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not what is with me in the house, and 66 hath committed all that he hath to my “ hand: there is none greater in the house " than I: neither hath he kept back any

thing from me, but thee, because thou art his wife: How then can I do this

great wickedness, and sin against God?” -Here we see, that the same argument which a base mind would have applied to itself for committing the evil, was to this truly brave and virtuous youth the strongest motive for forbearing it,-even that he could do it with impunity. A regard for this world, and a dread' of the temporal inconveniences which may follow a detection, are to the greater part of mankind the only checks on their conduct; and, when these are removed, they seldom stick at any villany, which either the devil or their own corrupt hearts can suggest to them. But the truly virtuous man acts upon nobler motives: the inbred odiousness of vice is to him of infinitely more weight than the shame or resentinent of a whole world; and, whilst he has no other witnesses to his actions than God and his own conscience, a regard for them strikes

him with a far greater awe than would arise from the presence and inspection of a million of other spectators and judges. In short, whenever he is tempted to depart. from his duty, he will, like Joseph, suppress every rising lust by this awful reflection: “ How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”—a reflecțion which, if duly attended to, would certainly check that enormous and increasing depravity of adultery, which so strongly marks the present age, as to constitute a very material part of the employment of our Senate and our Courts of Judicature.

Lastly, we may consider the whole of this affecting history as a just emblem and representation of the life of a sincere Christian; who, in his passage through this world, will generally be exercised with as severe calamities as Joseph was, and will like him also be at last happily delivered out of them all. He will not perhaps meet with the same cruel usage from unnatural brethren, nor will his virtue and


chastity chastity always expose him to the same undeserved sufferings; yet he will be forced to encounter a variety of other evils, equally perhaps distressing, and which will go as near his heart. He will see his fairest hopes, and his most flattering schemes of happiness, often baffled and disappointed. He will experience melancholy reverses in his fortunes; pains and diseases will macerate and afflict his body. Fle will feel the goading stings of envy; he will see the pointed finger of scorn; the chilling horrors of neglect will pierce his inmost soul. He will be robbed of his ease and peace of mind by malice and ill-nature, and the perfidy or ingratitude of those among whom he dwells. He will successively lose the most valuable of his friends, and the dearest of his relations. He will drop the unavailing tear of sorrow over his children whien' dead; or, what is infinitely worse, he will experience their ingratitude and disobedience wheri living, and have his grey Irairs brought down with 'sorrow to the grave. Finally, lie will be harassed by ten thousand other melancholy accidents, which no human wisdom can foresee or prerent.


Yet, though all this will probably happen, lift up your heads, ye sons and daughters of affliction, if ye in earnest believe that your Redeemer livetli, and shall' stand at the latter day upon the earth. The man who has no religion can have no hope: he has no future prospect in heaven to console his present misery on eartlı: for to him death shall never be swallowed

up in victory, nor mortal dust put on glorious immortality. But behold the day of your redemption draweth nigh, —that day when ye shall be delivered from all the troubles and follies of this vain life, and be rewarded with a happiness and satisfaction far superior to that which either Joseph or his father felt upon their being restored to each other. Ye shall be translated from this land of Egyptian darkness and slavery to your native country; ye shall come unto Mount Sion, unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable


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company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven; and to God, the Judge of all; and to the spirits of just men made perfect.

Unto which happy state may God, of his infinite mercy bring us all, through Jesus Christ our Lord!


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