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the difficulty of enlivening which, the Lord said to him, “ Son of man, can these bones live ?" And when the Lord God had further said :
“Behold I will cause breath to enter into them, and they shall live,” Ezekiel, it is true, saw that “ the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them above, but—there was no breath in them," so that it was still necessary to prophesy to the wind, and to say, “Come from the four winds, O breath! and breathe upon these slain, that they may live !" Our comfort is, that what appears to the reason of man to be impossible, is easily carried into effect by the wisdom, grace, and omnipotence of God!
It becomes now our pleasant duty, not so much for the purpose of gratifying curiosity, as for satisfying the anxious inquiries of the lovers of the word of God, to state the application of what has been quoted from the prophet ; and to communicate what we consider as proofs of divine life, in those whom we have compared with the dry bones of Ezekiel; and of the efficacy and vital power of the word of God.
The Rev. John Korschunow, a priest in the parish of Ssonikow, in the district of Tschebokssar, has reported to the Archbishop Ambrosius, that a Tschuwaschian, of the name of Nikiforow, belonging to the village of Togaschew, together with his whole family, consisting of eight persons, and further that Matwejeco, belonging to the parish of Wembukas, who with his wife and sister had left their Mahometan parent, and lived in a separate cottage, regularly attend the church on Sunday, in order to hear the Gospel in their native tongue, and that they duly observe the Lord's Day, by abstaining from any kind of work. The priest Iljiun, of the parish of Tscheruyschewo, also writes, that several Tscheremissians who attend the service in their own language frequently express an ardent desire to join the Christian congregation, and to be received into the bosom of the church; and as a pleasing confirmation, he has added a list of thirty-eight Tscheremissians who have been converted to the Christian faith. In addition to the above, the Rev. Messieurs Pernajagoschewsky, Pomeranzew, and Pawlinsky, resident in the parish of Klein-Ssundyr, in the district of Kosmodemjanski, report that many Tscheremissians in their parishes, penetrated by the invigorating light of the Gospel of truth, have renounced their heathenish vows, and with true sincerity of heart joined the Christian church, solemnly engaging to attend divine service, and to abstain from such vices as are inevitably connected with the superstitious rites of their pagan worship. The number of such Tscheremissians as have been converted from darkness to the glorious light of the Gospel amounts to above 100 individuals, including men, women, and children. Lastly, the Rev. Mr. Rawwinow, of Koschwasch, states, that by means of reading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, thirty-seven persons in that place, and fifteen in the village of Torajew, have espoused the Christian faith, and that not only they, but many others, acknowledge their former religious system to be grounded on gross superstition.
AUXILIARY AND BRANCH SOCIETIES IN THE BRITISH DOMINIONS.
Together with about 2,000 Bible Associations ; of which, more than 500 are
* Including thirteen which contribute only a portion of their funds to this object.
+ BIBLE SOCIETIES in Foreign Parts, and the Number of Bibles and Testaments
printed or distributed by them respectively, with the aid of the British andForeign Bible Society.
Scriptures 1. Basle Bible Society, instituted 1804–
Bibles and German, French, and Italian Bibles and Testaments, and Romanese Testa
146,670 2. Zurich Bible Society, instituted 1812, with an Auxiliary at Win.
terthur;— German Bibles and Testaments
21,540 3. Chur Bible Society, instituted 1813– Romanese Bibles and Testaments..
7,000 4. Schaffhausen Bible Society, instituted 1813
4,522 5. St. Gall Bible Society, instituted 1813
25,000 6. Aargovian Bible Society, instituted 1815..
7,208 7. Bern Bible Society
12,000 8. Lausanne Bible Society, instituted 1814.. 9. Geneva Bible Society, instituted 1814. 10. Neufchâtel Bible Society, instituted 1816.
16,000 11. Waldenses Bible Society, at La Tour, instituted 1816. 12. Glarus Bible Society, instituted 1819
1,050 13. Hungarian Bible Institution at Presburgh, formed in 1812– Slavonian and Wendish Testaments
5,000 14. Würtemberg Bible Society, instituted at Stuttgardt, 1812, with 46
119,890 15. Grand Duchy of Baden Bible Society, instituted 1820, with
14,000 16. Strasburgh Bible Society, instituted 1815 German Bibles and Testaments
25,300 17. Hesse-Darmstadt Bible Society, instituted 1817; comprehending, among other
Auxiliaries, those previously formed at Michelstadt, in the Odenwald, and at Worms, and a Sister-Institution
18,324 at Giessen, instituted 1817. 18. Hanau Bible Society, instituted 1818.
3,026 19. Hesse-Cassel Bible Society, instituted 1818.
861 20. Ratisbon Bible Society, instituted 1803 — German Testaments":
65,000 21. Hesse-Homburg Bible Society, instituted 1816. 22. Nassau, Duchy, Bible Society, instituted 1816. 23. Frankfort Bible Society, instituted 1816 ..
63,037 24. Waldeck and Pyrmont Bible Society, instituted 1817. 25. Lippe-Detmold Bible Society, instituted 1816
1,833 Carried forward.....................
557,261 + All Foreign Societies have purchased and distributed Bibles, some to the amount of many thousand copies, but the exact number cannot in every instance be ascertained.
In addition to those printed by Societies, three Catholic Clergymen li ave published above 600,000 copies of the German New Testament,
557,261 20 Hanover Bible Society, instituted 1814; with 23 Auxiliary Societies
and Associations at
Osnaburgh, Aurich, Goettingen,
35,000 27. Bremen Bible Society, instituted 1815; with an Auxiliary at Vegesack.
