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filleth the world : and that which death in the error of your life : containeth all things hath know- and pull not upon yourselves deledge of the voice. Therefore he struction with the works of your that speaketh unrighteous things hands. For God made not death: cannot be hid: neither shall venge neither hath he pleasure in the ance, when it punisheth, pass by destruction of the living. For he him. For inquisition shall be made created all things, that they might into the counsels of the ungodly : have their being; and the geneand the sound of his words shall rations of the world were healthcome unto the Lord for the ma ful; and there is no poison of denifestation of his wicked deeds. struction in them, nor the kingFor the ear of jealousy heareth all dom of death upon the earth: (for things : and the noise of murmur righteousness is immortal :) but ings is not hid. Therefore beware ungodly men with their works of murmuring, which is unpro and words called it to them : for fitable; and refrain your tongue when they thought to have it their from backbiting: for there is no friend, they consumed to nought, word so secret, that shall go for and made a covenant with it, benought: and the mouth that be cause they are worthy to take part lieth slayeth the soul. Seek not with it.
THE CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST.
MORNING. Genesis XVII. AND when Abram was ninety | my covenant, which ye shall keep, A years old and nine, the LORD between me and you and thy seed appeared to Abram, and said un- after thee; Every man child ato him, I am the Almighty God; / mong you shall be circumcised. walk before me, and be thou per-| And ye shall circumcise the flesh fect. And I will make my cove- of your foreskin; and it shall be nant between me and thee, and a token of the covenant betwixt will multiply thee exceedingly. me and you. And he that is eight And Abram fell on his face: and days old shall be circumcised aGod talked with him, saying, As mong you, every man child in for me, behold, my covenant is your generations, he that is born with thee, and thou shalt be a in the house, or bought with mofather of many nations. Neither ney of any stranger, which is not shall thy name any more be call of thy seed. He that is born in ed Abram, but thy name shall be thy house, and he that is bought Abraham ; for a father of many with thy money, must needs be nations have I made thee. And circumcised: and my covenant I will make thee exceeding fruit- shall be in your flesh for an everful, and I will make nations of lasting covenant. And the uncirthee, and kings shall come out of cumcised man child whose flesh thee. And I will establish my co of his foreskin is not circumcised, venant between me and thee and that soul shall be cut off from his thy seed after thee in their gene people; he hath broken my coverations for an everlasting cove nant. And God said unto Abranant, to be a God unto thee, and ham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou to thy seed after thee. And I will shalt not call her name Sarai, but give unto thee, and to thy seed Sarah shall her name be. And I after thee, the land wherein thou will bless her, and give thee a son art a stranger, all the land of Ca also of her : yea, I will bless her, naan, for an everlasting posses and she shall be a mother of nasion; and I will be their God. tions; kings of people shall be of And God said unto Abraham, her. Then Abraham fell upon his Thou shalt keep my covenant face, and laughed, and said in his therefore, thou, and thy seed after heart, Shall a child be born unto thee in their generations. This is him that is an hundred years old ? and shall Sarah, that is ninety | Abraham. And Abraham took years old, bear? And Abraham Ishmael his son, and all that were said unto God, Othat Ishmael born in his house, and all that might live before thee! And God were bought with his money, evesaid, Sarah thy wife shall bear ry male among the men of Abrathee a son indeed ; and thou shalt ham's house; and circumcised the call his name Isaac : and I will flesh of their foreskin in the selfestablish my covenant with him same day, as God had said unto for an everlasting covenant, and him. And Abraham was ninety with his seed after him. And as years old and nine, when he was for Ishmael, I have heard thee : circumcised in the flesh of his Behold, I have blessed him, and foreskin. And Ishmael his son will make him fruitful, and will was thirteen years old, when he multiply him exceedingly; twelve was circumcised in the flesh of princes shall he beget, and I will his foreskin. In the selfsame day make him a great nation. But was Abraham circumcised, and my covenant will I establish with Ishmael his son. And all the men Isaac, which Sarah shall bear of his house, born in the house, unto thee at this set time in the and bought with money of the next year. And he left off talking stranger, were circumcised with with him, and God went up from him.
Second Lesson, Romans II.
EVENING. Deuteronomy X. ver. 12. AND now, Israel, what doth God, a mighty, and a terrible, H the LORD thy God require of which regardeth not persons, nor thee, but to fear the LORD thy taketh reward: he doth execute God, to walk in all his ways, and the judgment of the fatherless and to love him, and to serve the widow, and loveth the stranger, LORD thy God with all thy heart in giving him food and raiment. and with all thy soul, to keep the Love ye therefore the stranger : commandments of the LORD, and for ye were strangers in the land his statutes, which I command of Egypt. Thou shalt fear the thee this day for thy good ? Be LORD thy God; him shalt thou hold, the heaven and the heaven serve, and to him shalt thou of heavens is the LORD's thy God, cleave, and swear by his name. the earth also, with all that there He is thy praise, and he is thy in is. Only the LORD had a de God, that hath done for thee these light in thy fathers to love them, great and terrible things, which and he chose their seed after thine eyes have seen. Thy fathers them, even you above all people, went down into Egypt with threeas it is this day. Circumcise there score and ten persons; and now fore the foreskin of your heart, the LORD thy God hath made and be no more stiffnecked. For thee as the stars of heaven for the LORD your God is God of multitude. gods, and Lord of lords, a great |
Second Lesson, Colossians II.
