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no thought” about them? What mechanic can suit his customers, what merchant can succeed in his business, what physician or lawyer or minister of the gospel can gain the confidence of the people or prosper in his calling, by“ taking no thought”? How can the young gain an education or learn a trade or a profession by "taking no thought”? How can a person obtain a knowledge of his own sinful ness and of Christ as his Saviour by “ taking no thought"? Or how is it possible for any of us to obtain our needful food, drink, and clothing, without earnest and continuous " thought," on the part of ourselves or others ? Can it be that Jesus meant to enjoin on His disciples what the words“ take no thought” impute to Him? Would not such an injunction, practically carried out, lead men to be thought. less, indolent, and improvident? And do not other Scriptures erpressly direct, Think"-"meditate on these things " -- " Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven Provide things honourable in the sight of all men ;" each direction implying earnest “ thought,” yes, forethought and effort ? and further, "If any one provides not for

household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever"? (Phil. iy. 8; 1 Tim. iv. 15; v. 8; Rom. xii. 17.) Yet the injunction remains, “ Take no thought.” It is given as a practical direction for man's conduct; and as such, it should be in plain, unmistakable words, used in their ordinary sense, and capable of being readily understood and applied. Certainly a translation which thus misrepresents an important duty, by contradicting other Scrip; tures and universal practical facts, cannot be termed either good or correct.

Previous to the King James version, Tyndale, Cranmer, the Genevan, the Rhemish, and the Bishops' Bible, had all rendered the passage

, Be not careful for your life, what ye shall eat." This rendering corresponds more nearly with the true meaning of the Greek verb merimnao; which refers more to feeling, than to thinking. The verb is derived from the root or ground-form mer; meros and meris both meaning "a part," and merizo, “to divide into parts." Hence merimnao naturally and properly signifies, to have the mind divided or distracted, to be uneasy or disquieted, to be distracted with care or anxiety. “To be disquietedmakes good sense in the whole class of 'thirteen like passages, where merimnao occurs. example: “Be not disquieted for your life as to what you shal cat.”* “ Which of you by being disquieted can add to his stature ont cubit?" “ Be not disquieted in respect to the morrow; for the mor row will be disquieted of itself.” “ When they deliver you up, be not disquieted as to how or what you shall speak" (Matt. vii. 25, 27, 34 x. 19). “Martha, thou art disquieted, and troubled about many things" (Luke x. 41).

This rendering harmonizes with the words of Jesus in John šiv. 1-27 “Let not your heart be troubled.Peace I leave with you, w peace I give to you," etc.

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el. They are sometimes tried in regard to obtaining the necessaries life. Sometimes they are in pain of body, or in distress of mind; ey meet with disappointments and trials, or they are troubled with oubts and fears, or with evil forebodings. And just here, in their ime of need, and when other helps fail, these sweet words of Jesus ome to their relief, like ministering angels of mercy: "Be not disuieted about food and raiment, but trust your heavenly Father's care nd love.” “Let not your hearts be troubled ; believe on God, and believe on me.“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you;

: . let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid.” And hat precious exhortation of the apostle: " Be disquieted in regard to othing ; but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksriving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds, in Christ Jesus" (Phil. iv. 6, 7).

From this brief examination we may learn the great desirableness and importance of having God's word clearly and faithfully translated.

be noved, or avoided. 2. That we may receive from it just the instruction and the measure of peace and joy which our heavenly Father has provided for us in this priceless record of His fidelity and love.

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MY PRAYER.
I asked the Lord that I might worthier be,
Might grow in faith and hope and charity;
And straight “Go, feed my lambs!” He answered me.
Nay, Lord !” I cried. “Can outward deeds avail
To cleanse my spirit ? Heart and courage tail,
And sins prevent, and foes and fears assail.”
And still “Go, feed my lambs!” was all I heard.
But should I rest upon that simple word ?
Was that, indeed, my message from my Lord ?
Behold, I thought that He His hand would lay
And charm the plague-spot from my heart away. .
Half wrath, I turned to go ; but oh! the look
He on me cast-a gaze I could not brook;
With deep relentings all my spirit shook,
"O! dearest Lord,I cried, "I will obey.
Say what Thou wilt ! Only lead Thou the way;
For, following Thee, my footsteps shall not stray."

