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Tuesday Afternoon, Sept. 25,
Joanna has been reading through the first
cond Books of Kings; and is astonished to he
judgment men have drawn of their Bibles, ( 2112
ing David and Solomon; as she has from
heard the Bible taken to pieces on account
men, that the Lord promised such great 32
to, and they condemned them for the greatest
But let them know how the promise stood i s ?
entirely on conditions. Now, if David sini
them see his repentance; which I have a
deeply. But now I shall come to Solomon. He
the LORD said to Solomon, after he had b een
house. 1 Kings, ix. 4. The promise was 1973
“ If thou wilt walk before me, as David th:
walked.”—Now go on to the 10th verse
same words again in the 2 Chronicles, vii
the end. Now let them read through the
and see how the promises stood ; and se
Solomon did afterwards, in the 1 Kings, xi.
deeply the gth versem" And the Lord was
with Solomon, because his heart was turned fr
Lord God of Israel, which had appeared un
twice.” Now weigh the chapter through ;
how the greatest part of the kingdom was rende
Solomon, and given to Jeroboam ; and see
Rehoboam did, the son of Solomon
these chapters my heart pondered deer
ferent way from what I have beard
men. The more I read the more I ad
.the goodness, and the condescen:

in all ages; how he trieth to win
jercy, and with blessings, if the
other gods, to their hurt.-B.
seems lost in wonder, of the 'ingratitude of
and the power and influence that the Devil has
them !—That after Rehoboam saw the Lord
angry with his father, for departing from the c.

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VIL STATE. 27 ed his miracles, his y had despised their of their kings bedid some of the om the fury of their Jews, when our Sasciples, and many the GOSPEL. Then wo different spirits ng as there are two . POWER of God and are my observations jent; for I see them pirits, that are now ar will never change lestroyed the power vs stand out through e truth of our Savierusalem destroyed, roughout the face of change their minds. ny heart, in reading nd meditating upon is, that there is no Il established for the

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sin, and shew them what blessings they would receive, įthey would but walk in the fear of he Lord; but they themselves, by disobedience, uroaght all the eyils upon their own heads : for all the old Testament stands upon conditions. Then how can man say, the Promises were sure, let men do what they would ? I have not read such words through my Bible: but I find the words of the LORD have been true, what he spake by the PROPHETS : and the fatal end of the kings came by their rebellion, as the prophets all had told them, one after the other. Then how can Man, contend with his MAKER ? or how can Men find fault with their MAKER, when they bring evil on their heads, by the hardness of their own hearts and their own unbelief? Then what have we to marvel now at the unbelief of mapkind, seeing how the kings went on one after the other, after being warned by the prophets of the judgments that should follow? And the same judgments did follow ; yet they still hardened their hearts.. Therefore my opinion, som what I have seen of the Bible, is, that men would

e the same now ; if the sword, plague, fa- . mine were to be in the land, it would not che people for any continuation, if 47. power ness remained; for, in reading read the perfect language tha

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REMARKS ON MAN'S EVIL STATE. 27 came to visit them, they despised his miracles, his words, and his working, as they had despised their prophets before ; though some of their kings believed in their prophets, as did some of the people, and hid the prophets from the fury of their enemies; just so was it with the Jews, when our Saviour came. Witness the disciples, and many of the Jews that turned to the GOSPEL. Then is it not plain, that these two different spirits will always be in the world, as long as there are two opposite powers to work ; the POWER of God and the power of the Devil? These are my observations from the past ages, and the present; for I see them perfectly alike in the opposite spirits, that are now in the world : and this I am clear will never change till the POWER of God hath destroyed the power of the Devil : for how did the Jews stand out through unbelief? Though they saw the truth of our Savi: our's words, the holy city of Jerusalem destroyed, and they themselves scattered throughout the face of the earih ; yet all this dotlı not change their minds. But one observation I made in my heart, in reading over the reignis of the Kings, and meditating upon the reign of kings in all nations, that there is no government that has been so well established for the happiness of mankind, as the government that is brought in by the Gospel. This appeareth to me a shadow of good things to come; that perfect peace and happiness shall be establised when the fulfilment of the GOSPEL is accomplished. This is the pondering of my heart, from reading the Bible, which I am ordered to pen; and I think, instead of men's blaming the Lord, they ought in reading their Bibles to take guilt, and shame to themselves, seeing what perverseness was in the heart of man; and they ought to look abroad and at home, and see what perverseness now is in the heart of man. So what the world now make a mockery of, is a true looking glass for me, to see all faces in their true colours. My observation

went the deeper, as I have heard men make the greatest mockery of the Bible ; and I know many abandoned wretches have not only written against it, but have taken pleasure to turn it into ridicule and fun. But let them look into their own hearts ; then they may say the Bible is a looking glass for them to see their own likeness painted there ; for there is every man's likeness in the Bible, both good and bad.. And the mockery and unbelief of mankind do but strengthen my faith the more; because I see all these characters have been before; and the Gospel assureth us they would remain till the powers of darkness were destroyed. Therefore, my Prayer is, that the Lord will hasten that happy time, to cut off Satan's reign; and bring in his OWN, whose mercy and goodness are over all his works. But what mercy and goodness would it have been in the Lord to prolong the wretched reign of Manasseh ! who appeareth to me a complete tyje of the Devil ; and yet Hezekiah his father was so good a man! Thus it appeareth to me, it is not from the Fall of ADAM, as the blood running in man; for then the child might be like the father; but it appears to me, by the heart and spirit that are in men, some give themselves up to be drawn by the Spirit of God, and others give themselves up to be drawn by the power of the Devil. But these are my own ideas from my observation of the Kings, that the sons did not all walk in their fathers' steps ; for some turned to do good, and others turned to do evil ; which brings my thoughts to our Saviour's words. “His servants ye are to whom ye yield yourselves to obey."

“ Now Joanna, thee I'll answer.

From the ponderings thou hast here,
Let them judge who is thy Master;

Let the sons of meo appear.
To answer man I shall begin ; --

Let them thy pondering see,
And then I say I'll answer men,

If they can answer ME;
That say from Hell thy heart deth well,
Or Satan doth the guide ;

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