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P . S . Your learned Correspondent N . [ pp- 291—293 ) suggests , that re irovrjps , in Matt . vi . 13 , signifies moral evil generally ; but why thus Jimit the word ? Is it not as proper to pray to be delivered from natural as from moral evil ? The article here has a
generic sense , and . marks not any particular evil or any species of evil , but nil evil in opposition to whatever is good ; and the clause might be rendered , " Deliver us from every evil , or from all evil , or from whatever is evil . "
But our Lord alludes more immediately to those temptations and trials which awaited his followers in the propagation of the gospel , and accordingly refers to those temptations which assailed himself . The Devil
having taken him unto a very high mountain , and shewn him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory , says to him , All these things will I give unto thee , if thou will fall down and worship me . " Here the tempter promises what it was not in his power
to bestow . Accordingly , in his formula of prayer , Jesus says , "Deliver us from the evil one , for thine is the kingdom , the power and the glory : " —meaning , that the tempter will offer to you what in a greater degree he has offered to me ; namely , the promotion
of your worldly interests if you comply with the prejudices of mankind ; but worldly power and glory are at the disposal of God alone . The allusion in the Lord ' s Prayer to the temptation is happily illustrated by a comparison of Matthew with Luke ; for the latter
of these Evangelists has omitted the clause , For thine is the kingdom , ' * ¦ &c . —having previously stated the purport of it in his account of the temptation , see chap . iv . 6 ; whereas
Matthew having omitted , in his narrative of the temptation , the suggestion that all worldly power originates with God , was called upon to insert it at the close of the Lord ' s Praver .
N . recommends that the clause KccXcoq aQerziTE , Mark vii . 9 , should , on the authority of Mr . Wakefield , be rendered , " Ve entirel y make void the commandment of God . " I object to this interpretation , for two reasons ; first , that kooKcoc cannot be made to
mean entirely , without a forced interpretation ; and , secondly , that it would mot be necessary -since , if the com-
mandment of God was set aside at all , it must have been set aside entirely . The epithet kccXo <; means beautiful or fair ; and as many things present a fair outside , which are not true or solid , hence an obvious sense of this epithet is specious , plausible : and the clause then should be rendered , " Ye plausibly set aside" ( or under a specious pretext ye set aside ) " the commandment of God , " and this is the
true character of the example alleged , in which they are said to have done this . In Acts x . 36 , N . says , that the apostle styles Jesus < c Lord of all . "This is an oversight . The verse is this : " The Logos which God sent to
the children of Israel preaching peace through Jesus Christ , this ( namely , Logos , meaning the commission given to Christ , or the Gospel personified ) is Lord of all—Xoyoy , drawn by hv to agree with it , instead of kayo " s , defined by ovroq , an effect of association known to Greek grammarians under the name of attraction . A reader of the
Greek Testament will find an instance precisely similar in 1 Pet . ii . 7 This attraction is not unknown in Latin , as in the following line of Virgil : " Urbem quam statuo vestra est . "—Urbem attracted by quam , and not urbs , the nominative to est . —I have forgotten to say , that cc The Gospel of the Infancy" and that of Mary , with all the passages respecting them in the Greek and Latin fathers , are to be found in the Codex Apocryphus of Fabricius , and in the second volume of Jeremiah Jones on the Canon .
Sir , FTP * HE fact of which I herewith send _ fl you an account , appears to me worthy of being recorded in your pages , as being highly creditable to all the parties concerned . A CONSTANT READER and PURCHASER . The Rev . Edmund Butcher having been obliged , by severe indisposition , to resign his office as minister of the congregation of Unitarian Dissenters at Sidmouth , in Devonshire , has been presented by them with two pieces of plate , upon each of which the following handsome inscription is engraven ;
Congregational Tribute to Jlet \ E . Butcher . 345
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1821, page 345, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2501/page/21/