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If another steals from me,
I complain and think it wrong;
Not the worth of what I steal,
Every theft my soul will sting,
"Tis a wound to Christ our King:
258. Evil shall hunt the Wicked.
THIS the curse
That goeth over the face of the whole earth: For every one that stealeth shall be cut off As on this side according to it;
And every one that sweareth shall be cut off As on that side according to it.
It shall enter into the house of the thief, And into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name:
And it shall remain in the midst of his house,
And shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.
Let him that stole steal no more;
But rather let him labour,
Working with his hands the thing that is
That he may have to give to him that needeth.-Zech. v. 3; Ephes. iv. 28.
THE NINTH COMMANDMENT.
259. Lie not one to another.
How dreadful is a lie,
Or anything untrue!
Can you forget God's searching eye,
God hates the lying tongue,
The falsehoods of the old and young
But Satan loveth lies,
All liars are his own :
If children keep to truth, he flies
To God's blest home in heaven
But after death he shall be driven
260.Lying Lips are Abomination to the Lord.
SPEAK ye every man truth to his neighbour; Execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
And let none of you
Imagine evil in your hearts against your neighbour;
And love no false oath :
For all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord.
Put on the new man,
Which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Wherefore putting away lying,
Speak every man truth with his neighbour, For we are members one of another.
The unbelieving and abominable and all liars,
Shall have their part in the lake
Which burns with brimstone and fire,
Zech. viii. 16; Ephes. iv. 24; Rev. xxi. 8.
THE TENTH COMMANDMENT.
Covetousness is Idolatry.
How often do I long
For that which is not mine;
Forgetting that it is a sin
To covet or repine ?
It is not wrong to wish,
But restless discontent
Is charging God with blame,
O, if I gain the world,
But yet should lose my soul!
When my death's knell shall toll?
262. The Covetous, whom God abhorreth.
COVETOUSNESS! Let it not be once named among you.
For this ye know, that no covetous man,
Hath any inheritance in the kingdom of
Godliness with contentment is great gain.
Let us be therewith content.
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare,
And into many foolish and hurtful lusts, Which drown men in destruction and perdition.
For the love of money is the root of all evil. But thou, O man of God, flee these things. 1 Tim. vi. 6.
OUR DUTY TO GOD AND TO OUR NEIGH
263. Setting out in Life with Godly Prayer. JABEZ was more honourable than his
And his mother called his name Jabez, Saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, Saying, Oh that thou wouldst bless me indeed,
And enlarge my coast,
And that thine hand might be with me, And that thou wouldst keep me from evil, That it may not grieve me!
And God granted him that which he requested.-1 Chron. iv. 9.
264. All the Laws of God hang together. YE shall be holy :
For I the Lord your God am holy.
Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father,
And keep my sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.
Turn ye not unto your idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods:
I am the Lord your God.-Levit. xix. 2.