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[Isaiah xxxiii. 13.]
Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done;
The sinners in Zion are afraid ;
Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings ? -
And shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
[Philippians iv. 8.] Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
FORGIVENESS OF INJURIES.
[Proverbs.] 1. He that is slow to wrath is of great | Lest thou know not what to do in the understanding,
end thereof, But he that is hasty of spirit exalteth When thy neighbor hath put thee to folly.
shame. He that is slow to anger is better than It is an honor for a man to cease from the mighty,
strife, And he that ruleth his spirit than he But every fool will be meddling: that taketh a city.
He that passeth by, and meddleth with Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry, strife belonging not to him, For anger "resleth in the bosom of Is like one that taketh a dog by the
fools. The discretion of a man deferreth his As a mad man who casteth firebrands, anger,
arrows, and death, And it is his glory to pass over a trans- So is the man that deceiveth his neighgression.
bor, Go not forth hastily to strive,
And saith, Am not I in sport ?
[Romans xii. 17.] 2. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things nonest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved,
avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written,
Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evii with good.
(James iv. 1.) From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members ? Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.
[Matthew v. 39.] 3. But I say
ye resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
[Matthew xviii. 15.] 4. Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
[Matthew xix. 21.] Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times ? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times; but, until seventy times seven.
[Luke xvii. 3.] Take heed to yourselves! If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
[Mark xi. 26.] But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father, which is in heaven, forgive you your trespasses.
(Psalm xxxiv. 1.1
Thou greatly enrichest it with the river 1. I will bless the Lord at all times : of God, whieh is full of water : His praise shall continually be in my Thou preparest them corn, when thou mouth.
hast so provided for it. My soul shall make her boast in the Thou waterest the ridges thereof abunLord :
dantly; The humble shall hear thereof, and be Thou settlest the furrows thereof; glad.
Thou makest it soft with showers; O magnify the Lord with me,
Thou blessest the springing thereof. And let us exalt his name together. Thou crownest the year with thy
goodness; [Psalm ciii. 1.)
And thy paths drop fatness. 2. Bless the Lord,
soul : And all that is within me, bless his They drop upon the pastures of the
wilderness, holy name.
And the little hills rejoice on every side. Bless the Lord,
The pastures are clothed with flocks; And forget not all his benefits,
The valleys also are covered over with Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, Who healeth all thy diseases, Who redeemeth thy life from destrac- They shout for joy, they also sing. tion,
(Habakkuk iii. 17.] Who crowneth thee with loving kind- \ 5. Although the fig-tree shall not ness and tender mercies,
blossom, Who satisfieth thy mouth' with good Neither shall fruit be in the vines; things,
The labor of the olive shall fail, So that thy youth is renewed like the And the fields shall yield po meat; eagle's.
The flock shall be cut off from the fold,
And there shall be no herd in the stalls; 3. The Lord executeth righteousness Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, And judgment for all that are op- I will joy in the God of my salvation.
pressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, 16. I will extol thee, my God, O King,
(Psalm cxlv. 1.) His acts unto the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious,
And I will bless thy name forever and Slow to anger, and plenteous in
Every day will I bless thee, mercy. He will not always chide,
And I will praise thy name forever
and ever. Neither will he keep his anger foresties
; Great is the Lord, and greatly to be Nor rewarded us according to our in
And his greatness is umsearchable. For, as the heaven is high above the One generation shall praise thy works earth,
to another, So great is his mercy toward them And shall declare thy mighty acts. that fear him.
I will speak of the glorious honor of As far as the east is from the west,
thy majesty, So far hath he removed our transgres- And men'shall speak of the might of
And of thy wondrous works. sions from us.
thy terrible acts; (Psalm Ixv. 8.)
And I will declare thy greatness. 4. Thou makest the out-goings of the They shall abundantly utter the memr
morning and evening to rejoice. ory of thy great goodness, Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: And shall sing of tbv righteousness.
* Pron. Plen-che-us.
7. The Lord is gracious, and full of | And let the wicked be no more. compassion,
Bless thou the Lord, O my soul. Slow to anger, and of great mercy.
the Lord. The Lord is good to all, And his tender mercies are over all 10. Make a joyful noise unto the
[Psalm c. 1.] his works. All thy works shall praise thee, O
Lord, all ye lands. Lord,
Serve the Lord with gladness; And thy saints shall bless thee.