MORNING. Isaiah LX. A RISE, shine; for thy light is the nation and kingdom that will
1 come, and the glory of the | not serve thee shall perish; yea, LORD is risen upon thee. For those nations shall be utterly wastbehold, the darkness shall cover ed. The glory of Lebanon shall the earth, and gross darkness the come unto thee, the fir tree, the people: but the LORD shall arise | pine tree, and the box together, upon thee, and his glory shall to beautify the place of my sancbe seen upon thee. And the Gen tuary; and I will make the place tiles shall come to thy light, and of my feet glorious. The sons also kings to the brightness of thy of them that afflicted thee shall rising. Lift up thine eyes round come bending unto thee; and all about, and see : all they gather they that despised thee shall bow themselves together, they come to themselves down at the soles of thee: thy sons shall come from thy feet; and they shall call thee, far, and thy daughters shall be The city of the LORD, The Zion nursed at thy side. Then thou of the Holy One of Israel. Whereshalt see, and flow together, and as thou hast been forsaken and thine heart shall fear, and be en hated, 80 that no man went larged; because the abundance of | through thee, I will make thee an the sea shall be converted unto eternal excellency, a joy of many thee, the forces of the Gentiles generations. Thou shalt also suck shall come unto thee. The mul the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt titude of camels shall cover thee, suck the breast of kings: and thou the dromedaries of Midian and shalt know that I the Lord am Ephah; all they from Sheba shall thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, come: they shall bring gold and the mighty One of Jacob. For incense; and they shall shew forth brass I will bring gold, and for the praises of the LORD. All the | iron I will bring silver, and for flocks of Kedar shall be gathered | wood brass, and for stones iron : together unto thee, the rams of | I will also make thy officers peace, Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: and thine exactors righteousness. they shall come up with accept | Violence shall no more be heard ance on mine altar, and I will in thy land, wasting nor destrucglorify the house of my glory. tion within thy borders; but thou Who are these that fly as a cloud, shalt call thy walls Salvation, and and as the doves to their win thy gates Praise. The sun shall be dows? Surely the isles shall wait no more thy light by day; neither for me, and the ships of Tarshish for brightness shall the moon give first, to bring thy sons from far, light unto thee: but the LORD their silver and their gold with shall be unto thee an everlasting them, unto the name of the LORD | light, and thy God thy glory. Thy thy God, and to the Holy One of sun shall no more go down ; neiIsrael, because he hath glorified ther shall thy moon withdraw itthee. And the sons of strangers self: for the LORD shall be thine shall build up thy walls, and their everlasting light, and the days of kings shall minister unto thee : thy mourning shall be ended. Thy for in my wrath I smote thee, but people also shall be all rightein my favour have I had mercy ous: they shall inherit the land on thee. Therefore thy gates shall for ever, the branch of my plantbe open continually; they shall ing, the work of my hands, that not be shut day nor night; that I may be glorified. A little one men may bring unto thee the shall become a thousand, and a forces of the Gentiles, and that small one a strong nation: I the their kings may be brought. For | LORD will hasten it in his time.
Second Lesson, Luke III. to ver. 23.
