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Attention, confidence, submission, and obediencer are duties which no doubt Christ may juftly challenge of us; fince he hath loved us, and redeemed us unto God by his blood. Elpoused as we are to bim, we are no more our own, but his. He is our head, he is our Saviour, and we are one with him.. And what is his language to us? It is this, " Hearken, "O daughter, and consider, and vincline thine ear; “ forget also thine own people, and thy father's house. “So Tha'l the king greatly desire thy beauty : for he " is thy Lord, and worship thou him *." The reasonableness of all this every individual that composes the church of Christ readily admits; and affection fweetly inclines them to that submission which duty and interest demand of them. A
,,Ought not then the wife, remembering that she holds the same relation to her husband which the church, stands in to Chrift, to conduct herself towards him in a fimilar manner ? Since he is her friend, her guardian, her head, her self; since he loves her with a tender, prevailing and conitant affection, and is willing to endure any hardships and sufferings for her fake; ought she not in return to love him, to repose an entire confidence in him, to pay a respeaful deference to his judgment and will in all things, and to submit herself unto him as unto the Lord ? She ought. And to this sentiment the heart, as well as the hand, of e. very virtuous and pious wife will cheerfully subscribe.
To close the whole. It may be presumed from what has been said, indeed it would be an unkind reflection to admit a doubt of it, that all who have drank into the generous and noble fpirit of the gof
* Psal. alv. 10, 11.
pel, whatever may be the temper and demeanour of others, will readily fall in with the duties we have been recommendingi la obedience to the mild and gentle authority of Jesus Christ their Saviour and king, as well as to the di&tates of their own reason, and the feelings of their own breasts ; “ every such husband
in particular will fo love his wife even as himself, e' and every such wife will affectionately reverence her 6 husband. 1,'. 1.: Nei Viti i'r myny
THE serious attention of parents to the education
I of their children, is a matter of the greatest importance. The present and future happiness of individuals, the welfare of society in general, and the progress of virtue and religion in the world, do all, under God, very much depend upon it. This has ever been the opinion of wise and confiderate men, and is the plain di&tate of the Bible. Yet, through various caufes, too numerous to be mentioned here, this bufinefs is wholly neglected by some,' and very'' ill managed by moft.' Nor can it be enough lamented, that too'mary, of whom nevertheless we would in charitý hope that they fear God, are fadly defective in this point. What we propose therefore'is, to explain this duty, and enforce it with suitable argumentson To which purpose we have chosen the words just read.us ?' Solomon was ai wise man- as well as a great king.
He had enjoyed the benefit of a pious education, and the people over whom he reigned, reaped no small advantage from the attention paid to him in his early years. To the instructions of his father, it is probable, he owed much of that wisdom with which this book abounds. And with the same assiduity and tenderness he had been himself taught, he teaches others, particularly his children and the youth of the rising generation. To them some of the first chapters are more immediately directed. And thus, deeply impressed with an affectionate concern for their best interests, he admonishes all succeeding parents in our text, to copy after his example. Train up a child in the way he should go : and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
The original words are very expressive. Train up, inftruct, catechize, or initiate a child--in the way be Abould go, or, in the beginning of his way, at the mouth of it, as soon as he is capable of inftruction ; or according to his way, that, is according to his ca.' pacity: or rather, as some interpret the words, In. Aruct him in that course or manner of life which thou, wouldt have him pursue. And when he is old, he will not depart from it, that is, impressions received in his tender years will remain; having been put in the way he, hhould go, he will not sen cede por turn aside from it. The meaning is, he will not ordinarily depart from it.; for this, as well as all proverbial expressions, is to be understood as ad. mitting of exceptions. Some, no doubt, break over the mounds of education, violently rend every pious and yixtyous instruction from their breast, and impetuouby precipitate themselves inio, vice and ruin.
But.it is not so usually: the advantage of a good edus, cation is generally felt all ghrough life to the latest , period of it.-ly discoursing of this subject we shall,
First, Make some previous general observations read specting education :
s it,' ani o piso Secondly, Point out the duties themfelves which parents owe to their children : and, asooming'
THIRDLY, Enforce these duties with suitable argu-' ments.
First, The previous observations I have to make refpeét--the right of parents to educate their children
---the ends of education--and the several Mages? · through which it extends to the final terın of it. S
As to the right of parents to educate their children.
It has often been observed with great truth that a.. mong all the creatures that inhabit our world, none come into it in so belpless a state, and noņe require a the assifiance and protection of others for so long a" term, as the human species. This is a humiliating : confideration. But we may be sure the, all wise and good Creator would not permit it so to be, without; providing the necessary means for their conservation and support. This he hath done, and in a way truly admirable. A certain instinct he has implanted in the breasts of parents towards their offspring, which effectually operates to the purpose of securing them , all the allistance necessary to their helpless state. Instinct I call it, because it is not the effect of reasoning, but connatural to us, and scarce capable of being eradicated out of our nature. It is what the Greeks call sogara, and for which we want a word in our language. This instinct prevails in the