Come before his presence with singing. *They shall speak of the glory of thy Know ye that the Lord he is God;
It is He that hath made us,
and not we kingdom, And talk of thy power,
ourselves; To make known to the sons of men We are his people, and the sheep of his mighty acts,
his pasture. And the glorious majesty of his king. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, dom.
And into his courts with praise : Thy kingdom is an everlasting king- Be thankful unto him, and bless bis
His mercy is everlasting;
[Psalm cl. 1.] down.
11. Praise ye the Lord. The eyes of all wait upon thee, Praise God in his sanctuary : And thou givest them their meat in Praise him in the firmament of his due season.
power: Thou openest thine hand,
Praise him for his mighty acts: And satisfiest the desire of every Praise him according to his excellent living thing
greatness. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, Praise him with the sound of the trumAnd holy in all his works.
pet ; The Lord is nigh unto all them that Praise him with the psaltery and harp. call upon him,
Praise him with the timbrel and dance; To all that call upon him in truth. Praise him with stringed instruments He will fulfil the desire of them that
and organs. fear him,
Praise him upon the loud cymbals; He also will hear their cry, and will Praise him upon the high-sounding save them.
cymbals. The Lord preserveth all them that Let every thing that hath breath praise love him,
the Lord. But all the wicked will he destroy. Praise
the Lord, .My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord :
(Psalm ciii, 19.] And let all Alesh bless his holy name 12. The Lord hath prepared his forever and ever.
throne in the heavens,
And his kingdom ruleth over all. [Psalm civ. 33.]
Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that ex. 9. I will sing unto the Lord as long cel in strength, as I live;
That do his commandments, hearkI will sing praise unto my God while ening unto the voice of his word. I have my being;
Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts, My meditation of him shall be sweet : Ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. I will be glad in the Lord.
Bless the Lord, all his works, in all Let the sinners be consumed out of the places of his dominion : earth,
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
PRIDE AND HUMILITY.
[Proverbs.] 1. A GOOD
name is rather is be, Better it is to be of an hamble spirit chosen than great riches,
with the lowly, And loving favor rather than silver Than to divide the spoil with the and gold.
proud. The rich and poor meet together :
Him that hath a high look and a proud The Lord is the Maker of them all. heart will not I suffer. When pride cometh, then cometh The wicked in his pride doth persecute
shame; But with the lowly is wisdom.
Let them be taken in the devices that A man's pride shall bring him low; they have imagined. But honor shall uphold the humble in For the wicked boasteth of his heart's spirit.
desire, He that trusteth in his riches shall fall ; | And blesseth the covetous, whom the But the righteous shall flourish as a Lord abhorreth. branch.
The wicked, through the pride of his There is that maketh himself rich, yet countenance, will not seek after
hath nothing; 'l here is that maketh himself poor, yet God is not in all his thoughts.
hath great riches. Only by pride cometh contention, 4. But as for me, my feet were almost But with ihe well-advised is wisdom.
gone; Wealth gotten by vanity shall be eli- My steps had well-nigh slipped. minished.
For I was envious at the foolish,
When I saw the prosperity of the 2. By humility and the fear of the
For there are no bands in their death; Are riches, and honor, and life. But their strength is firm. Seest thou a man wise in his own They are not in ouble as other
Neither are they plagued like other 'There is more hope of a fool than of him.
Therefore pride compasseth them about Boast not thyself of to-morrow,
as a chain, For thou knowest not what a day may Violence covereth them as a garment. bring forth.
Their eyes stand out with fatness; Let another man praise thee, and not They have more than heart could wish. thine own mouth;
They are corrupt, and speak wickA stranger, and not thrine own lips. edly Two things have I required of thee; Concerning oppression; they speak Deny me them not before I die;
loftily. Remove far from me vanity and lies; They set their mouth against the Give me neither poverty nor riches; heavens, Feed me with food convenient for And their tongue walketh through the me;
earth. Lest I be fun, and deny thee, and say, And they say, How doth God know? Who is the Lord ?
And is there knowledge in the Most Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take
High? the name of my God in vain. Though the Lord be high,
Yet hath he respect unto the lowly : 3. Pride goeth before destruction, But the proud he knoweth afar off. And a haughty spirit before a fall.