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becomes “ that path no bird of prey version will be found to possess a life and knoweth, neither hath the falcon's eye vigour and clearness that make the old

familiar passages even more full of meanIn the closing chapters "the cluster” ing. We select, as one example typical replaces “ the sweet influences of the of many, the following from Isaiah liii.. Pleiades,” and “the bear with her train” 7-9. “ He was oppressed, yet He humbled replaces “ Arcturus with his sons." We Himself and opened not His mouth; as a now have the “ wild ox" instead of the lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as “unicorn"; "the wing of the ostrich a sheep that before her shearers is dumb; instead of the "peacock.” The war- yea, He opened not His mouth. By ophorse, instead of being “afraid as a pression and judgment He was taken grasshopper,” now “ leaps as a locust,” away; and as for His generation, who and for the old rendering, not at all among them considered that He was cut clear, “the glory of his nostrils is ter- off out of the land of the living ? For rible,” we have "the glory of his snort- the transgression of My people was He ing.” The more accurate use of the tenses stricken. And they made His grave with gives new force to many passages.

the wicked, and with the rich in His The Psalms are now divided, as in the death ; although He had done Hebrew text, into five books, and afford violence, neither was any deceit in His many good instances of the reviser's mouth.' restraint in making alterations. In the Space does not permit the multiplica23rd only one word is varied. The 47th tion of examples, but careful thoughtful contains many typical improvements, such reading of the new version will bring to as, “ The King's daughter within the light, on almost every page, improvements palace is all glorious.” In the 47th all that all tend to make the meaning of the peoples are exhorted to clap their hands, inspired word clearer to the mind of the thus widening out, not here only, but in reader. The revisers have changed the many other places also, the scope of the text only where it was felt by the great Psalm far beyond the limits of Israel. majority of the company to be really The 121st now begins, “I will lift up needful, and although it is too much to mine eyes unto the mountains. From expect that in all their decisions they whence shall my help come? My help will carry the judgment of others with cometh from the Lord which made heaven them, yet every devout earnest reader of and earth."

the Old Testament cannot fail to profit The prophecies gain greatly in their greatly by their labours. More and more force and meaning to the English reader will it become clear to those who thus in their new form. It is hardly too much study it that the Old Testament is not to say that although the words have simply an old-world story, but that it been very familiar to many, they have contains God's revelation to men of the not always conveyed clear meanings. way in which He deals with men and The best way to appreciate the difference nations, and of the way in which His love between the two is to compare long pas- has seen fit to work out salvation for all sages. Wherever this is done, the new who are in bondage to sin.

RICHARD LOVETT, M.A.

THE REVISED OLD TESTAMENT. The interest aroused in Bible translation serve to prove this, and will also indicate a few years since by the issue of the the wonderful light thrown upon many Revised New Testament has been re- passages that are obscure, imperfectly awakened by the publication of the expressed, or mistaken in the old version. Revised Old Testament. More than two It is a great gain, moreover, to have the hundred and fifty years have gone by Bible not broken up into verses, but since what is known as the authorized given in paragraphs. It is also most helpversion was given to the English people. ful to have the poetical parts made clear During that interval the world has to the eye. Take, for instance, the song learned much on many subjects, and it of Deborah and Barak. The very opening would have been strange if

, on matters words become much clearer in their new relating to the Bible, nothing new had form, come to light.

“ For that the leaders took the lead in Israel, The authorized version of the English

For that the people offered themselves wilBible is a marvellous book. It has lingly, conferred benefits upon the world that Bless ye the Lord” I cannot adequately be measured by any replaces the old “ Praise ye the Lord power we possess.

It has become so for the avenging of Israel, when the much a part of the nation's best life, and has acquired such a sacredness of associa- people willingly offered themselves." In tion, that many are disposed to think it verse 14, “they that handle the pen of incapable of improvement, and to look that handle the marshal's staff,” and in

the writer,” is replaced by " they upon any attempts in that direction as little short of sacrilege.

verse 16 the unintelligible “For the

divisions of Reuben there were great But in the last 250 years scholars have studied more deeply the niceties searchings of heart,”_gives way to, "" At of the Hebrew language ; they have the watercourses of Rueben there were become better acquainted with the natural great searchings of heart.” A close comhistory and physical features of Palestine, show that the new gives a bold, vigorous,

parison of the new and old renderings and they have come to know more about lifelike version of the ancient song of the political, social, and religious life of the Jews and their neighbours. Hence triumph, thoroughly intelligible from words and inferences that the old trans- of a similar kind are Jacob's blessing,

beginning to end. Excellent examples lators misunderstood can now be rightly Moses' song, and Balaam's prophecies. rendered, and matters that were dark to

The book of Job will now become full them are light to the best and most of new meanings to the attentive reader. devout students of our day.

