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wait for the Lord any longer?- sity, thy strength is small. Prov. 2 Kings vi. 14–16. 33. 2 Chron. xxiv. 10. xxxii. 7, 8.
The fear of man bringeth a snare: In the great famine of Samaria, but whoso putteth his trust in the the great lord, who would not believe Lord, shall be safe.-Prov, xxix. 25. the plenty the prophet had foretold, If thou seest the oppression of the was told by the prophet, that he poor, &c. marvel not at the matter; should see it, but not eat thereof: for he that is higher than the highest and so it fell out unto him.—2 Kings regardeth, &c.- Eccles, v. 8. vii. 1, 2. 17-20.
Take heed, and be quiet: fear not, Though Judah were beset by Israel, neither be faint-hearted, &c. because yet Judah prevailed, because they Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Rerelied upon the Lord God of their maliah, have taken evil counsel against fathers.--2 Chron. xiii. 14. 18. Ezra thee, &c. It shall not stand.- Isa. viii. 21-23.
vii. 3-7. God was angry with Asa, for rely. And I will wait upon the Lord, ing on the king of Syria, and not on that hideth his face from the house the Lord his God.-2 Chron. xvi. 7. of Jacob; and I will look for him.
Be not afraid, nor dismayed; for Isa. viii. 17. the battle is not yours, but God's, &c. It shall be said in that day, Lo, Stand ye still, and see the salvation this is our God; we have waited for of the Lord with you.--2 Chron. xx. him, and he will save us.- Isa. xxv. 15-17.
9. xxvi. 8. To God I would commit my cause. Thou wilt keep bim in perfect -Job v. 8. Ps. ix. 10. x. 14. xi. 1. peace, whose mind is stayed on thee,
I waited patiently for the Lord, &c. Come, my people, enter thou and he inclined to me, and heard my into thy chambers, and shut thy doors cry: he brought me out of an horrible about thee; hide thyself, &c. until pit.—Ps. xl. 1, 2. lxii. 1, 2.
the indignation be over.-Isa. xxvi. Why art thou cast down, O my 3, 20. soul? and why art thou disquieted in The Egyptians shall help in vain, me? Hope thou in God: for I shall and to no purpose: therefore have I yet praise him.-Ps, xlii. 5. 11. xxxi. cried concerning this: their strength 24. xliii. 5.
is to sit still, &c. Thus saith the Cast thy burden upon the Lord, Lord, In returning and rest shall ye and he shall sustain thee.-Ps.le. 22. be saved: in quietness, and in confi
The Lord is merciful, &c. he will dence, shall be your strength, and ye not always chide, &c.--Ps. ciii. 8, 9. would not.--Isa. xxx. 7. 15.
Though I walk in the midst of Fear not, for I am with thee: be trouble, thou wilt revive me; thou not dismayed, for I am thy God, &c. shalt stretch forth thine hand against — Isa. xli. 10. 13, 14. Gen. xv. I. the wrath of mine enemies, and thy xxvi. 24. right hand shall save me.--Ps. Who is among you that feareth the cxxxviii. 7.
Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his Our bones are scattered at the servant, that walketh in darkness, grave's mouth, &c. But mine eyes and hath no light? Let him trust in are unto thee, O God the Lord. — the name of the Lord, and stay upon Ps. cxli, 7, 8. Job xiii. 15.
kis God. Behold, all ye that kindle Despise not the chastening of the a fire, &c.—Isa. 1. 10, 11. Lord: neither be weary of his cor- Fear ye not the reproach of men, rection.—Prov. iii. 11, 12. Heb. xii. neither be ye afraid of their revilings, 5, 6.
&c. I, even I, am he that comforteth If thou faint in the day of adver- you. Who art thou that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, &c. be made known unto God.-Phil. and forgettest the Lord thy Maker?- iv. 6. Isa. li. 7. 12, 13. Matt. x. 28.31. We ourselves glory in you in the
It is of the Lord's mercies that we churches of God, for your patience are not consumed, because his com- and faith in all your persecutions.passions fail not, &c. It is good 2 Thess. i. 4. that a man should both hope and Christ also suffered for us, leaving quietly wait for the salvation of the us an example, &c. Who, when he Lord. -Lam. iii. 22. 25, 26. suffered he threatened not, but com
The three children being threaten- mitted himself to him that judgeth ed, said, Our God, &c. will deliver us righteously.—1 Pet. ii. 21. 23. out of thy hand.-Dan. iii. 16, 17. If ye suffer, &c. be not afraid of
When my soul fainted within me, their terror, neither be troubled; but I remembered the Lord.—Jonah ii.7. sanctify the Lord, &c.--1 Pet. iii. 14,
None upright among men, they all 15. Heb. xiii. 6. Rev. ii. 10. lie in wait to shed blood, &c. that Wherefore, let them that suffer acthey may do evil with both hands cording to the will of God, commit earnestly, &c. The son dishonoureth the keeping of their souls to him in the father, &c. therefore I will look well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. unto the Lord, I will wait for the God – 1 Pet. iv. 19. of my salvation.—Micah vii. 2–7.
