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shipped, and said, Naked came taken away ; blessed be the name I out of my mother's womb, and of the LORD. In all this Job sinnaked shall I return thither: thened not, nor charged God foolLORD gave, and the LORD hath ishly.


MORNING. Job XXIV, XXV. W H Y, seeing times are not for themselves in the daytime:

V hidden from the Almighty, they know not the light. For the do they that know him not see morning is to them even as the his days? Some remove the land shadow of death: if one know marks; they violently take away them, they are in the terrors of flocks, and feed thereof. They the shadow of death. He is swift drive away the ass of the father as the waters; their portion is less, they take the widow's ox for cursed in the earth: he beholda pledge. They turn the needy eth not the way of the vineyards. out of the way: the poor of the Drought and heat consume the earth hide themselves together. snow waters: so doth the grave Behold, as wild asses in the de those which have sinned. The sert, go they forth to their work ; womb shall forget him; the worm rising betimes for a prey : the wil shall feed sweetly on him; he derness yieldeth food for them shall be no more remembered; and for their children. They reap and wickedness shall be broken every one his corn in the field : as a tree. He evil entreateth the and they gather the vintage of the barren that beareth not: and dowicked. They cause the naked to eth not good to the widow. He lodge without clothing, that they draweth also the mighty with his have no covering in the cold. They power: he riseth up, and no man are wet with the showers of the is sure of life. Though it be given mountains, and embrace the rock him to be in safety, whereon he for want of a shelter. They pluck resteth; yet his eyes are upon the fatherless from the breast, and their ways. They are exalted for take a pledge of the poor. They a little while, but are gone and cause him to go naked without brought low; they are taken out clothing, and they take away the of the way as all other, and cut sheaf from the hungry; which off as the tops of the ears of corn. make oil within their walls, and And if it be not so now, who will tread their winepresses, and suffer make me a liar, and make my thirst. Men groan from out of the speech nothing worth? city, and the soul of the wounded THEN answered Bildad the crieth out: yet God layeth not Shuhite, and said, Dominion and folly to them. They are of those fear are with him, he maketh that rebel against the light; they peace in his high places. Is there know not the ways thereof, nor any number of his armies? and abide in the paths thereof. The upon whom doth not his light murderer rising with the light arise? How then can man be juskilleth the poor and needy, and tified with God? or how can he in the night is as a thief. The eye be clean that is born of a woman? also of the adulterer waiteth for Behold even to the moon, and the twilight, saying, No eye shall it shineth not; yea, the stars are see me: and disguiseth his face. not pure in his sight. How much In the dark they dig through less man, that is a worm ? and houses, which they had marked l the son of man, which is a worm ?

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EVENING. Job XLII. THEN Job answered the LORD, | as the LORD commanded them :

1 and said, I know that thou the LORD also accepted Job. And canst do every thing, and that no the LORD turned the captivity of thought can be withholden from Job, when he prayed for his thee. Who is he that hideth coun friends : also the LORD gave Job sel without knowledge? therefore twice as much as he had before. have I uttered that I understood Then came there unto him all his not; things too wonderful for brethren, and all his sisters, and me, which I knew not. Hear, I all they that had been of his acbeseech thee, and I will speak : I quaintance before, and did eat will demand of thee, and declare bread with him in his house : and thou unto me. I have heard of they bemoaned him, and comthee by the hearing of the ear: forted him over all the evil that but now mine eye seeth thee. the LORD had brought upon him: Wherefore I abhor myself, and every man also gave him a piece repent in dust and ashes. And it of money, and every one an earwas so, that after the Lord had ring of gold. So the Lord blessed spoken these words unto Job, the the latter end of Job more than LORD said to Eliphaz the Teman his beginning: for he had fourteen ite, My wrath is kindled against thousand sheep, and six thousand thee, and against thy two friends : camels, and a thousand yoke of for ye have not spoken of me the oxen, and a thousand she asses. thing that is right, as my servant He had also seven sons and three Job hath. Therefore take unto daughters. And he called the you now seven bullocks and se name of the first, Jemima; and ven rams, and go to my servant the name of the second, Kezia ; Job, and offer up for yourselves a and the name of the third, Keburnt offering ; and my servant ren-happuch. And in all the land Job shall pray for you: for him were no women found so fair as will I accept : lest I deal with you | the daughters of Job: and their faafter your folly, in that ye have ther gave them inheritance among not spoken of me the thing which their brethren. After this lived is right, like my servant Job. So Job an hundred and forty years, Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad and saw his sons, and his sons' the Shuhite and Zophar the Naa- | sons, even four generations. So Job mathite went, and did according I died, being old and full of days.


