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judges of the earthịas vanity. Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown; yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth : and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither; and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble. To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal ? 'saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes ou high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in po ver; not one faileth. Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God? Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles ; they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint..
Behold, God exalteth by his power : who teacheth like him? Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold. Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off. Behold, God is great, and we know him not; neither can the number of his years be searched out. Heark. en unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud te shion? Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge! Also can any understand the spreading oi the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle ? But ask how the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they stali tell thee : or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of aii maukind. With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. With him is wisdom and sirength, he hath cjunsel and understanding. Behoid, he withholduth the waters, and they dry up: also
he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth. Behold, he breaketh doin, and it cannot be built up again. With him is strength and wisdom : he stretcheth, out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not rent under them. He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it. Ile hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end. The pillars of heaven tremble, and are astonished at his reproof. He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud. By his Spirit he hath garnished the heavens : his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. Lo, these are parts of his ways : but how litile a portiou is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?
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Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are ! And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud? Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not ; and he
The Lord bless us, and keep us ; the Lord make his face shine upon us, and be gracious unto us; the Lord lilt up his countenance upon us, and give us peace.
The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus,
PORTIONS OF SCRIPTURE,
Selected from the Books of Proverbs, Ecclesia
astes, Job, Ecclesiasticus, Wisdom, Deuteronomy, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Amos, &c. arranged and classed under various heads, for instruction and meditation.
St. Jerome, in his Epistle to Læta, concerning the education of her daughter, advises her first to teach her the Psalms; “ and let her," says he, “ be entertained with those holy songs ; let her then be instructed in the common duties of life by the Proverbs of Solomon; let her learn, from Ecclesiastes, to despise worldly things; transcribe from Job the practice of patience and virtue ; let her then puss to the Gospels, and never let them be out of her hand; and then imbibe with all the faculties of her mind the Acts and Epistles.”
“ Meditate upon these things, that thy profiting may appear to all.” 1 Tim. iv, 15.