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selling; of much correction of children, and to make the side of an evil servant to bleed.

Sure keeping is good where an evil wife is; and shut up, where many hands are. Deliver all things in number and weight, and put all in writing that thou givest out, or receivest in.

Be not ashamed to inform the unwise and foolish; and the extreme aged that contend with those that are young : thus shalt thou be truly learned, and approved of all men living.

The father waketh for the daughter when no man knoweth; and the care for her taketh away sleep: when she is young, lest she pass away the flower of her age; and being married, lest she should be hated : in her virginity, lest she should be defiled ; and, having a husband, lest she should misbehave herself; and, when she is married, lest she should be barren.

Keep a sure watch over a shameless daughter, lest she make thee a laughing-stock to thine enemies; and a by-word in the city; and a reproach among the people; and make thee ashamed before the multitude.

Behold not every body's beauty, and sit not in the midst of women : for from


cometh a moth, and, from women, wickedness.

Better is the churlishness of a man than a covetOus woman ; a woman, I say, who bringeth shame and reproach.

The pride of the height, the clear firmament, the beauty of heaven, with his glorious shew; the sun when it appeareth, declaring at its rising a marvellous instrument, the work of the most High. At noon it parcheth the country; and who can abide the burning heat thereof?

A man blowing a furnace is in works of heat, but the sun burneth the mountains three times more; breathing out firy vapours, and sending forth bright beams, it diinmeth the eyes. Great is the Lord that made it, and at his commandment it Funneth hastily.

He made the moon also, to serve in her season ; for a declaration of times, and a sign of the world: from the moon is the sign of feasts; a light that decreaseth in her perfection. The month is called after her name, increasing wonderfully in her changing, being an instrument of the armies above, shining in the firmament of heaven; the beauty of heaven, the glory of the stars, an ornament giving light in the highest places of the Lord. At the commandment of the Holy One, they will stand in their order, and never faint in their watches.

Look upon the rainbow, and praise him that made it, very beautiful it is in the brighiness there. of. It compasseth the heaven about with a glorious circle, and the hands of the most High have bended it.

By his sommandment he maketh the snow to fall apace, and sendeth swiftly the lightnings of his

judgement. Through this the treasures are opened, and clouds fly forth, as fowls.

By his great power he maketh the clowds firm, and the hailstones are broken small.

At his sight the mountains are shaken, and at his will the south-wind bloweth.

The noise of the thunder maketh the earth to tremble : so doth the northern storm and the whirl.. wind; as birds flying he scattereth the snow; and the falling down thereof, is as the lighting of grasshoppers: the eye marvelleth at the beauty of the whiteness thereof; and the heart is astonished at the raining of it.

The ħoar frost also, as salt, he poureth on the carth, and being congealed, it lieth on the top of sharp stakes. When the cold north-wind bloweth, and the water is congealed into ice, it abideth upon every gathering together of water, and clotheth the water as with a breast-plate. It devoureth the mountains, and burneth the wilderness, and consumeth the grass, as fire. A present remedy of all, is a mist coming speedily: a dew, coming after heat, refresheth.

By his counsel he appcaseth the deep, and planteth islands therein. They that sail on the sea, tell of the danger thereof; and, when we hear it with our ears, we marvel thereat. For therein be strange and wondrous works, variety of all kinds. of beasts and whales created.

By him, the end of them hath prosperous success, and by his word all things consist. We may speak much, and yet come short: wherefore in

sum, he is all. How shall we be able to magnify him ? for he is great above all his works. The Lord is terrible, and very great and marvellous in

his power.

When ye glorify him, exalt him as much as ye can; for even yet will he far exceed: and when

ye do exalt him, put forth all your strength, and be not weary; for ye can never go far enough. Who hath seen him that he might tell us ? and who can magnify him as he is?

There are yet hid greater things than these be ; for we have seen but a few of his works: for the Lord hath made all things, and to the godly hath he given wisdom.


Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn : for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek : for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they, who hunger and thirst after righteousness : for they shall be filled. Blessed are the mer. ciful : for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart : for they shall see God. Blessed are the peace-makers: for they shall be called the chil. dren of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted: for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecutè you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its flavour, wherewith shall it be salted ? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of

Ye are the light of the world. A city, that is set on a hill, cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel ; but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men,


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