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and they that were ready went in "WHAT things were gain to me,
meet the bridegroom. And five of air : but I keep under my body, them were wise, and five were fool- and bring it into subjection : lest ish. They that were foolish took that by any means, when I have their lamps, and took no oil with preached to others, I myself should them : but the wise took oil in their be a castaway. vessels with their lamps. While 3 For we are made partakers of the bridegroom tarried, they all Christ, if we hold the beginning of slumbered and slept. And at mid- our confidence steadfast unto the end. night there was a cry made, Behold, 4 Therefore, my beloved brethren, the bridegroom cometh ; go ye out be ye steadfast, unmovable, always to meet him. Then all those virgins abounding in the work of the Lord, arose, and trimmed their lamps. forasmuch as ye know that your And the foolish said unto the wise, labour is not in vain in the Lord. Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but
Same subject continued. go ye rather to them that sell, and From St. Paul's Epistles to the buy for yourselves. And while they Philippians and Galatians. went to buy, the bridegroom came ; 5 HAT
those I counted loss for with him to the marriage ; and the Christ. Yea, doubtless, and I door was shut. Afterward came count all things but loss for the also the other virgins, saying, Lord, excellency of the knowledge of Lord, open to us. But he answered Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom and said, Verily I say unto you, I I have suffered the loss of all things, know you not. Watch therefore, and do count them but dung, that for ye know neither the day nor I may win Christ, and be found in the hour wherein the Son of Man Him, not having mine own rightcometh.
eousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of
Christ, the righteousness which is Perseverance in good works.
of God by faith : that I may know From the Holy Gospel according to Him, and the power of His re
St. Matthew, from St. Paul's surrection, and the fellowship of Epistle to the Hebrews, and First His sufferings, being made conEpistle to the Corinthians. formable unto His death ; if by any T that time Jesus said, He means I might attain unto the re
Not as end, the same shall be saved. though I had already attained,
2 Brethren, know ye not that they either were already perfect: but I which run in a race run all, but one follow after, if that I may apprereceiveth the prize ? So run, that hend that for which also I am apye may obtain.
And every man prehended of Christ Jesus. Brethat striveth for the mastery is tem- thren, I count not myself to have perate in all things. Now they do apprehended ; but this one thing I it to obtain a corruptible crown; do, forgetting those things which but we an incorruptible. I there are behind, and reaching forth unto fore so run, not as uncertainly; so those things which are before, I fight I, not as one that beateth the press toward the mark for the prize i St. Matt. xxiv. 13.
2 1 Cor. ix. 24.
3 Heb. iii. 14. 4 1 Cor. xv. 58.
5 Phil. iii. 7.
of the high calling of God in Christ and thy neighbour as thyself. And Jesus.
He said unto him, Thou hast an1 And let us not be weary in well swered right : this do, and thou doing : for in due season we shall shalt live. But he, willing to jusreap, if we faint not.
tify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour ? And Jesus
answering said, A certain man went The Christian course progressive. down from Jerusalem to Jericho,
and fell among thieves, which stripFrom the Book of Proverbs, and ped him of his raiment, and woundfrom the Second General Epistle ed him, and departed, leaving him of St. Peter.
half dead. And by chance there THE path of the just is as the came down a certain priest that shining light, that shineth
way, and when he saw him, he more and more unto the present passed by on the other side. And day.
likewise a Levite, when he was at 3 Ye, therefore, beloved, the place, came and looked on him, grow in grace, and in the know- and passed by on the other side. ledge of our Lord and Saviour But a certain Samaritan, as he jourJesus Christ.
neyed, came where he was; and 4 And giving all diligence, add to when he saw him, he had comyour faith virtue; and to virtue passion on him, and went to him, knowledge; and to knowledge tem- and bound up his wounds, pouring perance; and to temperance pa- in oil and wine, and set him on his tience ; and to patience godliness ; own beast, and brought him to an and to godliness brotherly kindness ; inn, and took care of him. And and to brotherly kindness charity: on the morrow, when he departed, For if these things be in you, and he took out two pence, and gave abound, they make you that ye shall them to the host, and said unto neither be barren nor unfruitful in him, Take care of him; and whatthe knowledge of our Lord Jesus soever thou spendest more, when Christ.
I come again, I will repay thee. fifth clieet.
