disgust at, particular faults and particular characters*Even in one whom we may like on the whole, there maybe £Ekults which we may visit too hardly, because they areexactly such as we feel no temptation to commit. Andagain, in one whom we dislike on the whole, there mayfor the same reason be faults which we tolerate too easily,because they are like our own.There is yet a third cause, and that a very commonone, which corrupts our judgment. We may sympathizewith such and such faults generally, because we are our-selves inclined to them ; but if they happen to be committedagainst us, and we feel the bad effects of them, then weare apt to judge them in that particular case too harshly.Or again, we may rather dislike a fault in general, butwhen it is committed on our own side, and to advance ourown interests, then in that particular case we are temptedto excuse it too readily.There are these dangers besetting us on the right handand on the left, as to our treatment of other men's faults.And if we read the Scriptures we shall find, as might beexpected, very strong language against the error on eitherside. A great deal is said against violence, wrath, un-charitableness, harsh judgment of others, and attemptingor pretending to work God's service by our own bad pas-sions ; and a great deal is also said against tolerating sin,against defiling ourselves with evil doers, against preferringour earthly friendships to the will and service of God.Of these latter commands, the words of the text, andother such passages relating to the conduct to be pursuedby the Israelites towards the nations of Canaan, furnish uswith most remarkable instances. We see how strong andpositive the language is : ^ Thou shalt smite them, andutterly destroy them ; thou shalt make no covenant mththem, nor show mercy to them : ' and the reason is given.