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25. 26.

d Josh. 4:19. 5:9.
e Ruth 1:15.

1 John 2:19.

Rev. 11:12.

9:51.

Acts 1:9.

Heb. 11:5.

13:1,2

CHAP. II.

ll" by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elijab when about to be translated, cannnt induce Elisha not to c Elisha from Gilgal. atu nd him in his progress, 1–7. With his mantle he divides Jordan, and they pass over, 8. Elijah allows conditionally 2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, e Tarry of Elisha's request of a double measure of the Spirits hered up here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath Elijah's mantle; smites and divides Jordan with it, and passes sent me to Beth-el. And Elisha said over; and is received as Elijah's successor, 12-15. The sons of the prophets in vain seek for Elijah, 16-18. with salt the bad waters of Jericho, 19–22. Bears destroy soul liveth, 8 I will not leave thee. So

Elisha heals | unto him, " As the Lord liveth, and as thy the children that mock him, 23-25. ND it came to pass, when the LORD they went down to "Leth-el.

b 1 Kings 18:12. 19:11. Job 38: would a take up Elijah into heaven, c See on i Kings 19:16–21. & Ruth 1:16–18. 2 Sam. 15:21. a Gen. 5:24. 1 Kings 19:4. Luke

2 Sam. 15:19,20. b Gen. 23:19. 1 Kings 12:29,33. Job 6:67,68.

f 4,6. 4:30. 1 Sam. 1:26. 17:55. a vain curiosity: but the Bible declares the way and he returneth to his dust, and all his thoughts of acceptance, and the path of duty; and, without perish;” what danger and hardship ought we not informing us of the events of our future liv or to welcome in the service of the everlasting God, the time and manner of our death, it teaches us who can give us the gracious recompense of eterto be always ready; and instructs us how to be-nal life. (Notes, Ps. 146:3—6.)-There are proper have under every dispensation of Providence, and seasons for different methods of behaving towards thus to find comfort under them all, and derivesinners, and we must ask wisdom of God to direct benefit from them.-With such instructions, and us: and, as the same action may be either right or access to the mercy-seat of our God and Father, wrong, according to the principle from which it we have no occasion to consult any of those ora- || springs, we should look well to our own spirits, cles, which pretend to unfold what God has been and be candid in judging our brethren. It is, pleased to conceal. The believer, assured by the however, our general rule, “not to be overcome word of God that all things shall work together! of evil, but to overcome evil with good.”—The for his good, may rejoice in hope, and look for-il judgments of God under the Christian dispensaward with comfort: but the foreknowledge of the tion are commonly spiritual: and the more mildly afflictions of future life, joined to the terror of we behave to those, who insult and injure us for final misery, would mar the little enjoyment the Lord's sake, the more terrible punishment which the unbeliever has in this world, and tor-/ will he at length inflict upon them. But our God ment him before his time. (P.O. Gen. 15:12–21.) || is ever ready to forgive the humble supplicant, - Men are prone to act, as if there were no God; however rebellious he has been; and the way to and as if they were left to take care of themselves, | prevail with him is to bow before him. We thereas well as to spend their lives in following their fore should be followers of him, and be ready to own inclinations: hence they are so readily in- pray for and favor our bitterest enemies, especialduced to yield to every temptation, and to makely when under any alarm of conscience they enrapid progress in wickedness, when in pursuit of treat us so to do.-We may safely venture into the objects which they idolize, or when afraid of the presence of our most enraged foes, wben he losing them.--Those who would be valiant for the requires us, who has all hearts in his hand: the truth, and in the cause of God, before the great courage of faith has often struck terror into the ones of this world, must learn temperance, and heart of the proudest sinner: how then shall any frugality; and evince that they neither envy nor | be able to stand before God, when he arises to covet their luxuries and embellishments, but are execute judgment? His words will surely take indifferent about all other things, compared with effect: and while some sinners, being long spared, the glory of God and the salvation of immortal increase their own condemnation; others are cut souls.

