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And now published for the Benefit of the fame Charity.

By WILLIAM BROMLEY CADOGAN, M. A.

Rector of St. Luke's, Chelsea, Vicat of St. Giles's, Reading,

And Chaplain to the Right Hon. the Lord Cadogan.

If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

READING:
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by J. F. and C. RIVINGTONS and J. MATHEWS, LONDON;
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---IN THEE THE FATHERLESS FINDETH MERCY.

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HIS chapter begins with an exhortation

to repentance, and God not only exhorts them to repent; but puts words into their mouths, with which they may return unto him.: "OIsrael, return unto the " Lord thy God ;. før thom haft fallen by " thine iniquity. : Take with you 'words, !! and turn unto the Lorda fay unto Him, take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously :, fo will we render the calves

of our lips. Alhur shall not save us; we I will not ride upon horses: neither will we

say any more to the work of our hands, “ Ye are our Gods; for 'in Thee the father« less findeth

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In speaking upon these words we are naturally led to enquire, first, who are the fatherless ;- secondly, what is the mercy which they find ;-and thirdly, where they find it. -in “ THEE the fatherless findeth

mercy.”

First then, the term “ Fatherless” is put into the mouths of those, who had turned from the living and true God unto idols,

mingled with the heathen, and learned “ their works :” which was the case with Israel and Judah when Hofea prophecied, that is “ in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, « Ahaz, Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and “ in the days of Jeroboam the Son of

Josiah, king' of Israel.”. The prophet is commissioned to point out to them by signs and by words their fpiritual fornications, ä very striking expression, by which the Holy Ghost marks the idolatry of those, to whom "I was an Hufband, faith the Lord”?.. and to whom the Lord represents himself as a

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Jer, xxxi, 32.

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