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thy bread shall be given thee, and thy water shall be sure. Come, ye reproached, who find cruel mockings a most bitter persecution. The voice of the Son of God is, If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye, for the Spirit of God and of glory resteth upon you. Come, in fine, ye dejected, whom the fear of death holds in bondage. The voice of the Son of God is, I will ransom them from the power of the grave ; I will redeem them from death. O death, I will be thy plagues? O grave, I will be thy destruction! repentance shall be hid from mine eyes ;--Blessed Jesus! thy loving kindness shall be my joy in. the house of my pilgrimage ; and I will praise thee while I have any being, for that gospel which thou hast preached to the poor !

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How is it that ve do not discern this time? Luke xii 58. I have sent among

you the pestilence ; your young men have I slain by the sword ; and have taken away your horses; yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. Amos iv. 10.



HAB. II. 3.
O Lord-in wrath remember mercy.


At the time when our prophet directed to the throne of grace that sublime and affecting petition of which our text is a part, the circumstances of his country were calamitous, and her prospects alarming. The most high God, provoked at her unfaithfulness, had withdrawn the smiles of his countenance, and the protection of his arm. To make her know, by sad experience, that it is indeed an evil thing and bitter to depart from God, he commissioned his servant Habakkuk to foretell the speedy invasion of the Chaldeans, and to declare that he would yield her a helpless prey to this fierce and unpitying foe. The posterity of Abraham, like all other sinners, were the authors of all the woes which they felt or expected., Regardless of the first principle of sound policy, that

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