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MORNING. Ecclesiasticus II. M Y son, if thou come to serve saken? or whom did he ever de
W the Lord, prepare thy soul spise, that called upon him ? For for temptation. Set thy heart the Lord is full of compassion and aright, and constantly endure, mercy, longsuffering, and very and make not haste in time of pitiful, and forgiveth sins, and trouble. Cleave unto him, and saveth in time of affliction. Woe depart not away, that thou may-| be to fearful hearts, and faint est be increased at thy last end. hands, and the sinner that goeth Whatsoever is brought upon thee | two ways! Woe unto him that take cheerfully, and be patient is fainthearted ! for he believeth when thou art changed to a low not; therefore shall he not be deestate. For gold is tried in the fended. Woe unto you that have fire, and acceptable men in the lost patience! and what will ye furnace of adversity. Believe in do when the Lord shall visit you? him, and he will help thee; order They that fear the Lord will not thy way aright, and trust in him. disobey his word; and they that Ye that fear the Lord, wait for love him will keep his ways. They his mercy; and go not aside, lest that fear the Lord will seek that ye fall. Ye that fear the Lord, which is wellpleasing unto him; believe him; and your reward and they that love him shall be shall not fail. Ye that fear the filled with the law. They that Lord, hope for good, and for ever fear the Lord will prepare their lasting joy and mercy. Look at hearts, and humble their souls in the generations of old, and see; his sight, saying, We will fall indid ever any trust in the Lord, to the hands of the Lord, and not and was confounded? or did any into the hands of men : for as abide in his fear, and was for- | his majesty is, so is his mercy.
EVENING. Ecclesiasticus III. L EAR me your father, O chil- | thy father's dishonour is no glory
I dren, and do thereafter, that unto thee. For the glory of a ye may be safe. For the Lord man is from the honour of his fahath given the father honour over ther; and a mother in dishonour the children, and hath confirmed is a reproach to the children. My the authority of the mother over son, help thy father in his age, the sons. Whoso honoureth his and grieve him not as long as he father maketh an atonement for liveth. And if his understanding his sins: and he that honoureth fail, have patience with him; and his mother is as one that layeth despise him not when thou art in uptsa sure. Whoso honoureth thy full strength. For the relievhis father shall have joy of his ing of thy father shall not be forown children when he mak gotten; and instead of sins it shall eth his praver v all be heard. be added to build thee up. In the He that honoureth his father shall day of thine affliction it shall be have a long life; and he that is remembered; thy sins also shall obedient unto the Lord shall be | melt away, as the ice in the fair a comfort to his mother. He that | warm weather. He that forsaketh feareth the Lord will honour his his father is as a blasphemer ; father, and will do service untol and he that angereth his mother his parents, as to his masters. Ho is cursed of God. My son, go on nour thy father and mother both with thy business in meekness; so in word and deed, that a blessing shalt thou be beloved of him that may come upon thee from them. is approved. The greater thou art, For the blessing of the father es the more humble thyself, and tablisheth the houses of children; thou shalt find favour before the but the curse of the mother root Lord. Many are in high place, eth out foundations. Glory not in and of renown: but mysteries are the dishonour of thy father; for | revealed unto the meek. For the power of the Lord is great, and he is honoured of the lowly. Seek not out the things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are above thy strength. But what is commanded thee, think thereupon with reverence; for it is not needful for thee to see with thine eyes the things that are in secret. Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shewed unto thee than men understand. For many are deceived by their own vain opinion; and an evil suspicion hath overthrown their judgment. Without eyes thou shalt want light: profess not the knowledge there fore that thou hast not. A stub
born heart shall fare evil at the last; and he that loveth danger shall perish therein. An obstinate heart shall be laden with sorrows; and the wicked man shall heap sin upon sin. In the punishment of the proud there is no remedy; for the plant of wickedness hath taken root in him. The heart of the prudent will understand a parable; and an attentive ear is the desire of a wise man. Water will quench a flaming fire; and alms maketh an atonement for sins. And he that requiteth good turns is mindful of that which may come hereafter; and when he falleth, he shall find a stay.
WEDNESDAY BEFORE EASTER.
