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and Kinghorn, when he found himself in the midst of a very ungodly company, who were passengers with him in the same vessel. It grieved him exceedingly to hear the name of the great God perpetually profaned: the good old man was, at length, so affected, that he could bear it no longer, but, rising suddenly from his seat, and taking hold or the mast, he uncovered his head, waved his hat in the air, and cried out aloud, "Hallo, hallo, hallo!" as if he had seen some object at a distance. The company was struck, and all was silence and attention. He then, with great solemnity, pronounced the third commandment; "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who taketh his name in vain." He then quitted the mast, covered his head, and sat down. At first, the giddy company began to elbow each other, then to titter; at last they broke out into a loud laugh. In a little time their conversation became as bad or worse than before. Above all the rest eminent in wickedness, was a lady who sat just opposite Mr. Erskine, who took a malignant plea sure in repeating the sacred name almost every sentence, accompanied with smiles of derision and contempt, designed to mortify this man of God.
The long suffering and infinitely merciful Father of the Universe seldom interposes, even in such flagrant instances of profanity as this; but here was an exception; when what hearing his word could not, terror soon effected. They proceeded on their voyage till they came be
tween the island and the Highlands on the other side, when a storm suddenly arose, the sea began to swell, and the heavens, becoming black with clouds, seemed to threaten vengeance upon the guilty crew. This change of circumstances produced a visible alteration in their conduct and The tempest raged; the danger was imminent; the skipper, no longer able to hold the helm, pronounced their doom to be certain and immediate death. When the lady whose gaiety was now turned into the terrors of death, sprang across the boat, clasped her arms around Mr. Erskine's neck, and cried aloud, "If I die, Sir, I will die with you!"
It pleased an indulgent God, however, to spare them; they weathered the storm, and reached the wished-for shore in safety. There was no swearing at that time. Their contempt was converted into deep respect; and when the company separated, it was with serious faces, and low bows to good Mr. Erskine.
THE SCOLD CONVERTED.
THE late Rev. Mr. W. relates the following circumstance, in one of his journals. "Wednesday 9th, I rode over to a neighbouring town, to wait on a justice of the peace, a man of candour and understanding, before whom I was informed, their angry neighbours had carried a whole waggon load of these new heretics (the methodists). But when he asked what they had done, there was a deep silence, for that was a point their VOL. III. Dd
conductors had forgot! At length one said, "Why they pretend to be better than other people; and besides they pray from morning to night." Mr. S. asked, "but have they done nothing besides? " Yes, Sir," said an old man ; "an't please your worship, they have convarted my wife. Till she went among them, she had such a tongue, and now she is as quiet as a lamb!" Carry them back, carry them back," replied the justice," and let them convert all the scolds in the town."
SCRIPTURE MISAPPLIED, IRREVERENT, LY USED, &c.
TO pervert, misapply, or irreverently use the sacred scripture, whether in the pulpit or in conversation, is an evil highly reprehensible. It leads to an improper familiarity with the scripture, furnishes an argument for the infidel, and is a proof either of our ignorance, error, levity, or malignity. The sacred volume ought always to be treated with the greatest reverence; and whether we preach from it, or converse about it, it ought to be with the greatest seriousness and care.
As it respects conversation, take the following example. "A person wishing to inform another he is alluded to, announces, in scripture language, "Thou art the man ;" or, in excusing the attendance of a man lately married, that, "He has married a wife, and therefore cannot come." Another tells us, "I have found my sheep which was lost;" and I have heard a per
son, upon a piece of business taking a more favourable turn than expected, rebuke another jocosely in the words of our Lord, "O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt ?" which was followed by a laugh! I have also heard, and not in a single instance, persons fond of smoking tobacco invite others to have with them, a burnt offering."
A man in the island of Jersey, who was a notorious drunkard, would often drink half a pint of neat Hollands at a time, and with these words in his mouth: "Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the spirit." On other occasions, when drinking off a small glass, he would profanely quote these words: "Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones." As it respects the misapplication of scripture in the pulpit, we have too many instances.
The following passage is found in a sermon preached by a protestant clergyman, at Bow Church, before the Society for reformation of Manners. "As for those that dropt in by chance, or came out of custom or curiosity, or to spy out our liberty that we have in the Lord, or, it may be, they knew not why themselves, they have the same freedom here, as in the devil's chapel, to stay as few or as many acts as they please ; and when they have heard as much as serves their turn, or something they do not like, or think it may be change or dinner time, they are free to be gone; and, as they came unsent and unlooked for, so they may depart not desired; and the only remark I shall make is, that they went out from us, but they were not of us; for if
they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us."
The typical parts have often been abused. thus, according to some, the snuffers signify sound arguments, faithful admonitions, and dreadful excommunications. The grate of network shews the rich usefulness of Jesus Christ for justification. The tree thrown into the waters, to sweeten them, is Jesus Christ; and we are told, that in countries where the waters are venomous, when the beasts come to drink, they all wait for the unicorn, that so he might first put in his horn, the virtue of which expels the venomous corruption which was in the waters before, and then they all drink of the same. O! so should the Lord's people wait in the waters of affliction upon Christ, their spiritual unicorn, who putteth down his long horn of grace to sweeten, &c. See Worden's Types, ch. 9. 23. 25. "Types should," says one, "be handled cautiously and soberly, and always under the immediate direction of the New Testament writers. A man is always safe when he follows these guides."
No book has been taken more liberties with than that of the Canticles.
A grave commentator thus allegorises. "Solomon's bed is the church: the sixty valiant men about it are the six working days of the week, and the ten commandments; the thread of scarlet is a confession of faith in the doctrine of the Trinity and the death of Christ. My beloved put in his hand by the hole; that is, Thomas put in his hand into the side of Christ." This devout hapsody the holy man calls heavenly food; and