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in the clean and airy wards, mostly afflicted with ophthalmia. Whether pure benevolence towards the Jews be the actuating motive for founding this institution, or a desire to conciliate them for the ulterior purpose of conversion, the benefits derived from its existence are undeniable.”

Great numbers of Jews have gone to Palestine during the past year; not aged people only, but also many young, both men and women. The increase of numbers, and the scarcity of provisions there, caused indescribable distress amongst them.

At AMSTERDAM, Mr. Pauli has baptized thirty Israelites since the commencement of his labours in 1844. Fifteen of these were baptized during the past year.

At STRASBURG, six Israelites were baptized in the past year.

At FRANKFORT-ON-THE-MAINE, three Israelites were baptized during the year.

At BERLIN, seven Israelites were baptized in the last year.

KÖNIGSBERG.—The Rev. C. Noesgen, the Missionary of the Society, has baptized two Israelites during the past year. In the province of Prussia, twenty-six were baptized in the Protestant Church in the same period of time.

POSEN.—The attendance of Jewish children in the schools at Posen has been larger than in any former year.

There have been as many as 591 children at one time in the schools. The lowest average has been 397. A new school was also opened at a place called Samoczyn. Four Israelites were baptized here during the year.

WARSAW.—In this important station, fifteen Israelites were baptized during the year.

Here there is an institution where bookbinding and printing are carried on for the benefit of poor Jewish inquirers and Christians.

In this they may be instructed, so that after embracing Christianity they may be enabled to earn a living.

At Cracow, five Israelites were baptized, after instruction by the missionaries.

Our space has not allowed us to notice the interesting statements given in the Society's Report relative to the movement which is felt amongst the Jews, or the discussions which are agitating them in so many places, or the spirit of inquiry which is at work in all the missionary stations, or of the many difficulties which have opposed the progress of the work. Nor have we made any extracts from the account of those stations where no baptisms have taken place. In these many an inquiring Israelite is found, and the missionaries are often engaged day after day in discussing the grand truths of the Gospel

. They also take long journeys, and visit the Jews in many places at a distance from their stations, and thus far and wide sow the good seed of the kingdom—the word of God.

But we want more enlarged exertions at home -more collectors and subscribers, or our work will lack means for its continuance. Enlargement is quite beyond our hope, unless greater means are placed at the disposal of the Committee, and they be thus enabled to send out more labourers into the field. Cannot you, reader, do something more than you have ever yet done ?-cannot you secure the help of a friend, persuade some one or more of

your

friends or companions to care for the spiritual concerns of the Jewish people ? “ Freely ye have received ; freely give."

LINES ON THE SAILING OF THE “ JOHN

COBBOLD,” FROM IPSWICH, Freighted with a Cargo and Passengers from the Society. *

“ And they shall bring the glory and honour of the Nations into it."-Rev. xxi. 26.

THERE glides a sail o'er Orwell's tide,

It lingers by her sunny coves,
Where many a merchant-vessel rides,

Where many a bark of pleasure roves.
There floats a craft as like the rest,

As trader may to trader be,
And on by woodland gales carest,

She passes to the distant sea.
And bound for Hull, on Humber's side,

Or gray Newcastle washed by Tyne,
There passes many a brig beside,

On with her o'er the sea's blue line.
But not like her's their course expands,

Her ocean-path lies not with them !
Her port is on Egyptian's sands,
Her
cargo

for Jerusalem.
Link of the present to the past,

The ancient time with our to-day;
The seeming trivial with the vast,

Go speed thee on thine ocean way!
Go, washed by surf from Calpe's straits,

Go, fanned by the Levantine breeze ;
For those thou bear'st a welcome waits

Beneath the Syrian olive trees.
Go, in our busy ship yards built,

Go, from our men of commerce named ;
Go, flutter gaily as thou wilt,

Our quiet flag in gales more famed.
Go, harbinger of richer barks,

“ Their silver and their gold with them ;'
When all the earth its wealth embarks,
Its incense for JERUSALEM,

* By the Author of Historical Reveries."

*

LONDON : Printed at the Operative Jewish Converts' Institution,

Palestine Place, Bethnal Green.

THE JEWISH ADVOCATE.

AUGUST, 1847.

BIBLE HISTORY OF THE JEWS.

CHAPTER XXVII. WHILST Samson was fighting the Philistines in the southern border of Canaan, Eli, the High Priest, dwelt by the ark of God in Shiloh, and judged Israel for forty years.

The devout Israelites came, year by year, to Shiloh, to offer the appointed sacrifices there, " at the earth's One Sanctuary.”

Amongst others, a man named Elkanah, and Hannah his wife, came yearly from their city in Mount Ephraim, to worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord. Now, one day, as Eli, the High Priest, sat by the temple of the Lord, he saw Hannah weeping sore, and praying before God in great bitterness of spirit, for she was childless.

And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but will give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.'

Eli knew not the matter of her prayer, but when he saw that she had “ poured out her soul before the Lord,” he said unto her, “Go in peace ; and the God of

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Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.”

And God did grant her petition ; and she had a little son ; and she called his name Samuel, saying, “ Because I have asked him of the Lord.' And when he was old enough, she came with him up to Shiloh, and presented him to Eli, and said, O my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him : therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent unto the Lord. So Samuel was left with Eli, and he “ministered before the Lord, being a child, girded with a linen ephod. Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.”

Now the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were also priests ; but they were very wicked men, grasping at more than their due share of the sacrifices offered to God, and otherwise profaning his tabernacle : and the Lord was angry with poor old Eli,“ because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not,” and sent to warn him that his house should no longer continue in the priesthood ; but should come to extreme penury, and that his two sons should be cut off, both in one day.

The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to Samuel, but the time was at hand when he was to be established as a prophet in Israel; and, one night, as he lay asleep in the place where the ark was, a voice called him by name, and he answered, “ Here am I.” He ran to Eli,

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