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1 Jas, i, 5-7.

6 Ps. XXV,

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heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

9« Cast not away your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

2 Ps. xxxvii, 5, 7, 1, 2. 3 2 Chron. xx, 17. 4 Ps. xxvii, 14. 5 Is. xxvi, 4.

7 Phil. iv, 6. 8 Prov. üi, 5, 6. 9 Heb. x, 35, 36.

Prayer for wisdom, fc. 1« Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me. 2 Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.

4-0 Lord God, give me now wisdom and knowledge. 5Show me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths; lead me in thy truth, and teach me. & Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path. My soul melteth for heaviness ; strengthen thou me according unto thy word. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Teach me good judgment and knowledge; for I have believed thy commandments. Teach me and I will hold my tongue ; and cause me to understand wherein I have erred. 'Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord; give me understanding according to thy word."

1 Ps. lxxxvi, 1. 2 Ps. V, 8. 8Ps. xvii, 5, 8. 4 2 Chron. i, 9, 10. 5 Ps. xxv, 4, 5. 6 Ps. xxvii, 11. ? Ps. cxix, 28, 34, 66, 8 Job'vi, 24. 9 Ps. cxix, 169.

Help and guidance promised. 1. Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself-wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye. My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. The Lord shall guide thee continually; "for God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy."

1 2 Chron. i, 11, 12. > Ps. xxxii, 8. 3 Ex. xxxiii, 14. 4 Is. lviii, 11. 5 Ecc. ii, 26.

Thanksgiving for God's counsel. 1“I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom, and hast mad known unto me now what I desired of thee. Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever; for wisdom and might are his. 2 By the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee. What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee; 5and thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

6«« I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel. ?The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.8This God is our God for ever and ever ; he will be our guide even unto death."

i Dan. ii, 23, 20. 2 Ps. xvii, 4. 3 Is. xxvi, 3. 4 Ps. Ivi, 3. 5 Ps. lxxiii, 24. 6 Ps. xvi, 7. 7 Ps. xxv, 9.

8 Ps. xlviii, 14.

Chapter Niuth.

THE CHRISTIAN PERSECUTED.

Prayer for deliverance from enemies. 16.0 LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust; save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me. 20 Lord, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause. Thou hast seen all their vengeance,—thou hast heard their reproach, O Lord, and all their imaginations against me; the lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day. Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand. The poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless. They that sit in the gate speak against me; I was the song of the drunkards. But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time.

5.Mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together, saying; God hath forsaken him,-persecute and take him ; for there is none to deliver him, O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help. 6 Arise, O God, plead thine own cause : remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily. Forget not the voice of thine enemies : the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually,

"O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever ? 'Unto thee lift Iup mine

eyes,

O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies : I flee unto thee to hide me. "Uphold me according unto thy word; and let me not be ashamed of my hope. Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe.”

1 Ps. vii, 1. 2 Lam. iii, 59-62. 3 Ps. x, 14. 4 Ps. lxix, 12, 13. 5 Ps. Ixxi, 10-12. 6 Ps. Ixxiv, 22, 23, 10. 7 Ps. cxxii, 1. 8 Ps. cxlii, 9. 9 Ps. cxix, 116, 117.

God's assistance promised to his people. 1«Fear not; I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. As thy days, so shall thy strength be. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee; I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Only be thou strong and very courageous; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed : for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. 'I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, 'Fear not; I will help thee. 6Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.—Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded : they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee. I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.' Gen. xv, 1. 2 Deut. xxxiii, 25. 3 Josh. i, 5, 7, 9. 4 Is. xli, 13. ILLUSTRATION. Daniel protected in the lions' den.

5 Ex. xiv, 13, 14. 6 Is. xli, 11, 12, 14.

1“It pleased king Darius to set over his kingdom an hundred and twenty princes; and over these, three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: because an excellent spirit was found in him. Then the presidents and

princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.'

" Then they assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him; King Darius, live for ever.—We have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, Oking, he shall be cast into the den of lions. Wherefore king Darius signed the decree.

“Now when Daniel knew that it was signed, he went into his house ; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

" Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. Then they came near, and said before the king, That Daniel, who is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast

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