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Blessed are the dead which die in for I know theirsorrows. Exod. iii.7. the Lord (or for the Lord's sake). Acts vii. 34. Ps. x. 14. Rev. xiv. 13.

Pharaoh could not hurt Moses and

Aaron, though they came with so Cons. III. That God well knows the

design and ways of Satan, and all many threatenings from God.—Exod. the adversaries of Believers : and

Pharaoh's design in pursuing Isthat they can do no more, nor pro- rael God knew, and prevented Phaceed further against us than God per- raoh, and overthrew him.-Exod. xiv. mits. He turns about their purposes. The enemy said, I will pursue, I

Your father deceived me, &c. but will overtake, I will divide the spoil ; God suffered him not to hurt me. If


lust shall be satisfied upon them; he said thus, &c. Laban pursued Ja- I will draw my sword, mine hand cob,&c. And God came to Laban the shall destroy (or repossess) them. Syrian in a dream by night, and said Thou didst blow with thy wind, the unto him, Take heed that thou speak sea covered them, they sank as lead, not to Jacob either good or bad (or &c. Who is like unto thee, O Lord > from good to bad), &c. It is in the - Exod. xv. I-11. power


hand to do you hurt : Balak's design was to have Balaam but the God of your father spake unto to curse Israel ; but God overruled me yesternight, saying, Take thou him, so that he could not but bless heed that thou speak not to Jacob, Israel. - Numb. xxii. xxiv. 10-13. &c.—Gen. xxxi. 7,8. 23, 24. 29. 42. xxiii.

When Esau was coming against Saul designed to kill David, made Jacob with four hundred men, and many attempts, and pursued him ; Jacob was afraid, yet God changed yet could never effect it: God preEsau's heart; so that when he met vented him.--1 Sam. xviii. xix. xxiii. Jacob, he embraced him, &c. which xxiv. xxvi. made Jacob say to Esau, I have seen Ahithophel gave counsel against thy face as though I had seen the face David, but God brought it to nought, of God, and thou wast pleased with and suffered not his enemies to bring me.-Gen. xxxii. 6–8. xxxiii

. 3, 4. 10. their designs to pass.--2 Sam. xvii. And the terror of God was upon The king of Syria went up against the cities that were round about them, Samaria, and said, The gods do so and they did not pursue after the sons unto me, and more also, if the dust of Jacob.-Gen. xxxv. 5.

of Samaria shall suffice for handfuls Joseph's brethren, when they saw for all the people that follow me. him, &c. conspired against him to But God prevented him.- Kings xx. slay him. Aud they said one to ano- 1, 2. 10. 21. ther, Behold, this dreamer cometh; God defeated the king of Syria's come now therefore, and let us slay design against Elisha. 2 Kings vi. him, &c. and we shall see what will 13, &c. become of his dreams, &c. All which The enemies of Israel set themGod prevented, and purposed better selves to hinder the building of the things.-Gen. xxxvii. 17, &c. xxxix. temple; asked who commanded them 1. 19, 20.

to do it; wrote to the king against The king of Egypt designed the it; but God prevented their purpose, weakening of Israel, and preventing and brought forth the contrary effect. their increase: but the more they -Ezra. V. vi. afflicted them, the more they multi When Israel were building, the adplied.—Exod. i. 9—12. 20.

versaries conspired together to come And the Lord said, I have surely and fight against Jerusalem, and to seen the afflictions of my people, &c. hinder it. And when our enemies

heard that it was known unto us, and Surely the wrath of man shall God had brought their counsel to praise thee: the remainder of wrath nought, we returned, &c.—Neh. iv. shalt thou restrain.-Ps. lxxvi. 10. 7—9.11. 15.

