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eyes open: "I shall see 170 glorious vision ! how freely, him, but not now: I shall

when there was no longer occasion behold him, but not nigh: freely and how nobly does this pro

for deceit to cramp his mind-how there shall come a Star out phet pour forth the blessed tidings of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall of a promised Saviour ! rse out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly. Out of Jacob shall come he that stall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city. And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever. And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock. Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry shee away captive. And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this! And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever. And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place : and Balak also went his way.

May I have grace to follow the light of God's word and Spirit, even as the wise men of old followed his star ; and as they worshipped with all holy reverence, so may I worship in spirit and in truth. And when 1 " go home to my place”-from this place of rest, God's house, to my duties in the busy scenes of life-may I go wiser and happier ; my faith strengthened, my hope brightened !

EVENING. NUMBERS XXV. And Israel abode in Shit- 1 Wise are they who avoid the sotim, and the people began to ciety of the wicked, and shun alike commit whoredom with the their ways and their company. daughters of Moab. And hearts. If the enticements of the

Wiser still, who guard their own they called the people unto daughters of Moab had found no the sacrifices of their gods: welcome in the hearts of the sons of and the people did eat, and Israel, the danger would have been

seen and shunned. bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baal-peor : and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel. And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baal-peor. And, 6 Well does it become a people behold, one of the children suffering for their sins, to bow themof Israel came and brought before the throne of grace, pouring

selves with the deepest humiliation unto his brethren a Midian- out their hearts in weeping, and itish woman in the sight of fasting, and prayer. Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up fron among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; and he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned


away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my

12 Stand, though alone, true to thy jealousy. 12 Wherefore say, religion ; and then God will give to Behold, I give unto him my thee also his blessed covenant of covenant of peace : and he peace. shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of a everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel. Now the name of the Israelite that was slain, even that was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a chief house among the Simeonites. And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head over a people, and of a chief house in Midian. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Vex the Midianites and smite them : for they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, which was slain in the day of the plague for Peor's sake.

O God, let this awful scene-awful in its wickedness, awful in the punishment which followed it - sink deep into the hearts of thy servants! Give them, we beseech Thee,“ grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil ; and with pure hearts and minds to follow Thee, the only God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”. See the Collect for the eighteenth Sunday after Trinity.

The third Sunday after Easter.

MORNING. DEUTERONOMY iv. Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baal-peor : for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you. But ye that did cleave

• So will it always be with the faithunto the LORD your God are ful : the Lord shall be ever their realive every one of you this fuge and defence. day. "Behold, I have taught 5 Let me remember this, when the you statutes and judgments, appointed minister of the word ineren as the LORD my God self, but his divine Master. His

He declares, not himcommanded me, that ye authority is not his own, but deleshould do so in the land gated. whither ye go to possess • No nation, family, or individual, it. Keep therefore and do can long prosper where religion is them; for this is your wisdom

not made the one thing needful.” and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for ? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set

9 Not only a good will is required before you this day. Only in religion, but a watchful care. take heed to thyself, and Further, we thus find that in giving keep thy soul diligently, lest learning to our children, our first

care should be to instruct them in thou forget the things which

the law of God. thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons; specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children. And came near and stood under the mountain ; and the mountain burned with fire unto



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the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness. And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude ; only ye heard a voice. And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.

15 God did not then appear, even therefore good heed unto

in an angel form ; lest his people yourselves; for ye saw no should make such appearance an manner of similitude on the excuse for worshipping its image or day that the LORD spake unto

similitude. How provident the di

vine mercy! How inestimable a you in Horeb out of the

blessing is God's presenting grace ! midst of the fire : lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any beast that is on the ear

the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, the likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth : and lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. But the Lord hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day. Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and sware that I should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance : 22 but I must die in this land,

22 In what affecting strains does the I must not go over Jordan: aged lawgiver plead for his people, but ye shall go over, and against their own proneness to depossess

that good land. Take stroy themselves by their sins ! heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee. For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God. When thou shall beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger: I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. And

27 When I see God's ancient people the LORD shall scatter you scattered and few, according to this among the nations, and ye prophecy, let me retire into my own shall be left few in number heart, and, by repentance and faith, among the heathen, whither endeavour to avoid alike their sins

and their punishment. the LORD shall lead you. And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice ; (for the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it? Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live? Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him. Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire. And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt; to drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it 39 Having heard the encouragement is this day. * Know there- to repentance, let me strive to correct fore this day, and consider it whatever may be wrong in my conin thine heart, that the LORD duct towards God and man. May I he is God in heaven above, anxious to correct my temper, and

be daily less worldly, daily more and upon the earth beneath : become every hour more resigned

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