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and to all hope in a killing covenant; and let her no longer be a joint-wife, in copartnership with Hagar. And, as for the few wretched remains of self-righteousness which she has ever been so doatingly fond of, I beseech thee to spoil, together with all the rest of her own manufactory, that she may embrace the Rock for the want of a shelter, Job xxiv. 8. Amen.
“ Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord'; and
the fruit of the womb is his reward,” Psal. cxxvii. 3.
Fourthly, My eldest son, Gad, whose name signifies a troop, whom I so named by reason of a wonderful deliverance from a heavy persecution, after a long and wearisome engagement: I do leave and bequeath my said son to the all-conquering Captain of salvation; otherwise, the Lord of hosts, mighty in battle. And now, O Lord, I intreat thee to hear the prayer of the poor frail testator: make my son a standard-bearer in the camp of thy saints, and let the banner of everlasting love be displayed over his head: do thou clothe him, feed him, arm, and protect him. And“ blessed be he that enlargeth Gad.” O let him dwell as a lion in thy strength, and be thou his high tower of safety, his shield of defence, and his offensive buckler. Make him a valiant advocate for Eternal Election; that he may tear the broken arm of Free-will, and the high arm of Oppression, and
help to demolish the whole crown of pride, Deut. xxxiii. 20.
" Then were there brought unto him little chil
dren, that he should put his hands on them, and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven,” Matt. xix. 13, 14.
Fifthly, Ebenezer, my second son, whose name signifies a helpful stone, whom I so named to per petuate the memory of God's kind providence appearing in a time of deep poverty at his birth. And I do give and bequeath my son Ebenezer to Christ Jesus, my only rock of stability, against which the gates of hell shall never prevail. And now, O Lord, the Stone of Israel, my executor, and ever blessed legatee, who hath led me to believe that thou art the only foundation of Gospel Zion, to bear the whole weight of Mercy's fabric: thou ever blessed and chief Corner-stone, whose omnipresent power unites the whole living temple together, though some of the materials are in heaven, some on earth, and some in non-existence; whom my soul believes that the heavens will one day reveal in all the glorious majesty of Deity; as the Omega, Faith's finisher, thé ornamental topstone, to crown the building, and bear the everlasting glory; while all the redeemed millions, when filled with the dazzling beams of thy tre
mendous glory, shall burst forth into celestial exclamations, crying, “ Grace, grace unto it!" Zech. iv. 7. O that my son may live before thee, and be made a lively stone in thy mysterious building, if consistent with thy sovereign will and pleasure! And do thou watch over him with all the parental care of an everlasting, ever-living, and ever-loving father! Amen.
“ That our sons may be as plants grown up in
their youth; that our daughters may be as corner-stones, polished after the similitude of a palace,” Psal. cxliv. 12.
Sixthly, Ruth, my eldest daughter now living, whose name signifies filled, whom I so named because my wife was taken in labour as she was gleaning wheat after the reapers in the field, and was obliged to travel home, and that with great difficulty, even before she had filled her lap with corn. And, when the time came for naming the child, we made a little feast; and the second course was made of the corn gleaned by my wife, which would have been more abundant if little Ruth had not been quite so hasty. I do give and bequeath my daughter Ruth, whether for life or death, to the anti-typical Boaz, late of Bethlehem-Judah, in the land of Canaan, but now King of kings in Jerusalem, whom I believe to be the only husband of the chosen daughter of God.
And now, O Lord my Saviour, my soul's near
kinsman! Thou who didst not disdain us in our low estate, but willingly didst assume our nature, and didst the kinsman's part, when the angels, who were nearer related by creation, stood silent half an hour, Rev. viii. 1; not daring to speak in our behalf! No; it was Thou, thou ever-blessed Bridegroom, who openedst the decretive will, and didst undertake to perform the conditions belonging to a covenant of eternal wedlock, Rev. v. 5. Yea, it was Thou who didst betroth our souls in mercy when our first Husband was dead, Rom. vii. 2. Thou disdainedst to be called the man who hath his shoe loosed, Deut. xxv. 9, 10, though thy enemies did spit in thy face: Thou hast married the wife of the deceased, redeemed the mortgaged inheritance, and raised up an everlasting name that shall never be cut off, Isaiah lv. 13. Surely thou hast done worthily in Ephratah, and been famous in Bethlehem! O Lord, make my daughter like Ruth the Moabitess; and though thou hast cast out thy shoe over Edom, Psal. Ix. 8; yet condescendest to stand in the shoes of Moab; and let poor Ruth glean among those who gather fruit to eternal life. O Lord, let her keep close to thy maidens, Prov. ix. 3; and let Satan never catch her in any other field, Deut. xxii. 25; and, when thou shalt take thy fan in thy hand to purge thy floor, let her lie safe, as Mary did, at thy feet, covered with the skirt of thy righteousness; let the spiritual reapers, who receive the wages which grace allows, drop many handfuls for her to glean,
until she appears in the bundle of life, i Sam, xxv. 29; as a part of that shock fully ripe, coming in season, Job v. 26; as thy first-fruits, James i. 18; that thou who hast so bountifully sowed, and those who have diligently reaped, with all the weak in faith, who have gleaned, may, to all eternity, rejoice together! O let a full reward be given her of thee, thou sovereign Lord God of Israel, under whose wings my faith would bring her to trust. Amen.
" A good man leaveth an inheritance to his chil
dren's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just,” Prov. xiii. 22.
Seventhly, My daughter, Naomi, the youngest daughter now living, whose name signifies agreeableness, and whom I so named to perpetuate the memory of God's providential care at the time of her birth. I had left my employ, and a readyfurnished lodging also, and had removed to Ditton, where I could get no accommodation but an empty room, though in expectation every day of my
wife being taken in labour; but God raised up a few friends to furnish the place, and make it agreeable for my wife, by the time it was wanted. Thus God caused the morrow to take thought for the things of itself. Therefore Agreeableness is the name of the child. And I do give and bequeath my daughter Naomi to the God of our father Abraham, before whom I have walked; the Angel who