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rising again of many, &c. that the Set your affection (or mind) on thoughts of many hearts may be re- things above, and not on things on vealed.—Luke ii. 35.
the earth.-Col. iii. 2. All men mused (or reasoned, or The word of God is quick, &c. a debated) in their hearts of John, discerner of the thoughts and intents whether he were the Christ or not.— of the heart, &c. all things are naked, Luke iii. 15.
and open unto the eyes of him with The scribes and Pharisees watched whom we have to do.-Heb.iv. 12, 13. him, &c. but he knew their thoughts. Are ye not then partial in your-Luke vi. 7, 8.
selves, and are become judges of evil Martha, thou art careful, and trou- thoughts?--James ii. 4. bled about many things : but one · Wherefore, I will not be negligent thing is needful.-Luke x. 41, 42. to put you always in remembrance of
And the Lord turned and looked these things, though ye know them, upon Peter, and Peter remembered &c. to stir you up by putting you in theword of the Lord,&c.-Lukexxii.61. remembrance, &c. I will endeavour
Why are ye troubled ? and why do that ye may be able, after my decease, thoughts rise in your hearts? behold to have these things always in remy hands.-Luke xxiv. 38, 39. membrance.—2 Pet. i. 12, 13. 15. i.
Thy money perish with thee; be- 1, 2. Jude 4, 5. cause thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money,
CHAP. XXXI. &c. pray God, if perhaps the thought of REPENTANCE IN GENERAL: IN of thine heart may be forgiven thee.. -Acts viii. 20. 22.
PENT; AND HOW HE IS SAID TO They became vain in their imagi.
REPENT. OF REPENTANCE IN nations, and their foolish heart was
MAN, AND HIS TURNING TO GOD darkened.-Rom. i. 21.
FROM SIN. They that are after the flesh, do mind the things of the flesh, &c. to Sect. I. In what sense God cannot rebe carnally minded is death, &c. be- pent; and how he is said to repent. cause the carnal mind is enmity And God saw that the wickedness of against God.-Rom. viii. 5—7. man was great in the earth, and it
The Lord knoweth the thoughts of repented the Lord that he had made the wise, that they are vain.-1 Cor. man on the earth, and it grieved him iii. 20.
at his heart.-Gen. vi. 5, 6. Let him that thinketh he standeth, Moses prayed, and said, &c. Turn take heed lest he fall.—1 Cor. x. 12. from thy fierce wrath, and repent of
Charity, &c. thinketh no evil. this evil against thy people, &c. and 1 Cor. xiii. 5.
the Lord repented of the evil which Casting down imaginations (or he thought to do unto his people.reasonings), &c. and bringing into Exod. xxxii. 11, 12. 14. captivity every thought.--2 Cor. x.5. Ye shall bear your iniquities, even
If a man think himself to be some- forty years; and ye shall know my thing, when he is nothing, he deceiv- breach of promise (or altering of my eth himself. -Gal. vi. 3.
purpose). — Numb. xiv. 34. Many walk, &c. whose end is de- God is not a man, that he should struction, whose God is their belly, lie, neither the son of man, that he and whose glory is in their shame; who should repent: hath he said, and shall mind earthly things.-Phil. iii. 18,19. he not do it? or hath he spoken, and
Whatsoever things are true, &c. if shall he not make it good?-Numb. there be any praise, think on these xxiii. 19. 1 Sam. xv. 29. Heb. vi, 18. things.-Phil. iv. 8.
Titus i. 2.
The Lord shall judge his people, I the Lord have spoken, &c. I will and repent himself for his servants, not go back, neither will I spare, when he seeth that their power is neither will I repent. Ezek.xxiv. 14. gone, and there is none shut up or How shall I give thee up, Ephraim ? left.-Deut. xxxii. 36.
&c. My heart is turned within me, It repented the Lord because of my repentings are kindled together. their groanings, by reason of them I will not execute the fierceness of that oppressed them.-Judges ii. 18. mine anger.-Hosea xi. 8, 9.
