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dom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall

11 When by discretion-christian preserve thee, understanding caution-we have in any matter shall keep thee : to deliver separated the evil from the good, thee from the way of the evil

wisdom, or true religion, gives grace

to avoid the one, and choose the man, from the man that speak

other; and they together form our eth froward things; who leave

defence on every occasion : even in the paths of uprightness, to the perilous hour of temptation, they walk in the ways of darkness;

deliver us from the path of evil, and

lead us safely in the paths of opwho rejoice to do evil, and

rightness. delight in the frowardness of the wicked; whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths : to deliver thee from the strange woman, eren from the stranger which flattereth with her words; which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths anto the dead. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

Even in this life, sin leads to misery, and rectitude to peace. The upright man, whether he be in riches or poverty, in a high or low estate, honoured of men, or despised of them, in health or in sickness, has the peace of God which passeth understanding. Art thou afflicted ? hide this truth in thine heart ; and joy will still abide with thee.


My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments; for length of days, and long life, and peace

, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart : * so shalt thou find

* The temperate, the honest, the favour and good understand- industrious, the upright in heart

, and ing in the sight of God and the kind in disposition, generally find man. Trust in the LORD

favour even with their fellow-crea

tures. Thus, the young are encour with all thine heart; and lean aged to exercise themselves in chrisnot unto thine own under- tian graces and virtues. standing. In all thy ways 5 Let faith be complete — Let us dot acknowledge him, and he lean to our own understanding ; lest shall direct thy paths. Be the prop break under us, and like a not wise in thine own eyes :

broken reed, both fail us and wound

In all our ways let us trust in fear the LORD, and depart God, and not to our own devices:





from evil. It shall be health What a privilege it is, that in all to thy navel, and marrow to

our difficulties we are permitted to thy bones. Honour the LORD, Being, allwise and allpowerful.

seek by prayer, the guidance of a with thy substance, and with

10 By bounty to the poor in proporthe firstfruits of all thine in- tion to our means, we do that which crease : "so shall thy barns is pleasing to Him from whose bounty be filled with plenty, and thy all we have doth flow. presses shall burst out with new wine. My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction : 12 for whom the LORD 12 If the Bible contained only this loveth he correcteth; even as sentence, it would be a treasure bea father the son in whom he yond price. “O blessed truth

claims the suffering child of sorrow delighteth. Happy is the

“ Then all this misery is sent not man that findeth wisdom, and in anger, but in love ! o how difthe man that getteth under- ferent my view of trial now! My standing. For the merchan- Father ! Thou correctest me in thy

love-therefore is all well.” dise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies : and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand, riches and honour. Her ways are ways of plea

17 Be assured that a truly religious santness, and all her paths life is the only happy life. By day are peace. She is a tree of you are safe ; and by night you fear life to them that lay hold not : for the Almighty is your sure upon her : and happy is every

defence. one that retaineth her. The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes : keep sound wisdom and discretion : so shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid : yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy

28 Delay is cruelty to others;

to neighbour, Go, and come ourselves often ruin and death. For again, and to morrow I will who can boast of to-morrow? give; when thou hast it by 29 A christian spirit is too noble thee. * Devise not evil a- even to take advantage of the simgainst thy neighbour, seeing plicity or ignorance of others,


he dwelleth securely by thee. Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done

31 Envy not the wicked if they hapthee no harm. Envy thou

pen to be prosperous. In the day not the oppressor, and choose of judgment, the impenitent will in none of his ways. For the their turn be conspicuous in their froward is abomination to the punishment, covered with shame : LORD : but his secret is with

and the righteous shall be welcomed

to glory, and honour, and joy. the righteous. The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked : but he blesseth the habitation of the just. Surely he scorneth the scorners : but he giveth grace unto the lowly. The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

The twenty-third Sunday after Trinity.

MORNING PROVERBS xi. A FALSE balance is abomi- 1 Be true and just in all thy dealnation to the Lord: but a

ings with men, for conscience sake

toward God. (See chap. xvi. II.) just weight is his delight.

