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1 Sam. i. 19, 23.-And they rose up in the morning early,
and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came
to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his
wife, and the Lord remembered her. Wherefore it came
to pass, when the time was come about, after Hannah had
conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel,
saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord. And the
man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the
Lord the yearly sacrifice, and his vow. But Hannah went
not up for she said unto her husband, I will not go up
until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that
he may appear before the Lord, and there abide forever.
And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth
thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the
Lord establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave
1 Sam. i. 24, 28.-And when she had weaned him, she took
him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of
flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house
of the Lord in Shiloh. And the child was young.
they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli. And
she said, O my Lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the
woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord.
For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my
petition which I asked of him. Therefore also I have lent
him to the Lord as long as he liveth; he shall be lent to
1 Sam. ii. 1, 10.—And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart
rejoiceth in the Lord: mine horn is exalted in the Lord,
my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies: because I re-
Joice in thy salvation. There is none holy as the Lord:
for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like
our God, Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let hot
arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God
the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are gird-
ed with strength. They that were full have hired out them-
selves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased; so
that the barren hath born seven and she that hath many
children is waxed feeble. The Lord killeth, and maketh
alive he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich he bringeth low,
and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust,
and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them
among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of
glory for the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and he
hath set the world upon them. He will keep the feet of
his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness: for
by strength shall no man prevail. The adversaries of the
Lord shall be broken to pieces: out of heaven shall he thun-
der upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the
earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and ex-
1 Sam. ii. 18, 21.-But Samuel ministered before the Lord,
being a child, girded with a linen ephod. Moreover his
mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from
year to year, when she came up with her husband, to offer
the yearly sacrifice. And Eli blessed Elkanah and his
wife, and said, The Lord give thee seed of this woman,
for the loan which is lent to the Lord. And they went
unto their own home. And the Lord visited Hannah, so
that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters.
And the child Samuel grew before the Lord.
1 Sam. ii. 12, 17, 23, 24.-Now the sons of Eli were sons of
Belial they knew not the Lord. And the priests' custom
with the people was, that when any man offered sacrifice,
the priest's servant came while the flesh was in seething,
with a flesh-hook of three teeth in his hand: and he struck
it into the pan, or kettle, or chaldron, or pot: all that the
flesh-hook brought up, the priest took for himself: so they
did in Shiloh, unto all the Isrselites that came thither. Also
before they burned the fat, the priest's servant came and
said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the
priest for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.
And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn
the fat presently: and then take as much as thy soul de-
sireth, then he would answer him, Nay, but thou shalt give
it me now and if not, I will take it by force. Wherefore
the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord,
for men abhorred the offering of the Lord. Now Eli was
very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel. And
he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of
your evil dealings by all this people. Nay, my sons: for
it is no good report that I hear; ye make the Lord's peo-
1 Sam. ii. 26. And the child Samuel grew on, and was in
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away, and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead small and great stand before God, and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it: and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man according to their works...Rev. xx. 11, 12, 13.
Tis a solemn thing for a man to be judged of his own conscience. How sweet is the approving testimony of that bosom monitor and witness! but more bitter than death its upbraiding and reproaches. To stand at a buman tribunal, with life or reputation, death or infamy depending on the issue, can never appear a light matter to one who understands and feels the value of either. Even conscious innocence and integrity, accompanied with good hope toward God, court not the eye of public inquiry, but prefer the secret, silent feast of inward peace, and of divine applause, to the public banquet of innocence proved and proclaimed by sound of trumpet. Serious it is to reflect that your name, your words, your conduct may become matter of record, and ages to come mention
them with approbation and esteem, or with indignatron and contempt. But every feeling of this sort is lost in the certain and more awful prospect of judgment to come. It is a light thing to be judged of man, who can only kill the body, and blight the reputation, and beyond that bath nothing more that he can do ; but how formidable is the judgment of him, who knows the heart, who records in "the book of his remembrance" the actions of the life, the words that fall from the tongue, the thoughts which arise in the heart; who will bring every secret thing to light, and "render to every man according to his works ;" and who," after he has killed, has power to destroy body and soul in hell,"
Aided by the light which sacred history sheds on ages and generations past, we have ventured into the solemn mansions of the dead, and conversed with those silent instructors who know not either to flatter or to fear; and whom the Spirit of God has condescended to delineate in their true colors and just proportions, that they may serve to us "for doctrine, and for reproof, and for correction, and for instruction in righteousness.' We have plunged into ages beyond the flood, and contemplated human nature in its original glory; "man,' as God made him, "perfect ;" and man, as he made himself, lost in the multitude of his own inventions.
The "first man, by whom came death...the figure of Him who should come, by whom is the resurrection of the dead; Adam, in whom all die: Christ, in whom all shall be made alive."
We have attended " righteous Abel" to the altar of God, and beheld the smoak of his "more excellent sacrifice" ascending with acceptance to heaven: and "by which, he being dead, yet speaketh."
We have seen the hands of "wicked Cain" besmeared with a brother's blood; and the earth refusing to cover that blood, but calling to Heaven for ven