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MARRIAGE, ADU TERY & DIVORCE,

(Now first p'inted):

AND, AN ESSAY ON

The State of the Soul between Death

and the Resurrection,

(The Third Edition):

TO BOTH OF WHICH PREMIUMS HAVE BEEN ADJUDGED BY THE

CHURCH-INION SOCIETY.

· The Outline of a Sermon;

AND

A LECTURE ON TASTE,

With an APPENDIX, containing various illustrations, particularly

The Deserted Village-School,a Poem:

And a POSTSCRIPT, containing some Notices of a large MS,
Volume, entitled, “ Traditions and Recollections,

Domestic, Clerical and Literary.”

BY THE Rev. R POLWHELE,
Vicar of Newijn and of Saint Anthony.

. London:
PRINTED FOR J. NICHOLS AND SON, 25, PARLIAMENT-STREET,

1823.

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ESSAY

ON

MARRIAGE,
ADULTE RY, AND DIVORCE;

DURING THE
Antediluvian and Patriarchal ages.

SECTION 1.

THAT Marriage was a divine institution, is suficiently evident from the first simple narrative of the creation of man. From the sacred reco:d, also, it appears, that the union between the man and the woman was, in its very nature, indissoluble.

So clear and so expressive are the following passages, that the unprejudiced mind can entertain no doubt of their inport. “And God said: Let us make man in our image-after our likeness : And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea-and over all the earth." “ SoGod created man in his own image; in the image of “ God created He him: Male and female created lle

them.* “ And the Lord God said: It is not good that “ man should be alone; I will make an help meet for him.” “ And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and he slept.” “ And he took one of his ribs; and closed up the flesh instead thereof." “ And the rib which He had taken from man, made He " a woman, and brought her unto the man.” “ And “ Adam said; this is now bone of my bones, and flesh “ of my flesh.” “ She shall be called woman, because “ she was taken out of man.” “ Therefore shall a man “ leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto “ his wife: And they shall be ONE FLESH."* “ This “ is the book of the generation of Adam: In the day “ that God created man, in the likeness of God made • He him, male and female created He them; and “ blessed them, and called their name Adam in the day “ when they were created.” . We should remark, that the 24th verse of the second chapter can refer only to the posterity of Adam. “ Bone of her husband's bone, " and flesh of his flesh,” it was physically impossible, that Eve could, under any circumstances, become otherwise. Nor could Adam leave (what never had existence) “ his father and his mother.”

In our application, therefore, of this striking text to the descendants of Adam, we hear the Lord God himself

* Gen. i, 26, 27. 7 Gen. ii, 18, 24.

# Gen. v, 1, 3.

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