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contrary. Above all, watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation, nor fall under it. : Simon, sleepest thou in this article of danger? Judas doth not sleep. The emissaries of Satan are up and busy, ready to betray and apprehend us. Watch, therefore, and pray, and assure yourselves that your prayers shall not return unto you void, but shall accomplish your desires and prosper in the thing whereunto you send them. · Let us begin, therefore, and go on in the power of faith, of watchfulness, and prayer; nor be discouraged at our frequent backslidings, and manifold failings, in the conquest of our beloved sin ; the sin which doth so easily beset us. Allowance, 'tis to be hoped, will be made by that God who knowelh whereof we are made, and remembereth that we are but dust. But let us not go back, much less quit the field. God will at last give us the desired success; grace and peace here, and eternal happiness hereafter.
Let us, then, my brethren, constantly implore the Divine assistance to guard and protect us in every station of life; that his grace may always prevent and follow us ; and make us . continually to be given to all good works. .
I conclude with that most earnest and passionate wish of St. Peter. The God of all grace, who hath called us to his eternal glory by Jesus Christ, afler that ye have suffered awhile, (struggling and maintaining a doubtful fight against your spiritual enemy) make you perfect, strengthen, stablish, settle you. .
And now, O thou eternal, inexhaustible fountain of all goodness! Thou Father and
Friend of mankind ! Hear the prayers of thy humble servants, and grant us grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee, the only God, through Jesus Christ our Lord : to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost, be ascribed all honour, glory, and power, now and for evermore. Amen.
'Till I die, I will not remove my integrity from me. My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go : my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
JOB makes a resolution here of maintaining an unprejudiced mind, and keeping a conscience void of offence: he is resolved to behave himself prudently, and not to be guilty of any thing that would either sting his conscience, . or wound his reputation, were it to be exposed to humap knowledge.
And this resolution he takes in the height of adversity and disgrace; when his wealth and children were snatched away from him; when his servants and friends despised him; when he was afflicted with pains and ulcers, and had no place to lay his head. In the midst of this unhappy change of things it was, that this good man resolved to remain unmoveable, unshaken, to keep his ground even until death. For 'till I die, says he, I will not remove my integrity from me.