5,534 28. Hamburgh-Altona Bible Society, instituted 1814 ; with Branches at Mohrenfleth, Bergedorf, Ritzebuettel
63,206 29. Luebeck (City of) Bible Society, instituted 1814. 30. Eutin Bible Society, for the Principality of Luebeck, instituted 1817.
1,175 31. Lauenburgh-Ratzeburgh Bible Society, instituted 1816. 32. Mecklenburgh-Schwerin Bible Society, instituted 1816. 33. Rostock Bible Society, instituted 1816.
5,617 34. Brunswick Bible Society, instituted 1815. 35. Prussian Bible Society, instituted at Berlin, 1805, enlarged 1814. German, Polish, Bohemian, and Wendish Scriptures
Dahme, Danzig, Elberfeldt, Erfurth, Finsterwalde, Francfort on the Oder,
200,000 36. Eichsfeld Bible Society, instituted 1815 ; with an Auxiliary So
ciety at Nordhausen.
Leipsig, Herrnhut, Budissen, &c.
58,333 41. Bavarian Protestant Bible Institution, instituted 1821
3,030 42. Icelandic Bible Society, instituted 1815.* 43. Finnish Bible Society, at Abo, instituted 1812; with Auxiliaries
19,500 44. Russian Bible Society at St. Petersburgh, instituted 1813; with 289
Auxiliaries, Branches, and Associations, at
Kiachta, and other places.
Bibles. | Tests.
8,175 Greek, Modern
11,146 Ditto, Ancient
5,000 3,000 Grusinian
7,021 Calmuc, Gospels and Acts in separate Books
10,039 Karelian, Gospel of St. Matthew
3,996 30,000 Moldavian
5,010 10,077 Mongolian, Gospels and Acts in separate Books.
6,440 Mordwinian Gospels
15,597 22,833 Persiau
7,200 15,923 Samogitian
5,000 Turkish, with Armenian characters
5,000 Tartar, Genesis
2,000 Tartar Turkish
5,500 Ditto, Psalter..
3,550 Ditto, Gospel of St. Luke
5,000 Carried forward..
276,791 1 349,772 936,903 * Previous to the establishment of this Institution, 5,000 Bibles and 8,000 Testaments were printed, for the use of the Icelanders, by the British and Foreign Bible Society, and 2,000 of the
Copies of Scriptures
Bibles. Tests. Tests. Brought forward
276,791 | 349,772
936,903 Tartar Orenburg
5,000 Ditto, Gospel of St. Matthew
2,000 Tscheremissian Gospels
3,000 Tschuwaschian Gospels
5,025 7,112 French
7,061 6,433 Reval-Esthonian
5,108 10,000 Dorpat ditto
8,000 In various other languages
704,831 45. Swedish Bible Society, instituted 1809; enlarged 1814; with its
Skara, Carlstadt, Wexio, Carlscrona, Linkoping, Calmar, &c.
215,360 46. Norwegian Bible Society, instituted 1816
16,000 47. Danish Bible Society, instituted 1814, with Auxiliaries at
Odensee, Aalborg, Kioge, Lyngbye, Friedericia, Zealand, Bornholm,
Fuehnen, Jutland, &c.
100,500 48. Sleswig-Holstein Bible Society, instituted 1815; with Auxiliaries
Hadersleben, Apenrade, &c.
46,500 49. Polish Bible Society, at Warsaw, instituted 1816. 50. Netherlands Bible Society, comprehending fifty-seven Constituent
Societies, in the principal towns in the kingdom.
19,100 51. Paris Protestant Bible Society, instituted 1818; with 96 Auxi
liaries, Branches, and Associations at
Tonniens, Marseilles, Colmar, and Muehlhaussen, &c. &c.
53,500 52. Ionian Bible Society, instituted at Corfu, 1819; with Auxiliaries at
2,000 Malay (Romaw character) Bibles and Genesis
2,000 3,000 (Arabic character).
2,000 3,000 Hindoostanee (Nagree character) New Testament & Gospels
7,000 Bengalee Gospels and New Testaments ..
8,500 Tamul Genesis and New Testament
2,000 5,000 Hindoostanee; Gospels and Acts
20,000 Ditto New Testaments
2,000 Ditto Pentateuch
2,000 Ditto Old Testaments
2,000 Teloogoo Destaments
2,000 Hindoostanee and English Gospel of St. Matthew.
5,000 Bengalee and English Gospels of St. Matthew and St. John.
5,000 Acts and Epistles, in Bengalee ...
79,400 2. Bombay Auxiliary Society, instituted 1813– Guzrattee Old Testaments
600 Ditto New Testaments
1,000 3. Madras Auxiliary Society, instituted 1820; with Branches at Bel
lary and Trichinopoly.
1,000 Ditto New Testaments
2,500 Ditto four Gospels and Acts
2,500 4. Colombo Auxiliary Society, in the Island of Ceylon) institu
ted 1812; with Branch Societies at Galle, Trincomalie, and
4,600 Ditto Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Mark
600 Carried forward.....,
Copies of Scriptures Bibles and
Tests. Brought forward
2,211,776 Cingalese Genesis
2,000 Ditto Psalms
2,000 Ditto Proverbs
1,000 Ditto Bible ..
1,000 Indo-Portuguese Psalms
American National Bible Society, including 2000 Copies of the Gospel of St.
451,902 2. Philadelphia Bible Society, with a number of Auxiliaries and Associations, instituted 1808
112,126 Total ....
EDITIONS OF THE SCRIPTURES
English, various editions
018 2,250 249,000
15,000 15,000 4,700
500 48,050 1,600
300 18,000 18,000 11,000
5,000 11,000 10,000 5,000 5,000 1,000 2,000