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is grown up unto the heavens. Ver. 7, 13, 15. Ps. xxxviii. 4.-xl. 12.
Jer. xiv. 20.
Neh. i. 6. Both I and my father's house have sinned. Ps. cvi. 6.
ix. 16. They dealt proudly and hardened their necks, and hearkned not to thy commandments.
Ver. 26. They were disobedient and rebelled against thee, and cast thy laws behind their backs.
Ver. 35. They have not served thee in thy great goodness, neither turned they from their wicked works.
Job xiii. 23. How many are mine iniquities and my sins, make me to know my transgressions and my sins.
xiv. 4. Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean.
xv. 14. What is man that he should be clean? and he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous. 1 Kings viii. 46.
Ver. 15. Behold he putteth no trust in his saints, and the heavens are not clean in his sight.
xl. 4. Behold I am vile what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
Ps. xxxviii. 18. I will declare mine iniquity, I will be sorry for my sin. Ps. xxxii. 5.
li. 3. I acknowledge my transgressions, my sin is ever before me. Ver. 5. Behold I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
lxix. 5. O God thou knowest my foolishness, and my sins are not hid from thee, Ps. cxxx. 3. If thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquity, O Lord, who should stand?
Prov. xx. 9. Who can say I have made my heart clean? I am pure from my sin ? 1 John i. 8. If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
Eccl. vii. 20. There is not a just man upon earth that doth good and sinneth not.
Isa. lix. 12. Our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us.
Ixiv. 6. We are all as an unclean thing and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities like the wind have taken us away.
Jer. xiv. 7. Our backslidings are many, we have sinned against thee. Ver. 20. Luke iii. 42.
Dan. ix. 5. We have sinned and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts, and from thy judgments.
Ver. 8. O Lord to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. Rom. vii. 18. In my flesh dwelleth no good thing.
Ver. 21. I find a law that when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Ver. 23. I see a law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin, which is in my members.
XXXVI. Amendment. Deut. x. 16. Circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff-necked. Jer. iv. 4.
Job. xxxiv. 32. If I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
Jer. vii. 3. Amend your ways and your doings. Ver. 15. Chap.
xxvi. 13.-xxxv. 15.
Matt. iii. 8. Bring forth fruits meet for repentance. Luke iii. 8. John v. 14. Sin no more. Chap. viii. 11. Ps. iv. 4. Stand in awe and sin not.
Rom. vi. 1. Shall we continue in sin, &c. God forbid.
Eph. v. 14. Awake thou that sleepest, arise from the dead. See dead works.
James iv. 8. Cleanse your hands, purify your hearts.
XXXVIII. Fruitfulness in religion. Ps. i. 3. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season. xcii. 14. They shall bring forth fruit in old age, they shall be fat and flourishing. See ver. 12, 13. Ps. lxxxiv. 7.
Prov. iv. 18. The path of the just is as the shining light that shineth, &c.
Isa. v. 4. What could have been done more to my vineyard that I have not done in it, to make it fruitful.
Jer. xxxi. 12. Their soul shall be as a watered garden. Mal. iv. 2. Hos. xiv. 5. I will be as the dew unto Israel, he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
Ver. 8. I am like a green fir-tree; from me is thy fruit found. Matt. vii. 16. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Ver. 20.
Chap. xii. 33.
Ver. 17. Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit. Chap. xiii. 23. Mark xii. 2.
John xv. 2. Every branch that beareth fruit he purgeth that it may bring forth more fruit. Matt. xiii. 12.
Ver. 5. I am the vine ye are the branches, he that abideth in me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without me ye can do nothing.
John xv. 8. Herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit, so shall ye be my disciples.
Ver. 16. I have chosen you and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit.
Rom. vi. 22. Being made free from sin ye have your fruit unto holiness and the end everlasting life. Chap. vii. 4.
Eph. iv. 15. Grow up unto Christ in all things.
Eph. v. 9. The fruit of the Spirit is in all righteousness, goodness and truth.
Phil. i. 11. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the praise and glory of God.
Col. i. 10. Walk worthy of the Lord, to all pleasing being fruitful in every good work. Chap. vi.-ii. 7.
James iii. 17. The wisdom from above is full of good fruits.
1 Pet. ii. 2. Desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby.
2 Pet. i. 8. If these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
iii. 18. Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Jude ver. 20. Building yourselves up in your most holy faith.
I. THE shortness of human life. Gen. xlvii. 9. Jacob said, few and evil have the days of the years of my life been. Job xiv. 1. Man that is born of a woman is of few days.
1 Sam. xx. 3. There is but a step between me and death.
1 Chron. xxix. 15. Our days on earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. Job viii. 9. Ps. cii. 11.-cxliv. 4. Zech. i. 5. Job vii. 6. Our days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle. ix. 25. Our days are swifter than a post, they fly away.
Ver. 26. They are passed away as the swift ships, and as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.
xvi. 22. When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.
xvii. 1. My days are extinct, my breath is corrupt, the graves are ready for me.
