THE RESTORATIO AD COVERSIO OF THE JEWS. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. Deut. XXX. 4 — 6. If any of th'me he driven out unto the utmost parts of heaven, from thence will the Lord thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee : and the Lord thy God ivill hring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it ; and he will do thee good, and -mul- tiply thee above thy fathers. And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed., to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, thai thou mayest live. I interpreting the holy Scriptures, it is common with many to dwell almost exclusively upon the lite- ral or historical sense of them, and to confine their meaning to the persons to whom the different parts were immediately addressed, or of whom they spake. But this limits the use of the sacred volume in such a manner, as to render it of little service to us. By supposing that it related only to other persons and other times, we get rid of its authority, destroy its power over our conscience, and learn to set aside every doctrine which we do not choose to receive, and every precept which we do not choose to prac- tise. But there is an opposite error, against which also we ought to be on our guard. Some are so in- tent on the spiritual sense of Scripture, as almost entirely to overlook the literal. But the primary meaning is often as replete with instruction as any that '308 DEUTEROOMY, XXX. 4 6. [151.