It repented me that I have set up O grave! I will be thy destruction; Saul to be king; for he is turned repentance shall be hid from mine back, &c. the Lord hath rent the eyes. -Hosea xiii. 14. kingdom of Israel from thee this day, By whom shall Jacob arise? for he &c. and also the strength (or eternity) is small. The Lord repented for this: of Israel, will not lie nor repent: for It shall not be, saith the Lord.--Amos he is not a man, that he should re- vii. 2, 3, 5, 6. pent.-- 1 Sam. xv. 11. 28, 29. 35. Who can tell if God will turn and · When the angel stretched out his repent, and turn away from his fierce hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, anger, that we perish not? And God the Lord repented him of the evil; saw their works, that they turned and said to the angel that destroyed from their evil way; and God repentthe people, It is enough: stay thine ed him of the evil that he had said hand.-2 Sam. xxiv. 16.
that he would do unto them, and he They have humbled themselves, did it not.-Jonah iii. 9, 10. iv. 20. therefore I will not destroy them, but Joel ï. 13, 14. I will grant them some deliverance. I thought to punish you, when --2 Chron. xii. 7. 1 Kings xxi. 27.29. your fathers provoked me to wrath,
Return, O Lord, how long ? and saith the Lord of hosts; and I repentlet it repent thee concerning thy ser- ed not: so again have I thought in vants.-Ps. xc. 13.
these days to do well unto Jerusalem, He remembered for them his cove- and to the house of Judah; fear ye nant, and repented, according to the not.—Zech. viii. 14, 15. multitude of his mercies.-Ps.cvi.45. The Lord will judge his people,
Sect. II. Of Repentance in Man, and he will repent himself concerning
and his turning to God. his servants.--Ps. cxxxv. 14. God led the people not through the
For this shall the earth mourn, and way of the land of the Philistines, the heavens above be black: because although that was near: for God I have spoken it: I have purposed said, Lest, peradventure, the people it, and will not repent, neither will I repent when they see war, and they turn back from it.-Jer. iv. 28. return to Egypt.—Exod. xiii. 17.
I will destroy thee: I am weary And thou shalt call them to mind, with repenting. -Jer. xv. 6.
&c. and shalt return, &c. with all thy · Amend your ways, &c. and the heart,&c.- Deut.xxx. 1-3.8. 1 Kings Lord will repent him of the evil that viii. 47, 48. Deut. iv, 30, 31. he hath pronounced against you, &c. And the children of Israel repented And the Lord repented him of the them for Benjamin their brother. evil which he had pronounced against Judges xxi. 6. 15. them.-Jer. xxvi. 3. 13. 19. xviii. Samuel spake unto all the house 7-11.
of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto I will plant you, and not pluck you the Lord with all your hearts, then up: for I repent me of the evil that I put away the strange gods, and Ashhave done unto you.—Jer. xlii. 10. taroth from among you; and prepare xviii. 8. 10.
your hearts unto the Lord, &c. then
they did put away Baalim and Ash- edness, to undo the heavy burdens ? taroth, and served the Lord only.- &c.-Isa. lviii. 5-7. 1 Sam. vii. 3, 4.
Thou hast played the harlot with If they shall bethink themselves, many lovers; yet return again to me, &c. and repent, &c. and so return saith the Lord, &c. but she returned unto thee with all their heart, &c.- not, &c. return thou backsliding 1 Kings viii. 47, 48.
Israel, saith the Lord, and I will not Ahab humbled himself,&c. and God cause mine anger to fall upon you; brought not the threatened judgments for I am merciful, &c. only acknow. in his days.- 1 Kings xxi. 27. 29. ledge thine iniquity, &c. return, &c.
For a long season Israel was with. I will heal your backslidings: beout the true God, and without a hold, we come unto thee, for thou teaching priest, and without law: art the Lord our God.-Jer. üi. 1. 6, but when they in their trouble did 7. 12–14. 22. turn unto the Lord God of Israel, If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith and sought him, he was found of the Lord, return unto me: and if them.—2 Chron. xv. 3, 4.
thou wilt put away thy abominations Turn again unto the Lord God of out of my sight, then, &c.-Jer. iv. Abraham, &c. and he will return to 1. 4. 14. the remnant of you, &c. and be ye Were they ashamed when they had not like your fathers, &c. If ye turn committed abomination? nay, they .again unto the Lord, your brethren were not at all ashamed, neither could and your children shall find compas- they blush. Jer, vi. 15. . sion : for the Lord your God is gra- Amend your ways, and your doings, cious, &c.—2 Chron. xxx. 6, 7.9. &c. trust ye not in lying words, say.
