Page images
PDF
EPUB

beloved a song

he hath committed, they shall

LESSON XXXVI. not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath Now will I sing to my welldone, he shall live.

of

my beloved, 17 Have I any pleasure at touching his vineyard. My all that the wicked should die? well-beloved hath a vineyard saith the Lord God: and not in a very fruitful hill. that he should return from his

2 And he fenced it, and gaways, and live?

thered out the stones thereof, | 18 But when the righteous and planted it with the choicest turneth away from his righteous. vine, and built a tower in the ness, and committeth iniquity, midst of it, and also made a and doeth according to all the wine-press therein: and helook. abominations that the wicked ed that it should bring forth man doeth, shall he live ? All grapes, and it brought forth his righteousness that he hath wild grapes. done shall not be mentioned : 3 And now, O inhabitants in his trespass that he hath tres. of Jerusalem, and men of Judah; passed, and in his sin that he judge, I pray you, betwixt me hath sinned, in them shall he and my vineyard. die.

4 What could have been done 19 When a righteous man more to my vineyard, that I have turneth away from his righte. not done in it? wherefore when ousness, and committeth ini. I looked that it should bring quity, and dieth in it; for his forth grapes, brought it forth iniquity that he hath done shall wild grapes ? he die.

5 And now go to; I will tell 20 Again, when the wicked you what I will do to my vine, man turneth away from his yard : I will take away the wickedness that he hath com- hedge thereof, and it shall be mitted, and doeth that which eaten up; and break down the is lawful and right, he shall wall thereof, and it shall be save his soul alive.

trodden down. 21 Because he considereth,

6 And I will lay it waste : and turneth away from all his it shall not be pruned, nor transgressions that he hath com- digged: but there shall come mitted, he shall surely live, he up briers and thorns : I will shall not die.

also command the clouds that 22 Therefore I will judge they rain no rain upon it. you, O house of Israel, every 7 For the vineyard of the one according to his ways, saith Lord of hosts is the house of the Lord God. Repent, and Israel, and the men of Judah turn yourselves from all your his pleasant plant: and he looktransgressions; so iniquity shalled for judgement, but behold, not be your ruin.

oppression; for righteousness, but behold, a cry.

B

G

8 Wherefore the Lord said, able to live for his righteous: Forasmuch as this people draw ness in the day that he sinneth. neår me with their mouth, and 14 When I shall say to the with their lips do honour me, righteous, that he shall surely but have removed their heart live; if he trust to his own far from me, and their fear righteousness, and commit injtowards me is taught by the quity, all his righteousness shall precept of men:

not be remembered; but for his 9 Therefore behold, I will pro- iniquity that he hath committed ceed to do a marvellous work a- he shall die for it. mongst this people, even a mar- 15 Again, when I say unto the vellous work and a wonder; for wicked, Thou shalt surely die: the wisdom of their wise men if he turn from his sin, and do shall perish, and the understand that which is lawful and right; ing of their prudent men shall 16 If the wicked restore the be hid.

pledge, give again that he had 10 And I will punish the robbed, walk in the statutes of world for their evil, and the life without committing iniquity; wicked for their iniquity; and he shall surely live, he shall not I will cause the arrogancy of the die. proud to cease, and will lay low 17 None of his sins that he the haughtiness of the terrible. hath committed shall be men

11 I have not spoken in se- tioned unto him : he hath done cret, in a dark place of the earth, that which is lawful and right; I said not unto the seed of Jacob, he shall surely live. Seek ye me in vain: I the Lord 18 Yet the children of thy speak righteousness, I declare people say, The way of the Lord things that are right.

is not equal: but as for them, 9 12 As I live, saith the Lord their way is not equal. God, I have no pleasure in the 19 When the righteous turndeath of the wicked; but that the eth from his righteousness, and wicked turn from his way, and committeth iniquity, he shall live : turn ye, turn ye from even die thereby. your evil ways; for why will 20 But if the wicked turn ye die, O house of Israel? from his wickedness, and do

13 Therefore, thou son of that which is lawful and right, man, say unto the children of he shall live thereby. thy people, The righteousness

21 Yet ye say,

The
way

of of the righteous shall not de- the Lord is not equal. O ye liver him in the day of his house of Israel, I will judge transgression : as for the wick- you every one after his ways, edness of the wicked, he shall and ye shall know that I have not fall thereby in the day that not done without cause all that he turneth from his wickedness; I have done in it, saith the neither shall the righteous be Lord God.

[53]

Book II.-Of the Condition, Duties and Destiny

of Man.

SECTION 1.-Commandments of God.
LESSON XXXVII,

8 Six days shalt thou labour,

and do all thy work: GOD spake all these words, 9 But the seventh day is the saying;

sabbath of the Lord thy God : 2 I am the Lord thy God, in it thou shalt not do any. which have brought thee out of work, thou, nor thy son, nor the land of Egypt, out of the thy daughter, thy man-servant, house of bondage :

nor thy maid-servant, nor thy 3 Thou shalt have no other cattle, nor thy stranger that is gods before me.

within thy gates: (that thy man4. Thou shalt not make unto servant and thy maid - servant thee any graven image, or any may rest as well as thou.] ļikeness of any thing that is in 10 For in six days the Lord heaven above, or that is in the made heaven and earth, the earth beneath, or that is in the sea, and all that in them is, and water under the earth :

rested the seventh day; where5 Thou shalt not bow down fore the Lord blessed the sabbath thyself to them, nor serve them: day, and hallowed it. [And refor I the Lord thy God am a member that thou wast a servant jealous God, visiting the ini. in the land of Egypt, and that quity of the fathers upon the the Lord thy God brought thee children unto the third and out thence by a mighty hand and fourth generation, and shewing a stretched-out arm; therefore mercy unto thousands, of them the Lord thy God commanded that love me and keep my com- thee to keep the sabbath day.] mandments.

