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vation. The Lord God is my strength, ing, shall keep your hearts and minds
&c—Hab. iii. 17—19.' &c—Phil. iv. 4. 7.
Mary said, My soul doth magnify Rejoice evermore.—1 Thess. v. 16.
the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced That by two immutable things, in
in God my Saviour.—Luke i. 46, 47. which it was impossible for God to
Rejoice, because your names are lie, we might have a strong consola
written in heaven.—Luke x. 20. tion; who have fled for refuge, to
Zaccheeus came down, and received lay hold upon the hope set before us.
Christ joyfully.—Luke xix. 5, 6. —Heb. vi. 18.
Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou In whom, though now ye see him
hast the words of eternal life, &c. not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy
Thou art that Christ, the Son of the unspeakable, and full of glory.—
Hving God.—John vi. 68, 69. 1 Pet. i. 8. 1 John i. 4.
Philip saith unto him, Shew us the I will give unto him who is athirst,
Father, and it sufficeth us.—John of the fountain, &c.—Rev. xxi. 6.
These things have I spoken unto Secondly, To obey and hearken to the you, that my joy might remain in you, Laws and Word of God, m Chrutand that your joy might be full.— There is one law-giver, who is John xv. 11. able to save, and to destroy.—James
Peter said, Lord, thou knowest that iv. 12. I love thee.—John xxi. 17. Now the Lord had said unto Abram,
The Eunuch went on his way re- Get thee out of thy country, and from joicing.—Acts viii. 38, 39. thy kindred, and from thy father's
The gaoler rejoiced, believing in house, unto a land that I will shew God.—Acts xvi. 34. thee, &c. So Abram departed, as the
By whom also we have access by Lordhad spoken unto him.—Gen.xii. faith into this grace, wherein we 1.4,5. Heb. xi. 8. stand; and rejoice in the hope of So in putting away Ishmael and the glory of God, &c. Wealsojoyin Hagar.—Gen.xxi. 11—14. God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. God said unto Abraham, Take now —Rom. v. 2. 11. thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom
Rejoicing in hope.—Rom. xii. 12. thou lovest; and offer him there for
Now the God of hope fill you with a burnt-offering, &c. And Abraham all joy and peace in believing.—Rom. rose up early in the morning, and xv. 13. took Isaac, &c. He stretched forth
Our consolation also aboundeth by his hand, and took the knife to slay Jesus Christ.—2 Cor. i. 5. his son, &c. In blessing, I wilfcfcless
Now thanks be unto God, which thee, &c. because thou hast obeyed always causeth us to triumph in Christ. my voice.—Gen.xxii. 1-3.10.17,18. —2 Cor. ii. 14. In thy seed shall all the nations of
GodforbldthatI should glory,save the earth be blessed: because that in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept —Gal. vi. 14. my charge, my commandments, my
My brethren, rejoice in the Lord, statutes, and my laws.—Gen. xxvi. &c. We are the circumcision, &c. 4, 5.
who rejoice in Christ, &c. I count all God bid Moses go; and said, he things but loss, for the excellency of would be with his mouth, &c. He the knowledge of Christ Jesus my refused: God was angry.—Exod. iv. Lord.—Phil. iii. 1.3. 8. 13,14.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and Thus did all the children of Israel: again I say, rejoice. And the peace as the Lord commanded Moses and of God, which passeth all understand- Aaron, so did they.—Exod. xii. 50.
If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wiltdo that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear unto bis commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee.—Exod. xv. 26. Deut. xxviii. 1, &c.
I will rain bread, &c. that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no, &c. How long refuse ye to keep my commandments? &c—Exod. xvi. 4. 28.
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me, above all people, &c. And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken, we will do.—Exod. xix. 5.7, 8. xxiv. 3.7. Deut.xxvi. 16—18.
Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.—Exod. xx. 6.
Behold, I will send an Angel before thee, &c. Beware of him, and obey his voice: provoke him not, for he will not pardon you, &c. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak, then, &c.—Exod. xxiii. 20—22.
That ye seek not after your own heart, &c. but do all my commandments,and be holy.-Numb. xv. 39,40.
Many promises to obedience, and threatenings against disobedience.— Deut. iv. 26, &c. xi. 8, &c. xxviii. Levit. xxvi. 3, &c.