Manasseh repented, &c. when he ing, The temple of the Lord, &c. for had been in affliction.-2 Chron.xxxiii. if ye thoroughly amend your ways, 12, &c. Jer. iv. 14.
and your doings, &c.—Jer. vii. 3—7. I thought on my ways, and turned Isa. lviii, 5–7. my feet unto thy testimonies.—Ps. No man repented him of his wickcxix. 59.
edness, saying, What have I done? Wash ye, make you clean, put Every one turned to his course, as away the evil of your doings from the horse rusheth into the battle.before mine eyes.- Isa. i. 16, 17. Jer. viii. 1.6. Jer. iv. 14.
Return ye now every one from his Turn ye unto him from whom the evil way, and make your ways and children of Israel have deeply re- your doings good: and they said, volted; for in that day every man There is no hope; but we will walk shall cast away his idols, &c.- Isa. after our own devices.-Jer. xyii. xxxi. 6, 7.
11, 12. I have blotted out as a thick cloud I will give them an heart to know thy transgressions, and as a cloud me, &c. for they shall return unto thy sins ; return unto me. Isa. me with their whole heart. Jer. xliv. 22.
xxiv. 7. Let the wicked forsake his way, Surely I have heard Ephraim beand the unrighteous man his thoughts, moaning himself thus; Thou hast and let him return unto the Lord, chastised me, and I was chastised; and he will have mercy upon him; as a bullock unaccustomed to the and to our God, for he will abun- yoke ; turn thou me, and I shall be dantly pardon : for my thoughts are turned, for thou art the Lord, my not your thoughts, &c.- Isa.lv.7—9. God. Surely after that I was turned,
Is not this the fast that I have I repented; and after that I was inchosen ? to loose the bands of wick- structed, I smote upon my thigh; I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, and shall fear the Lord. ---Hosea iii. because I did bear the reproach of 5. Jer. 1. 4, 5. my youth.—Jer. xxxi. 18—20. They will not frame their doings
Take thee a roll, &c. it may be the to turn unto their God.-Hosea v. 4. house of Judah will hear, &c. that Come, let us return unto the Lord, they may return every man from his for he hath torn, and he will heal us. evil way, that I may forgive their -Hosea vi. ). Zech. i. 3, 4. iniquity and their sin.-Jer. xxxvi. 2, The pride of Israel testifieth to his 3. 6, 7.
face, and they do not return to the Let us search and try our ways, Lord their God, nor seek him for all and turn again unto thee, O Lord, this, &c. they return, but not to the Lam. iii. 40. Josh. vii. 10. 12. Most High.-Hosea vii. 10. 14. 16.
Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, Isa. ix. 13. Jer. ii. 30. v. 3. and we shall be turned.-Lam.v. 21. Break up your fallow ground, for
*They that escape of you, shall re- it is time to seek the Lord.-Hosea member me among the nations, &c. x. 12. Jer. iv. 3, 4. and they shall lothe themselves for O Israel, return unto the Lord thy the evils which they have committed. God, &c. take with you words, and Ezek. vi. 9.
turn to the Lord.—Hosea xiv. 1, 2. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Turn ye even to me with all your Repent, and turn yourselves from heart, and with fasting, and with your idols, and turn away your faces weeping, and with mourning: and. from all your abominations.-Ezek. rend your heart, and not your garxiv. 6.
ments, &c. for he is gracious.—Joel If the wicked will turn from all ii. 12, 13. his sins that he hath committed, and God sentjudgment after judgment;
keep all my statutes, and do that yet Israel repented not.-Amos iv. · which is lawful and right, he shall 8, &c.
surely live, &c. Have I any pleasure The people of Nineveh believed at all that the wicked should die, God, and proclaimed a fast, &c. God. saith the Lord God, and not that he saw their works, that they turned should return from his ways, and from their evil way.-Jonah iii. 5. live? &c. repent and turn you from 8–10. . . all your transgressions; so iniquity They shall look upon him, whom shall not be your ruin, &c. make you they have pierced, and they shall a new heart, and a new spirit: for mourn for him.—Zech. xii. 10. why will ye die? &c.—Ezek. xviii. Return unto me, and I will return 21. 23. 30-32. xxxiii. 11, &c. unto you, saith the Lord of hosts.
