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Whosoever bath any gold, tumely from man, than lose the aplet them break it off. Só probation of his own heart, or com
promise the honour of his God. they gave it me: then I cast
25 When men lose virtue and hoit into the fire, and there nour, and the divine protection, they came out this calf. And lose that which covereth shame. when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies :) then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side ? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. And he said anto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour. * And the children of Levi 28 This awful retribution is recorded did according to the word of for our learning. Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men. For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves to day to the LORD, even every man upon bis son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day. And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin : and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin. "And Moses returned 31 It is true policy in nations, as in unto the LORD, and said, individuals, to confess their sin unto Oh, this people have sinned a God. Moses palliates it not. great sin, and have made them 32 How affecting, how sublime this gods of gold. » Yet now,
pause! What heart fills it not up* ! if thou wilt forgive their sin—-; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which 33 An instructive but gentle rebuke ; thou hast written. 33 And intimating that no man is to dictate the LORD said unto Moses, to the Almighty what course He Whosoever hath sinned a
should pursue t. gainst me, him will I blot out of my book. Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: behold, mine Angel shall go before thee : nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them. And the Lord plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.
* Behold the true patriot. He had never yielded to the will of the people in their prosperity ; yet in their adversity he is ready to devote himself wholly to their service. His swelling heart, full to overflowing-his feelings too deep for utterance—he leaves his thoughts to God! So devoted to his people's welfare is he, that rather than they should not share the favour of Jehovah, he offers to resign it for himself. “ Blot me out of thy book.” Rev. xx. 12.
+ Moses is here reminded, that this just severity towards others is no ground for him to be reckless of his own welfare ; nor was it fitting, that his sympathy with the guilty sufferers should disturb his own serenity and peace, as the servant and friend of God.
St. Mark's Day.
MORNING. ECCLESIASTICUS iv. 1 My son, defraud not the
1 How comforting to the poor and poor
of his living, and make helpless to learn, that God so careth not the needy eyes to wait for them, that none can honour Hix, long. Make not an hungry unless they also kindly regard them.
Verse 10. soul sorrowful ; neither provoke a man in his distress. Add not more trouble to an heart that is vexed; and defer not to give to him that is in need. Reject not the supplication of the afflicted ; neither turn away thy face from a poor man. Turn not away thine eye from the needy, and give him none occasion to curse thee: for if he curse thee in the bitterness of his soul, his prayer shall be heard of him that
7 Be courteous to all men ; and to made him. "Get thyself the thy superiors give due honour. Such love of the congregation, and is the conduct taught by the Gospel
of Christ. bow thy head to a great man. Let it not grieve thee to bow down thine ear to the poor, and give him a friendly answer
9 In standing up for the oppressed, with meekness. Deliver there is often required a moral him that suffereth wrong from courage, which can be sustained only the hand of the oppressor ; by remembering that we are acting and be not fainthearted when
as unto God, not as unto man. thou sittest in judgment. Be as a father unto the fatherless, and instead of an husband unto their mother; so shalt thou be as the son of the most High, and he shall love thee more than thy mother doth, " Wis
11 Religion taketh by the hand, as dom exalteth her children, it were, and guideth safely those who and layeth hold of them that seek and will accept her guidance. seek her. He that loveth her loveth life; and they that seek to her early shall be filled with joy. He that holdeth her fast shall inherit glory; and wheresoever she entereth, the Lord will bless. They that serve her shall minister to the Holy One: and them that love her the Lord doth love. Whoso giveth ear unto her shall judge the nations: and he that
himself unto her, he shall inherit her; and his generation shall hold her in possession. “ For at the first she will walk with straight and narrow, but at first
17 The way of religion is not only him by crooked ways, and difficult and irksome ; yet the influbring fear and dread upon him, ence and aid of God's Spirit will and torment him with her gradually reconcile all difficulties,
and make the rough places plain. discipline, until she may trust his soul, and try him by her laws. Then will she return the straight way unto him and comfort hirn, and shew him her secrets.
19 But if he go wrong, 19 Wretched they, whom God leaves she will forsake him, and give to the devices of their own hearts ! him over to his own ruin. Well may we all pray of God to Observe the opportunity, and
“ take not his Holy Spirit from us.” beware of evil; and be not ashamed when it concerneth thy soul. For there is a shame that bringeth sin ; and there is a shame which is glory and grace. Accept no person against thy soul, and let not the reverence of any man cause thee to fall. And refrain not to speak, when there is occasion to do good, and hide not thy wisdom in her beauty. For by speech wisdom shall be known: and learning by the word of the tongue. In no wise speak against the truth; but be abashed of the error of thy 26 False shame concealeth sin; true ignorance. * Be not ashamed shame confesseth and forsaketh it. to confess thy sins; and The attempt to conceal sin from God force not the course of the
and our own conscience, is as vain as
to try to stop the course of a river. river. Make not thyself an Conscience will set our offences beunderling to a foolish man; fore us, and the Spirit will plague us neither accept the person of for them. the mighty. Strive for the truth unto death, and the Lord shall fight for thee. Be not hasty in thy tongue, and in thy deeds slack and remiss. 3o Be
30 Be not harsh and tyrannical in not as a lion in thy house, the government of thy family and nor frantick amung thy ser
servants, knowing that thou also hast
a Master in heaven. vants. Let not thine hand be stretched out to receive, and shut when thou shouldest repay. .