When Israel were but few in numHaman's great design was to de- ber, &c. when they went from one stroy Mordecai and all the Jews; and nation to another, &c. he suffered no it went on far: but God then turned man to do them wrong ; yea, he reit quite about.—Esth. v. vi. vii. viii. proved kings for their

Job could not be touched by Satan 12-15. any farther, or otherwise, than so far If it had not been the Lord who as God gave him leave.-Job i. 9–12. was on our side, when men rose up ii. 4-6.

against us, then they had swallowed He disappointeth the devices of the us up quick.-Ps. cxxiv. 1—7. Gen. crafty, so that their hands cannot per- xxxi. 42. form their enterprise. He taketh the There are many devices in a man's wise in their own craftiness, &c. heart, nevertheless the counsel of the They meet with darkness in the day- Lord, that shall stand.-Prov. xix. 21. time, and grope in the noonday. There is no wisdom, nor underJob v. 12–14.

standing, nor counsel against the Why do the heathen rage, and the Lord.—Prov. xxi. 30. Gen. xi. 4, &c. people imagine a vain thing? The Be quiet, and fear not, &c. Because kings of the earth set themselves, Syria, &c. have taken evil counsel and the rulers take counsel together, against thee, saying, Let us go up against the Lord, &c. Yet have I set against Judah, and vex it, &c. Thus my king upon my holy hill of Zion.- saith the Lord God, It shall not stand, Ps. ii. 1, 2. 4. 6. lix. 7, 8.

neither shall it come to pass.- Isa. Heordaineth his arrows against the vii. 4—7. Micah iv. 11–13. persecutors. Behold, he travaileth Associate yourselves, 0 ye people; with iniquity, and hath conceived mis- and ye shall be broken in pieces, &c. chief, and brought forth falsehood : Gird yourselves, and ye shall be he made a pit, and digged it, and is broken in pieces. Take counsel tofallen into the ditch which he made: gether, and it shall come to nought : his mischief shall return upon his own speak the word and it shall not head; and his violent dealing shall stand: for God is with us. Isa. viii. come down upon his own pate.-Ps. 9, 10. Jer. xlviii. 30. vii. 13-16. ix. 15, 16.

O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, They intended evil against thee ; &c. I will send him against an hypothey imagined a mischievous device, critical nation, &c. Howbeit, he which they are not able to perform.- meaneth not so, &c. It is in his Ps. xxi. 11.

heart to destroy and cut off nations Thou preparešt a table before me not a few. Wherefore it shall come in the presence of mine enemies.- to pass, that when the Lord hath Ps. xxiii. 5.

performed his whole work, &c. I The Lord bringeth the counsel of - will punish the fruit, &c.—Isa. x. the heathen to nought: he maketh 5—7. 12. the devices of the people of none Woe unto them that seek deep to effect. The counsel of the Lord hide their counsel from the Lord; standeth for ever, the thoughts of his and their works are in the dark, and heart to all generations. Ps. xxxii. they say, Who seeth us? Surely 10, 11.

your turning of things upside down By this I know that thou favour- shall be esteemed as the potter's est me, because mine enemy doth not clay.—Isa. xxix. 15, 16. triumph over me.-Ps. xli. 11.

Sennacherib comes against Jerusa

lem, and by Rabshakeh proclaims and depart hence, for Herod will kill his proud design ; but God wonder- thee. And he said unto them, Go fully disappointed him.- Isa. xxxvi. ye, tell that fox, Behold, I cast out Xxxvii.

devils, and I do cures to day, and Behold, they shall surely gather to morrow, and the third day I shall together, but not by me. Whosoever be perfected; nevertheless, I must shall gather together against thee, walk to day, and to morrow, and the shall fall for thy sake, &c. No wea- day following, &c.—Luke xiii. 31-33. pon that is formed against thee shall John vii. 30. prosper.- Isa. liv. 15. 17.

Ye shall be hated of all men for When the enemy shall come in my name's sake ; but there shall not like a food, the Spirit of the Lord an hair of your head perish. In your shall lift up a standard against him patience possess ye your souls.(or put him to flight).-Isa. lix. 19. Luke xxi. 17-19. I am with thee, &c.

They shall

When I was daily with you in the fight against thee, but they shall not temple, ye stretched forth no hands prevail against thee; for I am with against me: but this is your hour, thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee. and the power of darkness, &c.-Jer. i. 18, 19. xv. 11. 20. xx. 11. Luke xxii. 53. John viii. 20.

