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for the days come upon thee, that the of the Lord is.-Eph. v. 14. 16, 17. enemies shall cast a trench about thee, Col. iv. 5. &c.—Luke xix. 41-43. Matt. xxiii. Work out your own salvation with 37, 38.
fear and trembling.Phil. ii. 12. I must work the works of him that If by any means I might attain sent me while it is day; the night unto the resurrection of the dead: cometh, when no man can work.- not as though I had already attained, John ix. 4. Rom. xiii. 11, 12. either were already perfect; but I
A little while is the light with you: follow after, if that I may apprehend, walk while ye have the light, lest dark- &c. this one thing I do, forgetting ness come upon you.—John xii. 35. those things which are behind, and
God, &c. hath made of one blood reaching forth unto those things all nations of men, &c. and hath de- which are before, I press toward the termined the times before appointed, mark, &c. Let us therefore, as many and the bounds of their habitation; as be perfect, be thus minded. Phil. that they should seek the Lord, if iii, 11-16. haply they might feel after him, &c. Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost The timesofthis ignorance God winked saith, To-day, if ye will hear his at: but nowcommandeth all men every voice, harden not your hearts, as in where to repent.-Acts xvii. 24–30. the day of provocation, &c. wherefore
And that knowing the time, that I was grieved, &c. so I sware in my now it is high time to awake out of wrath, They shall not enter into my sleep: for now, &c. the night is far rest.--Heb.iii. 7-11. Ps. Ixxxviii. 4. spent, the day is at hand; let us Heb. iv. 7. therefore cast off the works of dark- And we desire that every one of ness, &c.—Rom. xii. 11, 12. you do shew the same diligence, to
This I say, brethren, the time is the full assurance of hope unto the short; it remaineth that both they end; that you be not slothful, but that have wives be as though they followers of them who through faith had pone, &c.—1 Cor. vii. 29. and patience inherit the promises.
So run, that ye may obtain. And Heb. vi. 11, 12. I Cor. xv. 58. every man that striveth for the mas- Let us lay aside every weight, and tery, is temperate in all things: now the sin which doth so easily beset us: they do it to obtain a corruptible and let us run with patience the race crown, but we an incorruptible.- that is set before us: looking unto 1 Cor. ix. 24, 25.
Jesus, &c.-Heb xü. 1-3. Behold, now is the accepted time: Go to now, ye that say, to-day, or behold, now is the day of salvation. to-morrow we will go into such a city, -2 Cor. vi. 2. Isa. lix. 8.
and continue there a year, and buy, When it pleased God, &c. to reveal and sell, and get gain: whereas ye his Son in me, that I might preach know not what shall be on the morhim among the heathen, immediately row: for what is your life? It is even I confered not with flesh and blood, a vapour, &c. For that ye ought to neither went I up, &c.-Gal. i. 15–17. say, if the Lord will, we shall live
In due season we shall reap, if we and do this or that. - James iv. faint not. As we have therefore op- 13-15. portunity, let us do good unto all men, If ye call on the Father, &c. pass especially unto them, &c. - Gal. vi. the time of your sojourning here in 9, 10.
fear.—1 Pet. i. 17. Awake, thou that sleepest, &c. re- That he no longer should live the deeming the time, because the days rest of his time in the flesh, to the are evil. Wherefore be ye not un- lusts of men, but to the will of God. wise, but understanding what the will for the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles.—1 Pet. iv. 2, 3.
CHAP. XLVII. Giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue, &c. wherefore the rather, E
ENCOURAGEMENTS TO HOPE IN, brethren, give diligence to make your
ANDCRY TO GOD, WHEN OUR CASE calling and election sure; for if ye
SEEMS DESPERATE, AND AT THE do these things, ye shall never fail.
things ve shall never fail LOWEST EBB. 2 Pet. i. 5–7. 10.
Moses said unto the people, Ye have Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye sinned a great sin: and now I will look for such things, be diligent that go up unto the Lord; peradventure I ye may be found of him in peace, &c. shall make an atonement for your sin. --2 Pet. iii. 14.
