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fins of angels and men o, and that not by a bare permission p but such as hath joined with it a most wise and powerful bounding q, and otherwise ordering, and governing of them, in a manifold dispensation, to his own holy ends r; yet fo, as

the IV. o Rom. xi. 32. For God hath him, and turned the kingdom unto concluded them all in unbelief, that David the son of Jeffe. 2 Sam. xvi. he might have mercy upon all. 10. And the king said, What have 33. O the depth of the riches, both I to do with you ye sons of Zeruia of the wisdom and knowledge of God! ah? so let him curse, because the how unsearchable are his judgments, Lord hath said unto him, Curse Daand his ways past finding out! v. vid. Who shall then say, Where34. For who hath known the mind fore hast thou done so ? Acts ii. 23. of the Lord, or who hath been his Him, being delivered, by the detercounsellor? 2 Sam. xxiv. I. And a minate counsel and fore-knowledge gain the anger of the Lord was of God, ye have taken, and by wicked kindled against Israel, and he mov hands have crucified and Nain, Acts ed David against them, to say, Go iv. 27. For of a truth against thy number Israel and judah. With holy child Jesus, whom thou hast ai Chr. xxi. 1. And Satan stood up nointed, both Herod and Pontius against Israel, and provoked David Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the to number Israel. i Kings xxii. 22. people of Israel were gathered togeAnd the Lord said unto him, Where. ther, v. 28. For to do whatsoever with? And he said, I will go forth, thy hand and thy counsel determined and I will be a lying spirit in the before to be done. mouth of all his prophets. And he p Acts xiv. 16. Who in times paft said, Thou shalt persuade him, and suffered all nations to walk in their prevail also: go forth, and do so.

own ways. \. 23. Now therefore behold, the 9 Psalm lxxvi. 10. Surely the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the wrath of man shall praise thee: the mouth of all these thy prophets, remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. and the Lord hath spoken evil cun 2 Kings xix. 28. Because thy rage cerning thee i Chr. 8.4. Then said against me, and thy tumult is come Saul to his armour-bearer, Draw up into mine ears, therefore I will thy sword, and thrust me through put my hook in thy nose, and my therewith; left these uncircumcised bridle in thy lips, and I will turn come, and abuse me.

But his ar thee back by the way by which thou mour-bearer would not, for he was camelt. fore afraid. So Saul took a sword,

r Gen. 1. 20. But as for you, ye and fell upon it. v. 13. So Saul died, thought evil against me; but God for his transgression which he com meant it unto good, to bring to pass, mitted against the Lord, even against as it is this day, to save much peothe word of the Lord, which he kept ple alive. Isaiah x. 6. I will send not, and also for asking counsel of him against an hypocritical nation, one that had a familiar spirit, to en and against the people of my wrath quire of it; v. 14. And enquired will I give him a charge to take the not of the Lord: therefore he flew spoil and to take the prey, and to

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the sinfulness thereof proceedeth only from the creature, and not from God, who, being most holy and righteous, neither is nor can be the author or approver of sins.

V. The most wise, righteous and gracious God doth oftentimes leave for a feason his own children to manifold temptations, and the corruption of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former fins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption, and deceitfulness of their hearts, that they inay be humbled t; and to raise them to a more close and constant dependence for their fupport upon himself, and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of fin, and for fundry other just and holy ends v.

VI. As tread them down like the mire of the reprove thee, and set them in order streets. v. 7. Howbeit, he mean- before thine eyes. eth not fo, neither doth his heart V. t 2 Chr. xxxii. 25. But Hezethink so, but it is in his heart to de- kiah rendred not again, according stroy, and cut off nations not a few. to the benefit done, unto him: for v. 12. Wherefore it shall come to his heart was lifted up; therefore pass, that when the Lord hath per- there was wrath upon him, and uformed his whole work upon mount pon Judah and Jerufalem. v. 26. Zion, and on Jerusalem, I will pu- Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled nish the fruit of the stout heart of himself for the pride of his heart the king of Assyria, and the glory of (both he and the inhabitants of Jehis high looks.

