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With open eyes and joyful heart

I'll welcome in the day,
I'll throw my bed clothes all apart

And rise and kneel and pray. Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed the night before, but now his fears are gone, his

faith and confidence in God is returned, and instead of waiting for Esau, he pursues his journey knowing that he is safe in the hands of God. and that he is walking in the way which God directed him. Put your trust in the Lord, believe his promises. He can preserve you from all your enemies and from every danger. Trust in the Lord and do good, so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man that trusteth in hini, there is no want to them that fear him, they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. Amen.

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A HYMN.

Jacob's Return.

back again.

S JACOB," arise and leave this land,

No longer here remain ;
For thou has tarried long enough,

Therefore
Behold the Angels of the Lord

Encompass him around,
While Jacob journey'd on his way,

These heav'nly hosts he found.
When Jacob heard that Esau came

With Men in arms arrayed,
In great distress we find him plung'd,

For he was much afraid.
To God he cried, his promise pleads,

And then a present sent,
Commands his Men kind words to use,

That Esau might relent.
That night he wrestled with a Man

Until the break of day
From him a blessing he obtain'd,

Before he went away.
"I will not let thee go,” he said,

Till thou hast Jacob blest,
Thus he prevailed with God and Man,

His power the Man confess'd.
When dangers come, seek Jacob's Cod,

And offer fervent prayer,
You shall be safe, the Lord shall keep,

Thy soul from ev'ry snare. R.

LECTURE

LECTURE XXXII.

THE MEETING BETWEEN ESAU AND

JACOB; OR THE RECONGILER

BROTHERS. GEN. 33. 4. And Esau ran to meet him,

and embraced him, and fell on his neck,

and kissed him: and they wept. If any of you, my dear young friends, had a brother whom you had not seen for twenty years, would

you not be very glad to hear that he was coming home? Yes. I am sure you would. Suppose this brother bad threatened to take away your life, could you forgive him, could you meet him with the love and affection of a brother? Would you remind him of his former unkind and cruel threatening? Oh! no, that I think you would not. It would all be forgotten, you would be so glad to meet each other after so long an absence. Suppose you had done all that lay in your power to pacify this brother, and to produce a reconciliation, would you not have some reason to hope that he was no longer angry with you,

But

But if the news was brought that your brother was coming with a gun in his hand to shoot you, then I think you would be afraid. If you heard that he was coming with some villains to rob and murder you, then I think you would

be afraid, and would think within yourself, how shall I defend myself? how shall I escape? what shall I do? I will tell you what you ought to do, after having tried by every means in your power to obtain your brother's forgiveness and to win his love. You ought to go and pray to God to protect you, and to change your brother's unind, that he may not do you any barm, and that when you meet, it may be in love, peace and joy.

Such was Jacob's state of mind, and such was the means he had used in order to pacify his brother and obtain his forgiveness. He had also earnestly implored the protection and blessing of God. He was not alone, he had two vives, twelve children, many servants, and much cattle to care for. All these were at the mercy of his brother, and he could not only deprive Jacob of all this property, but

also

also take away the life of Jacob, and the lives of those who were dear to him. He was coming, and four hundred met with him, a large army in those times for one mau to command. Abraham could only njuster 318, but Esau has an army of 400 men.

Well might Jacob be afraid, and think that his brother was not coming with any peaceable intention. Esau is very near. Let us therefore,

1. Notice ESAU'S APPROACH.

“ And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and look. ed, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men." Some think that by Ja. cob's lifting up

his
eyes,

is meant that he apo peared cheerful in his countenance in opposition to a dejected and sorrowful face. He relied upon the proinise and protection of God, and therefore went forward to meet his brother, with all the confidence of a friend. All who cast the burden of their care and trouble, whatever that may be, upon God, : shall find that he is able to support them. He with give them that peace and satisfaction in

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