The Lord is good, a strong hold SECONDLY. The Duties of Believers, in the day of trouble; and he know- how they ought to behave toward eth them that trust in him.-Nahum Enemies and Persecutors, in a time i. 7.
of Persecution and Suffering from Take no thought how or what ye them. shall speak; for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall
1. To be patient, quiet, and sober to
r speak.-Matt. x. 19. 20.28. 3i. vi. 27. ward them : not revenge, or return Come unto me, all ye that labour
Evil for Evil, or Reviling for Reviland are heavy laden, and I will give ing; but forgive them. you rest.- Matt. xi. 28.
JOSEPH, instead of revenging upon When they shall deliver you up, his brethren their injury of him, spake &c. study not beforehand what ye kindly to his brethren, and said, Be shall speak; but whatsoever shall be not grieved, nor angry with yourgiven you iu that hour, that speak ye, selves, that ye sold me hither; for God -Mark xiii. 11. Luke xxiv. 14, &c. did send me before you to preserve
God is faithful, who will not suffer life, &c. So now, it was not you that you to be tempted above that ye are sent me hither, but God, &c.-Gen. able to bear; but will with the temp- xlv. 5—8. 1. 19.-21. tation also make a way to escape. Though Saul hunted for David's 1 Cor. x. 13.
life, yet would not David avenge himWe should not trust in ourselves, self upon him.-1 Sam. xxiv. xxvi. but in God, which raiseth the dead: When Shimei cursed David, he who delivereth us from so great a bore it quietly, and would not avenge death, and doth deliver: in whom we himself.—2 Sam. xvi. 7-11. trust, that he will yet deliver us. And afterward Abishai said to 2 Cor. i. 9, 10. Judges xiii. 22, 23. David, Shall not Shimei be put to 1 Sam. xvii. 34–37.
death for this, because he cursed the In nothing terrified by your adver- Lord's anointed ? &c. David said saries.-Phil. i. 28.
unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die.Be careful for nothing, but in every 2 Sam. xix. 21-23. thing by prayer, &c. let you requests Job quarrelled not with the in
struments which spoiled him, but Being reviled, we bless, &c. being acknowledged it was the Lord.—Job defamed, we intreat.-1 Cor. iv. 12, 13. i. 20, 21.
See that none render evil for evil O God, to whom vengeance be- unto any man.—1 Thess. v. 15. longeth, shew thyself.-Ps. xciv. 1. Ye have condemned and killed the
Envy thou not the oppressor (or just, and he doth not resist you.the man of violence).—Prov. iii. 31. James v. 6.
Say not thou, I will recompense So is the will of God, that with evil : but wait on the Lord, and he well doing ye may put to silence the shall save thee.—Prov. xx. 22. ignorance of foolish men, &c. Christ
Say not, I will do so to him as he suffered for us, leaving us an example bath done to me: I will render to that ye should follow his steps, &c. the man according to his work.-- who, when he was reviled, reviled Prov. xxiv. 29.
not again: when he suffered, he He was oppressed, &c. yet he threatened not.—1 Pet. ï. 15. 21.23. opened not his mouth, &c. as a sheep, Not rendering evil for evil, or rail&c. so he opened not his mouth.- ing for railing, &c.—1 Pet. iii. 9. Isa. liii. 7. Ps. xxxviii. 13, 14. Jeremiah said, As for me, behold,"
ja. II. Not to desire, or rejoice in the hurt I am in your hand, do with me as of Enemies and Persecutors. seemeth good, &c.—Jer. xxvi. 11.14. David mourned and wept when
Resist not evil; but whosoever Saul was slain, although he had been shall smite thee on the right cheek, his deadly enemy; and hated and turn to him the other also.—Matt. v. pursued him several years.—2 Sam. 38, 39.
