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Recordare corum Deus mi, in hac re, et ne sinito deleri benignitatis , quas txercuerunt erga Domum Dei et erga olfervationes ejus .
Of the Spiritual Famine.
A MOS VIII. 1. .
BEHOLD, THE DAYS COME, SAITH THE LORD GOD, THAT I WILL SEND A FAMINE IN THE LAND, NOT A FAMINE OF BREAD, NOR A THIRST FOR WATER, BUT OF HEARING THE WORDS OF THE LORD.
DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN, T ITE have for a short time experienced somewhat of this
W FAMINË of hearing the words of the Lord in his holy
I temple: and on this our FIRST MEETING together after its removal,—there are many matters peculiarly proper, useful, if not absolutely necessary, to be laid before: you in order therefore that we may have time for such purposes, you will permit me to wave all critical disquisitions on the text, and to avail myself of the obvious application ; namely,
FIRST, the infinite importance of PUBLIC RELIGION, the want of which is here represented as a famine.
SECONDLY, the deep obligation we are under to THOSE, by whose special bounty this Spiritual Famine of hearing the words of the Lord has ceased : those in particular that have generously bestowed on this community a commodious place to assemble in, for the noble purposes of adoring the infinite goodness and mercy of our heavenly Father--and of rendering him thanks for the great benefits
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