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the Lord.--2 Chron. xx. 32.1 Kings he would let loose his hand and cut xxii. 42, 43.

me off, &c.' So that my soul chooseth The seer meets him, after he had strangling, and death, rather than life, gone out with the wicked king of Is- &c. He confesseth thus: I have utrael, and said unto him, Shouldest tered that I understood not; things thou help the ungodly, and love them too wonderful for me, which I knew that hate the Lord? Therefore is not; wherefore I abhor myself, and wrath upon thee from before the repent in dust and ashes.-Job vi. 8, Lord.--2 Chron xix. 1; 2. xx. 33. 37. 9. vii. 15. xlii. 3. 6.

Hezekiah did that which was right As for me, my feet were almost in the sight of the Lord. He removed gone, &c. for I was envious at the the high places, &c. He trusted in foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the Lord God of Israel ; so that after the wicked, &c. Verily I have cleanhim was none like him, &c. for he sed my heart in vain, &c. So foolish clave to the Lord, and departed not was I, and ignorant, as a beast, &c. from following him, &c.--2 Kings - Ps. lxxiii. 2, 3. 13. 22. Jer, xxi. 1, 2. xviii. 1. 3–6.2 Chron. xxxi. 21. Will the Lord cast off for ever?

When Isaiah had told. Hezekiah, Will he be favourable no more? Is being sick, that he should be healed, his mercy clean gone for ever? Doth &c. he said unto Isaiah, What shall his promise fail for evermore? Hath be the sign that the Lord will heal God forgotten to be gracious ? Hath me? &c. He shewed his treasures he in anger shut up his tender mercies ? to the messengers of the king of Ba- I said, this is mine infirmity.-Ps. bylon's son: for which God was angry, lxxvii. 7—10. &c. Hezekiah rendered not again ac The prophet Jeremiah in his affliccording to the benefit done unto him; tions spake hard words of God; said, for his heart was lifted up: therefore he would not speak in his name, &c. there was wrath upon him, &c. In curseth the day of his birth.Jer. the business of the ambassadors of xx. 7. 9. 14, &c. xii. 1. the princes of Babylon, &c. God left The church, the spouse of Christ, him, to try him, that he might know in a sluggish posture.-Cant. v. 2, 3. all that was in his heart.-2 Kings xx. Matt. xxv. 5. 8,9. 12–18. 2 Chron. xxxii. 25.31. The prophet Jonah was very angry

Good Josiah (though warned to the because God spared Nineveh, and contrary) followed Pharaoh Necho, said, Therefore now, O Lord, take, I and was slain.-2 Chron. xxxv. 20-23. beseech thee, my life from me; for it

Job, that man was perfect and up- is better for me to die than to live. right, one that feared God and es. Then said the Lord, Doest thou well chewed evil. Hast thou considered to be angry? &c. again he said so: my servant Job, that there is none and Jonah said, I do well to be angry, like him in the earth, a perfect and even unto death.-Jonah iv. 1-4.8, an upright man? &c. Ye have not 9. i. 1-3. spoken of me the thing which is right, John sent two of his disciples to like my servant Job, &c. Ye have Christ, and said unto him, Art thou heard of the patience of Job.-- Job i. he that should come, or do we look 1. 8. xlii. 8. James v. ll.

for another?-Matt. xi. 2, 3. After this opened Job his mouth, When Zacharias had a son promised and cursed his day, &c.See at large, him, he said unto the angel, Whereby Job iii. 1, &c.

shall I know this, for I am an old O that I might have my request, man, and my wife well stricken in and that God would grant me the years, &c. Behold, thou shalt be thing that I long for, even that it dumb, &c. because thou believest not would please God to destroy me, that my words, &c.-Luke i. 13. 18. 20.

man.

Jesus said unto Peter, Blessed art him and fled, &c. Jesus saith unto thou, Simon, &c.—Matt. xvi. 17. them, Why reason ye because ye have

Jesus said unto Peter, O thou of no bread ? Perceive ye not yet, neither little faith! wherefore didst thou understand? Have ye your liearts yet doubt ?-Matt. xiv. 31. viii. 24-26. hardened? Do ye not remember,

