Ver. affect the sense. sion do not even hint at Griesbach's change of the word Proposed emendations of our vere translated birth for that which

sion. would probably be translated generation, in this passage; a The last clause of v. 4, he de pretty decisive proof, that they manded of them where Christ did not consider the change as should be born, would probably favoring any of their dogmas. have been more accurately ren.

dered thus; he inquired of MATTHEW II.

Them, Where is Christ born? The

principal change is that of the Various Readings. tense in translating the word

rendered in our version should Ver. 9. The word translated be born, and which, literally stood is altered by Griesbach; translated, is as I have expressed but as to its tense only, and in it. This rendering is not only sueh a manner that both the literal, but agrees with the conmeaning and the English trans- text perfectly. The wise men lation must be the same. This inquire, v. 2, Where is he that is is put under the 8th class of va- born king of the Jews? Herod, rious readings.

inferring that this king of the V. 11. Griesbach here pro- Jews was the promised Messiah, poses an alteration of the first inquired earnestiy of the chief class; but as in this instance our priest and scribes, Where is translators exactly agree with Christ born? The passage thus him, not having followed the understood conveys the precise Elzevir edition, it can

can pro- impression on Herod's mind, duce no change in the English viz. that Christ was already born; Bible. Many readers, however, and, at the same time, is a gen. may wish to know what it is; Ieral question to the Jewish rutherefore state it. Instead of lers amounting to this, Where is they saw, the Elzevir edition, the birih-place of your Messiah? and our common Greek Testa- This question they answered by ments, read they found. It is a recurrence to prophecy. very obvious, that the meaning Ver 22. Over Judeu is a bet. is not affected by the Elzevir ter translation than in Juded, reading

whether the Greek preposition V. 15. The Greek article be. is omitted or not. fore the word translated Lord is In this chapter there are seve marked as less probably to be u. eral instances in which the Improved Version is decidedly in- appeared to Joseph in a dream ferior to our translation. As and commanded him to flee to one instance the following is se- Egypt, which he did; v. 13---15; lected. Instead of bring me that this event was a fulfilment word again, v. 8, the editors of of prophecy; that when Herod that version say, inform me. saw his plan frustrated he was Whoever looks at the Greek angry, and perpetrated a most will at once see, that this pas. horrible slaughter of the infants sage is altered from our version in Bethlehem and all the vicini. much for the worse.

ty; v. 16; that the lamentation

on this account was a fulfilment Doctrines.

of prophecy; v. 17, 18; that after

the death of Herod, an angel ap: We are taught, in this chap- peared to Joseph in a dream, and ter, that soon after the birth of commanded his return to the Jesus, which took place at Beth- land of Israel; v. 19, 20; that he lehem in the reign of Herod, returned with his family, but bevise men came from the east, ing afraid of Archelaus, and reled by a miraculous star, to find ceiving a divine monition, he the infaut king of the Jews; v. l, went and dwelt at Nazareth, a 2; that they made public inquiry city of Galilee; 21-23; and for him, stating the supernatural that this event was a fulfilment guidance under which they of prophecy. We are also imcame; that Herod and all Jeru- plicitly taught the existence of salem were greatly alarmed at angels; v. 13, 19; and that though

this inquiry; v. 3; that Herod, events have been divinely preI in consequence, solemnly cen

dicted for hundreds of years, vened the Jewish rulers, in order and therefore rendered infallibly to find where the wonderful certain, yet men are voluntary child was; v, 4; that these ruo agents in accomplishing these Jers solemnly decided the birth very events; v. 1618. Thus place of Christ to be Bethlehem the very idea of prophecy is liaof Judea, in accordance with ble to all the objections, which prophecy; v. 5, 6; that Herod have ever been offered to the critically examined the wise Calvinistic doctrine of the des men apart, and sent them to dis.

And no man will ever cover the child and report their oppose that doctrine consistente success to him, professing a de- ly, until he rejects prophecy utsire to unite with them in offer. terly, and denies that any y future ing reverence, or worship; v.7, actions of moral agents are cer, 8; that the wise men, led still bytain, even to the mind of God the supernatural star, found the himself. All the objections child, were overjoyed at the which Arminians make to the event, worshipped the child by doctrine of the decrees can be falling down before him, and of opposed in all their force, and fered costly presents to him; v. precisely in the same manner, 9-l; that they returned to to the scheme of the Arminians their own country by a different themselves; as President Ed. way, in consequence of a divine wards has unanswerably shown. monition; v. 12; that an angel Bishop Pretty man, after endeay

crees.

oring to explain away the Calvin- sages in question without the jstic sense of the 17th article of least authority. They confess, the Church of England, acknowl. that these passages are found in edges, in effect, that all the ob- all the manuscripts and versions jections, which he had brought extant. The pretended authoriforward against the Calvinistic ty, on which they have the hardidoctrine on this subject, lie also hood to rely, would be deemed against his own views respect. utterly contemptible by every ing prophecy. Marvellous in- body, is brought forward to invalconsistency!

