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Remove far from me vanity and lies:
Or lest I be poor, and steal,
And take the name of my God in vain.
Be ye Thankful.
O LORD, on me bestow,
First unto Thee, my God,
Even Thou dost not forget
The needy's thirst to slake.
Or thankless for a kindness shown,
267. Be ye Kind and Tender-hearted.
Cursed be he that maketh
The blind to wander out of his way.
Levit. xix. 14; Deut. xxvii. 18.
268. Use Hospitality without grudging.
LET brotherly love continue.
Let your conversation be without covetous
And be content with such things as ye have: For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
I am the Lord
But the stranger that dwelleth with you Shall be unto you as one born among you, And thou shalt love him as thyself.
Heb. xiii. 1-5; Lev. xix. 33.
269. Do as you would be done by.
THOU shalt not see thy brother's ox or his sheep go astray,
And hide thyself from them :
And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee,
Thou shalt bring it unto thine own house,
And it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it,
And thou shalt restore it to him again. So shalt thou do with all lost thing of thy brother's,
Which he hath lost, and thou hast found. Thou mayest not hide thyself.
Deut. xxii. 1-4.
270. Overcome Evil with Good.
IF thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray,
Thou shalt surely bring it back to him
If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee
And wouldst forbear to help him,
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, And let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth :
Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him,
And if he be thirsty, give him water to drink. Ex. xxiii. 4; Prov. xxiv. 17; xxv. 21. 271. Pity the Poor, and lend to God. (7's.)
LORD, how many pine around,
Whilst with comforts I abound,
Thou didst die that we might live;
272. Kindness doth kind Acts.
IF a brother or sister be naked,
And one of you say unto them,
Which are needful to the body;
What doth it profit ?
So faith without works is dead also.
When ye reap the harvest of your land, Thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field,
Neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest.
Neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard;
Thou shalt leave them for the poor and the stranger:
I am the Lord your God.
James ii. 15-26; Levit. xix. 9.
273. With the Merciful God is Merciful.(7's.)
GOD our Comforter above,—
From his tender mercy mild,
Let compassion rule your mind,—
274. A golden Chain of Texts.
THE earth is full of the mercy of the Lord. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed.