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XXXIV.

THE FEAR OF GOD HONOURABLE.

By humility, and the fear of the Lord, are riches and honour. —Prov. xxii. 4.

Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom.”

JOB xxviii. 28.

And, to add greater honours to his age
Than man could give him, he died, fearing God.

King HENRY VIII. Act iv. Scene 2.

XXXV.

THE WIDOWS' FRIEND.

Let thy widows trust in me.-JER. xlix. 11.

A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.3—Ps. lxviii. 5.

He relieveth the fatherless and widow.

Ps. cxlvi. 9.

1 Deut. iv. 6.

2 Ps. cxi. 10; Eccles. xii. 13. 3 Deut. x. 17, 18.

Ye shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry.

Exod. xxii. 22, 23.

Heaven, the widow's champion and defence.

KING RICHARD II. Act 1. Scene 2.

XXXVI.

GOD'S MERCY TO US SHOULD TEACH US

MERCY.

Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, 0 thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desirest me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due him.2

So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.—Matt. xviii. 32-35.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Matt. vi. 12.

1 James i. 27

2 James ii. 13.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels : For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat : I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink : I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee. Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to And these shall go away into everlasting punishment.

MATT. XXV.

41-46.

e.

Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry

of the
poor,

he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.2

Prov. xxi. 13.

With the merciful thou shalt shew thyself merciful.-Ps. xviii. 25.

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.4_LUKE vi. 36.

Consider this,-
That, in the course of justice, none of us

1 Rom. ii. 5-9; Matt. iii. 12. 2 Luke vi. 38; 2 Cor. ix. 7; 1 John iii. 17. 3 Ps. xli. 1, 2.

4 Col. iii. 12.

Should see salvation: we do

pray for

mercy: And that same prayer doth teach us to render The deeds of mercy.

MERCHANT OF VENICE. Act iv. Scene 1.

How would you be,
If He, which is the top of judgment, should
But judge you as you are? O, think on that,
And mercy then will breathe within your lips,
Like man new made.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE. Act II. Scene 2.

XXXVII.

GOOD FOR EVIL.

Say not thou, I will recompense evil."

PROV. xx. 22.

If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink.”

PROV. xxv. 21.

Say not, I will do to him as he hath done to me.3

PROV. xxiv. 29.

1 Deut. xxxii. 35; Heb. x. 30.

3 Rom. xii. 19.

2 Matt. v. 38, 39.

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.-Rom. xii. 21.

See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.—1 THESS. v. 15.

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

1 PET. iii. 9.

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Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”—LUKE vi. 27, 28.

We must do good against evil.
ALL'S WELL THAT Ends WELL.

Act II. Scene 5.

Kindness, nobler ever than revenge.

As You LIKE IT. Act iv. Scene 3.

The rarer action is
In virtue than in vengeance.

THE TEMPEST. Act v. Scene 1.

To revenge is no valour, but to bear.

TIMON OF ATHENS. Act 111. Scene 5.

1 Heb. xii. 3.

2 1 Pet. ii. 23.

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