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get out from among them. Then said Christian, What means this?

The Shepherds then answered, Did you not see, a little below these mountains, a stile that led into a meadow, on the left hand of this way? They answered, Yes. Then said the Shepherds, From that stile there goes a path that leads directly to Doubting Castle, which is kept by Giant Despair, and these men (pointing to them among the tombs) came once on pilgrimage, as you do now, even till they came to that same stile. And, because the right way was rough in that place, they chose to go out of it into that meadow, and there were taken by Giant Despair, and cast into Doubting Castle; where, after they had a while been kept in the dungeon, he at last did put out their eyes, and led them among those tombs, where he has left them to wander to this very day, that the saying of the wise man might be fulfilled, “ He that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead."" Then Christian and Hopeful looked upon one another, with tears gushing out, but yet said nothing to the Shepherds.*

Then I saw in my dream, that the Shepherds had them to another place, in a bottom, where was a door in the side of a hill; and they opened the door, and bid them look in. They looked in, therefore, and saw that within it was very dark and smoky; they also thought

y Prov. xxi, 16.

* Do we see others fall into perdition by the very same sins and follies from which God has reclaimed us; what must we resolve this into, but his superabounding, discriminating grace ? one shall be taken, and another left. And surely it is enough to make one's eyes gush out with tears, and to melt our hard hearts into fervent love, to look back upon the many singular instances of God's distinguishing favour to us! O call them to mind, and be thankful!

THEY ARE SHOWN WONDERS.

THE MOUNTAIN OF ERROR.

Shall we show these pilgrims some won

ders ? So, when they had concluded to do it, they had them first to the top of a hill, called Error,

which was very steep on the farthest

side, and bid them look down to the bottom. So Christian and Hopeful looked down, and saw at the bottom several men dashed all to pieces by a fall that they had from the top. Then said Christian, What meaneth this ? The Shepherds answered, Have you not heard of them that were made to err, by hearkening to Hymeneus and Philetus," as concerning the faith of the resurrection of the body? They answered, Yes. Then said the Shepherds, Those that you see lie dashed in pieces at the bottom of this mountain are they; and they have continued to this day unburied, as you see, for an example to others, to take heed how they clamber too high, or how they come too near the brink of this mountain.*

Then I saw that they had them to the top of another MOUNT CAUTION. mountain, and the name of that is Caution, and bid them look afar off ;t which when they did, they perceived, as they thought, several men walking up and down among the tombs that were there: and they perceived that the men were blind, because they stumbled sometimes upon the tombs, and because they could not

x 2 Tim. ii. 17, 18. * Fine-spun speculations and curious reasonings lead men from simple truth and implicit faith, into many dangerous and destructive errors. The word records many instances of such, for our caution. Be warned to study simplicity and godly sincerity.

+ It is well for us to be much on this mount. We have constant need of caution. Take heed and beware, says our Lord constantly, and by his Spirit. Paul takes the Corinthians up to this mount Caution, and shows them what awful things have happened to professors of old ; and he leaves this solemn word for us—“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall," 1 Cor. x. 12.

get out from among them. Then said Christian, What means this?

The Shepherds then answered, Did you not see, a little below these mountains, a stile that led into a meadow, on the left hand of this way? They answered, Yes. Then said the Shepherds, From that stile there goes a path that leads directly to Doubting Castle, which is kept by Giant Despair, and these men (pointing to them among the tombs) came once on pilgrimage, as you do now, even till they came to that same stile. And, because the right way was rough in that place, they chose to go out of it into that meadow, and there were taken by Giant Despair, and cast into Doubting Castle ; where, after they had a while been kept in the dungeon, he at last did put out their eyes, and led them among those tombs, where he has left them to wander to this very day, that the saying of the wise man might be fulfilled, “ He that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead." Then Christian and Hopeful looked upon one another, with tears gushing out, but yet said nothing to the Shepherds.*

Then I saw in my dream, that the Shepherds had them to another place, in a bottom, where was a door in the side of a hill; and they opened the door, and bid them look in. They looked in, therefore, and saw that within it was very dark and smoky; they also thought

y Prov. xxi, 16.

* Do we see others fall into perdition by the very same sins and follies from which God has reclaimed us; what must we resolve this into, but his superabounding, discriminating grace ? one shall be taken, and another left. And surely it is enough to make one's eyes gush out with tears, and to melt our hard hearts into fervent love, to look back upon the many singular instances of God's distinguishing favour to us! O call them to mind, and be thankful !

A BY-WAY TO HELL.

that they heard there a rumbling noise, as of fire, and a cry of some tormented; and that they smelt the scent of brimstone. Then said Christian, What means this ?

The Shepherds told them. This is a by-way to hell, a way that hypocrites go in at; namely, such as sell their birthright, with Esau ; such as sell their Master, with Judas; such as blaspheme the gospel, with Alexander ; and that lie and dissemble, with Ananias, and Sapphira his wife

HOPE. Then said Hopeful to the Shepherds, I perceive that these had on them, even every one, a show of pilgrimage, as we have now; had they not?

SHEP. Yes, and held it a long time too.

HOPE. How far might they go on in pilgrimage in their days, since they, notwithstanding, were thus miserably cast away

? Shep. Some further, and some not so far as these mountains.*

Then said the pilgrims one to the other, We had need to cry to the Strong for strength.

SHEP. Ay, and you will have need to use it when you have it too. By this time the pilgrims had a desire to go

forwards, and the Shepherds a desire they should; so they walked together towards the end of the mountains. Then said the Shepherds one to another, Let us here show the pilTHE SHEPHERDS' grims the gates of the Celestial City, if

they have skill to look through our per

PERSPECTIVE-GLASS.

Thus we read of some who were once enlightened, and had tasted of the heavenly gift, and been made partakers of the Holy Ghost; who had tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, Heb. vi. 4. It is hard to say how far, or how long a person may carry on a profession, and yet fall away, and come short of the kingdom at last. This should excite to diligence, humility, and circumspection, ever looking to Jesus to keep us from falling.

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