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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 ve 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-ORDER.

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.

ORDER. 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

PARENTS (DUTY TO)--PASSION.

71 gather stones together : a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing: a time to get, and a time to lose: a time to keep, and a time to cast away: a time to rend, and a time to sew: a time to keep silence, and a time to speak: a time to love, and a time to hate : a time of war, and a time of peace.

[Eccles. iii. 1-8. Let all things be done decently and in order.

[1 Cor. xiv. 40. Let all thy ways be established.

[Prov. iv, 26. Walk orderly and keep the law.

[Acts, xxi. 24.

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PARENTS (DUTY TO). Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

(Exod. xx. 12. For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death : he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him. (Lev. xx. 9.

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.

[Ephes. vi. 1-3. Children obey your parents in all things : for this is well-pleasing unto the Lord.

(Col. iii. 20. A wise son maketh a glad father : but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

[Prov. x. 1. The eye that mocketh at his father, and despisesth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. Prov. xxx. 17.

My son be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me. (Prov. xxvii. 11.

He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

(Prov. xix. 26. For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother : and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

[Math. xv. 4. PASSION. He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. (Prov. xxv. 28.

PATIENCE-PEACE.

PATIENCE.

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

(Heb. xii. 1. Add to temperance patience—to patience godliness.

[2 Pet. i. 6. Patient in spirit is better than proud in spirit.

Eccl. vii, 8. Be patient in tribulation.

Rom. xii. 12. Brethren be patient toward all men. (1Thess. v. 14.

vling woman the wilderness, the prov. xxi. 19.

PEACE. A soft answer turneth away wrath ; but grievous words stir up anger.

[Prov, xv. l. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

[Prov. xvi. 24. Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife. [Prov. xvii. l.

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. A wrathful man stirreth up strife ; but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

(Prov. xv. 17, 18. It is better to dwell in a corner of the house-top, than with a brawling woman in a wide house. (Prov. xxi. 9.

It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

(Prov. xxv. ll. Blessed are the peace makers : for they shall be called the children of God.

[Matth. v. 9. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peace. ably with all men.

[Rom. xii, 18. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

(St. James, iii. 18. Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace : and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

[2 Cor. xiii. 11. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem : they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

(Ps. cxxii. 6. Great peace have they which love thy law; and nothing shall offend them.

[Ps. cxix. 165.

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And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

(Isai, xxxii, 17. The Lord will bless his people with peace.

(Ps. xxix. 11. Do good, seek peace, and pursue it.

(Psl. xxxiv. 14, & 1 Pet. iii. 11. There is no peace to the wicked, (Isai. xlviii. 22. To be spiritually minded is life and peace.

(Rom. viii. 6. (See Quiet.] PERSECUTION (FOR CHRIST'S SAKE). Take heed to yourselves : for they shall deliver you up to councils ; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten : and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. [Mark, xiii. 9.

The brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved,

[Mark, xiii, 12, 13.

PHILOSOPHY. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit ; after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ. (Col. ii. 8.

PLEASURE. He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man ; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. (Prov. xxi. 17. Knowledge is pleasure to the soul.

(Prov. ii, 10. The words of the pure are pleasant words.

[Prov. xv. 26. It is pleasant to sing praises to God's name.

(Ps. CXXXV. 3.

POOR. The needy shall not always be forgotten, the expecta. tion of the poor shall not perish for ever. (Ps. ix. 18.

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