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* Build up yourselves on your most holy In general. faith.
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
* Wherefore do ye spend your labour for that which satisfieth not? Ye are careful and troubled about many things, but one thing is needful; therefore take care of that good part which shall not be taken away from you.
Labour not for the meat which perisheth; but' for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life.
Be not righteous over-much; neither make thyself over-wise ; why shouldest thou destroy thyself?
• Sorrow is better than laughter? for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
As new-born babes desire the sincere By knowmilk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.
ledge. * Be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is; that ye may be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.
Take fast hold of instruction; attend to the words of wisdom : keep them in the midst of thine heart; then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judg. ment, and equity; yea, every good path.
1 Jude 20.
3 Isa. lv. 2. Luke x. 41, 42. 4 John vi. 27. 5 Eccles. vii. 16.
6 Eccles. vii. 3. 7 1 Pet. ii. 2. Eph. v. 17. 1 Pet. iii. 15.
9 Prov. iv. 13. 20, 21. Prov. ii. 9.
Apply thine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom and the reason of things; and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness. So shalt thou behave thyself wisely in all thy ways.
Inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers : shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?
Acquaint now thyself with the Almighty. Then shalt thou have thy delight in him; and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
* The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
Be wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. Be ye wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
6 Give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Take heed what ye hear. Unto you that hear shall more be given : for he that hath, to him shall be given; and him that hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath.
8 Believe not every spirit; but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
• Prore all things; choose the way of truth ; hold fast that which is good.
19 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines; for it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace.
1 Eccles. vii. 25. 1 Sam. xviii. 14. 2 Job viii. 8. 10. xxii. 21. 17. 26. 28. 4 Psal. cxi. 2. 5 Rom. xvi. 19. Matt. 61 Tim. iy. 13. Mark iv. 23.
7 Mark iv. 24, 25. 8 1 John iv. 1. 91 Thess. v. 21. Psal. cix. 30. 1 Thess. v. 21. 10 Heb. xiii. 9.
? Be not soon shaken in mind or troubled, neither by spirit nor by word, as that the day of Christ is at hand. It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
: Do not exercise thyself in great matters, or in things too high for thee.
* That the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; for wisdom is profitable to direct.
The simple believeth every word; but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee.
If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself. ? Wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence; but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. The
way of life is above to the wise; that he may depart from hell beneath.
Thy word, O Lord, is a lamp unto my feet, and a light upon my path; the entrance of thy words giveth light.
Fools make a mock at sin; but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
11 The foolishness of man perverteth his way, and his heart fretteth against the Lord.
12 He that refuseth instruction, despiseth his own soul; but he is in the way of life that keepeth instruction.
1 2 Thess. ii. Acts i. 7. 2 Psal. cxxxi. l. 3 Prov. xix. 2. Eccles. x. 10. 4 Prov. xiv. 15.
5 Prov. ii. 10, 11. 6 Prov. ix. 12. 7 Eccles. vii. 12.
8 Prov. xv. 24. 9 Psal. cxix. 105. 130.
10 Prov. xiv. 9. Prov. xv. 21. 11 Prov. xix. 3.
12 Prov. xv. 32. Prov. x, 17.
· He that believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God, is condemned already. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil.
? Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.
Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. For whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. But the wisdom of this world cometh to nought.
They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. Lo! they have rejected the word of the Lord; and what wisdom is in them? Meditation.
Take heed unto thyself, and unto thy
doctrine; continue in them; meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear unto all.
? Consider thy ways; ponder the path of thy feet; and let thy ways be established.
* We ought to give earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
. Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth; while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.
1 John iji. 18, 19.
2 Isa. v. 20.
3 Rom. xiv. 22, 23, 4 Luke xvi. 8. I Cor. ii. 6.
5 Jer. iv, 22. Jer. viii. 9.
5 6 | Tim, iv. 16. 15.
Haggai i. 7. Prov. iv. 26. 8 Heb. ii. 1. 9 Eccles. xii, 1.
1 Know this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God. Stand still, and regard the wondrous works of God, and the operations of his hands; and wisely consider of his doing.
? Look unto the heavens, and see and behold the clouds, which are higher than thou. Lift up thine eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things.
3 Remember the marvellous works which the Lord hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth ; meditate also on all his works, and talk of his doing
* Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes. Consider in thine heart that he remembers all thy wickedness.
5 Take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently; lest thou forget the covenant of the Lord thy God; and lest it depart from thy heart all the days of thy life.
The book of the law which the Lord hath given thee shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night; that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein.
? Wherewith shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto, according to the word of God.
* When I thought on my ways, I turned my feet unto thy testimonies; I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.
1 Deut. iv. 39. Job xxxvii. 14.
7 Psal. cxix. 9.
Isa. v. 12. Psal. lxiv. 9. 3 Psal. cv. 5. Psal. lxxvii. 12.
5 Deut. iv. 9. 23. 9. 8 Psal. cxix. 59, 60.