He took me at my word. He went before;
"He led me to the dwellings of the poor,

Where wolf-eyed Want keeps watch beside the door

He beckoned me, and I essayed to go
Where Sin or Crime, more sad than Want and Woe,
Hold carnival, and Vice walks to and fro.
And when I faltered at the sight, He said,
“ Behold, I died for such! These hands have bled,
This side for such has piercéd been,” He said:
“ Is the disciple greater than his Lord ?
The servant than his Master ?" Oh, that word;
It smote me like a sharp, two-edged sword !
And since that hour, if any work of mine
Has been accepted by my Lord as sign
That I was following in His steps divine ;
If, serving others (though imperfectly),
My own poor life has worthier come to be,
And I have grown in faith and charity,
Dear Lord, be Thine the glory! Thou bast wrought,
All unaware, the blessing that I sought.
Oh! that these lips might praise Thee as they ought.

PICKINGS FROM MY PORTFOLIO.

No. VI. It is hard to believe that we have his anvil and gossiped with th lived as long as we have. The child neighbours on the latest news. The thinks the old man's life an age; met at markets, and churches, an but the old man looks back on it as on the exchange. The fairs ha a hand-breadth. Yet we cannot their buyers and sellers, and the bring ourselves to realize that it gaping crowds to see the clowns ar will soon be over. The moment the giants. Men were of all kind given us is to last for ever. But it then as now. Here, you had a was the same with the generations honest fellow that would put hin that have lived before us. Yet self about to serve you; yonde where are the busy crowds that filled one who had no thought but the world before we were born ? cozen you. They were feasting They had their days filled with as the great man's house, and watering many cares and occupations as ours | a crust with tears in many a pool have. Go back no farther than the | widow's garret-all that the poor beginning of this century. Where orphans had among them. Where are our countrymen and country. | are they all now? Not one of them women of that day? Their life was or hardly one, but is a pale ghost warm in them once. Some were gone for ever from the light of th caring for their young families then sun'? Their memory has long ag as some are now; some marrying; faded from among men, and no on some following the past generation | knows that ever they existed. The to the grave. The ploughman are faded and gone like the flower whistled as he cut the furrow; the that once pleased them in the sweet sailor heaved the anchor or dropped summer fields and gardens of long it, to his rough “Yo ho!” the smith ago., 0 ye sons of men, how all the was busy at his forge, and wiped his past is swallowed up by the black brows, as be rested the hammer on night! What think ye of yourselves THE FAMILY LIBRARY. Among the many books deserving a place in "The Family Library, 18 , The Parish Apprentice ; or, John Winzer, the North Devon Puritan, by the Rev. S. Newnam, of Edinburgh. *' The narrative which this book contains is very interesting, nor are its teachings less important; it is written with all that good taste and good feeling which those who know Mr. Newnam will expect to find in any production of his pen.

lelaying to make ready for the insvitable? You have something to say for yourself, have you ? But what if it be not admitted where alone it would be of value? Besides, in such a case, can excuses be reasonable? It is no common risk. You can't afford to be lost. You can live only once, and after that must go to the dead, and have no moreany portion forever in anything that is done under the sun. Then, after death, the judgment. No wonder the cheek blanches. It is an awful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. You would shrink from letting your nearest friend know all your past life; but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. He is greater than our hearts, and knoweth all things.

