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Jude 3. It was needful that I should Jer. xv. 19. Thus saith the Lord, If write to you and exhort you.
thou take forth the precious from the vile,
thou shalt be as my mouth : let them reCXX. The good effects of preaching: turn unto thee, but return not thou unto Matt. xii.41. The men of Nineveh repented them. at the preaching of Jonas. Jonah. iii. 2.5. xxxi. 14. I will satiate the soul of the
Acts ii. 41. At Peter's sermon there priests with fatness, and my people shall were added to the church about three be satisfied with my goodness, saith the thousand souls.
Lord. xxi. 19, 20. Paul declared what things xxxiii. 20, 21. If you can break my coGod had wrought by his ministry anong venant of the day and of the night, then the Gentiles. And the brethren glorified may also my covenant be broken with God.
the Levites, the priests, my ministers. 1 Cor. i. 21. It pleased God by the Ezek. xliv, 15. The priests that kept foolishness of preaching to save them my charge when the children of Israel that believe.
went astray from me, they shall come iii. 5. Who is Paul, or who is Apollos, unto me, and minister unto me. but ministers by whom ye believed, even Dan, xii. 3. They that be wise shall as the Lord gave to every man ?
shine as the brightness of the firmament,
and they that turn many to righteousness CXXI. A good ministry promised. 1 as the stars for ever and ever. Prov. xi. Sam. ii. 35. I will raise me up a faithful 30. James v. 20. priest, that shall do according to that Matt. v. 19. Whosoever shall do and which is in mine heart, and in my mind. teach these commandments, the same shall
Isa. xxx. 20, 21. Though the Lord give be called great in the kingdom of heaven. you the bread of adversity, and the water Luke xii. 42, 43. Who then is that of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be faithful and wise steward, whom his Lord removed into a corner any more, but thine shall make ruler over his household, to eyes shall see thy teachers. And thine give them their portion of meat in due ears shall hear a word behind thee, say- season ? Blessed is that servant whom ing, This is the way, walk ye in it. his Lord, when he cometh, shall find so
Jer. iii. 15. I will give you pastors ac. doing. cording to mine own heart, that shall feed xxii. 29. Jesus said, I appoint unto you with knowledge and understanding. you a kingdom. Matt. xix. 28.
xxiii. 4. I will set up shepherds over John iv. 36. He that reapeth receiveth them, which shall feed them; and they wages, and gathereth fruit unto life etershall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nal. See 2 Tim. iv. 7, 8. Rev. ii. 10. neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord. Isa. Ixii. 6.
CXXIII. Holy and unblamable in life
and conversation. Lev. xxi. 16. The CXXII. A faithful ministry. Pro- priests shall be holy unto their God. Ezek. mises to them, and prayers for them. Deut. xliv. 24. xxxiii. 8. Let thy Urim and thy Thum- Lam. iv. 7. Her Nazarites were purer miin be with thy holy ones.
than snow, &c. Ver. 11. Of Levi-Bless, Lord, bis Isa. lii. 11. Be ye clean that bear the substance, and accept the work of his vessels of the Lord. hands : smite through the loins of them Matt. v. 13. Ye are the salt of the that rise up against him.
earth.—Ver. 14. The light of the world. Ps. cxv. 12. The Lord hath been -Ver. 16. Let your light so shine bemindful of us; he will bless the house of fore men, that they may see your good Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron. works, and glorify your Father which is Ps. cxxxv. 19.
in heaven. cxxxii. 13. 16. The Lord hath chosen x. 16. Be wise as serpents, and harmZion. I will clothe her priests with sal- | less as doves. vation, &c.