- Exod. xxxii. 30. I gave her space to repent of her The Lord shall repent himself for fornication, and she repented not, his servants, when he seeth that their Behold, I will cast her into a bed, power is gone, &c.—Deut. xxxii. 36. &c.-Rev. ii. 21, 22.
Ye shall give glory unto the God of And the angel, &c. sware, &c. that Israel; peradventure he will lighten there should be time no longer.- his hand from off you, and from off Rev. x. 5, 6.
your gods, and from off your land.The devil is come down unto you, 1 Sam. vi. 5. having great wrath, because he know. And Jonathan said, &c. Come and eth he hath but a short time.-Rev. let us go over unto the garrison of xii. 12.
these uncircumcised: it may be that
the Lord will work for us : for there CHAP. XLVI.
is no restraint to the Lord to save by
many or by few.-1 Sam. xiv. 6. SIGNS OF THE LAST TIMES; OR, While the child was vet alive. I END OF THE WORLD.
fasted and wept: for I said, Who Many shall come in my name, saying, can tell whether God will be gracious I am Christ, and shall deceive many: to me, that the child may live?and ye shall hear of wars, &c. because 2 Sam. xi. 22. iniquity shall abound, the love of Let him alone, and let him curse, many shall wax cold. The gospel of &c. it may be that the Lord will look the kingdom shall be preached in all on mine affliction, and that the Lord the world for a witness, &c. As the will requite me good for his cursing days of Noah were, so shall the coming this day.-2 Sam. xvi, 11, 12. of the Son of man be, &c. They were Why sit we hiere until we die? If eating, &c.—Matt. xxiv. 5–7. 12. we say we will enter into the city, then 14. 37, 38.
the famine is in the city, and we shall That day shall not come, except die there; and if we sit still here, we there come a falling away first, and die also. Now, therefore, come and that man of sin be revealed, the son let us fall into the host of the Syrians: of perdition.—2 Thess. ii. 3, &c. if they save us alive, we shall live;
In the last days perilous times shall and if they kill us, we shall but die. come; for men shall be lovers of their —2 Kings vii. 3, &c. ownselves, &c.—2 Tim. iii. 1-4. This is a day of trouble, &c. it may
Knowing this first, that there shall be the Lord thy God will hear all the come in the last days, scoffers, walk- words of Rabshakeh, &c. and will reing after their own lusts, and saying, prove the words which the Lord thy Where is the promise of his coming? God hath heard. Wherefore, lift up &c.—2 Pet. iii. 3, &c.
the prayer for the remnant that are left.—2 Kings xix, 3, 4.
We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of from his evil way, &c. Who can tell if the people of the land; yet now there God will turn and repent, and turn is hope in Israel concerning this away from his fierce anger, that we thing. Now, therefore, let us make perish not ?-Jonah iii. 8–10. a covenant with our God, to put away Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek, &c. all the wives, &c.--Ezra x. 2, 3. It may be ye shall be hid in the day
O my God, I cry in the day time, of the Lord's anger.-Zeph. ii. 3. and thou bearest not, &c. be not far The woman who had had the bloody from me, &c.—Ps. xxii. 2-12. issue twelve years, and had spent · It is good for a man that he bear much upon physicians to no purpose, the yoke in his youth, &c. He putteth came and touched Christ, and was his mouth in the dust, if so be there healed.—Luke viii. 43—48. John may be hope.- Lam. ii. 27. 29. v.5-9.
Israel' said, Our bones are dried, The woman of Canaan, though and our hope is lost; we are cut off Christ answered her roughly, cried for our parts, &c. Thus saith the still, and prevailed.—Mark vii. 26,&c. Lord, Behold, O my people, I will Repent therefore of this thy wickedopen your graves, and cause you to ness, and pray God, if perhaps the come up out of your graves, and bring thought of thy heart may be forgiven you into the land of Israel.—Ezek. thee : for I perceive that thou art in xxxvii. 11-13.
the gall of bitterness, and in the bond O king, &c. break off thy sins by of iniquity.--Acts viii. 22, 23. righteousness, &c. if it may be a In meekness instructing those that lengthening of thy tranquillity (or oppose themselves, if God peradvenhealing of thine error).-Dan. iv. 27. ture will give them repentance to the
Rend your heart, &c. who know- acknowledgment of the truth; and eth if he will return and repent, and that they may recover themselves out leave a blessing behind him ? &c.— of the snare of the devil, who are Joel ii. 13, 14.
taken captive by him at his will. Hate the evil, and love the good, 2 Tim. ii. 25, 26. and establish judgment in the gate; it may be that the Lord God of hosts
CHAP. XLVIII. will be gracious unto the remnant of
GOD IS NOT REGARDLESS OF THE Joseph.—Amos v. 15. The ship was like to be broken, &c.
