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27 Give me understanding, 10 This is my comfort in my and I shall keep thy law; yea, affliction : for thy word hath I shall observe it with my whole quickened me. heart.
11 The proud have had me 28 Make me to go in the greatly in derision: yet have I path of thy commandments : not declined from thy law. for therein do I delight.
12 I remembered thy judge29 Incline my heart unto thy ments of old, O Lord: and testimonies, and not to covet- have comforted myself.
13 Thy statutes have been 30 Turn away mine eyes my songs in the house of my from beholding vanity; and pilgrimage. quicken thou me in thy way. 14 I have remembered thy
31 Stablish thy word unto name, O Lord, in the night, thy servant, who is devoted to and have kept thy law.
15 This I had, because I
kept thy precepts. LESSON XLVIII.
16 Thou art my portion, O
Lord : I have said that I would Let thy mercies come unto me, keep thy words. O Lord, even thy salvation, ac- 17 Ientreated thy favour with cording to thy word.
my whole heart: be merciful 2 So shall I have wherewith unto me according to thy word. to answer him that reproacheth 18 I thought on my ways, me: for I trust in thy word. and turned my feet unto thy
3 And take not the word of testimonies. truth utterly out of my mouth; 19 I made haste, and delayed for I have hoped in thy judge- not to keep thy commandments. ments.
20 I am a companion of all 4 So shall I keep thy law them that fear thee, and of them continually, for ever and ever. that keep thy precepts.
5 And I will walk at liberty: 21 The earth, O Lord, is full for I seek thy precepts. of thy mercy: teach me thy
6 I will speak of thy testi. statutes. monies also before kings, and 22 Thou hast dealt well with will not be ashamed.
thy servant, O Lord, according 7 And I will delight myself unto thy word. in thy commandments which I 23 Teach me good judgement have loved.
and knowledge: for I have be. 8 My hands also will I lift lieved thy commandments. up unto thy commandments 24 Before I was afflicted, I which I have loved; and I will went astray: but now have I meditate in thy statutes. kept thy word.
19 Remember the word unto 25 Thou art good, and doest thy servant, upon which thou good; teach me thy statutes. hast caused me to hope.
26 It is good for me that I
have been afflicted; that I might mandments hast made me wiser learn thy statutes.
than mine enemies : for they 27 Therefore I will look unto are ever with me. the Lord: I will wait for the 9 I have more understandGod of my salvation: my God ing than all my teachers : for will hear me.
thy testimonies are my medi28 Thy hands have made me tation. and fashioned me: give me un- 10 I understand more than derstanding, that I may learn the ancients, because I keep thy thy commandments.
precepts. 29 I know, O Lord, that thy 11 I have refrained my feet judgements are right, and that from every evil way, that I thou in faithfulness hast afflict- might keep thy word.
12 I have not departed from 30 Let, I pray thee, thy mer. thy judgements : for thou hast ciful kindness be for my com- taught me. fort, according to thy word unto 13 How sweet are thy words thy servant.
unto my taste! yea, sweeter
my tongue, and cause me to
understand wherein I have LESSON XLIX.
16 I have sworn, and I will My soul fainteth for thy salva- perform it, that I will keep thy tion; but I hope in thy word. righteous judgements.
2 Mine eyes fail for thy word, 17 I am afflicted very much : saying, When wilt thou comfort quicken me, O Lord, according me ?
;unto thy word. 3 Unless thy law had been 18 Accept, I beseech thee, my delight, I should then have the free-will-offerings of my perished in mine affliction. mouth, O Lord, and teach me
4 I will never forget thy pre- thy judgements. cepts : for with them thou hast 19 Thy testimonies have I quickened me.
taken as an heritage for ever: 5 I am thine, save me: for I for they are the rejoicing of my have sought thy precepts.
heart. 6 I will freely sacrifice unto 20 I have inclined mine heart thee: I will praise thy name, to perform thy statutes alway, O Lord, for it is good.
even unto the end. 7 O how I love thy law! it 21 I hate vain thoughts : but is my meditation all the day. thy law do I love.
8 Thou through thy com- 22 Thou art my hiding-place
and my shield: I hope in thy word : and let not any iniquity word.
have dominion over me. 23 Depart from me, ye evil. 6 Deliver me from the op. doers : for I will keep the com- pression of man: so will I keep mandments of my God.
thy precepts. 24 Uphold me according unto 7 Make thy face to .shine thy word, that I may live : and upon thy servant: and teach let me not be ashamed of my me thy statutes. hope.
8 Rivers of waters run down 25 Hold thou me up, and I mine eyes : because they keep shall be safe : and I will have not thy law. respect unto thy statutes con- 9 Righteous art thou, O tinually.
Lord : and upright are thy - 26 Mine eyes fail for thy judgements. salvation, and for the word of 10 If I regard iniquity in my thy righteousness.
heart, the Lord will not hear 27 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and 11 But verily God hath heard teach me thy statutes.
me; he hath attended to the 28 I am thy servant; give voice of my prayer. me understanding, that I may 12 I am small and despised: know thy testimonies.
yet do not I forget thy pre29 I love thy command- cepts. ments above gold, yea, above 13 Thy righteousness is an fine gold.
everlasting righteousness : and :30 Therefore I esteem all thy thy law is the truth. precepts concerning all things 14 Trouble and anguish have to be right: and I hate every taken hold on me: yet thy com
mandments are my delights.