rusalem) so that the wrath of the , James i. 13. Let no man say Lord came not upon them in the when he is tempted, I am tempted days of Hezekiah. v. 31. Howbeit, of God: for God cannot be tempted in the business of the ambassadors. of with evil, neither tempteth he any the princes of Babylon, whio fent man. v. 14. But every man unto him to enquire of the wonder tempted, when he is drawn away that was done in the land, God left of his own lust, and enticed. v. 17. him to try him, that he might know Every good gift, and every perfect all that was in his heart. 2 Sam. gift, is from above, and cometh xxiv. 1.-And again the anger of the down from the Father of lights, Lord was kindled against Israel, and with whom is no variableness, Dei- he moved David against them to say, ther thadow of turning. I John ii. Go number Israel and Judah. 16. For all that is in the world, the 0 2 Cor. xii. 7. And left I fhould luft of the flesh, and the last of the be exalted above measure, througla eyes, and the pride of life, is not the abundance of the revelations, of the Father, but is of the world. there was given to me a thorn in the Psalm l. 21. These things hast thou flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet done, and I kept filence : thou me, left I should be exalted above thoughtest that I was altogether measure, v. 8. For this thing I besuch an one as thyself: bu I will fought the Lord thrice, that it might

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VI. As for those wicked and ungodly men, whom God as a righteous judge, for former fins,doth blind and harden w,from them he not only with-holdeth his grace, whereby they might have been enlightened in their understandings, and wrought upon in their hearts x; but sometimes also with-draweth the gifts which they had y, and exposeth them to such objects as their corruption makes occafion of fin z; and withal, gives

them depart from me. v. 9. And he faid VI. w Rom. i. 24. Wherefore unto me, My grace is sufficient for God also gave them up to uncleanthee : for my strength is made per- ness, through the lust of their own fect in weakness. Most gladly there- hearts, to dishonour their own bo fore will I rather glory in my in- dies between themselves : 1.26. For firmities, that the power of Christ this cause God gave them up unta may rest upon me.

Pfalm lxxiii. vile affections : For even their women throughout. + Pfalm Ixxvii. 1. I did change the natural use into that cried unto God with my voice: even which is against nature: v. 28. And unto God with my voice, and he even as they did not like to retain gave ear unto me. V. 10. And I God in their knowledge, God gave said, This is my infirmity : but I them over to a reprobate mind, to do will remember the years of the right those things which are not convenihand of the most High. v. 12: I ent. Rom. xi. 7. What then ? Israel will meditate also of all thy work, hath not obtained that which he seekand talk of thy doings (Read the eth for, but the election hath obtainintermediate verses in the Bible.) ed it,and the rest were blinded. v. 8. Mark xiv. from the 66 verse, to the According as it is written, God hath end, with John xxi. 15. So when given them the spirit of Aumber,eyes they had dided, Jesus saith to Simon that they should not fee,and ears that Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, loveft they should not hear, unto this day. thou me more than these ? He faith x Deut. xxix.

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Yet the Lord unto him, Yea, Lord; thou know. hath not given you an heart to pereft that I love thee. He faith unto ceive, and eyes to fee, and ears to him, Feed my lambs. Ý, 16. He hear, unto this day.“ faith to him again the second time, gy Matth. xii. 12. For whosoever Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me? hath, to him fhall be given, and he He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou shall have more abundance : but knowest that I love thee. He faith whosoever hath not, from him shall unto him, Feed my sheep. 5. '17. be taken away, even that he hath, He saith unto him the third time, Mat. xxv. 29. For unto every one Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me that hath fhall be given, and he fhall Peter was grieved, because he said have abundance: but from him that unto him the third time, lovelt thou hath not shall be taken away, even me? And he said unto him, Lord, that which he hath. thou knowelt all things ; thou know z Deut. 7. 20. But Sihon king of est that I love thee. Jesus faith un Hellbon would not let us pafs by him: to him, Feed my sheep.

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them over to their own lusts, the temptations of the world, and the power of Satan a: whereby it comes to pass, that they harden themselves, even under those means which God useth for the foftning of others b.