Careful reading of the revised oid The alterations are slight in extent, but Testament shows how closely the prin- For instance, in the 28th chapter, a

give wondrous vividness to the language. ciples laid down for the guidance of the vein for” becomes “a mine for the silver.” work have been followed, the chief of "The flood breaketh out from the inwhich were “ to introduce as few altera- habitant” becomes, "He breaketh open tions as possible consistently with faithfulness," and “ to limit, as far as possible," a path which

no fowl knoweth, and

a shaft away from where men sojourn”; the expression of such alterations to the

which the vulture's eye hath not seen," language of the authorized and earlier English versions.” A few examples will

Judges v. 2.

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becomes “that path no bird of prey version will be found to possess a life and knoweth, neither hath the falcon's eye vigour and clearness that make the old seen it.”

familiar passages even more full of meanIn the closing chapters " the cluster" ing. We select, as one example typical replaces “the sweet influences of the of many, the following from Isaiah liii. Pleiades," and " the bear with her train ” 7-9. “ He was oppressed, yet He humbled replaces " Arcturus with his sons." We Himself and opened not His mouth; as a now have the “wild ox" instead of the lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as “unicorn”; “ the wing of the ostrich ” a sheep that before her shearers is dumb; instead of the "peacock.” The war- yea, He opened not His mouth. By ophorse, instead of being " afraid as a pression and judgment He was taken grasshopper,” now “ leaps as a locust,” away; and as for His generation, who and for the old rendering, not at all among them considered that He was cut clear, “ the glory of his nostrils is ter- off out of the land of the living? For rible,” we have "the glory of his snort- the transgression of My people was He ing.” The more accurate use of the tenses stricken. And they made His grave with gives new force to many passages.

the wicked, and with the rich in His The Psalms are now divided, as in the death ; although He had done no Hebrew text, into five books, and afford violence, neither was any deceit in His many good instances of the reviser's mouth." restraint in making alterations. In the Space does not permit the multiplica23rd only one word is varied. The 47th tion of examples, but careful thoughtful contains many typical improvements, such reading of the new version will bring to

“The King's daughter within the light, on almost every page, improvements palace is all glorious." In the 47th all that all tend to make the meaning of the peoples are exhorted to clap their hands, inspired word clearer to the mind of the thus widening out, not here only, but in reader. The revisers have changed the many other places also, the scope of the text only where it was felt by the great Psalm far beyond the limits of Israel. majority of the company to be really The 121st now begins, “I will lift up needful, and although it is too much to · mine eyes unto the mountains. From expect that in all their decisions they whence shall my help come? My help will carry the judgment of others with cometh from the Lord which made heaven them, yet every devout earnest reader of and earth.”

the Old Testament cannot fail to profit The prophecies gain greatly in their greatly by their labours. More and more force and meaning to the English reader will it become clear to those who thus in their new form. It is hardly too much study it that the Old Testament is not to say that although the words have simply an old-world story, but that it been very familiar to many, they have contains God's revelation to men of the not always conveyed clear meanings. way in which He deals with men and The best way to appreciate the difference nations, and of the way in which His love between the two is to compare long pas- has seen fit to work out salvation for all sages. Wherever this is done, the new who are in bondage to sin.

RICHARD LOVETT, M.A.

NOVEMBER.
SHADOW on the gloomy plain,

Of dreamers who on fancies brood-
O wrapped in winds and drenched in rain;

Healthful November!
Dark month !-and thou art here again,
A ghost-November !

Thou hind'rest labour but for rest;

Thou hid’st life’s germ within the nest; I watched thee gathering far away

Thou work'st in gloom, but for the best, Thy siege against the autumnal day;

Silent November ! I heard thy funeral marches play Their dirge-November ! Thy sharp frosts sow the field with gold;

The winter sleep is safe though cold; The dirge of Summer, dead and gone;

O worker, thou art wise, though bold The funeral of the suns that shone;

And rough-November! I heard the forests sob and moan: Death-struck—November ! Breathe thy crisp vigour through my veins,

Teach me to take thy higher pains, I saw the late flowers die with fear,

And win, through loss like thine, thy gains, I marked the hills grow dun and sere;

Trustful November !
The sunlight fled, -and thou art here,
Dark-faced November!

Cool with thine ice my passions warm,

And keep, beneath thy snows, from harm slayer! what wild work is thine!

The seeds of hope; and nerve my arm Why quenchest thou the things that shine; Why chill'st thou happy hearts—and mine,

With strength, November! Heartless November!

Change the late bloom to hardy fruit,

And bare the branch to rest the root; Hush foolish questions! born and bred

Pass through life's frame from head to foot Of trustless heart and thoughtless head !

Thy force, November! 1 have thy nobler work misread Heaven-sent November!

And when spring comes, aflush with sun,

With its strong, glad life all begun, Thou driv'st the poison from the blood

That is the victory thou hast won, Of the sick world; thou clear'st the mood

Faithful November ! GEO2GE WILSON, M.A., F.L.S.

For the Young.