2 Pride maketh men forget them? When pride cometh, then selves, and so leadeth them on to cometh shame: but with the shame. In the difficulties of life, lowly is wisdom. The in- religion alone gives safe guidance. tegrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. Riches profit not in the day of wrath : but righteousness delivereth from death. The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them : but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughti

7 How dreadful is it for the dying When a wicked man

to find that all their hopes end with dieth, his expectation shall life, and all their fears begin in death. perish : and the hope of un- 8 The righteous fall into trouble as just men perisheth. • The well as other men ; but in due time righteous is delivered out of God delivers them. trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour : but through knowledge shall the just be delivered. 10 When it goeth

10 A good man is a public blessing. well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth : and when the wicked perish, there is shouting. "By the blessing of the upright disapprove a neighbour, he despiseth

11 In society, even when he must the city is exalted : but it is him not ; he knoweth to hold his overthrown by the mouth of peace : whereas a talebearer offends the wicked. He that is his God, injures his neighbour, and void of wisdom despiseth his brings contempt upon himself.




neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. A talebearer revealeth secrets : but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

14 It is ill for a nation when its Where no counsel is, the

councillors are unwise. people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is

A gracious woman retaineth honour : and strong men retain riches. The merciful man doeth good to his own soul : but he that is cruel troubleth

18 The good man, like the husbandhis own flesh. 18 The wicked man, soweth in faith, and is patient ; worketh a deceitful work : not looking for the fruit till the harbut to him that soweth right- vest-time. eousness shall be a sure reward. As righteousness tendeth to life : so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death. They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the Lord: but such as are upright in their way are his delight. Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall

22 As female influence well-directed be delivered. zz As a jewel

is invaluable, exemplifying the Chrisof gold in a swine's snout, so is tian graces in their most winning a fair woman which is without form ; so, ill-directed, it brings only discretion. The desire of the

shame and ruin. righteous is only good : but the expectation of the wicked is wrath. 24 There is that scat

24 Riches are a blessing; though a tereth, and yet increaseth ; bad use of them turns the blessing and there is that withholdeth into a curse. Charity, benevolence, more than is meet, but it liberality, bless both giver and retendeth to poverty. The li- ceiver. "Avarice and cupidity bring beral soul shall be made fat :

their deserved punishment. and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. He that

corn, the people shall curse him : but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it. He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief

, it shall come unto him. He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch. * He that troubleth his own 29 Contention and bickering in a house shall inherit the wind: family turn the fairest prospects into and the fool shall be servant gloom. Alas, for a house divided ! to the wise of heart. 30 The

30 The humblest Christian, by setfruit of the righteous is a

ting a good example, may be wise in

winning souls. Hear this, ye poor. tree of life; and he that win- 31 This is sure-final and just reneth souls is wise.

31 Be- compense awaits both the evil and the hold, the righteous shall be good.

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recompensed in the earth : much more the wicked and the sinner.

EVENING. PROVERBS xii. 1 Whoso loveth instruction

1 The young should bear reproof loveth knowledge : but he patiently: it is offered for their good that hateth reproof is brutish.

So they may hope to obtain favour

of the Lord. A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. A man shall not be established by wickedness : but the root of the righteous shall not be * A good and affectionate wife is a moved. A virtuous woman man's highest honour and greatest is a crown to her husband : earthly comfort. One of an opposite but she that maketh ashamed

character weareth away the heart. is as rottenness in his bones. The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall

7 The one house is built upon the deliver them. The wicked sand, the other upon a rock. What are overthrown, and are not : a motive for parents to be righteous! but the house of the righteous —their family shall prosper. shall stand. A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised. 'He that is despised, and hath

9 Quiet competence is better tha: a servant, is better than he

great display with scanty means. that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread. "A righteous ciful to the creatures who lend their

10 God would have us specially mer man regardeth the life of his

strength and labour for our use. beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. "He

11 Industry flourishes idlenes

withereth. that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread : but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

12 Evil men continually try to en. wicked desireth the net of tangle others in their sin and misery. evil men: but the root of

13 The good man does not expect the righteous yieldeth fruit.

to escape his share of this world's 13 The wicked is snared by troubles : faith, however, assures the transgression of his lips :

him that he shall come out of them, but the just shall come out of trouble. A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth : and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes : but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. 16 A fool's wrath is

16 Unrestrained anger is a proof of presently known : but a pru

weakness-prudence curbs it. dent man covereth shame.

12 The

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