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ties : for they are deceitful meat. Labour not to be rich : cease from thine wisdom.
3 So proverbially uncertain are Wilt thou set thine eyes riches, that it is indeed folly to trud upon that which is not ? for in them. riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
6 Do not associate with the wicked. thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats : for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee : but his heart is not with thee. The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words. Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. Remove not 10 God is the helper of all that need. the old landmark; and enter O ye poor and needy ! love your not into the fields of the fa- heavenly Friend, who is ever at hand therless : for their redeemer
to help you. is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee. Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge. 13 Withhold not correction 13 Original sin being stamped upon from the child : for if thou all men, the young are naturally beatest him with the rod, he prone to evil; constantly requiring shall not die. Thou shalt
guidance, and occasionally, correc
tion. beat him with the rod, and 15 Good children fill their parents' shalt deliver his soul from hearts with joy. What a motive for hell. " My son, if thine heart them to be good! Verses 24, 25. be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. Let not thine heart envy sinners : but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off. Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. Be not among winebibbers ; among riotous eaters of flesh : for the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty : and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when
23 The Gospel offers us freely the she is old. 23 Buy the truth, treasure of God's grace. Christ hath and sell it not; also wisdom, purchased it for every one. O sell it and instruction, and under
not for all the world can give you. standing. The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice. My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. For a whore is a deep ditch ; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. She also lieth in wait as for a prey,
and increaseth the transgres- 29 How true and painful a porsors among men. Who hath traiture is this of the dissolute *. voe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause ? who hath redness of eyes? they that tarry long at the wine ; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter per
34 As the extreme danger of one verse things. 34 Yea, thou who lieth on the top of a mast, so is shalt be as he that lieth down the peril of the bewildered in his in the midst of the sea, or as
drunkenness. he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick ; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
EVENING. PROVERBS xxiv. Be not thou envious against 1 Why enviest thou the prosperity evil men, neither desire to be of the wicked ? look to the end of with them. For their heart their evil courses. “ The end of studieth destruction, and their those things is death.” Rom. vi. 21. lips tak of mischief. Through wisdom is an house builded ; and by understanding it is established : and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war : and in multitude of counsellors there is safety. Wisdom is too high for a fool : he openeth not his mouth in the gate. He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person. The thought of foolishness is sin : and the scorner is an abomination to men. 10 If
10 Weak indeed is that faith, which thou faint in the day of ad
does not trust the promise of God to versity, thy strength is small, deliver in due season. "If thou forbear to deliver 11 In administering the laws, mercy them that are drawn unto
should temper justice ; and every
matter be carefully examined into, death, and those that are ready lest any man suffer wrongfully; to be slain ; " if thou sayest, 12 It is worse than folly in rulers to Behold, we knew it not; doth say, “We knew it not ;" when any not he that pondereth the thing is ill ordered.
* Drunkenness leads to licentiousness, and licentiousness to misery and ruin-mind, body, and estate. Yet the evil habit of the drunkard becomes so strong, that though its misery be felt at intervals, yet will he return to his vice, as a dog to his vomit; and seek it yet again.
heart consider it ? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it ? and shall not he render to every man according to his works? 13 My son, 13 Wisdom-religion, — when once eat thou honey, because it is tasted, is sweet to the soul as honey good; and the honeycomb, to the mouth. which is sweet to thy taste : so shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul : when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off. Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place :
16 God will at last deliver the just for a just man falleth seven man out of all his troubles, however times, and riseth up again : many they be. but the wicked shall fall into
17 The Christian is too noble to mischief. Rejoice not when
rejoice in the fall even of his enemy. thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth : lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from
19 Let faith calm your distress. Add him. " Fret not thyself be- not fear to pain. Leave the event cause of evil men, neither be to God. thou envious at the wicked; for there shall be no reward to the evil man ; the candle of the wicked shall be put out. 2' My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle lent spirits, who are ever discon
21 In public life, avoid the turbunot with them that are given tented, and wishing for change. to change : 22 for their cala- 22 Ruin is upon those who disremity shall rise suddenly; and gard the appointed laws of God and who knoweth the ruin of them both? These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him ; but to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing
6 All men are ready to bless the shall come upon them. 2o Eve- lips which speak wisely and kindly. ry man shall kiss his lips that 27 Build not, till thou hast fully pregiveth a right answer. 27 Pre- pared the means for building. pare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house. Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. Say not, I will do so to him
29 Revenge may be sueet—but foras he hath done to me: I giveness is sweeter. will render to the man according to his work. I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding ; and, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall
thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep : so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth ; and thy want as an armed man.
If a man be idle, he will soon come to want ; but a poor man, if he be industrious, and sober, and careful, will find enough to live comfortably and respectably; and be happy in the blessing of his God.
MORNING. Isalah ix. to verse 8. NEVERTHELESS the dimness 1 The calamities foretold in the shall not be such as was in eighth chapter shall be mitigated by her vexation, when at the the advent of the Messiah. first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterwards did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. * The people that walked in 2 Men shall be released from the darkness have seen a great dark shadow of sin, and ignorance, light: they that dwell in the and misery. land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. • Thou hast multiplied the 3 Hitherto the people have increased, nation, and not increased the yet joy is gone. But they shall rejoy: they joy before thee ac- joice, even as men in time of harvest. cording to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. For
5 Warfare is with tumult and blood: every battle of the warrior is but now, the weapons of war shall be with confused noise, and gar- put aside, and destroyed by fire. ments rolled in blood; but Peace shall herald the Prince of this shall be with burning
6 The child Jesus shall be bornand fuel of fire. For unto Christ manifest in the flesh. He us a child is born, unto us a shall be Wonderful, being God and son is given : and the
man ; Counsellor, by his word and vernment shall be upon his Spirit ; the mighty God, doing the
works which none could do but God; shoulder: and his name shall the everlasting Father, by whom all be called Wonderful, Coun- things were made ; the Prince of sellor, The mighty God, The peace, whose angels proclaimed his everlasting Father, The Prince advent as bringing peace on earth. of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Jesus, as King of a spiritual, an eternal, kingdom, shall reign-here in righteousness, hereafter in glory.
EVENING. Isaiah vii, ver. ro to ver. 17. Moreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.
12 But A
12 How hateful to God is pretended haz said, I will not ask, nei- humility-cloking perverseness and ther will I tempt the Lord. rebellion. Ahaz was intriguing with And he said, Hear ye now,
the Assyrian king to help him. Thus
his conscience made him reluctant O house of David; Is it a
to hold communion with God. small thing for you to weary 14 But there shall be no cloke for men, but will ye weary my thy sin. The sign shall be given God also ? 14 Therefore the thee, whether or no thou wilt profit Lord himself shall give you
by it *. a sign ; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Imma
15 He shall be truly in human nanuel. Butter and honey ture--nourished therefore with the shall he eat, that he may
food fitted to sustain the life of man. know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.
St. Stephen's Day.
MORNING. PROVERBS xxviii. The wicked fee when no 1 A bad conscience maketh men man pursueth : but the right- afraid: a good conscience giveth them eous are bold as a lion. 2 For courage.
2 For the wickedness of a nation the transgression of a land God sendeth frequent changes in many are the princes there
governors and laws ; whence trou. of: but by a man of under
bles arise and accumulate, standing and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged. * A poor man that oppresseth
3 If one poor man act unjustly the poor is like a sweeping towards another, the injustice is rain which leaveth no food. doubly sin.
The word “ Immanuel” means “God with us.” The prophecy was fulfilled when “ the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John i. 14.)