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quire of thee, but to do justly, the high hopes of an inheritance in and to love mercy, and to

Humility, always laudable, is then walk humbly with thy God? 9 The LORD's voice crieth Wisdom acknowledges, in every unto the city, and the man of chastening, the hand of a Heavenly wisdom shall see thy name: Father. hear ye the rod, and who 10 How carefully the Almighty inbath appointed it. Are sists upon peace and goodwill towards there yet the treasures of man in those who profess glory and wickedness in the house of honour towards Him the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable? Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights? For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins. " Thou 14 Nothing shall prosper with the shalt eat, but not be satis- wicked. All shall be disappointment. fied; and thy casting down They shall feed on bitter ashes. shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword. Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but 16 The ten tribes had broken the shalt not drink wine. 16 For unity of the Church-yielding to the the statutes of Omri are kept. evil and idolatrous practices of Umri and all the works of the house

and Ahab. of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing : therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.

The highest earthly advantages profit not a people, but come to nought, when true religion and piety cease to flourish and abound.

The twenty-first Sunday after Trinitp.

MORNING. Habakkuk ii. 'I will stand upon my watch, Thus your ministers wateh unto and set me upon the tower. prayer to God for your souls.

• The Lord accepts no service either of humility from those who are proud of heart towards their fellow-creatures, or of honour from him who scorneth the simple, or of duty from them who oppress or defraud their neighbour. His eye is upon the unjust balance, as well as upon the unbelieving heart-upon the unjust worshipper, as upon the despiser of and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. * Behold, his

IS Faith is life to the soul. Even soul which is lifted up is not the just in their most righteous and upright in him : but the just holy service, live not through their shall live by his faith. Yea own righteousness, or by their own also, because he transgresseth

holiness, but by faith in the Holy

One-the Lord, their righteousness. by wine, he is a proud man, Pause, and ask your own heart. If neither keepeth at home, who thus even the just live only by faith, enlargeth his desire as hell, wherewithal shall the ungodly and and is as death, and cannot wicked save their souls alive? Is

there another Saviour ? be satisfied, but gathereth "

5 The ambition of Chaldea was ever unto him all nations, and

insatiable of empire. O Reader! neapern unto him all people : guard thine own heart. Be not amshall not all these take up a bitious of greatness among thy felparable against him, and a low-creatures. He that is least in taunting proverb against him,

proverhavsinst him the Gospel kingdom, the same shall and say, Woe to him that be great in the kingdom of heaven. increaseth that which is not his ! how long ? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay! Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them? Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that Covetousness is idolatry. Avarice dwell therein. Woe to him is as wretched as it is wicked. It that coveteth an evil covet- pines amid plenty : ungrateful to ousness to his house, that he

God, uncharitable towards man may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil! Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul. For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it. 12 Woe to him that buildeth a

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whether in a nation as the Baby: town with blood, and sta- lonians, or in any individual. Special.

* Avoid thinking that when rich, no harm can reach you. That is to build a Babel tower, and to call down upon yourself God's just vengeance. It often happens that when men have heaped up all the wealth which they hope “will deliver them from the power of evil," then, sickness, sorrow, or death come, and all their fond hopes perish.

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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

is their cruelty: for the knowledge of hosts that the people shall

of the Gospel shall gradually spread 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. 15 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

thou art reading these pages ; and ple: let all the earth keep

he will be present for thy protection, 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- ? Religious knowledge maketh wise struction ; to perceive the unto salvation. words of understanding; to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and 4 Be ye wise as serpents, and innoequity ; 4 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 7 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- & 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

judgment-Honour your father and ornament of grace unto thy

your mother. Ye can never do head, and chains about thy

enough to repay them all their deep 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 us lurk privily for the inno- of the idler. At home there is safety. cent 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 : 16 for their feet 16 Never yield to the temptations of run to evil, and make haste to wicked companions. They may tempt 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 : ?1 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 scorners 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 counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your

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 youranguish cometh upon you. Se

to self seeking God early. * Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me : for that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: they would none of my counsel : they despised 31 Nothing can be more dreadful all my reprool. Therefore than that retributive justice whereby shall they eat of the fruit of God sometimes permits his offending their own way, and be filled creatures to bring upon themselves with their own devices. For their own punishments, by aceomthe turning away of the sim- plishing their own desires. ple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 33 But whoso heark- 33 How full this gracious promise! eneth unto me shall dwell Not only shall you be safe from evil, safely, and shall be quiet

but quiet from fear of evil-quiet

from that apprehension of approachfrom fear of evil.

ing ill, which causes often the se verest anguish.

The twenty-second Sunday after Trinity.

MORNING. PROVERBS ii. My son, if thou wilt receive Having God's commands hidden my words, and hide my com- in store, as it were always ready for mandments with thee; so that use. thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding: yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understand. So now, though by grace we are ing; “if thou seekest her as saved, yet that grace must be sought silver, and searchest for her earnestly; and if we would have as for hid treasures ; then

God's guidance, we must search dinishalt thou understand the

gently those Scriptures in which His

directions are contained. fear of the LORD, and find Therefore, to neglect the Bible, the knowledge of God. For is to cast from us wisdom. the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous : he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. ' Then shalt thou un- The Bible points out to us, and derstand righteousness, and keeps us in every good path-the judgment, and equity; yea, path of holiness before God; the every good path. When wis- path of integrity before men.

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