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" And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And he called the name of that place, “Jehovahjireh.'

And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, and said, “By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son; that in blessing I will bless thee .... and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed ; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”

1 Gen. xxii, 1-5. 2 Heb. xi, 19. 3 Gen. xxii, 6-18.

E.chortation to joyful submission. 16. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation : for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 2 Therefore no man should be moved by these afflictions ; for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.

3“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you; but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings ; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

-Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their

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souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

Now the God of peace, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. 1 Jas. i, 12. ? 1 Thess. iii, 3. 31 Pet. iv, 12, 13, 19. Heb. xiii, 20, 21.

Amen."

Chapter Fourteenth.

THE CHRISTIAN UNCHARITABLE.

The importance of Christian love. 16 THOUGH I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself,—is not puffed up,—doth not behave itself unseemly,seeketh not her own,-is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in truth. Beareth all things,-believeth all things,-hopeth all things,-endureth all things; charity never faileth. abideth faith, hope, charity,—these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

11 Cor. xiii, 1-8, 13. Exhortation to forgiveness of injuries. 1“Put on, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness

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of mind, meekness, long-suffering; forbearing one-another, and forgiving one-another. ?If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone; if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

3 « Peter (one of the disciples) came to Jesus, and said, “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him ? till seven times?' Jesus saith unto him, 'I say not unto thee, until seven times; but, until seventy times seven.'

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ; 5 and if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 66 As

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love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest ; for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.' i Col. iii, 12, 13. 2 Matt. xviii, 15. 3 Matt. xviii, 21, 22.

4 Gal. vi, 1, 2. 5 Col. iii, 13. 6 Luke vi, 31-36.

ILLUSTRATION. Parable of the unmerciful servant.

1«The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down and besought him, saying, 'Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.' Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

“But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred

pence; and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.' And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, "Have patience with me and I will pay thee all.' And he would not, but went and cast him into prison till he should pay the debt.

6 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord after that he had called him, said unto him ; O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?' And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tor

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