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Working with his hands the thing that is That he may have to give to him that

needeth.-Zech. v. 3; Ephes. iv. 28.

good,

THE NINTH COMMANDMENT. 259. Lie not one to another. (s. M.)

How dreadful is a lie,

Or anything untrue !
Can you forget God's searching eye,

That looks you through and through?
God hates the lying tongue,

And the deceitful look ;
Tbe falsehoods of the old and young

Are written in his book.
But Satan loveth lies,

All liars are his own :
If children keep to truth, he flies

And leavcth them alone.
To God's blest home in heaven

The liar cannot go :
But after death he shall be driven

To fiery endless woe!

260.Lying Lipsare Abomination to the Lord. SPEAK ye every man truth to his neighbour; Execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates :

And let none of you
Imagine evil in your hearts against your

neighbour ; And love no false oath : For all these are things that I hate, saith

the Lord. Put on the new man, Which after God is created in righteousness

and true holiness.
Wherefore putting away lying,
Speak every man truth with his neighbour,
For we are members one of another.
The unbelieving and abominable and all

liars,
Shall have their part in the lake
Which burns with brimstone and fire,
Which is the second death.

Zech. viii. 16; Ephes. iv. 24; Rev. xxi. 8.

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TIIE TENTH COMMANDMENT. 261. Covetousness is Idolatry.

How often do I long

For that which is not mine;
Forgetting that it is a sin

To covet or repine ?
It is not wrong to wish,

And strive, and humbly pray,
For gains of honest industry

In God's appointed way.

But restless discontent

Is charging God with blame,
And envy of another's good

Should smite my heart with shame.
O, if I gain the world,

But yet should lose my soul !
What will it profit in that day

When my death's knell shall toll ?

262. The Covetous, whom God abhorreth. COVETOUSNESS! Let it not be once named

among you. For this ye know, that no covetous man, Who is an idolater, Hath any inheritance in the kingdom of

Christ and of God.-Eph. v. 3. Godliness with contentment is great gain. We brought nothing into this world, And it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment Let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into tempta

tion and a snare, And into many foolish and hurtful lusts, Which drown men in destruction and per

dition. For the love of money is the root of all evil. But thou, O man of God, flee these things.

i Tim. vi. 6.

OUR DUTY TO GOD AND TO OUR NEIGH- ·

BOUR. 263. Setting out in Life with Godly Prayer. JABEZ was more honourable than his

brethren: And his mother called his name Jabez, Saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, Saying, Oh that thou wouldst bless me

indeed, And enlarge my coast, And that thine hand might be with me, And that thou wouldst keep me from evil, That it may not grieve me ! And God granted him that which he re

quested.-1 Chron. iv. 9. 264. All the Laws of God hang together. Ye shall be holy : For I the Lord your God am holy. Ye shall fear every man his mother, and

his father, And keep my sabbaths : I am the Lord

your God. Turn ye not unto your idols, nor make to

yourselves molten gods : I am the Lord your God.-Levit. xix. 2. 265.Seekest thou great things? Seek them not. Two things have I required of thee ; Deny me them not before I die :

Remove far from me vanity and lies :
Give me neither poverty nor riches ;
Feed me with food.convenient for me :
Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who

is the Lord ?
Or lest I be poor, and steal,
And take the name of my God in vain.

Prov. xxx. 7. 266. Be ye Thankful. (s. M.)

O LORD, on me bestow,

And not on me alone,
The blessing of a grateful heart,

For every kindness shown.
First unto Thee, my God,

Our never-failing friend,
Would I give thanks with lip and life,

For mercies without end.
Even Thou dost not forget

What we do for thy sake,
Were it a cup of water given

The needy's thirst to slake.
How can my ways be thine,

If I ungrateful be,
Or thankless for a kindness shown,

However small, to me ?
267. Be ye Kind and Tender-hearted.
Thou shalt not curse the deaf.
Nor put a stumbling-block before the blind :
But shall fear thy God. I am the Lord.

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