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in the greatness of his folly he shall Of the Proverbs of Solomon. go astray. Lesson I. Chap. v.
Ry. Remove. p. lxxiv. My son, attend unto my wisdom,
WEDNESDAY. and bow thine ear to my under- Of the Proverbs of Solomon. standing : that thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep
Lesson I. Chap. viii. knowledge. For the lips of a strange DOTH not wisdom cry ? and underwoman drop as an honeycomb, and
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. Her feet
She crieth at the gates, at the entry of
go down to death; her steps take hold the city, at the coming in at the doors. on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder
Unto you, 'O men, I call; and my the path of life, her ways are move- voice is to the sons of man. able, that thou canst not know simple, understand wisdom : and ye them.
fools, be ye of an understanding Ry. My son, give Me thine heart: excellent things ; and the opening of
heart. Hear; for I will speak of and let thine eyes observe My ways: for they shall be an ornament of grace my lips shall be right things. unto thy head. y. My son, attend Ry. O LORD, Father. p. lxxiv. unto My wisdom, and bow thine ear
Lesson II. to Mine understanding. For. Lesson II.
FOR my mouth shall speak truth ;
and wickedness is an abomination HEAR me now, therefore, o, ye to my lips. All the words of my
children, and depart not from mouth are in righteousness; there is the words of my mouth. Remove thy nothing froward or perverse in them. way far from her, and come not nigh They are all plain to him that underthe door of her house : lest thou give standeth, and right to them that find thine honour unto others, and thy knowledge, Receive my instruction, years unto the cruel: lest strangers and not silver ; and knowledge rather be filled with thy wealth ; and thy than choice gold. For wisdom is labours be in the house of a stranger; better than rubies; and all the things and thou mourn at the last, when thy that may be desired are not to be flesh and thy body are consumed, and compared to it. say, How have I hated instruction, R7. Great are Thy. p. lxxiv. and my heart despised reproof; and have not obeyed the voice of my
Lesson III. teachers, por inclined mine ear to I WISDOM dwell with prudence, and them that instructed me!
find out knowledge of witty invenRz. The fear. p. lxxiii.
tions. The fear of the LORD is to hate
evil : pride, and arrogancy, and the Lesson III.
evil way, and the 'froward mouth, do I AN
ND why wilt thou, my son, behate. Counsel is mine, and sound
ravished with a strange woman, wisdom: I am understanding; I have and embrace the bosom of a stranger ? strength. By me kings reign, and For the ways of man are before the princes decree justice. By me princes eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all rule, anà nobles, even all the judges his goings. His own iniquities shall of the earth. I love them that love take the wicked himself, and he shall me; and those that seek me early be holden with the cords of his sins. shall find me. He shall die without instruction; and Ry. Thine eyes. p. Ixxiv.
Of the Proverbs of Solomon.
Lesson I. Chap. xiv. A WISE son maketh a glad father: EVERY wise, woman buildeth her is
: of his mother. Treasures of wicked-jit down with her hands. He that ness profit nothing: but righteousness / walketh in his uprightness feareth the delivereth from death. The LORD LORD: but he that is perverse in his will not suffer the soul of the ways despiseth him. In the mouth of righteous to famish: but he casteth the foolish is a rod of pride: but the away the substance of the wicked. lips of the wise shall preserve them. He becometh poor that dealeth with a Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: slack hand: but the hand of the but much increase is by the strength of diligent maketh rich.
He that the ox. A faithful witness will not gathereth in summer is a wise son : lie: but a false witness will utter but be that sleepeth in harvest is a son lies. that causeth shame.
Ry. Give me. p. lxxij.
the just: but violence covereth easy unto him that understandeth. the mouth of the wicked. The Go from the presence of a foolish man, memory of the just is blessed: but when thou perceivest not in him the name of the wicked shall rot. the lips of knowledge. The wisdom The wise in heart will receive com- of the prudent is to understand his mandments : but a prating fool shall way: but the folly of fools is fall. He that walketh uprightly deceit. Fools make a mock at sin: walketh surely: but he that per- but among the righteous there is verteth his ways shall be known. He favour. The heart knoweth his own that winketh with the eye causeth bitterness; and a stranger doth not sorrow : but a prating fool shall intermeddle with his joy. The house fall.
of the wicked shall be overthrown: R7. I alone. p. Ixxiii.
but the tabernacle of the upright shall
flourish. Lesson III.
Ry. The fear. p. lxxiii. THB month of a righteous man is well of life: but violence
Lesson III. covereth the mouth of the wicked. THERE is a way which seemeth Hatred stirreth up strifes : but love right unto a man, but the end covereth all sins. In the lips of him thereof are the ways of death. Even that hath understanding wisdom is in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and found : but a rod is for the back of the end of that mirth is heaviness. him that is void of understanding. The backslider in heart shall be filled Wise men lay up knowledge: but the with his own ways: and a good man mouth of the foolish is near destruc- shall be satisfied from himself. The tion. The rich man's wealth is his simple believeth every word : but the strong city: the destruction of the prudent man looketh well to his going. poor is their poverty. The labour of A wise man feareth, and departeth the righteous tendeth to life: the from evil: but the fool rageth, and is fruit of the wicked to sin.
confident. Rey. Send, O LORD. 0. lxxiii.
