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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 acknowhath 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. 20 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. 13.)
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
* 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
üi. 16. Rom. v. ungodly, and keepeth them
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 of any such as come nigh them? wild beasts? So one that goeth to a sinner, and is defiled with him in his sins, wbo will pity ? For a while he will
EVENING. MALACHI iv. For, behold, the day cometh, 1 An awful picture this, of the sure that shall burn as an oven; and dreadfui 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
2 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
4 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 1 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
* 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."
and in the midst of the congregation shall she open his mouth. “He shall find joy and a 6 Honour and glory in heaven are Crown of gladness, and she prepared for the faithful servants of shall cause him to inherit an God. everlasting name. But foolish men shall not attain unto her, and sinners shall not see her. For she is far from pride, and men that are liars cannot remember her. Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a sinner, for it was not sent him of the Lord. For praise shall be uttered in wisdom, and the Lord will prosper it. " Say not thou, 11 It is dreadful blasphemy to charge It is through the Lord that sin upon God! I fell away: for thou oughtest not to do the things that he hateth. Say not thou, He 12 Our natural infirmity is no palhath caused me to err : for liation of sin ; because God giveth us he hath no need of the sinful a strength not our own, but sufficient. man. The Lord hateth all abomination; and they that fear God love it not. 14 He him
14 That man's free will and God's self made man from the be- free grace are compatible, a humble ginning, and left him in the faith feels and acknowledges. hand of his counsel ; if thou wilt, to keep the commandments, and to perform acceptable faithfulness. He hath set fire and water before thee: stretch forth thy hand unto whether thou wilt." Before man is life and death ; and whether him the people (xxiv. 15), “ Choose ye,
17 Hence the appeal of Joshua to liketh shall be given him. this day, whom ye will serve.” Hence For the wisdom of the Lord too the still more striking address of is great, and he is mighty in Moses (Deut. xxx. 19), " I have set power,
before you life and death, blessing and beholdeth all and cursing-choose life.” things: and his eyes are upon them that fear him, and he knoweth every work of man. He hath commanded no man to do wickedly, neither hath he given any man licence to sin.
EVENING. ECCLESIASTICUS xix. A LABOURING man that is 1 The drunkard destroys mind and given to drunkenness shall body. No part of duty is considered
by a Christian as a trifle*. not be rich : and he thạt con- ź Licentiousness destroys the reason temneth small things shall and heart of a man ; and brings upon fall by little and little. ? Wine him-soul and body-misery, ruin, and women will make men
death. It were indeed unsafe to contemn small things, when our Lord has declared, that "for every idle word, men shall give account in the day of judgment.”—What an appalling truth for the talebearer and the sian
abide with thee, but if thou begin to fall, he will not tarry. An enemy speaketh sweetly with his lips, but in his heart he imagineth how to throw thee into a pit : he will weep with his eyes, but if he find opportunity, he will not be satisfied with blood. If adversity come
17 As adversity is the test of friendupon thee, thou shalt find ship, so does it render an enemy still him there first ; and though more malicious. he pretend to help thee, yet 18 A painful but powerfully drawn shall he undermine thee. picture of malice, triumphing over 18 He will shake his head, and
the afflicted. clap his hands, and whisper much, and change his countenance.
St. John Baptist's Day.
MORNING MALACHI üi. BEHOLD, I will send my Christ, the Lord, will send his messenger, and he shall pre- messenger—John the Baptist who pare before me: and
shall prepare his way, by preaching
repentance. the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in : behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
? His word, even nou, trieth the who may abide the day of his very hearts and reins : what will be coming ? and who shall stand his judgment hereafter! when he appeareth ? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' sope : Sand he shall
3 As gold is purified by fire, so is sit as a refiner and purifier the soul by trials : and for this purof silver: and he shall purify pose, that by faith in the Redeemer, the sons of Levi, and purge
it may at last offer itself for accep
tance" an offering in righteousness." them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. * Then shall the offering of 4 Man shall be restored to the faJudah and Jerusalem be plea- vour of his Creator. sant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. And I will come 5 God careth for man's temporal, near to you to judgment; and as well as his eternal welfare. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of 6 The Lord Jehovah is unchangehosts. For I am the LORD, ably loving, and merciful.