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But restless discontent

Is charging God with blame,
And envy of another's good

Should smite my heart with shame.
O, if I gain the world,

But yet should lose my soul!
What will it profit in that day

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.


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 :

your God.

Remove far from me vanity and lies :
Give me neither poverty nor riches ;
Feed me with food convenient for me :
Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who

is the Lord ?
Or lest I be poor, and steal,
And take the name of my God in vain.

Prov, xxx. 7. 266. Be ye Thankful. (s.m.)

O LORD, on me bestow,

And not on me alone,
The blessing of a grateful heart,

For every kindness shown.
First unto Thee, my God,

Our never-failing friend,
Would I give thanks with lip and life,

For mercies without end.
Even Thou dost not forget

What we do for thy sake,–
Were it a cup of water given

The needy's thirst to slake.
How can my ways be thine,

If I ungrateful be,
Or thankless for a kindness shown,

However small, to me ?
267. Be ye Kind and Tender-hearted.
Thou shalt not curse the deaf,
Nor put a stumbling-block before the blind :
But shall fear thy God. I am the Lord.

Cursed be he that maketh
The blind to wander out of his way.
And all the people shall say, Amen.

Levit. xix. 14; Deut. xxvii. 18.
268. Use Hospitality without grudging.
LET brotherly love continue.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers :
For thereby some have entertained angels

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,
Hungry, needy, and distressed ;

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