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man doth not live by bread alone, --Lam. iii. 39, 40. Isa. ix. 13. Jer. but, &c.—Deut. viii. 3.

xxxi. 18, 19. But when they in their trouble did

I will cause you


under the turn unto the Lord God of Israel and rod, &c. and ye shall know that I am sought him, he was found of them.-- the Lord.--Ezek. xx. 37,38. 2 Chron. xv. 4.

When I have brought them again When Manasseh was in affliction, from the people, and gathered them he besought the Lord his God, &c. out of the enemies' land, &c. then they then Manasseh knew that the Lord he shall know that I am the Lord their was God. - 2 Chron. xxxiii. 12, 13. God, which caused them to be led Job xxxvi. 9, 10.

into captivity among the heathens, God hath overthrown me, and hath &c. -Ezek. xxxix. 27, 28. encompassed me with his net, &c. O king, this is the decree of the For I know that my Redeemer liveth, most High: they shall drive thee and that he shall stand at the latter from men, &c. until thou know that day upon the earth, &c. in my flesh the most High ruleth in the kingdom shall I see God.- Job xix. 6. 25—27. of men, and giveth it to whomsoever

When' my heart is overwhelmed, he will.-Dan. iv. 24, 25.32. lead me to the rock that is higher Behold, I will hedge up thy way than 1: for thou hast been a shelter. with thorns, &c. Then shall she say, Ps. lxi. 2, 3.

I will go and return to my first husWhen he slew them, then they band, for then was it better with me sought him, and they returned and tharrnow, &c.—Hosea ii. 6—8. v. 15. inquired early after God: and they I will go and return to my place remembered that God was their rock, till they acknowledge their offence, &c.-Ps. lxxviii. 34, 35. Isa. ix. 13. and seek my face: in their affliction

It is good for me that I have been they will seek me early. Come, and afflicted, that I might learn thy sta- let us return unto the Lord; he hath tutes: the law of thy mouth is better torn, and he will heal us ; he hath unto me than thousands of gold and smitten, and he will bind us up.silver.-Ps. cxix. 71, 72.'

Hosea v. 15. vi. 1. My beloved hath withdrawn him- I will bring a third part through self, and was gone; my soul failed, the fire, &c. they shall call on my &c. I sought him, &c. Cant. name, and I will hear them.—Zech.

xiii. 9. Such as are escaped of the house We had the sentence of death in of Jacob, shall no more again stay ourselves, that we should not trust in upon him that'smote them; but shall ourselves, but in God which raiseth stay upon the Lord, the Holy One the dead : who delivered us, &c. of Israel, in truth.—Isa. X. 20, 21. 2 Cor. i. 9, 10.

In that day it shall come to pass, Our light affliction worketh for us that the glory of Jacob shall be made a far more exceeding and eternal thin, &c. At that day shall a man weight of glory : while we look not look to his Maker, and his eyes shall at the things which are seen, but at have respect to the Holy One of Is- the things which are not seen, &c.rael; and he shall not look to the 2 Cor. iv. 17, 18. altars, &c.—Isa, xvii. 4-8.

In vain have I smitten your chil- IV. For God's Glory, and the furdren: they received no correction.

therance of the Gospel. Jer. ii. 30. Amos iv. 10.

I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that Wherefore doth a living man com- he shall follow after them : and I will plain ? &c. Let us search and try our be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon ways, and turn again unto the Lord. all his host, that the Egyptians may

v. 6.

power of

know that I am the Lord, &c. And sufficient for thee, for my strength is the Egyptians pursued after them, &c. made perfect' in weakness : most and the children of Israel were sore gladly therefore will I rather glory in afraid,&c.Exod. xiv. 4.9, 10. 17,18. my infirmities, that the

He fed thee with manna, &c. that Christ may rest upon me.—2 Cor. he might make thee know that man xii. 7–10. doth not live by bread only, but by I would have you understand, breevery word that proceedeth out of thren, that the things which have the mouth of the Lord doth man live. happened to me, have fallen out rather -Deut. viii. 3.

unto the furtherance of the gospel, Howbeit, because by this deed thou &c. and many of the brethren in the hast given great occasion to the ene- Lord waxing confident by my bonds, mies of the Lord to blaspheme, the are much more bold to speak the word child also that is born unto thee shall without fear.-Phil. i. 12–14. surely die.-2 Sam. xii. 14.