off speedily, and hurried into destruction. Both V. 9-18.

are intended to warn others to seek the Lord The conduct of some persons, as impartially re- whilst he may be found: and his servants will, one corded in the word of God, appears so infatuated, way or other, survive and witness the destruction that we should scarcely be able to credit the ac- of all his enemies. count, did we not sometimes witness actions equally unaccountable. Often has it been ob

NOTES. served, that men upon a death-bed, and aware Chap. II. V. 1. None, Enoch alone exceptthat they could not recover, have appeared more ed, had ever been favored with exemption from trifling, profane, avaricious, morose, fierce, or the general sentence denounced against siuful cruel, than at any former period: so that those man, “Dust thou art, and to dust shalt thou rearound them have been tempted, by their intoler turn." (Note, Gen. 5:22—24. P. 0. 21–32.) able conduct, to wish them dead before the hour But the Lord had given Elijah some previous inarrived! Some have even seemed to regret with timations, that he intended thus to distinguish their dying lips, that they could do no more mis-him, and that the day was at hand. (Note, 1 Kings chief in the world before they left it! And in 19:3,4.) At that time, he and Elisha were at Gilmany other ways men are continually acting in a gal: (Notes, Josh. 5:9. 10:7,40–43.) and thence manner inexplicable, except upon the principles Elijah went in circuit to several of the schools of of the wise man; “The beart of the sons of men is the prophets in different places, to give them his full of evil, and madness is in their heart whilst parting exhortations and blessing. Doubtless they live, and after that they go to the dead.”, most of them were established, and all of them (Notes, Éc. 9:1–3. Matt. 2:18—-18.)--Haugh- were superintended, by him. (Note, 1 King's 19: ły persecutors will always meet with wretches, 20,21.)--It is not known how old Elijah was, when ready to execute their most impious and desperate translated. mandates: and when providential mercies, means V. 2. Elijah might intend by this proposal to of grace, warnings and corrections, leave them make trial of the strength of Elisha's attachment; thus desperate in enmity against God and his ser- or perhaps he longed for retirement, and shunned vants, we may be confident that vengeance slum- ostentation. But Elisha expressed his determinabereth not. If the wicked face death in its most tion to enjoy the pleasure and reap the benefit of tremendous forms, to obtain or preserve the favor his company to the last; and, if it might be, to of an earthly prince, whose "breath goeth forth, I witness his translation: and this he confirmed with

3 And 'the sons of the prophets that|| 7 And Pfifty men of the sons of the were at Beth-el came forth to Elisha, and prophets went, and stood * to view afar said unto him, Knowest thou that the off: and they two stood by Jordan. Lord will take away kthy master from 8 And Elijah took a his mantle and thy head to-day? And he said, Yea, 1 wrapped it together, and smote the waknow it; hold ye your peace.

ters, and they 'were divided hither and 4 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, thither; so that they two went over on tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD dry ground. hath sent me to 'Jericho. And he said, 9 And it came to pass when they were m As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liv- gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, eth, I will not leave thee. So they came

Ask what I shall do for thee, before I to Jericho.

be taken away from thee. And · Elisha 5 And the sons of the prophets that said, I pray thee, let a double portion of were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said thy Spirit be upon me. unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD 10 And he said, Thou hast tasked will take away "thy master from thy || a hard thing: nevertheless, * if thou see me head to-day? And he answered, ° Yea, 1 when I am taken from thee, it shall be so know it; hold ye your peace.

unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. 6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I

(Practical Observations.] pray thee, here: for the LORD hath sent 11 T And it came to pass, as they still me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord went on, and talked, that, behold, there liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not

Ileb. in sight, or, over aleave thee. And they two went on.

i 5,7,15. 4:1,38. 9:1. 1 Sam. 10:
10–12. 19:20.1 Kings 18:4.
20.35. Is. 8:18.
k Deut. 33:3. Acts 22:3.
I Josh. 6:26.