When Jesus spake of his being when I brake the five loaves ? &c.killed, Peter said, Be it far from thee, Matt. xxvi.51.56. John xvi.32. Mark Lord; this shall not be unto thee: viii. 17-19. John vi. 52. but he turned and said unto Peter, And there was also a strife amongst Get thee behind me, Satan; thou art them, which of them should be acan offence unto me; for thou savour counted the greatest. Jesus appeared est not the things that be of God, but unto the eleven, &c. and upbraided those that be of men, &c. Thou wast them with their unbelief, and hardness with Jesus, &c. But he denied before of heart, because they believed not them all, saying, I know not what them which had seen him, &c.—Luke thou sayest, &c. And again he de- xxii. 24. Mark xvi. 14. Luke xxiv. nied with an oath, I do not know the 21. 25

Then began he to curse and Christ rebuked his disciples for swear, I know. not the man, &c.— their great fear in the storm.---Mark Matt. xvi. 21-23. xxvi. 69, 70.72.74. iv. 37-41. ix. 6.

When the disciples could not cure Master, we saw one casting out the poor man's son, he came to Jesus; devils in thy name, and we forbad him, Jesus said of his disciples, O faithless because he followed not with us. and perverse generation, how long And Jesus said, Forbid him not; &c. shall I suffer you?-Matt. xvii. 15, 16. James and John would have had fire

When Peter was come to Antioch, I come down from heaven upon the Sawithstood him to the face, because he maritans; Jesus rebuked them, and was to be blamed: for before that cer- said, Ye know not what manner of tain came from James, he did eat withi spirit ye are of, &c. Thomas said, the Gentiles; but when they werecome, Except I shall see in his hands the he withdrew, and separated himself, print of the nails, and put my finger fearing them which were of the cir- into the print of the nails, &c. I will cumcision. And the other Jews dis- not believe, &c.—Luke ix. 49, 50. sembled likewise with him, insomuch 54, 55. John xx. 25. that Barnabas also was carried away Joseph of Arimathæ, though a diswith their dissimulation. — Gal. ii. ciple, yet secrectly for fear of the 11-13.

Jews, &c.---Jobn xix. 38, 39. The wise virgins, as well as the fool The church praying for Peter did ish, while the bridegrootn tarried, all not believe his deliverance: for when slumbered and slept.—Matt. xxv. 5. he knocked at the door, and the dam

When the mother of Zebedee's chil- sel had acknowledged she heard his dren asked of Christ, that her sons voice, they believed not.-Acts xii. might sit, one on his right hand, and 5. 12—16. the other on his left in his kingdom, Paul said, I have lived in all good &c. The ten heard it; they were conscience before God until this day. moved with indignation against the Barnabas and Paul, men that have two brethren, &c. - Matt. XX. 20, hazarded their lives for the name of 21. 24.

our Lord Jesus Christ.-Acts xxiii. l. One of his disciples stretched out his sv. 25, 26. hand and drew his sword, and struck Barnabas determined to take with a servant of the high priest, and smote them John, &c. but Paul thought not off his ear. Christ rebuked him for good to take him with them, &c. And it, &c. Then all the disciples forsook the contention was so sharp, that they

departed asunder one from the other, Paul complains thus, I have no man &c.--Acts xv. 37-39. xxiii. 3. like-minded, who will naturally care .

When we were come into Macedo- for your state: for all seek their own, nia, our flesh had no rest, &c. without not the things which are Jesus Christ's. were fightings, within were fears. - Phil. ii. 20, 21. 2 Cor. vii. 5.

Ye are dull of hearing; for when Paul did what he hated, &c. and for the time ye ought to be teachers, said, O wretched man that I am, &c. ye have need that one teach you again -Rom. vii. 14, 15, 18, 19. 24. which be the first principles of the

Many saints being compelled, did oracles of God; and are become such blaspheme.-Acts xxvi, 10, 11. as have need of milk.—Heb. v. 11, 12.

I brethren could not speak unto you Thou hast borne and hast patience, as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, and for my name's sake hast laboured, as unto babes in Christ. I have fed and hast not fainted; nevertheless I you with milk, and not with meat: have somewhat against thee, because for hitherto ye were not able to bear thou hast left thy first love, &c. to it, neither yet now are ye able ; for the church of Pergamos, &c. and the ye are yet carnal. There is among church of Thyatira, &c.-See Rey. ii. you envying and strife, and divisions 3, 4. 12—15. 1820. (or factions). Are ye not carnal, and walk as men ? &c. They were very

Sect. II. God will punish or correct disorderly in the Lord's supper.

the righteous for Sin. 1 Cor. iii. 1-3. xi.