If ye be reproached for the name Hast thou considered my servant of Christ, happy are ye; for the SpiJob ? &c. and still he holdeth 'fast rit, &c. on your part he is glorified. his integrity, although thou movedst - 1 Pet. iv. 14. me against him, to destroy him with- v. For the procuring of great Good out cause.—Job ii. 3. Surely the wrath of man shall praise

and Advantage to those who are thee : the remainder of wrath shalt

exercised therewith. thou restrain.-Ps. lxxvi. 10.

Joseph's aMictions and sufferings, The three children's sufferings made his being sold by his brethren, and their persecutors to acknowledge and afterwards being imprisoned, hapgive honour to God.—Dan. iii. 27–29. pened, through God, to his great

So Daniel's sufferings made Darius honour and advantage : he is adthe king (who had caused him to be vanced to be next the king ; his brecast into the lions' den) acknowledge thren, who sold him, are made to bow and honour God.-Dan. vi. 20. 26, 27. to him and honour him, and are nou

Master, who did sin, this man, rished by him ; his father's sorrows or his parents ; that he was born are also recompensed, in that Joseph blind ? Jesus answered, Neither hath provided for him in the famine.this man sinned, nor his parents : Gen. xxxvii. 28. 34, 35. xxix, 5. 20. but that the works of God should be xli. 39—44. xlv.5. 7,8. xlvii. 11, 12. made manifest in him.-John ix, 2, 3. But as for you, ye thought evil

Jesus said, This sickness is not against me: but God meant it unto unto death, but for the glory of God, good, to bring to pass as at this day, that the Son of God might be glori- to save much people alive.-Gen.1. 20. fied thereby.-John xi. 4.

The more they afflicted them, the This spake he, signifying by what more they multiplied and grew.death he should glorify God.—John Exod. i. 11, 12. Ezra v. vi. xxi. 19.

And Israel saw that great work We are troubled on every side, &c. which the Lord did upon the Egypthat the life also of Jesus might be tians: and the people feared the Lord, made manifest in our body: for we and believed the Lord and his servant which live, are always delivered unto Moses.-Exod. xiv. 31. death, that the life of Jesus might be Who fed thee with manna, &c. that made manifest in our mortal flesh.— he might humble thee, &c. to do thee 2 Cor. iv. 8—11.

good at thy latter end.-Deut. viii. 16. When Paul was buffetted, &c. he Hezekiah, left of God, to try him, besought the Lord thrice that it might that he might know all that was in depart : and it was said, My grace is his heart.-2 Chron. xxxii. 31.

When Manasseh was in affliction, into the land of the Chaldeans, for he besought the Lord his God; and their good : for I will set mine eyes humbled himself greatly before the upon them for good.- Jer. xxiv. 5, 6. God of his fathers, and prayed unto God's chastening of Ephraim did him, &c. Then Manasseh knew that him much good in the end. Jer, the Lord he was God, &c. He took xxxi. 18—20. away the strange gods,&c.--2 Chron. They shall bear the punishment of xxxiii. 11-13. 15, 16.

their iniquity, &c. that the house of Tatnai the governor's opposing the Israel may go no more astray from Jews, wrought for their advantage in me, neither be polluted any more with the end. -Ezra v. vi.

all their transgressions : but that If they be found in fetters, &c. they may be my people, and I may then he sheweth them their work, be their God.-Ezek. xiv. 10, 11. and their transgressions, that they I will cause you to pass under the have exceeded : he openeth also their rod : and I will bring you into the ear to discipline.—Job xxxvi. 8–10. bond of the covenant.--Ezek. xx. 37.

Before I was afflicted, I went astray: Daniel and the three children, by but now have I kept thy word. It is their afflictions, were more advanced. good for me that I have been afflicted, -Dan. iii. vi. that I might learn thy statutes, O I will hedge up thy way with Lord. Thou in faithfulness hast thorns, &c. Then shall she say, I will afflicted me.-Ps. cxix. 67.71.75. go and return to my first husband, for

They that sow in tears, shall reap then was it better with me than now, in joy. He that goeth forth, and I will allure her and bring her into weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall the wilderness, and speak comfortadoubtless come again with rejoicing, bly (or friendly) unto her.--Hosea &c.—Ps. cxxvi. 5, 6.