1 Kings 16:34.
Luke 19:1.
m See on 2.-4:30. Acts 2:42.

11:23.
n See on 3.-Josh. 1:1,2. Loke
24:51. John 17:5-7. Acts ):
2.11. 20:25.
o Gen. 48:19. Ec. 3.7. Is. 41:1.
Hab. 2:20.

17. 1 Kings 18:4,13.

John 17:9_13. Acts 1:8. 8:17.

20:25,36. gainst.

t Num. 11:17,25. 1 Kings 3:9. 4 1 Kings 19-13,19.

2 Chr. 1:9,10. John 14:12-14. r 14. Ex. 14:21,22 Josh. 3:16, 16:7. 1 Cor. 12:31. 17. Ps. 114:5-7. Is. 11:15. u Deut. 21:17. Zech. 9:12. 12:8. Heb, 11:29. Rev. 16:12.

1 Tim. $ 13:14-19. Num. 27:16–23. v Mark 11:22-24. John 16:24. Deut. 34:9. 1 Chr. 29:18,19. Heb. done hard in asking. Ps. 72:1,20. Luke 24:45–51. 12. Acts 1:9,10.

a most solemn asseveration. (Notes, Ruth 1:16, him, when he was carried up to heaven; and 17. 2 Sam. 15:18–22.)-As the life and soul of 'therefore continued firm in his resolution, to atman entirely depend on God, to mention them in 'tend that wonderful change.' Bp. Patrick. (Note a solemn oath, either alone, or along with him, 9, 10.) was deemed equivalent to swearing by the name V.' 7, 8. These fifty men seem to have hoped of the Lord. (Notes, Matt. 5:33–37, 23:16–22.) to witness Elijah's translation, but this favor was

V. 3. Beth-el.] (Marg. Ref. Notes, 1 Kings granted only to Elisha. They, however, saw Jor12:26–33. 13:1,2.1 In that place where the gold- dan twice divided, first before Elijah and Elisha, 'en calves were worshipped, God ... continued the and then afterwards before Elisha alone, by smit 'schools of the prophets among them. For by ing the waters with Elijah's mantle. (Noles, 14. the sons of the prophets" are meant the scholars

Josh. 3:15–17.) of the prophets, whom they educated and trained

Mantle. (8) non. In all the places, where this 'up in religion and piety: And God ... bestowed word is used, the LXX translate it podwrn, a sheepon some of them the Spirit of prophecy. ... This skin. Heb. 11:37. Gr. (Note, 1:8.) 'was a great testimony of God's love to an apos- V. 9, 10. Elisha was thus reminded to make 'tate people. And it is still more remarkable, his request before Elijah was taken from him: for that prophets of greater excellency for miracles the prophet did not give the least intimation of be'were continued in Israel, than were in Judah; ijing prayed to as an intercessor, after he was gone because they needed them morc. It seems to to heaven; nay, his words imply the contrary, in 'me very probable, that these “sons of the proph-i a very decisive manner. If the request were not 'ets” were such ministers to the prophets, as the made before he was taken away, it would after'evangelists were to the apostles; whom the proph- wards bc too late. Elisha, therefore, knowing the 'ets sent to publish their prophecies and instruc-efficacy of Elijah's prayer, desired him to ask for stions to the people, where they could not go him a double portion of his spirit. (Notes, Num. “themselves. Bp. Patrick.--"The sons of the 11:25—29. 27:18. 1 Kings 3:5–14.) He seems prophets” at Bethel, and other places had receiv- only to have meant a double portion of the Spirit ed a divine intimation, that Elijah was on that day of prophecy, and of wisdom, courage, faith, and to be taken from them: and as Elisha was next in grace, to what was ordinarily bestowed upon the precedency after Elijah, sitting nearest under prophets: but as he was to succeed so eminent a him, or at his feet, while he delivered his instruc- person in a most important work, and in arduous tions; he would be considered as their superin- times, his desires and expectations might be entendent, when his master was taken "from his : larged by zeal for the honor of God, and for the head," or from above him. (Note, Acts 22:1-5.) revival of true religion; so that he was led to use --Elisha however, would not allow them to inter words, which may signify even double the portion rupt the composure of Elijah's mind at this sol- which Elijah had possessed: and Elijah's answer emn season by any lamentations: it is probable, seems to imply, that this was the import of them. that he forbad them publicly to speak of it, lest-It appears from the history, that Elisha wrought multitudes should be collected to witness the twice as many miracles as Elijah had Jone: and event; or he counselled them to be calm, and not being more constantly among the people, as their to disquiet themselves, for the Lord would make example and instructer, for above sixty years, up the loss.

