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O Lord, enable us like Abraham to command our children and our household after us, that they may in their generation keep the way of the Lord and do justice and judgment. May we diligently teach them all the precepts of thy will on the Sabbath day, morning and evening, when we go out and when we come in, when we sit in our house and when we walk in the way.

Let us not by our own unreasonable conduct or irritable temper provoke them to wrath, or cause them to be discouraged; but by cherishing kindly affections toward them and exercising due lenity to their imperfections, may we grow in their filial confidence and love, devotion and obedience.

But let us not like unfaithful Eli be betrayed by false sympathy into a neglect of just restraint, and by sparing the severity of punishment, injure the character and promise of our offspring, and bring unavailing sorrow on our own heads.

Forgive faults in the spirit and manner of our family government. Forgive our imperfect example before our children, and our want of earnest solicitude and effectual prayer for their temporal and eternal welfare. Let the promised blessing Abraham’s seed rest upon them, and let them never depart from the way of righteousness in which they have been taught.

O Lord with thee are the issues of their lives! May they be blessed and be made a blessing to their family, their country and the world, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Bless us also with them in all our relations and duties. And now unto him who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, now and ever, Amen.

Book: Book of Worship for Private, Family, and Public Use
Author: W. W. Everts
Publisher: New York: Sheldon & Company, Publishers; 1865