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the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators stand up, and save thee from these things which shall come opon thee.—Isa. xlvii. 12, 13.

The king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, to shew the king his dreams.—Dan. ii. 2. 10. iv. 7. v. 7.

I will cut off witchcraft out of thy hand, and thou shalt have no more soothsayers.—Micah v. 12.

Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the well favoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.—Nahum iii. 4.

I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers.—Mai. iii. 5.

If I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out ?—Luke xi. 19.

There was a certain man called Simeon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one.—Acts viii. 9.

They found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus, &c. who sought to turn away the deputy from the faith, See. Then Saul said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, &c.—Acts xiii. 6—10.

A certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination (or of Python) met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying, &c. which

spirit Paul cast out. Acts xvi.

16—18.

Certain of the vagabond Jews exorcists, when they saw Paul cast out evil spirits, attempted to do the same, in the name of the Lord Jesus; but the evil spirit overcame them, upon which many of them which used curious arts, brought their books together and burned them.—Acts xix. 13—16. 18, 19.

The works of the flesh are manifest, &c. witchcrafts.—Gal. v. 19, 20.

Sorcerers (among others) are to have their part in the lake which burnetli, &c.—Rev. xxi. 8.

Without are dogs and sorcerers, &c.—Rev. xxii. 15.

CHAP. LXVIII.

OF A HARDENED HEART, AND con's GIVING MEN UP TO HARDNESS OF HEART.

The Lord said unto Moses, &c. See that thou do all these wonders before Pharaoh, &c. but I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall not let the people go.—Exod. iv. 21. vii. 13,14. viii. 15.

Sihon, king of Heshbon, would not let Israel pass by him: tor the Lord thy God hardened his spirit, that he might deliver him into thy hand.—Deut. ii. 30.

He turned their hearts to hate his people, and to deal subtilely with his servants.—Ps. cv. 25.

O Lord, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear ?—Isa. lxiii. 17.

Thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.—Jer. v. 3.

They hearkened not unto me, nor inclined to me, but hardened their neck; they did worse than their fathers.—Jer. vii. 26.

Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.—Hosea iv. 17.

Jesus spake to the wilful Jews in parables, Because (said he) they seeing, see not, &c. for this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest at any time they should see, &c. and should be converted, and I should heal them.— Matt. xiii. 13—15. Acts xxviii. 25 —27.

According to which prophecy, their judicial hardness was evident in their persecuting Christ to the death, notwithstanding the apparent evidence

Of Vain Curiosity: Or Being Wise Above What Is Written.

that he was the Son of God, both be- the truth, but had pleasure in unfore his death, in his death, and in his righteousness.—2 Thess. ii. 10—12. resurrection. By these three was the third part

Jesus said, For judgment I am of men killed, &c. and the rest of the come into this world, &c. that they men which were not killed by these which see might be made blind, &c. plagues, yet repented not of the He said to the Pharisees, If ye were worksof their hands, that they should blind, ye should have no sin: but not worship devils, and idols of gold, now ye say, We see. therefore your &c—Rev.ix. 18. 20, 21. sin remaineth.—John ix. 39. 41. Men were scorched (or burned)

Therefore they could not believe, with great heat, blasphemed the name because Isaiah had said, He hath of God, which hath power over these blinded their eyes, and hardened their plagues, and repented not to give him hearts, that they should not see with glory,&c. They gnawed theirtongues their eyes, &c.—John xii. 37. 39,40. for pain, and blasphemed the God of

They are without excuse, because heaveu, and repented not of their that when they knew God, they glo- deeds.—Rev. xvi. 9—11. 21. rifled him not as God, neither were He that is unjust, let him be unjust thankful, but became vain in their still: and he which is filthy, let him imaginations, and their foolish heart be filthy stills-Rev. xxii. 11. was darkened, &c, wherefore God also

gave them up to uqcleanneas, &c. for CHAP. LXIX.

this cause God gave them up unto vile affections, &c- and even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a re- Secret things belong unto the Lord probate mind (or a mind void of judg- our God, but those things which are mant), being filled with ail unrighte- revealed belong unto us and to our ousness.—Horn. i. 21, &c. " children for ever, that we may do all

God saith to Moses, I will have the worksof this law.-Deut. xxix. 29. mercy on whom I will have mercy, Manoah. said unto the angel of the &c. and whom he will he hardeneth. Lord, What is thy name? &c. that we —Rom. ix. 15. 17, 18, may do thee honour. And the angel

Israel hath not obtained that which of tlle Lordsaid unto him, Why askest he seeketh for, but the election hath thou tlms after rov name, seeing it is obtained it; and the rest were blinded secr€t (or wonderful).—Judges xiii. (or hardened) according as it is writ- l?, 18.

ten, God hath given them the spirit Je*us said Unto them, *l is nQt fot of slumber; eyes that they should Jou t0 know the times or the "^ not see.—Rom. xi. 7 10. sons, which the Father hath put in

If our gospel be hid, it is hid to hi? own power,—Acts i. 6, 7, them that are lost. In whom the god These things, brethren, I have in a of this world hath blinded the minds &&"* transferred to myself, and to of them which believe not, lest the Apollo?, for your ?akes, that you light of the glorious gospel of Christ, ^'S*11 ?earl»in us not t0 think of mea Sfc. should shine unto them.—2 Cor. aoove that which U written.—1 Cor. iv. 3,4. iv- 6.

