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he dwelleth securely by thee. Strive not with a man with out cause, if he have done

31 Envy not the wicked if they hap thee no harm. Envy thou

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

and the righteous shall be welcome

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 : bu 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 deal nation to the LORD: but a

ings with men, for conscience sake

toward God. (See chap. xvi. 11.) just weight is his delight.

2 Pride maketh men forget them When pride cometh, then selves, and so leadeth them on ta 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 7 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. 8 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

1 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


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 sure. 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. "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. 22 As a jewel is invaluable, exemplifying the Chrisof gold in a swine's snout, sois tian graces in their most winning a fair woman which is without form ; so, ill-directed, it brings only

shame and ruin. discretion. The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath. 4 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

their deserved punishment. beral soul shall be made fat : and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. He that withholdeth 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

39 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 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.


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

EVENING. PROVERBS xii. Whoso loveth instruction

1 The young should bear repro loveth knowledge : but he patiently: it is offered for their good that hateth reproof is brutish. So they may hope to obtain favou

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 roof of the righteous shall not be

* A good and affectionate wife is : moved. 'A virtuous woman man's highest honour and greates 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

Quiet competence is better than 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 merman 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 — idleness

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

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

19 God is truth—the Devil, the fa

ther of lies. of 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 lent than his neighbour : but voice of kindness ! 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.


The twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity.

MORNING. PROVERBS xii. '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 scorner 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. tice to any. 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

The poor


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 yet hath nothing: there is ment is great gain.” 1 Tim. vi.6.

contented. “Godliness with contentthat maketh himself poor, yet & Riches make men conspicuous, so hath great riches. • The ran- 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 delu12 Hope 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. Spirit.

conscience, and the strivings of God's A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambasssador is health. Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction : but be 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 & 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

24 Fond indulgence brings ruin upon judgment.


* He that spar- the objects of it.

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