froin his first calling by Elijah, he seems to have V. 4, 5 (Marg. Ref.) Jericho.) Notes, 19— been favored with more extensive usefulness than 22. 1 Kings 16:34.

he; though in other respects he may be considered V. 6. He hoped for some great blessing from 'las his inferior. (Note, 13:14.) Thus our Lord

appeared ' a chariot of fire, and horses ofl on Elisha. And they came to meet him, fire, and parted them both asunder; and and * bowed themselves to the ground beElijah went up ? by a whirlwind á into fore him: heaven.

16 And they said unto him, Behold 12 And Elisha 6 saw it, and he cried,|| now, there be with thy servants fifty • My father, my father, the chariot of Is- + strong men; let them go, we pray thee, ael, and the horsemen thereof. And and seek thy master; Test peradventure

he saw him no more: and he took hold the Spirit of the Lord hath taken hiin of his own clothes, and ® rent them in two up, and cast him upon some mountain, pieces.

or into some valley. And he said, Ye 13 He took up also the mantle of shall not send. Elijah ikat fell from him, and went back, 17 And when they urged him till he and stood by the bank of Jordan; was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent

14 And he took the mantle of Elijah therefore fifty men; and they sought three that fell from him, and 6 smote the waters, days, but found him not. and said, "Where is the LORD God of 18 And when they came again to him, Elijah? And when he also had smitten the (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto waters, they parted hither and thither; them, Did I not say unto you, Go not? and Elisha went over.

(Practical Observations.) 15 And when the sons of the prophets, 19 | And the men of the city said unto which were i to view at Jericho, saw him, Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation they said, 'The Spirit of Elijah doth rest of the city is pleasant, as ° my lord seeth: y 6:17. Ps. 68:17. 104:3,4. Ez. 18. 1 Kings 19:19.

but P the water is naught, and the ground * Heb. lip. 1 Kings 9:26.

8 barren.

20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, h Judg. 6:13. 1 Kings 18:36

1:4,&c. 10.9,&c. Hab. 3:8. Zech. 6:1-3. Heb. 1:14.

mars z See on 1.

& See on 8-10.-Josh. 1:1-9. a Mark 16:19.

Mark 16:20. Job 14:12. Acts bio.

2:33. 3:12, 13. c 13:14. Job 22:30. Prov. 11:11. Ec. 7:19. 9:16-18. 18. 37:4,15, 39. Ps. 42:2,10. 115:2. Joel 2: 21. Acts 27:24.

17. d 'rov. 30:4. Mark 16:19. Luke i See on 7. 2:15. 24:51. John 3.13. Acts 1: ; Num. 11:25–29. 27:20. Josh. 9. 2 Cor. 5:2,4. Eph. 4:8. Rev. 3.7. Is. 11:2. 59:21. Joba 15: 11:12.

26,27. Acts 1:8. 2 Cor. 12:9. e Job 1:20,21. Is. 57:1,2. Acts 1 Pet. 4:14.

k 19. 4:1-4,37. 6:1-7. Josh. o Heb. 11:5.
4:14.

o Num. 12:11. 1 Kings 18:7,13. t Heb. sons of strength.

1 Tim. 5:17. I 1 Kings 18:12. Ez. 3:14. 8:3. p Ex. 7:19. 15.23. Josh. 6:17,26 11:24. 40:2. Acts 8:39. 2 Cor. 1 Kings 16:34. 12:2,3.

