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aus impulse from the knowledge of the fact-that his
destitute and bereaved widow-that his helpless and
orphan family, are taken anew under the special
protection of the arm of the Almighty. That from
the single fact that she is a widow, and that they
are fatherless, they have a new claim to the protec-
tion of the God of the whole earth.
2. "Like as a father pitieth his children, so the
Lord pitieth them that fear him. For lie knoweth
our frame; he remembereth that we are dust." Ps.
ciii. 13, 14.
And again.-A father of the fatherless, as well
as a judge of the widow, is our God in his holy hab-
Here again.-Instead of an earthly, and weak and
mortal father, a father who, however strong his affec-
tion might have been, had only limited means, we
have a heavenly Father, an Eternal Almighty Father
-and a Father who, while he knows our frame and
the frame of our helpless and exposed and destitute
infants, has compassion and care and attention, and
power to relieve, as extensive as the universe, as
extensive, and as durable as eternity. Man of vio-
lence and deceit, beware of oppressing the widow
and the fatherless! Their judge is just and terri.
And while the Father of mercies is watching over
the bereaved children on earth, and while those chil-
dren with all their infirmities shall know that their
heavenly father cares for them, and enters into all
their delicate feelings-while these things are known
and felt on earth, will not the glorified father in,