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thou art in the gall of bitterness, Solomon passed all the kings of with excellency of speech, or of and in the bond of iniquity. the earth in riches and wisdom. wisdom, declaring unto you the

* Rom. il, 12. For as many as Neh, x, 28. And the rest of the testimony of God. Howbeit we have sinned without law, shall also people, the priests, the Levites, speak wisdom among them that perish without law: and as many the porters, the singers, the Ne' are perfect; yet not the wisdom of as have sinned in the law, shall be thinims, and all they that had this world, nor of the princes judged by the law.

separated themselves from the of this world, that come to 1 Cor. viil, 1. Now as touching people of the lands unto the law nought, things offered onto idols, we know of God, their wives, their sons, 1 Cor. iil, 18-21. Let no man dethat we all have knowledge. and their daughters, every ono ceive himself. If any man among Knowledge puffeth up, but charity having knowledge, and having you seemeth to be wise in this edifeth. understanding.

world, let him become a fool, that Dan. 1, 18, 19. Now, at the end he may be wise. For the wisdom INSTANCES.

of the days that the king bad of this world is foolishness with 1 Kings iv, 30-32, 34. And solo- said he should bring them in, God: for it is written, He taketh mon's wisdom excelled the wisdom then the prince of the eunuchs the wise in their own craftiness. of all the children of the east brought them in before Nebu. And again, The Lord knoweth country, and all the wisdom of chadnezzar. And the king com- the thoughts of the wise, that they Egypt. For he was wiser than all muned with them; and among are vain. Therefore let no man men; than Ethan the Ezrahlte, them all was found none like glory in men: for all things are and Heman, and Chalcol, and Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and yours. Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his Azarlah: therefore stood they le- Col. 11, 8. Beware lest any man fame was in all nations round fore the king.

spoil you through philosophy and about. And he spake three thou- Dan. vill, 23. And in the latter vain deceit, after the tradition of sand proverbs; and his songs were time of their kingdom, when the men, after the rudiments of the a thousand and five. And there transgressors are come to the full, world, and not after Christ. came of all people to hear the a king of fierce countenance, and wisdom of Solomon, from all understanding dark sentences, WISDOM THE GIFT OF kings of the earth, which had shall stand up. heard of his wisdom. Dan. X, 1. In the third year of

GOD. 2 Chron. ix, 1-8, 22. And when Cyrus king of Persia a thing was

1 Kings iv, 29. And God gave the queen of Sheba heard of the revealed unto Daniel, whose

Solomon wisdom and understandfame of Solomon, she came to name was called Belteshazzar; ing exceeding much, and largeprove Solomon with hard ques- and the thing was true, but the ness of heart, even as the sand tions at Jerusalem, with a very time appointed was long and he that is on the sea-shore. great company, and camels that understood the thing, and had 1 Kings v, 12. And the LORD bare spices, and gold .in abund- understanding of the vision. gave Solomon wisdom, as he ance, and precious stones: and,

Acts vil, 22. And Moses was promised him: and there was when she was come to Solomon, learned in' all the wisdom of the peace between Hiram and Solothat was in her heart

. And Solo Egyptians, and was mighty in mon; and they two made a league words and in deede.

together. mon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from

1 Thess. iv, 2. For ye know what 1 Kings x, 24. And all the earth Solomon which he told her not. commandments we gave you by sought to Solomon, to bear his And when the queen of Sheba had the Lord Jesus.

wisdom, which God had put in

his heart. been the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built, And Ps. xlix, 20. Man that is in

2 Chron. i, 7–12. In that night did the meat of his table, and the sit- honour, and understandeth not, God appear onto Solomon, and ting of his servants, and the is iike the beasts that perish,

said unto him, Ask what I shall attendance of his ministers, and

give thee. And Solomon said their apparel; his cup-bearers WISDOM OF THE WORLD. unto God, Thou hast shewed also, and their apparel; and his ascent by which he went up into the devices of the crafty, so that in his stead. Now, O LORD God,

Job v, 12. 13. He disappointeth ther, and hast made me to reign

great mercy unto David my fathe house of the LORD; there was their hands cannot perform their let thy promiso unto David my no more spirit in her. And she enterprise. He taketh the wise father be established: for thou said

to the king, It was a true re- in their own craftiness; and the hast made me king over a people port which I heard in mine own counsel of the froward is carried like the dust of the earth in mulland of thine acts, and of thy wis

headlong. dom: Howbeit I believed not

titude. Give me now wisdom their words, uutil I came, and

1 Çor. I, 19-22. For it is written, and knowledge, that I may go mine eyes had seen it; and, behold, I will destroy the wisdom of the out and come in before this peothe one half of the greatness of wise, and will bring to nothing ple: for who can judge this thy thy wisdom

was not told me: for the understanding of the prudent. people, that is so great? And God thou exceedest the fame that I Where is the wise? where is the said to Solomon, because this was heard. Happy are thy men, and scribe? where is the disputer of in thine heart, and thou hast not happy are these thy servants, this world? hath not God made asked riches, wealth, or honour, which stund continually before foolish the wisdom of this world? nor the life of thine enemies, nelthee, and hear thy wisdom. For after that, in the wisdom of ther yet hast

asked long life; but Blessed

be the LORD thy God, God, the world by wisdom knew hast asked wisdom and know. which delighted in thee, to set not God, it pleased God by the ledge for thyself, that thou mayest thee on his throne, to be king for foolishness of preaching to save judge my people,

over whom I the LORD thy God: because thy them that believe. For the Jews have made thee 'king; Wisdom God loved 'Israel, to establish require a sign, and the Greeks and knowledge is granted unto them for ever, therefore made he seek after wisdom.

thee; and I will give the riches, thee king over them, to do judg- 1 Cor. II, 1, 6. And I, brethren, and 'wealth, and honour, such as ment and justice. And king' when I came to you, came not none of the kings have had that given him.


have been before thee, neither understand a proverb, and the in- unwise, but understanding what Bhall there any after thee have terpretation; the words of the wise, the will of the Lord is. the like. and their dark sayings.

James i, 16. Do not err my beProv. il, 6, 7. For the LORD

Prov. II, 1-5, 21, 22. My son, if loved brethren. giveth wisdom: out of his mouth thou wilt receive my words, and cometh knowledge and under: bide

my commandments with PERSONIFICATION OF standing. . He layeth up sound thee; So that thou incline thine WISDOM IN SCRIPTURE wisdom for the righteous: he is

ear unto wisdom, and apply thine a buckler to them that walk up-heart to understanding: Yea, if

ITS VALUE AND BLESSING. rightly. thou criest after knowledge, and

Job xxvii, 12-28. But where shall James 1,5. If any of you lack liftest up thy voice for under- wisdom be found ? and where is wisdom, let him ask of God, that standing; if thou seekest her as the place of understanding? Man giveth to all men liberally, and silver, and searchest for her as

knoweth not the price thereof; upbraideth not; and it shall be for hid treasures; Then shalt thou nether is it found in the land of

understand the fear of the LORD, the living. The depth saith, It is

and find the knowledge of God. not in me; and the sea salth, It is IMPERFECTION OF KNOWLEDGE.

For the upright shall dwell in the not with me. It cannot be gotten Eccles. ili, 11. He bath made land, and the perfect shall re- for gold, neither shall silver be every thing beautiful in his time: main in it. But the wicked shall weighed for the price thereof. also he hath set the world in their be cut off from the earth, and the It cannot be valued with the gold heart; so that no man can find transgressors shall be rooted out of Ophir, with the precious onyx,

or the sapphire. The gold and out the work that God maketh of it. from the beginning to the end.

Prov. 7, 1, 2. My son, attend unto the exchange of it shall not be for

the crystal cannot equal it; and Eccles. vii, 23-25. All this have my wisdom, and bow thine car to Jewels of fine gold. No mention be wise; but it was far from me. mayest regard discretion, and pearls:

for the price of wisdom is That which is far off, and exceed- that thy lips may keep know-above rubies. The topaz of Ethiing deep, who can find it out? I ledge.

opia shall not equal it, neither applied mine heart to know, and

Prov. xvill, 1. Through desire a shall 4t be valued with pure gold. to search, and to seek out wisdom, man, having separated bimself, Whence then cometh wisdom ? and the reason of things, and to seeketh and intermeddleth with and where is the place of underknow the wickedness of folly, all wisdom.

standing? Seeing it is hid from even of foolishness and mad

Prov. xix, 20, 27. Hear counsel, the eyes of all living, and kept

and receive instruction, that thou close from the fowls of the air. Eccles. vill, 16, 17. When I mayest be wise in thy latter end. Destruction and death say, We applied mine heart to know, wis Cease, my son, to hear the in- have heard the fame thereof with dom, and to see the business that struction that causeth to err from our ears. God understandeth the is done upon the earth: (for also the words of knowledge.

way thereof, and he knoweth the there is that neither day nor night

place thereof. For he looketh to seeth sleep with his eyes:) Then I

Prov. XXVII, 22. Though thou the ends of the earth, and seeth beheld all the work of God, that a shouldest bray a fool in a mortar under the whole heaven: To make man cannot find out the work among wheat with a pestle, yet the weight for the winds; and he that is done under the sun: be will not his foolishness depart weigheth the waters by measure. cause though a man labour to from him.

When he made & decree for the seek it out, yet be shall not find Eccles. vi, 9, 12. Better is the rain, and a way for the lightning #; yea, further, though a wise sight of the eyes than the wander of the thunder: Then did he see man think to know it, yet shall ing of the desire: this is also vanity it, and declare it; he prepared it, be not be able to find it.

and vexation of spirit. For who yea, and searchied it out. And 1 Cor, vill, 2. And if any man

knoweth what is good for man in unto man he said, Behold, the fear think that he knoweth any thing, this wife, all the days of his vain of the Lord, that is wisdom; and he knoweth nothing yet as he life which he spendeth as a sha- to depart from evil is understandought to know.

dow? for who can tell a man what ing.

shall be after him under the sun? 1 Cor. xill, 12. For now we see

Prov. 1, 20--23. Wisdom crieth through a glass, darkly; but then Jer. vi, 8. Be thou instructed, without; she uttereth ber voice in

the streets : She crieth in the face to face: now I know in part; Jerusalem, lest my soul depart but then shall I know even as from thee; lesti I make thee deso- chief place of concourse, in the also I am known. late, a land not inhabited.

openings of the gates; in the city

she uttereth her words, saying, Rom. xvi, 19. For your obedience How long, ye simple ones, will yo EARNEST EFFORTS TO is come abroad unto all men. I love simplicity? and the scorners OBTAIN IT.

am glad therefore on your behalf: delight in their scorning, and Job v, 27. Lo this, we have but yet I would have you wise fools hate knowledge? Turn you searched it, so it is; hear it, and unto that which is good, and sim- at my reproof: behold, I will pour know thou it for thy good. ple concerning evil.

out my Spirit unto you, I will Job xxxiv, 4. Let us choose to us

1 Çor. xii, 1. Now concerning make known my words unto you. judgment; let us know among not have you ignorant. spiritual gifts, brethren, I would

Prov. Ilf, 13--20. Happy is the ourselves what is good.

man that findeth wisdom, and the P3. xciv, 8. Understand, ye brutish among the people: and law was our schoolmaster to bring than the merchandise of silver,

Gal. ilf, 24, 25. Wherefore the man that getteth understanding:

For the merchandise of it is better ve fools, when will yo be wise? us unto Christ, that we might be

and the gain thereof than find Prov. 1,5,6... A wise man will faith is come, we are no longer gold. She is more precious than hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall under a schoolmaster.

canst desire are not to be com. attain unto wise counsels: To Eph. v, 17. Wherefore be yo not pared unto her. Length of days



is in her right hand; and in her | silver. I lead in the way of right- Prov. xxlv, 7. Wisdom is too left hand riches and honour. ller eousuess, in the midst of the paths high for a fool; he openeth not his ways are ways of pleasantness, of judgment; That I may cause mouth in the gate. and all her paths are peace. She those that love me to inherit sub

Prov. xxvi, 1, 4-6. As snow in is a tree of life to them that lay stance; and I will fill their

trea- summer, and as rain in harvest; hold upon her; and happy is every sures. The LORD possessed me in so bonour is not seemly for a fool. one that retaineth her. The LORD the beginning of his way, before

Answer not a fool according to his by wisdom bath founded the his works of old. I was set up tolly, lest thou also be like unto earth; by understanding bath he from everlasting, from the begin. him. Answer a fool according to establislied the heavens. By bis ning, or ever the earth was. When his folly, lest lie be wise in his own knowledge the depthis are broken there were depths, I was conceit. He that sendeth a inesup, and the clouds drop down the brought forth; when there were no sage by the hand of a fool citteth dew.

