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Scripture Manual,

OR

RELIGIOUS EXERCISES

FOR THE

MORNING AND EVENING
*e are used, the person leading the devotion can introduce,
when necessary, anything additional that occasion may
require. The proper place for this will be before the last
sentence.

To meet a want experienced by superintendents and teach-
ers of Sabbath-schools, I have prepared a similar work, entitled
The Sabbath-School Manual, consisting of suitable exer-
cises for the opening and closing of schools each Sabbath of
the year.



CONTENTS,



Attributes op
God.



Prophecies Cov-
CEExixG Cueist.



PAGE

fEternity of God 9

Form of Prayer 11

Greatness of God 12

Form of Praver 14

Glory of God 15

Form of Prayer 17

Omnipotence of God 18

Form of Prayer 20

Omnipresence of God 21

Form of Prayer 23

Omniscience of God 24

Form of Prayer 26

Benevolence of God '. 27

Form of Prayer 29

Mercy of God 30

Form of Prayer 32



f Prophecies of Christ's Incarnation

Form nf Prayer

Prophecies of Christ's Birth

Form of Prayer

Pniphecies of Christ's Lineage

Form of Prayer

Prophecies of Christ's Ministry

Form of Prayer

Prophecies of Christ's Miracles

Form of Pi'ayer

Prophecies of Conspiracy against Chiist

Form of Prayer

Prophecies of Christ's Arrest

1 Form of Prayer

Prophecies of Christ's Trial

Form of Prayer

Prophecies of Christ's Condemnation

Form of Prayer

Prophecies of Christ's Crucifixion

Form of Prayer

Prophecies of Christ's Death

Form of Prayer

Prophecies of Christ's Burial

P'orm of Prayer

Prophecies of Christ's Resurrection and Ascension

Form of Prayer



Officios op Christ. | ^-o'l'i'^ad and Humanity of Christ 72

(Form of Prayer 74

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CONTEXTS.



Offices of Christ.



The Gift of

Christ.



Holt Ghost.



Heavknlt

Wisdom.



SCRIPTURF-S AND
COMMANDMEMTS.



Repentance
AND Faith.



Prayer.



The Sabbath.



Prater
Answered.



Christian Life.



PAoe

Christ {18 Redeemer 75

Form of Prayer 77

Christ as Saviour 78

Form of Prayer 80

Chribt as Mediator 81

Form of Prayer 83

God's Love in the Gift of Christ 8i

Form of Praver S6

Benefits of the Gift of Christ 87

Form of Prayer 89

Benefits of the Death of Christ 90

Form of Prayer 92

Gift of the Holy Ghost 93

Form of Prayer 95

Fruits of the' Holy Ghost 96

Form of Prayer 93

(Source of Wisdom 99
Form of Pray.'r 101
Fruits of Wisdom 102
Form of Prayer lO-l

The Holy Scriptures 105

Form of Prayer I07

The Ten Commandments I08

I(.riii of Prayer 110

Blessings of Ohedience Ill

form of Prayer 113

Repentance 114

Form of Praver 116

Nature of Faith 117

Form of Prayer 119

Historical F^xamples of Faith 120

F'orm of Prayer 122

Faith in God 123

P'lirni of Praver 12.5

Faith in Christ 12»i

Form of Praver 128

The Apostles' Creed 129

Form of Prayer 131

/Preparation for Prayer 132

I Form of Prayer 134

f The Holy Sabhath 135

J FornK.f Prayer 1.^7

1 Tlie Holy Sahbath 138

[ Form of Prayer 140

f Answer to Prayer 141

I Form of Prayer 143

Justification 144

Form of Prayer 146

Adoption 147

Form of Prayer 149

Sanctifiration loO

Form of Prayer 152



CONTENTS.



Righteousness.



Christun Graces.



House of God.



Divine Protection.



Christian
Warfare.



Early Piety.



Moral Evils.



Time and
Eternity.



Occasional.



