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hath understood her great & Fear Him, and love Him, and experience?] There is one trust in Him: then, shalt thou never wise and greatly to be feared, be confounded. the Lord sitting upon his throne. He created her, and saw her, and numbered her, and poured her out upon all his works. She is with all flesh according to his gift, and he hath given her to them that love him. The fear of the Lord is honour, and glory, and gladness, and 12 This is in the natural course of a crown of rejoicing. The things. The fear of the Lord keepfear of the Lord maketh a eth from evil, and casteth out all merry heart, and giveth joy, other fear. and gladness, and a long life. Whoso feareth the Lord, it shall go well with him at the last, and he shall find favour in the day of his death. To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom ; and it was created with the faithful in the womb. She hath built an everlasting foundation with men, and she shall continue with their seed. To fear the Lord is the fulness of wisdom, and filleth men with her fruits. She filleth all their house with things desirable, and the garners with her increase. 18 The fear of the
18 A sense of an all-present God
18 Lord is a crown of wisdom, gives a courage and a joy in life, making peace and perfect which its troubles and sorrows canhealth to flourish; both which not take away ; and in death it supare the gifts of God: and it plies a hope, which no pains can enlargeth their rejoicing that
hot weaken, and no fears destroy.
wear love him. Wisdom raineth down skill and knowledge of understanding, and exalteth them to honour that hold her fast. The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord, and the branches thereof are long life. 21 The 21 It would seem impossible for that fear of the Lord driveth away man to run into wilful sin, whos sins: and where it is present. heart is filled with the fear of God. it turneth away wrath. A furious man cannot be justified ; for the sway of his fury shall 23 A patient spirit, productive as it be his destruction. 23 A pa- is of calmness and a peace which tient man will bear for a time, is its own reward, allay all fretfuland afterward joy shall spring ne
ness and anger. up unto him. He will hide his words for a time, and the lips of many shall declare his wis- 25 It is painful to see how wicked dom. 25 The parables of men hate goodness in others. But knowledge are in the trea- be not thou discouraged-if they kate sures of wisdom: but godli- you, God will love you. ness is an abomination to a sinner. If thou desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the Lord shall give her unto thee. For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and instruction :
and faith and meekness are 28 Distrust not religion, even if thou his delight. 28 Distrust not art poor. Be but sincere in prayer. the fear of the Lord when Attempt not the impossible work of thou art poor : and come not serv
serving God and Mammon. unto him with a double heart. Be not an hypocrite in the sight of men, and take good 30 God exalteth the humble and heed what thou speakest. meek. Remember, that “ before * Exalt not thyself, lest thou honour is humility.” fall, and bring dishonour upon thy soul, and so God discover thy secrets, and cast thee down in the midst of the congregation, because thou camest not in truth to the fear of the Lord, but thy heart is full of deceit.
The Annunciation of the Cirgin Mary.
MORNING. ECCLESIASTICUS ii. My son, if thou come to our spiritual enemy may well be serve the Lord, prepare thy supposed to urge his attacks more soul for temptation. Set thy ennl fou tamntotinn * Set the violently, as he sees us more devoted heart aright and constantly to God and holiness. endure, and make not haste in time of trouble. Cleave unto him, and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased at thy last end. “Whatsoever Remember that nothing happens is brought upon thee take by chance. Shall we then receive cheerfully, and be patient good at the hand of the Lord, and
nen thou art changed to a shall we not receive evil ?" low estate. For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity. Believe in him, and he will help thee; order thy way aright, 7 That is-take no unlawful course, and trust in him. ? Ye that in the hope either of avoiding troufear the Lord, wait for his bles or seeking advantage. mercy; and go not aside, lest ye fall. Ye that fear the Lord, believe himand your re- The Christian is ever hopeful. ward shall not fail. Ye that Gloom is for the wicked and the fear the Lord, hope for good, worldly. and for everlasting joy and 10 The history of God's Church and mercy. 10 Look at the gene people, collectively and individually, rations of old, and see : did 18 a triumphant answer. ever any trust in the Lord, and was confounded ? or did any abide in his fear, and was forsaken? or whom did he ever despise, that called upon him ? For the Lord is full of compassion and mercy, longsuffering, and very pitiful, and forgiveth sins, and saveth in 12 Do not pretend to be religious, time of affliction. 2 Woe be and in thine heart be far from God. to fearful hearts, and faint hands, and the sinner that goeth two ways! Woe unto him that is faint-hearted ! for he believeth not; therefore shall he not be defended. Woe unto you that have lost patience! and what will ye do when the Lord shall visit you? Is They 15 Therefore the fear of the Lord is that fear the Lord will not the beginning of wisdom. disobey his word ; and they that love him will keep his ways. They that fear the Lord will seek that which is wellpleasing unto him; and they that love him shall be filled with the law. They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and humble their souls in his sight," say- 18 Blessed thought! His majesty ing. We will fall into the we know is infinite—his power, unhands of the Lord, and not controlled—and his mercy, which is into the hands of men : for alike high above all and filling all
in things—his mercy will be stretched as his majesty is, so is his
out to save even me. mercy.