Heb. causing to miscarry. | Heb. one of the mountains. Ex. 23:26. Deut. 28:2-1,11, m 2 Sam. 18:22, 23. Luke 11:8. 15-18. Hos. 9.14. Rom. 10:2.

said to his apostles, (referring to the extensive was he reconciled to his own and the public loss, usefulness of their labors, compared with that of by being the president of all the schools of the his personal ministry, and to the number, variety, || prophets, or by being assured of a double porand long continuance of the miracles wrought by || tion of Elijah's Spirit. them,) "Greater works than these shall ye do;" V. 13. 'The prophet went to heaven in the yet was he infinitely greater than they. (Notes, || body; yet, as a token of the different state into Matt. 11:7-11. John 14:7-14.).

wbich he was entered, and the change which V. 11. (Marg. Ref.-Note, 1.) Elijah's trans- bad taken place, he dropped his mantle or upper lation was doubtless performed by the ministra- garment. (Notes, 1 Cor. 15:50-54. 2 Cor. 5:1 tion of angels, who caused the appearances and -4.) Elisha had been first called to attend Elieffects here described. The event was a distin- jah, by the casting of his mantle over bim; and guished honor put upon one, who had been pe- he now received and valued this mantle, as a culiarly zealous for ihe honor of God, and had token of his receiving a double portion of his ventured all consequences in his cause, by op- Spirit. (Notes, 9,10. 1 Kings 19:19.). posing the idolatry of an a postate and persecut- V. 14. Elisha was inwardly moved to make ing age and nation. It was a public attestation trial, whether Elijah's words were indeed fulfilled of the doctrine of a future state of retributions, to bim; and whether the LORD God, who had for the encouragement of God's suffering people; wrought such miracles by Elijah, and had just and it was also a prefiguration of the Redeem- before divided the waters of Jericho when he er's ascension. (Notes, Luke 24:50—53. Acts 1: smote them with his mantle, was with him in 9-12.)-The prophet had on one occasion pas-like manner. The original is more expressive sionately wished to die; but the Lord was gra- than the translation, and may be rendered, ciously pleased to deal with him better than bis Where is JEHOVAH, the God of Elijah, even wishes. He had passed over Jordan to his native He?” He is still with me: though Elijah be not country, and was conferring with Elisha, perhaps here, the God of Elijab is. (Noles, Josh. 3:7 about the joys of heaven, or the interests of true Mati. 28:19,20.) religiou in Israel, when they were thus suddenly V. 15. These “sons of the prophets" had wit interrupted and separated.

nessed the division of Jordan, both by Elijah, V. 12. The inanner in which Elijah was taken and afterwards by Elisha; (Note, 7,8.) thence away, amidst his most interesting discourse, they concluded, that the Spirit of Elijah rested must have been exceedingly affecting to Elisha, | op Elisha; and by bowing to the ground before who could not but congratulate his felicity. But him, they gave him honor as their superintendbe had lost one whom he loved and revered as a ent from that time. father; and Israel had lost a reformer, whose V. 16–18. These sons of the prophets might labors and prayers did more to preserve the na- think, that even in case Elijah was finally takep tion from ruin. than chariots and horsemen, how- from them, his soul alone was gone to heaven, ever numerous, could have done; and on these and that his body might be found, and buried accounts he grieved, and expressed his regret with due bonor: but perhaps they also doubted, by sending his clothes. !Note, 13:14.) Nor) whether he was really removed; or had only VOL. II. 38

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and put a salt therein: and they brought || way, there came forth = little children out il to him.

of the city, and ' mocked him, and said 21 And he went forth unto the spring unto him, "Go up, thou bald head; go up, of the waters, and 'cast the salt in there, thou bald head. and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have 24 And he turned back, and looked on healed these waters: there shall not be them, and a cursed them in the name of from thence any more death or barrenthe LORD: and there came forth two she iand.

bears out of the wood, and tare forty and 22 So the waters were healed unto two children of them. this day, according to the saying of Eli- 25 And he went from thence to è mount sba which he spake.