i. 4, &c.' If ye forgive men their trespasses, Abner, his great enemy, who set your heavenly Father will also forgive up Ishbosheth in opposition to him, you.--Matt. vi. 14, 15.
being slain, David said, I and my When one of Christ's disciples kingdom are guiltless before the Lord drew his sword, &c. he bid him put for ever, &c. He commands all the it up, &c.—Matt. xxvi. 51, 52. people to mourn for him : and him
James and John said, Lord, wilt self mourned, and followed him to thou that we command fire to come his funeral. 2 Sam. iii. 27–29. down from heaven, and consume 31, 32. them, even as Elias did? But he So David, instead of rejoicing that turned and rebuked them : and said, Ishbosheth was slain, commanded bis Ye know not what manner of spirit young men to kill those who slew ye are of. For the Son of man is him.—2 Sam. iv. 8–12. not come to destroy men's lives, but when Israel had conquered Judah,
the prophet commanded them to let Ye shall be hated, &c. In your the captives go, feed them, and clothe patience possess ye your souls, &c.— them, and not insult over them.Luke xxi. 17. 19.
2 Chron. xxviii. 9, &c. Paul said to Festus (when he had If I rejoiced at the destruction of said, He was beside himself), I am him that hated me, or lifted up mynot mad, most noble Festus, &c.- self when evil found him: neither Acts xxvi. 24, 25.
have I suffered my mouth to sin by Recompense to no man evil for wishing a curse to his soul.-Job evil, &c. Avenge not yourselves, but xxxi. 29, 30. rather give place unto wrath ; for it He that is glad at calamities, shall is written, Vengeance is mine; I will not be unpunished.-Prov. xvii. 5. repay, saith the Lord.-Rom. xii. 17. Rejoice not when thine enemy 19. Deut. xxxii. 35.
falleth, and let not thine heart be
glad when he stumbleth; lest the feed him, &c. be not overcome of Lord see it, and it displease him, and evil, but overcome evil with good.-, he turn away his wrath from him. Rom. xii. 14. 20, 21. Prov. xxiv. 17, 18.
Being reviled, we bless; being
defamed, we intreat.--1 Cor.iv. 12, 13. III. To pray for, and do good to our
Persecutors and Enemies. IV. To use lawful and honest means If thou meet thine enemy's ox or for avoiding and delivering themhis ass going astray, thou shalt surely selves from Afflictions and Persecubring it back to him again. &
c t ions.—Matt. iv. 5–7. Exod. xxiii. 4.
When there was a famine in the Miriam had spoken against Moses; land where Abraham was, he removed yet he prayed for her, to heal her to Egypt.-Gen. xii. 10. leprosy.-Numb. xii. 1. 10. 13. When Abraham had heard thatLot
Saul said to David, thou hast re- was taken, &c. he pursued theenemy, warded me good, whereas I have re- and rescued him.-Gen. xiv. 14, &c. warded thee evil.-1 Sam. xxiv. 17. When Jacob heard of his brother
Israel came and fought against Esau's coming against him, he was Judah; and having overcome, Israel greatly afraid and distressed: and he shewed them kindness.—2 Chron. divided the people that was with him, xxviii.
and the flocks, &c, and said, If Esau If thine enemy be hungry, give come to the one company and smite him bread to eat: and if he be it, then the other company which is thirsty, give him water to drink, &c. left shall escape, &c. And he took of -Prov. xxv. 21. Rom. xii. 20. that which came to his hand, a pre
Seek the peace of the city, whither sent for his brother Esau, &c. for he I have caused you to be carried away said, I will appease him with the precaptives : and pray unto the Lord for sent that goeth before me, &c.-Gen. it. -Jer. xxix. 7.
xxxii. 6—8.13.20. xxxiii. 3.8.13, 14. I say unto you, Love your enemies; Joseph, in the dungeon, desired the bless them that curse you : do good king's cupbearer to speak to the to them that hate you; and pray for king on his behalf.-Gen. xl. 14, &c. them which despitefully use you, and Saul sought to smite David, &c. persecute you; that ye may be the but he slipped away out of Saul's children of your Father which is in presence, &c. and escaped that night. heaven: for he maketh his sun to Saul also sent messengers unto Darise on the evil, &c. If you love vid's house to watch him, and to slay them which love you, &c. do not even him, &c. His wife let him down the publicans the same ?-Matt. v. through a window, and he went and 44–48.
fled, and escaped.-1 Sam. xix. 10-12. Christ said (when upon the cross), David consulted with Jonathan Father, forgive them, for they know about his safety from Saul.-1 Sam.xx. not what they do.-Luke xxiii. 34. David consulted with Hushai, and
They stoned Stephen; and he directed him what to do in order to kneeled down, and cried with a loud his defeating of the counsel of Ahivoice, Lord, lay not this sin to their thophel.-2 Sam. xv. 32-37. charge.-Acts vii. 59, 60.