Then shall ye remember your own Mal. iij. 7. Zech. i. 3, 4. evil ways, and your doings that were John Baptist preached, &c. saying, not good, and shall lothe yourselves Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven in your own sight for your iniquities. is at hand.—Matt. iii. 1, 2. 6. -Ezek. xxxvi. 31. vi. 9. xx. 43. From that time Jesus began to
O king, &c. break off thy sins by preach, and to say, Repent, for the righteousness, and thine iniquities by kingdom of heaven is at hand, &c.—' shewing mercy to the poor.—Dan. Matt. iv. 17. Mark i. 15. iy. 27.
I am not come to call the righteous, I will hedge up thy way, &c. then but sinners to repentance.—Matt. shall she say, I will go and return ix. 13. to my first husband, &c.—Hosea ii. Then began he to upbraid the cities 6,7.
wherein most of his mighty works Israel shall return and seek the were done, because they repented Lord their God, and David their king, not, &c. If the mighty works which
were done in you, had been done in Peter said unto them, Repent, and Tyre and Sidon, they would have re- be baptised.-Acts ii. 37, 38. pented long ago in sackcloth and Repent ye therefore, and be con. ashes.--Matt. xi. 20—24.
verted, that your sins may be blotted The men of Nineveh, &c. shall out.--Acts iii. 19. condemn it, because they repented Him hath God exalted with his at the preaching of Jonas.-Matt. right hand to be a prince and a Saxii. 41.
viour, for to give repentance to Israel, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, and forgiveness.-Acts v. 31. except ye be converted, and become Repent therefore of this thy wickas little children, ye shall not enter edness, and pray God, if perhaps the into the kingdom of heaven. Matt. thoughtofthine heart may be forgiven xviii, 2, 3.
thee.-Acts viii. 22. · Son, go work, &c. yet he said, I Then hath God also to the Gentiles will not; but afterward he repented, granted repentance unto life, &c. and and went, &c. ye, when ye had seen, a great number believed and turned repented not afterward, that ye might unto the Lord.--Acts xi. 18. 21. believe him.-Matt. xxi. 28, 29.32. We preach unto you, that ye
And Peter remembered the words should turn from these vanities unto of Jesus, which he said unto him, the living God.-Acts xiv. 15. Before the cock crow, thou shalt And the times of this ignorance deny me thrice: and he went out and God winked at, but now commandeth wept bitterly.-Matt. xxvi. 75. all men, every where to repent.
Judas repented himself, and brought Acts xvii. 30. again the thirty pieces, &c. saying, I kept back nothing, &c. testifying I have sinned.-Matt. xxvii. 3, 4. both to the Jews, and also to the
Except ye repent, ye shall all like- Greeks, repentance toward God, and wise perish.—Luke xiii. 2, 3. 5. faith toward our Lord Jesus.-Acts
Joy shall be in heaven over one xx. 20, 21. sinner that repenteth, more than over But shewed, &c. that they should ninety and nine just persons which repent, and turn to God, and do need no repentance, &c. there is joy works meet for repentance.--Acts in the presence of the angels of God xxvi. 20. over one sinner that repenteth, &c. Not knowing that the goodness of The prodigal returned.-Luke xv. 7. God leadeth thee to repentance.10. 17–21. 24. 32.
Rom. ii. 4. If one went unto them from the Though I made you sorry with a dead, they will repent. And he said letter, I do not repent, &c. ye sorrowed unto him, If they hear not Moses to repentance: for ye were made and the prophets, neither will they sorry after a godly manner, that ye be persuaded though one rose from might receive damage by us in nothe dead.-Luke xvi. 30, 31. thing: for godly sorrow worketh re
If he trespass against thee seven pentance to salvation, not to be retimes, &c. and turn again to thee, pented of.—2 Cor. vii. 8–10. saying, I repent.—Luke xvii. 4. I shall bewail many which have
It behoved Christ to suffer, &c. sinned already, and have not repented that repentance and remission of sins of the uncleanness, &c. which they should be preached in his name have committed.--2 Cor. xii. 21. among all nations.---Luke xxiv. How ye turned to God from idols, 46, 47.
to serve the living and true God, and When they heard this, they were to wait for his Son from heaven, &c. pricked in their heart, and said, &c. - 1 Thess. i. 9, 10. Men and brethren, what shall we do? In meekness instructing them thai