Carmel; and from thence he returned to 23 | And he went up from thence unto | Samaria. "Beth-el: and as he was going up by the Job 10:18. Prov. 20:11. 22:6, q Judg. 9:45. Ez. 47:11. Zeph.

y Gen. 21:9. 2 Chr. 36:16. Jobb 2 Sam. 17:8. Prov. 17:12. 28:

[graphic]

23. Am. 7:17. Mark 11:14,21. Acts 5.5,9. 8:20. 13:9]). ? Cor. 10:6.

Jer. 7:18.

2:9. 4:41. 6:6. Ex, 15:25, 26. John 9:6. · Ez. 47:8-11. 1 Cor. 1:18—28.

Rev. 22:2,3.
t Ps. 107:34–38. Rev. 21:4.
u 1 Kings 12:2832. Hos. 4:15.
10:5,15. Am. 3:14. 4:4. 5:5. 7:
13.

30.1,8,9. Ps. 35:15. Is. 57:3,4. 15. Hos. 13:8.
Gal. 4:29. Heb. 11:36.

cE.. 20:5. 1 Kings 13:24. 19.
z 11. Matt. 27:29--31,40—43. 17. 20:36.
a 1:10-12. Gen. 9:25. Deut. d 4:25. 1 Kings 18:19,12.
28:15–26. Jer. 29:36. 29:21-

been carried to some other place in a supernat- effect of a pre-concerted plan, to drive the sons ural manner, as he seems to have been on former of the prophets from Beth-el by ill-treatment. occasions.. (Marg. Ref.Nole, 1 Kings 18:12||The forty-two children (095), which were de-16.) Elisha, however, might fear lest they should suspect, if he persisted in refusing their voured, seem to have been only a part of the request, that he was influenced by an undue de-whole company, and perhaps they were the most sire of billing Elijah's bonorable place; and the guilty. However, the Judge of all the earth event tended to establish bis authority.

surely did right. Had he cut them off by a fever, V. 19–22. Jericho had not long before been

no one wouid have objected to it: but, while the rebuilt, in defiance of the curse which Joshua them, it would not have been suited, in any ad

dispensation would have been as severe towards had denounced against him who ventured to rebuild it; and it is probable, that the pleasantness equate measure, to make the same useful imof the situation had been the inducement. (Nole, pression on the minds of the survivors, or to id1 Kings 16:34.) But, as an evidence of God's culcate the same important instructions to other displeasure, the water was unwbolesome; and, | ages and nations, as this solemn sentence and perhaps in consequence, the ground, (though immediate execution were. (Notes, Num. 31:2. not otherwise deficient in fertility,) had the Josh. 6:21. Acts 5:1–11.)

It seems that the inproperty of causing the cattle to cast their babitants of Beth-el were so overawed, that they young; and as some think, the immature fruių to

no more ventured to molest Elisha or the sons of fall from the trees. It is not unlikely, that sim- | the prophets.—She-bears. (24) Nole, Hos. 13:

5-8. ilar effects were produced on the women also. (Marg:) But, as the inbabitants had admitted a

V. 25. (Marg. Ref.) To Samaria.] Perseminary of prophets among them, these tokens haps, there was a seminary of the sons of the of the divine displeasure were miraculously re- || prophets even in Samaria: or Elisha had lodgmoved.-The new cruse, and the salt, couldings in that city, to which he returned after his have no natural efficacy to heal the water, and circuits in other parts, for whatever service remove the bad property of the land: but were might there be performed by him. (Note, 6:32, merely signs of JEHOVAH's powerful operation.

33. (Marg. Ref.-Notes, 4:40,41, 6:1—7. Ez. 47:11. Malt. 5:13.)

