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ROMANS, xi. 25—27.

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

It is impossible that any subject can be more interesting than that of the conversion of the Jews. In an age when almost every class of mankind is attracting the benevolent attention of our fellow Christians, it would have been singular indeed if the melancholy situation of the

ancient people of God had escaped their notice. The general command of preaching the gospel to all nations is of itself quite a sufficient authority for attempting their conversion to God, and is imperative on those who may fail to be convinced by many of the additional arguments which may be drawn from their peculiar circumstances. But surely those circumstances are such as greatly to augment the interest we should take in their welfare. For if their former elevation was eminently great, if the benefits they have conferred on the world surpass all calculation, if their present state be, beyond the ordinary condition of unbelievers, degraded and miserable, and yet if the Scriptures bid us to look forward to a time when they are to be restored to more than their pristine happiness, and to lead along with them the happiness of the world; then undoubtedly more motives conspire to stimulaté us in our present benevolent efforts than can be brought to bear on any other charitable exertion whatever. Nor is there any considerable impediment to the operation of these motives except the prejudice and indifference which unhappily prevail on this questionobstacles however which are gradually yielding to that reviving spirit of piety with which God is blessing the church. For the purpose of stimulating our minds to greater ardour on this sub

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