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us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
Bless ye the Lord: praying in the Holy Ghost: giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray without ceasing. Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may , be healed.
Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God.
Evening, and morning,and at noon, will I pray.
The Lord heareth the prayer of the righteous. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.
Which of you shall have afriend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say;unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him ? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed ; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend; yet, because of his importunity, he will rise and give him as much as he needeth. And 1 say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh, 'receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or, if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? or, if he, shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children; how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him.
When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Let thy words be few. When ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye, therefore, like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner, therefore, pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven; Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power* and the glory, for ever. Amen.
PROFANITY, PERJURY, AND BLASPHEMY.
Bless and curse not. Because of swearing the land mourneth. .'
Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great king: neither shalt thou swear hy thy head, because thou canst not make, onr va.ii- white or black ; but let your communication tee,Xea, yea ; Nay, nay ; for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
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.
Ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God.
Love no false oath: neither accuse any falsely. Their right hand is a right hand of falsehood. Put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. An ungodly witness scorneth judgment.
A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
A true witness delivereth souls : but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
A man that beareth false witness is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
A false witness shall not be unpunished. A false witness shall perish.
I will be a swift witness against false swearers, saith the Lord of hosts.
My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me, for the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth.
My name, saith the Lord, continually every day is blasphemed.
All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme; but he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.
All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him ; but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world neither in the world to come.
. CHAP. LXVJ.
PROSPERITY AND ADVERSITY.
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider.
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
It is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion. Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.
The prosperity of fools shall destroy them,
When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever.
If thou, faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
If any man suffer as a Christian, let him no* he ashamed; but let him glorify God on ibis behalf.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile Too. and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall he comforted.
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
Affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground.
Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, 0 Lord, and teachest him out of thy law ; that thou maycst give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.
Whom the Lord loveth he correcteth, even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Ye have forgotten the exhortation, which speaketh uifto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked ot him: for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father* chasteneth not? We have had fathers of our flesh, which corrected us, and we gave 'them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now, no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward, it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.