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ing in the manner in which Jacob did? Did you rise early like Jacob to make a solemn Vow? That God should be your God, that you would attend constantly in his house to bear and to do his will, that you would devote to his cause as much as you could spare of your time, your talents and your money? Some children are very cross when they first get up. Instead of waking with a thankful heart and a grateful tongue: instead of thanking God. that he has spared and protected them another night; they awake very cross and ill tempered. They will not dress, they will not bathe, they will not read, they will not pray, they will not go to school, and sometimes they will not eat their breakfast. What do you think such naughty children deserve ? Children make their chambers like a Bethel, like the house of God, by singing his praises, reading his word and praying to God, giving him thanks for the blessings they have received, and praying to him for what mercies they want. How delightful it is to hear children sing and pray as soon as they rise in the morning. rSurely,” said Jacob, the Lord is in this place, and I know it not." How many children



there are who do not know that the Lord is present with them in the morning when they rise from their beds. How many there are that say by their conduct, if God is here, I do not care for him,' I will not pray to him. Jacob was afraid. If children were like Jacob, they would pray to him. If they were afraid of God, they would not sin against him. How dreadful must be that place where God is not. That is Hell. It must be Hell. It must be a misery too great to be endured, a weight of wrath too great, to bear. The absence of God, How dreadful! Be content with such things as you have, if God saw that more was good for you, he would give it you. A contented mind is a continual feast. Yoa slould keep a book of Remembrance my dear children, and write down in it all the remarkable instances of God's goodness to you. Some children make promises which they are not able to perform, others make promises which they forget to perform, others only perform a part of what they promise. Never make a promise which you cannot keep. Many promise that they will be better children. When they are punished for a fault they promise that they

will not do so any mor?, but how soon they forget the promise they have made. Why? Because they did not pray to God to help them to keep it. Some children there are who

perform what they promise. These are good child ren, every one will trust them, will put confi. dence in them, because they do not break their proinise, they keep their word. Remember the words of the wise man, “When thou vowest a vow unto God; defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools." That is in those persons who when in distress and affliction make any promises of amendment, but when the danger is past, they forget their promises and break their vows, and thus discover the highest folly in thinking to mock and deceive the Allseeing and Almighty God.

" Pay that which thou hast vowed.” Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thee to sin. Pray that Jacob's God may be with you to keep you in all your ways, that he may give you bread to eat and raiment to put on. That the Lord may be your God, that Christ may be your Saviour, the holy Spirit your Teacher and licaven, your happy and everlasting home. Amen.


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Facob's Tow. Gen. 28. 20, 27.
O GOD of Jacob by whose hand

We children still are fed,
Who through this weary pilgrimage

Hast all our fathers led,

To tliee our humble vows we raise,

To thee address our prayer,
And in thy kind and faithful breast

Deposit all our care.
If thou through ev'ry path of life

Wilt be our constant guide ;
If thou wilt daily bread supply

And raiment wilt provide ;
If thou wilt spread thy shield around

Till all our wanderings cease,
And at our Father's house above

Our souls arrive in peace;
To thee “Almighty God, to thee"

We will ourselves resign,
And count that not our tenth alone

But all we have is thine.

(When from our earthly parent's house

Thou dost us far remove,
D bind our wand’ring hearts to thee
And fill them with thy love.] Doddridge



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GEN. 29. 9. And while he yet spake with

them, Rachel came with her father's sheep,

for she kept them. JA ACOB'S journey now was pleasant, he went way

with a cheerful countenance and a glad heart. He had no burden now upon his mind. His cares and fears are now over, and we are only told that he “ came into the land of the people of the East." God guided him the very

field, wht re his uncle's flocks were to be watered. He buheld a well and three flocks of sheep lying by it. The Shepherds came up and rolled away the stone from the well's mouth, and having watered the sheep, they replaced the stone upon the well's mouth. Jacob inquired from whence they came. They answered, from Haran, "know ye Laban the son of Nahor, we know him. Is he well? He is well; and, behold, Rachelhis daughter cometh with the sheep. And Jacob said, Lo, it is yet

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