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this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life,

51. Are the study and circulation of the Bible required and encouraged?

Dt. 6.6.

And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Josh. 1. 8. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good suc


Ps. 1. 2. His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season.

Pr. 4. 13. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. 20. My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Jn. 5. 39. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me.

Ac. 17. 11. These were more noble than those of Thesolonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Rom. 15. 4. For whatsoever things were written


aforetime, were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Ep. 6. 17. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

1 Th. 5. 27. I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

Heb. 2. 1. Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

1 Pet. 2. 2. As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.

2 Pet. 1. 19. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts.

Rev. 1. 3. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Ps. 19. and 119. entire.]

52. What is said of those who pervert the Bible?

Pr. 30. 6. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Rom. 3. 4. Let God be true, but every man a liar.

2 Pet. 3. 16. In which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Rev. 22. 18. If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life.


53. Is cheerfulness encouraged and despondency discountenanced?

Ps. 42. 11. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in

Obedience to parents.

God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Pr. 12. 25.

it stoop: but a Pr. 14. 30.

Pr. 15. 13.

Heaviness in the heart of man maketh good word maketh it glad.


A sound heart is the life of the flesh. merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. 15. He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

Pr. 17. 22. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Jn. 16. 33.

the world.

Be of good cheer; I have overcome

1 Th. 5. 16. Rejoice evermore. [See 267-8.]


54. Ought children to be dutiful to their parents?

Pr. 1. 8. My son, hear the instructions of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

Pr. 6. 20. My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee: and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.

Pr. 13. 1. A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

Pr. 23. 22. Hearken unto thy father which begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

Lk. 2. 51. And he [Christ] went down with them, [his parents] and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them.

Ep. 6. 1. Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Respect to parents-Disobedience to parents.

Col. 3. 20. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discour⚫aged.

55. Ought the young to respect the aged, and to honor and requite their parents?

Ex. 20. 12. Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Lev. 19. 3. Ye shall fear every man his mother and his father. 32. Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord.

Job 32. 7. Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

Mat. 15. 4. God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, he that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

1 Tim. 5. 1. Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. Honor widows that are widows indeed. But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to show piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.

1 Pet. 5. 5. Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. [See 626.]

56. What is said of disobedient and unkind children? Ex. 21. 15. He that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death. 17. And he that curseth his father or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

Dt. 21. 18. If a man have a stubborn and rebellious

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son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: 21. All the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put away evil from among you, and all Israel shall hear and fear.

Dt. 27. 16. Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother: and all the people shall say, Amen.

Pr. 20. 20. Whoso curseth his father or his mother; his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

Pr. 30. 17. The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out: and the young eagles shall eat it.

57. Is the season of childhood and youth critical and important?

Pr. 22. 6. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Is. 28. 9. Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

58. Is early piety required and encouraged?

Pr. 8. 17. I love them that love me: and those that seek me early shall find me. Ec. 12. 1.

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.

Christ Jesus.

59. Did Christ set us an example of perfect righteousness?

2 Cor. 5. 21. He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Heb. 4. 15. We have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities: but

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