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Providential character of the standard of the Chris.

tian religion, Hesitancy in receiving Paul by the church at Jeru

salem.--Acts ix. 26, The incestuous man in the church at Corinth.

1 Cor. v. Law-suits unbecoming between Christians.-1 Cor.




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Abuse of the Lord's Supper at Corinth.--1 Cor. xi.
Collection in Greece for the poor saints at Jeru-

salem. Cor. xvi.
Paul's cloak left at Troas.—2 Tim. iv. 13,
Timothy advised by Paul to take a little wine for the

sake of his health.-1 Tim. v. 23, Trophimus left sick by Paul at Miletum._2 Tim.

iv. 20,
Angels created to minister to the heirs of salvation.-

Heb. i. 14,
Christ the Sun of Righteousness. Rev. xii. 1,
Defence of the doctrine of Providence : with an ex-

amination of Dr Thomas Brown's philosophy on

the subject of Providence,
The word of God the paramount authority with re-
spect to the doctrine of Providence,
Defence from Scripture of the doctrine of

John v. 17,
Matt. xxviii, 18,
Acts xiv. 17,
Acts xvii. 25-28,
Coloss. i, 17,
Heb. i. 3,
1 Tim. iv. 10,



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Matt. v. 45,
Nehemiah ix. 6,
Matt. vi. 25–34,
James v. 17,
Matt. x. 29,
Psalm xcii.
Psalm lxxxix. 9,
Psalm lxv. 5-13,
Psalm cvii, 23_31,
Psalm xxix.
Psalm cxlvii. 8-18,
Psalm civ. 32,
Psalm lxxv. 6-10,
Psalm lxxvi. 10,
Isaiah x. 5-15,
Prov, xxi. 1,

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Gen. xii. 10.

PLENTY and scarcity are equally from the Lord; and though famine is one of the scourges with which he afflicts his enemies, his own people also are the objects of his designs in such visitations. The famine with which the land of Canaan was visited on this occasion appears evidently to be intended by Providence to bring his servant Abraham into trial. Abraham was obliged for subsistence to go down into Egypt ; and in Egypt he was tried in a peculiar manner, by the fear of losing his life, on account of the beauty of Sarah his wife. This had a very wise and important purpose. It afforded an opportunity of proving that the strength of the faith which Abraham afterwards displayed, was not from any peculiar vigour of mind, or any natural


fortitude which he possessed superior to other men. On the contrary, there never was an instance of greater pusillanimity than that which Abraham manifested on this occasion. From fear of losing his life, he exposed the honour of himself and of his wife, in a manner that the least courageous person, possessed of any delicacy of feeling, would not imitate. No danger could excuse him. The certainty of death would not justify such conduct. It was still worse when the event showed that his fears were groundless; and his suspicions were not only dishonourable to his God, but injurious to the court of Egypt. His sin and cowardice were the greater, as he endeavoured to prevent danger by the aid of falsehood. He taught his wife to represent herself as his sister, in a way that led to the conviction that she was not his wife." And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there ; for the famine was grievous in the land. And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon : Therefore it shall come to pass, wlien the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife : and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee. And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair."-Gen. xii. 10-14.

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