house of Eli forever for the iniquity which he knoweth, because his fons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.”

If the youth be removed from the government of his parents, they, under whose care he now lives, should speak to him. As he is become a member of their family, they are bound, as they see occafion, to advise and reprove him. Every head of a family has authority within his own house; and he can, if he will, maintain order and government there. Let his example be pure and blameless, and his instructions and reproofs will be powerful and efficacious. If there be those in his family, who, by reason of age, are beyond the reach of his authority; or, by reason of perverseness, spurn the orders of his house, he can, at least, remove them. Let every householder adopt David's resolution, “ I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way : 1 will walk within my house with a perfect heart: I will fet no wicked thing before my eyes. A froward heart fhall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person. Mine eyes shall be on the faithful, that they may dwell with me. He that worketh deceit shall not dwell in my house ; he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.”

Ministers ought to speak to him. Christ has given it in command to them to feed his lambs. It is a part of Paul's charge to Titus, “Exhort young men to be fober minded.” John wrote to little children and to young men, “that the word of God might dwell in them, and that they might be strong to overcome the wicked one.” ' Minifters are to regard the weak as well as the strong, and children as well as those who are of full

age. They are to give every one his portion, and to distribute in Christ's family both milk and strong meat.

Aged people should speak to him. Their years, gravity and experience, if accompanies with rightcousness, give dignity to their perfons, weight to their counsels, and authority to their reproofs. On the contrary, their silence and connivance will embolden the youthful transgreffor, and strengthen his hands, that he will not depart from iniquity. Paul says to Titus,“ Speak thou the things which become found doctrine, that the aged men be fober, grave, temperate, found in faith, charity and patience : The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, that they may teach the young to be sober, discreet and good."

Youths ought to speak often among themselves ; to reprove, admonish, and encourage one another, as there is occafion ; to exhort one another daily, lest any be hardened through the deceitfulness of fin, and to be fellow helpers to the truth.

If youth, in general, were disposed to testify against the wicked practices of their associates, they would soon discourage them. Many are emboldened in their wickedness, because they meet with Tome who treat it with a kind of jocular and mirthful approbation. Now if you would frown upon it, express your abhorrence of it, and show that you cannot bear them who are evil, the guilty would be ashamed of themselves. The advice which the apostle gives to Christians concerning their treatment of a disorderly brother, is fit to be observed by you in your conduct toward a disorderly companion. “ Note such an one, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed : yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.”

You will now ask, in what manner muft we speak to him that is young ?

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Speak to him fpeedily. Delays in important matters are attended with great danger. If you think of any thing neceffary to be fpoken to him, take the first good opportunity to speak it. You may not have another. You or be may soon be dead.

Speak to him early, before he has gone to an ir. reclaimable length in an evil course.

" Whom fhall he teach knowledge ?” says the prophet,

Whom shall he make to understand doctrine ? Them who are weaned from the milk and drawn from the breast.” · Speak to him feasonably, when you find him in a proper frame to hear you ; when his passions are calm, his thoughts compofed, and his mind open to instruction.

Speak to him frequently, for “ precept must be upon precept, line upon line, here a little and there a little.” The Jewish parent was commanded to “talk with his children, when he sat in the house, and when he walked by the way; when he lay down, and when he arose.

Speak to him pertinently; for “a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” If you see him ignorant, enlighten him ; if

you see him rash and presumptuous, check and caution him ; if you see him carelefs, awake him ; if you see him inattentive to danger, warn him ; if you fee him engaged in wickedness, reprove and restrain him ; if you see him turning to the path of virtue, encourage and strengthen him.

Speak to him plainly, but tenderly. Choose out forceable, but acceptable words; such as may reach the heart without irritating the passions. carring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold ; fo is a wise reprover on an obedient ear."

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rents, provoke not your children to wrath, left they be discouraged.”

Speak to him seriously ; that he may see, you are not trifling, but in earnest ; are not influenced by passion or ill humour, but by a regard to his intereft, and a sense of the importance of what you say. The seriousness of your address will, we hope, command his attention.

In this manner you must speak to the young
Well; and what shall we say to him?
Tell him that he has a God to serve.

The voice of nature proclaims the existence of a Deity: We see innumerable objects around us, which evidently could not bring themselves into being, but must owe their existence to some first caufe. He who is the first cause of all things, must be eternal, infinite and independent. And such a Being must poffefs every perfection ; wisdom, power, justice, goodness; and whatever is neces. fary to constitute a perfect character. Yea, the works which we behold demonstrate these perfections in their Author. “The invisible things of God from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and godhead.” The belief of the existence and providence of a God is the first principle of religion. “He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Lead the youth, then, to an early acquaintance with the Creator. Direct his thoughts to the most easy and obvious proofs of the divine perfections and gov. ernment. Teach him to view his maker as always with him, supporting his nature, inspecting his actions, attending to his words and observing his thoughts. Teach him to consider God as a hater

of fin and a lover of righteousness. Teach him to regard every blessing as the gift of God's bounty, and every affliction as the correction of his hand, and to direct his heart to God in grateful acknowledgements of the former, and humble fubmiflion to the latter. Teach him that he is accountable to God for all that he thinks, speaks and does, and that a view to the divine approbation should govern all his conduct.

Tell him that he has a foul to save ; that the power within him, which thinks and reasons, loves and hates, rejoices and grieves, is fpiritual and immortal ; dies not with the body, but survives its diffolution, and will live in another world; that he was not made merely to eat and drink, {port and play for a while in this world, and then to die like the brutes ; but to serve God in his fpirit here, and prepare for an eternal enjoyment of him hereafter ; that, therefore, it must not be his principal care to adorn and feed the body, but to improve and cultivate the mind; to furnish it with knowledge, store it with virtuous principles, and enrich it with noble sentiments; to fubdue the pafsions, restrain the sensual propensities, enlarge the understanding, and become like to God in purity, truth and goodness. Remind him of the evidences of his immortality. Teach him to consider his natural desire of life, as an intimation that there is a life beyond this; and the powers of reason and reflection as marks of his superiority to the brutes, and proofs that he was designed for a nobler purpose, than they. Teach him, that as God is a holy and righteous being, he will make a difference between the virtuous and the wicked ; and since good men often suffer, and bad men often prosper in this world, there must be another Vol. V.


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