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there is none else. 40 Thou and contented, less conformed to this shalt keep therefore his sta- world, and habitually preparing my. tutes, and his commandments, self for another and a better. which I command thee this 40 () God ! give me and my family
Pardon also the im, day, that it may go well with grace to obey. thee, and with thy children perfection of our obedience. after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever. Then Moses severed three cities on this side Jordan toward the sun rising; that the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his neighbour unawares, and hated him not in times past ; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live : namely, Bezer in the wilderness, in the plain country, of the Reubenites ; and Ramoth in Gilead, of the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, of the Manassites. And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel : these are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt, on this side Jordan, in the valley over against Beth-peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel smote, after they were come forth out of Egypt: and they possessed his land, and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, which were on this side Jordan toward the sun rising; from Aroer, which is by the bank of the river Arnon, even unto mount Sion, which is Hermon, and all the plain on this side Jordan eastward, even unto the sea of the plain, under the springs of Pisgah.
To whatever trials Thou mayest call us, O God ! grant to me and to those near and dear to me in life, that we may daily serve Thee, better and better ; for Thou art ever present, “ God in heaven above and in the earth beneath.” So may we trust to dwell together at last in thy holy presence, where our rest shall never be disturbed, our services have no weariness, and our songs of praise know no end.
EVENING. DEUTERONOMY V.
And Moses called all Israel,
1 It is the part of true wisdorn, and said unto them, Hear, 0 again and again to meditate upon
the commandments of God, that we Israel, the statutes and judg- may fix them more and more firmly ments which I speak in your in our hearts-learn their value, and ears this day, that ye may
heed their authority. learn them, and keep, and do them. The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. The Lord talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to shew you the word of the Lord: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount ;) saying, I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Thou shalt have none other gods before me. Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth : thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain : for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Keep the sabbath
12 Happy and wise Christian, who in day to sanctify it, as the LORD this the house of God, art now sancthy God hath commanded tifying his Sabbath ! Shall not his thee. Six days thou shalt blessing go with thee ? labour, and do all thy work : but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God : in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm : therefore the LORD thy God bath commanded thee to keep the sabbath day. Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Neither shalt thou commit adultery. Neither shalt thou steal. Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour. Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neigh- by the minister, let me remember
22 When I hear these words read bour's. * These words the
that it is not man, but God, who LORD spake unto all your speaks to the assembled congregaassembly in the mount out tion.
of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice : and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me. And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders ; and
ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire : we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth. Now therefore why should we die ? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, then we shall die. For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we hade, and lived ? Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say : and speak thou unto us all that the LORD our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it. 28 And the LORD heard the 28 The feeling of solemn reverence voice of your words, when which induced the people thus humye spake unto me; and the bly to approach the Almighty rather Lord said unto me, I have through the intervention of Moses
than face to face, appears to have heard the voice of the words been highly approved by the Al. of this people, which they mighty. They have well said all have spoken unto thee: they that they have spoken.” have well said all that they 29 It would have been happy “ for have spoken.
O that there them and for their children,” had were such an heart in them, always, and not have laid aside the
they retained this reverential fear that they would fear me, and feeling, when the occasion which keep all my commandments called it forth had passed away. Let always, that it might be well devotion be not an act only, buta habit. with them, and with their children for ever! Go say to them, Get you into your tents again. But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to
32 Ye shall ob- 32 There is one only way of rectiserve to do therefore as the tude and safety-nor does it allow LORD your God hath com
us to turn aside to the right hand or
to the left—"even the straight and manded you: ye shall not
narrow way of religion, which turn aside to the right hand leadeth unto life eternal.” or to the left. 33 Ye shall 33 May we all have grace to walk walk in all the ways which in that living way; that “it may be
well with us, and that we may prothe Lord your God hath
long our days” in the promised land commanded you, that ye may of heavenly rest “for ever.”
live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.
The fourth Sunday after Easter.
MORNING. DEUTERONOMY vi. Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: 'that thou might
? The first duty of the head of est fear the LORD thy God, every family is to lead each indito keep all his statutes and vidual in it to the knowledge and his commandments, which I practice of the law of God. command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. * Hear therefore, O Israel,
3 It is indeed “well with those," and observe to do it ; that it rich or poor, learned or unlearned, may be well with thee, and who hear the word, and “observe to that ye may increase migh- do it.” tily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel : The LORD our God is one LORD: and thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between 9 A religious principle must pervade thine eyes. And thou shalt our whole conduct, if we would be write them upon the posts of good and happy. thy house, and on thy gates. And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, and houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full ; " then beware 12 Prosperity is so apt to drive holy lest thou forget the LORD, thoughts from the mind, that we which brought thee forth out may well adopt the striking suppli
cation in our Litany—“in all time of the land of Egypt, from of our wealth, good Lord, deliver us."
the house of bondage. Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you ; (for the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth. Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah. 17 Ye shall diligently keep the 17 A Christian life is no idle life. commandments of the LORD It requires diligence, watchfulness, your God, and his testimo- zeal, patience, longsuffering. nies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee. And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken. And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord our God hath commanded you? Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt; and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand : " and the LORD
22 If the Israelites found motive shewed signs and wonders, for gratefulobedience when delivered great and sore, upon Egypt, by the hand of Moses, what livelier upon Pharaoh, and upon all gratitude, what more ready obehis houshold, before our eyes: dience, should use show, delivered by
a greater than Moses ! and he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers. 24 And the LORD commanded always—in sickness and in health,
24 Of a truth, it is for our good us to do all these statutes, to in life and in death-to do these fear the LORD our God, for statutes, and observe these laws. our good always, that he Sin brings misery even in this life;
but righteousness, peace. might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.
EVENING. DEUTERONOMY vii.
When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier