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He that hath a bountiful eye shall be | He that hath pity upon the poor lendblessed,

eth unto the Lord; For he giveth of his bread to the poor. And that which he hath given will He Rob not the poor, because he is poor; 1 pay him again.. Neither oppress the afflicted in the The righteous considereth the cause of gate;

the poor; For the Lord will plead their cause, But the wicked regardeth not to know And spoil the soul of those that spoiled it. them.

(Leviticus xxv. 35.] 3. And if thy brother be waxen poor and fallen in decay with thee, then thou shalt relieve him; yea, though he be a stranger, or a so'journer ; that he may live with thee. (Job xxxi. 16.]

| Then let mine arm fall from my shoulIf I have withheld the poor from their der-blade, desire,

And mine arm be broken from the Or have caused the eyes of the widow bone. to fail;

(Psalm xli. 1.1 Or have eaten my morsel myself Blessed is he that considereth the alone,

poor; And the fatherless hath not eaten | The Lord will deliver him in time of thereof;

trouble. If I have seen any perish for want of The Lord will preserve him and keep clothing,

him alive; Or any poor without covering; And he shall be blessed upon the earth; If his loins have not blessed me, And thou wilt not deliver him into the And if he were not warmed with the will of his enemies. ficece of my sheep;

The Lord will strengthen him upon If I have lifted up my hand against the bed of languishing; the fatherless,

Thou wilt make all his bed in his sickWhen I saw my help in the gate : I ness.

[James ii. 5.] 4. Hearken, my beloved brethren! Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him ? If thy brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be you warmed and filled ; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so, faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

(Hebrews xiii. 3.] Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them ; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

(Isaiah lviii. 6.] 5. Is not this the fast that I have chosen ?

To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens,

And to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke ?

Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry,
And that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house ?

When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him;
And that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning,
And thine health shall spring forth speedily :
And thy righteousness shall go before thee :
The glory of the Lord shall be thy rear-ward.
Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer;

Thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am.
And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon-day.

[Isaiah xxxii. 5.) 6. The vile person shall be no more called liberal,

Nor the churl said to be bountiful.

For the vile person will speak villany,
And his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy,

And to utter error against the Lord,

To make empty the soul of the hungry,
And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
The instruments also of the churl are evil:
He deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words,

Even when the needy speaketh right.
But the liberal deviseth liberal things;
And by liberal things shall he stand.

[1 Timothy vi. 17.] 7. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy ; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

[Matthew vi. 3.] But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth; that thy alms may be in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, himself shall reward thee openly.

[Psalm ix. 18.)
For the needy shall not alway be forgotten:
The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.

[Zechariah vii. 9.] Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every'man to his

brother;
And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor;
And lot none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.

(Psalm lxxii. 12:]
For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth;
The poor also, and him that hath no helper.
He shall spare the poor and needy,
And shall save the souls of the needy.

[Proverbs xxi. 13.]
Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor,
He also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

[Exodus xxii. 22.] 9. Ye shall not affilict any widow, or fatherless child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry.

[Psalm lxviii. 5.)
A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows,
Is God in his holy habitation.

(Mark xiv. 7.] For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will, ye may do them good.

[1 John iii. 17.1 But whoso hath this world's goods, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his [feelings of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

[James i 27.] Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this - To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

LESSON XLVII.

OF JUSTICE.

[Matthew vii. 12.] 1. THEREFORE, ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER YE WOULD THAT MEN SHOULD DO TO YOU, DO YE EVEN SO TO THEM; FOR THIS IS THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS.

(Leviticus xix. 11.] Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another. Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbor, neither rob him. Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure. Just balances, just weights shall ye have : I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.

[Deuteronomy xxv. 13.] 2. Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small. Thou shalt not have in thy house divers meas. ures, a great and a small. But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have, that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the Lord thy God.

(Micah vi. 10.) 3. Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable ? Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights ?

[Leviticus xxv. 14.] And if thou sell aught unto thy neighbor, or buyest aught of thy neighbor's hand, ye shall not oppress one another.

[1 Thessalonians iv. 6.) For this is the will of God, that no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter ; because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

[Proverbs xxi. 3.]
To do justice and judgment
Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

[Psalm xxxvii. 21.]
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again,
But the righteous showeth mercy, and giveth.

(Acts xxiv. 16.) 4. And herein do I exercise myself - to have always a conscience void of offence to'ward God, and to'ward men.

[Deuteronomy xvi. 18.] Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes, and they shall judge the people with just judgment. Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift ; for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayst live, and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

[Zechariah vii. 9.] 5. Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his

brother :

And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor;
And let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder,

And stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant-stone, lest they should hear the law,
And the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former

prophets.

Therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts. So they cried, and I would not hear, saith the Lord of hosts : , But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew

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Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor re-

turned ;
For they laid the pleasant land desolate.

[Exodus xxii.5.] 6. If a man shall cause a field or vineyard to be eaten, and shall put in his beast, and shall feed in another man's field ; of the best of his own field, and of the best of his own vineyard shall he make restitution. .

[1 Samuel xii. 2.} And now, behold, the king walketh before you; and I am old and gray-headed; and, behold, my sons are with you; and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day. Behold, here I am : witness against me before the Lord, and before his anointed : Whom have I defrauded ! whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith ? and I will restore it you. And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken aught of any man's hand.

[Psalm lxxxii. 1.] 7. God standeth in the congregation They walk on in darkness; of the mighty; .

| All the foundations of the earth are out He judgeth among the gods.

of course,
How long will ye judge unjustly, I have said, Ye are gods;
And accept the persons of the wicked? And all of you are children of the
Defend the poor and fatherless :

Most High;
Do justice to the afflicted and needy : But ye shall die like men,
Deliver the poor and needy:

And fall like one of the princes.
Rid them out of the hand of the wicked. Arise, O God, judge the earth;

They know not, neither will they un- For thou shalt inherit all pations. : derstand;

. [Ecclesiastes v. 8.] If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment in a province, marvel not at the matter : for He that is higher than the highest regardeth ; and there be higher than they.

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