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Confidence in the Providence of God Recommended.

Confidence in the Providence of God Recommended.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY Dr. James Inglis


MATTHEW, Vi. 34.

*' TakCf thereforef no thoiight for the morrow; for the mor-
row shall take thought for the things of itself. Siiffi-
cient unto the day is the evil thereof.**
BY Dr. James Inglis


MATTHEW, Vi. 34.

*' TakCf thereforef no thoiight for the morrow; for the mor-
row shall take thought for the things of itself. Siiffi-
cient unto the day is the evil thereof.**

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COFIDECE I THE PROVIDECE OF GOD RECOMMEDED. BY Dr. James InglisMATTHEW, Vi. 34. *' TakCf thereforef no thoiight for the morrow; for the mor- row shall take thought for the things of itself. Siiffi- cient unto the day is the evil thereof.** These are the concluding words of an exhortation of our Saviour when uriving upon those to whom it was addressed, the duty of placing an unreserved trust in the providence of God. The first words of the text are unha])pily translated. They are far from expressing the force of the original. The simple thought respecting futurity was not meant to be pro- hibited; but undue thought; anxious cares; corroding solic- itudes. The same verb is somewhat more accurately ren- dered in the Epistle to the Philippians, <»be careful for nothing; hut in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God."* Even here, the phrase would have been better rendered, "be anxious about nothing;" "for doubtless we ought not to be careless about whatever is worthy to be the subject of a re- quest to God."f The justly celebrated Dr. Camjjbcll, in his notes critical and explanatory upon Matthew's gospel, thus introduces his remarks upon our text; "I do not think there is, in the common version, a more palpable deviation than this, from the sense of the original." o translation ? Phil. iv. 6. t See Campbell. 310
 
it is presumed, can be found superiour in fidelity and cor- rectness, to that of the great annotator alluded to; which, therefore, I will take leave to submit to you; "be not, then, anxious about the morrow; the morrow will be anxious about itself. Sufficient for every day is its own trouble." "To take no thought about what concerns our own sup- port, and the support of those who depend upon us, would inevitably prove the source of that improvidence and inac- tion, which are, in the ew Testament, branded as criminal in a very high degree '* What says the apostle of the Gen- tiles? "This we commanded you, that if any man would not work, neither should he eat."* "If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel. "f Thus by the received version of the text there is exhibited a glaring contradiction between the Lord and his apostle, while a true and accurate version would represent them as they invaria- bly and infallibly are, in perfect accordance. The expressions "the day" and "the morrow," are not to be limited to that precise measure or mark of time which, in common speech, they are understood to denote. A refer- ence to many passages of scripture which it is not necessa- ry now to specify, will shew clearly that these expressions are very frequently employed as descriptive of time present and time future; thin future fn»e, or mon-ow, however, being understood to be a space brief and transient, when mention- ed or contemjjlated in relation to eternity. What can be more affectingly appropriate than the term *'to-morrow,** literally designating no longer a period than the revolution of a natural day, to figure to us the short duration of our concern with this world and its occurrences, and the insig- nificance of all that passes beneath the sun, to man, the in- kcritor of an immortal existence? After these preliminary explanations, we are prepared to take a more enlarged view of the divine prohibition publish* ed by the text.
 
*2 Thess. iii. 10. fl Tim. v. 8. 311 '»Take, therefore, no tliouglit for tlie morrow; for the morrow shall take thouj^lit for the things of itself. Suffi- cient unto the day is the evil thereof." "Be not anxious, then, about the morrow; the morrow will be anxious about itself. Sufficient for every day is its own trouble." What fault — what erroneous and sinful conduct is here forbidden? From the explanation given of the term, it evi- dently is by no means fore-thought, simply considered, or the prudent anticipation of what may come to pass; but an undue thoughtfulness — an unnecessary care — a painful anx- iety — a perpetually corroding solicitude. "Be not anxious about the morrow.*' Let not the multitude of your thoughts be entirely composed of gloomy or disagreeable apprehen- sions; let not your imaginations be so perverted, that sad forms of evil and adversity shall be perjjetually passing and repassing; let not the "soul be ever abroad, transporting itself into distant time, and taken up with the things which are supposed to happen in it; let not your melancholy med- itations be pursued with the friendly call of tired nature's sweet restorer, balmy sleep, and resumed with the returning light."* «<Be not anxious about the morrow." "Walk not in a vain shew; disquiet not yourselves in vain." Be not de-  jected — overwhelmed — perplexed — agitated — terrified — by forebodings of what may be to come on earth. "Man, like the benighted traveller, is apt to imagine dangers where there are none, and trembles at every step he takes. "Between the future and the time that now is, a cloud interposes so thick that no eye can pierce it; and persons, influeiiced by melan-

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