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unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thiné heart, and with all thy soul. For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it ? neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, 14 And is not the word nigh to tku, and do it? 14 but the word is now ? very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. "See, I have 15 Man's free agency, and God's set before thee this day life free grace stand here in beautiful and good, and death and evil: harmony—as also in v. 19 *. in that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply : and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart tum away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 19 Would God thus solemnly bid us 19 I call heaven and earth to “ choose;" if choice were not in our record this day against you, power ! Sin, therefore, on the ples that I have set before you life of our fallen nature, is altogether and death, blessing and cursing : therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live : 20 that thou mayest love 50 « Cleave unto the Lord thy God" the LORD thy God, and that 50 shalt thou fear no evil, but thou mayest obey his voice, on thy way rejoicing. and that thou mayest cleave unto him : for he is thy life, and the length of thy days : that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
* It was our blessed Saviour's instructive testimony to the pious sister of Lazarus-Mary hath chosen that good part. (Luke x. 42.)
St. Barnabas the Apostle.
MORNING. ECCLESIASTICUS X. A wise judge will instruct his people ; and the government of a prudent man is well or- ? Princes and the rulers of the land dered. ? As the judge of the should remember the force of their people is himself, so are his example, for evil or for good ; and officers; and what manner act up to their responsibility. of man the ruler of the city is, such are all they that dwell therein. An unwise king destroyeth his people; but through the prudence of them which are in authority the city shall be inhabited. The power of 4 If however, rulers do not take heed; the earth is in the hand of a christian people patiently put their the Lord, and in due time he trust in the Lord : knowing, that in will set over it one that is his hand is the power of the earth. profitable. “In the hand of
5 The ministers of the word—or the
scribes, as they are here called God is the prosperity of man: are thus taught to look for such aid and upon the person of the from on High, as may prosper the seribe shall he lay his ho- work of their hand upon them. nou. Bear not hatred to thy neighbour for every wrong; and do nothing at all by injurious practices. Pride is hateful before God and man: and by both doth one commit iniquity.
Because of unrighteous deal- & When any nation has filled up the ings, injuries, and riches got measure of its iniquity, by contempt by deceit, the kingdom is of religion and a general dissolutetranslated from one people ness of manners, God punishes them. to another. "Why is earth O! may we of this land take warning! and ashes proud ?' There is 9 If from pride and covetousnot a more wicked thing than
ness a man becomes hard-hearted
towards the poor and afflicted, he is a covetous man: for such an said to “shut up his bowels of comone setteth his own soul to passion from them.” (1 John iii. sale; because while he liveth 17.) he casteth away his bowels. 10 God's people are to be patient
The physician cutteth off a under oppression *. long disease; and he that is to day a king to morrow shall die. For when a man is dead, he shall inherit creeping things, beasts, and worms. The beginning of pride is when one departeth from God, and his heart is turned away from his Maker. 3 For pride is the 13 Pride was the first sin. Our
, * The instruction is--that as in the human body, diseases, though of ong continuance, are removed by the physician ; so corruption in the body politic is, in the end, removed by the power and wisdom of God. Vengeance is His !
beginning of sin, and he that first parents would fain have been hath it shall pour out abomi- as Gods.” (Gen. iii. 5.) nation : and therefore the Lord brought upon them strange calamities, and overthrew 14 Princes and governors reign by them utterly. " The Lord the will of God; who is acknow. hath cast down the thrones ledged by a christian people, as of proud princes, and set up “ King of kings, and Lord of lords: the meek in their stead. The the only ruler of princes.” Lord hath plucked up the roots of the proud nations, and planted the lowly in their place. The Lord overthrew countries of the heathen, and destroyed them to the foundations of the earth. He took some of them away, and destroyed them, and hath made their memorial to cease from the earth. Pride was not made for man, nor furious anger for them that are born of a woman. They that fear the LORD are a sure seed, and they that love him an honourable plant: they that regard not the law are a dishonourable seed ; they that transgress the commandments are a deceivable seed. Among brethren he that is chief is honourable ; so are they that fear the Lord in his eyes. The fear of the Lord goeth before the obtaining of authority : but roughness and pride is the losing thereof. Whether he be rich, noble, or poor, their glory is the fear of the Lord. It is not meet to despise the poor man that hath understanding ; neither is it convenient to magnify a sinful man. Great men, and judges, and potentates, shall be honoured ; yet is there none of them greater than he that feareth the Lord. Unto the servant that is wise shall they that are free do service: and he that hath knowledge will not grudge when he is reformed. 26 Be 26 Boast not thyself, as too high not overwise in doing thy minded to labour. business ; and boast not thyself in the time of thy distress. 27 Better is he that laboureth, 27 Honest labour, with bread to eat, and aboundeth in all things, is better than boastful idleness with than he that boasteth himself, want*. and wanteth bread. My son, glorify thy soul in meekness, and give it honour according to the dignity thereof. Who will justify him that sinneth against his own soul ? and who will honour him that dishonoureth his own life? The poor man is honoured for his skill, and the rich man is honoured for his riches. 31 He that is 31 True honour is neither increased honoured in poverty, how by prosperity, nor diminished by
* In poverty and change of fortune, preserve your mind in firmness and dignity. “In your patience possess ye your souls." (Luke xxi. 15)
much more in riches ? and adversity. Riches cannot ennoble he that is dishonourable in vice, nor poverty disgrace virtue. riches, how much more in poverty ?
