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in the tenth day of the month, that, captain of the guard carry away. But Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, the captain of the guard left of the he, and all his host, against Jeru- poor of the land to be vinedressers salem, and pitched against it; and and husbandmen. And the pillars of they built forts against it round brass that were in the house of the about. And the city was besieged LORD, and the bases, and the brasen unto the eleventh year of king sea that was in the house of the LORD, Zedekiah. And on the ninth day of did the Chaldees break in pieces, the fourth month the famine prevailed and carried the brass of them to Bain the city, and there was no bread bylon. for the people of the land.
Ry. Hearken. p. xxix.
Before the first Sunday in August. AND the city was broken up, and That is called the first Sunday in the
all the men of war fled by night month, which falls on, or nearest to, by the way of the gate between two the Kalends of that month; thus, if the walls, which is by the king's garden: Kalends fall on Monday, Tuesday, or (now the Chaldees were against the Wednesday, then the first Sunday of city round about :) and the king the month is that preceding the Kalends. went the way toward the plain. But if it fall on Thursday, Friday, And the army of the Chaldees pursued or Saturday, the first Sunday is that after the king, and overtook him in which follows. the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from him.
FIRST SUNDAY IN AUGUST. took the king, and brought him up to
The books of Solomon are read from the king of Babylon to Riblah ; and this day till the first Sunday in they gave judgment upon him. And September. they slew the sons of Zedekiah before
FIRST NOCTURN. his eyes, and put out the eyes of Here begin the Proverbs of Solomon. Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon.
Lesson I. Chap. i. Ry. Thou hast heard. p. xxviii. TAF proverbs of Solomon the son
of David, king of Israel; To know Lesson III.
wisdom and instruction; to perceive AND in the fifth month, on the the words of understanding; to
seventh day of the month, which receive the instruction of wisdom, is the nineteenth year of king Nebu- justice, and judgment, and equity : chadnezzar king of Babylon, came to give subtilty to the simple, to the Nebuzar-adan, captain of the guard, a young man knowledge and discretion. servant of the king of Babylon, unto A wise man will hear, and will increase Jerusalem: and he burnt the house learning; and a man of understanding of the LORD, and the king's house, and shall attain unto wise counsels: to all the houses of Jerusalem, and understand a proverb, and the interevery great man's house burnt he pretation; the words of the wise, and with fire. And all the army of the their dark sayings. Chaldees, that were with the captain Ry, The LORD possessed Me in the of the guard, brake down the walls of beginning, or ever the earth was; Jerusalem round about. Now the rest when there were no depths, when of the people that were left in the city, there no fountains, abound. and the fugitives that fell away to the ing with water, * before the mountains king of Babylon, with the remnant of were settled, before the hills was I the multitude, did Nebuzar-adan the brought forth. Y. When He prepared
the heavens, I was there, as
SECOND NOCTURN. brought up with Him. Before. From the Treatise of S. Ambrose, Lesson II.
Bp., on the 119th Psalm.
Lesson IV. THE fear of the LORD is the
Serm. 5. beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My THE prophet saith, that the fear of son, hear the instruction of thy father,
the LORD is the beginning of and forsake not the law of thy knowledge. But what is the beginning mother : for they shall be an orna
of knowledge, save the renouncing of
the world? Because to be wise in ment of grace unto thy head, and
Furchains about thy neck. My son, if secular things is foolishness. sinners entice thee, consent thou not. ther, the Apostle saith that the If they say, Come with us, let us lay wisdom of this world is foolishness wait for blood, let us lurk privily with God. But even the fear of the for the innocent without cause: let LORD, unless it be according to knowus swallow them up alive as the ledge, is of no advantage, but is grave; and whole, as those that go
rather a very great hindrance. Thus, down into the pit: we shall find the Jews have a zeal for God, but, all precious substance, we shall fill because they have it not according to our houses with spoil: cast in thy knowledge, in that very zeal and fear, lot among us: let us all have one they become guilty of greater of
fence to GOD. In that they cirpurse.
cumcise their little children, in that Ry. I alone compassed the circuit they keep the sabbath, they have the of the heaven, and walked upon the fear of God; but because they know waves of the sea, and in every people not that the law is spiritual, they and nation I got a possession: and circumcise the body, not the heart. I trod upon the necks of the mighty Ry. Give me, O LORD, wisdom that in mine own strength. ¥. I dwelt sitteth by Thy throne, and reject me in high places, and my throne is in not from among Thy children : for the cloudy pillar. And.