Acts xx. 28. Take heed unto your. Isa. xlix. 4. I said I have laboured in selves. vain, I have spent my strength for nought, Rom. ii. 21. Thou that teachest an. and in vain ; yet surely my judgment is other, teachest thou not thyself. with the Lord, and my work with my 1 Cor. ix. 27. Paul said, I keep under God.
my body, and bring it into subjection :
lest by any means when I have preached thyself wholly to them. Take heed to others, I myself should be a cast away. unto thyself and to thy doctrine, con
I Matt. vii. 22.
tinue in them; for in doing this thou 2 Cor. vi. 3. Giving none offence, that shalt both save thyself, and them that the ministry be not blamed.
hear thee. Ver. 4. In all things approving our- v. 22. Keep thyself pure. selves as the ministers of God, in much vi. 11. Thou, o man of God, follow patience, &c.— Ver. 6, 7. By pureness, after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, by knoledge, by long-suffering, by the patience, meekness.-Ver. 12. Fight the Holy Ghost, by love unfcigned, by the good fight of faith.—Ver. 14. Keep this word of truth, by the power of God, by commandment without spot, unrebukable. the armour of righteousness on the right - Ver. 20. Keep that which is commithand and on the left.
ted to thy trust. 2 Tim. i. 14. viii. 20. Avoiding this, that no man 2 Tim. i. 13. Hold fast the form of should blame us.
sound words, in faith and love which is xi. 12. I cut off occasion from them in Christ Jesus. that seek occasion.
ii. 22. Flee youthful lusts; but follow Phil. iii. 17. Ye have us for an example. righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with
iv. 9. These things which thou hast them that call on the Lord out of a pure heard and seen in me, do, &c.
heart. 1 Thess. ii. 10. Ye are witnesses, and Ver. 24, 25. The servant of the Lord God also, how holily and justly, and un must not strive, but be gentle unto all blamably we behaved ourselves among men, apt to teach, patient; in meekness you.
instructing those that oppose them. 2 Thess. iii. 7. We behaved not ourselves. selves disorderly among you.—Ver. 9. iii. 10. Thou hast fully known my To make ourselves an ensample to you doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, to follow us.
long-suffering, patience.- Ver. 14. Con1 Tim. iii. 1–6. If a man desire the tinue in the things which thou hast learn. office of a bishop he desireth a good ed, and hast been assured of. work. A bishop must be blameless, vi. Tit. ii. 7. In all things shewing thygilant, sober, of good behaviour, given self a pattern of good works. to hospitality. Not given to wine, no 1 Pet. v. 3. Being ensamples to the striker, not greedy of filthy lucre, but flock. See instances: Acts vi. 3. The patient, not a brawler, not covetous : seven deacons.-Ch. xvi. 2. Timotheus. one that ruleth well his own house. -Ch. xxii. 12. Ananias.—Heb. xi. 2. Not a novice, lest being lifted up with The elders.—3 John 12. Demetrius. pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
CXXIV. Their humility, self-denial, Ver. 7. He must have a good report of and condescension for the good of man. them that are without, lest he fall into kind, in their office. Rom. i. 11. I long reproach. Tit. i. 7, 8, 9. A bishop for you, that I may impart some spiritual must be blameless as the steward of gift unto you. God, not self-willed, not soon angry, xi. 13. I magnify mine office. not given to wine, no striker, not given 1 Cor. ix. 12. We suffer all things, to filthy lucre; but a lover of hospi- lest we should hinder the gospel. tality, a lover of good men, sober, just, Ver. 19. I made myself servant of all, holy, temperate; holding fast the faith that I might gain the more.- Ver. 22, 23. ful word, that he may be able, by sound I am made all things to all men, that I doctrine, both to exhort and convince might by all means save some. This I gainsayers.
do for the gospel's sake. Ver. 8. Likewise must the deacons be x. 33. I please all men in all things, grave, &c. See to ver. 14.
not seeking mine own profit, but the iv. 12—16. Let no man despise thy profit of many, that they might be youth, but be thou an example of the saved. believers, in word, in conversation, in 2 Cor. i. 24. We are helpers of your charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Ijoy. Acts xvi. 40. (Tit. ii. 15.) Give attendance to read. ii. 4. The love I have for you all. ing, &c. Neglect not the gift that is in v. 20. We pray you, be ye reconciled thee. Meditate on these things, give to God.
