74 D OMES TIC E D UCA TION.
honor his law. (Deuteronomy viii, 11-18.) Of
the same import is the xxviii, 1-14, which ex¬
pands the ideas and the correspondent facts.
Hear, also, what the greatest of ancient kings
and warriors teaches in the one hundred and twelfth
Psalm: " Blessed is the man that feareth the
Lord, that delighteth greatly in his command¬
ments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth;
the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house."
This divine promise includes commerce, agri¬
culture, live stock of all kinds, mining and bank¬
ing in silver and gold, as much as is necessary for
a race to possess.
b. Well-being also includes fecundity. The
promise which God made to the ancestors of Is¬
rael was, that their descendants should be "as
numerous as the stars of heaven and as the dust
which is upon the earth, and as the sand which is
upon the seashore." (Genesis xiii, 16; xxii, 17;
c. These promises were made to Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob at a time when each of them
was at the head of an isolated family, wandering
in a foreign land. About three centuries after,
and when God was about to introduce them into
the promised land, and to establish them in it
as successors of the ungodly Canaanites, he made