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Cursed be be that maketh
The blind to wander out of his way.
And all the people shall say, Amen.

Levit. xix. 14; Deut. xxvii. 18.

268. Use Hospitality without grudging.
Let brotherly love continue.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers :
For thereby some have entertained angels

unawares. Let your conversation be without covetous

ness ; And be content with such things as ye have : For He hath said, I will never leave thee,

nor forsake thee. I am the Lord your God. If a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, Ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you Shall be unto you as one born among you, And thou shalt love him as thyself.

Heb. xiii. 1–5; Lev. xix. 33.

269. Do as you would be done by. Thou shalt not see thy brother's ox or his

sheep go astray, And hide thyself from them : And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, Or if thou know him not, Thou shalt bring it unto thine own house,

And it shall be with thee until thy brother

seek after it, And thou shalt restore it to him again. So shalt thou do with all lost thing of thy

brother's, Which he hath lost, and thou hast found. Thou mayest not hide thyself.

Deut. xxii. 1-4. 270. Overcome Evil with Good. IF thou meet thine enemy's ox or bis ass

going astray, Thou shalt surely bring it back to him

again. If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee Lying under his burden, And wouldst forbear to help him, Thou shalt surely help with him. Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, And let not thine heart be glad when he

stumbleth: Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, And he turn away his wrath from him. If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread

to eat; And if he be thirsty, give him water to drink.

Ex. xxiii. 4; Prov. xxiv. 17 ; xxv. 21. 271. Pity the Poor, and lend to God. (7's.)

LORD, how many pine around,
Hungry, needy, and distressed ;

Whilst with comforts I abound,
Though I have so oft transgressed.
All we have belongs to Thee,
For thou gav'st it to our charge :
Though our store may scanty be,
Make our hearts both kind and large.
Who hath pity on the poor,
Lendeth unto thee, O Lord ;
Our repayment shall be sure,
When we give with full accord.
Thou didst die that we might live ;
'Tis thy grace our souls hath freed :
For thy sake we'll freely give

To our brother in his need.
272. Kindness doth kind Acts.
IF a brother or sister be naked,
And destitute of daily food,
And one of you say unto them,
Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled ;
Notwithstanding ye give them not those

things Which are needful to the body; What doth it profit ? So faith without works is dead also. When ye reap the harvest of your land, Thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of

tby field, Neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of

thy harvest.

Neither shalt thou gather every grape of

thy vineyard; Thou shalt leave them for the poor and the

stranger : I am the Lord your God.

James ii. 15—26; Levit. xix. 9. 273. With the MercifulGodis Merciful.(7’s.) God our Comforter above, Slow to punish, grieved at woe, Full of pity, full of love, Mercy sheds on all below. From his tender mercy mild, All our hopes of heaven begin ; Can a cruel, heartless child, Hope a place in heaven to win ? Let compassion rule your mind, Never, never, hurt in vain ! Let the poor dumb creatures find That you shrink from giving pain. Though they may be slain for food, Or, if hurtful, be destroyed, Never kill, except for good;

Every needless pang avoid. 274. A golden Chain of Texts. The earth is full of the mercy of the Lord. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not

consumed.

The Lord is good to all ;
His tender mercies are over all his works.
Be ye therefore merciful,
As your Father also is merciful.
The merciful man doeth good to his own

soul, But he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. A righteous man regardeth the life of his

beast, But the tender mercies of the wicked are

cruel. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.

Ps. xxxv. 5; cxlv. 9; Luke vi. 36 ;

Prov. xi, 17; xii, 10; Lam, iii. 22; Matt. v. 7.

275. Put away Evil Speaking. (7's.)

SPEAK not evil of another,
Never spread a bitter tale ;
Judge not even a faulty brother,
But in silence him bewail !
What if others told of you
All the ill they thought or heard ;
Fancied sin in all you do,
Harshly judged each thought and word?
It would seem to you unkind ;-
Will your neighbour feel it less ?
O resist a judging mind;
Spread not tales that cause distress.

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