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and see what answer I shall return / saith, Master, say on. There was to him that sent me. And David
a certain creditor, which had two said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: debtors: the one owed five hundred let us fall now into the hand of the pence, and the other fifty. And Lord; for his mercies are great: when they had nothing to pay, he and let me not fall into the hand of frankly förgave them both. Tell man. So the Lord sent a pestilence me, therefore, which of them will upon Israel from the morning even love him most? Simon answered to the time appointed : and there and said, I suppose that he to whoin died of the people from Dan even he forgave most. And he said unto to Beer-sheba seventy thousand men. him, Thou hast rightly judged. And
he turned to the woman, and said II. It Implies Godly Sorrow for unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? Sin.
I entered into thy house, thou gavest
me no water for my feet: but she Mat. 26: 69. Now Peter sat with-hath washed my feet with tears, out in the palace : and a damsel and wiped them with the hairs of came unto him, saying, Thou also her head. Thou gavest me no kiss wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he but this woman, since the time denied before them all, saying, I came in, hath not ceased to kiss my know not what thou sayest. And feet. My head with oil thou didst when he was gone out into the not anoint: but this woman hath porch, another maid saw him, and anointed my feet with ointment. said unto them that were there, Wherefore, I say unto thee, Her This fellow was also with Jesus of sins, which are many, are forgiven ; Nazareth. And again he denied for she loved much: but to whom with an oath, I do not know the little is forgiven, the same loveth man. And after a while came unto little. And he said unto her, Thy him they that stood by, and said to sins are forgiven. And they that Peter, surely thou also art one of sat at meat with him, began to say them; for thy speech betrayeth within themselves, Who is this that thee. Then began he to curse and forgiveth sins also? And he said to swear, saying, I know not the man. the woman, Thy faith bath saved And immediately the cock crew.
thee: go in peace. And Peter remembered the word Jer. 50: 4. The children of Israel of Jesus, which said unto him, Be- shall come, they and the children of fore the cock crow, thou shalt deny Judah together, going and weeping, me thrice. And he went out, and they shall go and seek the Lord their wept bitterly.
God. Luke 7: 36. And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would † JOEL 2:12. Túrn ye únto me eat with him. And he went into with all your heart, with fasting, the Pharisee's house, and sat down with weeping, and with mourning. to meat. And behold, a woman in 2 Cor. 7: 9. Now I rejoice, not the city, which was a sinner, when that ye were made sorry, but thať she knew that Jesus sat at meat in ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye the Pharisee's house, brought an were made sorry after a godly manalabaster-box of ointment, and stood ner, that ye might receive damage at his feet behind him weeping, and by us in nothing. For godly sorrow began to wash his feet with tears, worketh repentance to salvation not and did wipe them with the hairs of to be repented of : but the sorrow her head, and kissed his feet, and of the world worketh death. For "anointed them with the ointment. behold this self-same thing, that ye Now, when the Pharisee which had sorrowed after a godly sort, wbať bidden him saw it, he spake within carefulness it wrought in you, yea, himself, saying, This man, if he what clearing of yourselves, yea, were a prophet, would have known what indignation, yea, what fear, who and what manner of woman yea, what vehement desire, yea, this is that toucheth him: for she is what zeal, yea, what revenge! In a sinner. And Jesus answering, all things ye have approved yoursaid unto him, Simon, I have some- selves to be clear in this matter. what to say unto thee. And he 2 KINGS 22: 19. Because thine heart was tender,...and thou hast rent | toward their land which thou gavest thy clothes and wept before me, I also unto their fathers, and toward the have heard thee, saith the Lord. city which thou hast chosen, and
Ps. 34 : 18. 'The Lord is nigh toward the house which I have built unto them that are of a broken for thy name: then hear thou from heart, and saveth such as be of a the heavens, even from thy dwellingcontrite spirit.
place, their prayer and their suppli51:17. The sacrifices of God are a cations, and maintain their cause, broken spirit; a broken and a contrite and forgive thy people which have heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. sinned against thee.
