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soul; but he that despiseth their souls !—Is not thy soul worth his ways shall die. "7 He that saving ? hath pity upon the poor lend- 17 What a beautiful and winning eth unto the LORD: and that encouragement to a tender care for
the wants of others. which he hath given will he 18 Let'not early faults gounpay him again. 13 Chasten punished. thy son while there is hope, 19 Anger cannot remove the various and let not thy soul spare sorrows of life, but adds to their for his crying. 19 A man of misery. great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, vet thou must do it again. Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in the latter end. There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. 22 If we are so poor that we can * The desire of a man is his give nothing but kindness, we should kindness : and a poor man is not withhold that. better than a liar. The fear of the LORD tendeth to life : and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. 25 Smite a
25 A noble mind rejoices in good scorner, and the simple will beware : and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge. He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach. 27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruc
27 Do not listen to idle counsels.
27.01 tion that causeth to err from the words of knowledge. An ungodly witness scorneth judgment : and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity. 29 Punishment and shame will at
Judgments are prepared for last surely overtake the obstinate scorners, and stripes for the and impenitent. back of fools.
TO BE READ AT
MORNING AND EVENING PRAYER
HOLY-DAYS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
Saint Andrew's Day.
MORNING. PROVERBS XX. Wine is a mocker, strong Wine is God's gift.—To be dedrink is raging: and whoso- ceived thereby into intemperance, is ever is deceived thereby is an abuse of that gift, and a sin. not wise. The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
It is an honour for a man to 3 Blessed are the peacemakers. cease from strife : but every 4 Religion promotes honest infool will be meddling. The dustry. sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water ; but a man of understanding will draw it out. Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness : but a faithful man who can 7 St. Paul rejoiced in a conscience find ? ? The just man walk- void of offence towards both God and eth in his integrity: his chil- man.
8 Those whom Divine Providence dren are blessed after him.
calls to a throne, must devote all ' A king that sitteth in the their energies to a just administrathrone of judgment scattereth tion of the laws, and the welfare of away all evil with his eyes.
Oy ollevil with his eyes their kingdom *. 9 Who can say, I have made it to thine own heart. Pause_ere
9 What a searching question ! Pat my heart clean, I am pure thou answer.
* It is the penalty of greatness, that it must rise above all selfish considerations, and in a more especial manner learn to live for others; for if “ no man liveth to himself” alone, how much less a sovereign ! See verses 26, 28. See also Rom. xiv. 7, 8.
from my sin ? Divers 10 Dishonesty, and trickery, and weights, and divers measures, overreaching in buying and selling, both of them are alike abo. is as hateful to God as it is injurious mination to the LORD. 11 Even to man. Ver. 1423. a child is known by his do
11 Practice is the easy test of faith ings, whether his work be young and old. pure, and whether it be right. The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them. Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty ; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread. It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer : but when he is gone away, then he boasteth. There is gold, and a multitude of rubies : but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman. Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. Every purpose is established by counsel : and with good ad. 19 Talebearers !-avoid them as a vice make war. He that pestilence. Contempt and shame goeth about as a talebearer overtake them ! revealeth secrets : therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. 20 Whoso 20 God forbid that any children curseth his father or his mo- should thus deeply sin ! Let them ther, his lamp shall be put then avoid disobedience, which is the out in obscure darkness. An beginning of such sin ; and honour inheritance may be gotten their parents betimes. hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed. Say not thou, I will recompense evil ; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee. Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good. Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way? 25 It is a snare 25 Whatever has been dedicated to to the man who devoureth God's holy service your time, your that which is holy, and after talents, your wealth, your will take vows to make enquiry. A heed not to withdraw it. wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them. The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy. The glory of young men is their strength : and the beauty of old men is the grey head. 30 The blue- 30 As pain is often inflicted in ness of a wound cleanseth order to heal a wound in the bodyaway evil : so do stripes the so afflictions are often sent to heal inward parts of the belly.
sin, the wound of the soul.
EVENING. PROVERBS xxi.
The king's heart is in the Princes, when they honour God, hand of the LORD, as the are themselves blessed of Him, and rivers of water : he turneth it bring blessing upon their people. If whithersoever he will. 'Every
however they dishonour God, they
can only so far harm their people, as way of a man is right in his
the King of kings permitteth. Princes, own eyes : but the LORD and people — trust we then in the pondereth the hearts. To do Lord. justice and judgment is more
2 Piety, therefore, is not only can
tious in conduct before men, but acceptable to the LORD than watchful in motive before a heartsacrifice. An high look, searching God. and a proud heart, and the + The plowing—that is, the designs plowing of the wicked, is sin. and measures-of the wicked is sin. The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want. The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death. The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to 8 The unsanctified heart is froward; do judgment. The way of the pure in heart do righteously. man is froward and strange : but as for the pure, his work is right. It is better to dwellen
" A poor man who enjoys domestic in a corner of the housetop, peace, is happier in his lowly cottage than with a brawling woman than the rich and great, whose in a wide house. The soul dwellings are filled with family conof the wicked desireth evil: tentions. See verse 19, and xix. 13. his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes. When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge. The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked : but God overthroweth the wicked for their wicked- 13 Disregard not the cry of the ness. 13 Whoso stoppeth his destitute. ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard. 14 A gift in 14 « Love your enemies,” is the de. secret pacifieth anger; and a cisive command of Christ : “ Overreward in the bosom strong come evil with good,” is the apostle's wrath. 18 It is joy to
bold counsel. the
A middle course in
such a case is always difficult, and just to do judgment : but often impossible. destruction shall be to the 15 The consciousness of having done workers of iniquity. 10 The right is its own rich reward - of man that wandereth out of having done evil, its own sure punish
ment. the way of understanding 10 He is dead to the joys and hopes shall remain in the congre- of religion, as well as to its duties.
gation of the dead. 17 He 17 Business and pleasure cannot that loveth pleasure shall be thrive together. a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. 18 T'he wicked shall be a ran- 18 Sometimes calamities which som for the righteous, and threatened the righteous, fall upon the transgressor for the up- the wicked. right. 19 It is better to dwell 19 See verse 9. in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman. There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise ; but a foolish man spendeth it up. He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour. A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof. Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath. The desire of the slothful killeth him ; for his hands refuse to labour. He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth 27 Judas pretended love to his and spareth not. 27 The sa- Master, and kissed Him ; having in crifice of the wicked is abo. his mind, betrayal and death. mination : how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind? A false witness shall perish : but the man that heareth speaketh constantly. A wicked man hardeneth his face : but as for the upright, he di- so
30 Man vainly strives against God. recteth his way. 3° There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD. » The horse is prepared 31 Men seek riches and power to against the day of battle : fence against the evils of life ; but but safety is of the LORD. human policy is always variable in
its issue : there is no security but in the power of God and the riches of his grace.
St. Thomas the Apostle.
MORNING. PROVERBS xxii. When thou sittest to eat Religion sustains all the proper with a ruler, consider dili- courtesies of life *. gently what is before thee: and put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dain
* If an inferior be admitted to the society of his superior, let him bridle his appetite, and restrain too great freedom, lest freedom degenerate into disrespect.-See our Lord's instructions on this point, Lu. xiv. 8.