ii. 6-8. 14. It is better to go to the house of I will also leave in the midst of mourning, than to the house of feast- thee an afflicted and poor people ; ing, for that is the end of all men, and they shall trust in the name of and the living will lay it to his heart. the Lord.—Zeph. iii. 12. Sorrow is better than laughter; for He that loseth his life for my sake, by the sadness of the countenance shall find it: for what shall it profit the heart is made better.-Eccles. a man, if he shall gain the whole vii. 2, 3.

world, and lose his own soul When Christ withdrew from the Matt. x. 39. Mark viii. 36. spouse, he endeared himself the more

And every one that hath forsaken to her.-Cant. v. 6. 10, 11.

houses, or brethren, &c. or lands, for When the Lord hath performed his my name's sake, shall receive an hunwhole work upon mount Zion, and on dred fold, and shall inherit everlastJerusalem, I will punish the fruit of ing life.—Matt. xix. 27. 29. the stout heart of the king of As- Tribulation worketh patience, and syria, &c. Such as are escaped of the patience experience, &c.-Rom. v.3–5. house of Jacob, shall no more again And we know that all things work stay upon him that smote them, but together for good to them that love shall stay upon the Lord, &c.— Isa. God.-Rom. viii. 28. Ps. xxv. 10. x. 12. 20.

Excommunication designed for good, When thy judgments are in the that the spirit may be saved in the earth, the inhabitants of the world day of our Lord Jesus.- 1 Cor. v. 5. will learn righteousness.- Isa. xxvi. 9.

When we

are judged, we are So will I acknowledge them that chastened of the Lord, that we should are carried away captive of Judah, not be condemned with the world.whom I have sent out of this place i Cor. xi. 32.

Though our outward man perish, correcteth, &c. for he maketh sore, yet the inward man is renewed day and bindeth up, &c. - Job v. 17, 18. by day : for our light affliction, which Blessed is the man whom thou is but for a moment, worketh for us chastenest, O Lord; and teachest a far more exceeding and eternal him out of thy law.-Ps. xciv. 12. weight of glory; while we look not Whom the Lord loveth, he correctat the things which are seen. -2 Cor. eth ; even as a father the son in iv. 16-18. leb. x. 34-36. whom he delighteth.—Prov. iii. 12.

Io nothing terrified by your adver- He that spareth the rod, hateth his saries; which is to them an evident son: but he that loveth him, chasttoken of perdition ; but to you of eneth him betimes.--Prov. xiii. 24. salvation, and that of God.-Phil. Blessed are they that mourn, for i. 28.

they shall be comforted. Blessed are Tribulations, that ye endure, &c. they which are persecuted for righthat ye may be counted worthy of the teousness' sake, &c. Blessed are ye kingdom of God.—2 Thess. i. 4, 5. when men shall revile you,


perIt is a faithful saying, &c. If we secute you, and shall say all manner suffer, we shall also reign with him.- of evil against you, falsely, for my 2 Tim. ii. 11, 12. Rom. viii. 17, 18. sake: rejoice, and be exceeding glad. 1 Pet. iv. 13.

-Matt. v. 4. 10-12. We have had fathers of our flesh, Blessed are ye that hunger now, which corrected us, and we gave them &c. that weep now, &c. But woe unto reverence : shall we not much rather you that are rich, &c. that are full, be in subjection unto the Father of &c. that laugh now, &c. when all men spirits, and live for they, &c. chast- speak well of you.—Luke vi. 21, 22. ened us after their own pleasure ; but 24–26. he, for our profit, &c. No chastening In nothing terrified by your adverfor the present seemeth to be joyous, saries : which is to them an evident but grievous ; nevertheless after- token of perdition ; but to you of ward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit salvation, and that of God : for unto of righteousness unto them which are you it is given in the behalf of Christ, exercised thereby.—Heb. xii. 9–11. not only to believe on him, but also

Ye are in heaviness, &c. that the to suffer for his sake.- Phil. i. 28, 29. trial of your faith, &c. might be If ye endure chastening, God dealfound unto praise, and honour, and eth with you as with sons : for what glory, at the appearing of Jesus son is there? &c. If ye be without Christ.--1 Pet. i. 6, 7.

chastisement,&c. then are ye bastards, See Second Consideration following and not sons.--Heb. xii. 7, 8.