147: 3. The Lord healeth the JAMES 4: 7. Submit yourselves broken in heart, and bindeth up therefore to God.... Cleanse your their wounds.
hands, ye sinners, and purify your
hearts, ye double-minded. Be afflictIII. A Renunciation of Sin. ed and mourn and weep. Let your
laughter be turned to mourning, and Mat. 21: 28. But what think ye? your joy, to heaviness: humble yourA certain man had two sons; and selves in the sight of the Lord, and he came to the first, and said, Son, he shall lift you up. go, work to-day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not; 1 Deut. 30:1. And it shall come but afterward he repented, and to pass, when all these things are went. And he came to the second, come upon thee, the blessing and and said likewise, And he answer- tbe curse, which I have set before ed and said, I go, sir ; and went not. thee, and thou shalt call them to Whether of them twain did the will mind among all the nations, whither of his father? They say unto him, the Lord thy God hath driven thee, The first. Jesus saith unto them, and shalt return unto the LORD thy Verily I say unto you, That the God, and shalt obey his voice acpublicans and the harlots go into the cording to all that I coinmand thee kingdom of God before you. For this day, thou and thy children, with John came unto you in the way of all thine heart, and with all thy soul; righteousness, and ye believed him that then the LORD thy God will turn not: but the publicans and the har- thy captivity, and have compassion lots believed him: and ye, when ye upon thee, and will return and had seen it, repented not afterward, gather thee from all the nations, that ye might believe him.
whither the LORD thy God hath Isa. 55: 7. Let the wicked for- scattered thee. If any of thine be sake his way and the unrighteous driven out unto the utmost parts of man his thoughts.
heaven, from thence will the LORD 1:16. Cease to do evil ; learn to thy God gather thee, and from thence do well.
will he fetch thee: and the LORD thy John 5: 14. Behold thou art made God will bring thee into the land whole; sin no more, lest a worse which thy fathers possessed, and thing come unto thee.
thou shali possess it; and he will 2 Chron. 6: 36. If they sin do thee good, and multiply thee against thee, (for there is no man above thy fathers. And the LORD which sinneth not,) and thou be thy God will circumcise thine heart, angry with them, and deliver them and the heart of thy seed, to love over before their enemies, and they the LORD thy God with all thine carry them away captives unto a heart, and with all thy soul, that land far off or near; yet if they thou mayest live. And the LORD bethink themselves in the land thy God will put all these curses whither they are carried captive, upon thine enemies, and on them and turn and pray unto thee in the that hate thee, which persecuted land of their captivity, saying, We thee. And thou shalt return and have sinned, we bave done ainiss, obey the voice of the LORD, and and have dealt wickedly: if they do all his commandments wbich I return to thee with all their heart command thee this day. And the and with all their soul in the land of LORD thy God will make thee plentheir captivity, whither they have teous in every work of thine hand, carried them captives, and pray l in the fruit of thy body, and in the
fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit no kinsman to recompense the tresof thy land, for good: for the Lord pass unto, let the trespass be recomwill again rejoice over thee for pensed unto the Lord, even to the good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers: priest ; beside the ram of the atoneif thou shalt hearken unto the voice ment, whereby an atonement shall of the LORD thy God, to keep his be made for him. commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the § 3. MEANS OF REPENTANCE. LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
I. Reflection. IV. Confession of Sin to God. Deut. 32: 29. O that they were
wise; that they understood this; that Lev. 26:40. If they shall confess they would consider their latter end. their iniquity and the iniquity of Job 23: 15. When I consider, I am their fathers;.. if their uncircumcised afraid of him. hearts be humbled ;... then will I re- Ps. 4: 4. C mune with your member my covenant.
own heart on your bed, and be still. Ps. 32: 5. I said, I will confess my 1 Sam. 12: 24. Consider how great trangression,.. thou forgavest the in- things the Lord hath done for thee. iquity of my sin.
