You are perhaps aware, that the first and proper meaning of theword vile is not so much what is bad, but what is worthless. Wemay add it to the long list of words which have obtained, throughfalse use, an exaggerated and worse sense than they originally carried.It is, literally, poor, or cheap, or nothing worth. The exact termwhich S. Paul uses in this passage is a very touching one, * Whoshall change the body of our humiliation.The body of our humiliation! And how painfully accuratethat description of our present body is, who has not found ?ecessary as it is to us, and proud as we may be about it, nevertheless it is a body of humiliation. It matters not about age or station,high-born or low-born, rich or poor, it is to us all a body of humiliation every day. otwithstanding all the time, and all the money,and all the care we may spend about it, every day, to please it, todress it, to keep it ! And there are all the humiliating functionswhich it has to perform ; and the many things which almost reduceit to the level of the lowest animal.And how does it repay us ? When we are well, it tempts us to sin :and when we are ill, it tempts us to despair. One time it inducesselfishness, and drunkenness, and gluttony, and evil passions ; andanother, low spirits, and irritableness, and nervous fears. It is far194OUTLIES O VARIOUS PASSAGESmore a clog to drag us to the ground than ever it is a wing to helpus to soar.Who has not felt what a humbling thing it is to be sick and dependent upon others ? And who has not found how it is no lesshumbling, when raised to health again, to forget all the goodresolutions which we made in our sickness ? And who has not oftenthought : * Oh, what might not my mind become, but for itscumberings ! How spiritual I should be, if I had no sickness, andno weariness, and no weakness worse than death !You are pretty, and it makes you proud ; or, you are plain, and itmakes you mortified ! There is the weakness of childhood, and thedecrepitude of age! the grey hairs, the waning beauty, the dimeyesight, the weakened memory !