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ness, obedience. This policy is expressly recom­mended, in various parts of the Scriptures, in reference to family government. Children are again and again warned against disobedience by threats of evil, while, on the contrary, pro­mises of good are held out to the obedient. '' Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.' In political affairs, the Bible constantly appeals to the fears of die peo­ple; and, in reference to religion, it enforces obedience to God by offers of heaven on the one hand, and denunciations of misery on the other. Here then is the authority of the Scriptures in favor of the use of fear and hope as instru­ments of government, as motives to obedience, as stimulants to exertion. The propriety of using them is confirmed by a reference to the obvious principles upon which human nature is formed. Happiness is the desire of man, and the possession of it the end of his existence. Hope and fear are the master passions, and are designed by the Creator to furnish the great impulses to action in the pursuit of happiness. They are as the breeze to the ship, which swells the sail, and bears it onward in its track. It should be remarked, however, that while the inspired authors of the sacred page apply the
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