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Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. [Ps. xciii.] Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts : all thy waves and thy billows have gone over me. [Ps. xlii.] The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, y yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. [Ps. xciii.]

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O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee : let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry: for my soul is full of troubles :(and my life draweth nigh unto the grave, I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength : mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction : Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee. Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Shall thy loving-kindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruetion? Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? But unto thee have I cried, O Lord; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee. Lord, why castest thou ofl' my soul? Why hidest thou thy face from me? [Ps. lxxxviii.] Hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble : hear me speedily. [Ps. Ixix.]

Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it. My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth m tent any more, and to set up my curtains. O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct

his steps. O Lord, correct me, but with judgment: not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing. [.Jer.

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Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me. (Lam. i.] I am so troubled that I cannot speak. I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favorable no more? is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? And I said, This is my infirmity : but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High. [Ps. lxxvii.]

It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men ; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning : but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him. [Eccl. vii.]

Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. [.Job v.]

SUDDEX DEATH. Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. [Prov. xxvii.] But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand

years, and a thousand

years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men.count slackness: but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. [2 Pet. iii.]

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away ; so

shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field ; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore ; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

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ye also ready : for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, that he shall make him ruler over all his goods. [.Matt. xxiv.]

Go to now, ye that say, To-day or to-morrow, we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain. Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. [.Jas. iv.] Now my days are swifter than a post : they flee away: they are passed away as the swift ships. [Job ix.] My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle. [.Job vii.] As the Lord liveth and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death. (1 Sam. xx.] Yet I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my

fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that fieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness ; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. For he

shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. [Ps. xci.]

I must work the works of nim that sent me, while it is day : the night cometh, when no man can work. 1.John ix.] Watch

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know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning : lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. [Mark xiii.]

TRIAL AND SUFFERING.

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation : for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (Jas. i.]

I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel : for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand ; but the wise shall understand. Blessed is he that waiteth. But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. [Dan. xii.]

Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou ? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left,

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