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NATION (CURSED).

61 and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed. The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonish. ment of heart : and thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways; and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee. Thou shalt be. troth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein : thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof. Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them. Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another peo. ple, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no might in thine hand. The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway: so that thou shalt be mad, for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. The Lord shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head. The Lord shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, aud a by-word, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee. Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in : for the locust shall consume it. Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes : for the worms shall eat them. Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil : for thine olive shall cast his fruit. Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them : for they shall go into captivity. All thy trees, and fruit of thy land, shall the locust consume. The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high, and thou shalt come down very low. He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to 62

NATION (CURSED). him ; he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail. Moreover, all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thon be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not onto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee. And they shall be upon thee for a sign, and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever. Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies, which the Lord shall send against thee, in hun. ger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, untii he have destroyed thee. The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle fieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; a nation of fierce countenance, wbich shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young: and he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed : which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee. And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land ; and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, throughont all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee. And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee : so that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave: so that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat; be. cause he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates. The tender and delicate woman among yon, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot npon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, and toward

NATION (CURSED).

63 her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates. If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, the LORD THY GOD; then the Lord will make thy plagues wonder. ful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. Moreover, he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee: also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the Lord bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed. And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude ; because thou wouldst not obey the voice of the Lord thy God. And it shall come to pass, that, as the Lord rejoiceth over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought: and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it. And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord sball give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind : and thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life : in the morning thou shalt say, would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. And the Lord shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof i spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again : and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bond-men and bond women.

[Deut. xxviii. 15-68.

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NEEDY-NEIGHBOUR (LOVE YOUR).

NEEDY. Thou shalt open thy hand to the needy. [Deut. xv. 11. The needy shall not alway be forgotten. (Ps. ix, 18. Do justice to the afflicted and needy. (Ps. lxxxii. 3.

NEIGHBOUR (LOVE YOUR). All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

(Gal. v. 14. Let us love one another : for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manisested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love ; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. Th is no fear in love ; but perfect love cast. eth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that fear. eth is not made perfect in love. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar : for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen ? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loved God love his brother also.

(1 John, iv. 7-21. Abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you.

(1 Thess. iii. 12. He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth.

[Prov. xiv. 21. Cursed be he that removeth his neighbours land mark : cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly:

(Deut. xxvii, 17, 24.

NEIGHBOUR (Love your).

65 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour. He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour.

[Prov. xi. 9, 12. Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off.

(Ps. ci. 5. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour; therefore love is the fulfill. ing of the law.

[Rom. xiii. 9, 10. Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him : the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning. Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shalt fear thy God : I am the Lord. Ye shall do no un. righteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour : I am the Lord. Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: Í am the Lord.

(Lev. xix. 13-18. If thou sell onght unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour's hand, ye shall not oppress one another.

(Lev. xxv. 14. Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to-morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

(Prov. iii. 27-29. Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

[Prov. xxiv. 28, 29. A man that beareth false witness against his neigh. bour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

[Prov. xxv. 18. As a mad man who casteth fire-brands, arrows, and death, so is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

[Prov. xxvi, 18, 19. F

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