Sivut kuvina
PDF
ePub

care of their body, and shew not thyself cheerful toward them. Marry thy daughter, and so shalt thou have performed a weighty matter : but give her to a man of understanding. Hast thou a wife after thy mind ? forsake her not : but give not thyself over to a light woman. Honour thy father with thy whole heart, and forget not the sorrows of thy mother. 28 Remember that thou wast 28 Children, remember all the selfbegotten of them ; and how denial your parents exercised, that canst thou recompense them you might be fed, and clothed, and

educated. You can never make them the things that they have

amends—but you can be grateful. done for thee? 29 Fear the 29 He who really loves God and his Lord with all thy soul, and Christ, will love the ministers of reverence his priests. Love Christ, for their Master's sake. him that made thee with all thy strength, and forsake not his ministers. Fear the Lord, and honour the priest; and give him his portion, as it is commanded thee; the firstfruits, and the trespass offering, and the gift of the shoulders, and the sacrifice of sanctification, and the firstfruits of the holy things. And stretch thine hand unto the poor, that thy blessing may be perfected. 33 A gift hath 33 Piety delights to pay the last grace in the sight of every offices to the dead with all due reveman living; and for the dead rence. (Jer. xvi. 7. Mark xiv. 8.) detain it not. 34 Fail not to $4 Christian sympathy! How does be with them that weep, and

it sweeten the bitterest cup! mourn with them that mourn. Be not slow to visit the sick: for that shall make thee to be 36 When troubles press hard, and beloved. 36 Whatsoever thou disappointments accumulate, then, O takest in hand, remember my soul, arouse thee to patient conthe end, and thou shalt never tinuance in well-doing; remembering

that the end is not yet, and that to do amiss.

them who look for glory, and honour, and immortality, God will at last render eternal life.

EVENING. ECCLESIASTICUS ix. 1 BE not jealous over the wife Mutual trust and confidence form of thy bosom, and teach her the firmest and brightest links in the not an evil lesson against thy sacred band of marriage. self. Give not thy soul unto a woman to set her foot upon thy substance. Meet not with an harlot, lest thou fall into her snares. Use not much This caution refers to the licenthe company of a woman that tious singing and dancing which, in is a singer, lest thou be taken former ages as now, distinguished with her attempts. "Gaze public exhibitions in the East. not on a maid, that thou fall

V 5 The object of these admonitions

is, to guard against running into

precious in her. Give not thy soul unto harlots, that thou lose not thine inheritance. Look not round about thee in the streets of the city, neither wander thou in the solitary places thereof. Turn away thine eye from a beautiful woman, and look not upon another's beauty; for many have been deceived by the beauty of a woman; for herewith love is kindled as a fire. Sit not at all with another man's wife, nor sit down with her in thine arms, and spend not thy money with her at the wine ; lest thine heart incline unto her, and so through thy desire thou fall into destruction. 19 For

10 Old and tried friendship is besake not an old friend; for

yond price. the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine ; when it is old thou shalt drink it with pleasure. "En- 11 The end of the wicked is destrucry not the glory of a sinner: tion; the end of the righteous, peace, for thou knowest not what and joy, and glory. shall be his end. Delight not in the thing that the ungodly have pleasure in : but remember they shall not go unpunished unto their grave. thee far from the man that perious and tyrannical rulers.

13 Avoid, as much as you can, imhath power to kill ; so shalt thou not doubt the fear of death : and if thou come unto him, make no fault, lest he take away thy life presently : remember that thou goest in the midst of snares, and that thou walkest upon the battlements of the city. As near as thou canst, guess at thy neighbour, and consult with the wise. "Let the wise and the good.

15 In choosing your society,seek out thy talk be with the wise, and all thy communication in the law of the most High. And let just men eat and drink with thee ; and let thy glorying be in the fear of the Lord. For the hand of the artificer the work shall be commended : and the wise ruler of the people for his speech. 18 A man of 18 There is not a more dangerous an ill tongue is dangerous in and hateful pest to society, than a his city; and he that is rash

man who is of an ill tongue, and in his talk shall be hated.

rash in his talk. He stirreth up strife even throughout a city.

