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shall correct thee, and thy backsliding shall reprove thee." - Beside, let it impress the public mind with holy fear, let it be remembered with reverential awe, that God is jealous of his own ordinances, and will not suffer any person with impunity to profane them; especially those who are blessed with his word and profess to be his people. "If they call evil good, and good evil; if they break his statutes, and keep not his commandments, He will visit their transgression with the rod and their inquity with stripes," for "verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth." - The rule of the divine government toward those whom he has known, and blessed with distinguished privileges, is always and invariably the same: "The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you." And, saith the Lord, "wo to them, when I depart from them.

Many indecent and indelicate, disagreeable and unpleasant consequences resulting from a marriage with a sister in law, will be readily anticipated by every serious and reflecting mind. Let it suffice to observe; that admitting (which cannot in truth be

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granted,) that a doubt might be cherished whether a sister in law be a relation, within the prohibited degrees; must it not still be acknowledged, that to marry such a relative is a rash and dangerous act? Is it not perilous to advance as near as possible to the brink of a precipice? Is it safe, is it prudent, is it consistent with the Christian character, to approach deliberately to the very verge of an abominable and accursed crime, under the infatuated and fluctuating hope that perhaps it may possibly be an exemption?

But it is not only rash and dangerous to the individuals; it is also injurious to the community. Such marriages trespass upon the rules of decency; they are inimical to that purity, and chastity of families, which insure the repose and happiness of society; they are hostile to that virtue and delicacy, which the religion of nature, and revealed religion inculcate.

In the confidence of protection from a man, who by his marriage has been brought into the family, and become a brother, the younger sisters are always in the habit of associating familiarly and frequently


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