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but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth : and a word spoken in due season, how good is

24 The wise Christian sets his afecit ! The

way
of life is

tions upon things which are above. above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow. The thoughts of the wicked are an abominatiön to the Lord: but the words of the pure are pleasant words. He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house ; but he that hateth gifts shall live. The heart of the righteous studieth to answer : but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. 29 The LORD is far from

29 God draweth not near to comfort the wicked : but he heareth the wicked. the prayer of the righteous.

30 A good reputation gladden-th

the heart. O what a motive to vir. The light of the eyes re

tue is the prospect of that "Well joiceth the heart : and a good done !" with which the Judge of all report maketh the bones fat. shall welcome his good and faithfui The ear that heareth the re. servants ! proof of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul : but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The

33 Blessed are the poor in spirit. fear of the LORD is the in

God exalteth the humble and meek. struction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

EVENING. PROVERBS xvi. | The preparations of the

1 Man may think his own thoughts, heart in man, and the answer and prepare to utter them ; but God of the tongue is from the can control the tongue, as in the case Lord. All the ways of a

of Balaam. man are clean in his own eyes ; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works

3 Act for the best-and then boldly unto the Lord, and thy commit the event to the Lord, with thoughts shall be established. prayer for his blessing. 4 The LORD hath made all

4 The final punishment of the imthings for himself : yea, even penitent, being the triumph of justhe wicked for the day of evil. tice, shall tend to the honour of a Every one that is proud in just and holy God. heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Better is a little

men.

with righteousness than great revenues without right. A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. "A divine sentence is in the

10 Pious princes look for the divine lips of the king : his mouth blessing to direct their counsels transgresseth not in judg- aright. Prayer is their refuge.

"A just weight and 11 Injustice to man is sin before balance are the Lord's: all God, chap. xi. 1.

12 Sin is hateful in all men-in the weights of the bag are kings and men of renown it is abohis work. 12 It is an abomi- mination ; its hatefulness and its nation to kings to commit danger being increased by the emiwickedness : for the throne is

nence of the sinner *. established by righteousness. Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right. The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but å wise man will pacify it. In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of

16 Riches will fail us at last : relithe latter rain. 16 How much

gion never faileth. better is it to get wisdom than gold? and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! " The highway of

17 The upright man habitually turns the upright is to depart from away from the path of evil, and evil: he that keepeth his way walks as becometh a follower of the preserveth his soul. Pride meek and lowly Jesus. goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good : and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy The wise in heart

21 A sweet eloquence maketh relishall be called prudent: and gious truth to increase, by making the sweetness of the lips in- it acceptable. creaseth learning. Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it : but the instruction of fools is folly. The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him. An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

38 How fearful a state is that of the A froward man soweth whisperer, with his idle words, for

is he.

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When therefore good and righteous men are in authority, kings and their subjects may alike rejoice. They exercise authority under the blessing of the Most High.

strife : and a whisperer se- which he must give account ! He is parateth chief friends. A vio- mean, yet daring ; cruel, yet timid; lent man enticeth his neigh- reckless, yet anxious :- surely be

becomes his own tormentor. bour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things : moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass. 31 The hoary head is a crown 31 Honourable old age wins respect of glory, if it be found in the from all. way of righteousness.

He

32 Self-control is the highest mag. that is slow to anger is better faithful soldier of the cross.

nanimity, and the truest sign of a than the mighty; and he that

33 The Christian is freed from all ruleth his spirit than he that

fear of chance. God ordereth a taketh a city. 33 The lot is good man's way; and not a hair of cast into the lap; but the his head perisheth but the Almighty whole disposing thereof is of knoweth it altogether. Praised be

his name ! the LORD.

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The twenty-sixth Sunday aftec Trinity.

