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OATHS These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour ; execute the jadgment of truth and peace in your gates : and let none of you ima. gine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord.

[Zech. viii. 16, 17. We that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself.

(Rom. xv. 1-3. And Jesus answered him, The first of all the command. ments is, Hear O Israel ; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength : this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neigh. bour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

And the Scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth : for there is one God; and there is none other but he: and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

[Mark, xii. 29–33.

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If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break bis word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth. If a woman also vow a vow unto the Lord, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father's house in her youth ; and her father hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her ; then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand. But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth, not any of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith melie hath bound her soul, shall stand : and the Lord shall five her, because her father disallowed her. And if

nad at all an husband, when she vowed, or uttered if her lips, wherewith she bound her soul; and her ind heard it, and held his peace at her in the day OBEDIENCE.

67 that he heard it; then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she bound her soul shall stand. But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard it ; then he shall make her vow which she vowed, and that which she uttered with her lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect; and the Lord shall forgive her. But every vow of a widow, and of her that is divorced, wherewith they have bound their souls, shall stand against her. And if she vowed in her husband's house, or bound her soul by a bond with an oath; and her hus. band heard it, and held his peace at her, and disallowed her not; then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she bound her soul shall stand. But if her husband hath utterly made them void on the day he heard them: then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning the bond of her soul, shall not stand: her husband hath made them void ; and the Lord shall forgive her. Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void. But if her husband altogether hold his peace at her from day to day; then he establisheth all her vows, or all her bonds, which are upon her: he confirmeth them, because he held his peace at her in the day that he heard them. But if he shall any wise make them void after that he hath heard them; then he shall bear her iniquity. These are the statutes which the Lord commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between the father and his daugh ter, being yet in her youth in her father's house.

(Num. xxx. 2-16. When thou shalt vow a vow unto the Lord thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the Lord thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.

(Deut. xxiii. 21. OBEDIENCE. If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my command. ments, and do them; then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time; and ye shall eat your bead to the full, and dwell in your land safely. And I will give 68

OBEDIENCE. peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid : and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. And five of you shall chase an hun. dred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. For I will lave respect unto you, and make you fruitful and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you. And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new. And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

(Lev. xxvi. 3-12. Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them. Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the Lord thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers: and he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee; he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee. Thou shalt be blessed above all people : there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou know. est, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.

[Deut. vii, 11-15. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people : for all the earth is mine.

(Exod. xix. 5. If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge. [Job, xxxvi. 11, 12.

If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword : for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

[Isai. i. 19, 20

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69 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

[Rev, xxii, 14. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my say. ing, he shall never see death.

(John, viii, 51. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

[John, xv. 10. If ye will fear the Lord, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the Lord your God. but if ye will not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall the hand of the Lord be against you, as it was against your fathers.

[1 Sam. xii. 14-16. He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul, but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

(Prov. xix. 16. Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother : which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not with eye-service, as men. pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. (Ephes. vi. 1-3, 5-8.

To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

(1 Sam. XV. 22. We ought to obey God rather than men. [Acts, v. 29. Servants obey in all things your masters. (Col. iii. 22.

[See Parents. Nation (Blessed); and Nation

(Cursed).]

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OPPRESSION. Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates : at his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it ; for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it : lest he cry against thee unto the Lord, and it be sin unto thee.

[Deut. xxiv. 14, 15. Ye shall not oppress one another. (Lev. xxv, 14. Oppress not the widow nor the fatherless.

[Zech. vii. 10. Nor oppress the afflicted in the gate. [Prov. xxii. 22. Relieve the oppressed.

(Isai. i. 17. Let the oppressed go free.

[Isai. lviii. 6. This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty. If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword : and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. Those that remain of him shall be buried in death : and his widows shall not weep. Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay; He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver. He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh. The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered : he openeth his eyes, and he is not. Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night. The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth : and as a storm hurleth him out of his place. For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand. Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.

(Job, xxvii. 13-23.

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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die : a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted : a time to kill, and a time to heal: a time to break down, and a time to build up: a time to weep, and a time to laugh: a time to mourn, and a time to dance : a time to cast away stones, and a time to

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