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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.
THE NINTH COMMANDMENT. 259. Lie not one to another. (s. M.)
How dreadful is a lie,
Or anything untrue !
That looks you through and through?
And the deceitful look ;
Are written in his book.
All liars are his own :
And leavcth them alone.
The liar cannot go :
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
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.
Zech. viii. 16; Ephes. iv. 24; Rev. xxi. 8.
TIIE TENTH COMMANDMENT. 261. Covetousness is Idolatry.
How often do I long
For that which is not mine;
To covet or repine ?
And strive, and humbly pray,
In God's appointed way.
But restless discontent
Is charging God with blame,
Should smite my heart with shame.
But yet should lose my soul !
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 :
is the Lord ?
Prov. xxx. 7. 266. Be ye Thankful. (s. M.)
O LORD, on me bestow,
And not on me alone,
For every kindness shown.
Our never-failing friend,
For mercies without end.
What we do for thy sake,
The needy's thirst to slake.
If I ungrateful be,
However small, to me ?