MORNING. Hosea XIII. W HEN Ephraim spake trem- | rael, thou hast destroyed thyself;
bling, he exalted himself in but in me is thine help. I will be Israel ; but when he offended in thy king: where is any other that Baal, he died. And now they sin may save thee in all thy cities? more and more, and have made and thy judges of whom thou saidst, them molten images of their sil | Give me a king and princes? I ver, and idols according to their gave thee a king in mine anger, own understanding, all of it the and took him away in my wrath. work of the craftsmen: they say The iniquity of Ephraim is bound of them, Let the men that sacri up; his sin is hid. The sorrows fice kiss the calves. Therefore they of a travailing woman shall come shall be as the morning cloud, upon him: he is an unwise son; and as the early dew that passeth for he should not stay long in the away, as the chaff that is driven place of the breaking forth of chilwith the whirlwind out of the dren. I will ransom them from floor, and as the smoke out of the power of the grave; I will rethe chimney. Yet I am the LORD deem them from death: O death, thy God from the land of Egypt, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I and thou shalt know no god but will be thy destruction : conantme: for there is no saviour beside ance shall be hid fum mine eyes. me. I did know thee in the wilder Though he be fm among his ness, in the land of great drought. brethren, an t u shall come, According to their pasture, SO the wind of the LORD shall come were they filled; they were fill- up from the wilderness, and his ed, and their heart was exalted; spring shall become dry, and his therefore have they forgotten me. fountain shall be dried up: he Therefore I will be unto them as | shall spoil the treasure of all pleaa lion: as a leopard by the way sant vessels. Samaria shall bewill I observe them: I will meet come desolate; for she hath rethem as a bear that is bereaved belled against her God: they shall of her whelps, and will rend the fall by the sword : their infants caul of their heart, and there will shall be dashed in pieces, and I devour them like a lion: the their women with child shall be wild beast shall tear them. O Is- I ripped up.
Second Lesson, John XI. ver. 45.
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EVENING. Hosea XIV.
LORD thy God; for thou hast as the olive tree, and his smell fallen by thine iniquity. Take with as Lebanon. They that dwell unyou words, and turn to the LORD: | der his shadow shall return; they say unto him, Take away all ini shall revive as the corn, and grow quity, and receive us graciously: as the vine : the scent thereof So will we render the calves of shall be as the wine of Lebanon. our lips. Asshur shall not save Ephraim shall say, What have I us; we will not ride upon horses : to do any more with idols? I have neither will we say any more to heard him, and observed him: I the work of our hands, Ye are am like a green fir tree. From our gods: for in thee the father-me is thy fruit found. Who is less findeth mercy. I will heal wise, and he shall understand their backsliding, I will love them these things ? prudent, and he freely : for mine anger is turned shall know them for the ways away from him. I will be as the of the LORD are right, and the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as just shall walk in them: but the the lily, and cast forth his roots transgressors shall fall therein. as Lebanon. His branches shall
THURSDAY BEFORE EASTER.
MORNING. Daniel IX. TN the first year of Darius the and to the inhabitants of Jerusa1 son of Ahasuerus, of the seedlem, and unto all Israel, that are of the Medes, which was made near, and that are far off, through king over the realm of the Chal all the countries whither thou deans; in the first year of his reign hast driven them, because of their I Daniel understood by books the trespass that they have trespassed number of the years, whereof the against thee. O Lord, to us beword of the LORD came to Jere longeth confusion of face, to our miah the prophet, that he would kings, to our princes, and to our accomplish seventy years in the fathers, because we have sinned desolations of Jerusalem. And I against thee. To the Lord our set my face unto the Lord God, God belong mercies and forgiveto seek by prayer and supplica nesses, though we have rebelled tions, with fasting, and sackcloth, against him; neither have we and Asbes: and I prayed unto obeyed the voice of the LORD our the LORD God, and made my God, to walk in his laws, which confessiva ha said, O Lord, the he set before us by his servants great ad d in! God, keeping the prophets. Yea, all Israel have the covenant and Lercy to them transgressed thy law, even by dethat love him, and to them that parting, that they might not obey keep his commandments; we have thy voice; therefore the curse is sinned, and have committed ini poured upon us, and the oath that quity, and have done wickedly, is written in the law of Moses the and have rebelled, even by de servant of God, because we have parting from thy precepts and sinned against him. And he hath from thy judgments : neither have confirmed his words, which he we hearkened unto thy servants spake against us, and against our the prophets, which spake in thy | judges that judged us, by bringname to our kings, our princes, ing upon us a great evil: for unand our fathers, and to all the der the whole heaven hath not people of the land. O Lord, righ- been done as hath been done teousness belongeth unto thee, but | upon Jerusalem. As it is written unto us confusion of faces, as at in the law of Moses, all this evil this day; to the men of Judah, 1 is come upon us : yet made we
