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restored to society, which I may form in the stillness of my chamber, that so I may be brought to Thee through ways I knew not, and finally enter into eternal life, through thy mercies, who art “the Way and the Life" itself, O most blessed Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

PENITENTIAL EXERCISES IN SICKNESS.

“ Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth ; therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty. For he maketh sore and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole."---Job v.

“ Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, 0 ye my friends, for the hand of God hath touched me.” “ For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me." “ I am made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.” “ When I lie down, I am full of tossings to and fro, unto the dawning of the day.” “My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.” “ I have sinned ; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men ? Why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a bur6 Be

den to myself ?" “If I say I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness and comfort myself: I am afraid of all my sorrows ; I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.” " If I be wicked, woe unto me ; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up mine head.” “ I am full of confusion, therefore see thou mine affliction.”—Job. x.

“Shall mortal man be more just than God ? shall a man be more pure thaa his maker ?” hold he put no trust in his servants, and bis angels he charged with folly : how much less in them that dweli in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth ?" They are destroyed from morning to evening : they perish for ever, without any regarding it.” formeth the thing that is appointed for me, and many such things are with him.”

• Therefore am I troubled at his presence, when I consider I am afraid of him." - Job iv.

“ O that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me : when bis candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness." “ Now my soul is poured out upon me: the days of affliction have taken hold

My bones are pierced in me in the night season, and my sinews take no rest. My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.” “I know that thou wilt bring me to

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death, and to the house appointed for all living. But I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And that though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. Whom I shall see for myself, and not another, though my reins be .consumed within me.”—Job, xix.

“Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more." “ That which I see not, teach thou me : if I have done iniquity I will do no more.” * For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not." “ He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and bis life from perisbing by the sword.” “ He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain.” “So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat." “ His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen ; and his bones that were not seen, stick out.”

“ His soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.” “ If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness :" "Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom.” “ His flesh shall be fresher than a child's ; he shall return to the days of his youth :” “He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him ; and he shall see his face with joy : for he will render unto man his righteousness. Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, to bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.” ---Job. xxxiii.

O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.” “Have mercy, Lord upon me for I am weak, O Lord heal me, for my bones are vexed.” “I am weary with my groanings ; all the night make I my bed to swim, I water my couch with my tears.” « Return, O Lord, deliver my soul, O save me for thy mercies' sake."--Ps. vi.

“ Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.” “Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy loving-kindnesses ; for they have ever been of old." “ For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity, for it is great." “ Turn thee unto me,

and have mercy upon me, for I am desolate and afflict. ed.“ The troubles of my heart are enlarged: 0 bring thou me out of my distresses." mine aflliction and my pain, and forgive all my sins.-.-Ps. XXV.

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.” my soul is full of troubles, and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.” “ I am counted with them

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that go down into the pit : I am as a man that hath no strength.” “ Thou hast laid me in the lowest pits, in darkness, in the deeps.” “ Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast allicted me with all thy waves.” “Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me ; thou hast made me an abomination unto them. I am shut up, and I cannot come forth." “ Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction : Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.”

" Unto thee have I cried, O Lord, and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee." Lord, why casteth thou off my soul, why bidest thou thy face from me ?''---Ps. lxxxviii.

EXERCISES OF THANKSGIVING ON RE

COVERY FROM SICKNESS.

See now that I, even I, am He ; and there is no God with me. I kill, and I make alive : I wound and I heal : neither is there any that can deliver out of my

hand.--Deut. xxxii.

“O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.”

“ O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from

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