15 The righteousness of thy LESSON L.
testimonies is everlasting: give
me understanding, and I shall Thy testimonies are wonder. live. ful : therefore doth
soul 16 I cried with my whole keep them.
heart: hear me, O Lord, I will 2 Teach me thy way, O Lord; keep thy statutes. I will walk in thy truth : unite 17 I cried unto thee, save my heart to fear thy name. me: and I shall keep thy testi
3 I opened my mouth, and monies. panted : for I longed for thy 18 I prevented the dawning commandments.
of the morning, and cried : I 4 Look thou upon me and hoped in thy word. be merciful unto me: as thou 19 Mine eyes prevent the usest to do unto those that love night-watches: that I might thy name.
meditate in thy word. 5 Order my steps, in thy 20. Hear my voice according
unto thy loving-kindness: 0 they may dwell with me: he Lord, quicken me according to that walketh in a perfect way, thy judgement.
he shall serve me. 21 Thou art near, O Lord ; 32 Lord, I have hoped for and all thy commandments are thy salvation, and done thy truth.
commandments. 22 Concerning thy testimo- 33 My soul hath kept thy nies, I have known of old that testimonies; and I love them thou hast founded them for exceedingly.
34 I have kept thy precepts, 23 Consider mine affliction, and thy testimonies : for all my and deliver me: for I do not ways are before thee. forget thy law.
35 Let my cry come near be24 Plead my cause, and de- fore thee, O Lord : give me unliver me: quicken me accord- derstanding according to thy ing to thy word.
word. 25 Salvation is far from the 36 Let my supplication come wicked : for they seek not thy before thee : deliver me accordstatutes.
ing to thy word. 26 Great are thy tender mer. 37 My lips shall utter praise, cies, O Lord: quicken me ac- when thou hast taught me thy cording to thy judgements. statutes.
27 Consider how I love thy 38 My tongue shall speak of precepts : quicken me, O Lord, thy word: for all thy commandaccording to thy loving-kind. ments are righteousness.
39 Let thine hand help me : 28 Thy word is true from for I have chosen thy precepts. the beginning: and every one 40 I have longed for thy salof thy righteous judgements vation, O Lord; and thy law is endureth for ever.
my delight. 29 I hate and abhor lying : 41 Let my soul live, and it but thy law do I love.
shall praise thee; and let thy 30 He that worketh deceit judgements help me. shall not dwell within my house; 42 I have gone astray like a he that telleth lies shall not lost sheep: seek thy servant; tarry in my sight.
for I do not forget thy com31 Mine eyes shall be upon mandments. the faithful of the land, that
SECTION IV.-Truth and Honesty.
2 So is the man that de
ceiveth his neighbour, and saith, As a mad man who casteth fire. Am not I in sport? brands, arrows, and death, 3 An hypocrite with his mouth
destroyeth his neighbour : but 16 The lips of truth shall through knowledge shall the be established for ever: but a just be delivered.
lying tongue is but for a mò. 4 The thoughts of the righte- ment. ous are right: but the counsels f 17 A true witness deliverI of the wicked are deceit.
eth souls : but a deceitful wit5 The words of the wicked
ness speaketh lies. are to lie in wait for blood : but 18 A false witness shall not the mouth of the upright shall be unpunished, and he that deliver them.
speaketh lies shall perish. 6 Burning lips and a wicked 19 A faithful witness will heart are like a potsherd covered not lie: but a false witness will
а. with silver dross.
utter lies. 7 He that hateth dissembleth 20 His tongue deviseth mis. with his lips, and layeth up de- chiefs : like a sharp razor, workceit within him.
ing deceitfully. 8 When he speaketh fair, be- 21 He that hideth hatred lieve him not: for there are seven with lying lips, and he that ut. abominations in his heart, tereth a slander, is a fool.
9 Whose hatred is covered 22 A wicked doer giveth heed by deceit; his wickedness shall to false lips; and a liar giveth be shewed before the whole ear to a naughty tongue. congregation.
23 The desire of a man is his 110 Whoso diggethapit shall kindness : and a poor man is fall therein: and he that roll. better than a liar. eth a stone, it will return upon 24 Excellent speech becomhim.
eth not a fool; much less do 11 A lying tongue hateth lying lips a prince. those that are afflicted by it; 25 Deceit is in the heart of and a flattering mouth worketh them that imagine evil : but ruin.
to the counsellors of peace is 12 A righteous man hateth joy. lying: but a wicked man is loath- 26 He that saith unto the some, and cometh to shame. wicked, Thou art righteous, him
13 He feedeth on ashes : a shall the people curse; nations deceived heart hath turned him shall abhor him. aside, that he cannot deliver his 27 The mouth of them that soul, nor say, Is there not a lie speak lies shall be stopped. in my right hand ?
28 Lying lips are abomina14 He that speaketh truth tion to the Lord: but they that sheweth forth righteousness; deal truly are his delight. but a false witness, deceit. 29 Most men will proclaim
15 There is that speaketh every one his own goodness : like the piercings of a sword: but a faithful man who can but the tongue of the wise is find ? health.