Forms of Grace.



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Rifchteousness 153

Form of Prayer 155

Rewards of Righteousness 156

Form of Prayer 158

Patieuce 151)

Form of Prayer 161

Temperance 16J

Form of Praj-er 164

Humility 165

Form of Prayer ItiT

Meekness l^H

Form of Prayer 170

Urotberly Kiudness 171

Form of Prayer 173

Charity 17-t

Form of Prayer 176

The House of God 177

Form of Praver 179



Confidence in God

Form of Prayer

Confidence in God

Form of Prayer

The Beatitudes

Form of Prayer

Blessings upon Families.
Form of Prayer



fThe Christian Warfare.
(Form of Prayer



f Early Piety

( Form of Prayer

{Unbelief.
Form of Prayer
Government of the Tongue.
Form of Prayer



r Death

Form of Prayer

Resurrection

Form of Prayer

.ludsment

Form of Prayer

Happiness of the Righteous.

Form of Prayer

Misery of the Wicked

Form of Prayer



(Lord's Supper
Form of Prayer
Ascription of Praises to God
Form of Praj-er

C Scriptures of the Old and New Testament

J Table of the Historical Books and Psalms, Old T.

1 Table of Prophetical Books. Old Testament

(^ Table of the New Testament Scriptures

("Forms of Giace before Meat

1 Forms of Grace after Meat



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SCRIPTURE MANUAL,



ETEENITT OF GOD.



First Sunday in the Month. Morning.

HYMN 1. L. M. HYMN 2. p. u.

Hebron. Arnon.

ERE monntains rose in form stibllme, THOU God of power, thou God of love,

Or heaven and earth in order stood, Whose glory fills the realms above,
Before the birth of ancient time, Whose praise archangels sing.

From everlasting thou art God. And veil their faces while their cry,

Thrice Holj-, to their God Most High,
A thousand ages, in their flight Thrice Holy, to their King :—

With thee are as a fleeting day ;
Pa^t, present, future, to thy sight



Thee as our God we too would claim.
And bless the Saviour's preciousNanie,
At once their various scenes display. T-^rough whom this grace is given ;

He bore the curse to sinners due,
But onr brief life's a shadowy dream, ^^ ^^^^^^^ ^^^.^ ^^^.^^^ ^^^^j^ ^^^^^^

A passing thought.that soon is o'er, — . , , ^, , . „,

'^ ° " ' ' And makes them heirs of heaven.

That fades with morning s earliest beam,

And fills the musing mind no more. The veil that hides thy glory rend.
And here in saving power descend.
To US, Lord, the wisdom give. And fix thy bios t abode ;

Each piissing moment so to spend. Here to our hearts thyself reveal,
That we at length with thee may live And let each waiting spirit feel

Where life and bliss shall never end. The presence of our God.

Teacher. Thus paith the Lord, the king of Israel, and his
Redeemer the Lord of hosts ; I am the first, and I am tlie
last, and besides me there is no God. Isa. xliv. 6.

Scholars. Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my
servant whom I have chosen, that ye may know and believe
me, and understand that I am he ; before me there was no
God formed, neither shall there be after me. Isa. xliii. 10.

T. Yea, before the day was, I am he ; and there is none



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that can deliver out of my hand. I "will work and wlio shall
let it? Isa. xliii. 13.

S. Before the mountains were brought fortli, or ever thou
hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting
to everlasting^ thou art God. Ps. xe. 2.

T. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,
saith the Lord, which is and which was, and which is to come,
the Almighty. Rev. i. 8.

S. Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and
the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish,
but thou slialt endure : yea, all of them shall wax old like a
garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall
be changed : but thou art the same, and thy years shall have
no end. Ps. cii. 25, 26, 27.

T. Thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever, and liiy remem-
brance unto all generations. Ps. cii. 12.

S. Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light,
which no man can approach unto, whom no man hath seen
nor can see. 1 Tim. vi. 16.