EVENING. Isaiah XLIX. T ISTEN, O isles, unto me; | even by the springs of water shall U and hearken, ye people, from he guide them. And I will make far; The LORD hath called me all my mountains a way, and my from the womb; from the bowels highways shall be exalted. Beof my mother hath he made men hold, these shall come from far: tion of my name. And he hath and, To, these from the north and made my mouth like a sharp from the west ; and these from sword; in the shadow of his hand the land of Sinim. Sing, o heahath he hid me, and made me a vens; and be joyful, 0 earth; and polished shaft; in his quiver hath break forth into singing, O mounhe hid me; and said unto me, tains : for the LORD hath comThou art my servant, O Israel, in forted his people, and will have whom I will be glorified. Then mercy upon his afflicted. But I said, I have laboured in vain, Zion said, The LORD hath forI have spent my strength for saken me, and my Lord hath fornought, and in vain : yet surely gotten me. Can a woman forget my judgment is with the LORD, her sucking child, that she should and my work with my God. And not have compassion on the son now, saith the LORD that formed of her womb? yea, they may forme from the womb to be his ser- get, yet will I not forget thee, vant, to bring Jacob again to him, Behold, I have graven thee upon Though Israel be not gathered, the palms of my hands; thy walls yet shall I be glorious in the eyes are continually before me. Thy of the LORD, and my God shall children shall make haste; thy be my strength. And he said, It destroyers and they that made is a light thing that thou should- thee waste shall go forth of thee. est be my servant to raise up the Lift up thine eyes round about, tribes of Jacob, and to restore the and behold: all these gather thempreserved of Israel: I will also selves together, and come to thee. give thee for a light to the Gen As I live, saith the LORD, thou tiles, that thou mayest be my sal shalt surely clothe thee with them vation unto the end of the earth. all, as with an ornament, and bind Thus saith the LORD, the Re them on thee, as a bride doeth. deemer of Israel, and his Holy For thy waste and thy desolate One, to him whom man despis places, and the land of thy deeth, to him whom the nation struction, shall even now be too abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, narrow by reason of the inhaKings shall see and arise, princes bitants, and they that swallowed also shall worship, because of the thee up shall be far away. The LORD that is faithful, and the children which thou shalt have, Holy One of Israel, and he shall | after thou hast lost the other, choose thee. Thus saith the shall say again in thine ears, The LORD, In an acceptable time have place is too strait for me : give I heard thee, and in a day of sal- place to me that I may dwell. vation have I helped thee: and Then shalt thou say in thine I will preserve thee, and give thee heart, Who hath begotten me for a covenant of the people, to these, seeing I have lost my chilestablish the earth, to cause to in dren, and am desolate, a captive, herit the desolate heritages; that and removing to and fro ? and thou mayest say to the prisoners, who hath brought up these? BeGo forth; to them that are in hold, I was left alone; these, darkness, Shew yourselves. They where had they been? Thus saith shall feed in the ways, and their the Lord God, Behold, I will lift pastures shall be in all high places. up mine hand to the Gentiles, They shall not hunger nor thirst; and set up my standard to the neither shall the heat nor sun people: and they shall bring thy smite them: for he that hath sons in their arms, and thy daugh. mercy on them shall lead them, ters shall be carried upon their
shoulders. And kings shall be thy | taken away, and the prey of the nursing fathers, and their queens terrible shall be delivered: for I thy nursing mothers : they shall will contend with him that conbow down to thee with their face tendeth with thee, and I will save toward the earth, and lick up the thy children. And I will feed them dust of thy feet; and thou shalt that oppress thee with their own know that I am the LORD : for flesh; and they shall be drunken they shall not be ashamed that with their own blood, as with wait for me. Shall the prey be sweet wine : and all flesh shall taken from the mighty, or the know that I the LORD am thy lawful captive delivered? But Saviour and thy Redeemer, the thus saith the LORD, Even the mighty One of Jacob. captives of the mighty shall be
Second Lesson, John II. to ver. 12.
THE CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL.
MORNING. Wisdom V. THEN shall the righteous man is no token of her way to be
1 stand in great boldness before found, but the light air being the face of such as have afflicted beaten with the stroke of her him, and made no account of his wings, and parted with the violabours. When they see it, they lent noise and motion of them, is shall be troubled with terrible passed through, and therein afterfear, and shall be amazed at the wards no sign where she went is strangeness of his salvation, so to be found; or like as when an far beyond all that they looked arrow is shot at a mark, it partfor. And they repenting and eth the air, which immediately groaning for anguish of spirit cometh together again, so that a shall say within themselves, This man cannot know where it went was he, whom we had sometimes through: even so we in like manin derision, and a proverb of re ner, as soon as we were born, proach: we fools accounted his began to draw to our end, and life madness, and his end to be had no sign of virtue to shew; without honour: how is he num but were consumed in our own bered among the children of God, wickedness. For the hope of the and his lot is among the saints ! ungodly is like dust that is blown Therefore have we erred from away with the wind; like a thin the way of truth, and the light froth that is driven away with the of righteousness hath not shined storm ; like as the smoke which unto us, and the sun of righte is dispersed here and there with ousness rose not upon us. We a tempest, and passeth away as wearied ourselves in the way of the remembrance of a guest that wickedness and destruction : yea, tarrieth but a day. But the righwe have gone through deserts, teous live for evermore; their rewhere there lay no way: but as ward also is with the Lord, and for the way of the Lord, we have the care of them is with the most not known it. What hath pride High. Therefore shall they reprofited us? or what good hath ceive a glorious kingdom, and a riches with our vaunting brought beautiful crown from the Lord's us? All those things are passed hand : for with his right hand away like a shadow, and as a shall he cover them, and with his post that hasted by; and as a ship arm shall he protect them. He that passeth over the waves of the shall take to him his jealousy for water, which when it is gone by, complete armour, and make the the trace thereof cannot be found, creature his weapon for the reneither the pathway of the keel venge of his enemies. He shall in the waves; or as when a bird put on righteousness as a breasthath flown through the air, there l plate, and true judgment instead