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Then the whole multitude besought Jesus to depart from them.

6«c And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, "but sent him away, saying, • Return to thine own house, 8 and go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.' And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city, 10 and in Decapolis, how great things Jesus had done for him ; and all men did marvel."

1 Luke viii, 26, 27. 2 Mark v, 2, 3, 5-7. 8 Luke viii, 28, 29. 4 Matt. viii, 30-34. 5 Luke viii, 35, 37. 7 Luke viii, 38, 39. 8 Mark v, 19. 9 Luke viii, 39. 10 Mark v, 20.

6 Mark v, 18, 19.

Motives and encouragements to work for Christ.

1By Jesus let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 2 And the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead ; and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again.'

“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the Gospel according to the power of God. Follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and un

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learned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient; in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

66 Be not weary in well doing; but go to thy friends and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee ; "and giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye

shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."

1 Heb. xiii, 15, 16. 22 Cor. V, 14, 15. 32 Tim. i, 8. 4 2 Tim. ii, 22-26. 52 Thess. iii, 13. '6 Mark v, 19. 7 2 Pet. i, 5-11.

Chapter Seventh.

THE CHRISTIAN MOURNING.

The prayer of a mourning saint. 1“I WOULD seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: who doeth great things and unsearchable-marvellous things without number; to set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety. "In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me. 3 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed :-lead me to the rock that is higher than I. I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. 5 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for

my soul trusteth in thee; yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things

for me.”

1 Job v, 8, 9, 11.

2 Ps. lxxxvi, 7. 3 Ps. lxi, 2.

5 Ps. lvii, 1, 2.

4 Ps. cxix, 75, 76.

ILLUSTRATION. Death of David's child. 1«The Lord struck the child of David, King of Israel, and it was very sick. David therefore

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besought God for the child, and fasted; but on the seventh day it died. And the servants of David feared to tell him. But when he saw that they whispered, he perceived that the child was dead. And he came into the house of the Lord and worshipped ; and he did eat. Then said his servants; What thing is this that thou hast done ? thou didst fast and weep for the child while he was alive; but when he was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.' And David said, “While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept; for I said: Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again ? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.''

12 Sam. xii, 15, 16, 18-23. Words of comfort for the sorrowful. 16 Thus saith the Lord :- Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears. ? As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort

you.—3

-3 Blessed are they that mourn : for they shall be comforted. I will turn their mourning into joy, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.'

5 “The spirit of the Lord is upon Jesus ; because the Lord hath sent him to bind up the broken-hearted, to comfort all that mourn ; to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord,

that he might be glorified. Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away; ?for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted." 1 Jer. xxxi, 16. * Is. Ixvi, 13.

4 Jer. xxxi, 13. 5 Is. Ixi, 1-3. 6 Is. li, 11. 7 Is. xlix, 13.

3 Matt. v, 4.

ILLUSTRATION. Lazarus raised from the dead,

16 A certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany.

Therefore his sisters sent unto Jesus, saying, 'Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, • This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. And he abode two days still in the same place where he was. And after that he saith unto his disciples, “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth ; but I go that I may awake him out of sleep.' Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said he unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.'

“When Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus; 'Lord, if thou hadst been

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