EVENING. ECCLESIASTICUS üi. Hear me your father, O children, and do thereafter, that ye may be safe. For the Lord ? God has devoted one commandhath given the father honour ment expressly to enforce this truth. over the children, and hath confirmed the authority of the mother over the sons. Who- 3 When due reverence returnis, a so honoureth his father mak- sense of duty will return. eth an atonement for his sins: and he that honoureth his mother is as one that layeth up treasure. Whoso honoureth his father shall have joy of his own children; and when he maketh his prayer, he shall be heard. He that honoureth his father shall have a long life; and he that is obedient unto the Lord shall be a comfort to his mother. He that feareth the Lord will honour his father, and will do service unto his parents, as to his masters. Honour thy father and mother both in word and deed, that a blessing may come upon the from them. For the blessing of the father establisheth the houses of children ; but the curse of the mother rooteth out foundations. Glory not in the dishonour of thy father; for thy father's dishonour is no glory unto thee. For the glory of a man is from the honour of his father; and a mother in dishonour is a reproach to
12 If there be one scene more afthe children. " My son, helpf
fecting than another, it is where aged thy father in his age, and parents are sustained by dutiful and grieve him not as long as he affectionate children; especiallywhen
liveth. And if his under- a weakened mind is consequent upon standing fail. have patience advanced age, and that weakness is
borne with reverentially. with him; and despise him not when thou art in thy full strength. For the relieving of thy father shall not be forgotten: and instead of sins it shall be added to build thee up. In the day of thine affliction it shall be remembered ; thy sins also shall melt away, as the ice in the fair warm weather. He that forsaketh his father is as a blasphemer; and he that angereth his mother is cursed of God. 17 My son, go on 17 Let not success make thee proud; with thy business in meek- neither make thou haste to be rich. ness ; so shalt thou be beloved of him that is approved. The greater thou art, the more humble thyself, and thou shalt find favour before the Lord. 19 Them that are meek He will ** Many are in high place, teach his way. Pride of intellect and of renown : but myste- rejects all wisdom which its own ries are revealed unto the
powers may not be able to com
prehend. meek. For the power of the
21 The Christian is contented to be Lord is great, and he is ho
ignorant of many things, the knownoured of the lowly. Seek ledge of which is not required for not out the things that are the fulfilment of the duties of his too hard for thee, neither station *. search the things that are above thy strength. But what is commanded thee, think thereupon with reverence ; for it is not needful for thee to see with thine eyes the things that are in secret. Be not curious in unnecessary matters : for more things are shewed unto thee than men understand. For many are deceived by their own vain opinion ; and an evil suspicion hath overthrown their judgment. Without eyes thou shalt want light : profess not the knowledge therefore that thou hast not. A stubborn heart shall fare evil at the last; and he that loveth danger shall perish therein. An obstinate heart shall be laden with sorrows; and the wicked man shall heap sin upon sin. In the punishment of the proud there is no remedy; for the plant of wickedness hath taken root in him. The heart of the prudent will understand a parable; and an attentive ear is the desire of a wise 30 As water checketh the fire, so a man. 30 Water will quench spirit of charity checketh the practice a flaming fire ; and alms of sin.
• Wise unto salvation, and satisfied with such knowledge as fitteth for the state of life to which it may have pleased God to call him, the sincere follower of Christ willingly leaves unknown, things that are too hard for him ; and is not curious in unnecessary matters. He is thus above the world.
maketh an atonement for sins. And he that requiteth good turns is mindful of that which may come hereafter ; and when he falleth, he shall find a stay.
Wednesday before Easter.
MORNING. HOSEA xiii. 1 When Ephraim spake trem. When Ephraim was humble and bling, he exalted himself in obedient, he prospered and was held Israel ; but when he offended in honour. When he became proud
and disobedient, his glory faded in Baal, he died. ? And now
away. they sin more and more, and 2 The mind of idol-worshippers was have made them molten so debased, that they kissed their images of their silver, and idols, in token of a more solemn ado
ration. idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen : they say of them, Let the men that
3 The wicked may and often do
the sacrifice kiss the calves. flourish for a time, but at last they 3 Therefore they shall be as pass away, as though they had never the morning cloud, and as the been—their memory doth perish. early dew that passeth away, at nasseth away. No longer then “grieve when you
see the ungodly in prosperity;" their as the chaff that is driven
end is not yet. with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney. Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me. I did know thee in the wilderness, in the If you are prosperous, be the more land of great drought. Ac- sincere and zealous in serving God; cording to their pasture, so lest prosperity be your ruin. were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me. Therefore I will be unto them as a lion : as a leopard by the way will I observe them : I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion : the wild beast 9 How true is it, that our sin and shall tear them. O Israel, its misery are from ourselves our thou hast destroyed thyself; recovery is from our God. but in me is thine help. 101 10 God was himself Israel's King. will be thy king : where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities ? and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes? "I gave 11 If God grant a worldly prayer, thee a king in mine anger, He perhaps grants it that it may and took him away in my bring its own punishment.