God was wrath with Moses for his Nay, you do wrong, and defraud, sin, and would not suffer him to go and that your brethren. -1 Cor. vi. 8. into the good land.-Deut. iii. 25–

Ye suffer fools gladly, &c. Ye suffer 27. iv. 21, 22. if a man bring you into bondage, if God said to Moses, Die in the a man devour you, if a man take of mount, as Aaron thy brother died in you, if a man exa!t himself, if a wan mount Hor: because ye trespassed smite you on the face.-2 Cor.xi. 19, 20, against me among the children of Is

I fear, lest when I come I shall not rael, &c. Because ye sanctified me find you such as I would, &c. Lest not in the eyes of the children of Isthere be debates, envyings, wraths, rael, &c. Because ye believed me strifes, backbitings,whisperings,swel- not, &c.—Deut. xxxii. 48. 50, 51. lings, tumults: lest when I come Ps. cvi. 32, 33. Numb. xx. 12. again my God will humble me among Aaron shall be gathered unto his you, and that I shall bewail many people, he shall not enter into the which have sinned already, and have land, &c. because ye rebelled against not repented of the uncleanness, and my word, &c.—Numb. xx. 24. fornication, and lasciviousness, which I will be his father, and he shall be they have committedor2 Cor. xii. my son: if he commit iniquity, I will 20, 21.

chasten him with the rod of men, I marvel that ye are so soon remo- and with the stripes of the children ved from him that called you into the of men; but my mercy shall not degrace of Christ, unto another gospel, part away from him.—2 Sam. vii. &c. And now, after that ye have 14, 15. known God, or rather are known of God punished Solomon for his sin. God, how turn ye back to the weak in his old age.-- 1 Kings xi. and beggarly elements (or rudiments) David said unto Nathan, I have whereunto ye desire again to be in sinned against the Lord; and Nathan bondage? Yeobserve days, and inonths, said unto David, The Lord also hath and times, and years, &c.—Gal. i. 6. put away thy sin, thou shalt not die; iv. 9_11.

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bast given great occasion to the ene- chasten : be zealous therefore, &c.mies of the Lord to blaspheme, the Rev. iii. 19. Heb. xii. 6—8. child shall surely die.—2 Sam. xii. 13, 14.

CHAP. XII. Hezekiah sinned, and there was wrath

upon him.--2 Chron. xxxii. 25, THE PRIVILEGES OF TOE RIGHTEOUS, 2 Kings xx. 12, &c. If his children forsake my law, and

OTHERS; WHAT GOD HATH DONE, walk not in my judgments, &c. Then DOTH DO, AND WILL DO FOR THEM, will I visit their transgression with MORE THAN FOR OTHERS; AND WHAT the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.

THEY CAN DO WITH GOD, &c. -Ps. lxxxix. 30-32.

The Lord had respect unto Abel and The man of God for his disobe- his offering, &c. "If thou dost well, dience was slain. - 1 Kings xiii. shalt thou not be accepted ?-Gen. 18, &c.

iv. 4. 7. Thou wast a God that forgavest Enoch walked with God, and was them, though thou tookest vengeance not, for God took him.-Gen. v. 24. of their inventions.-Ps. xcix. 8. Noah found

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eyes of the Christ withdrew himself from his Lord. --Gen. vi. 8. Spouse, when she grew sluggish and And the Lord said unto Noah, mindless of him.-Cant. v. 1, &e. Come thou and all thy house into the

For the iniquity of his covetous- ark: for thee have I seen righteous ness was I wrath and smote him: I before me in this generation.--Gen. hid me, and was wrath: and he went vii. 1. 2 Pet. ü. 5. on frowardly (or turning away) in the And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and way of his heart: I have seen his his house with great plagues, because ways, and I will heal him. Isa. lvii. of Sarai, Abram's wife.-Gen, xii. 17. 17, 18.

XX. 2, 3. I have forsaken my house, &c. I The word of the Lord came unto have given the dearly beloved of iny Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not soul into the hands of enemies.

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ing great reward.—Gen. xv. 1. xvii, I will correct thee in measure, and God said, Shall I hide from Abrawill not leave thee altogether unpu- ham that thing which I am about to nished.-Jer. Xxx. 11. xlvi. 28. do ? &c. The cry of Sodom, &c. is

You only have I known of all the great, &c. Abraham interceded with families of the earth : therefore I will God for Sodom, and God granted him punish you for all your iniquities.- as much as he asked.—See at large, Amos iii. 2.