13 Keep

The Ascension-day.

MORNING. DEUTERONOMY X. At that time the LORD said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Beth-el. 3 And the sons of the pro- 3 These were youths trained up phets that were at Beth-el specially to religious learning, that came forth to Elisha, and they might be fitted for the solemn said unto him, Knowest thou

office of the ministry. that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it ; hold ye your peace. And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee ; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it ; hold ye your peace. And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here ; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.

9 What a noble spirituality! what And it came to pass, when

a glorious heavenly-mindedness! Do they were gone over, that thought of riches, or power, er Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask worldly influence, enters into the what I shall do for thee, be- heart of Elisha ! All his aim is an

increase of spiritual gifts. fore I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be 11 And it came to pass,

11 Enoch before the law, and Elijah as they still went on, and

under the law, passed with their talked, that, behold, there ap- bodies into heaven without death. peared a chariot of fire, and They were types of the ascension of horses of fire, and parted

our blessed Lord under the Gospel*. them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And

* Thus, under each dispensation, has been vouchsafed a proof, that a better world than this awaits the faithful servants of God; that their bodies shall be glorified; and themselves be admitted, in the body, to the

so.

he saw him no more : and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; " and he took the mantle of Elijah sents several instances, where the

14 The page of sacred history prethat fell from him, and smote removal or bestowal of some grace the waters, and said, Where or power, is indicated by a correis the LORD God of Elijah ? sponding outward sign. See 1 Sam. and when he also had smitten

xv. 27, and 1 Kings xi. 31. the waters, they parted hither and thither : and Elisha went over. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men ; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master : lest peradventure the Spirit of the LORD hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, Ye shall not send. And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not. And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not ? And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth : but the water is naught, and the ground barren. And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him. And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters ; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake. And he went up from thence unto Beth-el: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. 24 And he turned

24 Habitual reverence towards the back, and looked on them, aged forms a prominent religious and cursed them in the name duty in the young. The divine curse of the Lord. And there came

rests upon the mockers of old age. forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.

1

4

Monday in Whitsun-week.

MORNING. GENESIS xi, to ver. 10. 1 AND the whole earth was Language and speech are the gift of one language, and of one of God. This thought should teach speech. And it came to pass,

us to use the gifts aright, and to the honour of the

Giver, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they 4 Nimrod and his followers thought, for morter. And they said, by building this tower, to secure Go to, let us build us a city themselves against any future flood and a tower, whose top may conspicuous as a wise and mighty

of waters, and at the same time be reach unto heaven ; and let people. They knew that unity

was us make us a name, lest we strength : thence their fear of disbe scattered abroad upon the persion ** face of the whole earth. 'And The particular expression here is

5 God is equally present everywhere. the LORD came down to see

in conformity with human nature and the city and the tower, which habits, indicating that all men should the children of men builded. see by the effects of the work, that And the Lord said, Behold, the hand of God had done it. the people is one, and they have all one language ; and this they begin to do : and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have ima- 7 God often confounds the designs gined to do. Go to, let us of the wicked when they least look go down, and there confound for punishment, and by the mode in their language, that they may

which they least contemplate it +. not understand one another's

8 Thus by a strictly retributive jus

tice these “sons of men" brought speech. So the LORD

upon themselves exactly the conse scattered them abroad from quences they in their pride had hoped thence upon the face of all to avoid-as stated in verse 4. the earth : and they left off to 9Babelis a word meaning "corbuild the city. Therefore

fusion.is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth : and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

8

9

* Though an hundred years had passed since the flood, we may well suppose that the recollection of that awful event was still fresh in their minds.

+ So their gracious Father delivers his faithful servants often in a time least hoped for, and by means least expected.

« EdellinenJatka »