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A HYMN.

Against Lying:
O'tis a lovely thing for youth,
To walk betimes in wisdom's way:
To fear a lie, to speak the truth,
That we may trust to all they say,

But liars we can never trust, -{true;
Though they should speak the thing that's
For he that does one fault at first
And lies to hide it, makes it two.

The Lord delights in them that speak
The words of truth; but ev'ry liar
Must have his portion in the lake
That burns with brimstone and with fire.
Then let me always watch my lips,
Lest I be struck to death and hell,
For God a book of reck’ning keeps
For ev'ry lie that Children tell.

Watts.

LECTURE

JACOB'S DREAM. Gen. 28. 12. And he dreamed and behold

a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven and behold the Angels of God ascending und descending on

it. You have heard how and in what ma nner Jacob obtained the blessing. Now you shall hear some of the consequences of his sinful deception. His brother Esau was so angry that he threatened to kill him. And Esau hated Jacob, because of the blessing wherewith his Father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, the days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob. And these words of Esau, her eldest son, were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, proposing to kill thee. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice, and arise, flee thou to Laban, my

brother,

brother, to Haram; and tarry with him a few days, until thy brother's anger turi away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done unto him : then I will send and fetch thee from theuce: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day.

Here we see some of the bitter fruits of Rebes kah's bad plan. She must part with her beloved Jacob, in order to save his life. Instead of a few days, Jacob was 20 years with Laban, and Rebekah never saw him again in this world. . Esau's hatred to Jacob was like that of Cain's to Abel, he hated him because God loved him. Nothing could comfort Esau but the hope of murder, and as Isaac had talked of dy. ing, he thought his father could not live much longer, and it was not worth while to grieve liis father, when he had but a few days to live. That Isaac would soon be dead, and then Jacob's murder would be no grief to him. It seems he not only thought this in his heart, but had been heard to say wliat he would do to Jacob, and his words were told to his mo. ther, for whom he appears to have had no regard. If Jacob had been slain by his brother, Esau's life was also forfeited by the laws of

God, God, and he also must die; she would there. fore, as she said, be deprived of them both in one day. Before Jacob set out to Haram, Rea bikabi communicated her wishes to Isaac that Jacob might go to her brother's family and choose for himself a wife, as she did not wish to distress her husband's mind by telling him the true reason of Jacob's departure. For the wives which Esau bad taken wer: a great grief to her and Isaac. Jacob is therefore called by his father and seit away with a solemn charge and blessing. “And Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughter of Canaan. Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel, thy mother's father; and take thee a wise from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother. And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful. and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people. And give the blessing of Abraham to thee and to ihy seed with thee, that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a siranger which God gave unto Abra, ham." His calling Jacob implies that he was res

conciled

conciled to bim, and his blessing him shews that he was quite satisfied in what he had done without design; nay more, the blessing is enlarged and confirmed in the name of the Almighty God; the God of Abraham and Isaac. Abrahan's name is twice mentioned here, which was not the case before. His charging him not to take a wife from

among the daughters of Canaan, shews that he was anxious that Jacob should act worthy of that blessing which he had received, and had now been doubly given him, And Jacob went out from Beersheba and went towards Haran. The departure of Jacob was painful and humiliating; and well it might, such are the consequences of sin. The parting scene between Jacob and his father was very tender and affectionate, but when he came to part with his beloved mother, it must have been still more tender,

What Isaac had done had some effect on Esau's mind, finding that he was to be left heir of all the substance of his father, and that as Jacob was gone, he took a third wife, to please his father, not to please God. This was good, but it was too late, Esau should have

done

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