MORNING. Wisdom III. to ver. 10. PUT the souls of the righteous, the furnace hath he tried them, D are in the hand of God, and and received them as a burnt there shall no torment touch them. | offering. And in the time of their In the sight of the unwise they visitation they shall shine, and seemed to die: and their depar- run to and fro like sparks among ture is taken for misery, and their the stubble. They shall judge the going from us to be utter destruc nations, and have dominion over tion, but they are in peace. For the people, and their Lord shall though they be punished in the reign for ever. They that put sight of men, yet is their hope their trust in him shall underfull of immortality. And having stand the truth: and such as be been a little chastised, they shall faithful in love shall abide with be greatly rewarded: for God him: for grace and mercy is to proved them, and found them his saints, and he hath care for worthy for himself. As gold in his elect.

Second Lesson, Hebrews XI. ver. 33, and chap. XII. to ver. 7.

EVENING. Wisdom V. to ver. 17. THEN shall the righteous man the pathway of the keel in the

I stand in great boldness before waves ; or as when a bird hath the face of such as have afflicted flown through the air, there is him, and made no account of his no token of her way to be found, labours. When they see it, they but the light air being beaten with shall be troubled with terrible the stroke of her wings, and partfear, and shall be amazed at the ed with the violent noise and mostrangeness of his salvation, so far tion of them, is passed through, beyond all that they looked for. and therein afterwards no sign And they repenting and groan where she went is to be found; or ing for anguish of spirit shall say like as when an arrow is shot at within themselves, This was he, a mark, it parteth the air, which whom we had sometimes in deri immediately cometh together asion, and a proverb of reproach : gain, so that a man cannot know we fools accounted his life mad where it went through: even so ness, and his end to be without we in like manner, as soon as we honour : how is he numbered a were born, began to draw to our mong the children of God, and his end, and had no sign of virtue to lot is among the saints! There shew; but were consumed in our fore have we erred from the way own wickedness. For the hope of of truth, and the light of righte the ungodly is like dust that is ousness hath not shined unto us, blown away with the wind ; like and the sun of righteousness rose a thin froth that is driven away not upon us. We wearied our with the storm; like as the selves in the way of wickedness smoke which is dispersed here and destruction : yea, we have and there with a tempest, and gone through deserts, where there passeth away as the rememlay no way: but as for the way of brance of a guest that tarrieth the Lord, we have not known it. but a day. But the righteous live What hath pride profited us? or for evermore; their reward also what good hath riches with our is with the Lord, and the care vaunting brought us? All those of them is with the most High. things are passed away like a sha Therefore shall they receive a glodow, and as a post that hasted rious kingdom, and a beautiful by; and as a ship that passeth crown from the Lord's hand : for over the waves of the water, which with his right hand shall he cover when it is gone by, the trace them, and with his arm shall be thereof cannot be found, neither protect them.

Second Lesson, Revelation XIX. to ver. 17.


2 Samuel XXII. AND David spake unto the praised : so shall I be saved from A LORD the words of this song mine enemies. When the waves in the day that the LORD had de- of death compassed me, the floods livered him out of the hand of all of ungodly men made me afraid ; his enemies, and out of the hand the sorrows of hell compassed me of Saul: and he said, The LORD about; the snares of death preis my rock, and my fortress, and vented me; in my distress I called my deliverer; the God of my upon the LORD, and cried to my rock; in him will I trust: he is God: and he did hear my voice my shield, and the horn of my out of his temple, and my cry did salvation, my high tower, and my enter into his ears. Then the earth refuge, my saviour; thou savest shook and trembled; the foundame from violence. I will call on tions of heaven moved and shook, the LORD, who is worthy to be because he was wroth. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and thee I have run through a troop: fire out of his mouth devoured: by my God have I leaped over a coals were kindled by it. He bow- wall. As for God, his way is pered the heavens also, and came fect; the word of the LORD is down; and darkness was under tried: he is a buckler to all them his feet. And he rode upon a che that trust in him. For who is rub, and did fly: and he was seen God, save the LORD? and who upon the wings of the wind. And is a rock, save our God? God is he made darkness pavilions round my strength and power : and he about him, dark waters, and thick maketh my way perfect. He makclouds of the skies. Through the eth my feet like hinds' feet: and brightness before him were coals setteth me upon my high places. of fire kindled. The LORD thun He teacheth my hands to war; dered from heaven, and the most so that a bow of steel is broken High uttered his voice. And he | by mine arms. Thou hast also sent out arrows, and scattered | given me the shield of thy salthem; lightning, and discomfited | vation : and thy gentleness hath them. And the channels of the sea made me great. Thou hast enappeared, the foundations of the larged my steps under me ; 80 world were discovered, at the re that my feet did not slip. I have buking of the LORD, at the blast pursued mine enemies, and deof the breath of his nostrils. He stroyed them; and turned not sent from above, he took me; he | again until I had consumed them. drew me out of many waters; he And I have consumed them, and delivered me from my strong ene- wounded them, that they could my, and from them that hated not arise: yea, they are fallen unme : for they were too strong for der my feet. For thou hast girded me. They prevented me in the me with strength to battle: them day of my calamity : but the that rose up against me hast thou LORD was my stay. He brought | subdued under me. Thou hast also me forth also into a large place: given me the necks of mine enehe delivered me, because he de mies, that I might destroy them lighted in me. The LORD reward that hate me. They looked, but ed me according to my righteous there was none to save; even unto ness: according to the cleanness the LORD, but he answered them of my hands hath he recompensed not. Then did I beat them as me. For I have kept the ways of small as the dust of the earth, I the LORD, and have not wickedly did stamp them as the mire of departed from my God. For all the street, and did spread them his judgments were before me: abroad. Thou also hast delivered and as for his statutes, I did not me from the strivings of my peodepart from them. I was also up ple, thou hast kept me to be head right before him, and have kept of the heathen: a people which I myself from mine iniquity. There knew not shall serve me. Stranfore the LORD hath recompensed gers shall submit themselves unto me according to my righteous me: as soon as they hear, they ness; according to my cleanness shall be obedient unto me. Stranin his eye sight. With the merciful | gers shall fade away, and they thou wilt shew thyself merciful, shall be afraid out of their close and with the upright man thou places. The LORD liveth; and wilt shew thyself upright. With blessed be my rock; and exalted the pure thou wilt shew thyself be the God of the rock of my salpure; and with the froward thou vation. It is God that avengeth wilt shew thyself unsavoury. And me, and that bringeth down the the afflicted people thou wilt people under me, and that bringsave: but thine eyes are upon eth me forth from mine enemies : the haughty, that thou mayest thou also hast lifted me up on bring them down. For thou art high above them that rose up my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD against me: thou hast delivered will lighten my darkness. For by me from the violent man. There