Gen. xviii. 17, 18. 20. 23, &c. When God sent Jonah to Nineveh, When God had sent his angels he fled from God's presence, &c. but to destroy Sodom, they said unto Lot, the Lord sent out a great wind, &c. Hast thou any here besides? son-inAnd Jonah was cast into the sea for law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, this.-Jonah i. 1. 4. 10–12. 15. and whatsoever thou hast in the city,

Zacharias was struck dumb for not bring ont of this place, &c. They believing.-Luke i. 18—20,

hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy For this cause many are weak and wife, and thy two daughters, which sicklyamong you,

and many sleep, &c. are here, lest thou be consumed. When we are judged, we are chasten- And while he lingered, the men laid ed of the Lord, that we should not be hold upon his hand, and upon the condemned with the world.—1 Cor. hand of his wife, and upon the hand xi. 30, 31.

of his two daughters, the Lord being As many as I love, I rebuke and merciful unto him, and they brought

him forth, &c. He prevailed with Joseph said unto his brethren, &c. God to spare Zoar, &c. Haste thee, As for you, ye thought evil against escape thither: for I cannot do any me, but God meant it unto good, to thing till thou be come thither, &c. bring to pass as it is this day, &c.God remembered Abraham, and sent Gen. 1. 19, 20.. Lot out of the midst of the over God gave Israel favour in the sight throw, &c.-Gen. xix. 12. 15—22.29. of the Egyptians, and Pharaoh's ser2 Pet. ii. 6, 7.

vants : and Moses, &c. There shall And God said unto Abraham, &c. be a great cry throughout all the land Of the son of the bond-woman will I of Egypt, such as there was none like make a nation, because he is thy seed. it, &c. But against any of the chil-Gen. xxi. 12, 13.

dren of Israel shall not a dog move God spake to Jacob friendly, when his tongue, against man or beast ; he fled from his brother Esau.—Gen. that ye may know how that the Lord Xxviii. 13–15.

doth put a difference between the Laban said unto Jacob, I have Egyptians and Israel.—Exod. xi. 3. learned by experience, that the Lord 6, 7. hath blessed me for thy sake, &c. I will pass through the land of Jacob said unto him, &c. The Lord Egypt this night, and will smite all hath blessed thee since my coming the first-born,

&e. and the blood shall (or at my foot).--Gen. xxx. 27. 29, be to you for a token, &c. When I 30. Prov. xi. 10,11.

see the blood, I will pass over you, When Laban was pursuing Jacob, and the plague shall not be upon you God came to Laban, &c. and said, to destroy you, &c.—Exod. xii. 12, 13. Take heed that thou speak not to I will dwell among the children of Jacob either good or bad (or from Israel, and will be their God, &c. good to bad,) &c. Laban said, It is in Exod. xxix. 45. the power of my

hand to do you hurt: When God had said to Moses, Let but the God of your father spake unto me alone, that my wrath may wax hot me yesternight, saying, Take thou against them, that I may consume heed, &c.-Gen. xxxi. 24. 29.

them, &e. Moses prayed for Israel, Jacob prevailed with God, &c. I and prevailed often for them : and have seen God face to face.---Gen. the Lord said, I have pardoned accordxxxii. 28. 30.

ing to thy word.—Exod. xxxii. 9-15. When Jacob and his family were Numb. xiv. 11-13. 19, 20. journeying, the terror of God was And the Lord spake unto Moses upon the cities round about them; face to face, as a man speaketh unto and God appeared unto Jacob again, his friend, &c. When Moses had said, and blessed him, &c.—Gen. xxxv. 5. I beseech thee, shew me, thy glory : 9. 13.

He said, I will make all my goodness The Lord was with Joseph, and he pass before thee, &c.—Exod. xxxiji. was a prosperous man, &c. and his 11. 17-19. xix. 19, 20. xxxiv. 2,3. master saw that the Lord was with 5,6. him, and made all that he did to pros My servant Moses is not so, who per in his hand, &c. The Lord is faithful in all mine house : with blessed the Egyptian's house for Jo- him will I speak mouth to mouth ; seph's sake, &c. The Lord was with even apparently, and not in dark Joseph, and gave him favour in the speeches : and the similitude of the sight of the keeper, &c. When Jo- Lord shall he behold.-Numb. xii. 7,8. seph had the custody of the prisoners, He hath blessed, and I cannot rethat which he did, the Lord made it verse it. He hath not beheld iniquity to prosper. Gen. xxxix. 2, 3. 5. in Jacob, neither hath he seen per21-23.

verseness in Israel : the Lord his

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