THE PROPER IMPROVEMET OF GOD'S MERCIES.THE REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. ahum i. 15. Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that hringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace ! Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows. I the writings of the Prophets there is an abrupt- ness of style, which often renders them intricate, and almost iminteUigible. The rapidity of their transitions from one person to another, from one period to ano- ther, and from one subject to another, tends to be- wilder the mind, and operates as a discouragement to us, when we endeavour to investigate and com- prehend their meaning. But when we are on our guard respecting this, we shall often discover beau- ties that will amply repay the labour of investigation, and shall be led to admire those passages, which at first sight appeared to be involved in impenetrable obscurity. The subject of the prophecy before us is the de- struction of Sennacherib's army, as a prelude to the overthrow of the Assyrian empire, of which ineveh was the capital. The prophet begins this chapter with expatiating in general terms on the power and vindictive justice of Jehovah''. He then speaks of these perfections with a more express reference to his main point''. After that, he proceeds to address himself to ineveh, from whence that " wicked coun- sellor," Sennacherib, should come^ Then, in Jeho- vah's name, he addresses himself to the Jewish na- tion, to certify them, that, however greatly this for- midable enemy should harass and distress them, -they ¦* TbanksgTving Sermon for Peace.