2 Cor. vi. 1. We beseech you, that ye We exhorted and comforted, and cher. receive not the grace of God in vain.- ished every one of you as a father doth Ver. 13. I speak as to my children. his children.-Ver. 19. For what is our
vii. 4. Great is my glorying in you; I hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing ? are am comforted. (Acts xi. 23.) Ver. 13. We not even ye in the presence of our Lord were comforted in your comfort. Jesus Christ?
xi. 2, 3. I am jealous over you with a ii. 7, 8. Brethren, we were comforted godly jealousy. I fear lest your minds over you in all our affliction and distress, should be corrupted from the simplicity by your faith. For now we live, if ye that is in Christ. (See ver. 23 to 29.) stand fast in the Lord. Ver. 11. Wherefore? because I love you Ver. 9. What thanks can we render not? God knoweth.
to God for you, for all the joy' wherewith xii. 15. I will very gladly spend and we joy for your sakes before our God ?be spent for you, though the more I love Ver. 10, 11. you the less I be loved.—Ver. 19. We 2 Tim. ii. 10. I endure all things for do all things, dearly beloved, for your the elect's sake, that they may obtain the edifying.- Ver. 29. Who is weak and salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with I am not weak ? who is offended and I eternal glory. burn not?
3 John 4. I have no greater joy than Gal. iv. 11. I am afraid lest I have be- to hear that my children walk in the stowed labour on you in vain.-Ver. 19. truth. 2 John 4. My little children, of whom I travail in birth till Christ be formed in you.
CXXV. They seek not applause from Phil. i. 8. God is my record, how men; they flatter not men in their vices greatly I long after you in the bowels of and prejudices. 1 Thess. ii. 4–6. We Jesus Christ.
speak not as pleasing men, but God, ii. 17. If I am offered upon the sacri- which trieth our hearts.—Neither used fice and service of your faith, I joy and we flattering words.- Neither of men rejoice with you all.
sought we glory. Ver. 20. Timotheus will naturally care Gal. i. 10. If I yet pleased men I for your state.
should not be the servant of Christ. iv. 1. Dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown; stand fast in the Lord, CXXVI. They seek not riches of men; my dearly beloved.
neither are coretous. 2 Cor. xii. 14. Paul Col. i. 24. I rejoice in my sufferings said, I seek not yours,
you. for you, and fill up that which is behind 1 Tim. iii. 3. A bishop must not be of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh, for greedy of filthy lucre. Ver. 8. Tit. i. 7. his body's sake, which is the church. 1 Pet. v. 2. Feed the flock of God, taking
ii. 1, 2. I would that ye knew what the oversight, not for filthy lucre's sake. great conflict I have for you, and for them See Luke ix. 62. 2 Tim. ii. 4. See instan. of Laodicea, and for as many as have not ces: Samuel, 1 Sam. xii. 1, 2, 3.-Paul, 1 seen my face in the flesh; that their Cor. ix. 14. 2 Cor. vii. 2.-ix. 11.-xji. 13. hearts might be knit together in love, and 17, 18. 1 Thess. ii. 5. Phil. iv. 11, 12. unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, &c.—Ver. 5. Though I CXXVII. Their duty and encourage. be absent in the flesh, yet I am with you ment to speak boldly the truths of religion in the spirit, joying and beholding your without fear. Isa. 1. 4. The Lord God order, and the steadfastness of your faith hath given me the tongue of the learned, in Christ.
that I should know how to speak a word iv. 8. I sent Timotheus to comfort your in season to him that is weary. hearts. 1 Cor. iv. 7. 1 Thess. iii. 2. Jer. i. 7, 8. The Lord said to mc, Say
1 Thess. ii. 7, 8. We were gentle not I am a child: for thou shalt go to all among you, even as a nurse cherisheth that I send thee, and whatsoever I shall her children. Being affectionately desi. command thee, that thou shalt speak. Be rous of you, we were willing to have im not afraid of their faces, for I am with parted to you, not the gospel of God only, thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. but also our own souls, because ye were (Ver. 5. 9.) Ver. 17. Be not afraid of dear unto us.
their faces, lest I confound thee before Ver. 9. Labouring night and day we them. Ch. vi. 27.-10. 20, 21.-xx. 11. preached the gospel unto you.-Ver. 11. Ezek. ii. 6, 7.