Elijah being threatened by Jezebel, Paul prayed for Agrippa, that he arose, and went for his life, &c.were not only almost, but altogether 1 Kings xix. 2, 3. such as he, except his bonds.--Acts Hezekiah laid figs to his sore, by xxvi. 28, 29.
the prophet's direction, and he recoBless them which persecute you, vered.--2 Kings xx. 7. &c. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, Sanballat, &c. conspired all of them
together to come and to fight against take, and give unto them for thee Jerusalem, and to hinder the work: and me.-Matt. xvii. 24–27. nevertheless, we made our prayer When Christ had raised the ruler's unto our God, and set a watch against daughter from the dead, he comthem day and night, because of them. manded that something should be -Neb. iv. 7,8.
given her to eat.-Mark v. 41-43. Sanballat sent often to Nehemiah, Jesus walked in Galilee: for he to come unto him, but he refused : would not walk in Jewry, because the because he knew they thought to do Jews sought to kill him.--John vii. 1. him some mischief.--Neh. vi. 2-4. They took up stones to cast at him:
Esther and Mordecai did many but Jesus hid himself, and went out, things to procure the Jews' escape. &c. and so passed by John viii. 59. -Esth. viii. ix. Prov. xxiv. 11. From that day forth they took
Give strong drink to him that is counsel together to put him to death: ready to perish, and wine to those Jesus therefore walked no more that be of heavy hearts.- Prov. openly among the Jews; but went xxxi. 6.
thence into a country near the wilderJeremiah intreated the king that ness.—John xi. 53, 54. he might not return to the prison, lest The doors were shut where the he should die there. Jer. Xxxvii. disciples were assembled, for fear of 18. 20. xxxviii, 7, &c.
the Jews.-John xx. 19. Daniel applied himself to the cap- When Saul persecuted the church tain of the king's guard, and to the at Jerusalem, the brethren were scatking himself, for himself and friends. tered abroad.- Acts viii. 1. 3, 4. -Dan. ii. 13-16.
xi. 19. When Herod sought Christ, to kill The Jews took counsel to kill Paul; him, the angel said unto Joseph, &c. but their laying await was known unto Arise, and take the young child and Saul, and they watched the gates day his mother, and flee into Egypt, and and night to kill him : then the disbe thou there, &c. for Herod will seek ciples took him by night, and let him the young child to destroy him.- down by the wall in a basket, &c. Matt. ii. 13-15.
The Grecians went about to slay him; Behold, I send you forth as sheep which when the brethren knew, they in the midst of wolves : be ye there. brought him down to Cæsarea, and fore wise as serpents, and harmless sent him forth to Tarsus.-Acts ix. as doves, &c. And when they perse- 23--25. 29, 30. xix. 30, 31. xvii. 10. cute you in this city, flee ye into an. 14, 15. 2 Cor. xi. 32, 33. other.—Matt. x. 16. 23.
Paul and Barnabas being at IcoThe Pharisees, &c. held a council nium, the Jews and Gentiles made an against him, how they might destroy assault to use them despitefully, and him : but when Jesus knew it, he to stone them: they were aware of withdrew himself from thence, &c. he it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, charged the multitude not to make &c.-Acts xiv. 1. 5, 6. him known.-Matt. xii. 14–16. Mark When the magistrates sent to let iii. 6,7.
the apostles go, Paul said, Let them When Jesus heard that John was come themselves,&c.-Acts xvi. 36,37. beheaded, he departed thence by a When Paul was in danger, the breship into a desert place apart.-Matt. thren often sent him and others away xiv. 12, 13.
from the place.--Acts xvii. 5. 10. 13. Though Christ was free, and ought xix. 30, 31. not to be charged with tribute money; The captain commanded that Paul yet he said to Peter, Notwithstanding should be examined by scourging, &c, lest we should offend them, go, &c. Paul said, Is it lawful for you to