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Job.

Behold, God exalteth by his power : who teacheth like him? Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold. Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off. Behold, God is great, and we know him not; neither can the number of his years be searched out. Heark. en unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud te shion? Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge! Also can any understand the spreading oi the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle ? But ask how the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they stali tell thee : or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of aii maukind. With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. With him is wisdom and sirength, he hath cjunsel and understanding. Behoid, he withholduth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth. Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built up again. With him is strength and wisdom : he stretcheth, out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not rent under them. He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it. lle hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end. The pillars of heaven tremble, and are astonished at his reproof. He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud. By his Spirit he hath garnished the heavens : his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. Lo, these are parts of his ways : but how little a portiou is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

From the same.

Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are ! And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud? Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not ; and he Numbers, 6.

The Lord bless us, and keep us ; the Lord make his face shine upon us, and be gracious unto us; the Lord lilt up his countenance upon us, and give us peace.

Philippians, 4.

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus,

PORTIONS OF SCRIPTURE,

Selected from the Books of Proverbs, Ecclesia

astes, Job, Ecclesiasticus, Wisdom, Deuteronomy, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Amos, &c. arranged and classed under various heads, for instruction and meditation.

St. Jerome, in his Epistle to Læta, concerning the education of her daughter, advises her first to teach her the Psalms; and let her," says he, be entertained with those holy songs ; let her then be instructed in the common duties of life by the Proverbs of Solomon; let her learn, from Ecclesiastes, to despise worldly things; transcribe from Job the practice of patience and virtue ; let her then puss to the Gospels, and never let them be out of her hand; and then imbibe with all the faculties of her mind the Acts and Epistles.

Meditate upon these things, that thy profiting may appear to all.1 Tim. iv, 15.

On the power and mercy of the Almighty.

Ecclesiasticus.

He that liveth for ever created all things in general. 'The Lord only is righteous, and there is none other but he, who governeth the world with the palm of his hand, and all things obey his will: for he is the King of all, by his power dividing holy things among them from profane. To whom hath he given power to declare his works? and who shall find out his noble acts ? Who shall number the strength of his majesty? and who shall also tell out his mercies? As for the wondrous works of the Lord, there may nothing be taken from them, neither may any thing be put unto them, neither can the ground of them be found out. When a man hath done, then he beginneth; and when he leaveth off, then he shall be doubtful. What is man, and whereto serveth he? what is his good, and what is his evil? The number of a man's days at the most are an hundred years. As a drop of water unto the sea, and a gravel stone in comparison of the sand; so are a thousand years to the day of eternity. Therefore is God patient with them, and poureth out his mercy upon them. He saw

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