We will hear it, and do it. And the Lord said, &c. They have well said all that they have spoken. O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them and with their children for ever, &c. You shall observe to do therefore, as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand, or to the left; you shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you.-Deut. v. 27-29. 32, 33. Levit. xviii. 3, 4. 26.
Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee.—Deut. vi. 3.
The Lord thy God, he is a faithful God, who keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.—Deut. vii. 9. Levit. xx. 22. 1 Kings vi. 12.
Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep bis charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments alway. And it shall come to pass, if you shall hearken diligentlyunto mycommandments, &c. then will I give you, &c. —Deut. xi. 1.13,14.x. 12,13. Levit. xxvi. 3, &c.
God hath commanded thee, that thou do these statutes, &c. and that with all thy heart, and with all thy whole soul.—Deut. xxvi. 16.
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil, &c. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life; that thou mayest love the Lord thy God, that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him; for he is thy life, &c.—Deut, xxx. 15, 16.19, 20. xiii. 4. xxxii. 46,47. Prov. xix. 16. Isa. i. 19,20.
Take diligent heed to do the commandment and law, &c. to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep all his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him, with all your heart, &c. —Josh. xxii. 5. Deut. x. 12, 13.
If ye will fear the Lord, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord; then shall both ye, and the king that reigneth over you, continue, &c.—1 Sam. xii. 14.
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken, than the fat of rams: for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, &c—1 Sam. xv. 22,23.
David charged Solomon to keep the charge of the Lord, his statutes, his commandments, &c. as it is written in the law of Moses.—1 Kings ii. 1 -3. ix. 4, 5.
Hear, O my people; and I will testify unto thee, O Israel; if thou ,wilt hearken unto me, &c. But my people would not hearken unto my voice; and Israel would none of me: so I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust, and they walked in their own counsels. O that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways: I should soon have .subdued their enemies, &c.— Ps. lxxxi.8.11-14.16. 2Kingsxxi. 8,9.
Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the Most High; therefore he brought down their heart with labour.—Ps. cvii. 11,12.
Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently, &c. Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments, &c. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart, &c. O how love I thy law! &c. I love thy testimonies, &c. It is time for thee, O Lord, to work; for they have made void thy law. Therefore I love thy commandments above gold, &c. Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law, &c. My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. —Ps.cxix.4. 220.127.116.11,120.126, 127.136.158. 167.
Because I have called, and ye refused, I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh, &c.— Prov. i.24—26.30, 31.
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments.—Prov. iii. 1.
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.-Prov. viii. 34.
He that turneth away his ear from
hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.—Prov. xxviii. 9.
Thus saith the Lord, Thy Redeemer, &c. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments: then had thy peace been as a river, &c—Isa. xlviii. 17,18.
I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts.—Isa. lxv. 2.
I will bring their fears upon them, because when 1 called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not
hear, but they did evil, &c. Isa.
lxvi. 4. Jer. xxxv. 17.
Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee, &c. Their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken.—Jer. vi. 8. 10.
I spake not unto your fathers, &c. But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels, and in the imaginations of their evil heart, &c.—Jer. vii. 22—24. xi. 4. 7, 8.
Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant.—Jer. xi. 3, 4.
The Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear, &c. —Jer. xxv. 4. xliv. 4, 5.
Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the Lord. The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons, not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early, and speaking, but ye hearkened not unto me.—Jer. xxxv. 13—15.
As for the word thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee.—Jer. xliv. 16.
Thou shah speak my woids unto Yea, rather, blessed are they that them, whether they will hear, or whe- hear the word of God and keep it.— ther they will forbear.—Ezek. ii. 7. Luke xi. 28. Rom.ii. 13. James i. 25. iii. 11. 27. And that servant which knew his
For they hear thy words, but they Lord's will, and did it not, shall be do them not.—Ezek. xxxiii. 32. beaten with many stripes.—Luke xii.
Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, 47. James iv. 17. saying, Execute true judgment, &c. If any man will do his will, he But they refused to hearken, and shall know of the doctrine whether it pulled away the shoulder, and stopped be of God, &c.—John vii. 17. their ears that they should not hear; He that is of God, heareth God's yea, they made their hearts as an words; but ye hear not my word, beadamant stone, lest they should hear cause ye are not of God, &c. Verily, the law, and the words which the verily, I say unto you, If a man keep Lord of hosts hath sent in his Spirit, my sayings, he shall never see death. by the former prophets, &c. There- —John viii. 47. 51. fore it is come to pass, that as he If ye know these things, happy are cried, and they would not hear; so ye if ye do them.—John xiii. 17. they cried, and I would not hear, &c. James i. 22, 23. 25. —Zech. vii. 9—13. If ye love me, keep my command
Not every one that saith unto me, ments, &c. He that hath my comLord, Lord, shall enter into the mandments, and keepth them, he it kingdom of heaven; but he who doeth is that loveth me, Sec. Jesus said, the will of my Father which is in If a man love me, he will keep my heaven. Therefore whosoever heareth words, &c. He that loveth me not these sayings oi'mine, and doeth them, keepeth not my sayings.—John xir. I will liken him unto a wise man 15.21.23,24. which built his house upon a rock, &c. If ye keep my commandments, ye And every one that heareth these shall abide in my love, even as I have sayings of mine, and doeth them not, kept my Father's commandments, and shall be likened unto a foolish man abide in his love, &c. Ye are my which bailt his house upon the sand, friends, if ye do whatsoever I com&c.—Matt. vii. 21.24—27. James i. mand you.—John xv. 10.14. 23—25. Matt.v.18—20. Johnix.31. Now therefore are we all here preWhosoever shall not receive you, sent before God, to hear all things nor hear your words; when ye de- that are commanded thee of God.— part, &c. shake off the dust of your Acts x. 33.
feet. It shall be more tolerable Ye have obeyed from the heart for the land of Sodom.—Matt. x. that form of doctrine which was de14, 15. livered unto you.—Rom. vi. 17.
Whosoever shall do the will of my The tlaw is holy, and the comFather which is in heaven, the same mandment holy, just, and good.— is my brother, and sister, and mother. Rom. vii. 12.
—Matt. xii. 50. Circumcision is nothing, and un
Zacharias, &c. walking in all the circumcision is nothing; but the commandments and ordinances of the keeping of the commandments of Lord blameless.—Luke i. 5, 6. God.— 1 Cor. vii. 19.
Why call ye me Lord, and do not Do all things without murmurings the things which I say?—Luke vi. and disputings.—Phil. ii. 14. 46, &c. To-day if ye will hear his voice,
But the Pharisees and lawyers re- harden not your hearts.—Heb. iv. 7. jected the counsel of God against (or Ps. xcv. 7, 8. within) themselves.—Luke vii. 30. He became the author of eternal
salvation unto all them that obey him.—Heb. v. 9.
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh: for if they escaped not, ,who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven, whose voice then shook, &c—Heb. xii. 25, 26.
But be doers of the word of God, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.—James i. 21—23.
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.—James iv. 17.
Thatrighteousmandwellingamong them, in seeing, and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.-2 Pet.ii. 8.
Hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected. Hereby know we that we are in him, &c. He that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.—1 John ii. 3—5. 17.
Love not in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth, &c. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, Ac. This is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, &c. And he that keepeth his commandments, dwelleth in him, and he in him.—1 John iii. 18. 22—24.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments; for this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments, and his commandments are not grievous.-1 John v. 2,3.
And this is love that we walk after his commandments.—2 John 6.
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.— Rev. xxii. 14.
See more of God's threatening*
against, and judgments for disobedience, in this Chapter.
Sect. Iv. Worship God, and sanctify him therein.
God had respect to Abel and to his offering: but not unto Cain's.— Gen. iv. 3. 5. 7. Heb. xi. 4.
Thou shalt have no other God before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, &c. thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, &c. In all places where I record my name, I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.— Exod. xx. 3—5. 24.
Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, &c. ye shall serve the Lord your God, &c.— Exod. xxiii. 24, 25.
There will I meet with thee, and commune with thee from above the mercy-seat. At the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, &c. where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee. And there I will meet with the children of Israel; and the tabernacle (or Israel) shall be sanctified by my glory, &c.—Exod. xxv. 22. xxix. 42, 43. xx. 24.
Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me and live.— Exod. xxxiii. 20.
Thou shalt worship no other God: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.—Exod. xxxiv. 14. Deut. vi. 15.
When the tabernacle was set up, the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.—Exod. xl. 33—35.
When Aaron's sons were consumed for offering strange fire, Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified.— Levit. x. 1—3.
Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him. Thou shalt not go after other gods, &c. The Lord our God is one Lord, &c.—Deut. vi. 13, 14.4.