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but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul : but the belly of the wicked shall want.

EVENING. PROVERBS xiv. 'Every wise woman build

Prudent management in a wife eth her house : but the fool- and mother raises a family to reish plucketh it down with spectability. her hands. He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him. In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride : but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

* Good husbandry bringeth plenty. "Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox. A faithful witness will not lie : but a false witness will utter lies. $ A scorner seeketh wisdom, 6 Even the word of God profiteth and findeth it not: but know- not, if it be studied with the spirit of ledge is easy unto him that cavil. understandeth. 'Go from the 7 Avoid a foolish talker. presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in hita the lips of knowledge. The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly

9 None but a fool would make a of fools is deceit. 'Fools mock at sin ; for the tages of sin is make a mock at sin : but death !—and the soul's death is a among the righteous there is strange subject for mockery! favour. 19 The heart know

10 In our deepest and darkest sor. eth his own bitterness; and

rows there is a joy in seeking God. a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy. The house of the wicked shall be overthrown : but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish. There is a way which seemeth right sires, in opposition to the counsels


12 When a man follows his own deunto a man, but the end God, he walketh in the path of desth. thereof are the ways of death.

13 This is confessed by the drunkard, 13 Even in laughter the heart the dishonest, the licentions, and the is sorrowful; and the end of profligate—when their end cometh. that mirth is heaviness. "The

14 Virtue ensures ease of conscience. backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself. The simple believeth every word : but the prudent man looketh well to his going. A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil : but the fool rageth, and is confident. He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated. The simple inherit folly : but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. The evil bow before the good ;


and the wicked at the gates 20 Only the wicked hate-or scor of the righteous. The

poor -the poor. God careth for them is hated even of his own and good men love them. neighbour: but the rich hath many friends. He that despiset his neighbour sinneth : but he that hath mercy on the pool happy is he. Do they not err that devise ill ? but mercy an truth shall be to them that devise good. In all labour ther is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury. Th crown of the wise is their riches : but the foolishness of fool is folly. 25 A true witness

25 Your minister, as he witnesset delivereth souls : but a de- true things, should be heard by yo ceitful witness speaketh lies. with true affection. He rememberet In the fear of the Lord is his holy office, and dareth not strong confidence : and his speak deceitfully. children shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the LORD a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. In th multitude of people is the king's honour : but in the want people is the destruction of the prince. He that is slow t wrath is of great understanding : but he that is hasty of spirit ex alteth folly. A sound heart is the life of the flesh : but envy th rottenness of the bones. He that oppresseth the poor reproach eth his Maker : but he that honoureth him hath mercy on th poor. The wicked is driven away in his wickedness : but th righteous hath hope in his death. Wisdom resteth in th heart of him that hath understanding : but that which is in th midst of fools is made known.

34 So long as true religion flourishe 34 Righteousness exalteth a in a nation, so long may it expect i nation : but sin is a reproach self to flourish.

35 There is indeed cause of angeri to any people. 3 The king's

a monarch when his servants ar favour is toward a wise ser- either weak in counsel or profligat vant: but his wrath is against in their policy; and bring share him that causeth shame. upon the very throne which they ar

bound to uphold in safety and i honour.

The twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity.

MORNING. PROVERBS Xv. A soft answer turneth away 1 There can be no contention, if on wrath : but grievous words party ceases to strive. stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright but the mouth of fools pour- 3 A sense of God's universal pre eth out foolishness.

sence, as it is the most powerful in eyes of the Lord are in every centive for us to persevere in what i

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place, beholding the evil and good, so it is the most awakening the good. A wholesome thought to deter us from what is evil. tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. A fool despiseth his father's instruction : but he that regardeth reproof is pru- 66 Godliness with contentment is dent. * In the house of the great gain” and the best treasure ; righteous is much treasure: that which neither moth nor rust can but in the revenues of the corrupt :—but the amplest revenues

of the wicked bring no peace. vicked is trouble. The lips of the wise disperse knowledge : but the heart of the foolish doeth not so. The sacrifice

8 The most costly sacrifices of the of the wicked is an abomina- wicked are an abomination to the tion to the LORD : but the Lord : the prayer of the righteous prayer of the upright is his and the penitent is his delight. delight. The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness. Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.

