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"Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read.”

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

Isa, xxxiv. 16; 2 Tim. iii. 16.

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The book of God is a book for the heart of man; and, written for the heart of man, it makes to the heart many a direct appeal. Full and forcible are the pointed “Questions ” with which it abounds, while suitable and striking are the answers it supplies. A selection of these has been judged profitable for daily use. To each Bible-question a few words of Scripture have been subjoined, sometimes as a direct answer, sometimes as an echo, sometimes as a supplement. When possible, the response has been taken from the inmediate or more remote context; but this rule has been departed from, whenever conciseness or emphasis might thereby be secured.

The work of self-examination to which such Bible-Questions conduce, will serve to quicken our sense of dependance on the words of almighty “Promise;" and every promise of God's grace

should be looked upon as accompanied by an express or an implied “ Precept.” When we have fitting views of dependance and of duty, we are impelled to utterances of “Prayer ;” and prayer, when answered, should give place to corresponding outbursts of “ Praise," or to meditation on such words as may suggest and elicit a suitable feeling of thankful adoration and well-founded hope.

Hence have arisen the threefold division and responsive arrangement of these Bible Words. The threefold division may be found an aid to the meditations of “morning, noon, and night.” As to mode of arrangement, it


suffice to add, that thus “spiritual things ” have been compared “ with spiritual,” and the result given, not in words which man's wisdom teacheth,” but in those which convey to us “ the mind of Christ."

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Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.”

Psa. cxix. 1.


MORNING.Bible Question :

“What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits towards me?”— Psa. cxvi. 12.

“I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord; I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of His people.”—Ver. 13, 14.

Noon.-Promise and Precept:

“From this day will I bless you." Hag. ii. 19.

“ But cleave unto the Lord your God, as ye have done unto this day.”Josh. xxiii. 8.

Night.Prayer and Praise :

“Save now, I beseech Thee, O Lord; O Lord, I beseech Thee, send NOW prosperity.Psa. cxviii. 25.

“ Blessed be the Lord, who DAILY loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation !”Ib. lxviii. 19.

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