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FROM LIVING MINISTERS OF THE UNITED STATES.
EDITED BY REV. E. CARPENTER.
PUBLISHED BY E. CARPENTER, No. 116 NASSAU-STREET.
LONDON: TRUBNER & CO., 12 PATERNOSTER ROW.
CONTENTS OF VOL. XXXHEOLOGICAL LIBRARY
DCLXXV.-The Sacrifice of Praise, Heb. xiii. 15, By Rev. B. C. Smith,
DCXCIV.-No Communications from the Dead to the Living, 2 Cor. xii. 1, 4,
DCXCVII.--The Law of Influences, Genesis iv. 9, By Rev. Joseph McKee,
The Eleventh-Hour Worker,
Desire of pre-eminence,
DCXCIII.-Lydia's Conversion and its
Consequences, Acts xvi. 13, 15,
By Rev. Thomas L. Shipman,
BY REV. TRYON EDWARDS, D.D.,
NEW LONDON, CONN.
THE SPEED OF LIFE IMPRESSING PROBATION.
“O Lord, by these things men live; and in all these things is the life of my spirit." -ISAIAH XXXviii. 16.
THESE are the words of Hezekiah--a part of his reflections after his miraculous restoration from sickness, when the fifteen years had been added to his life. Going back, in imagination, to the hours of his suffering, and expressing the emotions that then crowded to his mind, he cries out,* In the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave, and be deprived of the residue of my years. No more shall I see God in the land of the living; I shall behold no more the inhabitants of the world. Mine earthly dwelling is plucked up and removed from me, as a shepherd's tent; and my life is cut off like a weaver's thread. He is wearing me away with pining sickness; from morning till night he is making an end of me. Mine eyes fail with looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed-I am weighed down with my sorrows. Do thou-O do thou undertake for me!" And then as this earnest prayer for relief is answered in the announcement by the prophet, that he should not die, but still live fifteen years, he turns from the plaintive to a joyous strain, and cries out, "And now what shall I say? How shall I express my deep gratitude that God has not only promised deliverance, but has no sooner promised than he has granted it? I will walk humbly Paraphrased from the Hebrew.