11 The depths of the grave and the 11 Hell and destruction are

dark dwellings of the departed are before the LORD : how much open to Him. To Him also is the more then the hearts of the heart open, in all its intricate va

rieties. children of men ? A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him : neither will he go unto the wise. 13 A merry heart 13 We should encourage a cheerful maketh a cheerful counte- disposition ; but no strength of spirit nance : but by sorrow of the can bear up against a broken heart. heart the spirit is broken. The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. 17 Better is a din

17 In domestic life, where there is ner of herbs where love is, peace, a little rejoiceth ; but where than a stalled ox and hatred there is wrangling, and disputing, and therewith. A wrathful man bickerings, and continual strifestirreth up strife : but he that there, even plenty brings not peace. is slow to anger appeaseth strife. The way of the slothful tan is as an hedge of thorns : but the way of the righteous is made plain. 20 A wise son

20 Happy indeed the child, who is maketh a glad father : but conscious that his conduct deserves a foolish man despiseth his the approbation of his parents, and mother. Folly is joy to him constitutes their highest joy! that is destitute of wisdom : but a man of understanding walketh uprightly. Without counsel purposes are disappointed :



but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth : and a word spoken in due season, how good is

24 The wise Christian sets his afecit! 24 The way of life is tions upon things which are above. above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow. The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words. He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house ; but he that hateth gifts shall live. The heart of the righteous studieth to answer : but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

The LORD is far from 19 God draweth not near to comfort the wicked: but he heareth the wicked. the prayer of the righteous.

30 A good reputation gladdeneth The light of the eyes re

the heart. O what a motive to rir.

tue is the prospect of that “ Well joiceth the heart : and a good done !" with which the Judge of all report maketh the bones fat. shall welcome his good and faithful The ear that heareth the re

servants ! proof of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul : but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. * The

33 Blessed are the poor in spirit. fear of the LORD is the in

God exalteth the humble and meek. struction of wisdom ; and before honour is humility.

EVENING. PROVERBS xvi. 1 The preparations of the 1 Man may think his own thoughts, heart in man, and the answer and prepare to utter them ; but God of the tongue is from the can control the tongue, as in the case

of Balaam. LORD. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works

3 Act for the best-and then boidly unto the Lord, and thy commit the event to the Lord, with thoughts shall be established.

prayer for his blessing. * The Lord hath made all

* The final punishment of the imthings for himself : yea, even penitent, being the triumph of justhe wicked for the day of evil. tice, shall tend to the honour of a Every one that is proud in

just and holy God. heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh

with righteousness than great revenues without right. A man's heart deviseth his way: bui the Lord directeth his steps. * A divine sentence is in the

14 Pious princes look for the divine lips of the king : his mouth blessing to direct their counsels transgresseth not in judg- aright. Prayer is their refuge. men. "A just weight and

11 Injustice to man is sin before balance are the Lord's: all God, chap. xi. 1.

12 Sin is hateful in all men-in the weights of the bag are kings and men of renown it is abohis work. ?? It is an abomi- mination ; its hatefulness and its nation to kings to commit danger being increased by the emiwickedness : for the throne is

nence of the sinner *. established by righteousness. Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right. The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it. In the light of the king's countenance is life ; and his favour is as a cloud of

16 Riches will fail us at last : relithe latter rain. 16 How much

gion never faileth. better is it to get wisdom than gold? and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! 17 The highway of

17 The upright man habitually turns the upright is to depart from away from the path of evil, and evil: he that keepeth his way walks as becometh a follower of the preserveth his soul. Pride meek and lowly Jesus. goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Betier it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good : and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he. 9 The wise in heart

21 A sweet eloquence maketh relishall be called prudent : and gious truth to increase, by making the sweetness of the lips in- it acceptable. creaseth learning. Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it : but the instruction of fools is folly. The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him. An ungodly man diggeth up evil : and in his lips there is as a burning fire. 28 How fearful a state is that of the

A froward man soweth whisperer, with his idle words, for

• When therefore good and righteous men are in authority, kings and their subjects may alike rejoice. They exercise authority under the blessing of the Most High.

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