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I have sinned, and what harm patient and forbearing, is convincing hath happened unto me ? for evidence that a just God will give the Lord is longsuffering, he sure recompense hereafter. will in no wise let thee go. Concerning propitiation, be not without fear to add sin unto sin: and say not, His mercy
6 It is an awful daring—" to sin
that grace may abound.” is great; he will be pacified for the multitude of my sins : for mercy and wrath come from him, and his indignation resteth upon
sinners. Make no tarrying to turn to the Lord, and put not off from day to day: for suddenly shall the wrath of the Lord come forth, and in thy security thou shalt be destroyed, and perish in the day of vengeance. *Set not thine
8 Honest trading has God's blessing. heart upon goods unjustly gotten : for they shall not profit thee in the day of calamity. ; Winnow not with every 9 Be not carried about by every wind, and go not into every
wind of doctrine. Hold fast thy proway: for so doti
the sinner fession. (Ephes. iv. 14.) that hath a double tongue.
10 In Christian character consistency 10 Be stedfast in thy under
stands conspicuous. standing; and let thy word be the same. Be swift to hear; and let thy life be sincere ; and with patience give answer. If thou hast understanding, answer thy neighbour; if not, lay thy hand upon thy mouth. Honour and shame is in talk : and the tongue of man is his 11 The whisperer in society is not fall. * Be not called a whis- only wicked, he is—what perhaps be perer, and lie not in wait will still more shrink from coawith thy tongue : for a foul temptible. Shame doth rest upon him. shame is
the thief, and an evil condemnation upon the double tongue.
15 Do not remain in wilful ignorance ignorant of any thing in a of any thing connected with the great matter or a small. duty to God or man ; nor consider
the most trivial of such things beneath thy notice and inquiry.
15 Be not
St. Philip and St. James's Bay.
MORNING. ECCLESIASTICUS vü. · Do no evil, so shall no 1 God will save thee from harmo, if harm come unto thee. De- thou doest good. part from the unjust, and iniquity shall turn away from thee. My son, sow not upon the
3 The sinner soweth what will bring furrows of unrighteousness, and thou shalt not reap them sevenfold. •Seek not of the
* Avoid worldly ambition.
Lord preeminence, neither of the king the seat of honour. Justify not thyself before the Lord; and boast not of thy wisdom before the king. Seek not to be judge, being not able to take away iniquity ; lest at any time thou fear the person of the mighty, and lay a stumblingblock in the way of thy uprightness. Offend not against the multitude of a city, and then thou shalt not cast thyself down among the people. Bind not one sin upon another; for in one thou shalt not be unpunished. Say not, God will look upon the multitude of my oblations, and when I offer to the most high God, he will
10 Be not faint- 10 Pray without doubting. (1 Tim. hearted when thou makestii. 8. Mark xi. 24.) thy prayer, and neglect not to give alms. Laugh no man to scorn in the bitterness of his soul : for there is one which humbleth and exalteth. Devise not a lie against thy brother ; neither do the like to thy friend.
13 Speak not an untruth, even light13 Use not to make ly, lest untruth become a habit. any manner of lie : for the custom thereof is not good. Use not many words in a multitude of elders, and make not much babbling when thou prayest. 15 Hate not labo
15 The Christian dare not be slothrious work, neither husban
ful in any business.“ Whatever thy dry
, which the most High hand findeth to do, do it with all thy hath ordained. Number not might.” Activity produces cheer
fulness, the multitude of sinners, but remember that wrath will not tarry long. Humble thy soul greatly:
17 As for the impenitent, “ their for the vengeance of the un
worm dieth not, and their fire is godly is fire and worms. not quenched.” (Mark ix. 46.)
Change not a friend for 18 Friendship, by sharing our sorany good by no means ;
rows and our joys, relieves the one, ther a faithful brother for the
as she brightens the other. gold of Ophir. Forego not a wise and good woman : for her grace is above gold. 20 Where
20 Masters, remember that ye also as thy servant worketh truly, have a Master in heaven. (Col.iv. 1. entreat him not evil, nor the
Eccl. iv. 30.) hireling that bestoweth himself wholly for thee. Let thy soul love a good servant, and defraud him not of liberty.
Hast thou cattle? have an eye to them : and if they be his beast.
