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I said in my * אני אמרתי בחפזי כל-האדם כזכ assign for the first, because
The sorrows of death': אפפוני חבלי מות ומצרי שאל מצאוני צרה ויגון אמצא
It was the intention of the Editor, in this number, to assign the reasons at large, as well for undertaking this work, as for leaving it in the present unfinished state. But we dared not leave the E3d chapter of Isaiah unexplained: and the friendly reply of Ned Mc. in No. 10-11. precluded such enlargings on what was only personal, and with which the public, perhaps, would think they had no concern, and therefore, ought not to be troubled with : still duty to ourselves, obliges us to
, " I haste, [in my younger years,) all mankind were liars ;” and that all religion was imposition--a mere trick of state : and because when
" compassed me, and the pains of the pit got hold of me, [that is) when I found trouble and sorrow;'" for the merciful God of my fathers, for the punishment of my manifold transgressions, and to reclaim me to himself, drove me, as is well known, to all who know me, nuo 5x pa into the land of the shadows of death ; far from those who held to the truth, I so impiously disputed; and there dealt with me according to his mercy; he brought me low, and healed me and after having thoroughly, re-examined the question, or subject, of revealed religion, in all its parts, even in the day of my sorrow, I composed a critical examination and review of the New Testament, intending it for the instruction of the children of my affection, with whom the Lord had blessed me, in the land of my affliction : I then said in my troubles—"Against thee, thee only, have 1 sinned, and done this evil in thy sight; forgive me, that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden parts, thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Hide thy face from my sins, nnd blot out all my transgressions ; create in me a clean heart, O God! and renew a right spirit within", me; cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy spirit from me; restore to me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free spirit; then will I teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners shall be converted to the Lord.”
I therefore, considered it my duty to publish the foregoing papers. And now having happily, and victoriously, come thus far, it will be asked, why not proceed and finish the subject? I answer :
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) * What is my strength that I should hope, and what will my end be,
מה כחי כי איחל ומח קצי כי אאריך נפשי :
אם כח אבנים כחי אם בשרי נחוש :
if I should prolong my will. Is my strength the strength of stonc.? or
. is my flesh brass ?
האם אין עזרתי בי ותושיה נדחה ממני:
"Is it because I have no ability ? or that theology is quite gone from ?
יי? fronm me -for every man of under לכל בר דעת The above is fully sufficient
standing. Still, reader, attend to the following :
אם-יהוה אלהים עמרי ושמרני בדרך הזה אשר אנכי הולך ונתן-לי לחם לאפל
ובגד ללבש : ושבתי בשלום והיה ה' לי לאלהים: וכל אשר תתן-לי עשר אעשרנו לך
“If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I go, and give me bread, to eat, and raiment to put on. Set me down in peace ; and the Lord will be my God: of all that thou shalt give me, I will continually tithe for thy service.”
כי אה-כל-מעשה : האלהים יבא במשפט - על גל נעלם אם-טוב ואם-רע :
סוף דבר הכל נשמע את-האלהים ירא ואת-מצותיו שמור כי-ה כל האדם :
“For God shall bring every work unto judgment, above all, the secret thing, whether it be good or evil. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”