Geneva during the persecution of Queen Mary, and \rtio published there a new translation, famous afterwards under the name oTthe Geneva Bible, separated eve ry one of the verses, making each into a distinct paragraph. This new contrivance was soon raeived with as much approba tion as the preceding; and all Bibles, in all languages, began to be printed in the same manner, with the verses distinguished in to paragraphs; and so the practice has con tinued to the present time. A singular 'H 'I destiny, to which no other book has been subjected! For in all other works, the in dex, or concordance, or whatever may be tile subsidiary matter, is fashioned so as to be subordinate to the original work; but in the Bible alone, the text and substance of the work is disfigured in order to be adapted to the concordance that belongs to it; and the notion of its being perused is sacrificed to that of its being referred to. In consequence of this, the Bible is to the eye, upon the opening of it, rather as a book of reference than a book for perusal and study; and it is much to be feared, that this circumstance makes it more fre quently used as such; it is referred to for verifying a quotation, and then returned to the shelf. What book can be fundamen tally understood, if consulted only in such a desultory way! Those who extend ‘ ng, but still regulate their efforts ipters, are not more likely to see iptural writings in the true view. A Pious and Enlightened Ministry. j§r 3Y 8. cLorya. - Christian ministry is of Divine origin. It is the instrumentality by which the cause of truth, righteousness, and pie ty are maintained; the moans ordained of God for the salvation of men. In the ar ^ m for the establishment ltiPB»|jh|gdbm bn earth, the institution of ministry is very prominent the men, trained them for the walk under his <fwn sent them forth to preaeh the word tth, and gave them directions for per 1 petuating the hcSjf order. The ftadom of this appointment has been demonstrat ed by the whole history ofthe gospel church. Every great interest needs spe cial supervision; and the greater the inte rest, the mol# thorough and systematic should be tjjFsupervision by which its affairs are to be guarded and directed. And the guardian influence which is ex erted by the ministry over the church, is clearly seen, to be wisely adapted for the accomplishment of its great and momen tous objects. It was designed of God to exert a great moral power over individu als and communities, for the advancement of die highest interests pf mankind, both for time and for eternity. Hence, good men have always looked with anxious so licitude to the character and qualifications of the ministry. This solicitude is natu ral and right; for the statopf public mo rals, end the prosperity of the church, de pend, in a great degree^upon the piety/ ability, and faithfulness of the gospel mi nistry. Both the state of the church, and the character of the times in which we, live, require as devoted, as able, and as faithful a ministry as at any former peri od. The first and most important character istic qf a gospel ministry, is decided piety. This qualification is indispensable; it is demanded both by the Scriptures and the nature of the ministerial office, and for the absence of which nothing can atone.: Unfc sanctified learning and talent will rather obstruct than advance the Redeemer’s kingdom; will rather tarnish than promote the glory of God among mf$i. Every Christian teacher should be a truly con verted man, and should possess the graces of the Spirit in a strong, vivid, and promi nent exercise. He should be truly and eminently a man of God; full of faith and the Holy Ghoet; and should be roof ed and grounded in love. Without a de cidedly pious ministry, no church can pos sibly, for any length of time, sustain a de votional andspiritual character. Her gra ces wilUangpish. her energies will dry up, and her spinttial life will vanish away. But while piety is indispensable, it should not be forgotten that there are oth er qualifications, which are also essential in rendering a minister of the goe]g^*e fill and successful as a public to&cher. The great Head of the church would have

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