T. The Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and
an everlasting King. Jer. x. 10.

*S'. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy
dominion endureth throughout all generations. Ps. cxlv. 13.

T. He livelh for ever and ever; his dominion is an ever-
lasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to
generation. Dan. iv. 34.

S. The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are
perished out of his land. Ps. x. 16.

T. For he is the living God, and steadfast for ever, and his
kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion
shall be even unto the end. Dan. vi. 26.

S. There is none like unto the Lord our God. Ex. viii. 10,

T. Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, who was, and
is, and is to come. Rev. iv. 8.

-S". Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the
only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Tim. i, 17. ...



first sunday ix the month. 11

prat:er.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou
hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting
to everlasting thou art God. While the shining orders around
thy throne prostrate themselves before thee, we who are in-
ferior intelligences — the degenerate sons and daughters of a
fallen race — desire to come into thy presence, and adore the
high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is
Holy.

Almighty Father! we are beings of but yesterday, but thou
art from everlasting; our days are as an handbreadth, and
our age is as nothing before thee, but thou art to everlasting.
Yet we adore thy boundless benevolence, that for us sinners
not only peace and pardon, but life and immortality have
been brought to light in the gospel of thy Son. Glory be to
thy name for our redemption from hell and the grave by the
death and suffering of the Saviour, and for the blessed hope
that because he lives we shall live also, and shall participate
in the eternity of thy own existence, when the earth and the
heavens are departed as a scroll and there is no more sea.

We thank thee for all the means of grace appointed to fit
us for immortality with thee in heaven — for the gift of a
Redeemer and for the guidance and comforts of the Holy
Spirit. We thank thee for thy divine wordj for thy holy
Sabbaths and for the institution of thy Church, with its
preached gospel, its blessed sacraments, its solemn ordinances
and its Christian fellowship.

Eternal Father! teach us who are children of eternity,
aspirants for another and a better world, that every day and
every hour allotted us is a period of probation for our final
change. Lord, enable us to make a wise improvement of
every means of grace. Pardon all our sins, seal us now by
thy spirit unto the day of redemption, and at length administer
unto us an abtmdant entrance into the everlasting kingdom
of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen ! Our Father, who art in
Leaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, elc.



THE GEEATNESS OP GOD.



First Sunday in the Month. Evening

HYMN 3. L. M. HYMN 4. a m. ^

Saxion. Strmeville. .^^

KTERNAL power, whose high abode BEHOLD! the lofty sky
lleconics the grandeur of a God: Declares its maker, God ;

Intinite lengths, beyomi the bounds And all his starry worlds ou high
W here stai-s revolve their little rounds: Proclaim his power abroad.

Thee while the first archiingel sings, The darkness and the light
11'? hides his face behind his wings: Still keep their course the same ;

And ranks of shining thrones around While night to day, and day to night,
Fall worshiping upon the ground. Divinely teach his name.

Lord, what shall earth and ashes do? In every different land
AVe would adore our Maker too; Tlnir general voice is known;

i roni sin aiieho!d, the heaven and the lieaven of heavens is the
Lord's thy God ; the earth also, with all that therein is. Deut
X. 14.
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FIRST STJxVDAY in THE MOXTH. 13

S. O Lord God, thou hast begun to sliow thy servant thy
greatness and thy mighty hand ; for what god is there in
heaven or earth tliat can do according to thy works, and ac-
cording to thy might ? Deut. iii. 24.

T. The Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords,
a great God, a mighty and a terrible, which regardeth not
persons, nor taketh reward. Deut. x. 17.

S. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised ; he also is
to be feared above all gods. 1 Chron. xvi. 25.

T. For who in the heavens can be compared unto the
Lord ? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto
the Lord ? Ps. Ixxxix. 6.

S. Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven
above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy
with thy servants, that walk before thee with all their heart.
1 Kings viii. 23.

T. God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints,
and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.
Ps. Ixxxix. 7.

