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HARYARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1846,
BY WILLIAM S. MARTIEN, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Eastern District
THE TRUTH AND EXCELLENCE OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION.
Their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being
judges,-Deut. xxxii. 31.
THESE words form a part of what is usually denominated “the Song of Moses.” It is a poem of singular beauty; and, by the best judges, is supposed to contain a specimen of almost every species of excellence in composition. It opens with a sublime invocation of the heavens and the earth ; evidently designed to convey a strong idea of the peculiar importance of the subject matter of the poem. The sacred writer speaks sublimely of Israel's God: “Ascribe ye greatness unto our God,” says he.
he. "He is the Rock ; his work is perfect, for all his ways are judgment; a God of truth, and without iniquity, just and right is he.” The author of the poem then adverts to some instances of God's providential care exercised over the tribes of Israel, particularly in conducting them, as on the wings of an eagle, towards the promised land. "As an eagle,” says he, "stirreth up her nest; fluttereth over her young; spreadeth abroad her wings; taketh them; beareth them on her wings, so the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.” This idea of the tribes of Israel being conducted out of Egypt, towards the promised land, as upon the wings of an eagle, is one of great sublimity, particularly, taken in connection with these words—"I kill, and I make alive; I wound and I heal; neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand; for I lift my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.” In comparison with such a God, the idol gods of the heathen were emphatically, “vanity and a lie.” No wonder, then, that Moses here indulges in the feelings of joy and triumph; no wonder that he uses the exulting language of our text; “Their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.” Mark the expression! even our enemies themselves being judges. Moses adverts, it seems, to some well known instances, in which the superiority of Israel's God was acknowledged, even by those who served other gods, which indeed were no gods. This acknowledgment, it will be recollected, was made by the magicians of