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DEVOTIONAL EXERCISES,

CHIEFLY DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF

FAMILIES ON THE SABBATH,

AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES,

VARYING EXPRESSIONS AS OCCASION AND CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRE.

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A SHORT ABRIDGMENT OF THE BOOK OF JOB;

WITH POETRY ON THE SUBJECT, BY THOMAS SCOTT: WITH
VARIATIONS AND ABRIDGMENTS.

BOSTON, 1820.

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EXTRACTS.

PRAYER (says Marival) may be considered as the root from whence all religious and moral duties derive their nourishment; and those, who do not pray, can have no religion. It does not invalidate this assertion to say, that then great numbers have no religion. So much more the pity. They may have some virtue, be moral and useful members of society; but what idea can be formed of religion without prayer? "It is impossible," says Mr. Orton," that a man can be good who neglects prayer; and next to impossible, that he should ever become so. The neglect of prayer shews, that he has no right notions of God, no sense of his presence, no hearty desires of his mercy, no solid hopes of his favour. It is much to be wished, therefore, that those, who have hitherto neglected daily to remember God in prayer, would firmly resolve no longer to neglect so important a duty; and the only sure way to keep up devotion, both in secret, and in a family, is to fix for that end the most convenient time of the day, and resolutely to observe it." "When the times of prayer are

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