Because they received not the love CHAP LXX

of the truth, that they might be

saved; and for this cause God shall QF C0D's Providence In The Dissend them strong delusion, that they Posal Of All Events.

should believe a lie, that they all Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and might be damned who believed not the power, &c. both riches aad honour come of thee, and thou reignest Boast not thyself of to-morrow; over all, and in thine hand is power for thou knowest not what a day may and might, and in thine hand is to bring forth.—Prov. xxvii. 1. make great, and to give strength unto Let not the wise man glory in his all.—1 Chron. xxix. 11, 12. wisdom, neither let the mighty man

He disappointeth the devices of glory in his might: let not the rich the crafty, so that their hands cannot man glory in his riches.—Jer. ix. 23. perform their enterprise: he taketh O Lord, I know that the way of the wise in their own craftiness; and man is not in himself: it is not in the counsel of the froward is carried man that walketh to direct hie steps, headlong. They meet with darkness —Jer. x. 23.

(or cannot perform any thing) in the God, that made the world, &c. hath daytime, and grope in the noonday made of one blood all nations of men, as in the night.—Job v. 12—14. for to dwell on all the face of the

The Lord,&c. in whose hand is the earth, and hath determined the times soul of every living thing, and the before appointed, and the bounds of breath of all mankind, &c. behold he their habitations.—Acts xvii. 24. 26. breaketh down, and it cannot be built I will not see you now by the way, again: he shutteth up a man, and but I trust to tarry awhile with you, there can be no opening.—Job xii. if the Lord permit.—1 Cor. xvi. 7. 10. 14. But I trust in the Lord Jesus to

The Lord bringeth the counsel of send Timotheus shortly unto you, &c. the heathen to nought, he maketh the him, therefore, I hope to send, &c. devices of the people of none effect. But I trust in the Lord, that I also The counsel of the Lord standeth for myself shall come shortly.—Phil. ii. ever, &c—Ps. xxxiii. 10, 11. 19. 23, 24.

Promotion cometh neither from the Now God himself, and our Father, east, nor from the west: but God is and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our the judge: he putteth down one, and way unto you.—1 Thess. iii. 11. setteth up another.—Ps. lxxv. 6, 7. Go to now, ye that say, To-day or

Except the Lord build the house, to-morrow we will go into such a city; they labour in vain that build it: ex- and continue there a year, and buy, cept the Lord keep the city, the and sell, and get gain: whereas ye watchman wakuth but in vain: it is know not what shall be on the morvain for you to rise up early, &c.— row. For what is your life? It is even Ps. cxxvii. 1, 2. a vapour that appeareth for a little

Put not your trust in princes, nor time, and then vanisheth away. For in the son of man, in whom there is that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, Bo help: his breath goeth forth, he we shall live, and do this or that:— returneth to his earth, and that James iv. 13—15. very day his thoughts perish.—Ps. xlvi. 3, 4.

A man's heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps, &c. The lot is cast into the lap: but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.—Prov. xvi. 9. 33. Israel's murmuring and discontent

Man's goings are of the Lord: how for want of flesh in the wilderness, can a man then understand his own was reckoned amongst their sins, and way?—Prov. xx. 24. said to be a tempting God in their

There is no wisdom, nor under- heart, by asking meat for their lust. standing, nor counsel, against the —Ps. lxxviii. 18. Numb. xi. 4—10. Lord.—Prov. xxi. 30. When Nadab aDd Abihu, the sons

CHAP. LXX1.

OF RESIGNATIONTO.AND CONTENT-
MENT WITH, ALL GOD'S DISPEN-
SATIONS.

of Aaron, were devoured by fire for Egypt, where we shall see no war, their sins, &c. Aaron held his peace. &c. then that all those judgment* —Levit. x. 1—3. from which they would fly, should

The children of Israel said unto the follow them thither.—Jer. xlii. 9—17. Lord, We have sinned; do thou unto Wherefore doth a living man comus whatsoever seemeth good unto plain (or murmur), a man for the puthee; deliver us only we pray thee nishment of bis sins?—Lam.iii. 39. this day.—Judges x. 15. I will bear the indignation of the

When Samuel had told Eli what Lord, because I have sinned against God had threatened against hishouse, him, until he plead my cause.—Micah because of his sons' wickedness, Eli vii. 9.

