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fice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles.-1 Pet. iv. 2, 3.
Giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue,&c. wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure for if ye e; do these things, ye shall never fail.
2 Pet. i. 5-7. 10.
Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, &c. -2 Pet. iii. 14.
I gave her space to repent of her fornication, and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, &c.-Rev. ii. 21, 22.
And the angel, &c. sware, &c. that there should be time no longer.Rev. x. 5, 6.
The devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he know eth he hath but a short time.-Rev. xii. 12.
SIGNS OF THE LAST TIMES; OR, END
OF THE WORLD.
MANY shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many: and ye shall hear of wars, &c. because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. The gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness, &c. As the days of Noah were, so shall the coming of the Son of man be, &c. They were eating, &c.-Matt. xxiv. 5-7. 12, 14. 37, 38.
That day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.-2 Thess. ii. 3, &c.
In the last days perilous times shall come for men shall be lovers of their ownselves, &c.-2 Tim.iii. 1-4. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days, scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? &c.-2 Pet. iii. 3, &c.
ENCOURAGEMENTS TO HOPE IN, AND
CRY TO GOD, WHEN OUr case seeMS DESPERATE, AND AT THE Lowest ebb.
MOSES said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin and now I will go up unto the Lord; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.-Exod. xxxii. 30.
The Lord shall repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, &c.-Deut. xxxii. 36.
Ye shall give glory unto the God of Israel: peradventure he will lighten his hand from off you, and from off your gods, and from off your land.1 Sam. vi. 5.
And Jonathan said, &c. Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us for there is no restraint to the Lord, to save by many or by few.-1 Sam. xiv. 6.
While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept : for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live? 2 Sam. xii. 22.
Let him alone, and let him curse, &c. it may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.-2 Sam. xvi. 11, 12.
Why sit we here until we die? If we say we will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there; and if we sit still here, we die also. Now, therefore, come and let us fall into the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.-2 Kings vii. 3, &c.
This is a day of trouble, &c. it may be the Lord thy God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, &c. and will reprove the words which the Lord thy God hath heard. Wherefore, lift up thy prayer for the remnant that are left. 2 Kings xix. 3, 4.
We have trespassed against our
God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land; yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. Now, therefore, let us make a covenant with our God, to put away all the wives, &c.-Ezra x. 2, 3. O my God, I cry in the day time, and thou hearest not, &c. be not far from me, &c.-Ps. xxii. 2-12.
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth, &c. He putteth his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope.-Lam. iii. 27. 29.
Israel said, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost; we are cut off for our parts, &c. Thus saith the Lord, Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.-Ezek. Xxxvii. 11-13.
O king, &c. break off thy sins by righteousness, &c. if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity (or healing of thine error).-Dan. iv. 27. Rend your heart, &c. who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him? &c. Joel ii. 13, 14.
Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate; it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph. Amos v. 15.
The ship was like to be broken, &c. Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship, and he lay, and was fast asleep; and the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, &c. Arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.-Jonah i. 4-6.
Jonah (when in the fish's belly) said, I am cast out of thy sight, yet I will look again toward thy holy temple, &c: when my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.-Jonah ii, 1-4. 7.
Let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his
evil way, &c. Who can tell, if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?-Jonah iii. 8-10.
Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek, &c. It may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger.-Zeph. ii. 3.
The woman who had had the bloody issue twelve years, and had spent much upon physicians to no purpose, came and touched Christ, and was healed. - Luke viii. 43-48. John v. 5-9.
The woman of Canaan, though Christ answered her roughly, cried still, and prevailed.-Mark vii. 26, &c.
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee: for I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.-Acts viii. 22, 23.
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledgment 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.
GOD IS NOT REGARDLESS OF THE FIRST ESSAYS AND INSTANCES OF HUMILIATION, BUT FREQUENTLY COMMENDS AND REQUITES THEM.
He only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the Lord God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam.-1 Kings xiv. 13.
Ahab, &c. rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, &c. and went softly, &c. Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days. 1 Kings xxi. 27. 29.
Jehu commended and rewarded for his zeal, in executing the judgments of God upon Ahab's house.-2 Kings x. 30.
Because thine heart was tender (saith God to Josiah) and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord, &c. and hast rent thy clothes, and hast wept before me: I also have heard thee, saith the Lord. Behold, therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace, and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place.—2 Kings xxii. 19, 20.
When the Lord saw that Rehoboam, and the princes humbled themselves, he said, I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance, &c. God would not destroy him altogether.-2 Chron. xii. 6, 7. 12.
Thus saith the Lord, I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.-Jer. ii. 2.
Thus God did note and commend the good of the churches in Asia.Rev. ii. 2, 3. 9. 13. 19. iii. 4. 8. 10, 11.
OF VOWS AND PROMISES TO GOD.
JACOB Vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, &c. then shall the Lord be my God.-Gen. xxviii. 20-22. xxxi. 13.
The laws for redemption of things vowed.-Levit. xxvii.
The law about vows; where it binds, and is to be kept, and where not.-Numb. xxx.
When thou shalt vow a vow unto the Lord thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it for the Lord thy God will surely require it of thee, and it would be sin in thee. But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee. That which is gone out of thy lips, thou shalt keep and perform, even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the
Lord thy God.-Deut. xxiii. 21—23. Eccles. v. 4, 5.
Israel vowed a vow to the Lord, and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.-Numb. xxi. 2, 3.
Jephthah's vow, to dedicate to God whatever came forth of the doors of his house to meet him: after his victory his daughter met him; who did with her according to his vow.— Judges xi. 30—39.
Hannah vowed to give her child unto the Lord; and she performed it.-1 Sam. i. 11. 27, 28.
Absalom pretended a vow which he had vowed unto the Lord, that he might go to carry on the conspiracy he designed against his father David. 2 Sam. xv. 1—10.
Offer unto God thanksgiving: and pay thy vows unto the Most High.— Ps. 1. 14.
Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.-Ps. Ivi. 12.
Thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage, &c. So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.-Ps. lxi. 5. 8.
I will go into thy house with burntofferings: I will pay thee my vows, which my lips have uttered, &c. when I was in trouble.-Ps. lxvi. 13, 14.
Vow, and pay unto the Lord your God.-Ps. lxxvi. 11.
I will pay my vows unto the Lord, now, in the presence of all his people.-Ps. cxvi. 14.
It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy; and after vows, to make inquiry.-Prov. xx. 25.
When thou vowest unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools, &c. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.Eccles. v. 4, 5.
God threatens Israel for saying, they would perform their vows which they had made, to burn incense to the
queen of heaven, &c.--Jer. xliv. 25, &c.
I will pay that which I have vowed. -Jonah ii. 9.
Paul had shorn his head in Cenchrea; for he had a vow.-Acts xviii. 18.
We have four men which have a vow on them; them take, and purify thyself with them, &c. And all may know, &c. that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law. As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written, and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only, &c.-Acts xxi. 23, &c.
The law about the vows of a daughter, in her father's house and of a married person.-Numb. xxx.
AND the Israelitish woman's son blasphemed the name of the Lord, and cursed; and they brought him unto Moses, &c. and they put him in ward, that the mind of the Lord might be shewed unto them. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Bring forth him that hath cursed, without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him, &c. Whosoever curseth his God, shall bear his sin: and he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death.-Levit. xxiv. 11-16.23.
Jezebel, king Ahab's wife, commanded the nobles to set up false witnesses against Naboth, to testify that he did blaspheme God and the king; and so stone him to death: which accordingly they did.—1 Kings xxi. 8-13. Acts vi. 11. 13.
Sennacherib, king of Assyria, by his servants said, Who among all the gods, &c. could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of mine hand? &c. No god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver,
&c. how much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand? And his servants spake yet more against the Lord God, and against his servant Hezekiah. He wrote also letters, to rail on the Lord God of Israel, and to speak against him, &c. And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth, which were the works of the children of men.-2 Chron. xxxii. 9-20.
The shame of my face hath covered me, for the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth. Ps. xliv. 15, 16.
O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever? Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O Lord, and that the foolish people hath blasphemed thy name, -Ps. lxxiv. 10. 18. 22.
Render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom, their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.-Ps. lxxix. 12.
What have I here, saith the Lord, that my people is taken away for nought? &c. and my name continually every day is blasphemed? Isa. lii. 5.
In this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me, when I had brought them into the land, &c. Then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees; and then they offered sacrifices there, &c.- Ezek. xx. 27, 28.
Thou shalt know that I am the Lord, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies, which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume. Thus with your mouth you have boasted against me, and have multiplied your words against me.-Ezek. xxxv. 12, 13.
When Christ had said to the sick man, Thy sins are forgiven thee, then behold certain scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth,
&c. The Pharisees said, He casteth have heard him speak blasphemous
out devils by the prince of devils.
The Pharisees said, This fellow
Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy: what farther need have we of witnesses? behold, now, ye have heard his blasphemy.-Matt. xxvi. 64, 65.
He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation; because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.—Mark iii. 29. 30.
From within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, blasphemies, &c.-Mark vii. 21, 22.
They, &c. asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee? And many other things blasphemously spake they against him.-Luke xxii. 64, 65.
For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God, &c. Say ye of him whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? -John x. 33. 36.
They suborned men, who said, We
words against Moses and against God. -Acts vi. 11. 13.
people gave a shout, saying, It is the
Jesus was the Christ. And when
gogue, and compelled them to blasI punished them oft in every synapheme; and being exceeding mad against them, &c.-Acts xxvi. 11.
The name of God is blasphemed Rom. ii. 23, 24. among the Gentiles, through you, &c.
anger, &c. blasphemy, &c.-Col. iii. 8. But now ye also put off all these,
before was a blasphemer, &c. AlexPutting me into the ministry, who ander, whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.-1 Tim. i. 12, 13. 20.
ters worthy of all honour, that the Servants, &c. count your own masname of God, and his doctrine, be not blasphemed.-1 Tim. vi. 1.
Men shall be lovers of their owniii. 2. selves, &c. blasphemers, &c.-2 Tim.
Discreet, chaste, keepers at home, that the word of God be not blasgood, obedient to their own husbands, phemed.-Titus ii, 5.
Do not they blaspheme that worthy
not with them to the same excess of
who say they are Jews, and are not,