"I SHALL ASK THE POLICEMAN.”

T was a very wet day. Peek Street! It was a long way off, and there

The rain poured down were a great many turnings in and out between without stopping, and us and it. So I settled to see them on their way, little waterfalls came and we all set off together, getting plenty of from every qutstanding drippings, for an umbrella that forms a comfort

roof and shutter. I able shelter for one person is an indifferent one for was hurrying dowu a narrow three. At length we came to Oxford Street. street, when I heard a voice Now crossing Oxford Street on a very muddy say, “ Please, can you tell me day is not what one would choose as an amusethe way to Peek Street ?" I ment, and when the operation is performed in looked down and saw two company with two little people who insist on children, a girl, who might be standing still in the middle to watch the omnieight years old, and a boy buses, it becomes really painful. rather younger. They had However, we reached the other side in safety, evidently just come out of and were able to resume conversation. school, for they had slates and

you know High Street ? " said I. books in their hands.

“We don't know any streets at all," said

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the little girl. “We've only been here six the precipices down which you will fall and be weeks."

dashed to pieces. “Where did you live before that ?"

Then follows Avarice, with his bent head, his Manchester," she said again; her brother crooked walk, his cunning eye. trudged on in silence,

He beckons to you, and fingering the treasure We presently reached a point where I thought that lies close at his heart, says,

« Follow me. I they could be left in safety, so we stopped, and I will lead you through the places where gold is gave parting instructions“ You must go down hidden. They are dark, it is true; but the glitter by the church there, turn to the left and then to of gold is better than light. Treasure is heavy to the right."

carry; but in the end it will bring you every The little girl nodded ; but I did not feel quite joy." sure she understood.

Bid him depart. He does not tell you

that

you 6 What will you do when you get the will never stop to enjoy your wealth ; but, with church?” I asked.

the burden ever increasing, will go on and on, till “ Turn round there,” she said, waving her hand it drags you down, and you perish in the deep to the left.

waters. " And what then?"

There is only one safe Guide for you, and He “I shall ask a policeman,” she said, with an knows every step of the way. He passed along it assured nod of the head.

with bleeding feet. He chose the roughest parts “That will be quite right," I said, and retraced that you might have the smooth. He bore pains my steps, feeling what a sensible little woman was untold, that you might have endless joys. my Manchester friend.

You will know that I mean the Lord Jesus But a little later, the conviction slowly forced Christ. He is willing to help you. Hear what itself upon me, that I had directed the poor chil- He says: “I will instruct thee and teach thee in dren to Frean Street and not to Peek Street at all. the way which thou shalt go. I will guide thee

It was too late to go back, they were far away with Mine eye." I could do absolutely nothing to set my stupid Take Him for your Guide, and follow wherever mistake right. And I had only the consolation of He leads. thinking that the policeman to whom they would I do not know what sort of a home my little appeal, would prove a safer guide, and turn their friends had. I think from their look it must have steps in the right direction.

been a happy one. But words fail to tell how Then I fell to musing, that we are all in very happy is the home to which the Lord Jesus will much the same position as my little friends, and lead you. we cannot do better than follow their example. There are to be found all the good things

We all have to go along a strange path; and promised by the false guides of which I have told unless we have a guide to show us the way we you. Listen what God's Word tells us about it: must be lost.

In Thy presence is fulness of joy, and at Thy You, boys and girls, are just setting out on your right hand are pleasures for evermore." journey through the world. Well for you if you “ He that overcometh shall inherit all things," acknowledge, like the little girl, your ignorance of and" shall reign for ever and ever." the way, for then you will be willing to trust “The city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. yourself to a guide.

And the foundations of the wall of the city were: But where are you to find the guide ? Many garnished with all manner of precious stones.” will offer to lead you. There is Pleasure, with her “And God shall wipe away all tears from their silken robe, her soft hand, her sweet perfumes : eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither “ Follow me," she whispers, “I will lead you sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more through easy paths and flowery dells. There is pain." nothing painful in my lot."

And, best of all, those who reach this home shall Heed her not. Her way ends in a black pit, see their Guide and be with Him for ever. where you will be choked in the foulest mire. Oh, sad it is, to think that many a boy and girl

Then there is Ambition with his firm step, his will never reach that home, because they have stedfast eye,

followed the wrong leader. “Follow me,” he says. “I will lead you up- Be very sure you can never find the way by ward to the glorious heights, where the whole yourself. Do not trust those who promise you an world shall lie at your feet. The way may be easy path and a safe journey. Trust yourself rough; but I will help you along. You may entirely to Him whose promises never fail. stumble among the rocks; but I shall be at hand “ Wilt thou not from this time cry unto Himto lift you up."

“My Father, Thou art the Guide of my youth ?” Do not listen to him. He did not tell you that For He “shall guide thee with His counsel and the mountain-top is cold and bleak, that chill afterwards receive thee into glory." mists hang about it, and hide the yawning chasms,

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