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things do the Gentiles seek :) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself, sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
[Matth. vi. 25-34. Fear not; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms ; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that falleth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treas is, there will your heart be also.
[Luke, xii. 32-34. Whosoever shall seek to save his life, shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life, shall preserve it.
[Luke, xvii. 33. The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart : and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.
[Isai. lvii. 1. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: fur thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
[Ps. iv. 8. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
(Ps. xci. 1. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
[Ps. xxxvii. 5.
PRUDENCE. The simple believeth every word, but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
[Prov. xiv. 15. The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge.
(Prov. xviii. 15. 1, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
[Prov. viii. 12. The discretion of a man deferreth his anger, and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. (Prov. xix, 11.
A prudent man foreseeth evil and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished. [Prov, xxii. 3.
PUNISHMENT (OF DISOBEDIENCE). And unto Adam God said, Because thou hast hearkened 86
PURITY OF LIFE-QUIET. unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, sayiog, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorus also and thistles shall it bring forth to thée : and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground: for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
(Gen. iii. 17-19. I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
(Isai. xiii. 13. The Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabi. tants of the earth for their iniquity : the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
(Isai. xxvi. 21. [See Nation Cursed.]
PURITY OF LIFE.
Blessed are the pure in heart : for they shall see God.
[Matth. v. 8. He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
[Prov. xxii. 11. If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; if thon wert pure and up. right; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous,
[Job, viii. 5, 6. Dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Receive us ; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.
[2 Cor. vii. 1, 2.
Better is a handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. [Eccles. iv. 6. Whoso hearkeneth to me shall be in quiet. [Prov. i. 33.
RASHNESS. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God ; for God is in heaven and thou upon earth, therefore let thy words be few.
[Eccl. v. 2. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin.
[Eccl. v. 6. Ye ought to be quiet and do nothing rashly.
[Acts, xix. 36.
REBUKE. Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour and not suffer sin upon him.
[Lev. xix. 17. If thy brother trespass against thee rebuke him; and if he repent forgive him.
[Luke, xvii. 3. He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
[Prov. xxviii. 23. [See Reproof.]
RECONCILIATION. If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee: leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
[Matth. v. 23–24.
RELIGION. Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiv. ing your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natu. ral face in a glass : for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
[James, i. 22-27.
Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
[Matth. iv. 17. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Matth. ix, 13.
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons who need no repentance.
[Luke, xv. 7. Wash you, make you clean ; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord : though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. [Isai. i. 16-18.
Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed ; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, o house of Israel ? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God : wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye
[Ezek. xviii. 31, 32. Return ye every man from his evil way, and amend your doing, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers; but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.
[Jer. xxxv. 15. If ye throughly amend your ways and your doings ; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour , if ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt; then will i cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.
(Jer. vii. 5-7. Except ye repent, ye shall perish. [Luke, xiii. 5.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. (Acts, iii. 19.
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of : but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
[2 Cor. vii, 10.
89 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteous. ness that he hath done he shall live. [Ezek. xviii. 21, 22.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up him. self, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again Jesus stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last : and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers ? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
[John, viii. 7-11.
REPROOP. As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear. A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
[Prov. xxv. 12, 11. A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hun. dred stripes into a fool.
(Prov. xvii. 10. He that refuseth reproof erreth.
(Prov, X. 17. He that hateth refroof is brutish.
(Pruv, xii, 1. He that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
[Prov. xiii. 18. He that regardeth reproof is prudent. He that hateth reproof shall die : but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
[Prov. xv. 5, 10, 32.
RESIGNATION. And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house : and there came a messenger unto Job, and said, the oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them; and the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge