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It is presumed that every teacher will be supplied monthly with the

Notes on the Scripture Lessons, and that he will, by the study of them,

and by regular weekly attendance at the preparation class, make himself

master of the subject, and thus be thoroughly prepared to teach the

lessons for the day.

It should be remembered that, in consequence of the limited space

at command, in some cases a large portion of the lesson selected for the

elder classes is necessarily omitted. The teacher, therefore, may have to

introduce the subject, or supply a connecting link in the middle. When

a short line is inserted, it is to show that either the selection is from

two separate chapters, or the continuity of the reading is broken. This

gives a larger scope in the selection, and with care will make the lesson

more interesting both to the teacher and scholar.

1. The children should be encouraged to commit to memory during the

week the Golden Text and the Lesson Verse.

2. Each scholar being provided with the lesson, the teacher should

announce the appointed subject, and briefly introduce it in a lively and

attractive manner, by the aid of some well-chosen illustration which

shall naturally lead on to the main facts or doctrines of the lesson to be

taught; thus tending to secure for it the interest and attention of the

class.

3. The lesson may then be read by the scholars simultaneously or indi-

vidually, the teacher reading a portion in turn.

4. The teacher having previously divided the lesson into sections ac-

cording to its character and meaning, the first section should be read

again, and, by suitable questioning, explanation, and illustration, its

meaning made plain to the scholars. The other sections should be dealt

with in a similar manner. Examination by questions should follow each

NEW YEAR'S PRAISE.

GOLDEN TEX T.

I will praise Thy name for ever and ever.-PSALM cxlv. 2.

PSALM cxlv. 1-4; 8, 9, 14-19, 21.

I WILL extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.

The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.

Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all

his works.

The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

JOSIAH AND THE BOOK OF THE

LAW.

GOLDEN TEXT.

Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
LUKE Xi. 28.

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2 KINGS xxii. 1-3; 8—11.

JOSIAH was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.

And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.

And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of the Lord.

And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.

And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the Lord.

And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.

And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.

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