fore I will give thanks unto thee, his king: and sheweth mercy to
O Lord, among the heathen, and his anointed, unto David, and to
I will sing praises unto thy name. his seed for evermore.
He is the tower of salvation for

Second Lesson, Acts XXIII.


MORNING. 2 Samuel I. NOW it came to pass after the and rent them; and likewise all

W death of Saul, when David the men that were with him: and was returned from the slaughter they mourned, and wept, and of the Amalekites, and David had fasted until even, for Saul, and abode two days in Ziklag; it came for Jonathan his son, and for the even to pass on the third day, people of the LORD, and for the that, behold, a man came out house of Israel; because they were of the camp from Saul with his fallen by the sword. And David clothes rent, and earth upon his said unto the young man that head: and so it was, when he told him, Whence art thou? And came to David, that he fell to the he answered, I am the son of a earth, and did obeisance. And Da stranger, an Amalekite. And David said unto him, From whence vid said unto him, How wast thou comest thou? And he said unto not afraid to stretch forth thine him, Out of the camp of Israel hand to destroy the Lord's anam I escaped. And David said ointed? And David called one unto him, How went the matter? of the young men, and said, Go I pray thee, tell me. And he an near, and fall upon him. And swered, That the people are fled he smote him that he died. And from the battle, and many of the David said unto him, Thy blood people also are fallen and dead; be upon thy head; for thy mouth and Saul and Jonathan his son hath testified against thee, saying, are dead also. And David said I have slain the Lord's anointed. unto the young man that told And David lamented with this him, How knowest thou that | lamentation over Saul and over Saul and Jonathan his son be Jonathan his son: (also he bado dead? And the young man that them teach the children of Judah told him said, As I happened by the use of the bow: behold, it is chance upon mount Gilboa, be written in the book of Jasher.) hold, Saul leaned upon his spear; The beauty of Israel is slain upand, lo, the chariots and horse on thy high places : how are the men followed hard after him. mighty fallen! Tell it not in And when he looked behind him, Gath, publish it not in the streets he saw me, and called unto me. of Askelon; lest the daughters of And I answered, Here am I. And the Philistines rejoice, lest the he said unto me, Who art thou? daughters of the uncircumcised And I answered him, I am an triumph. Ye mountains of GilAmalekite. He said unto me a boa, let there be no dew, neither gain, Stand, I pray thee, upon let there be rain, upon you, nor me, and slay me: for anguish is fields of offerings : for there the come upon me, because my life shield of the mighty is vilely cast is yet whole in me. So I stood away, the shield of Saul, as though upon him, and slew him, because he had not been anointed with oil. I was sure that he could not live From the blood of the slain, from after that he was fallen : and I the fat of the mighty, the bow took the crown that was upon his of Jonathan turned not back, and head, and the bracelet that was the sword of Saul returned not on his arm, and have brought empty. Saul and Jonathan were them hither unto my lord. Then lovely and pleasant in their lives, David took hold on his clothes, and in their death they were not

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