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As low as death when living high d,
Nor shall I live, yet cannot die e.
For all my sins my heart is fad,
Since God's dishonour'd f; yet I'm glad,
Though once I was a slave to fing,
Since God does thereby honour win h..
My fins are ever in his eye i,
Yet he beholds no fin in me k.;

d 2 Cor. vi. 9.-as dying, and behold, we live.

e Heb. ix. 27. It is appointed unto-nien once to die. John 1:24. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come unto condemnation ; but is passed from death unto life. Chap. vi. 10. And this is the will of him that fent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believe eth on him, may have everlasting life. V.'50, 51. This is. the bread, which cometh down from heaven, that a. man may eat thereof, and not die.. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world..

f Psalm li. 4. Against thee, thee only have I finoed, and done this evil in thy light.

& Rom. vi. 17. But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of fin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered unto you.

h lla. xli. 24. Sing, O ye heavens ; for the Lord hath done it : shout ye lower parts of the earth : break forth into finging, ye mountains, O forests, and every tree therein; for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel. Eph. i. 6. To the praise of the glory of his grace. v. 12. That we should be to the praise of his glory.

i Rev. iii. i. I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. v. 15.. I know thy works that thou art neither cold nor hot.

k Numb. xxiii. 21. He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel. Soog iv. 7. Thou art all fair, my love, there is no spot in thee. Ezek. xvi. 14. And thy renown went forth among the Heathen for thy bea

His mind that keeps them all in store,
Will yet remember them no more l.
Because my fins are great, I feel,
Great fears of heavy wrath m; yet still:
For mercy seek, for pardon wait,
Because my fins are very great n.
I hope when plung’d into despair og
I tremble when I have no fear p.

ty: for it was perfect through my comeliness which I had put upon thee, faith the Lord God.

| Ifa. xliii. 24. I, even I am he that blotteth out thy transo. gresfions for mine own fake, and will not remember thy Gns. Jer. xxxi. 4. I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remem. ber their fin no more. Heb. viii. 12. I will be merciful to their uprighteousness, and their fins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

m Ezra ix. 13, 14. And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God haft punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and halt given us fuch deliverance as this, should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations ? wouldīt not thou be angry with us till thou hadit consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping? Pfalm xxxviii. 1. O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath; neither chaiten me in thy hot displeafure.

n Psalm xxv. 11. For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. Jer. xiv. 7. O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name's fake: for our backslidings are many, we have finned against thee.

o Rom. iv. 18. Who (Abraham] against hope believed in hope. 2 Cor. i. 8, 9. For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, infomuch that we despaired even of life : but we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead.

12. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in

Pardons dispels my griefs and fears 9,
And yet diffolve my heart in tears r.

SECT. IV. Mysteries in Faith's extractions, way and walk, prayers and answers, heighths and depths, fear and love.

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'my absence : work out your own salvation with fear and trem. -bling. Luke i. 74. That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear.

9 Matth. ix. 2. Jesus said unto the fick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer, thy fins be forgiven thee.

Ezek. xxxvi. 25, 26. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean : from all your filthiness, and from all your idols will I cleanse you. A new heatt also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

v. 3. Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loath yourselves in your own fight, for your iniquities, and for your abominations. Chap. xvi. 63. That thou mayest remem. ber and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy lame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord God.

a Rom. ii. 4. Or defpifelt thou the riches of his goodness, and forbearance, and long.suffering : not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance ? Chap. vi. 1, 2. What shall we say then? shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid: how shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein ? What then? shall we lin, because we are not under the law, but under grace ? God forbid. Chap. viii. 28. And we know that all things work to. gether for good, to them that love God, to them who are the

v. 15.

My ftanding does my fall

procure ,
My falling makes me stand more sure d.
My poison does my phyfic prove e,
My enmity provokes my love f.
My poverty infers my wealth g,

My sickness issues in my health h: called according to his purpose. Phil. i. 12. But I would ye Thould understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me. bave fallen oat unto the furtherance of the gospel, Psalm cxix. 71. It is good for me that I have been a flicted; that I might learn thy flatutes.

6 z.Cor. xii. 1. And left I hould be exalted above mea. fure, through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the fielh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, left ishould be exalted above measure. Prov. xxix. 23. A man's pride fhall bring him low: but honour fhall uphold the humble in spirit. 2 Chron. xxxii. 26. Hezekiah humBled himself for the pride of his heart, (both he and the in. habitants of Jerusalem), so that the wrath of the Lord came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.

c Pfalm xXx. 6, 7. And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my moun. tain to stand Grong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.

d Prov. xxiv. 16. For a just man falleth seven times, and rifeth up again. Psalm xxxvii. 24. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

e 2 Cor. xii. 7, 8. And left I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorni n the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, left I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I befought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. Ifa. xxvii. 8. 9. In measure when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it; he stayeth his rough wind in the day of his eaft wind. By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged, and this is all the fruit to take away his lin.

f Gal. v. 27. The flesh lufteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. V. 24. And they that are Christ's, have crucified the flesh, with affections and lufts,

& Rev. ii. 9. I know thy poverty, but thou art rich. 2 Cor. vi. 10.-as having nothing, and yet pofsefling all things.

My hardness tends to make me foft i,
And killing things do cure me oft k.
While high attainments cast me down,
My deep abafements raise me soonl:
My beft things oft have evil brood m,
My worst things work my greatest good n.

h Matth. ix. 12. They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. Ifa. Ivii. 17, 18. for the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth and smote him ; I hid me and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart, I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him, and to his mourners.

i Isa. Ixiii. 17. 0 Lord, why haft thou made us to ere from thy ways ? and hardened oar heart from thy fear? Re. turn for thy servant's fake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

de 2 Cor. i. 9. But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God, which raiso eth the dead. Hos. v. 1.5. I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face : in their affliction they will seek me early. Chap. vi. r. Come and let us return unto the Lord; for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

Ti Pet. v. 6. Be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility; for God refifteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Pfalm cxvi. 6. I'was brought low, and he helped me.

m Pfalm xxx. 6, 7. And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.

Lord, by thy favour thou haft made my mountain to stand strong: thou did hide thy face, and I was troubled. Deut. xxxii. 14, 15. Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou didit drink the pure blood of the grape.

But Jelhurun waxed fat, and kicked ; thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art cove ered with fatness: then he forsook the God which made him, and lightly esteemed the rock of his falvation. Plalm cvi. 7. Our fathers understood not thy wonders ig Egypt, they re

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