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. V. 23, 24. Several learned men have endeav

V. 1-10. ored to prove, that these offenders were not chil

The Lord always acts with perfect wisdom, dren, but grown up persons: and, no doubt the justice, goodness, and truth; but he does not alfirst word (orys), rendered children, is often ways deign to explain to us the reasons of his

conduct. In exempting sinners from merited used in that sense. The addition, however, of condemnation, and in conferring unmerited the word rendered litlle, seems clearly to evince, blessings, he “divideth to every man severally as that they were not men, but young boys, who he will." (Note, Acts 10:34,35.).. We are assur. had been trained up in idolatry, and taught toed, that they who repent and believe the gospel, despise the prophets of the Lord. They had shall be saved; that the Lord will honor those heard that Elijah was "gone up” to heaven, and who honor him: and if we obtain eternal life, they insultingly bade Elisha follow him, that through Jesus Christ our Lord, we need not they might be rid of him also; and they reviled greatly regret, that we do not pass the same way him for the baldness of his head. Thus they | to it, as Enoch and Elijah did; being comfortably united the crimes of abusing him for a supposed assured, that we shall be more than conquerors bodily infirmity, contemptuous behavior towards in the last conflict, through him “who hath loved a venerable person, and enmity against him as us;” and that at last “death will be swallowed up the prophet of God. The sin therefore even of in victory." (P. O. Gen. 5:21–32. Note, 1 Cor. these children was very heinous: yet the greater || 15:50—58.)

As we know not the time of our deguilt was chargeable on their parents and teach- || parture, we should give diligence to be habitually ers; and their fate was a severe rebuke and aw- ready: and we ought to mind our proper work ful warning to thein. If the Spirit of God had with greater assiduity, if able, when we perceive pot dictated Elisha's solemn curse of them. || that the time approaches. Whether ministers or Providence would not have followed it with so private Christians, we are called to "serve our terrible a judgment. (Notes, 1:10. Prov. 26:2.) I generation;" and should aim to leave all around The children of the city in general seem to have us deeply convinced of the Dearness and reality been present; and the insult was perhaps the l of eternal things, and animated with the desire of

glorifying God and doing good: and our exam-11 leave them to take their own course: and their ple, exhortations, and prayers should especially fruitless labors and inquiries often most effectube directed to these important objects, when we aliy discover to them their mistakes. approach the solemn closing scene. (Note, 2 Pet. 1:12-15.) On the other hand, we should gladly

V. 19-25, embrace opportunities of visiting the death-beds The nature of man, in its best estate, and of eminent believers, that we may learn heavenly I adorned with all the embellishments of which it wisdoin, and catch holy fire, as it were, from their is capable, resembles the unwholesome water and converse and behavior. But such occasions re- soil of Jericho. It is throughout infected with quire seriousness, calmness, and submission to sin, and barren of real good; and man's best acthe will of God; and we should learn even to re- tions, till renewed by grace, proceed from selfish press our own feelings, rather than distract the and carnal motives, are directed to unworthy minds, or interrupt the devotions and discourse, I purposes, and measured by a false rule. But of the departing Christian. As long as pious when that remedy is applied, a blessed change persons are with us, we should beg an interest in takes place through all the powers of the soul: their prayers; that, by “the supply of the Spirit and repentance, faith, and love of God and of Jesus Christ,” we may be enabled to tread in man, produce good works, performed from the their steps, and to be serviceable to the church as purest principles, and for the most important they have been. And if from zeal for the glory ends; and regulated according to the holy law of of God, and love to the souls of men, we should God, and the example of the Redeemer. In this covet earnestly to abound still more in grace, || way sometimes whole towns and cities have aswisdom, and usefulness; neither God, nor his dy- || sumed a new appearance, through the preaching ing saints, will blame the largeness of our desires. of the gospel, and by the pouring out of the Holy Nor is this hard in itself, however it may appear Spirit; so that the curse of sin and ungodliness to us; for that fulness, whence prophets and apos- has been converted into the blessing of fruitfultles derived all their endowments, still remains, ness"in the works of righteousness, which are and we are invited to ask large supplies from it through Jesus Christ to the praise and glory of (Note, John 1:16.) and those who are called to God:” and when this blessing is vouchsafed to succeed eminent men in arduous and important seminaries of learning, and places of public edustations, and are conscious of their own insuffi- cation; the fertilizing streams may flow througla ciency, are peculiarly encouraged to expect a whole countries, nay into the most distant lands, double portion of the Spirit of God, that they may and produce the most happy change.' (Notes, not disgrace their situations, or remain useless in Ez. 47:1–11.)-While the special favor of God them.

