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own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, while the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast ? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. -2 Sam. xii. 16-23.
| Remarks or address. If no service is to be had at the grave, the address may conclude
with the following: FOC FORASMUCH as it hath pleased Almighty
God, in His wise providence, to take out of this world the soul of the departed," we commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; looking for the general resurrection in the last day, and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; at whose second coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the earth and the sea shall give up their dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in Him shall be changed, and made like unto His own glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby He is able to subdue all things unto Himself.
Prayer and benediction.
* Or of our departed brother, in other cases.
A Second Service for the Burial of a Child.
AN that is born of a woman is of few
days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.Job xiv. 1, 2.
As for man, his days are as grass : as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone : and the place thereof shall know it no more.-Ps. ciii. 15, 16.
I have said to corruption, Thou art may father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.—Job xvii. 14.
A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping: Rachel weeping for her children, refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.—Jer. xxxi. 15.
And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reap
And he said unto his father, My head, my head! And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again. And he said, Where
fore wilt thou go to him to-day ? it is neither new moon nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well. Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. So she went, and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband ? is it well with the child ? And she answered, It is well.—2 Kings iv. 18–26.
I was dunib, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it. —Ps. xxxix. 9.
The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away ; blessed be the name of the Lord. Job i. 21.
Fa man die shall he live again ?-Job xiv. 14.
There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.— Acts xxiv. 15.
Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. -1 Cor. xv. 20-23.
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in
incorruption : it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power : it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.—1 Cor. xv. 4144, 53.
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them; and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. —Mark X. 13-16.
I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write, From henceforth blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.Rev. xiv. 13.
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.—Matt. xviii. 10, 14.
Remarks or address. If there is to be no service at the grave, the address may conclude with the brief service, Section I., and with
Prayer and benediction.
For a sudden death or the funeral of a young person.
is is days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.—Job xiv. 1, 2.
As for man, his days are as grass : as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.-Ps. ciii. 15, 16.
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.—Ps. xc. 5, 6.
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.-Ps. xxxix. 5.
For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers; our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.-1 Chron. xxix. 15.
As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away; so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.
He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.—Job vii. 9, 10.
So man lieth down, and riseth not; till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.—Job xiv. 12.