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St. Michael and all Angels.

MORNING. GENESIS xxxii. " AND Jacob went on his Angels, though invisible, are still way, and the angels of God at hand to succour and defend us;" met him. ? And when Jacob being ministering spirits to “min

ister unto them, who shall be heirs saw them, he said, This is

of salvation." God's host: and he called 2 « Mahanaim"-means, two hosts, the name of that place Ma- or companies. hanaim. And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of

4 Jacob confines the fact of his own Seir, the country of Edom. superiority in his purchased birth4 And he commanded them, right to spiritual hopes. He still saying, Thus shall ye speak acknowledges Esau as his superior unto my lord Esau ; Thy

in worldly matters. servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now: and I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants : and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight. And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esan, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with ? Then Jacob

? The strongest faith may be anxious greatly afraid and distressed : as to events ; yet still hold its trust and he divided the people

in God. that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands; and said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape. And Jacob said, O God of

90 the blessed privilege of prayer! my father Abraham, and God

That is a sure refuge! If trouble of my father Isaac, the LORD

overtake thee, flee to prayer-lay which saidst unto me, Re- open to thy Heavenly Father the turn unto thy country, and very secret fears and sorrows of thy

heart. to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee. 101

10 Wise as holy! On the one hand

what self-abasement ! On the other, not worthy of the least of all

what faith and trust in God *! the · mercies, and of all the truth which thou hast showed unto thy servant : for with my





* Jacob forgets not from how lowly estate God hath raised him ! Nor, he has herds, and flocks, and servants ; once, he passed over Jordan, a poor lone pilgrim; his staff his only possession and his only companion ! -If God have blessed thee, and raised thee above thine expectations, "forget not all his benefits ;” be grateful for the blessings given; and use them to the glory of the Giver.


staff I passed over this Jordan: and now I am become two bands. Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau : for I fear him, lest he will come and stite me, and the mother

12 He appeals to God's promises ! with the children. 12 And Rememberthou art privileged to thou saidst, I will surely do appeal to still more glorious promises, thee good, and make thy

through Jesus Christ. seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude. 13 And he lodged

13 Prudence is perfectly consistent there that same night; and with christian courage; nay, not untook of that which came to frequently it is the surest proof of his hand a present for Esau courage. Without a courageous faith his brother; two hundred

the mind is not calm enough to exer

cise prudence. she goats, and twenty goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams, thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals. And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves; and said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove. And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee, saying, Whose art thou ? and whither goest thou ? and whose are these before thee? then thou shalt say, They be thy servant Jacob's ; it is a present sent unto my lord Esau : and, behold, also he is behind us. And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves saying, On this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find him. And say ye moreover, Behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of

So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company. And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. And he took them, and sent them over

24 He was alone ; doubtless, for a the brook, and sent

nearer communion with his God. that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone ; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh: and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let

26 Faith is ever importunate in me go, for the day breaketh.

prayer. The church may have its And he said, I will not let night of wrestling and affliction, but




thee go, except thou bless it has also its day of rest and blessing. And he said unto him,

“ Heaviness may endure for a night,

but joy cometh in the morning.” What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said,

28 Israel means, a prince with God.

A change of name was common on Thy name shall be called no

particular occasions. (Gen. xvii. 5.) more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. 30 And Jacob called the name

30 So will it, one day, be with us of the place Peniel: for I we also shall see God, face to face ; have seen God face to face, and then “we shall know, even as and my life is preserved.

we are known.” And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted

upon his thigh. Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day : because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.

EVENING. DANIEL x, ver. 5. The vision revealed to Daniel, states various facts relative to the Persian, Grecian, and Roman empires; and foretels the Messiah's advent.

Then I lifted up mine eyes, 5 The angel of the covenant-in a and looked, and behold a human form. certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: his body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the 7 So when Jesus revealed himself voice of a multitude. ? And to St. Paul, those who journeyed with I Daniel alone saw the vision: him, heard the voice, but saw no for the men that were with me saw not the vision ; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. Yet heard I the voice of his words : and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. And he said unto me, o Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright : for unto thee am I now sent. And



when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. 12 Then said he unto me, Fear

12 What a glorious encouragement, not Daniel : for from the first this—to a holy life! The moment day that thou didst set thine we turn to God, He meets us--the heart to understand, and to

first breathing of our prayer he hears

and answers. chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13 But the prince of the king- 13 During Daniel's humiliation, the dom of Persia withstood me Persians had put a stop to the buildone and twenty days: but, ing of the temple. lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me: and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days. And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb. And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips : then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength. For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord ? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me. Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me, and said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak ; for thou hast strengthened me. 26 Then said he, Know

20 Betokening, that God would deest thou wherefore I come fend his church against its enemies, unto thee? and now will I

whether Persians or Grecians. return to fight with the prince of Persia : and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth : and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

St. Luke the Evangelist.

MORNING. Ecclesiasticus li. I will thank thee, O Lord and King, and praise thee, O God my Saviour : I do give praise 2 Blessed are those who amid all unto thy name : ? for thou the

strife of civil and social life, can art my defender and helper, repose in a firm faith under the and hast preserved my body shadow of God's wing.


from destruction, and from the snare of the slanderous tongue, and from the lips that forge lies, and hast been mine helper against mine adversaries: and hast delivered me, according to the multitude of thy mercies and greatness of thy name, from the teeth of them that were ready to devour me, and out of the hands of such as sought after my life, and from the manifold afflictions which I had; from the choking of fire on every side, and from the midst of the fire which I kindled not; from the depth of the belly of hell, from an unclean tongue, and from lying words. By an

Many were the troubles of the accusation to the king from

writer : but none was more severely an unrighteous tongue my felt, than when he was accused besoul drew near even unto fore his sovereign. Nor, indeed, death, my life was near to

does a noble mind feel any indignity the hell beneath. They com

more acutely, than false accusation. passed me on every side, and there was no man to help me: I looked for the succour of 8 It is wise, under present troubles, men, but there was none. to remember past deliverances, and

Then thought I upon thy call upon God to guard, and guide, mercy, O Lord, and upon thy

and comfort us, as aforetime. acts of old, how thou deliverest such as wait for thee, and savest them out of the hands of the enemies. Then lifted I up my supplication from the earth, and prayed for deliverance from death. I called upon the Lord, the Father of my Lord, that he would not leave me in the days of my trouble, and in the time of the proud, when there was no help. I will praise thy name continually, and will sing praise with thanksgiving; and so my prayer was heard : for thou savedst me from destruction, and deliveredst me from the evil time: therefore will I give thanks, and praise thee. and bless thy name, O Lord.

13 Art thou young? 0 seek the was yet young, or ever I Lord in the season of thy youth and went abroad, I desired wis- joy ; He will be found of thee, when dom openly in my prayer.

age and days of sorrow press thee

down, I prayed for her before the temple, and will seek her out even to the end. Even from the flower till the grape was ripe hath my heart delighted in her : my foot went the right way, from my youth up sought I after her. I bowed down mine ear a little, and received her, and gat much learning. I 17 None study the word of God sinprofited therein, therefore will cerely, without profit. I ascribe the glory unto him that giveth me wisdom. For I purposed to do after her, and earnestly I followed that which is good; so shall I not be confounded. My soul hath wrestled

13 When I

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