Rom. 2: 4. Not knowing that the Prov. 28: 13. He that covereth goodness of God leadeth thee to rehis sins shall not prosper ; but, who- pentance. so confesseth and forsaketh them Ps. 50: 22. Consider this, ye that shall have mercy.
forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, Jer. 3: 13." Acknowledge thine and there be none to deliver. iniquity that thou hast transgressed 119: 95. I will consider thy testiagainst the LORD thy God.
monies. MAT. 3:5. Then went out to him Eccl. 7: 14. In the day of adverJerusalem, and all Judea, and all sity consider. the region round about Jordan, and 5: 1. They consider not, that they were baptized of him in Jordan, do evil. confessing their sins.
Isa. 1; 3. Israel doth not know, Acts 19: 18. Many that believed my people doth not consider. came and confessed and showed
Ho. 7: 2. They consider not in their deeds. Many also of them their hearts, that I remember all that used curious arts brought their their wickedness. books together, and burned them Hag, 1:5. Thus saith the LORD, before all men.
consider your ways. 1 John 1:9. If we confess our sins, LUKE 19: 41. He beheld the city he is faithful and just to forgive us and wept over it, saying, if thou our sins, and to cleanse us from all hadst known, even thou, at least unrighteousness. If we say that we in this thy day the things that behave not sinned, we make him a long to thy peace ! But now they liar, and his word is not in us. are hid from thine eyes,
II Study of God's Word, Num. 5: 5. And the LORD spake Ps. 19: 7. The law of the Lord is unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the perfect, converting the soul : the children of Israel, when a man or testimony of the Lord is sure, makwoman shall coinmit any sin that ing wise the simple... The commen commit, to do a trespass against mandment of the Lord is pure, enthe Lorn, and that person be guilty ; lightening the eyes. The fear of then they shall confess their sin the Lord is clean, enduring forever, which they have done: and he shall The judgments of the Lord are true recompense bis trespass with the and righteous altogether : more to principal thereof, and add unto it be desired are they than gold, yea the fifth part thereof, and give it than much fine gold ; sweeter also unto him against whom he hath than huney or the honeycomb. trespassed. But if the inan have Moreover by them is thy servant
warned, and in keeping of them | man's blood upon us. Then Peter there is great reward.
and the other Apostles answered 119:9. Wherewithal shall a young and said, We ought to obey God man cleanse his way? By taking rather than men. The God of our heed thereto, according to thy word. fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye
- 71. It is good for me that I have slew and hanged on a tree : him been afflicted, that I might learn hath God exalted with his right hand thy statutes. — 93. I will never for- to be a Prince and a Savior, for to get thy precepts, for with them give repentance to Israel, and forthou hast quickened me. — 101. I giveness of sids. And we are his have refrained my feet from every
witnesses of these things; and so is evil way, that I may keep thy worii. also the Holy Ghost, whom God
- 104. Through thy precepts I get hath given to them that obey him. understanding. Therefore I hate When they heard that, they were every false way. — 130. The en- cut to the heart, and took counsel to trance of thy word giveth light, it slay them. giveth understanding to the simple. Acts 17: 30. God now command(See "Means of Grace." p. 131.) eth all men everywhere to repent.
Because he hath appointed a day in III. Inducements.
which he will judge the world in
righteousness, by that man whom Mar. 10: 26. There is nothing he hath ordained. .covered that shall not be revealed, James 4: 13. Go to, now, ye that and hid that shall not be known. say, To-day or tomorrow we will
24: 42. Watch therefore ; for ye go into such a city, and continue a know not what hour your Lord doth year, and buy and sell and get gain :
But know this, that if the whereas ye know not what shall be good man of the house had known on the morrow, For what is your in what watch the thief would come, life? It is even a vapor, that aphe would have watched, and would peareth for a little time, and then not have suffered his house to be vanisheth away.
