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silence. And ail that stood by him, went out. And Ehud came unto him, and he was sitting in a summer parlour, &c. and said unto him, I have a message from God unto thee: and he arose out of his seat. And Ehud took the dagger, and thrust it into his belly, &c.—Judges iii. 14—22.
Samson said several times, That if they did bind him, &c. he should be weak, and be as another man: but it -was not so.—Judges xvi. 6, &c.
When God said to Samuel, that he would send him to anoint David, Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take a heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord: and call Jesse to the sacrifice, &c. Which Samuel did; and said, I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord. —1 Sam. xvi. 1—7.
When Saul had sent for David, Michal his wife laid an image in the bed, &c. covered it with a cloth after she had sent him away: and she said, He is sick, &c. When Saul had said unto her, Why hast thou deceived me so? &c. she said, He said unto me, Let me go: why should I kill thee?—1 Sam. xix. 11—19.
When Saul had a design to have killed David, and had inquired for him, Jonathan answered (as David had directed him to do), and said, David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem; and he said, Let me go, I pray thee: for our family hath a sacrifice in the city; aud my brother hath commanded me to be there: and now, if I have found favour in thine eyes, let me get away, I pray thee, and see my brethren: therefore he cometh not unto the king's table.— 1 Sam. xx. 6. 27—29.
David, when he fled from Saul, and came to Ahimelech the priest, he asked him, Why art thou alone? David said unto Ahimelech, The king commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business, &c. And I have appointed my servants to such and such
a place, &c. Is there not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste, &c.—1 Sam. xxi. 1—3. 8.15.
When David and his men had invaded the country near him, and slain all, Achish said to him, Whither have ye made a road to-day? and David said, Against the south of Judah, &c. And Achish believed David; saying, He hath made his people Israel utterly to abhor him, &c.—1 Sam. xxvii. 8—13.
When Absalom designed to rebel, he said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the Lord in Hebron: for thy servant vowed avow while I abode at Geshur in Syria; saying, If the Lord shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the Lord.—2 Sam. xv. 6, &c,
Jehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them, Ahab served Baal a little; but Jehu shall serve him much: now therefore call uuto me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests: let none be wanting: for I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal, &c. But Jehu did it in subtilty, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal, &c. which afterward he did.—2 Kings x. 18—26.
When Zedekiah had ordered Jeremiah to conceal the discourse that had passed between the king and him, from the princes, when they should come and ask him concerning it: he also told him what answer to make, in the very words the king gave him, by which he concluded the true mutter.—Jer. xxxviii. 24—27.
OF WORDS OR SAYINGS EXPRESSING CHOICE, BUT NOT BINDING US TO THEIR OBSERVANCE.
Lot said to the angels, Behold now,
my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet; and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways.—And they said, Nay, but we will abide in the street all night. And he pressed them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, &c—Gen. xix. 23.
When the sons of the prophets, had said to Elisha, &c. There be with thy servants fifty strong men: let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master, &c. And he said, Ye shall not send. And when they had urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. And they sent, &c.— 2 Kings ii. 14—17.
When Jesus was about to wash Peter's feet, Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Then Peter saith, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.— John xiii. 8, 9.
AWAKENED SINNERS; HUNGRY, LONGING SOULS-, SUCH WHOM CHRISTCAMETO SEEK AND HEAL.
He satisfieth the longing soul: and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. —Ps. cvii. 9.
The full soul lotheth an honeycomb: but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.—Prov. xxvii. 7.
When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, &c. I will open rivers in high places, &c.—Isa. xli. 17, 18.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, &c. hearken ye diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good.—Isa. lv. 1, 2.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.—Matt. v. 6.
They that be whole, need not a physician: but they that are sick. I
am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.—Matt. ixu 12, 13.
Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden; and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, &c. and ye shall find rest unto your souls.—Matt. xi. 28,29. Ps. xxxiv. 9, 10.
He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away.—Luke i. 53.
The Son of man is come to seek, and to save that which was lost.— Luke xix. 10.
He that cometh to me, shall never hunger: and he that believeth on me, shall never thirst.—John vi. 35.
When they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said, &c. Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.—Acts ii. 37, 38.
The gaoler came trembling, &c. and said, Sirs, What must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.-Acts xvi. 29-31.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God; who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not: and it shall be given him.—James, i. 5.
I will give unto him that is athirst, of the fountain of the water of life freely.—Rev. xxi. 6.
And let him that is athirst come: and whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.—Rev. xxii.17.
OF MAN'S IGNORANCE OF THE MEN AND THINGS OP THIS WORLD, AFTER HIS DEPARTURE HENCE.
Thou destroy est the hope of man: thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, andsendest him away: his sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not: and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them. —Job xiv. 19—21.
My goodness extendeth not to thee; but to the saints that are in the earth.—Ps. xvi. 2, 3.
