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The Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up or left.-Deut. xxxii. 36.
It repented the Lord, because of their groanings, by reason of them that oppressed them.-Judges ii. 18. It repented me that I have set up Saul to be king; for he is turned back, &c. the Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, &c. and also the strength (or eternity) of Israel, will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.-1 Sam. xv. 11. 28, 29. 35.
When the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the evil; and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay thine hand.-2 Sam. xxiv. 16.
They have humbled themselves, therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance. -2 Chron. xii. 7. 1 Kings xxi. 27.29. Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.-Ps. xc. 13.
He remembered for them his covenant, and repented, according to the multitude of his mercies.-Ps. cvi. 45. The Lord will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.-Ps. cxxxv. 14.
For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken it: I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.-Jer. iv. 28.
I will destroy thee: I am weary with repenting.-Jer. xv. 6.
Amend your ways, &c. and the Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you, &c. And the Lord repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them. — Jer. xxvi. 3. 13. 19. xviii. 7-11.
I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.-Jer. xlii. 10. xviii. 8. 10.
I the Lord have spoken, &c. I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent.-Ezek. xxiv. 14.
How shall I give thee up, Ephraim ? &c. My heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together. Í will not execute the fierceness of mine anger.-Hosea xi. 8, 9.
O grave! I will be thy destruction; repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.-Hosea xiii. 14.
By whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small. The Lord repented for this: It shall not be, saith the Lord.-Amos vii. 2, 3. 5, 6.
Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented him of the evil that he had said. that he would do unto them, and he did it not. - Jonah iii. 9, 10. iv. 20. Joel ii. 13, 14.
I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the Lord of hosts; and I repented not: so again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah; fear ye not.-Zech. viii. 14, 15.
SECT. II. Of Repentance in Man,
and his turning to God.
GOD led the people not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near: for God said, Lest, peradventure, the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt.-Exod. xiii. 17.
And thou shalt call them to mind, &c. and shalt return, &c. with all thy heart, &c.-Deut. xxx. 1-3.8. 1 Kings viii. 47, 48. Deut. iv. 30, 31.
And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother.Judges xxi. 6. 15.
Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return untó the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods, and Ashtaroth from among you; and prepare hearts unto the Lord, &c. then
they did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the Lord only. 1 Sam. vii. 3, 4.
If they shall bethink themselves, &c. and repent, &c. and so return unto thee with all their heart, &c.1 Kings viii. 47, 48.
Ahab humbled himself, &c. and God brought not the threatened judgments in his days.-1 Kings xxi. 27.29. For a long season Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law: but when they in their trouble did turn unto the Lord God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.-2 Chron. xv. 3, 4.
Turn again unto the Lord God of Abraham, &c. and he will return to the remnant of you, &c. and be ye not like your fathers, &c. If ye turn again unto the Lord, your brethren and your children shall find compassion for the Lord your God is gracious, &c.-2 Chron. xxx. 6, 7. 9. Manasseh repented, &c. when he had been in affliction.-2 Chron. xxxiii. 12, &c. Jer. iv. 14.
I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.-Ps.. cxix. 59.
Wash ye, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes.—Isa. i. 16, 17. Jer iv. 14.
Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted; for in that day every man shall cast away his idols, &c.-Isa. xxxi. 6, 7.
I have blotted out as a thick cloud thy transgressions, and as a cloud thy sins; return unto me. Isa, xliv. 22.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon: for my thoughts are not your thoughts, &c.-Isa. lv. 7-9.
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wicked
ness, to undo the heavy burdens? &c.—Isa. lviii. 5—7.
Thou hast played the harlot with many lovers: yet return again to me, saith the Lord, &c. but she returned not, &c. return thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord, and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you; for I am merciful, &c. only acknowledge thine iniquity, &c. return, &c. I will heal your backslidings: behold, we come unto thee, for thou art the Lord our God.-Jer. iii. 1. 6, 7. 12-14. 22.
If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord, return unto me and if thou wilt put away thy abominations out of my sight, then, &c.-Jer. iv. 1. 4. 14.
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush.-Jer. vi. 15.
Amend your ways, and your doings, &c. trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, &c. for. if ye thoroughly amend your ways, and your doings, &c.—Jer. vii. 3—7. Isa. Íviii. 5—7.
No man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? Every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.Jer. viii. 1. 6.
Return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good and they said, There is no hope; but we will walk after our own devices.-Jer. xviii 11, 12.
I will give them an heart to know me, &c. for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.-Jer. xxiv. 7.
Surely I have heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised; as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned, for thou art the Lord, my God. Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh; I
was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.-Jer. xxxi. 18-20.
Take thee a roll, &c. it may be the house of Judah will hear, &c. that they may return every man from his evil way, that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.-Jer. xxxvi. 2, 3. 6, 7.
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again unto the Lord.-Lam. iii. 40. Josh. vii. 10. 12.
Turu thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned.-Lam. v. 21. of shall reThey that escape you, member me among the nations, &c. and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed. -Ezek. vi. 9.
Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Repent and turn yourselves from your idols, and turn away your faces from all abominations.-Ezek. your
If the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, &c. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die, saith the Lord God, and not that he should return from his ways, and live? &c. repent and turn you from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin, &c. make you a new heart, and a new spirit: for why will ye die? &c.-Ezek. xviii. 21. 23. 30-32. xxxiii. 11, &c.
Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities.
Ezek. xxxvi. 31. vi. 9. xx. 43. O king, &c. break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor.-Dan. iv. 27.
I will hedge up thy way, &c. then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband, &c.-Hosea ii. 6, 7.
Israel shall return and seek the
and shall fear the Lord.-Hosea iii.
They will not frame their doings
The pride of Israel testifieth to his face, and they do not return to the Lord their God, nor seek him for all this, &c. they return, but not to the Most High.-Hosea vii. 10. 14. 16. Isa. ix. 13. Jer. ii. 30. v. 3.
Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord.-Hosea x. 12. Jer. iv. 3, 4.
O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God, &c. take with you words, and turn to the Lord.-Hosea xiv. 1, 2.
Turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart, and not your garments, &c. for he is gracious.-Joel ii. 12, 13.
God sent judgment after judgment; yet Israel repented not.-Amos iv. 8, &c.
The people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, &c. God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way.-Jonah iii. 5. 8-10.
They shall look upon him whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him.-Zech. xii. 10.
Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts.Mal. iii. 7. Zech. i. 3, 4.
John Baptist preached, &c. saying, Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.-Matt. iii. 1, 2. 6.
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, &c.— Matt. iv. 17. Mark i. 15.
I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.-Matt. ix. 13.
Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not, &c. If the mighty works which
were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.-Matt. xi. 20-24.
The men of Nineveh, &c. shall condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonas.-Matt. xii. 41.
Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.-Matt. xviii. 2, 3.
Son, go work, &c. yet he said, I will not; but afterward he repented, and went, &c. ye, when ye had seen, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.-Matt. xxi. 28, 29. 32.
And Peter remembered the words of Jesus, which he said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice: and he went out and wept bitterly.-Matt. xxvi. 75.
Judas repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces, &c. saying, I have sinned.-Matt. xxvii. 3, 4.
Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.-Luke xiii. 2, 3. 5.
Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons which need no repentance, &c. there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth, &c. The prodigal returned.-Luke xv. 7. 10. 17-21. 24. 32.
If one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.-Luke xvi. 30, 31.
If he trespass against thee seven times, &c. and turn again to thee, saying, I repent.-Luke xvii. 4.
It behoved Christ to suffer, &c. that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations. Luke xxiv. 46, 47.
When they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said, &c. Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptised.-Acts ii. 37, 38.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.-Acts iii. 19.
Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness.-Acts v. 31..
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. Acts viii. 22.
Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life, &c. and a great number believed and turned unto the Lord.-Acts xi. 18. 21.
We preach unto you, that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God.-Acts xiv. 15.
And the times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commandeth all men every where to repent.— Acts xvii. 30.
I kept back nothing, &c. testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus.-Acts xx. 20, 21.
But shewed, &c. that they should repent, and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.-Acts xxvi. 20.
Not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance.― Rom. ii. 4.
Though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, &c. ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing for godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation, not to be repented of.-2 Cor. vii. 8-10.
oppose themselves, if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.-2 Tim. ii. 25, 26.
To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, &c.-Heb. iv. 7. iii. 15. Ps. xcv. 7, 8.
Let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, &c. for it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, &c. if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh.-Heb. vi. 1. 4-6.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you: cleanse your hands, ye sinners, &c.—James iv. 8—10.
Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him, let him know, that he which converteth a sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, &c.James v. 19, 20.
For ye were as sheep going astray, but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.-1 Pet.
The Lord is not slack, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward: not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.-2 Pet. iii. 9.
Thou hast left thy first love: remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do thy first works: or else I will come unto thee quickly, &c. thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, &c. Repent, or else I will come, &c. I gave her space to repent of her fornication, and she repented not: behold, I will cast her into a bed, &c.—Rev. ii. 4, 5. 14—16. 20—22.
I have not found thy work perfect before God; remember therefore how thou hast received and heard and hold fast, and repent, &c. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten, be
zealous therefore, and repent.-Rev. iii. 2, 3. 19.
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues, yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils and idols of gold, &c. neither repented they of their murders, &c. Rev. ix. 20, 21.
And men were scorched (or burned) with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, &c. and they repented not to give him glory, &c. and repented not of their deeds.-Rev. xvi. 9-11.
OF DEATH; OR THE LAYING DOWN OF THESE TABERNACLES.
AND the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground (or dust of the ground).-Gen. ii. 7. Job iv. 19.
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground: for out of it wast thou taken : for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.-Gen. iii. 19.
God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace: thou shalt be buried in a good old age.-Gen.
xv. 13. 15. xxv. 8.
I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes.-Gen. xviii. 27.
Sarah died, &c. and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.-Gen. xxiii. 2.
Abraham died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years, and was gathered to his people, &c. Ishmael, &c. gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people.Gen. xxv. 8. 17.
Isaac, &c. said, Behold, now I am old, I know not the day of my death. —Gen. xxvii. 1, 2. xxxv. 28, 29.
Rachel died in bearing Benjamin by the way; buried there; and Jacob set a pillar upon her grave.— Gen. xxxv. 17, &c.
Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one