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Hos. vii. 7. There is none among them that calleth unto me. Ver. 13. Woe unto them for they have fled from me. Ver. 14. They have not cried unto me, when they howled upon their beds.
Zeph. i. 4, 6. I will cut off them that turned back from the Lord, and those that have not sought the Lord, nor enquired after him.
James iv. 2. Ye have not because ye ask not.
CCIV. The prayers of hypocrites. Ps. lxxviii. 34. When God slew them then they sought him and enquired early after God.
Ver. 36. Nevertheless they flattered him with their tongues. Ver. 37. Their heart was not right with him. Ps. 1. 16. Ezek. xxxiii. 31. With their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. Isa. xxix. 14. Jer. xii. 2.
Matt. vi. 6. When thou prayest thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues, and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.
xv. 8. This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
Ver. 9. In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
xxiii. 14. Woe unto you hypocrites, for ye devour widows houses, and for a pretence make long prayers. Mark xii. 40.
CCV. Prayers of the wicked not acceptable to God. Job xxxv. 13. God will not hear vanity.
Ps. lxvi. 11. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.
cix. 7. Let the prayer of the wicked become a sin.
Prov. i. 27. When distress and anguish cometh, then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer, they shall seek me early but they shall not find me.
Ver. 29. For that they hated knowledge, and did not chuse the fear of the Lord.
xv. 8. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord. Ch. xxi. 27.
Isa. i. 4. Ah! sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity.
Ver. 11. To what purpose is the multitude of you sacrifices to me, saith the Lord?
Ver. 15. When ye spread forth your hands I will hide mine eyes from you, when ye make many prayers I will not hear; your hands are full of blood.
lix. 1. The Lord's hand is not shortened that it cannot save, nor his ear heavy that it cannot hear.
Ver. 2. But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you that he will not hear. Isa. Ixvi. 3.
Jer. vi. 19. Behold I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words nor to my law, but rejected it.
Ver. 20. Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me. Ch. vii. 20, 21, 22. Amos v. 22, 23.
xi. 10. They are turned back to the iniquities of their fore-fathers which refused to hear my words.
Jer. xi. 11. Therefore thus saith the Lord, I will bring evil upon them, and though they cry unto me I will not hearken unto them.
Ver. 14. Pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry nor prayer for them, for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble. See Ch. xiv. 11, 12. Ezek. viii. 18. Mic. iii. 4. Zech. vii. 13. Job xxvii. 9. Lam. iii. 42, 44. Matt. xv. 8, 9. John ix. 31.
The prayers of the wicked answered with reproofs and threatenings. Ps. I. 16. Jer. xxxii. 16 to 25, 44.-xxxvii. 3 to 6.-xlii. 2 to 9. Zech. vii. 2, 4 to 14.
OF PRAISING GOD.
CCVI. Praise and thanks due unto God, and required by him from the righteous. Exod. xv. 1. Who is like unto thee, O Lord, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders.
1 Chron. xvi. 25. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised. Ps.
Ps. xlvii. 7. God is King of all the earth, sing ye praises with understanding.
1. 14. Offer unto God thanksgiving, and pay thy vows to the Most High.
Ver. 25. Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me.
lxvi. 2. Sing forth the honour of his name, make his praise glorious. Ver. 4. All the earth shall sing to thy holy name.
lxviii. 4. Sing unto God, sing praises to his name, extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH.
Ver. 32. Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth.
lxix. 30. I will praise the name of God with a song, I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Ver. 31. This shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock. xcii. 1. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High.
Ps. xcii. 2. To shew forth thy living kindness every morning, and thy faithfulness every night. Ps. cxxxv. 3.
xcvi. 2. Sing unto the Lord, bless his name, shew forth his salvation from day to day.
cvii. 32. Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
cxlv. 3. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, his greatness is unsearchable. Ps. xcvi. 4.
cl. 6. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.
Isa. xiii. 8. My glory will I not give to another, nor my praise to graven images..
xlii. 10. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth. Ch. xliii. 21. Jer. xx. 13.
Phil. iv. 6. In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Col. ii.7. Abounding in faith, with thanksgiving.
iii. 15. Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which ye are called, and be ye thankful.
1 Pet. ii. 9. Ye are a chosen generation, to shew forth the praises of him that called you.
CCVII. Praises from the wicked unacceptable to God. Amos iv. 2. The Lord will take you away with hooks.
Ver. 5. Offer a thanksgiving with leaven, for this liketh you. Ver. 6. I have given you cleanness of teeth, and want of bread, &c. v. 22. Though ye offer burnt-offerings, and meat-offerings, I will not accept them.
Ver. 24. But let judgment run down like waters, &c.
Luke xviii. 11. The Pharisee said, God I thank thee, that I am not as other men,-yet he went not to his house justified.
CCVIII. The wicked unthankful. Rom. i. 21. When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful, &c.
2 Tim. iii. 2. Men shall be lovers of their own selves, &c. unthankful, unholy, &c.
CCIX, Praise must be frequent. Ps. xxxiv. 1. I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall be continually in my mouth.
xxxv. 28. My tongue shall speak of thy righteousness, and of thy praise all the day long.
Ps. Ixiii 4. I will bless thee while I live.
cxi. 1. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart. Ps. cxxxiii. 1. cxix. 164. Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
cxlv. 2. Every day will I bless thee, and will praise thy name for ever and ever.
