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A fost anfwer turneth away wrath; but grievous words ftir up anger.
Pride goeth before destruction; and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayst be truly wise.
He that hath pity on the poor, lendeth to the Lord : that which he hath given, will he pay him again.
The sluggard will not plough by reason of the cold; he shall therefore beg in harvest, and have nothing.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend ; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. Open rebuke is better than fecret love. · He that is flow to anger, is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.'
If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink.
Seest thou a man wife in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.
It is better to be a door-keeper in the house of the Lord, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see?
I have been young, and now I am old; yet have I never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his feed begging bread.
I have seen the wicked in great power; and spreading himself like a green bay-tree. Yet he passed away: I fought him, but he could not be found.
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom. Length of days is in her right-hand; and in her left-hand, riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
· How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like precious ointmentLike the dew of Hermon, and the sew that descended upon the mountains of Zion.
I went by the field of the nothful, and by the vineyárd of the man void of understanding: and lo! it was all grown over with thorns; netties had covered its face ; and the stone-wall was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. · Honourable age is not that which standeth in length of time; nor that which is measured by number of years:—But wisdom is the grey hair to man; and an unspotted life is old age.
Solomon, my fon, know thou the God of thy fathers; and serve him with a perfect heart, and with a willing mind.--If thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever,
That every day has its pains and sorrows, is universally experienced, and almost universally confessed. But let us not attend only to mournful truths: if we look impartially about us, we shall find, that every day has likewise its pleasures and its joys.
We should cherishi sentiments of charity towards all men. The Author of all good nourishes much piety and virtue in hearts that are unknown to us; and beholds repentance ready to spring up among many, whom we consider as reprobates.
No one ought to consider himself as insignificant in the fight of his Creator. In our several stations, we are all sent forth to be labourers in the vineyard of our heavenly Father. Every man has his work allotted, his talent committed to him; by the due improvement of which he may, in one way or other, serve God, promote virtue, and be useful in the world.
The love of praise should be preserved under proper subordination to the principle of duty. In itfelf, it is a useful mòtive to action; but when allowed to extend its influence too far, it corrupts the whole character; and produces guilt, disgrace, and misery. To be entirely destitute of it, is a defect. To be governed by it, is depravity. The proper adjustment of the several principles of action in human nature, is a matter that deferves our highest attention. For when any one of them becomes either too weak or too strong, it endangers both our virtue and our happiness.
The desires and passions of a vicious man, having once obtained an unlimited sway, tranıple him under their feet. They make him feel that he is subject to various, contradictory, and imperious masiers, who often pull him different ways. His soul is rendered the receptacle of many repugnant and jarring dispositions ; and resembles some barbarous country, cantoned out into different principalities, which are continually waging war on one another.
Diseases, poverty, disappointment, and Mame, are far from being, in every instance, the unavoidable doom of man. They are much more frequently the offspring of his own misguided choice. Intemperance engenders disease, noth produces poverty, pride creates disappointments, and dishonesty exposes to shame.
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The ungoverned passions of men betray them into a thousand follies; their follies into crimes; and their crimes into misfortunes.
When we reflect on the many diftresses which abound in human life; on the scanty proportion of happiness which any man is here allowed to enjoy; on the small difference which the diversity of fortune makes on that fcanty proportion; it is surprising, that envy Mould ever have been a prevalent passion among men, much more that it should have prevailed among Christians. Where so much is suffered in common, little room is left for envy. There is more occasion for pity and sympathy, and inclination to assist each other.
At our first setting out in life, when yet unacquainted with the world and its snares, when every pleasure enchants with its smile, and every object shines with the glofs of novelty; let us beware of the seducing appearances which surround us; and recollect what others have suffered from the power of headstrong defire. If we allow any passion, even though it be esteemed innocent, to acquire an absolute ascendant, our inward peace will be impaired. But if any which has the taint of guilt, take early possession of our mind, we may date, from that moment, the ruin of our tranquillity.
Every man has some darling passion, which generally affords the first introduction to vice. The irregular gratifications into which it occasionally seduces him, appear under the form of venial weaknesses; and are indulged, in the beginning, with fcrupulousness and reserve. But, by longer practice, these restraints weaken, and the power of habit grows. One vice brings in another to its aid. By a sort of natural
affinity they connect and entwine themselves together; till their roots come to be spread wide and deep over all the soul.
· SECTION X.
Whence arises the misery of this present world? It is not owing to our cloudy atmosphere, our changing seafons, and inclement skies. It is not owing to the debility of our bodies, or to the unequal distribution of the goods of fortune. Amidst all disadvantages of this kind, a pure, a stedfast, and enlightened mind, poffessed of strong virtue, could enjoy itself in peace, and smile at the impotent assaults of fortune and the elements. It is within ourselves that misery has fixed its feat. Our disordered hearts, our guilty passions, our violent prejudices, and misplaced defires, are the inftruments of the trouble which we endure. These sharpen the darts which adversity would otherwise point in vain against us.
While the vain and the licentious are revelling in the midst of extravagance and riot, how little do they think of those scenes of fore distress which are passing at that moment throughout the world; inultitudes struggling for a poor subsistence, to support the wife and the children whom they love, and who look up to them with eager eyes for that bread which they can hardly procure; multitudes groaning under fickness in desolate cottages, untended and unmourned; many, apparently in a better fituation of life, pining away in secret with concealed griefs; families weeping over the beloved friends whom they have lost, or, in all the bitterness