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NEW YEAR'S PRAISE.
GOLDEN TEXT. I will praise Thy name for ever and ever.—Psalm cxlv. 2.
PSALM cxlv. 1-4; 8, 9, 14—19, 21. I WILL extol thee, my God, o king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him : he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord : and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
JOSIAH AND THE BOOK OF THE
LUKE xi, 28.
2 KINGS xxii. 1–3; 8–11. JOSIAH was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of the Lord.
And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the Lord.
And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.
MATTHEW xiii. 1-9. The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up :
Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth : and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them :
But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
JEREMIAH PREDICTING THE
GOLDEN TEXT. The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
JEREMIAH viii. 20.
JEREMIAH viii. 20—22; ix. 1; 12-16. The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.
Is there no balm in Gilead ; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered ?
Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!
Who is the wise man, that may understand this ? and who is he to whom the mouth of the Lord hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perisheth and is burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through ?
And the Lord saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein ;
But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:
Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel ; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink.
I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known : and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.
WHEAT AND TARES.
GOLDEN TEXT. Every plant, which My heavenly Father hath not planted, shall
be rooted up.--MATTHEW xv. 13.
MATTHEW xiii. 24–30. ANOTHER parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field :
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field ? from whence then hath it tares ?
He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up ?
But he said, Nay ; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest : and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in hundles to burn them : but gather the wheat into my barn.