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Go to, ye that say, to-day or to-morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy, and sell, and get gain; whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow : for what is your life? It is even a vapour, which appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that: but now ye rejoice in your boastings; all such rejoicing is evil.
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.
• When thou hast eaten, and art full, and hast built goodly houses : and when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied; beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, and thy heart be lifted up, and thou say in thine heart, My power, and the might of my hand, hath gotten me this wealth.
* Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted ; but the rich in that he is made low; because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
s A certain rich man said to his soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years, take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee, then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided ? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.
1 James iv. 13, 14, 15, 16.
31 Tim. vi. 17. 12, 13. 11. 14. 17.
4 James i. 9, 10. 20, 21.
3 Deut, viii. 5 Luke xii. 16. 19, 1 Psal. lii. 7. 3, 4. 6. Psal. xii. 3. iv. 6, 7. 10.
Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
? He saith, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knoweth not that he is wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.
Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.
4 The wicked boasteth of his heart's desire : through the pride of his countenance he will not seek after God. He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity. But the Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things.
God will punish the stout heart of the conqueror, and the glory of his high looks; who saith, Î have removed the bounds of the people, and have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man. By the strength of my hand I have done it; and by my wisdom, for I am prudent. Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? Or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? Or shall the staff lift up itself, as it were no wood? Therefore shall the Lord of Hosts lop the bough with terror; and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled.
• God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble; submit yourselves therefore to God:
2 Rev, iji. 17. 3 Psal. lii. l.
5 Isa. x. 12, 13. 15, 16. 33.
4 Psal. x. 6 James
humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Learn of me, (saith our Saviour) for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
2 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: for better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldst be put lower in the presence of the prince, whom thine eyes have seen.
When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room, lest a honourable man than thou be bidden of him; and he that bade thee and him, come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room : but, when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room, that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
* Be ye not as the Scribes and the Pharisees, who loved the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi ; who did all their works to be seen of men. And be not as the chief rulers among the Jews, who loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
How can ye believe, which receive honour one
1 Matt. xi. 29. 2 Prov. xxv. 6, 7.
3 Luke xiv. 8, 9, 10, 11.
5 John v. 44.
of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
| Let the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety.
* Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
3 Whosoever shall humble himself as a little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly; but the proud he knoweth afar off. Surely he scorneth the scorners; but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
When' pride cometh, then cometh shame; but with the lowly is wisdom.
6 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty; and before honour is humility.
A man's pride shall bring him low; but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
* He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife. Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.
• A proud look doth the Lord hate; and every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord.
10 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight. For the day of the Lord of Hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lifted up, and he shall be brought low : the lofty looks of man shall be humbled; and the
1 Tim. ii. 9.
3 Matt. xviii. 4. 4 Psal. cxxxviii. 6. Prov. ii. 34.
5 Prov. xi. 2. xviii. 12. 7 Prov. xxix. 23.
8 Prov. xxviii. 25. Prov. xxvi. 12. 9 Prov. vi. 17. 16. Prov. xvi. 5.
10 Isa. v, 21. Isa. ii. 12. 11.
haughtiness of men shall be bowed down ; and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
* Cease from anger, and forsake wrath : fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
* Be angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath; neither give place to the devil.
* Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
* Let not thy spirit be provoked so as to speak anadvisedly with thy lips.
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
• Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Let your
moderation be known unto all men : the Lord is at hand.
* Let the holy women, who trust in God, adorn themselves with that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
He that is soon angry, dealeth foolishly; and he that is hasty of spirit, exalteth folly; but he that is slow to wrath, is of great understanding.
A fool's wrath is presently known, but a prudent man covereth shame.
i Psal. xxxvii. 8.
2 Eph. iv. 26, 27.
3 Prov. iv. 24. 6 James i. 19, 20. 9 Prov. xiv. 17. 29.