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Prone to forget God.

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Ps. 81: 11 My people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.

Pr. 1: 24 Because I have called and ye refused, I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof.

Is. 1: 2 I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.-30: 8 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: 9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord.

-65: 2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; 3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face.

Jer. 5: 23 This people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.— 25: 4 The Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.

Ezk. 2: 7 Thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. 8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house. 692. Sinners prone to forget God.

Dt. 32: 18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

Jud. 3: 7 The children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim,

and the groves.

1 S. 12: 9 When they forgat the Lord their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera.

Ps. 9: 17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. — 50: 22 Consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. — 106:21 They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt.

Jer. 2: 32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.

-3: 21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the Lord their God.

Ezk. 22: 12 Thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord God. [See 22.]

Stupid and inattentive to God - depart from God - hate his governinen.

693. Sinners stupid, and inattentive to God.

Ps. 10: 4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. 50: 21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself. — 94:8 Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?

Pr. 6: 9 How long wilt thou sleep, 0 sluggard ? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

Is. 5: 12 The harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine are in their feasts : but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of his hands.

Jer. 4: 22 My people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil

, but to do good they have no knowledge.—8: 7 The stork in the hearen knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle, and the crane, and the swallow, observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.

Hos. 7:11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart. [See 132, 707, 739.] 694. Sinners depart from God.

Gen. 3: 8 They heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

Job. 11: 12 Vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

Jer. 2: 5 Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain? 13 My people have committed two evils ; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Hos. 7: 13 Wo unto them! for they have fled from me.
695. Sinners hate the divine presence, government, and restraints.
Job. 27: 22 He would fain flee out of his hand.
Is. 30: 11 Cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from be

Lk. 19: 14 His citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. 27

fore us.

Self-righteous - will not come to Christ.

Those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

[See 22, 23, 272, 705.]
696. Sinners self-righteous, proud, and opposed to grace.

Ps. 10: 4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God.

Mat. 20: 10 When the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.

11 And when they had received it, they mụrmured against the good man of the house, 12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. 13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong : didst thou not agree with me for a penny? 14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? is thine eye evil because I am good ? 16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Lk. 15: 28 He was angry, and would not go in; therefore came his father out, and entreated him. 29 And he answering, said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment; and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends : 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with hariots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

Rom. 10: 3 They, being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

1 Cor. 1: 18 The preaching of the cross is to them that per ish, foolishness. 23 We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness.

[See 373, 510, 549, 550.]
697. Sinners rather perish, than come to Christ.

Pr. 8: 36 He that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

Jn. 5: 40 Ye will not come to me that ye might have life.

Ac. 13: 46 Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you : but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. See 373.]

Inclinel to sensuality and idolatry.

698. Sinners inclined to sensaal pleasures and lusts.,

Lev. 18: 24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things : for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

Gal. 5: 19 The works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, rer. ellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Ep. 2: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

2 Tim. 3: 4 Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of please ures more than lovers of God.

Tit. 3: 3 We ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

Jam. 5: 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton ; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.

1 Pet. 4: 3 The time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciv. iousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries : 4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you. [See 675.] 699. Sinners naturally inclined to idolatry.

Ex. 32: 1 When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods which shall


before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

Dt. 31: 16 The LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, and this people will rise

and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them. 20 When I shall have brought them into the land whirh I sware unto their



Prone to Murmurs and Cruelty.


fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.

Jer. 44: 17 We will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the qucen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in ihe cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem : for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

[See 362.]
700. Sinners inclined to murmur.

Ex. 16: 2. The whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness : 3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh-pots, and when we did eat bread to the full: for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. 8 Moses said, This shall be when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full: for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.

Num. 17: 10 The Lord said unto Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not.

Mat. 20: 11 When they had received it, they murmured against the good man of the house, 12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

Jude 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts. (See 9, 171, 272.] 701. Sinners ungrateful and cruel.

Gen. 40: 23 Yet did nct the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him. - 49: 5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. 6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret: unto their assembly, mir.e honor, be not thou united! for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wali. 7 Cursed be their

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