idate a passage in Tacitus, Livy,

or any Greek or Latin historian. Miscellaneous Remarks. Yet they are not afraid to lay

sacrilegious hands on the word of The word translated Lord, v. God, which all competent judg- . 13, 15, and 19, undoubtedly es allow to have been incommeans the self-existent God; and parably better preserved than is used in Greek for Jehovah in any other writing of any thing Hebrew

like the same antiquity. After All the alterations proposed all, it is evident that these edi. by Griesbach in this chapter have tors themselves place their prinnot the slightest influence upon cipal confidence in the internal any fact or doctrine.

evidence against the passages in I am unwilling to leave this question; in other words, these chapter without taking some no- passages are totally at war with tice of the manner in which the the Socinian scheme, and the eas. editors of the Improved Version iest way to escape their force was dispose of it. Readers of prece. by a bold use of the knife to cut ding volumes of the Panoplist from the Bible the leaves which are aware that the editors allu- contain them. The editors, ded to have condemned as spu- therefore,after hobbling along for rious two large, and exceedingly some time very lamely, jump at important, passages of Scripture, once to the conclusion, that the viz. from Mat. i, 17, to the end account of the miraculous conof chapter ii, inclusive; and from ception of Jesus was probably Luke i, 5, to the end of chapter the fiction of some early Genii, inclusive. For an examina- tile convert, who hoped by eletion of the reasoning, or rather vating the dignity of the Founthe string of bold and revolting der, to abate the popular preju. assumptions, by which this de- dice against the sect." Probe. cision is attempted to be sup- bly, say the editors. If the ported, the reader is referred to question of probability were to the critique of the Improved be always settled in this manner, Version inserted in the Pano- and totally without evidence, plist for Nov. and Dec. 1810, pp. there would be no such thing as 264, 310, from the Quarterly authenticity attached to any anReview for May, 1809.

cient writing, nor to any facı be. Without going into any dis- yond the memory of man. cussion here, I venture to assert, There is scarcely a passage in that these editors have expung- the New Testament against ed from the word of God the pas. which an infidel might not sug.

gest objections quite as plausi- was written. If you think it worble, as those which are stated in thy of a place in the Panopist, it is the note on these chapters. And

at your service. For special rea. there are few

sons the lady is named Matilda. which passages,

Yours, respectfully, Jos. contain stronger internal marks of authenticity; particularly that

My Dear Niece, wonderful dignity, beauty, and Upon reflection, I had well nigh simplicity of narration, in which given up the thought of making the Scriptures infinitely surpass

any reply to your letter. My all other writings. Notwith

apology for this reluctance is standing the emendations here given in a separate paper. Howproposed are altogether unsup- ever, since you have opened the ported by Griesbach, or ally way, Providence seems to call other critic, yet the liberal par

on me to speak for my God and ty in England, and the liberal religion. I will, therefore, make party in Boston and the vicin

a few observations, and leave the ity, have obtruded this version event with Him who will judge upon the world, and have exert righteously. ed themselves much to obtain

In your letter I find a fresh for it a circulation, This single embarrassment in my way. You fact, that the liberal party engage are above instruction-altogethwith such zeal in exiending the er self-sufficient. Your reason, influence of the Impruved Ver. natural affections, and passions sion, a version which takes large are a positive and decisive rule portions from the word of God

of judging in all cases. You totally without evidence, is suffi

seem to stand in no need of a cient to fix the degree of credit revelation from God. The which is due to this party, in re- pointed means of salvation, the gard to their critical powers and administration of the word and their reverence for the Scrip- ordinances, the instruction, distures. PHILALETHES. cipline,and fellowship of Christ's

ministers and people, are, you A LETTER FROM AN UNCLE TO

say, not necessary for you. No; you have nothing social in your

religion; nothing to give and For the Panoplist, nothing to receive: you stand Mr. Editor,

upon your own merits, before a The lady lo whom the following let

God of infinite holiness, and inter was sent, is a person possess.

flexible justice! ed of excellent natural abilities, of Besides, in your account of a an open generous heart, and of a

conversation with a Rev. parcity education suited to her sta. tion in life; but has never appeared

son, you appear very tender, to pay much attention to religion. quite sore, on these points. Her uncle had dropped some bints, Will it not be impossible for in the family, of his opinion, that me to write any thing, in answer she had imbibed deisiical princi; to your letter, without wounding ples. These hints soon reached you? Yet, duty both to God and letter in vindication of herself, and you, compels me 10 proceed. explanatory of her sentiments. In You have no other near kinsa reply to this, the following letter man who can, certainly none

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