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watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore; for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch.

LUKE 12:35. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that, when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily, I say unto you, That he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the good man of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, That he will make him ruler over all that he hath.

T 1 THESS. 5: 4. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief; ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken, are drunken in the night. But let us, who

are of the day, be sober, putting on the breast-plate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us; that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore, comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

MAT. 24: 42. Watch, therefore, for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the good man 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. Therefore be 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 scason? 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.

MARK 14: 38. Watch and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

1 COR. 16: 13. Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

2 TIM. 4: 5. Watch thou in all things.

ROM. 13: 11. Now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent ; the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness: and let us put on the armor of light.

EPH. 6: 10. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. — 14. Having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breast-plate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always, with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perse

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Rom. 8: 81. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him, also freely give us all things?... Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?... Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come: nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

GAL. 4: 15. Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them. But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.

HEB. 6: 9. But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed towards his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

T MARK 4: 16. These are they which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness, and have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time; afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

MAT. 24: 13. He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

REV. 2: 12. And to the Angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. - 18. And unto the Angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

JAMES 5: 7. Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. ... Establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.... Take my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord: that the Lord. is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

JER. 2: 2. Thus saith the LORD, I remember thee; the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness: in a land that was not sown. Israel was holiness to the LORD. - 5. What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity and are become vain? Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, through a land of deserts and of pits?... And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination The priests

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said not, Where is the LORD? And they that handle the law, knew me not; the pastors also transgressed against me. - 11. Hath a nation changed their gods, which yet are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. Be ye astonished, O ye heavens, at this, be ye horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and have hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. Is Israel a servant? Is he a home-born slave? Why then is he spoiled? 17. Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way? 19. Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee. Know, therefore, and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God. 21. Yet I planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?

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turn unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

LUKE 11: 24. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will re

1 TIM. 4:1. Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: for it is sanctified by the word of God, and prayer.

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2 TIM. 3: 1. This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

T 2 PETER 2: 20. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them, according to the true proverb,

The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and,

The sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire.

REV. 2: 1. Unto the Angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil; and thou hast tried them which say they are Apostles, and are not; and hast found them liars: and hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast labored, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, an repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate. He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

ther cold nor hot. I would thou wert cold or hot. So then, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked; I counsel thee to buy of me gold, tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve that thou mayest see. As many as I love I rebuke and chasten : be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock. If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh, will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

HEB. 6: 4. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly

T3: 1. And unto the Angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the sev-gift, and were made partakers of the en Spirits of God, and the seven Holy Ghost, and have tasted the stars; I know thy works, that thou good word of God, and the powers hast a name that thou livest, and art of the world to come; if they shall dead. Be watchful, and strengthen fall away, to renew them again unto the things which remain, that are repentance: seeing they crucify unready to die: for I have not found to themselves the Son of God afresh, thy works perfect before God. Re- and put him to an open shame. member therefore how thou hast re- 11. We desire that every one of you ceived and heard, and hold fast, and do show the same diligence to the repent. If therefore thou shalt not full assurance of hope unto the end: watch, I will come upon thee as a that ye be not slothful, but followers thief, and thou shalt not know of them who through faith and pawhat hour I will come upon thee. tience inherit the promises. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his Angels.

MAT. 5: 13. Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and trodden under foot of men.

3:14. And unto the Angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art nei

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63: 3. My lips shall praise thee. 37: 80. The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and tongue talketh of judgment.

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PROV. 10: 11. The mouth of the righteous is a well of life. — 20. The tongue of the just is as choice silver. The lips of the righteous feed many. - 31. The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom.

12: 6. The mouth of the upright shall deliver them.-18. The tongue of the wise is health.

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14: 3. The lips of the wise shall preserve them.

15: 1. A soft answer turneth away wrath. 4. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life. -7. The lips of the wise disperse knowledge.

16: 24. Pleasant words are as an honey-comb... sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

18: 21. Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

ECCL. 9: 17. The words of the wise are heard in quiet, more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

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use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.

EPH. 4: 29. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the

COL. 4: 6. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

HEB. 13: 15. Let us offer the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his

name.

JAMES 1: 26. If any man seem to be religious and bridleth not his tongue, that man's religion is vain.

3 2. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

MARK 3: 28. Verily, I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: but he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

(See Morality of the Gospel, Government of the Tongue.)

§ 2. DUTIES ARISING FROM THE SO

CIAL RELATIONS.

I. The Marriage Relation.

HEB. 13: 4. Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled.

1 COR. 7: 2. To avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

1 TIM. 5: 3. Honor widows that are widows indeed. But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to show piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day : but she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless. But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, well reported of for good works; if she have

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