72 DOMESTIC EDUCATION.
and military skill in the field of battle. But,
when a race corrupts itself by ignorance, vice,
and crime, no earthly power can save it, for it is
then in the dilemma of a man who has drawn a
razor across his own throat, cutting it from ear
d. But, if the families of a race will make
themselves intelligent, virtuous, and godly it will
bring down upon itself blessings from heaven
above, and blessings from the earth below. The
omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent God will
be to them the inexhaustible fountain of bless¬
ings, for he is the Father of all the families of the
earth, the God of its races and the king and pre¬
server of its nations. Let us contemplate some of
the blessings which he has promised to the races
who will make themselves intelligent, wise, under¬
standing, and godlike.
When he was preparing the Hebrew race for
national functions he instructed them as carefully
as the most wise and loving father would instruct
his only son, tenderly beloved, in the conditions
of success in life and throughout life—life in the
present world and life in the world to come.
1. He taught them that to obey his law, stat¬
utes, and judgments uniformly, diligently, and
cheerfully, w-as the first condition of success—that
is, of prosperity.