LETTER O IMM011TALITY. 439teachings the all-important lesson that at the very gates of death lies life everlasting. The translation of Enoch to hea-ven without dying is not without its significance ; indeed, itgoes far to prove that another habitation does exist for thesons of men, and is reserved for the faithful servants of theLord. Other practical examples might be adduced, but wewill now select some quotations from the same five bookswhich are scarcely less conclusive. Take the sentence," Thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace";* also, chap, xxv,'' He was gathered unto his people"; and what meaning maywe attach to such words but the assurance of a future state ?Indeed, when applied to Abraham, Moses, Aaron, Samuel,Jeremiah, and various others, it is evident that the soul, andnot the body, is referred to, since not one of these wasburied near his fathers, but in distant sepulchres, and inmore than one instance lonely solitudes, far, far from thehaunts of men. These words would otherwise be worsethan meaningless ; they would not even bear the high stampof truth, in itself an utter impossibility, proceeding as theydid from the God of truth. Again, in Gen. xlvii, we findJacob alluding to the length of his pilgrimage, and averringbefore Pharaoh that the years of his life had been ' ' few andevil". ow, the very word pilgrimage betokened his belief that this world was but a preparation for another, free fromthose trials which beset his path here on earth. Then amongthe divers laws given by Moses to the Israelites, we may notesuch expressions as these, Gen., " He who doeth this wrongshall be utterly destroyed", "that soul shall be cut off"; andagain in Lev., " that soul shall be utterly cut off". Heredeath of the soul is threatened as a punishment, therebyclearly implying that a future world is reserved as a rewardfor the pious and virtuous. Then what is more significantand expressive of the belief in immortality among the Israel-ites than their impassioned words to Moses, " Behold, wedie, we perish" ,-\ implying utter annihilation. Again, Moses* Gen. xv, 11. t umbers xvii, 12.