VII. As fpirit, and made his heart' obstinate, also, neither would he let the people that he might deliver him into thy go. 2. Cor. ii. 15. For we are unto hand, as appeareth this day. 2 Kings God a sweet savour of Christ,in them viii. 12. And Hazael said, Why that are saved, and in them that weepeth my lord ? And he answer- perish. v. 16. To the one we are ed, Because I know the evil that thou the favour of death unto death; and wilt do unto the children of Israel : to the other, the favour of life unto their strong holds wilt thou set on life : and who is sufficient for theic fire, and their young men wilt thou things ? Isa. viii, 14. And he shall flay with the sword, and wilt dash be for a sanctuary; but for a stone their children, and rip up their wo of Itumbling, and for a rock of ofmen with child.

v. 13. And Ha- fence to both the houses of Israel, zael said, But what, is thy servant a for a gin, and for a snare to the indog, that he should do this great habitants of Jerusalem. 1 Pet. ii. 7. thing? And Elisha answered, the Unto you therefore which believe, Lord hath shewed me that thou he is precious: but unto them which {halt be king over Syria.

be disobedient, the stone which the a Pfal. Ixxxi. 11. But my people builders disallowed, the same is made would not hearken to my voice: and the head of the corner ý. 8. and a Ifrael would none of me. V. 12. So stone of stumbling, and a rock of I gave

them up unto their own hearts offence, even to them which itumble lust, and they walked in their own at the word, being disobedient, counsels. 2 Theff. ii. 10. And with whereunto also they were appointed. all deceivableness of unrighteous. Ifa. vi. 9. And he said, Go and tell ness in them that perish ; because this people, Hear ye indeed, but unthey received not the love of the derstand not ; and see ye indeed, but truth; that they might be saved. perceive not. v, 10. Make the heart V. II. And for this cause God shall of this people fat, and make their send them (trong delusion, that they ears heavy, and shut their eyes: left fhould believe a lie. V. 12. That they see with their eyes, and hear with they all might be damned, who be- their ears, and underítand with their lieved not the truth, but had plea- heart, and convert, and be healed. fure in unrighteousness.

With Acts xxviii. 26. Saying, Go b Exod. vii. 3. And I will harden unto this people, and say, Hearing Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my ye shall hear, and shall not underligns and my wonders in the land of stand : and seeing ye shall fee, and Egypt. With Exod. viii. 15. But not perceive. v. 27. For the heart when Pharaoh saw that there was of this people is waxed gross, and respite, he hardned his heart, and their ears are dull of hearing, and hearkned not unto them ; as the their eyes have they closed ; left they Lord had said. v. 32. And Pha- should see with their eyes, and hear raoh hardned his heart at this time with their ears, and understand with

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Chap. VI. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punish

ment thereof. UR first parents being seduced by the subtilty and temp

tation of Satan, sinned in eating the forbidden fruit a. ' This their fin, God was pleased, according to his wife and holy counsel, to permit, having purposed to order it to his own glory b.

II. By this fin they fell from their original righteousness, and communion with God c, and so became dead in

sin d their heart, and should be converted, not for I am with thee, I will bring and I should heal them.

thy feed from the east, and gather VII. c 1 Tim. iv. 10. For there. thee from the west. v. 14. Thus fore we both labour, and suffer re faith the Lord, your Redeemer, the proach, because we trust in the liv. holy One of Israel, for your fake I ing God, who is the Saviour of all have sent to Babylon, and have men, specially of those that believe. brought down all their nobles, and Amos ix. 8. Behold, the eyes of the the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the Lord God are upon the finful king- ships, dom, and I will destroy it fronı off I. a Gen. iii. 13. And the Lord the face of the earth; saving that I God said unto the woman, What is will not utterly destroy the house of this that thou hast done? And the Jacob, faith the Lord.

woman said, The serpent beguiled lo, I will command, and I will fift me, and I did eat. 2 Cor. xi.

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But the house of Israel among all nations, I fear least by any means, as the serlike as corn is fifted in a sieve, yet pent beguiled Eve through his subshall not the least grain fall upon the tilty, so your minds should be corearth. Rom. viii. 28. And we know rupted from the simplicity that is in: that all things work together for Christ. good, to them that love God, to b Rom. xi. 32 For God hath conthem who are the called according cluded them all in unbelief, that he to his purpose. Isa. xliii. 3. For I might have mercy upon all. am the Lord thy God, the holy one II. c Gen. iii. 6. And when the of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Égypt woman saw that the tree was good for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Sheba for food, and that it was pleasant to for thee. v. 4. Since thou was pre- the eyes, and a tree to be desired to cious in my fight, thou hast been ho- make one wise; she took of the fruit nourable, and I have loved thee: thereof, and did eat, and gave

also therefore will I give men for thee, unto her husband with her, and he and people for thy life. v. 5. Fear

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