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strife : and a whisperer se- which he must give account ! He is parateth chief friends. A vio- mean, yet daring ; cruel, yet timid; lent man enticeth his neigh- reckless, yet anxious :- surely he bour, and leadeth him into becomes his own tormentor. the way that is not good. He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things : moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass. 31 The hoary head is a crown 31 Honourable old age wins respect of glory, if it be found in the from all. way of righteousness. 52 He

32 Self-control is the highest magthat is slow to anger is better nanimity, and the truest sign of a

faithful soldier of the cross. than the mighty; and he that

33 The Christian is freed from all ruleth his spirit than he that fear of chance. God ordereth a taketh a city. 33 The lot is good man's way; and not a hair of cast into the lap; but the his head perisheth but the Almighty whole disposing thereof is of knoweth it altogether. Praised be

his name ! the LORD.

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The twenty-sirth Sunday aftec Trinity.

MORNING. PROVERBS xvii. Better is a dry morsel, 1 As competence, and even luxury, and quietness therewith, than cannot give happiness, unless a spirit an house full of sacrifices of quietness reign in the family cirwith strife, A wise servant

cle; so no worldly discomfort, 10

worldly disappointment, can rob shall have rule over a son them of peace, where they live tothat causeth shame, and shall gether in unity and love. Husband, have part of the inheritance wife, children, friends—beware the among the brethren.

strife of tongues !

The fining pot is for silver, and 2 The errors of the young not only the furnace for gold : but the bring sorrow on themselves, but cover

their parents with shame. LORD trieth the hearts. A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished. Children's children are the crown of old men ; and the glory of children are

7 A prince should be so clear and their fathers. ? Excellent

bright in nobleness of spirit and conspeech becometh not a fool: duct, that all men may regard him much less do lying lips a

as the mirror of truth. prince. A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it : whithersoever it

9 Whilst the true Christian con turneth, it prospereth. He

cealeth from others any injuries he that covereth a transgression may have suffered ; the tale-bearer

seeketh love ; but he that walketh like a pestilence in noon repeateth a matter separateth day, separating very friends. very friends. A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. An evil man seeketh only rebellion : therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

13 The Gospel forbids to return 13 Whoso rewardeth evil for evil even for evil-how much more good, evil shall not depart are we forbidden to return evil for from his house. The begin- good! ning of strife is as when one letteth out water : therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

16 Unless men desire the wisdom of 1 Wherefore is there a price God, and have a heart for it, in vain in the hand of a fool to get is it freely offered to them. wisdom, seeing he hath no

17 One of the good effects of afflicheart to it? 17 A friend loveth tions is, that they call forth and exat all times, and a brother is ercise the sympathy and benevolence bom for adversity. A man

of others. void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend. "He loveth transgression that

19 By “his gate” is meant, his state

of life and condition. loveth strife : and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. He that hath a froward heart findeth no good : and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine : but a broken spirit drieth the bones. A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. 24 The good can all see traces and * Wisdom is before him that proofs of the divine wisdom in prohath understanding; but the vidence and grace, but the foolish, eyes of a fool are in the ends or wicked, are either wilfully blind of the earth. 25 A foolish son them. “Having eyes, they see not.”

to them, or obstinately overlook is a grief to his father, and 25 My young reader ! love and reve. bitterness to her that bare rence your parents, for conscience him. Also to punish the just sake toward God. is not good, nor to strike princes for equity. He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding of an excellent spirit. 28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his cially for the young.

28 Sound counsel this for all ; espepeace, is counted wise : and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

EVENING. PROVERBS xix.

* Better is the poor that 1 An honest man, however poor, walketh in his integrity, than has Almighty God as his friend. he that is perverse in his lips,

* In this Christian country, all, and is a fool. Also, that however unlearned in worldly wisthe soul be without know- dom, may gain true wisdom, if they

receive meekly the preaching of the ledge, it is not good; and he Gospel of Christ. Do nothing rashly. that hasteth with his feet sin

3 When a foolish man has brought neth. 3 The foolishness of himself into trouble, he is apt to man perverteth his way: and fret, and charge it upon Providence. his heart fretteth against the * Such is the way of worldly men : LORD. * Wealth maketh many

a Christian spirit teacheth better friends ; but the poor is sepa

things. rated from his neighbour. A

5 A lie never prospers ; and at last false witness shall not be un

it is surely found out. punished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape. Many will intreat the favour of the prince : and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts. All the brethren of the poor do hate him : how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him. He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul : he that keepeth understanding shall find good. A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish. Delight is not seemly for a fool ; much less for a servant to have rule over princes. The discre- 11 Self-control springs from no tion of a man deferreth his coward feeling : it is the truest mag. anger ; and it is his glory to nanimity! pass over a transgression. The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion ; but his favour is

13 A twofold sorrow. It were sad as dew upon the grass. A

for a man that a son should be a foolish son is the calamity of calamity to him ; but sadder still is his father : and the conten- it when to this is added a contentious tions of a wife are a continual

wife *. dropping. House and riches are the inheritance of fathers : and a prudent wife is from the Lord. Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. He that keepeth the com

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16 How many, alas! perish from a mandment keepeth his own stupid carelessness about God and

* Each sorrow is more grievous, being unnatural. Nature points out a son as an honour to his parents, and a wife as the sweet soother of her husband's cares. Art thou a wife ? lay this truth to heart! Art thou a

soul; but he that despiseth their souls !—Is not thy soul worth his ways shall die." He that saving ? hath pity upon the poor lend- 17 What a beautiful and winning eth unto the LORD: and that encouragement to a tender care for

the wants of others. which he hath given will he

18 Let 'not early faults go unpay him again. "Chasten punished. thy son while there is hope, 19 Anger cannot remove the various and let not thy soul spare sorrows of life, but adds to their for his crying.

" A man of misery. great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again. Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in the latter end. There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. 12 If we are so poor that we can * The desire of a man is his give nothing but kindness, we should kindness : and a poor man is not withhold that. better than a liar. The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. 25 Smite a

25 A noble mind rejoices in good

counsel. scorner, and the simple will beware : and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge. He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach. 21 Cease,

27 Do not listen to idle counsels. my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge. An ungodly witness scorneth judgment : and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity. 29 Punishment and shame will at >> Judgments are prepared for last surely overtake the obstinate scorners, and stripes for the and impenitent. back of fools.

PROPER LESSONS

TO BE READ AT

MORNING AND EVENING PRAYER

ON

HOLY-DAYS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

Saint Andrew's Day.

MORNING. PROVERBS XX. WINE is a mocker, strong Wine is God's gift.-To be dedrink is raging: and whoso- ceived thereby into intemperance, is ever is deceived thereby is an abuse of that gift, and a sin. not wise. The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

It is an honour for a man to 3 Blessed are the peacemakers. cease from strife : but every 4 Religion promotes honest infool will be meddling. The dustry. sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water ; but a man of understanding will draw it out. Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness : but a faithful man who can 7 St. Paul rejoiced in a conscience find ? ? The just man walk- void of offence towards both God and eth in his integrity: his chil

8 Those whom Divine Providence dren are blessed after him. calls to a throne, must devote all * A king that sitteth in the their energies to a just administrathrone of judgment scattereth tion of the laws, and the welfare of away all evil with his eves. their kingdom *. 9 Who can say, I have made it to thine own heart. Pausere

9 What a searching question ! Pat my heart clean, I am pure thou answer.

man,

* It is the penalty of greatness, that it must rise above all selfish considerations, and in a more especial manner learn to live for others; for if “ no man liveth to himself” alone, how much less a sovereign ! See

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