evidently rests on those places where his gospel V. 11-18.

is welcomed; his heaviest wrath will light on those Angels delight to be employed in removing the who reject the gracious message, and insult and saints to their glorious rest, in any way that the abuse his ministers. The words and actions even Lord pleases. (Notes, Gen. 24:2--9. Luke 16:22, of children, yea, of "little children," are noticed 23. Heb. 1:13,14.) Yet the event, which is so by him. Let then the youngest who read or hear joyful to them, often causes painful separations these observations, "stand in awe, and sin not." to those wko are left behind: many on these oc- | let them think of the terror and anguish of the casions are bereft of such, as have been more children of Beth-el, when they are tempted to dedear and useful to them, than the tenderest pa- ride the deformed, the lame, or the infirm; when rent: yea, even the public has been deprived of they are induced to shew contempt to the aged; some of its strongest bulwarks, though most men and especially when they are about to join those, are insensible to the loss. (Note, Is. 57:1,2.) On who revile or ridicule such as are in reputation these accounts it is allowable to grieve: but be- || for sanctity: for this is to despise the holiness of Jievers should be warned "not to sorrow, as men God in them. And if any have the misfortune without hope;" the separation will at length issue to have parents or teachers so wicked, as to set in a more joyful meeting, and the loss shall be them an example of such profaneness, or to inmade up to them. Though Elijah be removed, struct or encourage them to behave in such a “the LORD God of Elijah" lives. Thus, when manner; let them remember that they should the Savior ascended into heaven, he left not his “obey God rather than man," and that they must disciples comfortless; but he bequeathed to them answer to him for their offence, whoever comhis precious gospel, like Elijah's mantle, as the mands them to commit it. But words cannot ex. token of the divine power being exerted to sub-li press what strikes the imagination on this awful vert the empire of Satan, and to set up the king-subject. We can scarcely conceive the horror dom of God in the world: and he poured out upon which seized the parents of Beth-el, on the view them his Holy Spirit, both to qualify them fully of the mangled bodies of their children, whom for their most important and arduous ministry, they had taught that impiety, which brought the and to render their labors abundantly success-dreadful judgment upou them. What then will ful. The same gospel still remains with us; and, be the anguish, at the great decisive day, of those though the miraculous powers are withdrawn, it parents, who witness the everlasting condemnastill is attended with a divine energy for the con- tion of their offspring, occasioned by their negliversion and salvation of sinners. Oh, may that gence and wickedness! Let us turn from the power be more abundantly experienced, wher-dreadful meditation, and take warning to train ever the word of God is truly preached! And up our families, with increasing earnestness, in may we all seriously inquire, whether it be not the uurture and adınonition of the Lord;" hoping suspended, retarded, or removed, through some and praying that we shall be enabled, at that imcriminal cause in us!-Having, however, the portant season, to appear before God, and to same exceeding great and precious promises, the adopt the language of the propbet, “Behold, 1 ame throne of grace, the same Mediator, the and the children that thou hast given me."--Iname powerful God and Father, as the primitive deed the ministers of Christ must and will in all Christians had; if we have also the same “pre- | ordinary circumstances continue to bless, and not cious faith,” we need not fear breaking through curse: but the Lord is still glorious in holiness, all difficulties, opposing enemies, and at last pass- and all creatures serve him; and while he proing comfortably through the Jordan of death, as tects his people, even among their enraged foes, on dry ground. When we perceive men averse he can soon call for instruments of his vengeance to conviction, and bent upon their own schemes, on those, whom he sees to be ripe for destructhough rain and empty; it is sometimes best to lition... Eu si La Bijani Belietoskodeng

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