Which now of these three, thinkest
thou, was neighbour unto him that MONDAY.
fell among the thieves ? And he Good works.-1. Love of God and said, He that shewed mercy on him. our neighbour.
Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and From the Holy Gospel according do thou likewise. to St. Luke.
TUESDAY. and tempted Jesus,
2. Love of our neighbour. saying, What shall I do to inherit From the Book of Leviticus, and eternal life? He said unto him,
from the Holy Gospel according What is written in the law ? how to St. Luke. readest thou ? And he answering THOU shalt love thy neighbour said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy as thyself: I am the Lord. God with all thy heart, and with
7 Jesus said, I say unto you
which all thy soul, and with all thy hear, Love your enem
do good strength, and with all thy mind; to them which hate you, bless them 1 Gal. vi. 6. 2 Prov. iv. 18.
3 2 St. Pet. iii. 17, 18. 4 2 St. Pet. i. 5. 5 St. Luke x. 25.
6 Lev. xix. 18. 7 St. Luke vi. 27.
that curse you, and pray for them pleasing in His sight. And this is which despitefully use you. . His commandment, That we should And as ye would that men should believe on the name of His Son do to you, do ye also to them like- Jesus Christ, and love one another, wise. For if ye love them which as He gave us commandment. And love you, what thank have ye? for he that keepeth His commandments sinners also love those that love dwelleth in Him, and He in him. them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even
Humility. the same.
And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what From the Book of the Prophet thank have ye? for sinners also lend
Isaiah, from the Holy Gospel to sinners, to receive as much again.
according to St. Matthew, and But love ye your enemies, and do
from the First General Epistle good, and lend, hoping for nothing
of St. Peter. again ; and your reward shall be 2 THUS saith the high and lofty
of the Highest : for He is kind unto whose name is Holy; I dwell in the the unthankful and to the evil. Be high and holy place, with Him also ye therefore merciful, as your Father that is of a contrite and humble also is merciful.
spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of
the contrite ones. Same subject continued.
3 And Jesus opened His mouth,
and taught, saying, Blessed are the From the First General Epistle of poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingSt. John.
dom of heaven. Blessed are the CEREBY perceive we the love meek: for they shall inherit the His life for us : and we ought to lay
4 Humble yourselves therefore down our lives for the brethren. under the mighty hand of God, that But whoso hath this world's good, He may exalt you in due time. Ye and seeth his brother have need, younger, submit yourselves unto the and shutteth up his bowels of com- elder. Yea, all of you be subject one passion from him, how dwelleth the to another, and be clothed with hulove of God in him ? My little mility : for God resisteth the proud, children, let us not love in word, and giveth grace to the humble. neither in tongue ; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know
Sixth Cleek. that we are of the truth, and shall
Same subject continued. assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemn us, God is From the Holy Gospels according to greater than our heart, and know
St. Matthew and St. Luke.
T condemn us not, then have we con
unto Jesus, fidence toward God. And whatso- Who is the greatest in the kingdom ever we ask, we receive of Him, of heaven? And Jesus called a little because we keep His command child unto Him, and set him in the ments, and do those things that are midst of them, and said, Verily I 1 St. John iii. 16. 2 Isaiah lvii. 15.
3 St. Matt. v. 2. 41 St. Pet. v. 6.
5 St. Matt. xviii. 1.
ethal things. Beloved wifeur heart 'AT the same time came the pilis
say unto you, Except ye be con- Furthermore we have had fathers of verted, and become as little chil- our flesh which corrected us, and dren, ye shall not enter into the we gave them reverence : shall we kingdom of heaven. Whosoever not much rather be in subjection therefore shall humble himself as unto the Father of spirits, and live ? this little child, the same is greatest For they verily for a few days chasin the kingdom of heaven. And tened us after their own pleasure; whoso shall receive one such little but He for our profit, that we might child in My name receiveth Me. be partakers of His holiness. Now
And Jesus put forth a parable no chastening for the present seem. to those which were bidden, when eth to be joyous, but grievous : He marked how they chose out the nevertheless afterward it yieldeth chief rooms ; saying unto them, the peaceable fruit of righteousness When thou art bidden of any man unto them which are exercised to a wedding, sit not down in the thereby. highest room ; lest a more honour
THURSDAY. able man than thou be bidden of him ; and he that bade thee and
Same subject continued. him come and say to thee, Give this From the General Epistle of man place; and thou begin with
St. James. shame to take the lowest room. But 3
E patient, brethren, unto the when thou art bidden, go and sit coming of the Lord. Bedown in the lowest room ; that when hold, the husbandman waiteth for he that bade thee cometh, he may the precious fruit of the earth, and say unto thee, Friend, go up higher : hath long patience for it, until he then shalt thou have worship in the receive the early and latter rain. presence of them that sit at meat Be ye also patient; stablish your with thee. For whosoever exalteth hearts : for the coming of the Lord himself shall be abased ; and he draweth nigh. Grudge not one that humbleth himself shall be ex-against another, brethren, lest ye alted.
