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DIRECTORY

TO

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.

FOR THE USE OF UNFORTUNATES UNDER CONFINEMENT.

BY JOHN STANFORD, M. A.

Search the Scriptures. JOHN 5. 39.

These evils I deserve, and more,
Acknowledge them from God, inflicted on me justly;
Yet, despair not of a final pardon from HIM

Whose ear is ever opec,
dod whose heart is gracious
To admit tbe humble suppliant.

Milton, altered.

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On the Majesty of God. I AM God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like

Isa. 46. 9. With God is terrible majesty. Job 37. 22. Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty. Isa. 2. 10. Tbine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine ; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted above all. 1 Chron. 29. 11. The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. Ps. 93. 1, 2. God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and is furious ; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind, and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. Who can stand before his indignation ? And who can abide the fierceness of his anger? Nahum 1. 2-6. See now, saith the LORD, that I, even I, am be, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my band. For I lift

my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. If I whet my glittering

sword, and mine hand take hold of judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. Deut. 32. 39–41. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall swear. Isaiah 45. 23. Therefore, prepare to meet thy God. Amos 4. 12.

Man's Accountability to God. I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exo. 20. 2, 3. Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Jer. 32. 27. Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine : the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezek. 18. 4. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Ps. 100. 3. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Ps. 14. 3, 4. For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God. Job 34. 21, 22, 23. The Lord is a God of koowledge, an] by him actions are weighed. 1 Sam. 2. 3. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Heb. 4. 13. None of us liveth unto himself, and no man dieth to himself. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Rom. 14. 7. 12. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that be hath done, whether it be good or bad. 2 Cor. 5. 10. And I saw a great while throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Rev. 20. 11–15. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men. 2 Cor. 5. 11.

The Evil, and Consequences of Sin. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that

every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Gen. 6. 5. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins,

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even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit af his doings. Jer. 17.9, 10. Wo unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him : for the reward of his hands shall be given him. Isa. 3. 11. As the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the share; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them. Ec. 9. 12. They consider not in their hearts, that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face. Hosea 7. 2. The heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. Ec. 9. 3. The wages of sin is death. Rom. 6. 23. If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge bim : but ifa man sin against the Lord, who shall intreat for bim? 1 Sam. 2. 25. Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee: this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart. Jer. 4. 18. Now therefore, thus saith the Lord of Hosts, Consider your ways. Hag. 1. 5. ,

Salvation and Pardon. Lord, save us; or we perish. Matt. 8. 25. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else ; a just God, and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Isa. 45. 22. 21. God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in hirn should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3. 16. Thou shalt call his name JE$US; for he shall save his people from their sins. Matt. 1. 21. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, and bath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David. Luke 1, 68, 69. The Son of man came to give his life a ransom for many. Matt. 20. 28. To seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19. 10. He hath made peace by the blood of his cross. Col. 1. 20. In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

Col. 1. 14. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1 Tim. 1. 15. Wherefore he is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Heb. 7. 25. Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matt. 11. 28. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord : though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isa. 1. 18. There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4. 12. Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of the mountains : truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel. Jer. 3. 23. How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation! Heb. 2. 3.

God now commandeth all men every where to repent. Acts 17. 30. I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sipners to repentance. Matt. 9. 13. Except ye repent, je sball all likewise perish. Luke 13. 5. God bath exalted Christ with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance and forgiveness of sios. Acts 5. 13. They shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shallmourn. Zech. 12. 10. Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. Ezek. 36. 31. Give glory tothe Lord God, and make confession unto him. Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God, and thus and thus have I dope. Josh. 7. 19, 20. He that covereth bis sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Prov. 28. 13. I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. Ps. 119.75. Behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly. 1 Sum. 26. 21. We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us : for we have sinned against the Lord our God, from our youth even to this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God. Jer. 3, 25. O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our bead, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens. Ezra 9. 6. I will arise, and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son; make me as one of thy hired servants, And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him, Luke 15. 18, 19, 20.

The Change of Heart and Life. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God Be not deceived: peither fornicators, nor adulterers, &c. sball inherit the kingdom of God, 1 Cor. 6. , 10. There shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoerer worketh abomination, or maketh a lie. Rev. 21. 27. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he candot see the kingdom of God. John 3. 3. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saveth us by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost, T'itus 3. 5. For to be carnally minded is deatb ;. but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God. So then, they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Now, if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Rom. 8. 6, 7, 8, 9. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned upto the shepherd and bishop of your souls. 1 Peter 2. 25. What fruit had you then in those things

whereof ye are now ashamed ? For the end of those things is death. Rom. 6. 21. But God, who is rich in mercy, for bis great love wherewith be loved us, even when we were dead in sins, bath quickened us together, with Christ. Eph. 2. 4, 5. That we might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. Luke 1. 74, 75. For thus saith the Lord, I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you;

and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: that they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. Ezek. 11: 19, 20. Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit. Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them. Matt. 7. 17. 20. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto boliness, and the end everlasting life, Rom. 6. 22.

Prayer. God satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the bụngry soul with goodness. Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was nope to help. Then tbey cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. Ps. 107. 9---13. O remember not against us former iniqui. ties: let thy' tender mercies speedily prevent us, for we are brought very low. Let the sigbing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thoạ those that are appointed to die. Ps. 79. 8. 11. I will say unto God, do not condemn me. Show me where, fore thou contendest with me. Job 10. 2. Think upon me, my God, for good. Neh. 5. 19. My prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: 0 God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation. Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink; let me be delivered out of the deep waters. Ps. 69. 13, 14. God be merciful to me, a sinner. Luke 18. 13. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name. Ps. 142. 7. Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south. Ps. 126. 4. Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned. Lam 5. 21. ENCOURAGEMENT..--Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. Ps. 50. 15. For the Lord hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth; to hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death. Ps. 102. 19, 20. I called upon thy name, O Lord, out of the low dungeon, and thou hast heard my voice. Lam. 3. 55, 56. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65. 24.

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