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He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness : but a false witness deceit. There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword : but the tongue of the wise is health. The lip ther of lies.

19 God is truth—the Devil, the faof truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil : but to the counsellors of peace is joy. There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief. Lying lips are abomination to the LORD : but they that deal truly are his delight. A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule : but the slothful shall be under tribute. * Heaviness in the heart of

25 Christians should never omit opman maketh it stoop: but a portunities of encouraging one anogood word maketh it glad. ther with kind and good words. O The righteous is more excel- how cheering in our troubles is the

voice of kindness! lent than his neighbour : but the way of the wicked seduceth them. The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious. 28 No death to the soul ; no death ** In the way of righteous- to honour ; no death to comfort ; no ness is life ; and in the path- death to, hope ! Even from the grave

shall spring life to the just. He way thereof there is no

that believeth in Christ shall never death.

die.

The twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity.

MORNING. PROVERBS xiii. A WISE son heareth his

1 No earthly counsel is like that of father's instruction : but a a parent. Art thou a child ? Hear stomer heareth not rebuke.

and heed it ! A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth : but the soul of the transgressors shall eat

3 We should think before we speak, violence. He that keepeth and speak with prudence; lest we say his mouth keepeth his life : what may give pain to those present, but he that openeth wide his reflect upon the absent, or do injuslips shall have destruction. The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. A righteous man hateth lying : but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame. Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the

tice to any.

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8 The ran

The poor

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way: but wickedness over- 7 The miser possesses nothing, for throweth the sinner. There he is never satisfied. The liberal is that maketh himself rich, hath a perpetual feast, and is always

contented. “ Godliness with contentyet hath nothing : there is

ment is great gain.” 1 Tim. vi. 6. that maketh himself poor, yet & Riches make men conspicuous, so hath great riches.

that their faults are prominent for som of a man's life are his punishment or ransom. riches : but the poor

heareth escape such notoriety. not rebuke. The light of the righteous rejoiceth : but the lamp of the wicked shall be

10 Pride produceth divisions in a put out.

10 Only by pride neighbourhood, causeth contentions cometh contention : but with in a family, and in the individual is the well advised is wisdom. utterly offensive to his Maker. Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall in

12 Worldly hope is too often deluHope deferred

sive. The only hope that maketh maketh the heart sick : but not ashamed, is that which religion when the desire cometh, it is gives. a tree of life. Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed : but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded. The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. 15 Good un

15 If we could look into the heart derstanding giveth favour :

of the transgressors, how surely but the way of transgressors should we find their way to be one is hard. Every prudent man

hard struggle against the difficulties dealeth with knowledge : but

of their course, the voice of their a fool layeth open his folly.

conscience, and the strivings of God's

Spirit. A wicked messenger

falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambasssador is health. Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction : but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured. The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul : but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

20 He that 20 Nothing is of so great importance walketh with wise men shall to the young as the choice of their be wise: but a companion of companions. fools shall be destroyed. Evil pursueth sinners : but to the righteous good shall be re

22 A good example may convey a payed.

A good man leav- blessing to succeeding generations. eth an inheritance to his children's children : and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. Much food is in the tillage of the poor : but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment. He that spar24 He that spare the objects of it.

24 Fond indulgence brings ruin upok eth his rod hateth his son :

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but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul : but the belly of the wicked shall want.

EVENING. PROVERBS xiv. EVERY wise woman build- 1 Prudent management in a wife eth her house : but the fool- and mother raises a family to reish plucketh it down with spectability. her hands. He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him. In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride : but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

* Good husbandry bringeth plenty. * Where no oxen are, the crib is clean : but much increase is by the strength of the ox. A faithful witness will not lie : but a false witness will utter lies.

