THE LIVIG GO TO THE DEAD.BY ATHAAEL EMMOS, D. D.II. SAMUEL, XII. 23.I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.While David's child was sick, he put on sackcloth,lay in the dust, fasted, and besought the Lord to sparehis life. But as soon as he perceived the child wasdead, he arose from the earth, and washed and anoint-ed himself, and changed his apparel, and came intothe house of the Lord, and worshipped : then he cameto his own house ; and when he required, they setbread before him, and he did eat. This sudden changein his appearance and conduct, was surprising to hisservants, who expected that the death of his childwould increase, rather than abate the anguish of hisheart. They accordingly said unto him, " What thingis this that thou hast done ? thou didst fast and weepfor the child while it was alive ; but when thechild was dead thou didst rise and eat bread. Andhe said, while the child was yet alive I fasted andwept ; for I said, who can tell whether God will begracious to me, that the child may live ? But now heis dead, wherefore should I fast ? can I bring him back again. '•^ I shall go to him, but he shall not return^ to me.'''Such a reflection as this, ought to strike the minds of the living, whenever they see any of their relatives,friends, or acquaintance, called out of this into anotherworld. We are much more apt to realize, that our de-parted friends will not return to this world, than that56442 sERMoir xxvii.