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106 Similitudes used in Holy Scripture. to teach us that the value which is set upon those bright and costly gems, is an emblem of the value which He sets upon such as are truly His saints and servants. He notices every such precious stone, however unpromising in human judgment may be its outward appearance; however mean and lowly it may seem in the eyes of those who do not understand its value: He guards it for Himself; and a day is coming when He will “make up His jewels."

It is a blessed thought, that He sees the true tokens of these precious jewels under many a lowly form, and in places where we should hardly think of looking for them. Wherever there is the ornament of a meek and quiet spirito; wherever a testimony is borne for His truth in an evil world, and upright hearts hold communion with Him, and with each other, in speaking of His endless mercy, and of their own most blessed hopes; He sees what is of great price in His sight; and what He will one day cause to shine even in the place of His sanctuary ".

It should be our first and great endeavour to become such as

God

may account His special treasure. Too many seem, among men, to shine like costly stones, whose real character is found to be false and brittle, when brought to the touchstone of trial. They are conspicuous for a time, but they have no true delight in communion with God, nor in speaking of Him one to another, as is ever the case with such as He brings up in His stedfast fear and love: and thus, when God makes up His jewels, they will not be reckoned among the number. How dreadful would it be to be cast from that treasure of God Himself, as unworthy of a place in it!

6 1 Pet. iii. 4.

7 Isa. Ix. 13.

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