富乐通富乐通富乐通We talked a little, and I did not perceive that they had any bookamong them, though I did not ask; but I put my hand into my pocket,and pulled out my Bible. "Here," said I to Atkins, "I have broughtyou an assistant that perhaps you had not before." The man was soconfounded that he was not able to speak for some time; but,recovering himself, he takes it with both his hands, and turning tohis wife, "Here, my dear," says he, "did not I tell you our God,though He lives above, could hear what we have said? Heres thebook I prayed for when you and I kneeled down under the bush; nowGod has heard us and sent it." When he had said so, the man fellinto such passionate transports, that between the joy of having it,and giving God thanks for it, the tears ran down his face like achild that was crying.
富乐通富乐通The woman was surprised, and was like to have run into a mistakethat none of us were aware of; for she firmly believed God had sentthe book upon her husbands petition. It is true thatprovidentially it was so, and might be taken so in a consequentsense; but I believe it would have been no difficult matter at thattime to have persuaded the poor woman to have believed that anexpress messenger came from heaven on purpose to bring thatindividual book. But it was too serious a matter to suffer anydelusion to take place, so I turned to the young woman, and toldher we did not desire to impose upon the new convert in her firstand more ignorant understanding of things, and begged her toexplain to her that God may be very properly said to answer ourpetitions, when, in the course of His providence, such things arein a particular manner brought to pass as we petitioned for; but wedid not expect returns from heaven in a miraculous and particularmanner, and it is a mercy that it is not so.富乐通富乐通富乐通This the young woman did afterwards effectually, so that there wasno priestcraft used here; and I should have thought it one of themost unjustifiable frauds in the world to have had it so. But theeffect upon Will Atkins is really not to be expressed; and there,we may be sure, was no delusion. Sure no man was ever morethankful in the world for anything of its kind than he was for theBible, nor, I believe, never any man was glad of a Bible from abetter principle; and though he had been a most profligatecreature, headstrong, furious, and desperately wicked, yet this manis a standing rule to us all for the well instructing children,viz. that parents should never give over to teach and instruct, norever despair of the success of their endeavours, let the childrenbe ever so refractory, or to appearance insensible to instruction;for if ever God in His providence touches the conscience of such,the force of their education turns upon them, and the earlyinstruction of parents is not lost, though it may have been manyyears laid asleep, but some time or other they may find the benefitof it. Thus it was with this poor man: however ignorant he was ofreligion and Christian knowledge, he found he had some to do withnow more ignorant than himself, and that the least part of theinstruction of his good father that now came to his mind was of useto him.富乐通
富乐通Among the rest, it occurred to him, he said, how his father used toinsist so much on the inexpressible value of the Bible, and theprivilege and blessing of it to nations, families, and persons; buthe never entertained the least notion of the worth of it till now,when, being to talk to heathens, savages, and barbarians, he wantedthe help of the written oracle for his assistance. The young womanwas glad of it also for the present occasion, though she had one,and so had the youth, on board our ship among their goods, whichwere not yet brought on shore. And now, having said so many thingsof this young woman, I cannot omit telling one story more of herand myself, which has something in it very instructive andremarkable.富乐通富乐通详情