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Duty and happiness of-By whom? the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider.

Is. 1. 3. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

Is. 5. 12: The harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of his hands.

Hos. 7. 2. They consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness.

Hag. 1. 5. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.

Contentment. 128. What is said of contentment ?

Ph. 4. 11. I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

1 Tim. 6. 6. Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content.

Heb. 13. 5. Be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.


129. By whom were all things created ?

Gen. 1. 1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Neh. 9. 6. Thou, even thou, art Lord 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 them all.

Ps. 33. 6. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. 9. He spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. Is. 42. 5. Thus saith God the Lord; he that creaBy whum ?-Time of creating all things—Use of the stars, &c. ted the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein.

Heb. 3. 4. Every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

Rev. 4. 11. 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.

130. Did Christ have any agency in creation ?

Jn. 1. 1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 3. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 14. And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.

Ep. 3. 9. God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.

Col. 1. 15. Who is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.

131. Were all kinds and species of creatures crealed within the six days ?'

Gen. 2. 1. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made. 4. These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Ex. 20. 11. In six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day.

132, For what end were the stars and heavenly orbs created ? Gen. 1. 14. And God said, Let there be lights in

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the firmament of the heaven, to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years. And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day, and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness.

133. Do the works of creation indicate wisdom ?

Ps. 19. 1. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handy work. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.

Ps. 104. 24. O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all.


134. Will all men die !

Gen. 3. 19, Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thon return.

Job 16. 22. When a few years are come, then I shall


whence I shall not return. Job 30. 23. Í know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

Ps. 89. 48. What man is he that liveth, and shan not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand af the grave?

Ec. 8. 8. There is no man that hath power over the spirit, to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that


Ec. 12. 5. Man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets.

Zec. 1. 5. Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live forever?

Time appointed-By whom ?-Life short. Rom. 5. 12. Death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.

Heb. 9. 27. It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.

135. Is the time of our death appointed ?

Job 7. 1. Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth?

Job 14. 5. Seeing his days are determined, the number of months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as a hireling, bis day. 14. All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

136. Who giveth and taketh away human life?

Dt. 32. 39. I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

1 S. 2. 6. The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.

Ps. 68. 20. Unto God the Lord belong the issues from death.

137. Is human life ephemeral, shadowy and vain ?

Gen. 47. 9. And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been.

1 Ch. 29. 15. We are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.

Job 8. 9. We are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow.

Job 9. 25. My days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.

Job 14. 1. Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flow


er, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

Ps. 39. 4. Lord, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is, that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as a hand breadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily, every man at his best state is altogether vanity. 11. Surely, every man is vanity.

Ps. 90. 10. The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Ps. 102. 11. My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass. But thou, O Lord, shalt endure forever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

Ps. 103. 15. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

Ps. 144. 4. Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

Is. 40. 6. All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: the grass withereth, the flower fadeth - surely the people is grass.

Is. 64. 6. We all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Jam. 4. 14. What is


life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

1 Pet. 1. 24. All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away.

138. Is death often sudden and unexpected ?

Ps. 102. 23. He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days. I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days.

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