Ry. Remove. p. lxxiv.
SECOND SUNDAY IN AUGUST.
Here beginneth the Book of
Eeclesiastes. THE preparations of the heart in
Lesson 1. Chap. i. man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD. All the ways THF words
of the Preacher, the son are clean in his own
of David, king in Jerusalem : eyes; but the LORD weigheth the Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, spirits. Commit thy works anto vanity of vanities;
all is vanity. the LORD, and thy thoughts shall What profit hath a man of all his be established. The LORD hath labour which he taketh under the sun ? made all things for himself: yea, even another generation cometh: but the
One generation passeth away, and the wicked for the day of Every one that is proud in heart is earth abideth for ever. The sun also an abomination to the LORD : though ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hand join in hand, he shall not be hasteth to his place where he arose. unpunished.
The wind goeth towards the south,
and turneth about unto the north ; it Ry. O LORD, Father. p. lxxiv.
whirleth about continually, and the
wind returneth again according to his Lesson II.
circuits. All the rivers run into the BY mercy and truth iniquity, is sea; yet the sea is not full ; unto the
purged : and by the fear of the place from whence the rivers come, LORD, men depart from evil. When thither they return again. a man's ways please the LORD, he Ry. The LORD possessed. p. lxxi. maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Better is a little with
Lesson II. righteousness than great revenues ALL things are full of labour; man without right. A man's heart deviseth cannot utter it: the eye is not his way: but the LORD directeth his satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled steps.
with bearing. The thing that hath Ry. Great are. p. lxxiv.
been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall
be done : and there is no new thing Lesson III.
under the sun. Is there anything A
DIVINE sentence is on the lips whereof it may be said, See, this is
of the king : his mouth trans- new? it hath been already of old time, gresseth not in judgment. A just which was before us. There is no reweight and balance are the LORD's: membrance of former things; neither all the weights of the bag are shall there be any remembrance of his work. It is an abomination to things that are to come with those kings to commit wickedness: for the that shall come after. throne is established by righteous
Ry. I alone. p. lxxiii. Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him
Lesson III. that speaketh right. The wrath po! I THE Preacher was king over Israel the king is as messengers of death :
I but a wise man will pacify it. In the heart to seek and search out by wisdom light of the king's countenance is concerning all things that are done life: and his favour is as a cloud of under heaven : this sore travail bath the latter rain.
God given to the sons of man to be Ry. Thine eyes. p. lxxiv.
exercised therewith. I have seen all
the works that are done under the pleasures, nor called enjoyment of sun; and, behold, all is vanity and superfluities a vain thing; neverthevexation of spirit. That which is less, even under such a state of affairs crooked cannot be made straight: and it will be possible to see in the things that which is wanting cannot be num- themselves how contemptible, and bered. I communed with mine own subject to vanity they are. heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great who are called to a more excellent estate, and have gotten more wisdom life, ascending to a higher than all they that have been before me eminence, and are being trained in a in Jerusalem : yea, my heart had great greater arena. What else is this, than experience of wisdom and knowledge. that we are enjoined to guide our life And I gave my heart to know wisdom, by the same rules as these heavenly and to know madness and folly. powers, intellectual
and bodiless, Ry. Send, O LORD. p. lxxiii.
do theirs ?
Ry. Remove. p. lxxiv.
R2. vii. O LORD, Father. p. Ixxiv.
Rz. viii. Two Seraphim. p. xxviii. A Sermon of S. John Chrysostom.
MONDAY. SOLOMON, when he was held fast by the desire of worldly things, thought
Of the Book of Ecclesiastes. them great and admirable, and spent
Lesson I. Chap. ii. much labour and trouble upon them, I SAID in mine heart, Go to now, I in building magnificent houses, in will prove thee with mirth, therefore heaping together great piles of gold, enjoy pleasure : and, behold, this also in collecting choirs of singers, in is vanity. I said of laughter, It is mad; gathering to himself all kinds of and of mirth, What doeth it? ! servants for his table and kitchen, in sought in mine heart to give myself seeking pleasure for his mind from unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart the beauty of lovely gardens, and in with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly following, so to speak, every path of till I might see what was that good for enjoyment and ease.
the sons of men, which they should Ry. Give me. p. lxxiii.
do under the heaven all the days of Lesson y.
their life. I made me great works ;
builded me houses : I planted me BUT when he came to himself, and vineyards. to ,
R. Leave me not. p. lxxiv. from some dark abyss, towards the light of true wisdom, then he uttered
Lesson II. that lofty speech, worthy of heaven I GOT me servants and maidens, and itself, saying: Vanity of vanities, all had seryants born in my house; things are vanity. You, too, will utter also I had great possessions of great this speech, and if you wish it, a still and small cattle above all that were in loftier one, touching the unseasonable Jerusalem before me: I gathered me pleasures of this world, if once, for also silver and gold, and the peculiar however little a time, you separate treasure of kings and of the provinces: yourselves from evil habits.
I gat me men singers and women Ry. The fear. p. lxxiii.
singers, and the delights of the sons
of men, as musical instruments, and Lesson VI.
that of all sorts. So I was great, and BUT although, in former ages, before increased more than all that were
, not much zeal for wisdom required, dom remained with me. for the ancient law neither prohibited Rz. Great are. p. lxxiv.