said, It is the Lord, let him do what Although the fig tree shall notblosseemeth him good.—1 Sam.iii. 15-18. som, neither shall fruit be in the vines, David said, Carry back the ark of &c.and the fields shall yield no meat, God into the city: if I shall find fa- &c. yet I will rejoice in the Lord.— vour in the eyes of the Lord, he will Hab. iii. 17, 18. bring me again, and shew me both it In patience possess ye your souls. and his habitation. But if he thus —Luke xxi. 19. say, I have no delight in thee; behold Now these things were our examhere am I, let him do to me as seem- ples, to the intent that we should not eth good untohim.-2Sam.xv. 25,26. lust, &c. neither murmur ye, as some When Hezekiah was threatenedby of them also murmured, and were deIsaiah, for his having shewed to the stroyed, &c.—1 Cor. x. 6. 14. messengers of the king of Babylon The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, his treasures, he said, Good is the by whom (or whereby) the world is word of the Lord which thou hast crucified unto me, and I unto the spoken.—2 Kings xx. 16—19. world.—Gal. vi. 14.

Job, when he had lost all, said, I have learned in whatsoever state Naked came I out of my mother's I am, therewith to be content: Iknow womb,and naked shall I return thither, both how to be abased, and how to The Lord gave, and the Lord hath abound; every where, and in all taken away; blessed be the name of things, I am instructed; both to be the Lord.—Job i. 20, 21. full and to be hungry, both to abound

Job said, What! shall we receive and to suffer need. I can do all things good at the hand of God, and shall through Christ, who strengthened we not receive evil?—Job ii. 10. me.—Phil. iv. 11—13.

Surely it is meet to be said unto Godliness with contentment is God, I have borne chastisement, I great gain: for we brought nothing will not offend any more; that which into this world, and it is certain we I see not, teach thou me: if I have can carry nothing out; and having done iniquity, I will do so no more.— food and raiment, let us be therewith

content.—1 Tim. vi. 6—8.

Let your conversation be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have: for he bath

Jobxxxiv. 31, 32.

I was dumb, I opened not my mouth, because thou didst it. — Ps. xxxix. 9.

Woe to him that striveth with his said, I will never leave thee, nor forMaker, &c. Shall the clay say to sake thee.—Heb. xiii. 5. him that fashioneth it, What makest Blessed is the man that endureth thou?—Isa. xlv. 9. temptation, &c.—James i. 12.

When Israel was in Babylon, God Submit yourselves therefore to God: tells them, If they would stay there, resist the devil, &c.—James iv. 7. he would bless them; but if ye say, Humble yourselvestherefore under No, but we will go into the land of the mighty hand of God, that he may

exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. —1 Pet. v. 6, 7.

CHAP. LXXII.

OF MEN TRULY WISE; OR, OF A RELIGIOUS WISDOM; AND FOLLY, AS ITS OPPOSITE.

They are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them: O that they were wise, and that they would consider their latter end !—Deut. xxxii. 28, 29.

Be wise now, therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, ,Sec—Ps.ii. 10—12.

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels, &c. Fools despise wisdom, &c. hate knowledge.—Prov. i. 5. 7. 22.

The Lord giveth wisdom, &c. When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul: discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee, to deliver thee from the way of evil men, &c.—Prov. ii. 6. 10—12.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, &c. and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes, &c. keep sound wisdom and discretion, &c. Then shalt thou walk in the way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble, &c. The wise shall inherit glory; but shame shall be the promotion of fools.—Prov. iii. 5—7. 21. 23. 35.

Wisdom is the principal thing: get wisdom, &c.—Prov. iv. 7.

Go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways, and be wise.—Prov. vi. 6.

Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister, and call understanding thy kinswoman: that they may keep thee from the strange woman.—Prov. vii. 4, 5.

Wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things that may be desired.— Prov. viii. 11.

Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee; give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser.— Prov. ix. 8, 9.

The wise in heart will receive commandments, &c. In the lips of him that hath understanding, wisdom is found, &c. wise men lay up knowledge, &c. He that uttereth a slander is a fool. In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin; but he that refraineth his lips, is wise.—Prov. x. 8.13, 14. 18, 19.

He that winneth souls is wise.— Prov. xi. 30.

A man shall be commended according to his wisdom, &c. he that followeth vain persons, is void of understanding, &c. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. A fool's wrath is presently known; but a prudent man coveretli shame, &c. he concealeth knowledge.—Prov. xii. 8.11.15,16.23.

The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death, &c. He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.— Prov. xiii. 14. 16. 20.'

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, &c. fools make a mock of sin, &c. a wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident, &c. He that is slow to wrath, is of great understanding.—Prov. xiv. 8,9.16.29.

The lips of the wise disperse knowledge Prov. xv. 7.

He that handleth a matter wisely, shall find good, &c. The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.—Prov. xvi. 20. 23.

A reproof entereth more into a wise man, than an hundred stripes into a fool.—Prov. xvii. 10.

A fool's lips enter into contention, &c. He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.—Prov. xviii. 6. 13.

Wine is a mocker, and strong drink

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