Ezek. ii. 8. I have made thy face ix. 16. The Lord said of Paul, I will strong against their faces. Ver. 9. shew him how great things he must
Matt. x. 28. Fear not them which kill suffer for my name's sake. the body. Ver. 26. 31.
xx. 23, 24. Paul said, The Holy Ghost Acts iv. 22. Lord, grant unto thy ser- witnesseth in every city, saying, That vants, that with all boldness they may bonds and afflictions abide me. But speak thy word.
none of these things move me; neither xviii. 9, 10. Then spake the Lord to count I my life dear unto myself, so that Paul in the night by a vision, Be not I might finish my course with joy, and afraid, but speak and hold not thy peace. the ministry which I have received of For I am with thee, and no man shall set the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of on thee to hurt thee; for I have much the grace of God. people in this city. Ver. 11.
1 Cor. ii. 3. I was with you in weak. xxviii. 31. Paul taught those things ness and in fear, &c. that concern the Lord Jesus, with all iv. 9, 10. God hath set forth us the confidence.
apostles last, as it were appointed to Eph. vi. 19, 20. Paul said, Pray for death ; for we are made a spectacle unto
that utterance may be given me, the world, to angels and to men. We that I may open my mouth boldly, to are fools, we are weak, we are dishomake known the mystery of the gospel ; nourable, we are despised. Ch. xii. 28. that I may speak boldly as I ought to Ver. 11–13. We hunger and thirst, speak. Prov. xx. 25. The fear of man are naked, buffeted, and have no certain bringeth a snare.
dwelling-place: being reviled, we bless; Rev. xxi. 8. The fearful and unbe- being persecuted, we suffer it; being lieving shall have their portion in the defamed, we entreat: we are made as lake that burneth with fire and brim- the filth of the world, and are the offstone, which is the second death. See scouring of all things unto this day. Moses' excuse, and God's reply to him, 2 Cor. i. 5. The sufferings of Christ Exod. iv. 10 to 13.
abound in us.
Ver. 8, 9. In Asia, we were pressed CXXVIII. Instances of becoming bold out of measure, above strength, insomuch ness in reproving sinners, and declaring that we despaired even of life. We had the truths of religion. 1 Sam. xiii. 13. the sentence of death within ourselves.Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done Ver. 10. God delivered us. foolishly, thou hast not kept the com- vi. 4, 5. In all things approving our. mandment of the Lord thy God. 2 selves as the ministers of God, in much Chron. xvi. 7. 9.
patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in 2 Sam. xii. 7. Nathan said to David, distress, in stripes, in imprisonments, in Thou art the man (that hast done wick- tumults, in labours, in watchings, in edly).—Ver. 9. Wherefore hast thou de- fastings.-Ver. 8–10. By honour and spised the Lord, to do evil in his sight? dishonour; by evil report, and good re.
1 Kings xxi. 20. Elijah said to Ahab, port; as deceivers, and yet true : as un. Thou hast sold thy life to work evil in known, and yet well known; as dying, the sight of the Lord. See more in- and behold we live; as chastened, and stances : In a prophet, 2 Chron. xxv. 16. not killed : as sorrowful, yet always re. -Daniel, Dan. iv. 27.-v. 22, 23.—John joicing; as poor, yet making many Baptist, Matt. xiv. 4.—Peter and John, rich; as having nothing, yet possessing Acts xiv. 13. 18, 19, 20.—Paul, Acts all things. ix. 29.-xix. 8. 2 Cor. x. 1, 2.-xi. 21. xi. 23. In labours abundant, in stripes Rom. xv. 15. 1 Thess. ii. 2.-Barnabas above measure, in prisons frequent, in and Paul, Acts xiii. 46.—xiv. 3.-Apol. deaths oft. Ver. 25, 26. los, Acts xviii. 25, 26.—Many brethren, Ver. 27. In weariness and painfulness, Phil. i. 14.
in watchings often, in hunger and thirst,
in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. CXXIX. The sufferings of the apostles, Eph. vi. 20. For the gospel I am an &c. for religion. Acts v. 41. The apos. ambassador in bonds. tles departed from the presence of the 1 Tim. iv. 10. We labour and suffer council, rejoicing that they were counted reproach. worthy to suffer shame for the name of 2 Tim. ii. 3. Endure hardness as a Christ.
good soldier of Jesus Christ. Ch. iv. 5.
