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Honourable age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years. But wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old age. To fear the Lord is the beginning of wiso and giveth joy, and gladness, and a long 1Ie. My son, help thy father in his age, and grieve him not as long as he liveth. Honour thy father and mother both in word and deed, that a blessing may come upon thee from them. Be not hasty with thy tongue, and in no wise speak against the truth. Love him that hath made thee with all thy strength. Bow down thine ear to the poor, and refuse not to give to him that is in need. So shalt thou be as the son of the Most High, and he shall love thee more than thy mother doth. Wisdom exalteth her children, and layeth hold of them that seek her. He that loveth her loveth life; and they that seek her early shall be filled with joy. They that serve her shall minister to the Holy One; and them that love her the Lord will love.
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Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people; And hath raised up a horn of salvation for for us in the house of his servant David;— To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, To guide our feet in the way of peace. The eyes of the blind are opened, and the ears of the deaf are unstopped. The lame man leaps as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sings. The dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. He was bruised for our iniquities; and with his stripes are we healed. He did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not. He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter; he poured out his soul unto death. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father, To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
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9. THE KINGdom of CHRist.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth ! The Lord hath comforted his people, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad; The desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. The house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills. And many nations shall come, and say, Let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob. They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid ; and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all God's holy mountain ; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them.
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And they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. Praise our God, all ye servants of his, and ye that fear him, both great and small. Alleluia: the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him. Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever.
Who are these, which are arrayed in white robes 2 and whence came they These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. Therefore do they serve him day and night in his temple ; and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more. There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain. There shall be no night there, and they 14
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need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light. They shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. The Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters. There shall in no wise enter there anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie ; But they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. 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. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.
11. CHARITY AND BRoTHERLY LovE.
Blessed is he that considereth the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive ; and he shall be blessed upon the earth.
The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing : thou wilt make all his bed in sickness.
He that hath pity upon the poor, lendeth unto the Lord.
And that which he hath given will He pay him again.