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-fay, "Lord, what wilt thou have ME to " do ?" Speak, Lord, for thy fervant "heareth." Extract from the fcripture the mind of God concerning yourselves individually. Take home the words I have been explaining, read, compare, refolve, reform. Do not ye, husbands, take away the duties of the wife, nor, ye wives, the duties of the husband; but both of you take respectively "O that your own, and say, my feet were "directed to keep thy ftatutes." "I have "chofen the way of truth, thy judgments "have I laid before me." Through thy
precepts I get understanding, therefore I "hate every falfe way." "I have fworn, "and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments."
Let the young think of this, and let it influence their choice. Let those think of it who are approaching this holy ftate. By many it is totally overlooked; and they contract marriages on confiderations purely accidental, or fenfual, or worldly-as if they wished to marry, not to be happy; to gain each other, not to enjoy. Who forms this alliance as a chriftian; with thofe views and
motives the gospel supplies?
Who confults God in the undertaking? Who has the banns published in heaven to ascertain what
impediments are pleaded there? Thus perfons are often unfuitably bound together by an engagement which can only be diffolved by death, who comes to release them from one hell, and conduct them into another.But may I not congratulate others? In this important concern, I hope, my вELOVED FRIENDS, YOU have done nothing without asking counsel of the Lord. I trust you have engaged that Saviour who was present at the marriage of Cana in Galilee, to honour your approaching nuptials-May your mutual affections increase with time, and fhine bright to all eternity.-I look forward and fee you bleffing, and blessed. I fee you "walking in all the commandments " and ordinances of the Lord blameless." I "children like olive plants around your table." I fee you endeavouring to form them into characters, and to "train "them up in the nurture and admonition of "the Lord." I see you refigning each other with the feelings and hopes of chriftians."For this I fay," BROTHER, "the time is "fhort: It remaineth therefore that both "they that have wives, be as though they "had none; and they that weep, as though
they wept not; and they that rejoice, as
though they rejoiced not; and they that