ciples of piety towards God, many retain the affec-tions of nature towards their kindred. The adher-ence of these affections to the soul after its separationfrom the body, is supposed in the parable, and theirinfluence prompts the request here made. Findingall application to obtain relief for himself to be vain,the rich man is here represented as expressing aa concern for his brethren, still living on earth andin possession of that wealth which was lately enjoy-ed by him ; lest by the abuse of it, and by followinghis thoughtless course, they might come to the samefatal end. He therefore proposes, what we are allready to imagine must prove an irresistible mean of conviction and reformation, the mission to them of amonitor from the dead. In the reply of Abraham,it is ^affirmed that all just ground or reason for sucha mission, has been superseded by what God himself has told them in the writings of Moses and theProphets. With these writings, however, the richman himself had been always favoured, and as theyhad failed of any effectual influence upon him, hesupposed that they might also fail with respect tohis brethren; and upon this ground repeats hisrequest as a measure that would be more efficacious ;" nay, father Abraham ; but if one go to them fromthe dead, they will repent." They cannot withstandso awful a messenger, nor disregard his warnings.But Abraham puts an end to the discourse with thisperemptory assertion, " If thev hear not Moses and1290 FUTURE STATE.the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded, thoughone rose from the dead." By putting this languagein the mouth of Abraham, our Saviour gives it ashis own judgment upon the case.