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[Psalm xliii. 2.)

Have mercy also upon me, and an4. Thou art the God of my strength : When thou saidst, Seek ye my face, Why dost thou cast me off 7

My heart said unto thee,
O send out thy light and thy truth :
Let them lead me;

Thy face, Lord, will I seek. Let them bring me unto thy holy hill, 7. Hide not thy face far from me; and to thy tabernacles.

Put not thy servant away in anger. Then will I go unto the altar of God,

Thou hast been my help; leave me Unto God my exceeding joy: Yea, upon the harp wil I praise thee, Neither forsake me, O God of my

not, O God, my God.

salvation. Why art thou cast down, O my soul ? And why art thou disquieted within

When my father and my mother for

sake me,

Then the Lord will take me up.
Hope in God : for I shall yel praise I had fainted, unless I had believed to

Him,
Who is the health of my countenance,

see the goodness of the Lord in the

land of the living. and my God.

Wait on the Lord ; be of good

courage, [Psalm xxiii. 1.)

And he shall strengthen thine heart ; 5. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall Wait, I say, on the Lord. He maketh me to lie down in green 8. Stand in awe, and sin not ;

[Psalm iv. 4.] pastures : He leadeth me beside the still waters.

Commune with your own heart upon He restoreth my soul :

your bed, and be still. He leadeth me in the paths of right- Offer the sacrifices of righteousness;

eousness for his name's sake. And put your trust in the Lord. Yea, though I walk through the valley There be many that say, Who will of the shadow of death,

show us any good? I will fear no evil; for thou art with Lord, lift thou up the light of thy

countenance upon us. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort Thou hast put gladness in my heart,

More than in the time that their cora Thou preparest a table before me

and their wine increased. In the presence of mine enemies :

I will both lay me down in peace, and Thou anointest my head with oil ;

sleep; My cup runneth over.

For thou, Lord, only makest me dwell Surely goodness and mercy shall fol

in safety. low me All the days of my life :

[Psalm cxxv. 1.] And I will dwell in the house of the 9. They that trust in the Lord shall Lord

be as Mount Zion, Forever,

Which cannot be removed, but abideth

forever.,

As the mountains are round about [Psalm xxvii. 1.)

Jerusalem, 6. The Lord is my light and my sal- So the Lord'is round about his people vation,

from henceforth, even forever. Whom snall I fear ?

Do good, O Lord, unto those that be The Lord is the strength of my life, good, Of whom shall I be afraid ?

And to them that are upright in their Though a host should encamp against hearts. me,

As for such as turn aside unto their My heart shall not fear;

crooked ways, Though war should rise against me, The Lord shall lead them forth with In this will I be confident.

the workers of iniquity: Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my But peace shall be upon Israel.

voice :

me ;

me.

(Psalm xlvi, 1.]

These see the works of the Lord, 10. God is our refuge and strength,

And his wonders in the deep. A very present help in trouble. For he commandeth, and raiseth the Therefore will not we fear, though the stormy wind, earth be removed,

Which lifteth up the waves thereof. And though the mountains be carried | They mount up to the heaven, they go into the midst of the sea .;

down again to the depths ; Though the waters thereof roar and Their soul is melted because of be troubled,

trouble. Though the mountains shake with the Then they cry unto the Lord in their swelling thereof.

trouble, There is a river, the streams whereof And he bringeth them out of their dis

shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacles of He maketh the storm a calm, the Mosi High.

So that the waves thereof are still. God is in the midst of her ; she shall | Then are they glad because they be not be moved ;

quiet; God shall help her, and that right So he bringeth them unto their desired early.

haven.

O that men would praise the Lord for [Psalm cvii. 23.)

his goodness, 11. They ihai go down to the sea in And for his wonderful works to the ships,

children of men! That do business in great waters;

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[Matthew x. 20.) 12. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered : fear ye not, therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor vet for voor had whnt ye shall put on

is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment ? Behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you, by taking thought, can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment ? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow ; they toil not, neither do they spin ; and yet I

say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

13. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore, take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed ? for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Take, therefore, no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

LESSON XL.

EARLY INSTRUCTION IN HEAVENLY WISDOM.

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[Selected from tho Proverbs of Bolomon.] 1. TRAIN up a child in the way he | And your destruction cometh as a

whirlwind; And, when he is old, he will not depart When distress and anguish cometh from it.

upon you. The fear of the Lord is the beginning Then shall they call upon me, of knowledge,

But I will not answer ; But fools despise wisdom and instruc- They shall seek me early, tion.

But they shall not find me. My son, hear the instruction of thy For that they hated knowledge, father,

And did not choose the fear of the And forsake not the law of thy mother,

Lord ; For they shall be an ornameni of grace They would none of my counsel ; unto thy head,

They despised all my reproof; And chains about thy neck.

Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of Wisdom crieth without;

their own way; She uttereth her voice in the streets And be filled with their own devices. She crieth in the chief place of concourse,

3. My son, forget not my law; In the openings of the gates

But let thine heart keep my commandIn the city she uttereth her words, ments : saying,

For length of days, and long life, How long, ye simple ones,

And peace, shall they add to thee. Will ye love simplicity ?