EVENING. ECCLESIASTICUS v. Set not thy heart upon thy 1 Lest God say to thee," thou fool, goods ; and say not, I have this night thy soul shall be required enough for my life. Follow of thee.” Luķe xii. 20. not thine own mind and thy strength, to walk in the ways of thy heart: and say not, Who shall controul me for my works? for the Lord will surely re- 4 Present impunity in sin, though venge thy pride. “Say not, it proves that a merciful God is very I have sinned, and what harm patient and forbearing, is convincing hath happened unto me? for evidence that a just God will give the Lord is longsuffering, he sure recompense hereafter. will in no wise let thee go. Concerning propitiation, be not without fear to add sin unto sin: "and say not, His mercy that grace may abound.”
6 It is an awful daring—“ to sin is great; he will be pacified for the multitude of my sins : for mercy and wrath come from him, and his indignation resteth upon sinners. Make no tarrying to turn to the Lord, and put not off from day to day: for suddenly shall the wrath of the Lord come forth, and in thy security thou shalt be destroyed, and perish in the day of vengeance. «Set not thine
8 Honest trading has God's blessing. heart upon goods unjustly gotten : for they shall not profit thee in the day of calamity.
Winnow not with every 9 Be not carried about by every wind, and go not into every wind of doctrine. Hold fast thy proway: for so doth the sinner fession. (Ephes. iv. 14.) that hath a double tongue. 10 In Christian character consistency 10 Be stedfast in thy under- stands conspicuous. standing; and let thy word be the same. Be swift to hear; and let thy life be sincere ; and with patience give answer. If thou hast understanding, answer thy neighbour; if not, lay thy hand upon thy mouth. Honour and shame is in talk: and the tongue of man is his 14 The whisperer in society is not fall. 14 Be not called a whis- only wicked, he is what perhaps be perer, and lie not in wait will still more shrink from conwith thy tongue : for a foul temptible. Shame doth rest upon him. shame is upon the thief, and an evil condemnation upon the double tongue.
is Be not 15 Do not remain in wilful ignorance ignorant of any thing in a of any thing connected with thy great matter or a small.
duty to God or man ; nor consider the most trivial of such things beneath thy notice and inquiry.
St. Philip and St. James's Day.
MORNING. ECCLESIASTICUS vii. Do no evil, so shall no i God will save thee from harm, if harm come unto thee. De- thou doest good. part from the unjust, and iniquity shall turn away from thee. My son, sow not upon the
3 The sinner soweth what will bring furrows of unrighteousness, and thou shalt not reap them
* Avoid worldly ambition.
Lord preeminence, neither of the king the seat of honour. Justify not thyself before the Lord; and boast not of thy wisdom before the king. Seek not to be judge, being not able to take away iniquity ; lest at any time thou fear the person of the mighty, and lay a stumblingblock in the way of thy uprightness. Offend not against the multitude of a city, and then thou shalt not cast thyself down among the people. Bind not one sin upon another; for in one thou shalt not be unpunished. Say not, God will look upon the multitude of my oblations, and when I offer to the most high God, he will accept it. "Be not faint- 10 Pray without doubting. (1 Tim. hearted when thou makest ü. 8. Mark xi. 24.) thy prayer, and neglect not to give alms. Laugh no man to scorn in the bitterness of his soul: for there is one which humbleth and exalteth. Devise not a lie against thy brother ; neither do the like to thy
13 Speak not an untruth, even lightfriend. 13 Use not to make
ly, lest untruth become a habit. any manner of lie: for the custom thereof is not good. Use not many words in a multitude of elders, and make not much babbling when thou prayest. 1 Hate not labo
15 The Christian dare not be slothrious work, neither husban- ful in any business. “ Whatever thy dry, which the most High hand findeth to do, do it with all thy hath ordained. Number not might.” Activity produces cheerthyself among the multitude
fulness. of sinners, but remember that wrath will not tarry long. 17 Humble thy soul greatly: for the vengeance of the un
17 As for the impenitent," their
worm dieth not, and their fire is godly is fire and worms. not quenched.” (Mark ix. 46.)
Change not a friend for 18 Friendship, by sharing our sorany good by no means ; nei- rows and our joys, relieves the one, ther a faithful brother for the as she brightens the other. gold of Ophir. Forego not a wise and good woman : for her grace is above gold. 20 Where
20 Masters, remember that ye also as thy servant worketh truly, have a Master in heaven. (Col.iv.). entreat him not evil, nor the Eccl. iv. 30.) hireling that bestoweth himself wholly for thee. Let thy soul love a good servant, and defraud him not of liberty. » Hast thou cattle ? have an eye to them : and if they be his beast.
22 The merciful man is merciful to for thy profit, keep them with thee. 23 Hast thou children?
23 Parents, be not over-indulgent instruct them, and bow down
to your children. their neck from their youth. Hast thou daughters ? have a