2 Tim. iii. 11, 12. Thou hast known x. 1. My heart's desire and prayer to what persecutions I endured. All that God for Israel is, that they may be will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suf- saved. fer persecution. Acts xiv. 22.
xv. 13. Now the God of hope fill you Heb. xi. 25. Moses chose rather to with all joy and peace in believing; that suffer affliction with the people of God, ye may abound in hope, through the than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a power of the Holy Ghost. Ver. 26. Ch. xiii. 13.
1 Cor. i. 4. I thank my God always on Ver. 36, 37. Others had trial of cruel your behalf, for the grace of God which mockings, and scourgings. They were is given you by Jesus Christ. stoned, they were sawn asunder, &c. 2 Cor. xiii. 7. I pray to God that ye Ver. 38.
do no evil. Rev. xvi. 6. They shed the blood of Eph. i. 16, 17. I cease not to give saints and prophets, and thou hast given thanks for you, making mention of you them blood to drink, for they are worthy. in my prayers; that the God of our
xi. 7. The beast that ascendeth out Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, of the bottomless pit, shall make war may give unto you the Spirit of wisdoin against the witnesses, and shall over- and revelation in the knowledge of him, come them, and shall kill them. Ch. &c. Ver. 18, 19. xvii. 6. I saw the woman (Babylon, the Phil. i. 3—5. I thank my God on mother of harlots,] drunken with the every remembrance of you, always in blood of the saints, and with the blood of every prayer of mine, for you all, making the martyrs of Jesus.
request, that he that hath begun a good xii. 6. The woman (the church) fled work in you, will perform it until the day into the wilderness. Ver. 14.
Ver. 9–11. This I pray, that your CXXX. Their temperance. Lev. x. love may abound yet more and more; 8, 9. The Lord spake unto Aaron, say- in knowledge, and in all judgment; ing, Do not drink wine, nor strong that ye may approve the things that are drink, thou nor thy sons with thee, excellent; and that ye may be sincere when yo go into the tabernacle of the con- and without offence until the day of gregation, lest ye die. Ezek. xliv. 21. Christ; being filled with the fruits of Luke i. 15.
righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ Luke xxi. 34. Jesus said unto his dis- unto the glory and praise of God. ciples, Take heed to yourselves, lest at Col. i. 3-11. We ccase not to pray any time your hearts be overcharged with for you, and to desire that ye might be surfeiting and drunkenness, and the cares filled with the knowledge of his will, in of this life.
all wisdom and spiritual understanding ; 1 Cor. ix. 27. Paul said, I keep my that ye might walk worthy of the Lord body under. Jer. xxxv. 6.
unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every 1 Tim. iii. 3. A bishop must not be good work, increasing in the knowledge given to wine. Tit. i. 7. Sce wine for- of God; strengthened with all might, bidden to Nazarites, Numb. vi. 3. Amos according to his glorious power, unto ii. 12.
all patience and long-suffering with joy.
fulness. CXXXI. They pray for the people. iv. 12. Labouring fervently for you in Numb. vi. 23—26. “On this wise ye shall prayers, that ye may stand perfect and bless the children of Israel, saying unto complete in all the will of God. them, the Lord bless thee, and keep thee: 1 Thess. iii. 12, 13. The Lord make the Lord make his face shine upon thee, you to increase and abound in love, one and be gracious unto thee: the Lord lift towards another, and towards all men: up his countenance upon thee, and give To the end that he may establish your
hearts unblamable in holiness before Joel ii. 17. Let the priests, the minis. God, even our Father, at the coming of ters of the Lord, weep between the our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. porch and the altar, and let them say, v. 23. The very God of peace sanctify Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not you wholly; and I pray God your whole thy heritage to reproach.
spirit, and soul, and body, be preserved Rom. i. 9. Without ceasing, I make blameless unto the coming of our Lord mention of you always in my prayers.