S. There is none like unto thee, O Lord ; thou art great,
and thy name is great in might; who would not fear thee, O
King of nations? Jer. x. 6, 7.

T. The great, the mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is his
name ; great in counsel, and mighty in work : for thine eyes
are upon all the ways of the sons of men ; to give every one
according to the fruit of his doings. Jer. xxxii. 18, 19.

S. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed
with honor and majesty. Ps. civ. 1.

T. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment :
who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain. Ps. civ. 2.

S. Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters ;
who maketh the clouds his chariot ; who walketh upon the
wings of the wind. Ps. civ. 3.

T. Thine, Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the
glory, and the victory and tlie majesty ; for all that is in the
heaven and in the earth is thine. 1 Chron. xxix. 11, 12.

S. Bless thou the Lord, O my soul ! P.s. civ. 35.
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H SCEIPTURf: MANUAL.



PRATER.



O Lord God, our heavenly Father, thou art great and
greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be
had in reverence of all them that are about thee. While
angels and archangels veil their faces in thy presence and
Avorship thee, crying, Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty,
wlio was and is and is to come, we thy creatures who have
our habitations in the dust, which are crushed before the
moth and who do all fode away as a leaf, would adore thee as
the Creator of all things, in whom we live and move and
have our being.

Author of life and being, who alone hast immortality, im-
press our hearts ever with the reality and importance of our
eternal destiny. Amid the vain pursuits and illusive hopes
of time, sufter us not to forget the pure and abiding joys of
eternity. Under the burdens and disquietudes of our earthly
pilgrimage, cheer and console us with the reflection that our
light afiiictions, which are but for a moment, will work out
for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Son
of God, by thy sufierings and death, elevate our thoughts to
that inheritance which is incorruptible, undefiled, and which
fadeth not away, eternal in the heavens. Holy Spirit of
grace, win our hearts away from the world, and woo them to
thyself and to the joys of eternity.

Lord, we have seen thy glory this day in thine earthly
abode ; bless to us the exercises of tiie Sabbath, preserve us
(luring the night which is coming on, and bring us at length
to thine upper sanctuary, where there is no more night, for
the glory of God doth lighten it, and the Lamb is the light
thereof. Amen !

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
tliy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in
heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us
our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us ;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil :
for thine is the kingdom, and the povrer, and the glory, etc.



THE C-LOET OF GOD.



First Monday in the Month. Morning.

HYMX 5. c. M. HYMN 6. c. ir.

Arlinglfin. Marl'/w.

FATHER, how wide thy glory shines! LORD, our King, how excellent

IIow high thy wonders rise ! Thy name on earth is known ;

Seen in the earth by thousand signs. Thy glory in the firmament,

By thousands in the skies: IIow wonderfully shown!

The mighty orhs declare thy power; When I behold the heavpns on high,
Their motions speak thy skill ; The work of thy right hand ;

And on the wings of every hour The moon and stars amid the skj',

We read thy patience still. Thy lights in every land, —

But when we view thy strange design Lord ! what is man, that thou shonldst
To save rebellious worms, On him to set thy love, [deign

Where vengeance and compassion join Give him on earth a while to reign,
In their divinest forms ; Then fill a throne above?

Here the whole Deity is known, Lord, how excellent thy name ;

Nor dares a creature guess How manifold thy wajs !

Which of the glories brightest shone — Let time thy saving troth proclaim,

The justice, or the grace. Eternity thy praise.

Teacher. The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory
above the heavens. Who is like unto the Lord our God who
dwelleth on high ? Ps. cxiii. 4-7.

Scholars. Blessed be thy glorious name which is exalted
above all blessing and praise. Thou even thou art God alone ;
thou hast made heaven — the heaven of heavens, with all their
host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and
all that is therein, and thou preservest thcni all ; and the host
of heaven worshipeth thee. Neh, ix. 5, 6.

