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THANKSGIVING. TITHES. TREACHERY. TRESPASS.119 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. 8, 9. Lead us not into temptation.
[Matth. vi. 13.
THANKSGIVING. In every thing give thanks : for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
[1 Thes. v. 18.
And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's : it is holy unto the Lord. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord. He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it : and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
(Lev. xxvii. 30-33.
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
[Prov. xxv. 19. TRESPASS. If a man shall cause a field or vineyard to be eaten, and shall put in his beast, and shall feed in another man's field; of the best of his own field, and of the best of his own vineyard, shall he make restitution.
[Exod. xxii. 5. For all manner of trespass, whether it be for ox, for ass, for sheep, for raiment, or for any manner of lost thing, which another challengeth to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges ; and whom the judges shall condemn, he shall pay double unto his neighbour.
[Exod. xxii. 9. 120
TRINITY.* In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it pot. There was a man sent from God, whose pame was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe' on his name : which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
[John, i. 1-14. When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
[Gal. iv. 4-7. Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world : and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood : and it is the
* This and some other heads not, strictly speaking, coming under the definition of social or moral duties, are inserted by reason of their bearing on the introduction.-M. MARTIN
121 Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Fa. ther, the Word, and the Holy Ghost : and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood : and these three agree in one.
(1 John, v. 4-8. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life : no man cometh unto the Father but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also : and from henceforth ye know him and have seen him. He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also ; and greater works than these shall he do; and whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Com. forter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him ; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father; and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not, keepeth not my sayings : and the word which ye hear, is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he 122
TYRANNY-UNBELIEF-USURY. shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
[John, xiv. 6–26.
Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed ; to turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!
[Isai. x, 1, 2. UNBELIEF. Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To-day, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provo. cation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness; when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that genera. tion, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To-day; lest any of you be har. dened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; while it is said, To-day, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did pro. voke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
[Heb. iii, 7-19. USURY.
Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury. Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury, but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury; that the Lord thy God may bless thee in
VANITY-VENGEANCE-VICE. 123 all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
[Deut. xxiii. 19, 20. He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
(Prov. xxviii. 8.
Prov. xiii. 11. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth ; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
Prov. xxxix. 5. Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, vanity of vani. ties; all is vanity.
[Eccl. i. 2. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
[Eccl. i. 14. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think ; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
[Rom. xii. 3. Be not wise in your own conceits. (Rom. xii. 16.
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
[Prov. xxix, 23. Turn ye not aside for vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver.
(1 Sam, xii. 21. Remove far from me vanity and lies : give me neither poverty nor riches : feed me with food convenient for me.
(Prov. xxx. 8.
Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord, I will repay.
[Rom. xii. 19.
VICE. The lips of a strange woman drop as an honey-comb, and her month is smoother than oil; but her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are