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not our prayer before the LORD the beginning, being caused to our God, that we might turn from | fly gwiftly, touched me about the our iniquities, and understand thy time of the evening oblation. And truth. Therefore hath the LORD he informed me, and talked with watched upon the evil, and brought me, and said, o Daniel, I am now it upon us : for the LORD our God come forth to give thee skill and is righteous in all his works which understanding. At the beginning he doeth: for we obeyed not his of thy supplications the commandvoice. And now, O Lord our God, ment came forth, and I am come that hast brought thy people forth to shew thee; for thou art greatly out of the land of Egypt with a beloved: therefore understand the mighty hand, and hast gotten | matter, and consider the vision. thee renown, as at this day; we Seventy weeks are determined have sinned, we have done wick upon thy people and upon thy edly. O Lord, according to all thy holy city, to finish the transgresrighteousness, I beseech thee, let sion, and to make an end of sins, thine anger and thy fury be turn and to make reconciliation for ed away from thy city Jerusalem, iniquity, and to bring in everlastthy holy mountain : because for ing righteousness, and to seal up our sins, and for the iniquities of the vision and prophecy, and to our fathers, Jerusalem and thy anoint the most Holy. Know people are become a reproach to therefore and understand, that all that are about us. Now there from the going forth of the comfore, o our God, hear the prayer | mandment to restore and to build of thy servant, and his supplica Jerusalem unto the Messiah the tions, and cause thy face to shine Prince shall be seven weeks, and upon thy sanctuary that is deso threescore and two weeks: the late, for the Lord's sake. O my street shall be built again, and God, incline thine ear, and hear; the wall, even in troublous times. open thine eyes, and behold our And after threescore and two desolations, and the city which is weeks shall Messiah be cut off, called by thy name: for we do but not for himself: and the peonot present our supplications be ple of the prince that shall come fore thee for our righteousnesses, shall destroy the city and the sancbut for thy great mercies. O Lord, tuary; and the end thereof shall hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, be with a flood, and unto the end hearken and do; defer not, for of the war desolations are deterthine own sake, O my God : for mined. And he shall confirm the thy city and thy people are called covenant with many for one week: by thy name. And whiles I was and in the midst of the week he speaking, and praying, and con- | shall cause the sacrifice and the fessing my sin and the sin of my oblation to cease,
w people Israel, and presenting my overspreading of
ons he supplication before the LORD my shall make it da h mal God for the holy mountain of my the consumination, and that deGod; yea, whiles I was speaking termined shall be poured upon in prayer, even the man Gabriel, the desolate. whom I had seen in the vision at
Second Lesson, John XIII.
EVENING. Jeremiah XXXI. AT the same time, saith the for wine, and for oil, and for the A LORD, will I be the God of young of the flock and of the all the families of Israel, and they herd: and their soul shall be as shall be my people. Thus saith a watered garden; and they shall the LORD, The people which were not sorrow any more at all. Then left of the sword found grace in shall the virgin rejoice in the the wilderness ; even Israel, when dance, both young men and old I went to cause him to rest. The together : for I will turn their LORD hath appeared of old unto mourning into joy, and will comme, saying, Yea, I have loved fort them, and make them rejoice thee with an everlasting love : from their sorrow. And I will satherefore with lovingkindness have tiate the soul of the priests with I drawn thee. Again I will build fatness, and my people shall be thee, and thou shalt be built, O satisfied with my goodness, saith virgin of Israel: thou shalt again the LORD. Thus saith the LORD; be adorned with thy tabrets, and A voice was heard in Ramah, lashalt go forth in the dances of mentation, and bitter weeping; them that make merry. Thou Rahel weeping for her children shalt yet plant yines upon the refused to be comforted for her mountains of Samaria : the plant children, because they were not. ers shall plant, and shall eat them Thus saith the LORD; Refrain as common things. For there shall thy voice from weeping, and thine be a day, that the watchmen upon eyes from tears: for thy work shall the mount Ephraim shall cry, be rewarded, saith the LORD; and Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion they shall come again from the unto the LORD our God. For thus land of the enemy. And there is saith the LORD; Sing with glad hope in thine end, saith the LORD, ress for Jacob, and shout among that thy children shall come again the chief of the nations : publish to their own border. I have surely ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD, heard Ephraim bemoaning himsave thy people, the remnant of self thus ; Thou hast chastised me, Israel. Behold, I will bring them and I was chastised, as a bullock from the north country, and ga- unaccustomed to the yoke : turn ther them from the coasts of the thou me, and I shall be turned ; earth, and with them the blind for thou art the LORD my God. and the lame, the woman with Surely after that I was turned, child and her that travaileth with | I repented; and after that I was child together : a great company | instructed, I smote upon my thigh: shall return thither. They shall I was ashamed, yea, even conRomans ce wirs, and with sup- founded, because I did bear the
Abra, them: I will reproach of my youth. Is Ephraim cai tr the en e my the rivers | my dear son ? is he a pleasant of watendStrais way, where child ? for since I spake against in they shall not stumble: for I am him, I do earnestly remember him a father to Israel, and Ephraim still: therefore my bowels are is my firstborn. Hear the word of troubled for him ; I will surely the LORD, O ye nations, and de- have mercy upon him, saith the clare it in the isles afar off, and LORD. Set thee up waymarks, say, He that scattered Israel will make thee high heaps : set thine gather him, and keep him, as a heart toward the highway, even shepherd doth his flock. For the the way which thou wentest: turn LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and again, virgin of Israel, turn aransomed him from the hand of gain to these thy cities. How long him that was stronger than he. wilt thou go about, O thou backTherefore they shall come and sliding daughter? for the LORD sing in the height of Zion, and hath created a new thing in the shall flow together to the good- earth, A woman shall compass a ness of the LORD, for wheat, and man. Thus saith the LORD of
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