be condemned: behold, the Judge
standeth before the door. Take, Patience in trouble.
my brethren, the prophets, who
have spoken in the name of the From St. Paul's Epistle to the
Lord, for an example of suffering Hebrews.
affliction, and of patience. Behold, ELOVED, forget not the ex- we count them happy which endure. you as unto children, My son, de- Job, and have seen the end of the spise not thou the chastening of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, Lord, nor faint when thou art re- and of tender mercy. But above buked of Him : for whom the Lord all things, my brethren, swear not, loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth neither by heaven, neither by the every son whom He receiveth. If earth, neither by any other oath : ye endure chastening, God dealeth but let your yea be yea; and your with you as with sons ; for what nay, nay ; lest
fall into condemnason is he whom the father chasteneth tion. Is any among you afflicted ? not? But if ye be without chas- let him pray. Is any merry ? let tisement, whereof all are partakers, him sing psalms. Is any sick among then are ye bastards, and not sons. Iyou? let him call for the elders of
I St. Luke xiv. 7.
2 Heb. xii. 5.
3 St. James v. 7.
the church ; and let them pray over escape, if we turn away from Him him, anointing him with oil in the that speaketh from heaven : whose name of the Lord : and the prayer voice then shook the earth : but of faith shall save the sick, and the now He hath promised, saying, Yet Lord shall raise him up; and if he once more I shake not the earth have committed sins, they shall be only, but also heaven. And this forgiven him.
word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are
shaken, as of things that are made, Holiness and reverence.
that those things which cannot be
shaken, may remain. Wherefore we From St. Paul's Epistle to the receiving a kingdom which cannot Hebrews.
be moved, let us have
' being left us of
all men, and holiness, with with reverence and godly fear : for out which no man shall see the our God is a consuming fire. Lord : looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest
Seventh Ttleek. any root of bitterness springing up
MONDAY trouble you, and thereby many be defiled ; lest there be any fornicator,
Same subject continued. or profane person, as Esau, who for From the First General Epistle of one morsel of meat sold his birth- St. Peter, and from St. Paul's right. For ye know how that after- Epistle to the Hebrews.
, the blessing, he was rejected : for he found no place of repentance, entering into His rest, any of you though he sought it carefully with should seem to come short of it. tears. For ye are not come unto 3 But as He which hath called you the mount that might be touched, is holy, so be ye holy in all manner and that burned with fire, nor unto of conversation ; because it is writblackness, and darkness, and tem- ten, Be ye holy; for I am holy. pest, and the sound of a trumpet, And if ye call on the Father, who and the voice of words. . But without respect of persons judgeth ye are come unto Mount Sion, and according to every man's work, pass unto the city of the living God, the the time of your sojourning here in heavenly Jerusalem, and to an in- fear : forasmuch as ye know that ye numerable company of angels, to were not redeemed with corruptible the general assembly and church of things, as silver and gold, from your the firstborn, which are written in vain conversation received by tradiheaven, and to God the Judge of tion from your fathers; but with all, and to the spirits of just men the precious blood of Christ, as of made perfect, and to Jesus the a lamb without blemish and without Mediator of the new covenant, and spot. to the blood of sprinkling, that 4 Seeing then that we have a speaketh better things than that of great High Priest, that is passed into Abel. See that ye refuse not Him the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, that speaketh. For if they escaped let us hold fast our profession. For not who refused Him that spake we have not an High Priest which on earth, much more shall not we cannot be touched with the feeling 1 Heb. xii. 14. 2 Heb. iv. l.
31 Pet. i. 15. 4 Heb. iv. 14.