I am Thy servant, and son of Thy
handmaid. y. Send her from the Lesson III.
throne of Thy glory, that being MY son, walk thou not in the way present she may labour with me. For. with them; refrain thy foot from
Lesson V. their path : for their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Surely AND why do I speak of the Jews ? in vain the net is spread in the sight those who have the fear of God, but
There are even, among ourselves, of any bird. And they lay wait for not according to knowledge ; those their own blood; they lurk privily for who lay down harsh laws which their own lives. So are the ways of human nature cannot sustain. Their every one that is greedy of gain; fear lies in this, that they seem to which taketh away the life of the take measures for self-discipline, and owners thereof.
to require goodness in action ; but it Ry. Send, O LORD, wisdom out of is not according to knowledge, because Thy holy heavens, and rom the they do not sympathize with human throne of Thy glory, that being present nature, nor take account of possibility. she may labour with me: that I Let us have therefore no irrational may know what is pleasing unto fear. For true wisdom begins with Thee. y. Give me, O LORD, wisdom the fear of God: so that fear ought that sitteth by Thy throne. That. not to be without wisdom. Glory. That.
Ry. The fear of the LORD is the
beginning of wisdom : * A good under-, standing in the sight of God and man. standing have all they that do there. Trust in the LORD with all thine after: the praise of it endureth for heart; and lean not unto thine own ever. y. And love is the keeping of understanding. In
all thy ways His laws: the fear of the LORD is the acknowledge him, and he shall direct first step to be accepted of Him. Athy paths. good.
Rz. Leave me not, O LORD, Father Lesson VI.
and Governor of all my life, lest I fall HOLY fear is a sort of basis for the before mine adversaries: and mine
word. For as an image is set enemy rejoice over me. y. Lay hold ap on a base, and then has more upon shield and buckler, and stand up beauty, when the statue is fixed on to help me. And. the base, and has a firm stand, so the word of God is best set up on
Lesson II. holy fear, and is more deeply rooted BE not wise in thine own eyes: fear in the heart of one that fears the
the LORD, and depart from evil. LORD, lest the word should slip away It shall be health to thy navel, and from the hearts of man, lest the birds marrow to thy bones. Honour the should come and carry it off from the LORD with thy substance, and with affections of a careless and deceitful the firstfruits of all thine increase : hearer.
so shall thy barns be filled with Ry. Remove far from me vanity plenty, and thy presses shall burst out and lies, O LORD: * give me neither with new wine. poverty nor riches; feed me with Ry. Great are Thy judgments, 0 food convenient for me. y. Two LORD, and cannot be expressed: * Thou things have I required of Thee: deny didst magnify Thy people, and glorify me them not before I die. Give. them. y. Thou broughtest them Glory. Give.
through the Red sea, and carriedst THIRD NOCTURN.
them through much water. Thou. Ry. vii. O LORD, Father and God of
Lesson III. my life, give me not a proud look, but turn away from Thy servant always a
My son, despise not the chastening
of the LORD; neither be weary haughty mind: turn away from me of his correction : for whom the LORD vain hopes and concupiscence :
loveth he correcteth; even as a father give not over me Thy servant into an the
son in whom he delighteth.. impudent mind. y. Leave me not, Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, O LORD, lest my ignorance increase, and the man that getteth understandand my sins abound. And give.
ing. For the merchandise of it is Ry. viii. Two Seraphim. p. xxvii. better than the merchandise of silver, Te Deum, p. 15.
and the gain thereof than fine gold. MONDAY.
She is more precious than rubies:
and all the things thou canst desire Of the Proverbs of Solomon.
are not to be compared unto her. Lesson I. Chap. iii.