Texts sound at times like storm-bells, deep and terrible, in your science: “The worm that never dies "_"Outer darkness "_" Depart, ye cursed.' O, brother! no excuse, pray, no

It is a matter of eternal life or death with thee.- Sunday Magazine

Ir a man pray as he should, it is "the

prayer of faith.” If a man obey as he should, it is the "obedience of faith.” If a man war in the church militant, it is “the fight of faith." If a man live as a Obristian and holy man, he “liveth by faith.” Nay, shall I say yet more, if he die as he ought, he

“dieth by faith." “These all died in faith, What is that? The power of faith that directed and ordered them in the cause of their death, furnished them with grounds and principles of assurance of the love of God, made them carry them. selves in death. I can say no more, but with the apostle,

* Examine yourselves, whether you be in faith." Why doth not the apostle say, Examine whether faith be in you, but “whether ye be in the faith”? His meaning is, that as a man is said to be in drink, or be in love, or to be in passion, that is under the command of drink, or love, or passion; so the whole man must be under the command of faith. If he pray, faith must indite his prayer; if he obey, faith must work; if he live, it is faith that must quicken him; and if he die, it is faith that must order him in death. And wheresoever faith is, it will do wonders in the soul of that man where it is, it cannot be idle; it will leave footsteps ; it sets the whole man on work; it moveth feet, and hands, and eyes, and all parts of the body. Mark how the apostle disputeth: “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken, we also believe, and therefore speak.” The faith of the apostle, which he had in his heart, set his tongue a-going. If à man have faith within, it will break forth at his mouth.-Thomas Hooker.

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Starting in Life; or, Familiar Talks with Young People, t is an excellent volume from the pen of the Rev. J. Clifford, M.A., of London. These “ Familiar Talks" appeared first in the General Baptist Magazine, of which Mr. Clifford is now the editor; and they refer to such subjects as “Rightly Aimed;" “ Looking up;” “Plodding versus Genius ;” “On Books, and How to Read Them;

* Partridge & Co. + E. Stock,

's “Never Despair." The book is an excellent one for young people.

An Earnest Question; or, Why Baptize an Infant ? * is answered by the Rev. A. M. Stalker, of Southport, in a penny tract. It is exceed

. ingly well reasoned, and contains and defends important truth“ most surely believed amongst us." It deserves a wide circulation, which we are sure it will have.

A Manual of Missionary Facts and Principles, for the Use of Young People and Bible Classes, by a Retired Missionary,t is a little book that ought to have been noticed by us before. Its price is only sixpence, but it contains an amount of information that could not be found in many a volume of ten times its cost. If used wisely by the teacher or minister, and the information it contains really instilled into the minds of the young people under their charge, it could not fail to interest them in the great subject of Christian missions, and to prepare them for the time when the work must devolve

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OUR MISSIONS. The following letter, which will be “My connection with Morant Bay the more interesting to our readers was maintained for four and å half because it comes from the scene of

years, two and a half of which I reMr. Gordon's murder and Governor sided there. During that time a Eyre's cruelties, has been kindly Church was gathered and organized, forwarded to us by our friend the numbering between 200 and 300 Rev. F. Trestrail :

members, and which took a fair “MY DEAR BROTHER, I have much

place amongst the Churches of the pleasure in forwarding to you a copy

island. Over £300 were of a resolution of thanks adopted by in putting the chapel into thorough our college committee at its last repair; and on the 30th June, 1871

, meeting.

Mr. Watson, who had spent four “I am personally gratified that months on probation, by your kind services as examiner, mously elected as pastor. I am you are kept in communication with very thankful to be able to report us; and I am glad to have thus the Church to be prospering. occasion to correspond with you.

“The Monklands Church, at the "We have a proverb here in Ja- head of the Blue Mountain Valley, maica, that 'An old chaise-horse twelve miles from Morant Bay, was knows the crack of the whip;' and formed in the autumn of 1867, and I believe that you, who were so long has grown to between 300 and 400 and honourably connected officially members. It has purchased land with the Missionary Society, will be and built a small mission house glad to have a little missionary in- and a chapel to seat 900 persons will telligence. As you were officially soon be ready to occupy. During associated with the commencement the collection and organization of of this eastern mission, I shall do these two Churches, more distant myself the pleasure of giving you a and elevated portions of the district brief resume of its history.

were obliged to wait; but as soon as * E. Stock, * John Snow & Co.

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