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This is also vanity, yea, it is Mutual society tends to promote a sore travail. 'Two are bet- man's happiness. ter than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth ; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone ? 2 And if one pre- and brothers, who dwell together in
12 Unity is strength. Witness friends vail against him, two shall unity. They diminish sorrows by withstand him; and a three- sharing them; and they increase fold cord is not quickly bro- joys by contributing each his share. ken. Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be
14 So changeful is this world, that admonished. 14 For out of sometimes the lowest rise even from prison he cometh to reign; prison,”—or troubles, as the term whereas also he that is born whilst exiled kings become por.
means — to the highest honours, in his kingdom becometh
15 Still more striking is the change poor. " I considered all the when the crown and its influence is living which walk under the wrested by the second in birth ; so sun, with the second child the order of inheritance is perverted,
and grievous troubles follow. that shall stand up in his 16 These and suchlike changes ehastead." There is no end of racterise the several generations of all the people, even of all that men ; proving that all is vanity. have been before them; they also that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
St. John the Evangelist's Day.
MORNING. ECCLESIASTES V. * KEEP thy foot when thou 1 Regulate thine affections : for they goest to the house of God, are to the soul what feet are to the and be more ready to hear, body; leading us to evil or to good. than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. ? Be not rash
2 Think not to prevail by the mere with thy mouth, and let not formality of long prayers and vain thine heart be hasty to utter repetitions. (Matt. vi. 7.) any thing before God : for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words 3 An unrestrained tongue indicates be few. For a dream cometh an imagination as vain as the dreamy through the multitude of visions of the night. business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words. • When thou vowest a vow * Hast thou, in sickness and sorrow,
unto God, defer not to pay
vowed a holy life? Now, therefore, it; for he hath no pleasure in your health and joy-nou pay that in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that shouldest vow and not 6 Bind not thyself by rash words ; pay.
6 Suffer not thy mouth for in not acting up to them, thou to cause thy flesh to sin; mayest presumptuously sin. neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands ? For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers
8 If princes oppress, and their vanities : but fear thou God. wicked counsellors bring evil upon • If thou seest the oppression the people, do not despair. Onuiof the poor, and violent per
potence will at last controul them. verting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter : for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than 9 Kings cannot feed upon gold and
Moreover the profit silver. They, as well as the poor of the earth is for all : the who till the soil, are sustained by
the fruits thereof. king himself is served by the field. He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver ; nor he that loveth abundance with increase : this is also vanity. When goods increase, they are increased that eat them : and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes ? 12 Honest labour earns for the reli12 The sleep of a labouring gious poor, sweet sleep and a rest unman is sweet, whether he eat disturbed by the fear of evil. little or much : but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. But those riches perish by evil travail : and he begetteth a son, and there is no- 13 Let the proud remember that thing in his hand. As he they are dust ; and the rich that they came forth of his mother's can take nothing with them when womb, naked shall he return
they die ; and the ambitious, that a
few feet of earth will one day suffice to go as he came, and shall for them. Thus each may learn take nothing of his labour, wisdom. which he may carry away in his hand. And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath la- 17 The difference between holiness boured for the wind ? 17 All and irreligion is never so striking as his days also he eateth in in scenes of sickness and distress. darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sick
I have seen : it is good and God, to be enjoyed gratefully, and comely for one to eat and to used for the benefit of others. drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him : for it is his portion. Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. For he shall not much remember the days of his life ; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.
EVENING. ECCLESIASTES vi. There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men : ?a 2 So is it with those who are greedy man to whom God hath given of gain and miserly of heart. The riches, wealth, and honour, misery of a grudging spirit is judicial. so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and
3 Where life has passed without it is an evil disease.
holiness, and death without honour, man beget an hundred chil- so base and wretched is their state, dren, and live many years,
that the still-born child, who never so that the days of his years
drew breath, is better than they. be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he. For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness. Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing : this hath more rest than the other. Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place? All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. For
8 The wise and the unlearned, even what hath the wise more than though they know how to conduct the fool ? what hath the poor, themselves suitably before men and that knoweth to walk before according to their condition, are all
mortal, and must at last come tothe living? Better is the gether to their end. sight of the eyes than the
9 It is better to be contented with wandering of the desire: this what God has revealed to us of his is also vanity and vexation ways; than, dissatisfied, to be always
That which hath seeking for more. been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he. Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the 12 For who knoweth 12 None can tell this but the Al
what is good for man in this mighty. O the wisdom, then, of a life, all the days of his vain firm unshaken faith in that God, both life which he spendeth as a
in his providence and grace, to grant
us all things needful, as well for the shadow ? for who can tell a body as the soul ; trusting to his man what shall be after him providence that all things shall work under the sun ?
together for our good, and confiding
in his grace that He will save our souls in life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Innocents' Bay.
MORNING. JEREMIAH xxxi. to ver. 18.
At the same time, saith the
1 In the Messiah all the faithful Lord, will I be the God of shall become one great family of all the families of Israel, and God, the Father of all. O for our they shall be my people. home in heaven !
2 Those who escaped from Egypt. 2 Thus saith the Lord, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went 3 The Jewish nation thus acknowto cause him to rest. The ledge God's care over them. Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love : therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee. · Again 4 The Church shall be restored with I will build thee, and thou all her glorious services of joy. shalt be built, ( virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that
5 Thou shalt 5 Samaria shall cease her enmity, yet plant vines upon the and shall share the worship of Jerumountains of Samaria : the
salem. The Church shall be received
even by those who once scoffed it. planters shall plant, and shall
6 The voice of thy minister is the eat them as common things. voice of the appointed watchman 6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God. For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations : publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy peo- 8 How full of affection and tender ple, the remnant of Israel. care is Jehovah towards those who Behold, I will bring them
seek him ! from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together : a great
and with supplications will I lead them : I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd : and their soul shall be as a watered garden ; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together; for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD. 15 All misery among the faithful * Thus saith the LORD; A shall one day cease. Rachel, the voice was heard in Ramah. common mother of both people, lamentation, and bitter weep
through her sons Joseph and Ben
jamin, shall be amply compensated ing; Rahel weeping for her for the long travail of her soul, when children refused to be com- she shall see them all gathered toforted for her children, be- gether as one great family of God in cause they were not. Thus Jesus Christ the righteous *. saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears : for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border.
EVENING. Wisdom i. 'Love righteousness, ye that If it be the duty of all men to ask be judges of the earth : think wisdom from above, how urgent is of the Lord with a good that duty upon princes and gover(heart,) and in simplicity of I heart seek him. i For he ? Tempt not God-provoke him not will be found of them that y
i by double dealing. * Ephraim was descended from Joseph ; and the tribe of Benjamin continued with Judah-Rachel was buried between Ramah and Bethlehem, on the confines of either tribe.
+ Statesmen are here taught specially to seek this wisdom to meet their high and arduous responsibilities ; carefully ordering their lives in the spirit of purity and holiness : for into the wicked, wisdom entereth not. (ver. 4.)
nors + !