A scorner seeketh wisdom, 6 Even the word of God profiteth and findeth it not: but know- not, if it be studied with the spirit of ledge is easy unto him that cavil. understandeth. 'Go from the 7 Avoid a foolish talker. presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly

9 None but a fool would make a of fools is deceit. 'Fools mock at sin ; for the ways of sin is make a mock at sin : but death !—and the soul's death is a among the righteous there is strange subject for workery! favour. 19 The heart know

10 In our deepest and darkest sor. eth his own bitterness; and

rows there is a joy in seeking God. a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy. The house of the wicked shall be overthrown : but the tabernacle of the uprightshall flourish. 12 There is a way which seemeth right sires, in opposition to the esansels

of

12 When a man follows his own deunto a man, but the end God, he walketh in the path of death. thereof are the ways of death.

13 This is confessed by the drunkard, * Even in laughter the heart the dishonest, the licentions, and the is sorrowful; and the end of profligate—when their end competh. that mirth is heaviness. "The

14 Virtue ensures ease of conscience. backslider in heart shall be Elled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself. The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident. He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated. The simple inherit folly : but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. The evil bow before the good ;

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and the wicked at the gates 20 Only the wicked hate-or seon of the righteous.

—the poor. God careth for them, is hated even of his own and good men love them. neighbour: but the rich hath many friends. He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth : but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. Do they not err that devise ill ? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good. In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

The crown of the wise is their riches : but the foolishness of fools is folly. A true witness

25 Your minister, as he witnesseth delivereth souls : but a de

true things, should be heard by you ceitful witness speaketh lies. with true affection. He remembereth In the fear of the Lord is his holy office, and dareth not tv strong confidence : and his speak deceitfully. children shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the LORD i a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. In the multitude of people is the king's honour : but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince. He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding : but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor. The wicked is driven away in his wickedness : but the righteous hath hope in his death. Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.

34 So long as true religion flourishes 3+ Righteousness exalteth a in a nation, so long may it expect iton: but sin is a reproach self to flourish.

35 There is indeed cause of anger in to any people. 3 The king's

a monarch when his servants ar favour is toward a wise ser- either weak in counsel or profligate vant: but his wrath is against in their policy; and bring shamn him that causeth shame. upon the very throne which they are

bound to uphold in safety and in honour.

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The twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity.

MORNING. PROVERBS xv. A soft answer turneth away 1 There can be no contention, if one wrath : but grievous words party ceases to strive. stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools pour- 3 A sense of God's universal preeth out foolishness. The

sence, as it is the most powerful ineyes of the LORD are in every centive for us to persevere in what is

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place, beholding the evil and good, so it is the most awakening the good.

A wholesome thought to deter us from what is evil. tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. A fool despiseth his father's instruction : but he that regardeth reproof is pru- 6“ Godliness with contentment is dent. • In the house of the great gain” and the best treasure ; righteous is much treasure: that which neither moth nor rust can but in the revenues of the corrupt :--but the amplest revenues wicked is trouble. The lips of the wicked bring no peace. of the wise disperse knowledge : but the heart of the foolish dveth not so. The sacrifice

& The most costly sacrifices of the of the wicked is an abomina- wicked are an abomination to the tion to the LORD : but the Lord : the prayer of the righteous prayer of the upright is his and the penitent is his delight. delight. The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness. Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.

11 The depths of the grave and the 11 Hell and destruction are

dark dwellings of the departed are before the LORD : how much open to Him. To Him also is the more then the hearts of the heart open, in all its intricate va

rieties. children of men ? A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him : neither will he go unto the wise. 15 A merry heart 13 We should encourage a cheerful maketh a cheerful counte- disposition ; but no strength of spirit nance : but by sorrow of the can bear up against a broken heart. heart the spirit is broken. The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. All the days of the afflicted are evil : but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. " Better is a din

17 In domestic life, where there is ner of herbs where love is, peace, a little rejoiceth ; but where than a stalled ox and hatred there is wrangling, and disputing, and therewith. A wrathful man bickerings, and continual strife stirreth up strife : but he that there, even plenty brings not peace. is slow to anger appeaseth strife. The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns : but the way of the righteous is nade plain. 20 A wise son

20 Happy indeed the child, who is maketh a glad father : but conscious that his conduct deserves a foolish man despiseth his the approbation of his parents, and mother.

Folly is joy to him constitutes their highest joy! that is destitute of wisdom : but a man of understanding walketh uprightly. Without counsel purposes are disappointed :

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