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114 STRANGERS-STRIFE-SUPPLICATION.

Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. He that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing : for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

[Gal. v. 6-10. STRANGERS. Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him : for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

[Exod. xxii. 21. Thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

(Exod. xxiii. 9. And 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 : for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

(Lev. xix. 33, 34, The Lord loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment; love ye, therefore, the stranger : for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

[Deut. x. 18, 19. The Lord preserveth the strangers. (Ps. cxlvi. 9.

STRIFE. Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame. Debate thy cause with thy neighbour him. self, and discover not a secret to another; lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.

(Prov. xxv. 8-10. The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water : therefore leave off contention, before it be med. dled with.

[Prov. xvii. 14. SUPPLICATION. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly

SWEARING

115 from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions : and my sin is ever be. fore me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight; that thou mightest be justi. fied when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden part thou shalt make me know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit: then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation ; and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice, else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt-offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

(Ps. ii. 1-17.

SWEARING. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain : for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

(Exod. xx. 7. Ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God.

[Lev. xix. 12. Above all things, my brethren, swear not; neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath : but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay ; lest ye fall into condemnation.

[James, v. 12. Lord, who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

(Ps. xv. 1-4. Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: but I say unto you,

116 SYMPATHY-TEMPERANCE-TEMPTATION.

Swear not at all ; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Nei. ther shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

[Matth. v. 33-37. And, whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind : for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Whoso there. fore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

(Matth. xxiii. 18-22. Or if a soul swear, pronouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do good, whatsoever it be that a man shall pro. nounce with an oath, and it be hid from him ; when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty in one of these.

(Lev. v. 4.

SYMPATHY. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

(Rom. xii. 15. TEMPERANCE. Add to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience.

(2 Pet. i. 6.

TEMPTATION. Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden : but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die : for God doth know, that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be

TEMPTATION.

117 opened ; and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.

(Gen. iii. 1-6. • Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hun. gered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple. And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down : for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee; and in their hands they shall bear the up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get the hence, Satan : for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

[Matth. iv. 1-10. And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wil. derness. And he was there in the wilderness forty days tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts: and the angels ministered unto him.

Mark, i. 12, 13. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation : the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

(Matth. xxvi. 41. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man : but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

(1 Cor. x. 13. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. [Heb. ii. 18,

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TEMPTATION. temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.

(2 Pet. ii. 9. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

[James, iv. 7. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation : for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God : for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turn. ing. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath : for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

[James, i. 12-21. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God : praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

[Ephes. vi. 11-18, Remove far from me vanity and lies : give me neither poverty nor riches ; feed me with food convenient for

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