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He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit. There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. 19 The lip of truth shall be established
19 God is truth-the Devil, the father of lies.
for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy. There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief. Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. 25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them. The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious. In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is death.
25 Christians should never omit opportunities of encouraging one another with kind and good words. O how cheering in our troubles is the voice of kindness!
28 No death to the soul; no death to honour; no death to comfort; no shall spring life to the just. He death to, hope! Even from the grave
that believeth in Christ shall never die.
The twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity.
MORNING. PROVERBS Xiii.
1 A WISE
1 No earthly counsel is like that of a parent. Art thou a child? Hear and heed it! fruit of his mouth: but the soul
3 We should think before we speak, and speak with prudence; lest we say what may give pain to those present, reflect upon the absent, or do injustice to any.
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. A righteous man hateth lying but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame. Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the
way but wickedness overthroweth the sinner. There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. The ran
7 The miser possesses nothing, for he is never satisfied. The liberal hath a perpetual feast, and is always contented. "Godliness with contentment is great gain." 1 Tim. vi. 6. 8 Riches make men conspicuous, so that their faults are prominent for punishment or ransom. The poor escape such notoriety.
righteous rejoiceth: but the 10 Fride produceth divisions in a neighbourhood, causeth contentions in a family, and in the individual is utterly offensive to his Maker. be diminished: but he that 12 Worldly hope is too often delusive. The only hope that maketh not ashamed, is that which religion gives.
som of a man's life are his riches: but the heareth poor not rebuke. The light of the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. 10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. Wealth gotten by vanity shall gathereth by labour shall increase. 12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded. The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. 15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard. Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly. A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambasssador is health. Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured. The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil. He that 20 Nothing is of so great importance to the young as the choice of their companions.
walketh with wise men shall
15 If we could look into the heart of the transgressors, how surely should we find their way to be one hard struggle against the difficulties of their course, the voice of their conscience, and the strivings of God's Spirit.
pursueth sinners: but to the
22 A good example may convey a blessing to succeeding generations.
tillage of the poor: but there is
children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. Much food is in the that is destroyed for want of judgment. He that spareth his rod hateth his son:
24 Fond indulgence brings ruin upon the objects of it.
but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
EVENING. PROVERBS XIV.
'EVERY wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him. In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them. 4 Good husbandry bringeth plenty.
1 Prudent management in a wife and mother raises a family to respectability.
'Where no oxen are, the crib
is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox. A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies. * A scorner seeketh wisdom,
and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth. Go from the
• Even the word of God profiteth not, if it be studied with the spirit of cavil.
7 Avoid a foolish talker.
mock at sin; for the ages of sin is death!-and the soul's death is a strange subject for mockery!
9 None but a fool would make a
10 In our deepest and darkest sorrows there is a joy in seeking God.
presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit. Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour. 10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy. The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish. "There is a which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. "Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness. "The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself. The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident. He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated. The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. The evil bow before the good;
sires, in opposition to the counsels of 12 When a man follows his own deGod, he walketh in the path of death.
the dishonest, the licentious, and the 13 This is confessed by the drunkard, profligate when their end cometh.
14 Virtue ensures ease of conscience.
20 Only the wicked hate-or scorn the poor. God careth for them, and good men love them.
and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. "The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends. He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. Do they not err that devise ill? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good. In all labour there is profit but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury. The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly. 25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies. In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence and his children shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince. He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor. The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death. Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
25 Your minister, as he witnesseth true things, should be heard by you with true affection. He remembereth his holy office, and dareth not to speak deceitfully.
34 So long as true religion flourishes in a nation, so long may it expect itself to flourish.
35 There is indeed cause of anger in a monarch when his servants are either weak in counsel or profligate in their policy; and bring shame upon the very throne which they are bound to uphold in safety and in honour.
The twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity.
1A SOFT answer turneth away wrath but grievous words stir up anger.
1 There can be no contention, if one party ceases to strive.
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright :
but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. The eyes of the LORD are in every
3 A sense of God's universal presence, as it is the most powerful incentive for us to persevere in what is
place, beholding the evil and
good, so it is the most awakening thought to deter us from what is evil.
tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach
his father's instruction: but he
6"Godliness with contentment is
great gain" and the best treasure ; that which neither moth nor rust can corrupt :-but the amplest revenues of the wicked bring no peace.
in the spirit. A fool despiseth
but the heart of the foolish
8 The most costly sacrifices of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord: the prayer of the righteous and the penitent is his delight. delight. The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness. Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die. 11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men? A scorner loveth not one that reproveth the wise. 13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the
11 The depths of the grave and the dark dwellings of the departed are open to Him. To Him also is the heart open, in all its intricate varieties.
him: neither will he go unto
13 We should encourage a cheerful disposition; but no strength of spirit can bear up against a broken heart. heart the spirit is broken. The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. "Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. A wrathful man
17 In domestic life, where there is peace, a little rejoiceth; but where there is wrangling, and disputing, and bickerings, and continual strifethere, even plenty brings not peace.
The way of the slothful but the way of the righteous is
stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. man is as an hedge of thorns: made plain. 20 A wise son 20 Happy indeed the child, who is maketh a glad father: but conscious that his conduct deserves a foolish man despiseth his the approbation of his parents, and mother. Folly is joy to him constitutes their highest joy! that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly. Without counsel purposes are disappointed :