fountains abounding with water. off the feet, and drinketh damage. Prov. iv, 6--13. Get wisdom, get before the hills was I brought forth: contendeth with a foolish man, Before the mountainswere settled;

Prov. xxix, 9. If a wise man un lerstanding : forget it not; While as yet he had not made neither decline from the words of the earth, nor the fields, nor the

whether he rage or laugh, there is my month. Forsake her not, and highest part of the dust of the

no rest. she shall preserve thee: love her, world. When he prepared the and she shall keep thee. Wisdom heavens, I was there: when he set

WISDOM IN CONTRAST : is the principal thing; therefore a compass upon the face of the

WITH FOLLY. get wisdom: and with all thy get depth: When he ustablished the Prov, xii, 8. A man shall be ting get nnderstanding. Exalt

clouds above; when he strength commended according to his wisher, and she shall promote thee; ) ened the fountains of the deep: dum: but be that is of a perverso she shall bring thee to honour When he gave to the sea his de- heart shall be despised. when thou dost embrace her. cree, that the waters should not Prov. xiv, 8, 15, 18, 33. The wisShe shall give to thine head an pass' his commandment: when he dom of the prudent is to underornament of grace: a crown of appointed the foundations of the stand his way: but the folly of fools glory shall she deliver to thee. earth: Then I was by him, as one is decuit. The simple believeth Hear, o my son, and receive my bronght up with him; and I was every word: but the prudent man sayings; and the years of thy life daily his delight, rejoicing always looketh well to his going. The shall be many. I have taught before him; Rejoicing in the simple inherit folly: but the prethee in the way of wisdom; I have babitable part of his earth;'and dent are crowned with knowledge. led thee in right paths. When my delighis were with the sons Wisdom resteth in the heart of thou goest, thy steps shall not be of men. Now therefore hearken him that hath understanding: but straitened; and when thou run

unto me, O ye children: for blessed that which is in the midst of fools nest, thou shalt not stumble. Take are they that keep my ways. is made koowni. fast hold of instruction; let her not Hear instruction, and be wise, Prov. xv, 21. Folly is joy to him go: keep her; for she is thy life.

and refuse it not. Blessed is the that is destitute of wisdom: but a Prov. vill, 1-5, 8-14, 17-36. Doth man that heareth me, watching man of understanding walketh not wisdom cry? and understanding daily at my gates, waiting at the uprightly. put forth her voice? She standeth posts of my doors.

Prov. xvi, 22. Understanding is in the top of high places, by the findeth me findeth life, and shall way in the places of the paths: obtain favour of the Lord. But a well-spring of life unto him that

hath it: but the instruction of fools Sho crieth at the gates, at the he that sinneth against me wrong

is folly. entry of the city, at the coming in eth his own suul: all they that at the doors: Unto you, O men, hato me love death.

Prov. xvii, 24. Wisdom is before I call; and my voice is to the sons Prov. ix, 1-6. Wisdom hath

him that hath understanding: but of man. Oye simple, understand builded her house, she hath hewn the eyes of a fool are in the ends wisdom; and, ye fools, be ye of an out her seven pillars; She hath of the earth. understanding heart. All the killed her beasts; she hath min

Prov. xxii, 3. A prudent man words of my mouth are in right- gled her wine; she bath also fur- foreseeth the evil, and hideth eousness; there is nothing froward nished her table: She hath sent himself; but the simple pass on, or perverse in them. They are forth her maidens; she crieth and are punished. all plain to him that understand- upon the highest plac.s of the Prov. xxvll, 12. A prudent man eth, and right to them that find city, Whoso is simple, let hlin foreseeth the evil, and hideth knowledge. Receive my instructura in listher: as for him that himself; but the simple pass on, tion, and not silver, and know- wanteth understauding, she saith and are punished. ledge rather than choice gold to him, Come, eat of my bread, For wisdom is better than rubies; and drink of the wine which I stand not judgment: but they

Prov. xxvili, 5. Evil men underand all the things that may be have mingled. Forsake the fools that seek the LORD understand all desired are not to be compared to ish, and live; and go in the way of

things. it. I wisdom dwell with prudence, understanding. and find out knowledge of witty