(11 Honour thy father and 6 Thou shalt not take the thy mother, that thy days may name of the Lord thy God in be long [and that it vain : for the Lord will not hold with thee) in the land which the him guiltless, that taketh his Lord thy God giveth thee. name in vain.

12 Thou shalt not kill. 7 Remember the Sabbath 13 Thou shalt not commit day, to keep it holy. [Keep adultery. the Sabbath day to sanctify it 14 Thou shalt not steal. as the Lord thy God hath com- 15 Thou shalt not bear false manded thee.]*

witness against thy neighbour. The passages within brackets contain the version of the Commandments from the Book of Deuteronomy.

may go well

seen.

16 Thou shalt not covet thy God of gods, and Lord of lords, neighbour's house, thou shalt not a great God, a mighty and a tercovet thy neighbour's wife, nor rible, which regardeth not perhis man-servant, nor his maid

sons, nor taketh reward. servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, 27 He doth execute the judgenor any thing that is thy neigh- ment of the fatherless and wi. bour's.

dow, and loveth the stranger, in (17 I am the Lord your God; giving him food and raiment. walk in my statutes, and keep 28 Love ye therefore the my judgements, and do them. stranger : for ye were strangers

18 You shall diligently keep in the land of Egypt. the commandments of the Lord 29 Thou shalt fear the Lord your God, and his testimonies, thy God; him shalt thou serve, and his statutes which he hath and to him shalt thou cleave, commanded you.

and swear by his name. 19 And yeshall do that which 30 He is thy praise, and he is right and good in the sight is thy God, that hath done for of the Lord.

thee these great and terrible 20 Thus speaketh the Lord things which thine eyes have of hosts, saying, Execute true judgement, and shew mercy and 31 Therefore shall ye lay up compassion every man to his these my words in your heart brother :

and in your soul, and bind them 21 And oppress not the wi- for a sign upon your hand, that dow, nor the fatherless, the they may be as frontlets between stranger, nor the poor; and let your eyes. none of you imagine evil against 32 And ye shall teach them his brother in

your

heart. your children, speaking of them 22 These are the things that when thou sittest in thine house, ye shall do; Speak ye every man and when thou walkest by the the truth to his neighbour : ex- way, when thou liest down, and écute the judgement of truth when thou risest up. and peace

in
your gates;

33 Gather the people toge23 And let none of you ima- ther, men, and women, and gine evil in your hearts against children, and thy stranger that his neighbour; and love no false is within thy gates, that they oath : for all these are things may hear, and that they may that I hate, saith the Lord. learn, and fear the Lord your

24 Seek good, and not evil; God, and observe to do all the that ye may live: and so the words of his law : Lord the God of hosts' shall be 34 And that their children

which have not known any 25 Hate the evil, and love thing, may hear and learn to the good, and establish judge fear the Lord your God. ment in the gate :

35 This book of the law 26 For the Lord your God is shall not depart out of thy

with you.

mouth; but thou shalt meditate Lord, Ye shall be holy: for I therein day and night, that thou the Lord your God am holy. mayest observe to do according 8 Ye shall fear every man to all that is written therein: for his mother, and his father, and then thou shalt make thy way keep my sabbaths : I am the prosperous, and then thou shalt Lord

your

God. have good success.

9 Ye shall not steal, neither 36 For as the rain cometh deal falsely, neither lie one to down, and the snow from hea. another. ven, and returneth not thither, 10 And ye shall not swear but watereth the earth, and by my name falsely, neither maketh it bring forth and bud, shalt thou profane the name of that it may give seed to the thy God: I am the Lord. sower, and bread to the eater; 11 Thou shalt not defraud

37 So shall my word be that thy neighbour, neither rob him : goeth forth out of my mouth; the wages of him that is hired it shall not return unto me shall not abide with thee all void, but it shall accomplish night, until the morning. that which I please, and it shall

12 Thou shalt not curse the prosper in the thing whereto I deaf, nor put a stumbling-block sent it.

before the blind, but shalt fear

thy God: I am the Lord. LESSON XXXVIII,

13 Ye shall do no unrighte

ousness in judgement: thou shalt I Am the Almighty God, walk not respect the person of the before me, and be ye perfect. poor, nor honour the person of

2 Sanctify yourselves, and the mighty: but in righteousbe ye holy : for I am the Lord ness shalt thou judge thy neigh

bour. 3 And ye shall keep my sta- 14 Thou shalt not go up and tutes, and do them: I am the down as a tale-bearer among Lord which sanctify you.

thy people; neither shalt thou 4 Wherefore ye shall do my stand against the blood of thy statutes, and keep my judge- neighbour ; I am the Lord. ments, and do them.

15 Thou shalt not hate thy 5 Ye shall keep my sabbaths, brother in thine heart: thou and reverence my sanctuary : I shalt in any wise rebuke thy am the Lord.

neighbour, and not suffer sin 6 Ye shall do my judgements, upon him, and keep mine ordinances, to 16 Thou shalt not avenge, walk therein: I am the Lord nor bear any grudge against

the children of thy people, but 7 Ye shall therefore keep thou shalt love thy neighbour my statutes, and my judge, as thyself: I am the Lord. ments : which if a man do, he 17 Thou shalt neither vex a shall live in them: I am the stranger, nor oppress

him,

your God.

your God.

« PreviousContinue »