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But restless discontent
Is charging God with blame,
Should smite my heart with shame.
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, Who is an idolater, Hath any inheritance in the kingdom of
Christ and of God.—Eph. v. 3. Godliness with contentment great gain. We brought nothing into this world, And it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment Let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into tempta
tion and a snare, And into many foolish and hurtful lusts, Which drown men in destruction and per
dition. 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
BOUR. 263. Setting out in Life with Godly Prayer. JABEZ was
more honourable than his brethren : 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 re
quested. — 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 Turn ye not unto your idols, nor make to
yourselves molten gods : I am the Lord your God.—Levit. xix. 2. 265. Seekest thou great things? Seek them not. Two things have I required of thee ; Deny me them not before I die :
Remove far from me vanity and lies :
is the Lord ?
Prov, xxx. 7. 266. Be ye Thankful. (s.m.)
O LORD, on me bestow,
And not on me alone,
For every kindness shown.
Our never-failing friend,
For mercies without end.
What we do for thy sake,–
The needy's thirst to slake.
If I ungrateful be,
However small, to me ?
Cursed be he that maketh
Levit. xix. 14; Deut. xxvii. 18.
unawares. Let your conversation be without covetous
ness ; 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
God, If a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, Ye shall not vex him. 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, Or if thou know him not, 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 bis ass
going astray, Thou shalt surely bring it back to him
again. If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee Lying under his burden, And wouldst forbear to help him, Thou shalt surely help with 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 he turn away his wrath from him. If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread
to eat; 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,