Eccles. il, 12, 13. And I turned inventions. The fear of the LORD


myself to behold wisdom, and is to hate evil, pride, and arro

madness, and folly: for what can

Prov. x, 23. It is as sport to a the man do that cometh after the gancy, and the evil

way, and the tool to do mischiet: but a man of king? even that which hath been froward mouth, do I hate. Coun understanding hath wisdom. sel is mine, and sound wisdom:

already done. Then I saw that I am understanding; I have

Prov. xiii, 19. The desire accom- wisdom excelleth fully, as far as strength. I love them that love plished is sweet to the soul: but light excelleth darkness. me; and those that seek me early it is abomination to fools to de

Dan. xil, 10. Many shall be shall find me. Riches and honour part from evil.

purified, and made while, and are with me; yea, durable riches Prov. xvii, 16. Wherefore is tried; but the wicked shall do and righteousness. My fruit is there a price in the hand of a fool wickedly: and none of the wicked better than gold, yea, than fine to get wisdum, seeing he hath no shall understand: but the wise gold; and my revenue than choice heart to it?

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Dan. vi, 20. And when he came Bee. But the Jews did not believe Judges xx, 7. Behold, ye are all to the den, he cried with a lam-concerning him, that he had been children of Israel; give bere your the king spake and said to Daniel, they called the parents of him

entable voice unto Daniel: and blind, and received his sight, until advice and counsel.

O Daniel, servant of the living that had received his sight. And 2 Sam. xv, 81. And one told God, is thy God, whom thou sery- they asked them, saying, Is this David, saying, Ahithophel is est continually, able to deliver your son, who ye say was born among the conspirators with thee from the lions?

blind? how then doth he now seo? Absalom. And David said, O

Dan. vii, 19, 20. Then I would His parents answered them, and LORD, I pray thee, turn the coun- know the truth of the fourth beast, said, we know that this is our sel of Ahithophel into foolishness.

which was diverse from all the son, and that he was born blind: 2 Sam. xx, 18. Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak teeth were of iron,

and his nails of his eyes, we know not: he is of others, exceeding dreadful, whose But

by what means he now seeth,

we know not; or who hath opened In old time, saying, They shall brass; which devoured, brake in surely

ask counsel at Abel: and pieces, and stamped the residue age, ask him; ho shall speak for 80 they ended the matter.

. with his feet; And of the ten 1 Kings xii, 8, 9. But he forsook horns that were in his head, and

OTHER INSTANCES. the counsel of the old men, which of the other which came up, and they had given him, and con- before whom three fell; even of 1 Sam. x, 14. And Saul's uncle sulted with the young men that that horn that bad eyes, and a said unto him and to his servant, were grown up with him, and mouth that spake very great Whither went ye? And he said, which stood before him: And he things, whose look was more stout To seek the asses: and when we said unto them, What counsel than his fellows.

saw that they were no where, we give ye that we may answer this

Matth. xviil, 1. At the same time came to Samuel. people, who have spoken to me, came the disciples unto Jesus, sayingMake the yoke which saying, Who is the greatest in the Saul saw David go forth against

1 Sam. xvii, 55-58. And when thy father did put upon us kingdom of heaven? lighter?

the Philistine, he said unto AbMatth. xls, 27. Then answered ner, the captain of the bost, AbProv. xi, 14. Where no counsel Peter, and said unto him, Behold, ner, whose son is this youth? And 13, the people fall: but in the we have forsaken all, and follow- Abner said, As thy soul liveth, o multitude of counsellors there is ed thee; what shall we have there- king, I cannot tell. And the king safety fore?

said, Enquire thou whose son tho Prov. xv. 22. Without counsel

Matth. xxil, 36. Master, which is stripling is. And as David repurposes are disappointed: but in tho great commandment in the turned from the slaughter of the the multitude of counsellors they law?

Philistine, Abner took him, and are established.