Blessed is the man that endureth The Considerations which temptation : for when he is tried, &c. should stay, bear up, and comfort - James i. 12. the Spirits of Christians in their Wecount them happy which endure.

afflictions, and under Persecutions. Ye have heard of the patience of Job. Cons. I. That it is their Portion,

-James y. 11. which God appointed them to in this

If ye suffer for righteousness' sake, Life ; and that too for good Ends. happy are ye : and be not afraid.

1 Pet. iii. 14. Cons. II. That such who are so exer

If ye be reproached for the name cised, are blessed and happy, and of Christ, happy are ye; for the spi80 pronounced in Scripture; a Seal rit of glory, and of God, resteth upon of their Sonship, and God's choice


&c. - 1. Pet. iy. 14. Love to them, and of their Salvation.

As many as I love, I rebuke and Behold, happy is the man whom God chasten.-Rev. iii. 19.

Sect. I11.

Blessed are the dead which die in for I know their sorrows.Exod. üi.7. the Lord (or for the Lord's sake):- Acts vii. 34. Ps. x. 14. Rev. xiv. 13.

Pharaoh could not hurt Moses and

Aaron, though they came with so Cons. III. That God well knows the

many threatenings from God.-Exod. design and ways of Satan, and alt vii. viii. &c. the adversaries of Believers : and

Pharaoh's design in pursuing Isthat they can do no more, nor pro- rael God knew, and prevented Phaceed further against usthan God per- raoh, and overthrew him.—Exod. xiv. mits. He turns about their purposes.

The enemy said, I will pursue, I Your father deceived me, &c. but will overtake, I will divide the spoil ; God suffered him not to hurt me. If


lust shall be satisfied upon them; he said thus, &c. Laban pursued Ja- I will draw my sword, mine hand cob, &c. And God came to Laban the shall destroy (or repossess) them. Syrian in a dream by night, and said Thou didst blow with thy wind, the unto him, Take heed that thou speak sea covered them, they sauk as lead, not to Jacob either good or bad (or &c. Who is like unto thee, O Lord ? from good to bad), &c. It is in the -Exod. xv. 9–11. power of my hand to do you hurt : · Balak's design was to have Balaam. but the God of your father spake unto to curse Israel ; but God overruled me yesternight, saying, Take thou him, so that he could not but bless heed that thou speak not to Jacob, Israel. - Numb. xxii. xxiv. 10–13. &c.--Gen. xxxi. 7,8. 23, 24. 29. 42. xxiii.

When Esau, was coming against Saul designed to kill David, made Jacob with four hundred men, and many attempts, and pursued him ; Jacob was afraid, yet God changed yet could never effect it: God preEsau's heart; so that when he met vented him.—1 Sam. xvii. xix. xxij. Jacob, he embraced him, &c. which xxiv. xxvi. made Jacob say to Esau, I have seen Ahithophel gave counsel against thy face as though I had seen the face David, but God brought it to nought, of God, and thou wast pleased with and suffered not his enemies to bring me.-Gen. xxxii. 6–8. xxxiii. 3, 4. 10. their designs to pass.--2 Sam. xvii.

And the terror of God was upon The king of Syria went up against the cities that were round about them, Samaria, and said, The gods do so and they did not pursue after the sons unto me, and more also, if the dust! of Jacob.-Gen. XXXV. 5.

of Samaria shall soffice for handfuls Joseph's brethren, when they saw for all the people that' follow me. him, &c. conspired against him to But God prevented him.-1 Kings XX. slay him. And they said one to ano- 1, 2. 10. 21. ther, Behold, this dreamer cometh; God defeated the king of Syria's come now therefore, and let us slay design against Elisha. - 2 Kings vi. him, &c. and we shall see what will 13, &c. become of his dreams, &c. All which The enemies of Israel set themGod prevented, and purposed better selves to hinder the building of the things.-Gen. xxxvii. 17, &c. xxxix. temple; asked who commanded them 1. 19, 20.

to do it; wrote to the king against The king of Egypt designed the it; but God prevented their purpose, weakening of Israel, and preventing and brought forth the contrary effect. their increase: but the more they -Ezra. v. vi. afflicted them, the more they multi- When Israel were building, the adplied.--Exod. i. 9-12. 20. : versaries conspired together to come

And the Lord said, I have surély and fight against Jerusalem, and to seen the afflictions of my people, &c. hinder it. And when our enemies

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