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blisheth a city by iniquity! woe awaits those who persecute the Behold, is it not of the Lord Church of God. Vain too as sinful of hosts that the people shall of the Gospel shall gradually spread
is their cruelty: for the knowledge labour in the very fire, and over all the world even as God the people shall weary them- would in this case vindicate his truth selves for very vanity ? For
as the avenger of his people. the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover 15 Woe to the Chaldean, who lures the sea. 1 Woe unto him by the cup of idolatry ! woe also to that giveth his neighbour the people who drink thereof. drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD's right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? 19 Woe unto
19 If idolatry be a woful sin, it is him that saith to the wood, also a base and woful folly; well Awake ; to the dumb stone, deserving the reproof of scorn. Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath 20 The whole creation is the Lord's at all in the midst of it. 2° But temple. He is present there ; He the Lord is in his holy tem- is present here for thy comfort, as ple: let all the earth keep he will be present for thy protection,
thou art reading these pages; and silence before him.
when again, thou must mingle in a world where sin and sorrow range.
EVENING. PROVERBS i. The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel ; * To know wisdom and in- 2 Religious knowledge maketh wise struction ; to perceive the unto salvation. words of understanding ; to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and * Be ye wise as serpents, and innoequity ; * to give subtilty to cent as doves. (Matt. x. 16.)
* Idolatry, like drunkenness, takes from a man that reason which raises him above the brutes, and so sinks him below them. The drunkard, 100, is left a prey to every evil passion, which may lead to disgrace, and misery, and death.
the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: to understand a proverb, and the interpretation ; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The * The strongest guard against sin fear of the LORD is the be- is the fear of a present God. ginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the in
8 Sons and daughters ! if ye value struction of thy father, and cheerfulness in youth ; if ye look for forsake not the law of thy honour in age ; if ye would have mother: for they shall be an peace in death, and acceptance in ornament of grace unto thy
judgment-Honour your father and head, and chains about thy enough to repay them all their deep
Ye can never do
your mother. neck. My son, if sinners and anxious care ; all their unweaentice thee, consent thou not. ried love and affection for you. " If they say, Come with us, 11 Love your home. Do not be let us lay wait for blood, let enticed to leave its shelter at the call
of the idler. At home there is safety. us lurk privily for the innocent without cause : let us swallow them up alive as the grave, and whole, as those that go down into the pit : we shal find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil : cast in thy lot among us ; let us all have one purse : my son, walk not thou in the way with them ; refrain thy foot from their path : 18 for their feet 16 Never yield to the temptations of run to evil, and make haste to wicked companions. They maytempt shed blood. Surely in vain you to plunge into sin, but they canthe net is spread in the sight not pluck you out. They can neither
screen you from the disgrace you of any bird. And they lay will bring upon yourself, and the wait for their own blood; they anguish you will cause your parents ; lurk privily for their own
nor can they save you from the anger lives. So are the ways of of Almighty God. every one that is greedy of gain ; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets : 21 she 21 What a blessed privilege ! to live crieth in the chief place of in a land where the Gospel is daily concourse, in the openings of inviting us to God. the gates; in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity ? and the scort delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge ? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded ; but ye have set at nought all my coun
calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh : when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind : when distress and
28 Avoid this awful menace by youringuish cometh upon you. self seeking God early.
Then shall they call upon ne, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but hey shall not find me : for that they hated knowledge, and lid not choose the fear of the Lord: they would none of ay counsel : they despised 1 my reproof. Therefore
31 Nothing can be more dreadful
than that retributive justice whereby ball they eat of the fruit of God sometimes permits his offending beir own way, and be filled creatures to bring upon themselves rith their own devices. For their own punishments, by accomhe turning away of the sim- plishing their own desires. le shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy bem. > But whoso heark- 33 How full this gracious promise! neth unto me shall dwell Not only shall you be safe from evil, afely, and shall be quiet but quiet from fear of evil—quiet rom fear of evil.
from that apprehension of approaching ill, which causes often the severest anguish.
The twenty-second Sunday after Trinity.
MORNING. PROVERBS ii. My son, if thou wilt receive
1 Having God's commands hidden ny words, and hide my com- in store, as it were—always ready for nandments with thee; so that hou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding : yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest ip thy voice for understand
+ So now, though by grace we are og; 'if thou seekest her as saved, yet that grace must be sought ilver, and searchest for her earnestly; and if we would have s for hid treasures ; then
God's guidance, we must search dilihalt thou understand the directions are contained.
gently those Scriptures in which His ar of the LORD, and find 6 Therefore, to neglect the Bible, he knowledge of God. For is to cast from us wisdom. he Lord giveth wisdom : out of his mouth cometh knowledge nd understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the ighteous : he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He tepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his aints. Then shalt thou un
9 The Bible points out to us, and erstand righteousness, and keeps us in every good path-the udgment, and equity; yea, path of holiness before God ; the very good path. When wis- path of integrity before men.
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 graee man, from the man that speak- other; and they together form our eth froward things; who leave defence on every occasion : even ir 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 who rejoice to do evil, and lead us safely in the paths of op
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 unto 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.
EVENING. PROVERBS üïi. 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 fini man. Trust in the LORD favour even with their fellow-crea
tures. Thus, the young are eneour 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 pot acknowledge him, and he lean to our own understanding ; lest shall direct thy paths. Be
the prop break under us, and like a
broken reed, both fail us and wound not wise in thine own eyes : us. In all our ways let us trust in
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 toch 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 dise of it is better than the
love-therefore is all well.” 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
defence. upon her: and happy is every 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 tomorrow? 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,