FIRST ESSAYS AND INSTANCES OF Jonah was gone down into the sides
HUMILIATION, BUT FREQUENTLY of the ship, and he lay, and was fast
COMMENDS AND REQUITES THEM. asleep; and the shipmaster came to He only of Jeroboam shall come to him, and said unto him, &c. Arise, the grave, because in him there is call upon thy God, if so be that God found some good thing toward the will think upon us, that we perish Lord God of Israel, in the house of not.-Jonah i. 4-6.
Jeroboam.—1 Kings xiv. 13. Jonah (when in the fish's belly) Ahab, &c. rent his clothes, and put said, I am cast out of thy sight, yet sackcloth upon his flesh, &c. and went I will look again toward thy holy softly, &c.' Seest thou how Ahab temple, &c. when my soul fainted humbleth himself before me? bewithin me, I remembered the Lord, cause he humbleth himself before me, and my prayer came in unto thee, I will not bring the evil in his days. into thine holy temple.--Jonah ii. - 1 Kings xxi. 27-29. 1-4.7.
Jehu commended and rewarded for Let man and beast be covered with his zeal, in executing the judgments sackcloth, and cry mightily unto of God upon Ahab's house.—2 Kings God: yea, let them turn every one x. 30.
Because thine heart was tender Lord thy God.-Deut. xxiii. 21-23. (saith God to Josiah) and thou hast Eccles. v. 4,5. humbled thyself before the Lord, &c. Israel vowed a vow to the Lord, and hast rent thy clothes, and hast and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver wept before me: I also have heard this people into my hand, then I will thee, saith the Lord. Behold, there- utterly destroy their cities.-Numb. fore, I will gather thee unto thy fa- xxi. 2, 3. thers, and thou shalt be gathered into Jephthah's vow, to dedicate to God thy grave in peace, and thine eyes whatever came forth of the doors of shall not see all the evil which I will his house to meet him: after his vicbring upon this place. -2 Kings xxii. tory his daughter met bim ; who did 19, 20.
with her according to his vow.When the Lord saw that Reho- Judges xi. 30—39. boam, and the princes humbled them. Hannah vowed to give her child selves, he said, I will not destroy unto the Lord; and she performed it. them, but I will grant them some de- -1 Sam. i. 11. 27, 28. liverance, &c, God would not de. Absalom pretended a vow which stroy bim altogether.—2 Chron. xii. he had vowed unto the Lord, that he 6, 7. 12.
might go to carry on the conspiracy Thus saith the Lord, I remember he designed against his father David. thee, the kindness of thy youth, the 2 Sam. xv. 1--10. love of thine espousals, when thou Offer unto God thanksgiving: and wentest after me in the wilderness, pay thy vows unto the Most High.in a land that was not sown.-Jer. Ps. 1. 14. ii. 2.
Thy vows are upon me, O God: 1 Thus God did note and commend will render praises unto thee.-Ps. the good of the churches in Asia.- lvi. 12. Rev. ii. 2,3.9. 13. 19. iii. 4. 8.10, 11. Thou, O God, hast heard my vows:
thou hast given me the heritage, &c. CHAP. XLIX.
So will I sing praise unto thy name
for ever, that I'may daily perform my OF VOWS AND PROMISES TO GOD. vows.-Ps. Ixi. 5. 8. Jacob vowed a vow, saying, if God I will go into thy house with burntwill be with me, and will keep me in offerings: I will pay thee my vows, this way that I go, and will give me which my lips have uttered, &c. when bread to eat, &c. then shall the Lord I was in trouble.-Ps. Ixvi. 13, 14. be my God.-Gen. xxviii. 20—22. Vow, and pay unto the Lord your xxxi. 13.