Mark xll, 28. And one of the brought him before Sanl, with the Prov. xx, 18. Every purpose is scribes came, and having heard head of the

Philistine in his hand. established by colusel; and with them reasoning together, and per- And Saul said to him, Whose son good advice make war.

ceiving that he had answered art thou, thou young man? And Prno. xxiv, 6. For by wise them well, asked him, which is David answered, I am the son of counsel thou shalt make thy war, the first commandment of all? thy servant Jesse the Beth-lebemand in multitude of counsellors


Mark xiil, 3, 4. And as he sat there is safety. upon the mount of Olives, over

1 Sam. XXVI, 17, 18. And Saul Jer. xlix, 7. Concerning Edom, against the temple, Peter, and knew David's voice, and said, Is thus saith the LORD of hosts, Is James, and John, and Andrew, this thy voice, my son David ? wisdom no more in Teman? is asked him privately, Tell us,

And David said, it is my voice, counsel perished from the pru- when shall these things be? and my lord, O king. Aud he said, dent? is their wisdom vanished ? what shall be the sign when all Wherefore doth my lord thus Nah, i, 11. There is one come these things shall be fulfilled? pursue after his servant? for what

bave I done? or what evil is in out of thee that imagineth evil Like lif, 10. And the people mine hand? against the LORD, a wicked coun- asked him, saying, What shall we Bellor.

2 Sam. 1, 8, 13. And he said unto do then? CURIOSITY AND INTERROGATION. Luke xlii, 23. Then said one swered him, I am an Amalekite.

me, Who art thou? And I anJudges xviil, 8. And they came

unto him, Lord, are there few that and David said unto the young anto their breti ren to Zorah

and be saved? And he said unto them. man that told him, Whence art Eshtaol; and their brethren said John 1x, 10-15, 18-21. Therefore thou? And he answered, I am anto them, What say ye?

said they unto him, How were the son of a stranger, an Amalek1 Sam. x, 15, 16. And Sanl's uncle thine eyes opened? He answered ite. said, Tell me, I pray tbee, what and said, A man that is called

2 Sam. 11,20. Then Abner looked Samuel said unto you. "And Saul Jesus made clay, and anointed behind him, and said, Art thou said unto his uncle, He told us mine eyes, and said unto me, Go Asahel? And be answered, I plainly that the

asses were found. to the pool of Siloam, and wasb: am. But of the matter of the kingdom, and I went

and washed, and I rewhereof Samuel spake, be told ceived sight. Then said they

2 Sam. 1x, 4. And the king said him not. unto him, Where is he? He said, said unto the king, Behold, he is

unto him, Where is he? And Ziba 2 Sam. 1, 5. And David said unto Pharisees him that afuretime was I know not. They brought to the

in the house of Machir, the son of the young man that told him, blind. How knowest thou that Saul and day when Jesus made the clay,

And it was the sabbath. Ammiel, in Lo-debar. Jonathan his son be dead?

2 Sam. xv, 2. And Absalom rose and opened his eyes. Then again up early, and stood beside the Ezek, xil, 9. Son of man, hath the Pharisees also asked him how way of the gate: and it was 80, not the house of Israul, the ro-lhe had received his sight. He said that when any man that had a


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controversy came to the king for the Athenlans, and strangers Eccles. viil, 5, 6, 7, 15. Whoso judgment, then Absalom called which were there, spent their keepeth the commandment shall unto him, and said, of what city time in nothing else, but either to feel no evil thing; and a wise art thou? And he said, Thy tell or to hear some new thing.) man's beart discerneth both time servant is of one of the tribes of

Because to every Acts xxil, 10. And I said, What and judgment Israel.

shall I do, Lord? And the Lord purpose there is time and judga 2 Sam. xix, 25. And it came to said unto' me, Arise, and go into ment, therefore the misery of pass, when he was come to Jeru- Damascus; and there it shall be man is great upou bim. For lie salem to meet the king, that the told thee of all things which are

knoweth not that which shall be: king said unto him, Wherefore appointed for thee to do.

for who can tell him when it shall wentest not thou with me, Mephi

be? Then I commended mirth,

because a man hath no better bosheth?


thing under the sun, than to eat, 1 Kings il, 13, 14. And Alonijah the son of Haggith came to Bath- MAN'S MORAL NATURE. and to drink, and to be merry; for

that shall abide with him of his Bheba the mother of Solomon.

labour the days of his life, which And she said, Comest thou peace- Eccles. 1, 2, 3, 12, 13. Vanity of God giveth him under the sun. ably? And he said, Peaceably. vanities, saith the Preacher, He said moreover, I have some- vanity of vanities; all is vanity: vanities, saith thé Preacher; all is

Eccles. xii, 8, 13. Vanity of what to say unto thee. And she What profit bath a man of all his vanity. Let us hear the cou. said, Say on.

