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“ peeled, to a people terrible from their be

ginning hitherto :” and concludes with these words: “ In that time shall the present be “ brought unto the Lord of Hosts of a peo

ple scattered and peeled, to the place of the " name of the Lord of Hosts, the Mount « Zion.”

This prophecy, which had been considered by some of the learned in this country, and first, I believe, by the late Bishop Horsley, as referring to these times, I proposed to the Jews in the East; who, after some deliberation, gave me the following explanation :

« That the prophecy in this chapter relates

to the restoration of the Jews to their own "country. That the nation here addressed, “ by a kind compellation, “O thou land,' was to “ send a message to the Jewish People ; and 6 this was to be a message of kindness."

Inquiry was then made concerning the character and description of the nation, which was to send a message of kindness to the Jewish People. The Jews stated these four particulars of its description :

1. That the place of the nation was beyond the rivers of Cush, that is, to the west of the Nile ; for the prophet was on the east of the Nile when he delivered his prophecy.

2. That it was a land “ shadowing with wings;" which signifies that it should be of great

extent and power, and capable of giving protec. tion.

3. That it was a Maritime Nation" sending “ ambassadors by sea in vessels of bulrushes;" a figure for light ships, not burdened with commerce, but light for dispatch; carrying merely the TIDINGS OF GLADNESS : and that the ambassadors sent in them were messengers of peace. When I expressed some doubt as to the character of these. Ambassadors, we referred to the old Arabic Translation of Isaiah, which happened to be at hand; where the word for Ambassadors is rendered Prophets or Preach

ers.

- 4. That the issue of this embassy would be the restoration of “ the people scattered and

peeled to the Lord of Hosts in Zion:" and that, at the period when this should take place, there would be a shaking of the nations; for it is said, in the third verse, that God “ would lift up

his ensign on the mountains, that all might see, “ and blow his trumpet, that all the inhabitants 66 of the earth might hear.”

When I endeavoured to shew that all these characters centered in Great Britain, and that she was actually sending forth messengers at this time to all nations, the Jews were alarmed at their own interpretation, and began to qualify some parts of it. I then demanded what they really believed to be intended by the mission of these ambassadors. They answered, that they understood the embassy in a political sense only; and that the nation spoken of was merely to afford its aid to restore them to their temporal kingdom.

But, whether the prophecy hath a temporal or a spiritual sense, I submit to your judgment, and not to that of the Jews in the East.

Let us then, my Brethren, obey the prophetic mandate, and “send forth ambassadors “ in light ships ; saying, Go, ye swift messen

gers, to a nation scattered and peeled,” dispersed in all lands : “ to a people terrible from « their beginning hitherto.From the time since they came forth from Egypt, accompanied by signs and wonders, they have been a terror and a wonder to all. Send ye ambassadors “ to a nation expecting and looking " out” for the Messiah, who is also the desire of other nations; and announce ye to all, That the “ desire of ALL nations is come.” Hag. ii. 7. “ Lift ye up the ensign upon - the mountains, that all the inhabitants of “ the world may see; and blow ye the trum

pet," the Great Trumpet of the World's Jubilee, 6 that all the dwellers on the earth

may hear."

“ Ye are the light of the world.” Let not your light be confined to this spot, in a northern region. Put away the reproach, that

ye are known out of your country, merely as a Commercial People. Even as a Commercial People, you are, at this moment, shut out of the countries of Europe. Obey then the present providence, and resort to the ports of distant lands; carrying the message of kindness ito a people who “stretch forth their hands," and will receive your commerce, and the Gospel together.

It is not your duty to wait till the nation send forth messengers at the public expense. Perhaps that period may never come. be, that our Church knoweth not how to promote such an object, but by the instrumentality of subordinate societies: as the State sometimes administers the government of a remote branch of the empire by the same means. Two such Societies were instituted about a hundred years ago; but the period for great and successful exertion was evidently not then come. You are a Third Society, established in more auspicious times; and others

It may

may follow.

It is not your duty, I say, to wait till the Nation, in its public capacity, begin to send forth preachers to the Gentiles. If that event should ever arrive, you prepare the way. If Individuals did not begin, the Universal Church would not follow. What measure of great public utility was ever executed by

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Church or State, which was not first proposed by Individuals ?-which was not first resisted by the greater body; and, perhaps, for a time, defeated ?

Consider, finally, the example of the Great Author of our Religion. Draw your light from him. At the first promulgation of his Gospel to the Heathen World, he gave his commission to individuals. During three hundred years, the Ministry of the Gospel was committed to individuals : I mean they were not associated by any authority of temporal empire : and by them the conversion of the nations was effected, under the spiritual direction of their respective Churches and Societies in Rome, Corinth, Alexandria, Antioch, and Je. rusalem. It may be the divine will that the promulgation of the Gospel at this time should be effected partly by the same means.

Your object and that of the Bible Society is the same. It is to give the Bible to the World. But, as that Sacred Volume cannot be given to men of different nations until it be translated into their respective languages, it is the province of your Institution to send forth proper instruments for this purpose. Your Society is confined to Members of the Established Church. You do not interfere with the “ Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in

Foreign Parts," nor with that “ for Pro

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