128 THE FORBEARANCE AND [SER. VI.
universal rights of man. And what
marks do we observe of true repentance ?
Is there a general concern upon the sub¬
ject? Are the people awakened to a
sense of their awful guilt? Are they
bringing forth fruit meet for repentance ?
Are they like ZaCcheus restoring four-fold
to their wronged neighbors? Far from
it, far from it. The great absorbing theme
dwelt upon from one end of the country
to the other is gam. The obligation " to
do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly
with God" is not taken into the account.
Here a general apathy prevails. It is
certainly a very imposing sight to behold
an entire people, as at this day, present¬
ing themselves before God in the attitude
of humble suppliants. Prayer and fasting
are some of the signs of penitence, and
when accompanied with the other marks,
viz., the forsaking of evil, and the prac¬
tising of good works, they are well-
pleasing to God; otherwise they are of
no avail. When the Ninevites under a