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The Miseries of War.

The Miseries of War.

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THE REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Jer. iv. 19. My honels, my bowels ! I am pnwed at my very
heart ; my heart maketh a noise in me : I cannot hold my
peace, because thou hast heard, my soul, the sound of the
trumpet, the alarm of war.
THE REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Jer. iv. 19. My honels, my bowels ! I am pnwed at my very
heart ; my heart maketh a noise in me : I cannot hold my
peace, because thou hast heard, my soul, the sound of the
trumpet, the alarm of war.

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THE MISERIES OF WAR. THE REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. Jer. iv. 19. My honels, my bowels ! I am pnwed at my very heart ; my heart maketh a noise in me : I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. THE propriety of setting apart days for national humiliation is questioned by none, except those who despise all religion, or those whose extravagant prin- ciples of liberty lead them to set at nought all human authorities. The most pious of the Jewish kings endeavoured to unite their subjects in prayer and supplication, as the best means of averting the judg- ments which they either felt or feared : and even heathen monarchs have resorted to it, as that which their own consciences taught them was the most likely way to obtain favour with the Most High. We have reason to be thankful that this nation is now called in the most solemn manner to humble itself before God, and to implore help from him under its present difficulties : and happy would it be for us, if the people at large laid to heart, as they ought, the calamities which we suffer, or the sins which have brought them upon us ! In the words before us, we may see what ought to be our feelings on this occasion, and what our conduct. L What 26 JEREMIAH, IV. 19. [551. I. What should be our feelings —
 
That we may estimate aright the feelings which a state of warfare requires, let us view it, 1 . As a calamity endured — • [Those who are at a distance from the scene of war, and hear of it only by l)attles gained or lost, are apt to overlook the miseries of their fellow-creatures, and to think of nothing but the general effect which the events may have on their national ag- grandizement. But if we would form a correct judgment of this matter, let us endeavour to realize the horrors of war. Let us think of a hostile army now in our neighbourhood, and marching to attack the very place wherein we live. How would fear seize hold upon us, and " all faces gather blackness!" Read the menacing descriptions given of an advancing army by the prophets Ezekiel** and Joel*^ : think, from the first tidings of their approach, till you behold them just; ready to spread desolation and slaughter all around them ; think, I say, what your feelings would be : does the prophet exaggerate, when he compares them to the pangs of a woman travailing with her first-born child*^? See your dearest relatives weltering in their blood ; your houses spoiled ; the ob-  jects of your tenderest affection treated with the most shocking indignities ; and you yourselves driven, without food, without raiment, to wander in the open fields, till your exhausted nature sinks under its accumulated woes. Well may we tremble at the bare possibility of such events. Reflect then on a whole kingdom thus desolated ; the hostile armies carrying fire and sword through all the towns and villages of a populous country; " A fire de- voureth before them ; and behind them a flame burneth : the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness : yea, and nothing doth escape them:" What a day of darkness and of gloominess" must that be to the people visited with such awful calamities'^ ! Say then. Brethren, what your feelings should be at this time ! What if these scenes have not been acted before our eyes ; are they the less to be deplored ? And who can tell how soon they may be brought home to our own doors? We intreat you then to lay these things to heart, and no longer to indulge a stupid insensibility to the calamities of war.]
 
2. As a judgment inflicted — [War is one of God's " four sore judgments," wherewith he visiueth a guilty land. It is he who giveth the sword a charge against this or that country % and " says, Sword, pass through the land^" And as he stirred up enemies against Solomon*^, on purpose to "avenge the quarrel of his covenant'^, so it is on » Ezek. xxi. 8 — 17. ''Joelii. 4 — 11. •"• ver. 29, 31. •^ Joel ii. 1 — 3. * Jer. xlvii. 6, 7. ' lizek. xiv. 17^ e 1 Kin. xi. Q, 14, 23, 26. *' Lev. xxvi. 25. . 551.] THE MISERIES OF WAR. 2/ on account of sin that he is now laying upon us his chastising rod' or can we doubt but that lis anger has waxed hot against us, when the judgnients inflii-ted for our sins are so various and of so long continuance. See in what terms he describes his anger against his people of old''! and consider whe- ther, when its effects are so visible on us, it be not high time for us to tremble. Yes surely, the projjhet's direction is exactly such as we are now called to follow^: and, if we refuse to follow it, we may well expect that our judgments will be multiplied, till they have wrought either our humiliation or destruction™. We must be stupid indeed if we do not see reason to '^ cry, when he is so binding us ;" and to " humble ourselves under his mighty hand," when he is so correcting us,] But it will be to little purpose to ascertain what our feelings should be, if we do not also consider, II. What should be our conduct-

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