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POWER (GOD's). Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips and is a fool. [Prov. xix. 1.
POWER (GOD's). Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth ? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner-stone thereof, when the morning-stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling-band for it, and brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, and said, hitherto shalt thou come, but no further; and here shall thy proud waves be stayed ? Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the day-spring to know his place. [Job, xxxviii. 4-12.
Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth ? have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth declare if thou knowest it all.
(Job, xxxviii. 16-18. Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow ; or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind npon the earth? Who hath divi. ded a water-course for the overflowing of waters; or a way for the lightning of thunder ; to cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man ; to satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth ? Hath the rain a father or who hath begotten the drops of dew! out of whose womb came the ice ? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? the waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen. Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or
77 loose the band of Orion ? canst thou bring forth Mazza. roth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? knowest thou the ordinances of heaven ? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are? who hath put wisdom in the inward parts ? or who hath given understanding to the heart? who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, when the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together ? wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion, or fill the appetite of the young lions, when they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait? who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.
(Job, xxxviii. 22-41. Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth ? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth ?
[Job, xxxix. 1, 2. Who hath sent ont the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?
[Job, xxxix. 5. Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee ?
[Job, xxxix. 9, 10, Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks ? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich ? [Job, xxxix. 13.
Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?
[Job, xxxix. 19. Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south: doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high. [Job, xxxix. 26, 27.
Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place in all genera. tions. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Thou turnest man to destruction ; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yes. terday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Thou carriest them away as with a flood ; they are as a sleep :
PRAISE TO GOD. in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it fourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth. For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled, thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath; we spend our years as a tale that is told. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow: for it is soon cut off, and we fiy away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger ? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
(Ps. xc. 1-12. Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord : or what is the place of my rest? hath not my hand made all these things?
[Acts, vii. 49–50.
PRAISE TO GOD. 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. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy won. drous works. And nen shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts; and I will declare thy greatness. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great good. Dess, and shall sing of thy righteousness. 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. All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; to make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. 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
79 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.
[Ps. cxlv, 1-18. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises upto thy name, O most high : to shew forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.
(Ps. xcii. 1-5. Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.
(Rom. xv, 11. To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever.
(Rom. xvi. 27.
PRAYER. When thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are : for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily, they have their reward. But when thou prayest, enter into thy closet; and, when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret ; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the hea. then do : for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil : For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you : but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
[Matth. vi. 5-15.
PRAYER. Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find ; knock and it shall be opened unto you : for every one that asketh receiveth ; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom, if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone or if he ask a fish, will he give him a ser. pent? if ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
[Matth. vii. 7-11. Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my king, and my God : for unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness; neither shall evil dwell with thee. But I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy; and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them : let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous : with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
[Ps. v. 1-12. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report ; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
[Phil. iv. 4-8. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanks. giving.
[Col. iv. 2. Pray without ceasing.
[1 Thes. v. 17. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men ; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godli