CCX. With sincerity. Ps. cxi. 1. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart.
1 Cor. xiv. 15. I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding. Ps. xlvii. 7.
Eph. v. 19. Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord.
Col. iii. 16. Singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
CCXI. God prepareth his people for his praise, or divine influences therein. Ps. li. 15. O Lord open thou my lips, and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
cxiii. 171. My lips shall utter praise when thou hast taught thy law to me.
Ver. 175. Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee.
Isa. xliii. 21. This people have I formed for myself, they shall shew forth my praise.
Ixi. 11. The Lord will cause righteousness, and praise to spring forth.
Jer. xiii. 11. I have caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel, and the whole house of Judah, saith the Lord, that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory, but they would not hear.
Jer. xxxiii. 8. I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, and will pardon all their iniquities whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.
Ver. 9. And it shall be to me for a name of joy and praise, and an honour before all nations of the earth. Ver. 11.
Hos. xiv. 2. Take away all our iniquity, &c. so will we render the calves of our lips.
Matt. xxi. 16. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise. Ps. viii. 2.
CXII. Thanking God through Christ. Rom. i. 8. I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of through. the whole world.
Rom. vii. 24. Who shall deliver me from the body of this death. Ver. 25. I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Cor. xv. 57. who giveth us the victory, 2 Cor. ii. 14. which causeth us to triumph.
Phil. i. 11. The fruits of righteousness are by Jesus Christ to the praise and glory of God.
Heb. xiii. 15. By him let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name.
Eph. v. 20. Give thanks always for all things unto God, and the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
CCXIII. Praise is a part of public worship. Ps. ix. 11. Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion, declare among the people his doings.
Ver. 14. Have mercy upon me, O Lord, that I may shew forth thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion.
xxii. 22. In the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. Ver. 24. My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation. Ps. xxvi. 8. O Lord, I have loved the habitations of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.
Ver. 12. In the congregation will I bless the Lord.
xxvii. 4. One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and enquire in his temple.
Ver. 6. I will offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy, I will sing praises unto the Lord.
xxxv. 18. I will give thee thanks in the great congregation, I will praise thee among much people.
xlii. 2. When shall I come and appear before God?
Ver. 5. I shall yet praise him.
Ivii. 3. I will praise thee among the people, I will sing unto thee among the nations.
Ver. 10. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds. Ps. cviii. 3.-cix. 30.
lxv. 1. Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Zion.
lxxxiv. 4. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house, they will be still praising thee.
Ps. lxxxix. 5. The heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord, thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.
Ver. 7. God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, to be had in reverence of all that are about him.
xcv. 2. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, &c. Ver. 3.
c. 4. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
Ps. cii. 21. Declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem.
Ver. 22. When the people are gathered together to serve the Lord.
cvii. 32. Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
cxi. 1. I will praise the Lord in the assembly of the upright.
cxvi. 18. I will pay my vows unto the Lord in the presence of all his people.
Ver. 19. In the courts of the Lord's house.
cxviii. 19. Open to me the gates of righteousness, and I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord.
cxxxiv. 2. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord.
cxxxv. 19. Bless the Lord, O house of Israel, bless the Lord, O house of Aaron.
Ver. 21. Blessed be the Lord out of Zion, which dwelleth in Jerusalem, praise ye the Lord.
CXxxviii. 1. I will praise thee with my whole heart, before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. See Neh. viii. 6.-ix. 5. Ps. cxlvii. 7, 12.-cxlix. 1.—cl. 1, 2, 6. Isa. Ixiv. 11. Heb. ii. 12. Rev. vii. 12.
See regulations made for the order of public thanks and praise. 1 Chron. xvi. 4, 7.-xxiii. 30.-xxix. 13 to 20. Ps. cv. 1. 2 Chron. v. 13. Neh. xi. 17.-xii. 8, 24, &c.
CCXIV. Of singing the praises of God. Job xxxviii. 6. When the foundations of the earth were laid,
Ver. 7. The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.
Ps. xiii. 6. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
xviii. 49. I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. Rom. xv. 19.
xxi. 13. Be thou exalted in thine own strength, so will we sing and praise thy power. Ps. lix. 16, 17.
xxx. 4. Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. Ver. 12. Ps. vii. 17.
xxxiii. 3. Sing unto him a new song, play skilfully with a loud noise.
li. 14. I will sing aloud of thy righteousness. Ver. 15.
Ixvii. 4. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy. Ps. ix. 2, 11. -xiii. 4.-lxxxi. 1.-xcv. 1, 2.—xcvi. 1, 2-xcviii. 8, 9.—c. 2.
lxxxix. 1. I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever. Ps. Ixi. 7, 8.-ci. 1.-cviii. 3.
civ. 33. I will sing unto my God while I have being. Ps. lxxv. 9. cxlvi. 2. Isa. xxxviii. 20.
cv. 2. Sing psalms unto him, talk of all his wondrous works. cxxxviii. 5. Kings of the earth shall sing in the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.
cxlvii. 1, 7, 8, 9. Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving, who covereth the heaven with clouds, who giveth the beast his food.
cxlix. 1. Sing unto the Lord a new song. Ps. cxliv. 9.