EVENING. ECCLESIASTICUS xii. When thou wilt do good, know to whom thou doest it ; so shalt thou be thanked for thy 2 God deigns to consider charity benefits. Do good to the towards the afflicted, as service done godly man, and thou shalt to Himself. find a recompence; and if not from him, yet from the most High. There can no good come to him that is always occupied in evil, nor to him that 4 In exercising benevolence, do not giveth no alms. Give to so extend it to the wicked, that thou the godly man, and help not canst seem to encourage or be indifa sinner. Do well unto him ferent to his bad character. that is lowly, but give not to the ungodly : hold back thy bread, and give it not unto him, lest he overmaster thee thereby : for [else) thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the good thou shalt have done 6 God hateth sin; not the indiunto himn. For the most vidual sinner: for He so loved the High hateth sinners, and will world, that he gave his only begotten repay vengeance unto the Son “ to die for the ungodly.” (John ungodly, and keepeth them iii. 16. Rom. v. 6.) against the mighty day of their punishment. Give unto the good, and help not the sin- 8 One use of this world's trials is to ner. "A friend cannot be call forth hidden virtues, and bring known in prosperity: and an to proof the sincerity of friendship. enemy cannot be hidden in adversity. In the prosperity of a man enemies will be grieved: but in his adversity even a friend will depart. Never trust thine enemy: for like as iron rusteth, so is his wickedness. 11 Be not deceived by the fawning " Though he humble himself, of a flatterer. and go crouching, yet take good heed and beware of him, and thou shalt be unto him as if thou hadst wiped a lookingglass, and thou shalt know that his rust hath not been altogether wiped away. Set him not by thee, lest, when he hath overthrown thee, he stand up in thy place; neither let him sit at thy right hand, lest he seek to take thy seat, and thou at the last remember my words, and be pricked therewith.
Who will pity a charmer 13 If men associate with sinners, that is bitten with a serpent, and fall into misery-who can pity ut any such as come nigh them? wild beasts? So one that goeth to a sinner, and is defiled with him in his sins, who will pity ? For a while he will EVENING. Malachi iv. For, behold, the day cometh, An awful picture this, of the sure that shall burn as an oven; and dreadful vengeance of heaven and all the proud, yea, and upon the impenitent wicked. Let all that do wickedly, shall be us each take warning to ourselves ! stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root por branch. But unto you that the fear of the Lord is always fear my name shall the Sun the beginning of wisdom. Jesus is of righteousness arise with to the righteous a Sun and a Shield healing in his wings; and ye The faithful shall go forth, and shall go forth, and grow up flourish as the calves of the field. as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked : for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the As God ordained Moses, under LORD of hosts. “Remember the law, to foreshadow the Messiah : ye the law of Moses my ser- so Elijah, among the prophets, revant, which I commanded presented John the Baptist, the fort unto him in Horeb for all Is- runner of Christ. rael, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Moses and Elias were appointed, in an after age, to witness the glories of our Lord's transfiguration. They then transferred to Him their office, and a voice from heaven sanctified the transfer—“Hear Him!"
St. Peter's Day.
MORNING. ECCLESIASTICUS xv. * He that feareth the LORD i Wisdom is to be obtained by the will do good; and he that knowledge of God's word. hath a knowledge of the law shall obtain her. And as a mother shall she meet him, and receive him as a wife married of a virgin. With the bread of understanding shall she feed him, and give him the water 4 If your heart can lift up itself to of wisdom to drink. He God ; « In Thee, O Lord, hare I shall be stayed upon her, trusted”-then, yours may be the and shall not be moved ; and hopeful prayer of our Liturgy," Let shall rely upon her, and shall me never be confounded.” not be confounded. She shall exalt him above his neighbours,