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DISCOURSE,

DELIVERED BEFORE

THE SOCIETY

PROPAGATING THE GOSPEL

THE INDIANS AND OTHERS IN NORTH AMERICA,

AT THEIR

ANNIVERSARY MEETING IN BOSTON,

NOVEMBER 3, 1808.

By ABIEL HOLMES, D. D.

MINISTER OF THE FIRST CHURCH IN CAMBRIDGE.

BOSTON:

PUBLISHED BY FARRAND, MALLORY, AND CO.

Suffolk Buildings, State Street.

BELCHER AND ARMSTRONG, PRINTERS.

1808.

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Boston, November 3, 1808. Voted, That the President, Rev. Dr. Latheop, and the Secretary, be a Committee to present the thanks of the Society for propagating the Gospel among the Indians and others in North America, to the Rev. Dr. Holmes, for his sermon delivered before them this day, and to request of him a copy for the press.

JEDIDIAH MORSE, Secretary. PSALM LXXII. 17.

His name shall endure forever: His name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him; all nations shall call him blessed.

This Psalm, though composed with immediate reference to Solomon, has an ultimate respect to the Messiah. With all the indulgence due to oriental poetry, the figures in this admirable composition appear too bold, to be applied to any person, or government, merely human. The best expositors accordingly, both Hebrew and Christian, agree in assigning to this Psalm a literal and an allegorical meaning. The psalmist, it is undeniably evident, often unites the character of a prophet with that of a poet; and hence it is, that, "rapt into future times," the holy seer not unfrequently uses, with perfect truth and propriety, such language, as the bard alone could not use, without a violation of both. All things, said Jesus Christ, must be fulfilled, which were written in the Psalms concerning me. This declaration establishes the prophetical character of the author of these compositions. What psalms are prophetical, and what are the objects of their several predictions, it may not, in all instances, be easy to determine.

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