Imatges de pÓgina

that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Also the sons of the stranger that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant. Even unto them will I give in mine house, and within my walls, a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar: for my house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

Jer miah.

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The heart

is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.


And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth and all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket, and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. The Lord shall


command the blessing upon thee in thy store-
houses, and in all that thou settest thine hand
unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which
the Lord thy God giveth thee. The Lord shall
establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he
hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the
commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk
in his ways.
And all people of the earth shall
see that thou art called by the name of the Lord;
and they shall be afraid of thee. And the Lord
shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of
thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the
fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord
sware unto thy fathers to give thee. The Lord
shall open unto thee his good treasure, the
heaven to give thee rain unto thy land in his
season, and to bless all the work of thine hand :
and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou
shalt not borrow.

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Virtue and vice contrasted.

Book of Wisdom.

Glorious is the fruit of good labours: and the root of wisdom shall never fall away. Though the righteous be prevented with death, yet shall he be in rest. For honourable age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years. But wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old age. He pleased God, and was beloved of him: so that living amongst sinners he was translated. Yea, speedily he was taken away, lest that wickedness should alter his understanding, or deceit beguile his soul. He, being made perfect in a short time, fulfilled a long time: for his soul pleased the Lord, therefore hasted he to take him away from among the wicked. This the people saw, and understood it not, neither laid they up this in their minds, That his grace and mercy is with his saints, and that he hath a respect unto his chosen. Thus the right ous that is dead shall condemn the ungodly which are living; and youth that is soon perfected the many years and old age of the unrighteous. For they shall see the end of the wise, and shall not

ceive his discipline; and they that seek him early shall find favour. There shall no evil happen unto him that feareth the Lord; but in temptation even again he will deliver him. The spirit of those that fear the Lord shall live; for their hope is in him that saveth them. Whoso feareth the Lord shall not fear nor be afraid; for he is his hope. Blessed is the soul of him that feareth the Lord to whom doth he look? and who is his strength? For the eyes of the Lord are upon them that love him, he is their mighty protection and strong stay, a defence from heat, and a cover from the sun at noon, a preservation from stumbling, and an help from falling. He raiseth up the soul, and lighteneth the eyes: he giveth health, life, and blessing. Love the Lord all thy life, and call upon him for thy salvation.


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding. The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged:

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