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THE prophet, inftead of chiding the afflicted parent, humbly expoftulates with his GOD. Though he was fervent in fpirit, his pity extinguishes all anger at this unjust accusation-it rather ferves to increase the ardour of his application to the Almighty. His only remedy is prayer. That which fhut heaven from rain, feeks to open it for life. He pleads his intereft with Gop-the diftrefs of the fufferer-her infupportable calamity, in being deprived of her last remaining comfort-and he prefumes to urge the confequences which would befal himself. "See what a return Elijah has made for hofpitality-furely he must be devoid "either of power, or of gratitude!"

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HAVING thus made interceffion with his GOD, the prophet, in an extafy of fpirit, approaches the lifelefs remains. Thrice does he ftretch himself upon the body, as if he would tranfmit into the child a portion of his own existence—

thrice does he call on the Almighty to restore the departed foul. The effecREC tual fervent prayer of the righteous, in all cafes of difficulty and danger, has recourse to the divine omnipotence. What can Elijah afk, that God fhall deny? The LORD heard the voice of his fervant-the foul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

"CALL upon me in the time of trou"ble-fo will I hear thee, and thou "fhalt praise me." With what delight doth the man of GOD take the living child in his arms, and prefent him to his mother, a glorious proof of the power, the mercy, and the peculiar favour of Heaven!

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Now, when the aftonished parent grafps the warm hand of her fon-fees his eyes once more fixed on hers-beholds life, health, and activity in every action, in every gefture-now the exclaims, "By this I know that thou art

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"a man of GOD, and that the word of "the LORD in thy mouth is truth." Alas, had fhe not before fufficient evidence of Elijah's divine commission ? Was not the barrel of meal, was not the crufe of oil, demonftration? The most enlightened foul may fometimes ftand in need of fresh fupplies of heavenly affiftance. Bleffed be the mercy of that GOD, who provides help for our infirmities, and condefcends, (as it were on our own terms) to increase our faith, and work out our falvation.

XXXVIII.

XXXVIII.

ELIJAH ON CARMEL.

FOR more than three years was the land of Israel afflicted by drought and famine. Elijah, to whom the people ascribe their misery, is all this time the object of their hatred and execrations. They abhor, not those fins which had deserved God's vengeance, but the righteous prophet, by whose ministry it was infli&ted. At length the voice of Heaven calls the holy man from Sarepta, and sends him on his perilous embaffy“ Go, shew thyself to Ahab, and I will " send rain upon the earth.” The king and people of Israel shall witness, that

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GOD performeth the word of his fervants, and approves his own veracity in theirs. THE governor of Ahab's houfe is faithful to Jehovah, while his master is the flave of Baal: he had hazarded his own life to preserve those prophets, whom Jezebel fought to deftroy. To him, therefore, while he is fent in search of pasture and springs of water, Elijah fears not to present himself, demanding an interview with his master.

OBADIAH, who had proftrated himfelf to the earth on fight of the prophet, receives the meffage with terrour-he fees nothing but danger and death, either to himself, or to Elijah-to himself, if the object of Ahab's fury be refcued; to Elijah, if he encounter the tyrant's indignation.

BUT when the holy man confirms his purpose with an oath, and declares that he will furely behold the face of Ahab, Obadiah delays no longer. No doubt

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