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee : And the scorners delight in their scorn. Bind them about thy neck; ing,

Write them upon the table of thine And fools hate knowledge ?

heart: Turn you at my reproof :

So shalt thou find favor and good Behold, I will pour out my spirit unto understanding you,

In the sight of God and man. I will make known my words unto Trust in the Lord with all thine you.

heart,

And lean not unto thine own under. 2. Because I have called, and ye re- standing. fused

In all thy ways acknowledge Him, I have stretched out my hand, and And he shall direct thy paths. man regarded ;

Be not wise in thine own eyes : But ye have set at nought all my Fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

counsel, And would none of my reproof ; 4. Hear, ye children, the instruction I also will laugh at your calamity; of a father, I will mock when your fear cometh ; And attend to know understanding, When your fear cometh as desolation, For I give you good doctrine,

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find me.

Forsake ye not my law.

Keep them in the midst of thine heart. For I was my father's son,

For they are life unto those that find Tender and only beloved in the sight them, of my mother.

And health to all their flesh. He taught me also. and said unto me, Keep thy heart with all diligence; Let thine heart retain my words : For out of it are the issues of life. Keep my commandmenis, and live. Put away from thee a fro'ward mouth, Get wisdom, get understanding : for. And perverse lips put far from thee. get it not;

Let thine eyes look right on, Neither decline from the words of my And let thine eyelids look straight bemouth.

fore thee Forsake her not; and she shall pre- Ponder the path of thy feet, serve thee :

And let all thy ways be established. Love her, and she shall keep thee. Turn not to the right hand nor to the Wisdom is the principal thing; there

left: fore get wisdom :

Remove thy foot from evil. And with all thy getting get understanding

7. I wisdom dwell with prudence : Exalt her, and she shall promote thee : Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom! She shall bring thee to honor, when I am understanding ; I have strength. thou dost embrace her.

By me kings reign, She shall give to thine head an orna. And princes decree justice. ment of grace :

love them that love me ; A crown of glory shall she deliver to And those that seek me early shall thee.

Riches and honor are with me ; 5. Hear, O my son, and receive my | Yea, durable riches and righteousness.

sayings. And the years of thy life shall be 8. The Lord possessed me in the many.

beginning of his way, I have taught thee in the way of Before his works of old. wisdom;

I was set

up from everlasting, I have led thee in right paths.

From the beginning, or ever the earth Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go :

When there were no depths, I was Keep her; for she is thy life.

brought forth; Enter not into the path of the wicked, When there were no fountains aboundAnd go not in the way of evil men. ing with water. Avoid it, pass not by it,

Before the mountains were settled, Turn from it, and pass away;

Before the bills was I brought forth; For they sleep noi, except they have While as yet he had not made the done mischief :

earth, nor the fields, And their sleep is taken away, unless Nor the highest part of the dust of the they cause some to fall.

world. For they eat the bread of wicked- | When he prepared the heavens, I was ness,

there; And drink the wine of violence. When he set a compass upon the face But the path of the just is as the of the depth; shining light,

When he established the clouds above; That shineth more and more unto the When he strengthened the fountains perfect day.

of the deep;

When he gave to the sea his decree, 6. The way of the wicked is as dark. That the waters should not pass his

was.

commandment; They know not at what they stumble. When he appointed the foundations of My son, attend to my words;

the earth; Incline thine ear unto my sayings. Then I was by him, as one brought up Let them not depart from thine eyes;

with him ;

ness.

men.

sick;

And I was daily his delight, rejoicing And the man that getteth understand always before him;

ing: Rejoicing in the habitable part of his For the merchandise of it is better earth;

than the merchandise of silver, And my delights were with the sons of And the gain thereof than fine gold.

She is more precious than rubies; Now therefore hearken unto me, () ye And all the things thou canst desire children;

are not to be compared unto her. For blessed are they that keep my Length of days is in her right hand, ways.

And in her left hand riches and honor.

Her ways are ways of pleasantness, 9. Hope deferred maketh the heart And all her paths are peace. But when the desire cometh, it is a 11. But where shall wisdom be tree of life.

found ? Whoso despiseth the word shall be And where is the place of underdestroyed,

standing? But he ihat feareth the commandment Man knoweth not the price thereof; shall be rewarded.

Neither is it found in the land of the The law of the wise is a fountain of living life,

The depth saith, It is not in me, To depart from the snares of death. And the sea saith, It is not with me. Good understanding giveth savor, It cannot be gotten for gold, But the way of transgressors is hard, Neither shall silver be weighed for the Every prudent man dealeth with price thereof, knowledge,

For the price of wisdom is above But a fool layeth open his folly.

rubies. Poverty and shame shall be to him that Whence then cometh wisdom ? refuseth instruction,

And where is the place of understandBut he that regardetli reproof shall be ing, honored.

Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all The desire accomplished is sweet to Jiving, the soul,

And kept close from the fowls of the But it is abomination to fools to depart air ? from evil.

Destruction and death say, He that walketh with wise men shall We have heard the fame thereof with

be wise, But a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

12. GOD understandeth the way When wisdom entereth into thine thereof, heart,

And he knoweth the place thereof. And knowledge is pleasant unto thy For he looketh to the ends of the soul,

our ears.

earth, Discretion shall

And seeth under the whole heaven. Understanding shall keep thee. When he made a decree for the rain,

And a way for the lightning of the
10. My son, despise not the chasten- thunder,
ing of the Lord,

Then did he see it, and declare it;
Neither be weary of his correction : He prepared it, yea, and searched it
For whom the Lord loveth he cor- out.
recteth ;

And unto man he said,
Even as a father the son in whom he Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is
delighteth.

wisdom; Happy is the man that findeth wis- And to depart from evil is understanddom,

ing.

preserve thee,

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