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neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding
Q. 138. What is the beginning of true wisdom ? Proverbs, ix. 10.
A. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding.
Q.139. Are we not commanded to fear God? Deuteronomy, xiii. 4.
A. Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
Q. 140. What saith David of the fear of the Lord ? Psalm xxxiv. 9, 10.
A. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing,
Q. 141. Is the Lord gracious and merciful to those that fear him. Psalm ciïi. 8, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18. .
A. The Lord is inerciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children ; to such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his command ments to do them.
Q. 142. Are they blessed who fear the Lord ? Psalm cxxviii. 1, 2, 3, 4.
A. Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord, that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands : happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house : thy children like olive plants round
about thy table. Thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.
Q. 143. Should all fear God and stand in awe of him? Isaiah, viii. 13–Psalm xxxiij. 8, 9.
A. Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done: he commanded, and it stood fast.
Q. 144. What saith Solomon of humility and the fear of the Lord? Prov. xxii. 4-xiv. 26, 27-XV, 33–xxiii. 17.
A. By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life. . ; In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence; and his children shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom ; and be-. fore honour is humility. Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. .
Q. 145. What counsel doth the prophet Isaiah give to. those who are in darkness? Isaiah, 1. 10.
A. Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obey. eth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light, let him trust in the nane of the Lord, and stay upon his God.
Q. 146. Will it not be well with those that fear God? Ecclesiastes, viii. 12.
A. Surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God.
Q. 147. Upon whom doth the prophet Malachi say the Sun of righteousness shall arise 2 Malachi, iv. 2.
A. Unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings.
OF DRUNKENNESS. Q. 148. What saith Solomon of the drunkard? Prov. xxiii. 20, 21.
. A. Be not among wine-bibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
Q. 149. Doth the apostle advise us not to get drunk ? Ephesians, v. 15, 16, 18.
A. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. And be not drunk with wine wherein is excess.
Q. 150. What saith the prophet Joel to drunkards? Joel, i. 5...
A. Awake ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine.. .
Q. 151. Are those people wise who are deceived by wine and strong drink? Proverbs, xx. 1–xxi. 17.
A. Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
Q. 152. What saith the prophet Isaiah of those who are mighty to drink wine? Isaiah, v. 22.
A. Wo unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink!
Q. 153. Doth Christ caution us against drunkenness? Luke, xxi. 34.
A. Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness.
Q. 154. What saith the prophet Habakkuk of him whe maketh his neighbour drunk. Habakkuk, ii. 15.
A. Wo unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken!
Q. 155. Doth the apostle advise against rioting and drunkenness? Romans, xiii. 12, 13.
A. Let us, therefore, cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly. as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Q. 156. Who hath wo and misery? Proverbs, xxiii. 29, 30, 32.
A. Who hath wo? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine: they that go to seek mixed wine. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
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Q. 157. Doth the Lord command us not to swear? Exodus, xx. 7.
A. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Q. 158. Doth not Christ forbid all swearing? Matthew, ' * v. 33, 34, 37.
A. Again ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: but I say unto you, Swear not all. But let your communication be Yea, yea; nay, nay; for whatsoever is inore than these cometh of evil.
Q. 159. Did the prophet Jeremiah complain that the land mourned because of swearing? Jer. xxiii: 10, 11, 12.
A. Because of swearing the land mourneth; for both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the Lord. I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the Lord.
Q. 160. What saith the prophet Zechariah of the flying roll which he saw? Zechariah, v. 1, 2, 3.
A. Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. And he said unto me, What seest thou ? and I answered, I see a flying roll: Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side, and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side.
Q. 161. Doth not God often bring his judgments on a nation for their swearing and other abominations? Hosea, iv. 1, 2, 3.
A. Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel : for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, noc knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out; therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwell. eth therein shall languish.
Q. 162. Is not all swearing forbid by the apostle James ? James, v. 12.
A. But above all things, my brethren,swear not; neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea, be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
OF THE PUNISHMENTS OF THE WICKED. Q. 163. What saith the prophet Isaiah concerning the wicked? Isaiah, iii. 11.
A. Wo into the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
Q. 164. Why did God threaten to punish the children of Israel in a particular manner? Amos, iii. 1, 2.
A. Hear this word that the Lord hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, you only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
Q. 165. What became of the two and forty children that mocked the prophet Elisha? 2 Kings, ii. 23, 24.
A. And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And there came forth two she-bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.
Q. 166. What became of wicked Haman, who conspired the destruction of the Jews ? Esther, vii. 9, 10.
A. And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold, also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon. So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.
Q. 167. After what manner were Korah and the rest of those wicked men destroyed who rose up against Moses and Aaron? Numbers, xvi. 31, 32, 33.