Although I have scattered them Then saith Pilate, &c. Knowest among the countries, yet will I be to thou not that I have power to crucify them as a little sanctuary in the thee, and have power to release thee? countries where they shall come, &c. Jesus answered, Thou couldest have I will even gather you from the no power at all against me, except it people, &c.-Ezek. xi. 16, 17. were given thee from above.-John

All that the envious presidents and xix. 10, 11. princes could do and devise against Against thy holy child Jesus, both Daniel could not hurt him; but he Herod, &c. were gathered together, prospered in the reign of Darius, and for to do what thy hand and counsel of Cyrus. And so the three children. determined before to be done.-Acts -Dan. vi. 28.

iv. 27, 28. Many nations are gathered against They took counsel to slay the thee, that say, Let her be defiled; apostles ; but Gamaliel said, Refrain let our eyes look upon Zion : but from these men, and let them alone; they know not the thoughts of the for if this counsel, or this work be of Lord; for he shall gather them as men, it will come to nought; bat if the sheaves into the floor.-Micah iv. be of God, ye cannot overthrow it, 11-13.

lest haply ye be found even to fight Herod designs the killing of the against God.-Acts v. 33—40. child Jesus; he sends to inquire When Saul was going in his fury after him, gives order for the slaying to persecute the Christians, God of all the children of that age : yet meets with him, and stays the perseGod suffered him not to effect his cution.-Acts ix. I, &c. design.-Matt. ü. 1-16.

Known unto God are all his works Are not two sparrows sold for a from the beginning of the world.farthing ? and one of them shall not Acts xv: 18. fall on the ground without your Speak, and hold not thy peace; Father. But the very hairs of your for I am with thee, and no man shall : head are all numbered. Fear ye not set on thee, to hurt thee ; for I have therefore ; ye are of more value than much people in this city.-Acts xviii. many sparrows.—Matt. x. 29–31.

9, 10. There came certain of the Phari Many had conspired and bound sees, saying unto him, Get thee out, themselves under a curse to kill Paul

ere they did eat: yet God disap- nation shall cease, &c. Isa. X. 12. pointed them. --Acts xxiii. 12, 13. 24, 25. Deut. xxxii. 36. 2 Kings

God is faithful, who will not suffer xiv. 26. you to be tempted above that you are In measure, when it shooteth forth, able.-1 Cor. x. 13.

thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth

his rough wind in the day of the east Cons. IV. That God orders and de- wind.- Isa. xxvii. 8. termines the Measure, Manner,

Thus saith the Lord, After seventy T'ime, and Continuance of Afflic- years be accomplished at Babylon, I tions and Persecutions, and that will visit you, and perform my good according to our Necessities. word toward you, in causing you to

return to this place.---Jer. xxix. 10. God said unto Abraham, Know of a Ezra i. 1–3. surety that thy seed shall be a I will not make a full end of thee; stranger in a land that is not theirs, but I will correct thee in measure, and shall serve them, and they shall and will not, &c. Jer. XXX. 11. afflict them four hundred years, &c. xlvi. 27. But in the fourth generation they He doth not afflict willingly (or shall come hither again.—Gen. xv. from his heart), neither grieve the 13-16.

children of men.- Lam, iii. 33. And it came to pass at the end of This is your hour, and the power four hundred and thirty years, the of darkness.-Luke xxii. 53. selfsame day it came to pass, that all Against thy holy child Jesus, &c. the host of the Lord went out from to do whatsoever thy hand and thy the land of Egypt.-Exod. xii. 40, counsel determined before to be done. 41. 51.

-Acts iv. 27, 28. God led Israel not through the God is faithful, who will not suffer way of the land of the Philistines, you to be tempted above that ye are although that was near: for God able; but will with the temptation said, Lest peradventure the people also inake a way to escape, that repent when they see war, and they ye may be able to bear it. -1 Cor. return to Egypt. -Exod. xiii. 17. x. 13.

Their heart was not right with He was sick, nigh unto death : but him, &c. but he, being full of com- God had mercy on him ; passion, forgave their iniquity, and him only, but on me also, lest I destroyed them not; yea, many a should have sorrow upon sorrow.time turned he his anger away, and Phil. ii. 27. did not stir up all his wrath. For he Ye greatly rejoice, though now for remembered that they were but flesh; a season, if need be, ye are in a wind that passeth away, and cometh heaviness through manifold temptanot again.-Ps. lxxviii. 37-39. tions.—1 Pet. i. 6.

