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with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." (Josh. i. 5, 7, 8.) Again, look at Joseph; the beautiful, the interesting, the instructive, the delightful history of Joseph! And why, I would ask, is the personal history of that individual recorded in the inspired volume with such fulness and particularity, but just for the purpose of furnishing from real life a proof and illustration of the sentiment embodied in our text, viz., that "godliness is profitable for this life, as well as for that which is to come?" Wherever Joseph was-in whatever he engaged at home or in exile -- in freedom or in slavery-in prison or in Potiphar's house-in the dungeon or in Pharaoh's chariot,-the fear of the Lord was in his heart; and therefore the favour of the Lord was on all the work of his hand. the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man." But read, read, and judge for yourselves; for I must hasten to observe,


2. That godliness -- piety-early piety — will be your infallible guide to true wisdom.

Godliness is in itself true wisdom. Job, David, and Solomon unite in declaring, and with their united declaration the experience and the testimony of all wise and good men in all ages concur, that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:" and as godliness is in itself the beginning of wisdom, so will it infallibly lead you on to indefinite and endless advances in all wisdom.

By leading you to contemplate the nature and perfections of God, the characters and circumstances of his creatures, and the relations in which these stand to him and to one another, it will enable you to form a correct estimate of your own actual position-your true place in the intellectual and moral universe-your proper rank and station among the creatures of God,--which is man's first step towards the true knowledge of himself. And by perseverance in the principles and practices of piety, you will become increasingly acquainted with your own disposition and capacity, your competency for any particular undertaking, your temper, your infirmities, your sins, and your whole character. Now remember, my dear young friends, that this branch of knowledge-the knowledge of self--is of all others the most important, and the most necessary to true wisdom; and hence it is that we find the injunctions-the earnest and reiterated injunctions-even of heathen sages, concurring with those of Divine revelation in inculcating on man the precept "Know thyself.”

Again, The branch of knowledge next in importance to self-knowledge is that of mankind at large


the knowledge of the world, as it is commonly called. Now, godliness will help you forward in the acquisition of this kind of knowledge in various most important respects. For instance, it will do so directly, by leading you to abandon the society of foolish and vain persons, and to cultivate that of the serious, judicious, and experienced. And you know who has said that while "the companion of fools shall be destroyed, he that walketh with wise men shall himself become wise." Again, godliness will directly promote your knowledge of mankind, by furnishing you with correct principles on which to judge of actions and characters; and also by inducing your careful and constant study of the Bible-than which no book or books whatsoever can furnish you with a more masterly acquaintance with mankind. Besides the inexhaustible stores of this sort of knowledge-the knowledge of mankind-contained in the historical and biographical portions of sacred writ, only think of the mass of wisdom-practical wisdomknowledge of the world--contained in the writings of Solomon alone, or even in the single book of Proverbs!

But again, godliness will greatly promote your advancement in this kind of knowledge, and in all kinds of knowledge, in an indirect way, viz.: by redeeming much of your precious time, which would otherwise be wasted in vain and sinful pursuits, and by disposing you to devote that time to literary or scientific occupations. And, remember, this is no groundless or merely fanciful assertion, my young friends, It is founded on experience, and extensive

observation; and I can with confidence appeal to the experience and observation of all around me, whether they ever yet knew a youth who, however thoughtless and trifling he might have been formerly, did not, on becoming decidedly pious, immediately and assiduously betake himself to the acquisition of useful knowledge?

Now, you know, my young friends, that without extensive and correct knowledge, and sound wisdom, it is vain to think of attaining success or eminence in any pursuit or profession whatsoever.

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3. That godliness will teach and enable you to keep under due subordination the various passions and affections of the mind.

Now, if what has just been stated under the preceding particular, about self-knowledge and the knowledge of mankind, might be designated theoretical wisdom, I would call this the practical application of such wisdom. If that might be styled the science, this is the art of living well and happily. And O! how many most important sub-divisions might I draw out under this part of my subject; how many twigs would spring from this branch of my tree!

For instance, that true knowledge of yourself and of others to which godliness will guide you that proper estimate of your own importance which it will teach you to form-will lead you to treat with all due respect your parents, your teachers, your employers, your seniors, and other superiors; as well as to maintain a kind and becoming carriage towards

your equals and inferiors. And O! my dear young friends, only think for a moment how importanthow necessary this is to your comfort and success in life. Without such knowledge-without such dispositions and deportment, you may get through the world in some way or other,-you may possibly get through it even with some measure of success; but of this be assured, that you will carry with you little or none of the respect and esteem of your fellowmen. And remember, my young friends, that, without the respect and esteem of your fellow-men, whatever may be your success in life, your enjoyment of life will be small indeed.

Again, Godliness will teach and enable you to act with all needful prudence and discretion in forming the various connexions of life; the connexions of business, of acquaintanceship, of friendship, and of love. Now, the necessity for exercising prudence and discretion, and the advantages arising from the guidance of godliness, with respect to each of these departments of your conduct in life, would furnish a copious text by itself; but I cannot enlarge on it at present.

I thought I perceived a smile on the countenances of some, when I mentioned the connexions of love. Alas! that that subject should be so often, so generally treated with levity! Alas! that it should be so rarely treated with that gravity and seriousness which its paramount importance demands and deserves! Would that I had a voice of thunder to sound in your ears the solemn warning that, if you

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