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knowledge of thee, the only true God; and of Jesus Christ, the messenger of thy truth to men.
Reform the errors of the christian world ; grant " that the worship of thee, o father! in spirit and in truth, established by Jesus Christ, may every where be restored ; that thy moral laws may not be rendered ineffectual by human devices and false notions of religion set up instead of them; and that the progress of thy holy gospel may not be stopped and hindered by the wicked lives and scandalous behaviour of those who profess it." Put an end to all usurpation of thy authority, and imposition upon thc consciences of men. Let all animosities cease among christians for diversities of opinion; and unite all in sincere obedience to thy laws, and in good will and kindness to each other.
Bless the king, and all who are in public authority, that they may be wise and faithfui to promote the general happiness; and that the people may lead quiet and peaccable lives in the practice of religion and virtue. Visit and relieve all who are in misery and under' affliction; and assist all thy creatures in the several trials to which thou exposest thein in this uncertain world, that they may be improved by them, and qualified fur higher degrees of happiness with thee. thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us, day by day, our daily bread ; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those, who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil : for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Extend thy goodness, particularly, to our relations and friends ; enable them to withstand the temptations of the world, and lead them on in the ways of virtue and holiness unto everlasting life.
And now, O GOD! we recommend ourselves and all who belong to us, unto thy care and protection this night. ' Defend us, from all dangers and distressing accidents, and give us quiet and refreshing sleep, which may fit us for the duties of the following day. And inake us ever mindful of that time which is hastening upon us, when we shall make our bed in the grave; that we may never live in such a state in which we may fear to die. Hear and accept us, o God! as the disciples of Jesus Christ, who hath taught us to address ourselves unto thee, our father, alone, and in whose comprehensive prayer we sum up all our wants.
OUR FATHER ! who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come;
THE BOOK OF PSALMS.
In the Evening prayer, p. 26.
Why do nations tumultuously conspire together ? and the peoples forin vain designs ?
2 Why do kings of the earth and rulers combine against JEHOVAH, and against his anointed?
3 “ Let us break,” say they, “ their bonds asunder, and cast away their yoko from us."
4 He who dwellcth in the heavens will laugh; JEHOVAH will hold them in derision.
5 Then will he speak into them in bis wrath, and confound them in his great displeasure.
6 For, I am his appointed king over Zion, his holy mountain :
7 I will
7 I will declare the decree of Jehovah. He said unto me: “ Thou art my son ; this day have I adopted thee:
8 “ Ask of me; and I will give thee nations for thine inheritance, and the most distant parts of the land for thy possession.
9“ Thou shalt rule them with a sceptre of iron ; thou shalt dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel.”
10 Therefore now, ye kings ! be wise ; be instructed, ye judges of the land !
II Scrve JEHOVAH with fear; and worship him with trembling.
12 Adore sincerely, lest he be angry, and ye perish in your perverse way : for, soon as his wrath shall be kindled, happy are all those who place their trust in him.
O JEHOVAH ! how are mine enemies increased ! how numerous are those who rise up against me!
2 How numerous are those, who say of me ;-" here is no safety for him from his