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fallen out of the sphere of human harmony, and are comparatively unclean. The clean beasts are

only somewhat cleaner than the unclean. To be envious of worldly prosperity, is to be "as a beast before God." For worldly prosperity is of the night-kind, and not of the right human and daykind. Judged from a worldly point of view, the brutish kind of prosperity may be very honorable, and, by all means, let it be honorable. For in its most unexceptionable form, it is a drag and a humiliation, to one who is brought into sympathy with the New Testament style and destiny of man, namely, with "the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Such a man feels most acutely, and profoundly, that "a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth."

On account of the baseness and utter prostration, the subtlety and plausibility of their souls, the Lord speaks of some men as a “generation of vipers." Their very repentance is suspicious. The crocodile sheds tears when about to take its prey. Other men, the Lord styles "swine" and "dogs," and commands, that the right human things of His kingdom be not committed to them. Others again

are "wolves" and "foxes," to deal with whom, the Lord counsels His disciples to engraft the wisdom of the serpent on the innocence of the dove.

But God has given all His human beasts a time of grace, in which to work out their salvation and become men, namely, the image of God; or, if not that, then to confirm their brutish life and their downward tendencies, and so to pass on to Eternal Night and the wild beasts.

VI.-" The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God." The violent eagerness of our sensual instincts and passions may well be called "lions." lions." For strength and boldness, they are lions, for subtlety, they are serpents, and for insatiableness, they are wolves. But the wolfine passions assume the garb of innocence and love, and therefore they are as wolves in sheep's clothing. But however they clothe themselves, their nature abides the same,eager, wily, restless and impatient. There is something ever ravenous about the desires of the natural man. It is scarcely permissible to follow the passions in detail. But take an absolutely necessary department of human activity, and consider, calmly, the eagerness of trade, the stratagems and impetuosity of trade, the noise and tumult of trade, throughout the world. If you would speak of the same under a parable, would it not run thus?"The young lions roar after their prey, and

seek their meat from God." For the profits of trade are a kind of lawful prey, taken from one's fellow creatures. And surely, trade roars after its prey. Does not the trade-spirit mightily vociferate in its quest for the largest possible share of custom? All young lions do the best they can for themselves. If they chance upon plentiful prey, shall they hesitate to appropriate it? Shall they stop to consider that there are other young lions, whole herds of them, who are seeking after prey, and to whom it as much belongs as to them? By no means. The very idea is wholly contrary to the nature of the young lions. Let every lion, wolf, and jackal, keep a sharp look out for himself. That is the manner of the king of the beasts, and the same is law throughout his kingdom. Search and see, if there be any higher, or holier principle, in the whole brute-universe, than "number One?" Scramble boys, scramble, and if you pick up a little dirt with your bread, who can help it, in a dirty world?

Far be it from me, that I should call the ambitious tradesman, ungodly. With all his cunning and address, does he not seek his prey from God? If by assiduity, tact, or any thing short of downright lying and cheating, he can direct the stream of custom in his own favor, he

will receive it from God, and give God thanks. In the particular matter of trade, he does not feel himself under any obligation to consider his neighbours, from whom the stream is diverted. Is it not one of the moral axioms in the trade-world, that, "There are no friends in trade?" What would become of brute-life, if it were over nice? A dusky morality is very convenient for many purposes. makest darkness;" and the beasts have a chance. Avaricious young lions have not the most sensitive conscience; but blunt as their conscience is, they "seek their meat from God."

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VII. "The sun ariseth, they" (the night-beasts) "gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens." Wild and dark waters once covered

the whole earth; they stood above the mountains : at the rebuke of God, they fled; they went up by the mountains and down by the valleys, and subsided in their beds. So long as man is a mere creature of nature, the high principles of his divine and immortal spirit are deluged by sensual and worldly principles. But the day of his new creation dawns, when God rebukes this ascendency. The impetuous waters, "which cast up mire and dirt," retire, and the tops of the mountains are seen. In plain words, the natural man becomes subject

to law, and the spiritual man lies open to the influences of Heaven.

So long as the appetites and passions are permitted to rule, "it is night," with the human spirit. During this night, the brutish human spirit is keenly awake and active; but the eternal manchild is fast asleep. "The Sun ariseth." God is man's Sun. When His Glory, in the Face of Jesus Christ, first breaks upon the soul, the affections of "the old man" are thrown into consternation. The end of the old dynasty is come, and the beginning of the new. The Sun of the soul rises more and more, nature's restlessness abates, the old masterful passions acknowledge their new Lord and King, and meekly lay themselves down. While nature, night, and the senses, hold the empire over him, man is a stranger to himself. Like Jonah, he is fast asleep in the hull of that that which carries him.

VIII.-Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labor, until the evening." He is wakened out of sleep, he is risen from the dead, Christ has given him life. He is man, his eternal life is begun. He goeth forth, not as originally, when man went forth from God and Paradise, to Satan, self, and desert :-now he goeth forth from his

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