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** If thou fneet thine'enemy's ox, or ass, «« going astray, thou (halt surely bring it ** back to him again: if thou see the ass «« of him that hateth thee, lying under his ** burthen, thou shalt surely help him."

It is much to be feared, the enemies of the present day will scarce forbear smiling at this injunction, so far from obeying it.

"Thou malt not countenance a poor J* man in his cause.

In one sense, this is most rigidly observed in all the courts of Justice.

"And if thou fell ought of thy neigh<{ bour, or buy ought of thy neighbour,. J' ye shall not oppress one another."

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The modern maxim of stiking a bargain, is, perhaps, something different from this. ■

"And if thy brother be waxen poor, and !' fallen in decay with thee; then, thou

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"shalt relieve him, so that he may live "with thee."'

It is really painful to comment, and draw parallels betwixt antient and modern times, when we are compelled to censure the latter in so many cases:—let us, therefore, dose the subject.

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Story of Balaam and his Ass;

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AKB The Lord Opened The Mouth Op The Ass, A*»

SHE SAID UNTO BALAAM, WHAT HAVE I DONE UNTO THEE, THAT THOU HAST SMITTEN ME THESE THS.EM TIMES?

T N whatever light this matter is viewed, * whether as an operation of the Deity (which we have no right to dispute, since 'the same power which can command water from the rock, can as easily inspire the animal with argument) or whether we consider it in the light merely of a moral fable, it is wonderfully beautiful and pathetic. I shall endeavour to illustrate it both scripturally and historically.

"Now Balaam was riding upon his ass, "and his two servants were with him.'*

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In the very setting out of the journey, it was a thing displeasing to the Deity, and the first hints of his displeasure were very remarkably displayed. "And the ass saw "the angel of the Lord standing in the "way, and his sword drawn in his hand." Upon this, the poor creature, very naturally astonished at such a spectable, turned aside out of the way, and went into the field; "And Balaam smote the ass to turn "her into the way." In opposition however to blows, the animal awhile went on, till the fame angelic appearance, standing in a path of the vineyards, made her fly in terror towards the wall, against which she unfortunately crushed the foot of her master : and for this second offence he smote her again. But still the celestial visitant resolved, as it were, to obstruct, or at least to delay the journey, stood at last in so narrow a placet that there was no possibility of passing either to the right hand, or to the left; and when the ass found herself thus beset, and thus thwarted in all her endeavours—what could (he do?

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