Ry. Thine eyes behold, O LORD, Mson, forget not my law; but let what is in the heart of man, and in
thine heart keep my command- Thy book all things are written. * Man ments : for length of days, and long looketh on the outward appearance, life, and peace, shall they add to thee. but the LORD looketh on the heart. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: y. For the LORD searcheth all hearts, bind them about thy neck; write them and understandeth all the imaginaupon the table of thine heart: so tions of the thoughts. Man. Glory. shalt thou find favour and good under-Man.
3,1 Thu Foru
in the greatness of his folly he shall
Ry. Remove. p. lxxiv.
Lesson I. Chap. viii.
standing put forth her voice ? her mouth is smoother than oil: but she standeth in the top of high places, her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp by the way in the places of the paths. as a twoedged sword.
She crieth at the gates, at the entry of
Her feet go
Unto you, 'O men, I call; and my
fools, be ye of an understanding
heart. Ry. My son, give Me thine heart,
Hear; for I will speak of
excellent things ; and the opening of
FOR my mouth shall speak truth;
and wickedness is an abomination
All the words of my
find out knowledge of witty inven
tions. The fear of the LORD is to hate Rz. The fear. p. lxxiii.
evil : pride, and arrogancy, and the Lesson III.
evil way, and the froward mouth, do I AN
ND why wilt thou, my son, be hate. Counsel is mine, and sound
ravished with a strange woman, wisdom: I am understanding; I have
is & light thing for the shadow to go the pure in heart, for they shall down ten degrees: nay, but let the see God. And how is it written in shadow return backward ten degrees. another place: Who can say, I have And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the made my heart clean? The answer is LORD: and he brought the shadow in this wise, that a perfect heart in ten degrees backward, by which it Hezekiah's case is spoken of, because had gone down in the dial of Ahaz. he destroyed idols, opened the doors Ry. The LORD that. p. xxvii. of the temple, broke in pieces the
brazen serpent, and performed all SECOND NOCTURN.
the other acts which Scripture reFrom the Exposition of S. Jerome the cords. Priest on Isaiah.
Ry. Ye mountains. p. xxvii.
Lesson VI. LEST the heart of Hezekiah should AND be wept sore, on account of the be lifted up, after such incredible
LORD's promise to David, which triumphs, and a victory out of the he saw would perish by his own death. midst of captivity, he is visited by For at that time, Hezekiah had no bodily sickness, and he hears that he sons : since, after his death, Manasseh is about to die : in order that he began to reign in Judah, when he was might turn to the LORD, and bend but twelve years old. Whence it to His decree. And the same thing
evident that Manasseh was not born happened in the case of the prophet till the third year of the restored Jonah ; and in the threat pronounced life of Hezekiań. Wherefore all this against David, that which was foretold weeping is, because he lost all hope came not to pass. Not that God that CHRIST should be born of his changed His decree, but because He seed. Others allege, that even holy would call man to the knowledge of
are afraid of death, because Himself. For the LORD repenteth of their doubt as to the judgment, or Hina of the evil. Hezekiah turned his their ignorance of what dwelling place face to the wall, because he could not they shall have by God's decree. go to the Temple; either towards the Rz. vi. I took thee. p. xxvii. wall of the Temple, close to whicb Ry. vii. I have sinned. p. xxviii. Solomon had erected his palace, or Rz. viii. Two Seraphim. p. xxviii. simply towards the wall, lest he should appear to exhibit bis tears to
MONDAY, them that sat by.
Of the 2nd Book of Kings.
Lesson I. Chap. xxii.
OSIAH was eight years old when AND hearing that he was to die, be he began to reign, and he reigned
does not pray for life, and many thirty and one years in Jerusalem. years, but leaves it to God's judgment, and his mother's name was Jedidah, what He would be pleased to give him. the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath. For he knew that Solomon had And he did that which was right in pleased God, because he did not ask the sight of the LORD, and walked in for longer years of life. But when all the way of David his father, and about to depart to the LORD, he sets turned not aside to the right hand forth his conduct; how he had walked or to the left. And it came to pass before Him in truth, and with a per- in the eighteenth year of king Josiah fect heart. Happy is that conscience, that the
king sent Shaphan the son of which, in the time of affliction, can Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the call to mind good works. Blessed are scribe, to the house of the LORD,