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ss are full of children, and leave the rest of their

substance to their babes. As for me, I shall ss behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be fa

tisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.ss

In Psalm lxxiii. 18. and the following verses, the Psalmist, addressing his God, says concerning wicked men, - Surely, thou didst set them in

slippery places ; thou caftedst them down into s destruction. How are they brought into deso

lation as in a moment ? they are utterly con* sumed with terrors. As a dream when one ss awakes, fo, O LORD, when thou awakest, thou # shalt despise their image." But as to a good man, how differently is his condition described ? Verse 23. " Nevertheless I am continually with se thee; thou hast holden me by my right-hand : * Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and ss afterwards receive me to glory. My flesh and my

heart fail ; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever."

In Lam. iv. 5. JEREMIAH tells us, that " they s that did feed delicately are desolate in the ss streets; and that they that were brought up ss in scarlet, embrace dunghills." And verse 7. ss Her Nazarites (the Nazarites of Zion) adds he, * were purer than snow, they were whiter than 58 milk; they were more ruddy in body than ru

bies, their polishing was of sapphire : their viså sage is blacker than a coal; they are not known ss in the streets : their skin cleaves to their bones; s it is withered, it is become like a stick.ss ss For behold, ss says the Prophet MALACHI, chap.

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iv. 1, 2. - the day comes that shall burn as an * oven; and all the proud, yea, and all they * that do wickedly shall be stubble, and the day * that comes shall burn them up, faith the * LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them nei* ther root nor branch. Here we have a fierce and resistless conflagration described, as what shall consume the wicked with swift and absolute destruction. But the state of the saints of God Ihall be quite the reverse : " But unto you that s fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness * arise, with healing in his wings.” Placid, pleafant, reviving, healing blessings, such as the sun bestows when he goes forth in his strength, and spreads his rays over a benighted and dreary. world, these shall be the portion of the people of God.

In 2 Cor. iv. 17. we have the present and future state of the faints of God described, and compared with one another; in which the darkness of the first is all dissolved before the glories of the last: " For our light affliction, which is ss but for a moment, works for us a far more ex

ceeding and eternal weight of glory. And in the beginning of the next chapter we meet with a most beautiful contrast: Verse 1. - For we * know that if our earthly house of this taber# nacle were dissolved, we have a building of

Gon, an house not made with hands, eternal # in the heavens.

One more instance of the Enantiosis shall close the examples from Scripture : 2 Cor. vi. 4, 8--10.

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forth in his strength, and spreads his rays over a benighted and dreary. world, these shall be the portion of the people of God.

In 2 Cor. iv. 17. we have the present and future state of the saints of God described, and compared with one another; in which the darkness of the first is all dissolved before the glories of the last : " For our light affliction, which is ss but for a moment, works for us a far more ex

ceeding and eternal weight of glory.ss And in the beginning of the next chapter we meet with a most beautiful contrast: Verse 1. s know that if our earthly house of this taberss nacle were dissolved, we have a building of ss God, an house not made with hands, eternal s in the heavens.ss

One more instance of the Enantiosis shall close the examples from Scripture : 2 Cor. vi. 4, 8--10. .

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* But in all things approving ourselves as the s ministers of GOD --- By honour and dishonour,

by evil report and good report; as deceivers, .ss and yet true; as unknown, and yet

well known; ss as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, ss and not killed; as forrowful, yet always re

joicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things."

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$ 4. The nature of this Figure, that of contraft, may be sufficient to shew its original, and prove its worth. By this Figure contraries are resembled together, and by these means appear, if not more than contraries, yet contraries in their utmost extreme and superlative strength. “ White, says Mr BLACKWALL, placed near

black, shines brighter: innocence, compared “ with guilt, appears with double charm and " loveliness +."

Caussinus's praise of this Figure may not be greater than what it deserves. “ The Antithesis, “ says he, is a precious jewel in the treasures of “ the Rhetorician, and a Figure admirably adapt" ed to give sweetness and grandeur to our dif“ courses; for it is an opposition, if not always “ of things contrary, yet of things that differ. “ The minds of an audience are wonderfully “ charmed with this kind of Figure; and con“ traries compared naturally create beauty in “ our discourses. The excellence of a picture

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