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came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. 23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. 24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. — 14: 1 It came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude, both of the Jews, and also of the Greeks, believed. 620. The influences of the Spirit compared to rain, or the pouring of water.

Ps. 72: 6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass : as showers that water the earth.

Pr. 1: 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

Is. 32: 15 Until the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest. — 44:3 I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring,

Ezk. 39: 29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.

Joel 2: 28 It shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit.

Zec. 12: 10 I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born.

1 Pet. 1: 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did sinister the things which are now reported unto you by them at have preached the gospel unto you, with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven. 621. Happy effects of genuine revitals.

2 K. 23: 24 The workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law

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which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the LORD. 25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.

2 Ch. 31: 5 As soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the first-fruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly. 8 And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed the LORD, and his people Israel.

Ps. 14: 7 When the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Ac. 2: 44 All that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. — 8: 8 And there was great joy in that city. - 19: 18 Many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. 19 Many of them also which used curious arts, brought their books together, and burned them before all men ; and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

Col. 2: 5 Though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. [See 605.] 622. Praying for revirals required and er mplified.

Ps. 80: 14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts : look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine; 15 And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself. 16 It is burnt with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance. -85: 6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? 7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation. — 122: 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem : they shall prosper that love thee.

Song 4: 16 Awake, 0 north wind; and come, thou south ; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits. Is. 62: 6 Ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not si

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lence, 7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. — 64: 1 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, 2 As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence !

Jer. 14 20 We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against thee. 21 Do not abhor us ; for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant

Dan. 9: 17 ( our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake.

Hab. 3: 2 O Lord, I have heard thy speech and was afraid : O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

Mat. 6: 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. 623. Spurious revivals.

Mat. 23: 15 Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is made, ye make him two-fold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Gal. 4: 17 They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye affect them.

[See 191, 194, 411, 609, 689.]


624. Riches, the idol of many.

Mat. 19: 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

2 Tim. 4: 10 Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world.

625. Riches and prosperity have a corrupting and dangerous tendency.

Gen. 13: 10 Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the

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LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. 11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. 12 Abrain dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. 13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD, exceedingly.

Dt. 8: 11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: 12 Lest when thou hast eaten, and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein ; 13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; 14 Then thy heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. — 32: 13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock; 14 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 didst drink the pure blood of the grape. 15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

2 Ch. 26: 3 Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. 5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and, as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper. 15 And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong. 16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction.

Ps. 30: 6 In my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. — 55: 19 Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God. — 92: 7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever.

Pr. 1: 32 The turning away of the simple shall slay them, ard the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. — 30: 8 Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches;

feed me with food convenient for me: 9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in rain.

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Ec. 5: 12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much : but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. 13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.

Jer. 22: 21 I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but thou saidst, I will not hear.

Ezk. 16: 49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. 28: 5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffic, hast thou increased thy riches, and thy heart is lifted up because of thy riches.

Mat. 19: 23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily, I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Mk. 4: 19 The cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

1 Tim. 6: 8 Having food and raiment, let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich, fall into temptation, and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness. [See 741.] 626. The eager pursuit of riches forbidden und discouraged.

Pr. 23: 4 Labor not to be rich: cease from thine own wis dom. 28: 20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. 22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

Is. 5: 8 Wo unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!

2 Pet. 2: 14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from zin; beguiling unstable souls: a heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the

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