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Jeremiah xxviii. Part of the 16th Verse.
This Year shalt thou die,

Jeremiah xxviii. Part of the 16th Verse.
This Year shalt thou die,

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NEW-YEAR'S DAY. BY SAMUEL HORSFALLJeremiah xxviii. Part of the 16th Verse. This Year shalt thou die, These words were spoken by the prophet, after Hananiah had broken the voke from off the neck of Jeremiah, which he wore by the command of the Lord, to typify the yoke under which the Israehtes should serve Nebuchadnezzar — saying, that in Hke manner, the Lord would break the yoke of that monarch from off their necks: — '^ Hear now, Hananiah," saith the prophet, " the "^ Lord hath not sent thee, but thou makest this " people to trust in a lie : — Therefore thus saith the '^ Lord — behold I will cut thee off from the face of ''the earth:— This year shalt thou die. So SERMON II. 19 " Hananiah the prophet died in the same year in
*Uhe seventh month." Such was the occasion on which the words of the text were spoken! — Hananiah fatally proved by his death the truth of the prophet's prediction. It is to be hoped he made the most of his time, to prepare for the event, by a speedy repentance, af-ter receiving so solemn a warning: — They are re-plete with abundant reflection, and to render them as instructive as possible, let us consider them as addressed to each of us on our entering upon a new year, and in that view, you will allow, they demand our most serious meditation. Time is a thing of which we are most prodigal, yet nothing demands our attention more — in child-hood, in youth, in manhood, and even in age, we let the golden moments pass, and let our pursuit of trifles, pleasures, honours, and riches, occupy all our time, and leave very little thereof, in compari-son, for the preparation of the greatest of all con-cerns. Days, weeks, months, and years pass away neglected and unimproved: — we provide only for a precarious existence in this world, and seldom
D 2t so SERMON 11. think of the future — let our object be what it will, we devote more time to it than we do to that which ought to engage it the most. Could the great concerns of eternity be trans-acted when every other object is gratified, we should want no warning voice to inform us either of the velocity of time, or the certainty of death ; for a man knowing these truths, would re-serve his preparation for these events, to those mo-ments when be felt fatigued with business, or sa-tiated with pleasure: — But as the contrary is a truth confessed by all — every day, month, and year turns into a monitor, and reproves our waste of fleeting time. When we survey the Sun, placed in the firma-

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