By the Church of
Christ in Chelmsford.
In Testimony of their Esteem and Veneration
this sepulchral Stone was erected, to stand as a
sacred Memorial of their late worthy Pastor,
the Reverend Ebenezer Bridge,
who after having officiated among them,
in the Service of the Sanctuary,
for more than a year above half a Century,
the Strength of Nature being exhausted
sunk under the Burden of Age,
and joined the Congregation of the Dead,
Oct. 1 1792. Age, 78 yrs.
"Joined the Congregation of the Dead" is an unusual way to say, "died," particularly in light of the text of Proverbs 21:16:
- The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead (KJV).
- A man that wandereth out of the way of wisdom, shall remain in the congregation of the dead (Geneva).
Thanks to RJO for the tip on this one.