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it: cursed is the ground for thy sake : in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life, till thou return unto the ground.

Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground : yet man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward.

God doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men. He hath not despised, nor abhorred the aflliction of the afflicted ; neither hath he hid his face from him, but when he cried unto him, he heard.

The Lord looseth the prisoners, executeth judgment for the oppressed, giveth food to the hungry, openeth the eyes of the blind. The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all that be bowed down. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Sorrow is turned into joy before him : weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous : nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness, unto them which are exercised thereby. And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in chords of afflictions; he showeth them their work, and their transgressions, that they have exceeded ; he openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.

In their affliction they will seek me early.

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou, the chastening of the Almighty. I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right: and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn thy statutes. Before I was afflicted I went astray : but now have I kept thy word. O Lord, my strength and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction. Thou which hast showed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me. For God hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of, but the sorrow of the world worketh death. Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

1.3: 33. Ps 22: 24. Ps. 146: 7. 8. Ps. 145: 14. Job 41 : 22. Ps. 30 : 5. Heb. 12: 11. Job 36 : 8-10. Hosea 5: 15.

Ps. 147 : 3
Job 5: 17.

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble by the comfort, wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

The ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joys upon their heads : they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

THE ME EK BLESSED.

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.

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil : but whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek turn to him the other also. Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath, for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Ps. 71 : 20. Ps 133: 7. Isaiah 49: 13. 2 Cor. 7: 10. 2 Cor. 4: 17.

2 Cor. 1:3, 4.

Behold, one of them which were with Jusus, stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place : for all they that take the sword, shall perish with the sword.

An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression. He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty: and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.

I the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing | one another in love ; let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. In malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. Be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men.

If a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

The wisdom that is from above, is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy, and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Now, if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, | he is none of his.

The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. The Lord lifteth up the meek : he casteth the wicked down to the ground. The meek shall eat and be satisfied ; your heart shall live for ever. The meek shall inherit the earth: and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Matt. 26: 51, 52. Prov. 29: 22. Prov. 16 : 32. Eph. 4: 1-31. I Cor. 14: 20.

James 3: 17. Rom. 8: 9.

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Titus 3: 2. Gal. 6: 1. 2.

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THE HUNGERING SOUL BLESSED,

O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee. Let my prayer come before thee : incline thine ear unto my cry. Thou art my God, early will I seek thee : my soul thirsteth for thee, my soul longeth for thee, in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

My soul followeth hard after thee. My soul breaketh for the longing, that it hath unto thy judgments at all times. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God.

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. Consider how I love thy precepts : Í rejoice at thy word, is one that findeth great spoil.

How precious are thy thoughts unto me O God. O satisfy us early with thy mercy: that we may rejoice, and be glad all our days. As for me, I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. The Lord will fulfil the desire of them that fear him. For he satisfieth the longing soul : and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. · Ho every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money, come ye, buy and eat, yea come, buy wine and milk without money, and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread ? and your labour for that which satisfieth not ? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

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Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life. He that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. Jesus said unto the woman of Samaria, if thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, give me to drink ; thou wouldest have asked of him and he would have given thee living water. Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, if any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. I will give unto him that is athirst, of the fountain of the water of life freely.

He that followeth after righteousness and mercy, findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness : for they shall be filled.

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THE MERCIFUL BLESSED.

The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had bugun to reckon, one was brought unto him which owed him ten thousand talents : but, forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the Lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

But the same servant went out and found one of his fellow-servants, which owed him a hundred pence, and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellow-servant

John 6 : 35–58. John 4: 10-14. John 7: 37. Rev. 21: 6. Prov. 21 : 21. Matt. 5: 6.

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