labour which he taketh under the clusion of the whole matter; Fear 2 Kings iil, 11. But Jehoshaphat sun? I the Preacher was king God, and keep his commandsaid, Is there not here a prophet over Israel in Jerusalem; And I ments: for this is the whole duty of the Lord, that we may enquire gave my heart to seek and of man. of the LORD by bim? And one search out by wisdom concerning of the king of Israel's servants all things that are done under

Esther V, 9-13. Then went heaven: this sore travail hath answered and snid, Here ts E isha the son of Shaphat, which God given to the sons of man, to Haman forth that day joyful and be exercised therewith.

with a glad heart: but when poured water on the bands of Elijah.

Eccles, ii, 20 - 26.

Haman saw Mordecai in the king's

Therefore I Jonah 1, 8. Then said they unto went about to cause my heart to gate, that he stood not up, nor him, Tell us, we pray thee, for despair of 211 the labour which I moved for him, he was full of · what is thine occupation ? and a man whose labour is in wisdom, himselt: and when he came home,

whose cause this evil is upon us: took under the sun. For there is. Indignation against Mordecal. whence comest thou? what is thy and in knowledge, and in equity; he sent and called for his friends,

that country? and of what people art yet to a man laboured therein shall be leave told them, of the glory of his

and Zereşti his wife. And llaman thou? John v, 12. Then asked they vanity, and a great evil. For Children, and all the things where

it for bis

rtion. This also is riches, and the multitude of his bim, what man is that which what liath man of all his labour, in the king had promoted him, said unto thee, Take up thy bed and of the vexation of his heart, and how he bad advanced him and walk?

wherein he hath laboured under above the princes and servants of John ix, 8. The neighbours the sun? For all his days are the king. Haman said moreover, therefore, and they wbich before sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, had seen bim that he was blind, bis heart taketh not rest in the Yea, Esther the queen did let no said, Is not this he that eat and night. This is also vanity. There

man come in with the king unto begged? is nothing better for a man, than ed but myself; and to-morrow am

the banquet that she had preparJohn xi, 87. And some of them that he should eat and drink, and

I invited unto her also with the sald, Could not this man, which that he should make his soul opened the eyes of the blind, have enjoy, good in his labour. This king: Yet all this availoth me caused that even this man should also I saw, that it was from the pothing, so long as I see Mordecai

the Jew sitting at the king's gate. band of God. For who can eat, or not have died ?

who else can hasten hereunto, Join xil, 20-22. And there were more than 1? For God giveth to

1.-SECULAR DUTIES. certain Greeks among them that a man that is good in bis sight came up to worship at the feast: wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: 1 Kings xi, 28. And the man The

came therefore to but to the sinner he giveth travail, Jeroboam was a mighty man of Philip, which was of Bethsaida of to gather, and 10 heap up, that he valour: and Solomon seeing the Galilee, and desired him, saying, may give to him that is good be young man that he wos indusSir, we would see Jesus. Philip fore God. This also is vanity and lirious, he made him ruler over cometh and telleth Andrew; and vexation of spirit.

all the charge of the house of again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

Eccles. Ill, 10–13. I have seen


Prov. xxi, 5, 17, 20. The thoughts Acts 1, 6. When they therefore the travail which God hath given were come together, they asked to the sons

of men to be exercised of the diligent tend only to plenof bim, saying, Lord,'will thou at in it. He bath made every thing teousness; but of every one that is this time restore again the king- set the world in their heart; so that loveih pleasure shall be a poor

beautiful in his time; also he bată hasty, only to want. He that dom to Israel?

wo man can find out the work mon; lie that loveth wine and oll Acts xvii, 19-21. And they took that God maketh from the be- shall not be rich. There is treashim, and brought him unto Areo-ginning to the end. I know that ure to be desired, and oil in the pagus, saying, May we know there is no good in them, but for dwelling of the wise; but a foolwhat this new doctrine, whereof a man to rejoice, and to do good in ish man spendeth it up. thou speakest, 18 For thga bring- his life. And also that every Prov. xxil, 29. Seest thou a man est certain strange things to our man should eat and drink, and diligent in his business? he shall ears : we would know therefore enjoy the good of all his labour,it is stand before kings; he shall not what these thiugs mean. (For all the gift of God.

stand before mean men.



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