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THE TEN VIRGINS.

GOLDEN TEXT.

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.-MATTHEW XXV. 13.

MATTHEW xxv. 1-13.

THEN shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them :

But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage and the door was shut.

Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

MESSIAH'S MESSENGER.

GOLDEN TEX T.

He shall prepare the way before Me.-MALACHI iii. 1.

MALACHI iii. 1-6; iv. 5, 6.

BEHOLD, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' sope:

And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.

For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord :

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

THE TALENTS.

GOLDEN TEX T.

Every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
ROMANS xiv. 12.

MATTHEW xxv. 14, 15; 20-25.

FOR the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

REVIEW OF THE QUARTER'S

LESSONS.

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The Lord will not cast off His people.-PSALM XCIV. 14.

BLESSED are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.Luke xi. 28.

The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.-Jeremiah viii. 20.

Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to My words?— Jeremiah xxxv. 13.

Ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.-Jeremiah xxix. 13.

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto, according to Thy word.-Psalm cxix. 9.

Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us.-Daniel iii. 17.

Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.— Daniel v. 27.

They praised the Lord because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.-Ezra iii. 11.

Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.Psalm cviii. 12.

Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.-Psalm exix. 18.

And so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law : and if I perish, I perish.—Esther iv. 16.

He shall prepare the way before Me.-Malachi iii. 1. The Lord will not cast off His people.-Psalm xciv. 14.

PUBLICATIONS OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION BEARING ON THE UNIFORM LESSON.

And their connection with the International System.

1. That the Scholars may be examined in what they have been taught during the preceding three months, one afternoon in each quarter is set apart for a Review Lesson.

2. The Golden Text is designed to be a Motto or Key Text, embodying the leading truth, and therefore especially suited for learning by heart. Together with the Golden Text the scholar should be encouraged to learn— 3. The Lesson Verse for each Sunday morning and afternoon. It consists of four, six, or eight lines of poetry (mostly the verse of a hymn), teaching the great truth of the Lesson.

4. Notes on the Lessons are issued monthly (a month in advance). These provide, for each morning and afternoon, explanatory, expository, and practical observations on the appointed subjects, with brief Hints on the Infant Class Texts. 5. A Pocket Lesson Book is issued quarterly, containing for each Sunday morning and afternoon the Subject, Golden Text, and Lesson Verse, with, in connection with the Afternoon Lessons, a portion of Bible reading for every day in the week, such portion having a bearing on the next Sunday's Lesson.

6. Pictorial Lesson Papers-intended to be distributed to the Scholars a week in advance. They contain (for Afternoon) the Golden Text, Lesson Verse, Home Readings, Home Questions, Brief Explanations, and a Pictorial Illustration. They are designed to promote Bible Study at home. 7. The International Lesson Leaflets for Senior Scholars and Bible Class. The great success of the Pictorial Lesson Papers for Junior Classes, together with the need felt by many Senior Class Teachers for a similar series adapted to the requirements of Elder Scholars, have led to the issue of a series especially designed to meet the case. These Leaflets are printed on tinted paper, and contain the Text of the Lessons, the References for Home Readings, the Golden Text and Lesson Verses, besides explanatory matter and questions thereupon.

8. Scripture Lesson Book for Elementary Classes, published quarterly. A selection from the reading portion for each Morning and Afternoon. 9. Scripture Texts for Infant Classes. Very Large Type. Monthly. Consisting of two Scripture Texts, chosen for each Sunday, always relating to the appointed subjects for the day.

10. The Teacher's Pocket Book and Sunday School Teacher's Diary; valuable for Notes, Memoranda, and for the continuous gathering of daily anecdote and illustration-of Biblical and general information, &c. &c., all designed to aid the weekly preparation of teachers for the efficient instruction and training of their respective classes.

11. The Sunday School Teacher's Class Register, published annually, containing a Calendar, List of Scripture Lessons for the entire year, Ruled Pages for the Weekly Attendance of the Scholars, and of the cash received from them for Books, &c.; together with several useful Tables, Jewish Weights and Measures, Jewish Calendar, &c. The Smaller Class Register contains a List of Lessons and Ruled Pages for the Weekly Attendance of Scholars.

12. The International Daily Text Book for 1886. A handy little book for Teachers and Scholars, containing the Reference for Home Readings for each Day in the Year, a Daily Text for the Year, and each Sunday's Golden Text from the International Lessons.

13. The International Golden Text, issued quarterly, 13 in a packet, printed in very large type, for hanging on the walls of schools from week to week.

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