MORNING. PROVERBS xvii. * Better is a dry morsel, 1 As competence, and even luxury, and quietness therewith, than cannot give happiness, unless a spirit an house full of sacrifices of quietness reign in the family cirwith strife. ? A wise servant

cle ; so no worldly discomfort, no

worldly disappointment, can rob shall have rule over a son them of peace, where they live to that causeth shame, and shall gether in unity and love. Husband, have part of the inheritance wife, children, friends—beware the

The among the brethren.

strife of tongues ! fining pot is for silver, and

2 The errors of the young not only the furnace for gold : but the bring sorrow on themselves, but cover

their parents with shame. LORD trieth the hearts. A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips ; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished. Children's children are the crown of old men ; and the glory of children are

7 A prince should be so clear and their fathers. Excellent

bright in nobleness of spirit and conspeech becometh not a fool: duct, that all men may regard him much less do lying lips a

as the mirror of truth. prince. A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. He cealeth from others any injuries he

9 Whilst the true Christian conthat covereth a transgression may have suffered ; the tale-bearer

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seeketh love; but he that walketh like a pestilence in noon repeateth a matter separateth day, separating very friends. cery friends. A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. An evil man seeketh only rebellion : therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

13 The Gospel forbids to return 13 Whoso rewardeth evil for

evil even for evil-how much more good, evil shall not depart are we forbidden to return evil for from his house. The begin- good! ning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

16 Unless men desire the wisdom of 16 Wherefore is there a price

God, and have a heart for it, in vain in the hand of a fool to get is it freely offered to them. wisdom, seeing he hath no

17 One of the good effects of afflicheart to it? 7 A friend loveth tions is, that they call forth and exat all times, and a brother is ercise the sympathy and benevolence

of others. born for adversity. A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend. " He loveth transgression that

19 By “his gate” is meant, his state

of life and condition. loveth strife : and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. He that hath a froward heart findeth no good : and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine : but a broken spirit drieth the bones. A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. 24 The good can all see traces and * Wisdom is before him that proofs of the divine wisdom in prohath understanding; but the vidence and grace, but the foolish, eyes of a fool are in the ends or wicked, are either wilfully blind of the earth. ~ A foolish son them. “ Having eyes, they see not.”

to them, or obstinately overlook is a grief to his father, and

25 My young reader ! love and reve. bitterness to her that bare

rence your parents, for conscience him. Also to punish the just sake toward God. is not good, nor to strike princes for equity. He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. * Even a fool, when he holdeth his cially for the young.

28 Sound counsel this for all ; espepeace, is counted wise : and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

EVENING. PROVERBS xix.

* Better is the poor that 1 An honest man, however poor, walketh in his integrity, than has Almighty God as his friend. he that is perverse in his lips, 2 In this Christian country, all, and is a fool. ? Also, that however unlearned in worldly wisthe soul be without know- dom, may gain true wisdom, if they

receive meekly the preaching of the ledge, it is not good; and he Gospel of Christ. Do nothing rashly. that hasteth with his feet sin

3 When a foolish man has brought neth. The foolishness of himself into trouble, he is apt to man perverteth his way: and fret, and charge it upon Providence. his heart fretteth against the 4 Such is the way of worldly men : Lord. * Wealth maketh many a Christian spirit teacheth" better friends; but the poor is sepa

things. rated from his neighbour. 'A

5 A lie never prospers ; and at last false witness shall not be un

it is surely found out. punished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape. Many will intreat the favour of the prince : and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts. All the brethren of the poor do hate him : how much more do his friends go far from him ? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him. He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul : he that keepeth understanding shall find good. A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish. Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

11 The discre- 11 Self-control springs from no tion of a man deferreth his coward feeling : it is the truest mag. anger ; and it is his glory to nanimity! pass over a transgression. The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion ; but his favour is

13 A twofold sorrow. It were sad as dew

upon

the
grass.

for a man that a son should be a foolish son is the calamity of calamity to him ; but sadder still is his father: and the conten

it when to this is added a contentious

wife *. tions of a wife are a continual dropping. House and riches are the inheritance of fathers : and a prudent wife is from the Lord. Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. 10 He that keepeth the com

16 How many, alas ! perish from a mandment keepeth his own stupid carelessness about God and

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* Each sorrow is more grievous, being unnatural. Nature points out a son as an honour to his parents, and a wife as the sweet soother of her husband's

's cares. Art thou a wife ? lay this truth to heart! Art thou a child ? honour thy parents !

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