T. The heavens declare the glory of God ; and tlie firma-
ment showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech,
and night unto night showeth knowledge. Ps. xix. 1. 2.

S, All the gods of the people are idols ; but the Lord made

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tiie lieavens. Glory and honor are in his presence, strength
and gladness are in his place. 1 Chron. xvi. 24.

T. Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is
like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing won-
ders? Ex. XV. 11.

-S'. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name ; bring
an oflering, and come unto his courts. Oh worship the Lord in
tlie beauty of holiness : fear before him all the earth. Ps. xcvi.
8, 9. 10. '

T. Declare his glory among the heatlien, his wonders
among the people; for the Lord is great, and greatly to be
praised; he is to be feared above all gods. Ps. xcvi. 3, 4.

S. Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give
unto the Lord glory and strength. Ps. xcvi. 7.

T. I will speak of the glorious honor of thy majesty, and
of thy wondrous works. Ps. cxlv. 5.

/&'. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name
alone is excellent ; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
Ps. cxlviii. 13.

T. O Lord, our Lord, liow excellent is thy name in all the
eartli, whohastset thy glory above the heavens! Ps. viii. 1.

-S'. The glory of the Lord shall he revealed, and all flesh
>]iall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken
ii. Isa. xl. 4.

T. The earth shall be. filled with the knowledge of the
glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Hab. ii. 14.

S. The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever, the Lord
shall rejoice in his works. Ps. civ. 31.

T. Blessed be the glory of the Lord from his place. Ezek.
iii. 12.

S. Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only
doth wondrous things, Ps. Ixxii. 18.

T. Blessed be his glorious name for ever; and let the
whole earth be filled with his glory ; Amen and Amen ! Ps.
Ixxii. 19.

.S'. Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth
is full of his glory. Isa vi. 3.



FIEST MONDAY IN THE MONTPI. 17



PBAYUIi.

O Lord our God, how excellent is thy name in all tlie
earth, who hast set thy glory above the heavens! AVliile
cherubim and seraphim do continually cry, Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord of hosts, we thy creatures would adore thy glorious
majesty, O God, for who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the
gods, who is like thee glorious in holiness, fearful in praises,
doing wonders!

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament
showeth thy handiwork : day unto day uttereth speech, and
night unto night showeth knowledge. When we behold thy
wisdom and thy goodness throughout inanimate creation and
in the creatures thou hast formed, we can but exclaim, Thou
art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power,
for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are
and were created.

Sovereign of the universe, thou hast prepared thy throne
in the heavens, and thy kingdom ruleth over all. A sceptre
of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. We bless
thee for the power and goodness manifested in that providence
which is over all the works of thy hands, but we adore thee
for the richer displays of thy grace in the gift of our Lord
Jesus Christ, who is the brightness of thy glory and the ex-
press image of thy person.

Spirit of grace, affect all hearts with the glories of our Ee-
deemer's person, the condescension of his life, the wonders
of his death, and the infinite righteousness he has purchased
for sinful man, until he shall have the heathen for his in-
heritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for his pos-
session. Hear us now, we beseech thee, O Lord, with divine
acceptance, own us, bless us, and receive us for the Redeemer's
sake. Amen !

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in
heaven ; give us this day our daily bread ; and forgive us our
trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, etc.
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OMNIPOTElfOE OF GOD.



First Monday in the Month. Evening.

HYMN 7. L. M. HYMN 8. s. m.

Old Hundred. Silver Street.

BEFORE Jehovah's awful throne, COME sound his praise abroad,

Ye nations how with sacred joy ; And hymns of glory sing;

Know that the Lord is God alone, Jehovah is tlie sov'reign God,

He can create, and he destroy. Tlie universal King.

His sov'reign power, without our aid, He form'd the deeps unknown ;

Made us of clay, and form'd us men ; He gave the sca.s their bound ;

Andwhen likewand'ringsheepwestray'd. The wat'ry worlds are all hia own.

He brought us to his fold again. And all the solid ground.


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