READERS of the early portions of the Bible are sometimes startled by the solemn warnings, set forth in the Ten Commandments and in many other passages, against both idolatry and error in their varied forms and disguises. Necessary as such warnings were under the circumstances of the establishment of ethics and true religion among the Hebrew tribes, and important as they still are in contributing to the maintenance of the lofty standards set forth by Christianity, how encouraging it is to find joy upheld, emphasized, and indeed commanded many centuries before Christ Jesus, the master Christian, gave it such a central place in his own teaching and practice! The book of Deuteronomy is consistent in its emphasis upon joy.
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