But the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward, for the memory of them is forgotten: also their love and their hatred, and their envy is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.—Eccles. ix. 5, 6.
Doubtless, thou art our father; though Abraham be ignorant of us; and Israel acknowledge us not.—Isa. Ixiii. 16.
os Our Lord's Kindred AccordIng TO THE FLESH.
I Am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children, &c.—Ps. lxix. 8.
Then Joseph, &c. took unto him his wife, and knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born son. —Matt. i. 24, 25.
While he yet talked to the people, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand with
out, desiring to speak with thee.— Matt. xii. 46, 47. Mark iii. 31—35.
Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and .loses, and Simon, and Judas? and his sisters, are not they with us? Whence then hath this man these things?—Matt. xiii. 55, 56.
She brought forth her first-born son, &c. When Jesus was twelve years old, Joseph and his mother went up to Jerusalem; and returningback, missed him, &c. They sought him amongst their kinsfolk and acquaintance, &c.—Luke ii. 7.42—44. Matt. i. 25.
After this he went down to Capernaum; he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples; and they continued there not many days.— John ii. 12.
His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judea, &c. For neither did his brethren believe in him, &c. But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, &c.—John vii. 3—5. 8—10.
These all continued with one accord, &c. with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.—Acts i. 14.
I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, &c. But other apostles saw I none, save James, the Lord's brother. -Gal.i. 18,19.
•,• The Figures denote the Number of the Chapter.—For the Page of each
Abase. See Humility.
Abide in faith and well doing, 14.
Ability to know and please God, not of man,
bat the gift of God, 18.
In affliction, 20.
Affections of believers each to other, 15.
Have been the portion of believers, ib.
Comforts arising from them, ib.
be afflicted with them, ib.
Appearance of evil, to be avoided, 14.
Apostacy. See Perseverance.
Aposiacy, to be watched against, 14.
Apostacy, to call our security against it, 18.
Apostles' call and commission equal, 54.
Arguing of God with sinners, 14.
Ascension of Christ, 6.
Assembly of saints for worship, 25.
Associate not with the wicked, 17.
Assurance. See Faith.
Attributes of God, 2.
Avenging the saints is God's prerogative,
See Peace amongst Christians.
Bear afflictions patiently, 20.
Bear each others' burdens, 15.
Believers' fruits. See Character of saints,
anger, affections, glory.
Their failings, 11.
Their privileges in general, 12.
Breaking of bread, the Lord's sapper, 25.
Buckler, how applied to God. See Trusting
Calamities, public or common, SI.
They are from God, ib.
Saints' privilege therein, ib.
Their duty in such a time, ib.
In times of affliction, 20.
His excellency and dignity, ib.
In his person and authority, ib.
In his nature, ib.
What he became, did, and suffered, to
He took flerfi upon him, ib.
Was our High Priest, ib.
He was cruci6ed, died.ib.
He rose from the dead, ib.
He ascended into heaven, ib.
His kiugship, ib.
Our great Prophet, ib.
Our all in all, ib.
In affliction and persecution, 20.
Compassion of Christ, 5.
Company of the wicked avoid, 17.
Complaints against church officers, 25.
Complaints against sin, 14.
Complete in Christ, 6.
Communicate to the poor. See Distribute.
Confess sin to God in general, 14.
Confess sin one to another, 15.
Confess Christ before men in general, 14.
Confidence. See Trust in God.
Conjuration. See Witchcraft.
Conscience in general, 27.
Conscience good to be preserved in suffer-
Consideration in general, 29.
Considerations supporting in afflictions, 20.
Contempt of God. See Man's desperate state
Contention avoid, 15.
Content with lawful governors, 22.
Contentment in all conditions, 71.
Content with what we have See World.
Continue and persevere in well doing, 14.
Contrition. See Mourning for sin.
Controversies among Christians, how ended,
Conversation of believers in general, 14.
Correction of God's children, 11.
Corruption of man's nature, 4.
Cover faults in love, 15.
Courteous to all, 17.
Creator of all things, 2.
Curse of the law, 4.
Curse borne by Christ, 6.
Curiosity above what is written, vain, 69.
Day of the Lord: or, judgment day, 31.
Deacons. See Officers of churches.
Dead men ignorant of the things of this
Death of Christ, 6.
Death or mortality of mankind, 32.
Deeds of the law justify not, 4.
Delays of amendment. See Time.
Delight in God and Christ, 14.
Deliverance from sufferings by lawful, honest
Deliverance from trouble then nearest to us in
Depart not from God and truth in the gene-
Nor in time of afflictions, 20.
Depart from sin, 14.
Desire not the hurt of an enemy, 20.
Desire God'j presence. See Delight in God.
Designs of God in the saints'afflictions, 20.
Determinations of controversies amongst be-
Devices of Satan. See Satan the Devil.
Devil in general, 28.
He cannot hurt without leave, 20.
Devils ruling in wicked men, 4.