22 The merciful man is merciful to for thy profit, keep them with * Hast thou children?
23 Parents, be not over-indulgent instruct them, and bow down
to your children. their neck from their youth. Hast thou daughters ? have a
care of their body, and shew not thyself cheerful toward them. Marry thy daughter, and so shalt thou have performed a weighty matter : but give her to a man of understanding. Hast thou a wife after thy mind ? forsake her not : but give not thyself over to a light woman. Honour thy father with thy whole heart, and forget not the sorrows of thy mother. 28 Remember that thou wast
28 Children, remember all the selfbegotten of them ; and how denial your parents exercised, that canst thou recompense them you might be fed, and clothed, and
educated. You can never make them the things that they have
amends—but you can be grateful. done for thee? 29 Fear the
29 He who really loves God and his Lord with all thy soul, and Christ, will love the ministers of reverence his priests. Love Christ, for their Master's sake. him that made thee with all thy strength, and forsake not his ministers. Fear the Lord, and honour the priest; and give him his portion, as it is commanded thee ; the firstfruits, and the trespass offering, and the gift of the shoulders, and the sacrifice of sanctification, and the firstfruits of the holy things. And stretch thine hand unto the poor, that thy blessing may be perfected.* A gift hath
Piety delights to pay the last grace in the sight of every offices to the dead with ali due reveman living; and for the dead rence. (Jer. xvi. 7. Mark xiv. 8.) detain it not. 34 Fail not to
34 Christian sympathy! How does be with them that and
it sweeten the bitterest cup ! mourn with them that mourn. Be not slow to visit the sick: for that shall make thee to be
36 When troubles press hard, and beloved. 36 Whatsoever thou disappointments accumulate, then, 0 takest in hand, remember my soul, arouse thee to patient conthe end, and thou shalt never
tinuance in well-doing; remembering do amiss.
that the end is not yet, and that to
them who look for glory, and honour, and immortality, God will at last render eternal life.
EVENING. ECCLESIASTICUS ix. Be not jealous over the wife " Mutual trust and confidence form of thy bosom, and teach her the firmest and brightest links in the not an evil lesson against thy- sacred band of marriage. self. Give not thy soul unto a woman to set her foot upon thy substance. Meet not with an harlot, lest thou fall into her snares. - Use not much
* This caution refers to the licenthe company of a woman that tious singing and dancing which, in is a singer, lest thou be taken former ages as now, distinguished with her attempts.
5 Gaze public exhibitions in the East. not on a maid, that thou fall is, to guard against running into
5 The object of these admonitions not by those things that are temptation,
precious in her. Give not thy soul unto harlots, that thou lose not thine inheritance. Look not round about thee in the streets of the city, neither wander thou in the solitary places thereof. Turn away thine eye from a beautiful woman, and look not upon another's beauty; for many have been deceived by the beauty of a woman ; for herewith love is kindled as a fire. Sit not at all with another man's wife, nor sit down with her in thine arms, and spend not thy money with her at the wine ; lest thine heart incline unto her, and so through thy desire thou fall into destruction. 10 Forsake not an old friend; for
10 Old and tried friendship is be
yond price. the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old thou shalt drink it with pleasure." En- 11 The end of the wicked is destrucry not the glory of a sinner : tion ; the end of the righteous, peace, for thou knowest not what and joy, and glory. shall be his end. Delight not in the thing that the ungodly have pleasure in : but remember they shall not go unpunished unto their grave. thee far from the man that
Avoid, as much as you can,
perious and tyrannical rulers. hath power to kill ; so shalt thou not doubt the fear of death : and if thou come unto him, make no fault, lest he take away thy life presently : remember that thou goest in the midst of snares, and that thou walkest upon the battlements of the city. As near as thou canst, guess at thy neighbour, and consult with the wise. « Let the wise and the good.
15 In choosing your society,seek out thy talk be with the wise, and all thy communication in the law of the most High. And let just men eat and drink with thee ; and let thy glorying be in the fear of the Lord. For the hand of the artificer the work shall be commended : and the wise ruler of the people for his speech. 8 A man of 18 There is not a more dangerous an ill tongue is dangerous in and hateful pest to society, than a his city; and he that is rash man who is of an ill tongue, and in his talk shall be hated.
rash in his talk. He stirreth up strife even throughout a city,
MORNING. DEUTERONOMY X.
At that time the Lord said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount,
And Elisha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Beth-el. * And the sons of the pro- 3 These were youths trained up phets that were at Beth-el specially to religious learning, that came forth to Elisha, and they might be fitted for the solemn said unto him, Knowest thou
office of the ministry. that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day?
And he said, Yea, I know it ; hold ye your peace. And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee ; for the Lord hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it ; hold ye your peace. And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here ; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off : and they two stood by Jordan. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.
9 What a noble spirituality ! what ' And it came to pass, when
a glorious heavenly-mindedness! Do they were gone over, that thought of riches, or power, er Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask worldly influence, enters into the what I shall do for thee, be- heart of Elisha! All his aim is an fore I be taken away from
increase of spiritual gifts. thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be 11 And it came to pass,
11 Enoch before the law, and Elijah as they still went on, and under the law, passed with their talked, that, behold, there ap- bodies into heaven without death. peared a chariot of fire, and they were types of the ascension of horses of fire, and parted
our blessed Lord under the Gospel. them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And
* Thus, under each dispensation, has been vouchsafed a proof, that a better world than this awaits the faithful servants of God; that their bodies shall be glorified; and themselves be admitted, in the body, to the glories and bliss of heaven.