Ps. xxxix. 4. Lord make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is, that I may know how frail I am.
Ver. 5. Behold, thou hast made my days as an hand-breadth, and mine age is as nothing before thee; verily every man at his best estate is altogether vanity.
Ver. 13. O spare me, that I may recover strength before I go hence and be no more. Ps. xc. 3, 5, 6, 10, 12.
ciii. 15. Man's days are as grass, as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
Ver. 16. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone, and the place thereof shall know it no more. Isa. xl. 6, 7, 8. James i. 10. 1 Pet. i. 24.
James iv. 14. Our life is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away. Heb. xiii. 14. Here we have no continuing city. 1 Chron. xxix. 15. There is none abiding.
Of the term or boundary of human life. Job vii. 1. Is there not an appointed time for man upon earth? Are not his days like the days of an hireling?
xiv. 5. Man's days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass.
Ver. 14. All the days of my appointed time will I wait till my change come.
0. The days of our years are threescore years and ten, and
if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow, for it is soon cut off and we fly away.
Eccl. iii. 2. A time to be born and a time to die.
Matt. vi. 27. Which of you can add one cubit to his stature (or age)?
Acts xvii. 26. God hath made of one blood all nations of men that dwell on the face of the earth, and hath determined the times, before appointed, and the bounds of their habition.
III. The time of life is in God's hand. Job v. 18. The Lord maketh sore and he bindeth up, he woundeth and his hands make whole. 1 Sam. ii. 6. The Lord killeth and he maketh alive, he bringeth down to the grave and he raiseth up. Deut xxxii. 39.
Ps. Ixviii. 20. Unto God the Lord belong the issues from death Ps. ix. 13.-ciii. 4.
Dan. v. 23. God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways.
Acts xvii. 28. In him we live, and move, and have our being. Rev. i. 18. I have the keys of hell, and of death, saith Christ. IV. Death prevailing over all mankind, of every character, rank and station. Jos. xxiii. 14. Joshua said, I am going the way of all the earth, 1 Kings ii. 2.
Job iv. 19. Mortal men dwell in houses of clay, their foundation is in the dust, they are crushed before the moth.
Ver. 20. They are destroyed from morning to evening, they perish for ever without any regarding it.
Ver. 21. Doth not their excellency that is in them go away? they die without wisdom.
vit. 9. He that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. Ver. 10. He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.
ix. 22. God destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
xiv. 2. Man cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down.
Ver. 10. Man dieth and wasteth away, yea man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
Ver. 12. Man lieth down, and riseth not till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake nor be raised out of sleep.
Ver. 19. Thou destroyest the hope of man.
Ver. 20. Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth, thou changest his countenance and sendest him away. xvii. 13. If I wait, the grave is mine house
Ver. 14. I have said to corruption thou art my father, and to the worm, thou art my mother and sister.
Ver. 15. And where is now my hope?
xxi. 23. One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.
Ver. 24. His breasts are full of milk, and his bones moistened with marrow.
Ver. 25 Another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.
Ver. 26. They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
xxiv. 24. The nighty are exalted for a little while, but are gone and
brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn. Eccl. viii. 8. Neither shall,
wickedness deliver those that are given to it.
Job xxx. 23. I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living. Eccl. viii. 8. There is no discharge in that war.
xxxiv. 14. If he set his heart upon man, and if he gather unto him his spirit and his breath.
Ver. 15. All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again to dust.
Ps. xlix. 7. They that trust in their wealth, none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him. Ver. 9. That he should live for ever and not see corruption.
Ver. 10. Wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. Ver. 11 to 14.
lxxxii. 6. I have said ye are gods, and all of you children of the Most High.
Ver. 7. But ye shall die like men. Ps. cxlvi. 4.
lxxxix. 48. What man is he that liveth and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave?
xc. 3. Thou turnest men to destruction.
Ver. 5. Thou carriest them away as with a flood, they are as a sleep in the morning, they are like grass that groweth up.
Ver. 6. In the morning it flourisheth and groweth up, in the evening it is cut down and withereth.
Eccl. i. 4. One generation cometh and another goeth.
ii. 16. How dieth the wise man? as the fool.
viii. 8. No man 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 war.
xii. 5. Man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets.
Ver. 7. The dust shall return to dust as it was, and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
V. Preparative duties for death. Deut. xxxii. 29. O that they were wise, that they would consider their latter end.
Ps. xc. 12. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. Ps. xxxix. 4.
John ix. 4. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day, the night cometh when no man can work.
1 Pet. i. 17. Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear. Matt.
VI. No preparative duties are to be performed after death. Isa. xxxviii. 18. The grave cannot praise thee, death cannot celebrate thee, they that go down to the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
Ver. 19. The living, the living, he shall praise thee as I do this day. See Ps. vi. 5.-xxx. 9.—lxxxviii. 10, 11, 12.—cxv. 17.
VII. The death of the righteous happy. Ps. xxxi. 5. Into thine hand I commit my spirit, O Lord. Acts vii. 59.
xxxvii. 37. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.
cxvi. 11. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.