God.—Ps. Ixxvi. 11. The laws for redemption of things I will pay my vows unto the Lord, vowed.-Levit. xxvii.
now, in the presence of all his peo The law about vows; where it ple.-Ps. cxvi. 14. binds, and is to be kept, and where It is a snare to the man who de not.--Numb. xxx.
voureth that which is holy; and after When thou shalt vow a vow unto vows, to make inquiry. Prov. xx. 25. the Lord thy God, thou shalt not When thou vowest unto God, defer slack to pay it: for the Lord thy not to pay it ; for he hath no pleaGod will surely require it of thee, sure in fools, &c. Better is it that and it would be sin in thee. But if thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be thou shouldest vow and not pay.-no sin in thee. That which is gone Eccles. v. 4, 5. out of thy lips, thou shalt keep and God threatens Israel for saying, perform, even a freewill offering, ac- they would perform their vows which cording as thou bast vowed unto the they had made, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, &c. — Jer. xliv. &c. how much less shall your God 25, &c. .
deliver you out of mine hand? And I will pay that which I have vowed. his servants spake yet more against -Jonah ii. 9.
the Lord God, and against his servant Paul had shorn his head in Cen- Hezekiah. He wrote also letters, chrea; for he had a vow.-Acts to rail on the Lord God of Israel, and xviii. 18.
to speak against him, &c. And they We have four men which have a spake against the God of Jerusalem, vow on them; them take, and purify as against the gods of the people of thyself with them, &c. And all may the earth, which were the works of know, &c. that thou thyself also the children of men.—2 Chron. xxxii. walkest orderly, and keepest the law. 9–20. As touching the Gentiles which be- The shame of my face hath covered lieve, we have written, and concluded me, for the voice of him that rethat they observe no such thing, save proacheth and blasphemeth.- Ps. oply, &c.-Acts xxi. 23, &c. xliv. 15, 16.
The law about the vows of a O God, how long shall the adverdaughter, in her father's house: and sary reproach? Shall the enemy of a married person.-Numb. xxx. blaspheme thy name for ever? Re
member this, that the enemy hath CHAP. L.
reproached, O Lord, and that the
foolish people hath blasphemed thy OF BLASPHEMY.
name.-Ps. Ixxiv. 10. 18. 22. AND the Israelitish woman's son Render unto our neighbours sevenblasphemed the name of the Lord, fold into their bosom, their reproach, and cursed; and they brought him wherewith they have reproached unto Moses, &c. and they put him in thee, O Lord.-Ps. lxxix. 12. ward, that the mind of the Lord What have I here, saith the Lord, might be shewed unto them. And that my people is taken away for the Lord spake unto Moses, saying. nought? &c. and my name continuBring forth him that hath cursed, ally every day is blasphemed ?-Isa. without the camp; and let all that lii. 5. heard him lay their hands upon his In this your fathers have blashead, and let all the congregation phemed me, in that they have comstone him, &c. Whosoever curseth mitted a trespass against me, when his God, shall bear his sin: and he I had brought them into the land. that blasphemeth the name of the &c. Then they saw every high hill, Lord, he shall surely be put to death. and all the thick trees; and then -Levit. xxiv. 11-16. 23.
they offered sacrifices there, &c.Jezebel, king Ahab's wife, com- Ezek. xx. 27, 28. manded the nobles to set up false Thou shalt know that I am the witnesses against Naboth, to testify Lord, and that I have heard all thy that he did blaspheme God and the blasphemies, which thou hast spoken king; and so stone him to death: against the mountains of Israel, saywhich accordingly they did.—1 Kings ing, They are laid desolate, they are xxi. 8–13. Acts vi. 11, 13. given us to consume. Thus with
Sennacherib, king of Assyria, by your mouth you have boasted against his servants said, Who among all the me, and have multiplied your words gods, &c. could deliver his people against me.-Ezek. xxxv. 12, 13. out of mine hand, that your God When Christ had said to the sick should be able to deliver you out of man, Thy sins are forgiven thee, then mine hand ? &c. No god of any na- behold certain scribes said within tion or kingdom was able to deliver, themselves, This man blasphemeth,