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and increasing in the knowledge of God, Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering, with joyfulness”. Amen.
2 Col. i. 9-11.
DEVOTIONS FOR THE AFTERNOON;
containing the pious Christian's daily prepation for death and eternity ; in meditations thereon wholly taken from Scripture, and divided into six portions for the several days of the week; with prayers suited to each portion.
On Man's mortality : the certainty of a future judg
ment: and the necessity of being always prepared for it.
God created man to be immortal, and made Him to be an image of His own eternity. Nevertheless, through envy of the devil came death into the world, and they that do hold of his side do find it.
The serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she
took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.
And unto Adam God said, because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life d.
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return
By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned'.
It is appointed unto men once to dies.
All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again ". .
For when the breath of man goeth forth, he shall turn again to his earth; and then all his thoughts perishi. .
And he (as a rotten thing) consumeth, as a garment that is moth-eatenk.
The voice said, cry: and he said, what shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field. The grass. withereth, the flower fadeth; because the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass'.
c Gen: iii. 6. a Ibid. ver. 17. Rom. v. 12. Heb. ix. 27.
i Psal. cxlvi. 3.
Ibid. ver. 19.
Eccles. iii. 20. Job xii. 28.
For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away m.
O that they were wise; that they understood this; that they would consider their latter end".
Truly the light is sweet; and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun : But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness, for they shall be many : all that cometh is vanity. Rejoice O young man in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth; and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou that for all these things God will bring thee into judgmento
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil P. · Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness, by that Man whom He hath ordained ;
Isai. xl. 6, 7. m James iv. 14. Deut. xxxii. 29. • Eccles. xi. 7-9.
P Eccles. xii. 14.
whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead?.
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 burnt up'.
Watch therefore, for ye know not what hour your Lord doth comes.
At midnight there was a cry made, behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him.
And the Bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with Him to the marriage; and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us. But He answered and said, verily, I say unto you, I know you not ".
Be ye therefore ready*..
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares '.
9 Acts xvii. 31. Matt. xxv. 6.
" 2 Pet. iii. 10.
Ibid. ver. 10-12. y Luke xxi. 34.
Matt. xxiv. 42.
Luke xii. 40.