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RECOVERY FROM SICKNESS.
PSALM cxviii. 18.
The Lord hath chastened and corrected me, but
he hath not given me over unto death.
Prov. xvi. 31.
T'he hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be
found in the way of righteousness.
PSALM xxiii. 4.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow
of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.
REGULATION OF SORROW FOR THE DEATH OF
1 Thess. iv. 13, 14. I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren,
concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no
hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
even so them also which sleep in Jesus will
SORROW FOR THE DEATH OF CHILDREN.
2 Kings iv. 25, 26. It came to pass, when the man of God saw her
afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant,
Behold, yonder is that Shunammite : Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say
unto her, Is it well with thee? Is it well with thy husband ? Is it well with the child ? And she answered, It is well.
ADVANTAGES OF AFFLICTION.
PSALM cxix. 71.
It is good for me that I have been in trouble,
that I may learn thy statutes.
MORTALITY OF MAN.
ISAIAH xl. 6, 7. The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall
I cry? - All flesh is grass, and all the goodli
ness thereof is as the flower of the field. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, because
the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it; surely the people is grass.
THERE is hardly any thing which more disposes a man for serious religion, hardly any thing which more powerfully leads him to fix his thoughts and his heart on God, and to embrace the salvation offered him through Christ, than the contemplation of the shortness and uncertainty of human life. This affecting consideration, accordingly, appears to be proposed by the divine teacher in the chapter from which the text is taken, in order to “prepare” in the hearts of men “ the way of the Lord,” and to dispose them to receive with thankfulness the good tidings of the coming of Him who should “feed his flock like a shepherd, and gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bo
As death first came into the world as the punishment and consequence of sin, so the proper consideration of death would materially weaken sin's influence and dominion. Moses appears to have foreseen with a melancholy foreboding the sinfulness and rebellion against God of the people whom he conducted. As the means of preventing such disobedience, the best and the kindest wish that he could form
a Isaiah xl. 11.