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THE FIRST COMMANDMENT.

236. The 145th Psalm. (c. m.) Thee will I praise, my God, O King !

And alway bless thy name;
Thy glory day by day will I

For evermore proclaim.
Great is the Lord in majesty,

And greatly to be praised ;
Unsearchable his greatness-far

Above all knowledge raised.
Each generation to their sons

Shall praise the gracious Lord;
And race to race his mighty deeds

And goodness shall record. 237. Worship the Lord thy God. To whom will ye liken me, and make me

equal, And compare me, that we may be like ? I am God, and there is none else : I am God, and there is none like me. The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and

gracious ! Long-suffering, and abundant in goodness

and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, Forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, And that will by no means clear the guilty.

Isa. xlvi. 5, 9; Exod. xxxiv. 6.

THE SECOND COMMANDMENT.

(7's.)

238. I am a Jealous God.

WORSHIP God, and Him alone,
Humbly kneel before his throne;
Love the Lord with all your heart,
Nothing else must share His part.
Trust alone in the great God,
Trust his love and fear his rod;
Life and death are in his hand,
Heaven and hell before him stand.
Pray not to the angels bright,
Pray not to the saints in light ;
Nor to blessed Mary kneel -
O let none a worship steal.
From all idols turn away,
Nor before an image pray;
God was seen in Christ alone,
Other likeness has He none.

239. Make no Likeness of God. PROFESSING themselves to be wise, they be

came fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible

God Into an image made like to corruptible

man, And to birds, and four-footed beasts, and

creeping things.

Take ye good heed unto yourselves ;
For ye saw no manner of similitude
On the day that the Lord spake unto you
In Horeb out of the midst of the fire :
Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a

graven image,
The similitude of any figure.

Rom. i. 22; Deut. iv. 15.

240. Worship neither Saints nor Angels. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the

angel Which had shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: For I am thy fellow-servant, And of thy brethren the prophets, And of them which keep the sayings of this

book : Worship God.—Rev. xxii. 8.

THE THIRD COMMANDMENT.

(S.M.)

241. Swear not at all.

O NEVER, never swear,

Nor use a wicked word ;
Remember God is everywhere,

And every oath is heard.
O why should words profane
Defile the tongue God gave ?

How can you take his name in vain,

Who died your souls to save !
At church you sing and pray,

Yet through the week you swear ;
The selfsame tongue will curse at play,

Then speak to God in prayer.
It ought not to be so :

O, watch your hearts within !
For all that's more than Yes, or No,

Is sure to come of sin.
242. Keep thy Tongue from evil.
I say unto you, Swear not at all ;
But let your communication be Yea, yea ;

Nay, nay: For whatsoever is more than these cometh

of evil. Above all things, my brethren, swear not ; Neither by heaven, neither by the earth, Neither by any other oath : But let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; Lest ye fall into condemnation.

Matt. v. 34 ; James v. 12.

THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT,

243. How to keep the Sabbath. IF thou turn away thy foot from the Sab

bath,

From doing thy pleasure on my holy day;
And call the Sabbath a delight,
The holy of the Lord, honourable;
And shalt honour Him,
Not doing thine own ways,
Nor finding thine own pleasure,
Nor speaking thine own words :
Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord;
For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

Isa, lviii. 13.

244. Bear no Burdens on Sunday. Thus saith the Lord; Take heed to your

selves, And bear no burden on the Sabbath-day, Nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; Neither carry forth a burden Out of your houses on the Sabbath-day, Neither do ye any work, But hallow ye the Sabbath-day, As I commanded your fathers.

Jer. xvii. 21. 245. Sunday.

(7's.) Sunday is the holy day, Which belongs to God alone; Let us neither work nor play, For the hours are not our own. Sunday unto us is given For a day of godly rest,

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