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servant? for what have I done? or what evil is there in mine hand ?
Now therefore, hear the words of thy servant; If the Lord hath stirred thee up against me, let him accept an offering: but if they be the children of men, Cursed be they before the Lord; for they have driven me out this day, from abiding in the inheritance of the Lord, saying, go serve other Gods. Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the Lord: for the King of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.
I have said in my heart, when Mr. Huntington's great swelling words reached me, that I must certainly perish one day or other by the hands of this great man; but I was soon revived by a still small voice, saying, fear not, for as the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle and perish.
The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth my hand against thee, as thou hast done against me without a cause. .
Thou hast driven me from the habitations of peace, by rewarding me evil for my good, and for this wickedness I pray God thou mayest not have dimness of sight in thy latter end.
Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: pre serve me from the violent man;
Which imagine mischiefs in their hearts; continually are they gathered together for war.
The proud have laid a snare for me, and cords:
but' grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; further not his wicked devices; and let the mischief of his own lips cover him.
Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
Mr. Huntington, it is an easy matter for a man to be clean in his own eyesight; but remember the Lord weigheth the spirits. And also that every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to him that seeth in secret. And although hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
It is by mercy and truth that iniquity is purged, and not by flouncing about, and bolting out high sentences, which are by no means to the point in hand; for my own part, I wish first to understand and practise small things before I climb up to your height: and as you say about a bridle in the jaws, I wish that my mouth may always be kept in with a bit, that I may not offend with my tongue, rather than give that very mischievous member the liberty you too frequently do. You know, sir, that a divine sentence must always be in the mouth of a king, and when so, his mouth transgresseth not in judgment. The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom : but the froward tongue shall be cut out; and the lips of the righteous knoweth what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked speaketh. frowardness.
It is not, sir, your skipping about the bible for high words, about the divine He, the eternal Jehovah, and the like stuff, which will not at all convince me of the reality of your being one whom God has chosen to be his minister, nor even that you in any wise understand, in the smallest degree, those very mysterious but necessary points of Christianity, but should it be even in the affirmative, there is no room on that account for boasting, for what hast thou even then which thou hast not received? and if received, why boast as though thou hadst not received? who made thee to differ?
I know that fools' bolts are always ready, and soon shot, and his wrath is presently known, but a prudent man covereth shame.
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the very heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. People who would convince others that they are right in matters where revelation has left room for doubt, should always be careful to confirm, by practice in their own conduct, the principles they inculcate to others in theory: for I never could believe for my own part, that the golden pipes which convey the golden oil from the olive branch could properly be made the common drains of a dunghill, nor the loathsome spout of peevish rancour, persecution, and raillery, which I am extremely sorry to say, is too often the features of your pulpit. Does the Holy Ghost direct both blessing and cursing in one breath? No, says James, these things certainly ought not so to be: all the vessels of the sanctuary should be holy; and when these bursts of calumny and streams of petulance, and dregs of an unhallowed mind, do break loose, I think then is the time for a bridle to be put in the jaws.
It certainly never can be seemly for a teacher of the eternal word, and minister of the true sanctuary, to adopt a line of deportment in his pulpit, which would be a disgrace to him in his ordinary functions of life out doors.
I have ever thought it the duty of a shepherd of God's fold, to be feeding his own flock, and that with knowledge and understanding. And to be building up a people, such as God would accept, and such as with whom he himself would wish to spend an eternity with, when the strife of this vain world will be no more.
If this is your case, well, if not, God send it may be.
I remain, yours &c.
To MR. BRAMAH.
I RECEIVED your kind epistle, in which you inform me that my letter to you is to be printed, with a suitable answer. I take the earliest opportunity of informing you that my letter is already in the printer's hands; which, with your answer, shall be printed at my own expense, and sent to you free of all charges.
W. H. Paddington, 17th Nov. 1793.
To MR. HUNTINGTON.
Fellow Servants, or Brethren in Egypt,
IF Joseph is at home, pray let him read the contents of the enclosed to King Pharaoh; but if not, let it wait unread, till he, if he be yet alive in Egypt, return.
I am your's in peace and love
Canaan, just returned from Babel's cap
tivity. Liberty the first year of.
[The following was enclosed in the above.]
God is love, Christ is peace, to be quarrelsome is none of the spots of God's children.