I know, O Lord, that thy judg The God of all grace, &c. after ments are right, and that thou in that ye have suffered awhile, make faithfulness hast afflicted me.-Ps. you perfect.—1 Pet. v. 10. cxix. 75.

Behold, the devil shall cast some It shall come to pass, when the of you into prison, &c. and ye shall Lord hath performed his whole work have tribulation ten days. Be thou upon Mount Zion, and upon Jeru- faithful unto death, and I will give salem : I will punish the fruit of the thee a crown of life.- Rev. ii. 10. stout heart, &c. O my people, be not afraid of the Assyrian, he shall smite thee with a rod, &c. For yet a very little while, and the indig

and not on

Cons. V. That God doth sometimes lviii. 10, il.

God that judgeth in the earth.-Ps. make Enemies, and Persecutors

The Lord executeth righteousness themselves, to attest the Saints'

and judgment for all that are opinnocency, when they suffer; and will surely avenge them upon their pressed.-Ps. ciii. 6.

Rob not the poor, &c. neither opAdversaries.

press the afflicted in the gate : for God did so with Joseph's brethren, the Lord shall spoil the soul of those and they acknowledged his innocency, that spoiled then.-Prov. xxii. 22, 23. and God's justice.--Gen. xlii. 21. Be not afraid, &c. for yet a very

Pharaoh acknowledged he had little while, and the indignation shall sinned against Moses, &c. and begs cease, and mine anger in their deforgiveness.-Exod. x. 16, 17. struction.-Isa. x. 24, 25. Jer. xxx.

He will avenge the blood of his 16, 17. 20. servants, and will render vengeance Lord, when thine hand is lifted up, to his adversaries : and will be mer- they will not see: but they shall see ciful unto his land, &c.—Deut. xxxii. and be ashamed for their envy at the 43. Ps. x. 14.

people (or toward thy people), &c. When the wicked are multiplied, -Isa. xxvi. 11. transgression increaseth: but the All that watch for iniquity, are righteous shall see their fall.-Prov. cut off : that make a man an offender xxix. 16.

for a word.--Isa. xxix. 20, 21. When David had spared Saul, Behold, your God will come with being in his hands, Saul said to David, vengeance ; with recompense he will Is this thy voice, my son David ? &c. come and save you.—Isa. xxxv. 4. Thou art more righteous than I : for I was wrath with my people, &c. thou hast rewarded me good, whereas thou didst shew them no mercy, &c. I lave rewarded thee evil; and thou therefore these two things shall come hast shewed this day how that thou to thee in a moment, &c.- Isa. xlvii. hast dealt well with me, forasmuch 5-9. as when the Lord had delivered me Fear ye not the reproach of men, into thine hand, thou killedst me not, &c. for the moth shall eat them up &c.—1 Sam. xxiv. 16-19.

like a garment: and the worm shall Again in the like case, Saul said, eat them like wood, &c. Thus saith I have sinned, &c. Behold, I have the Lord thy God, &c. that pleadeth played the fool, and have erred ex- the cause of his people : behold, I ceedingly.—1 Sam. xxvi. 21. Exod. have taken out of thy hand the cup viii. 8. 19.

of trembling, even the dregs of the Haman, Mordecai's great enemy, cup of my fury, &c. but I will put it forced to honour Mordecai.—Esth. into the hand of them that afflict vi. 7. 11.

thee : which have said to thy soul, Haman is hanged upon the same Bow down, &c.-Isa. li. 7,8. 20. 22, 23. gallows he erected for Mordecai. Your brethren that hated you, &c. Esth. vii. 9, 10.

he shall appear to your joy, and they He ordaineth his arrows against shall be ashamed. - Isa. Ixvi. 5. the persecutors.-Ps. vii. 13. lxiv. 7. God threatens several nations for - They have digged a pit before me, their insolent insulting over his peointo the midst whereof they are ple the Jews, and for their cruel fallen themselves.-Ps. lvii. 6. ix. 15, usage of them : and declares the 16. vii. 15, 16.

vengeance he would take against The righteous shall rejoice when them.-Ezek. XXV. XXVI. xxxv. xxxvi. he seeth the vengeance, &c. so that Jer. 1. 11-13. xxx. 16. xii. 14. Obad. a man shall say, &c. Verily he is a 8, &c. Micah ii. 1-3.

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