Therefore be ye also | (See "Goodness of God," p. 29, and ready : for in such an hour as ye
“ Future State.”) think not, the Son of man comcth. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household, to give § 4. REPENTANCE ILLUSTRATED. them meat in due season ? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord, when I. Instances of Penitence. he cometh, shall find so doing. Verily, I say unto you, That be shall Judges 3: 9. And when the chilmake him ruler over all his goods. dren of Israel cried unto the LORD, But and if that evil servant shall say the LORD raised up a deliverer to in his heart, My lord delayeth his the children of Israel, who delivered coming; and shall begin to smite them, even Othniel the son of Kehis fellow-servants, and to eat and naz, Caleb's younger brother. – 12. drink with the drunken ; the lord of And the children of Israel did evil that servant shall come in a day again in the sight of the Lord: and when he looketh not for him, and in the Lord strengthened Eglon, the an hour that he is not aware of, and king of Moab, against Israel, because shall cut him asunder, and appoint they had done evil in the sight of him his portion with the hypocrites ; | the LORD. And he gathered unto there shall be.weeping and gnashing him the children of Ammon and of teeth.
Amalek, and went and smote Israel, Acts 5: 27. And when they had and possessed the city of palm-trees. brought them, they set them before So the children of Israel served Egthe council: and the_high priest lon, the king of Moab, eighteen years. asked them, saying, Did not we But when the children of Israel cri. straitly commaud you, that ye should ed unto the Lord, the Lord raised not teach in this name? and behold, them up a deliverer. ye bave filled Jernsalem with your 10: 10. And the children of Israel doctrine, and intend to bring this cried unto the LORD, saying, we have
sinned against thee, both because we ment: and those that walk in pride have forsaken our God, and also serv- he is able to abase. ed Baalim. And the Lord said unto LUKE 19: 8. And Zaccheus stood, the children of Israel, Did not I de- and said unto the Lord, Behold, liver you from the Egyptians, and Lord, the half of my goods I give to from the Amorites, from the chil- the poor ; and if I have taken any dren of Ammon, and from the Phi- thing from any man by false accusalistines? The Zidonians also, and tion, I restore him fourfold. And the Amalekites, and the Maonites Jesus said unto him, This day is did oppress you ; and ye cried to me, salvation come to this house, forasand I delivered you out of their much as he also is a son of Abraham. hand. Yet ye have forsaken me, and For the Son of man is come to seek served other gods: wherefore I will and to save that which was lost. deliver you no more. Go and cry 23: 39. And one of the malefacunto the gods which ye have chosen; tors, which were hanged, railed on let them deliver you in the time of him, saying, If thou be Christ, save your tribulation. And the children thyself and us. But the other answerof Israel said unto the Lord, We ing, rebuked him, saying, dost not have sinned: do thou unto us what thou fear God, seeing thou art in the soever seemeth good unto thee; de- same condemnation ? And we indeed liver us only, we pray thee, this day. justly; for we receive the due reAnd they put away the strange gods ward of our deeds : but this man from among them, and served the hath done nothing amiss. And he Lord: and his soul was grieved for said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me the misery of Israel.
when thou comest into thy kingdom.
And Jesus said unto him, Verily, I T 1 Sam. 12:9. And when they for- say unto thee, to-day shalt thou be gat the LORD their God, he sold with me in paradise. them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the T Acts 9:1. And Saul, yet breathhand of the Philistines, and into the ing out threatenings and slaughter hand of the king of Moab, and they against the disciples of the Lord, fought against them. And they cried went unto the high-priest, and desired unto the Lord, and said, we have of him letters to Damascus to the synsinned, because we have forsaken agogues, that if he found any of this the Lord, and have served Baalim way, whether they were men or woand Ashtaroth ; but now deliver us men, he might bring them bound out of the hand of our enemies, and unto Jerusalem. And as he journeywe will serve thee. And the LORD ed, he came near Damascus; and sudsent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jep- denly there shined round about him a thah, and Samuel, and delivered you light from heaven: and he fell to the out of the hand of your enemies on earth, and heard a voice saying unto every side, and ye dwelled safe. him, Saul ! Saul ! why persecutest
2 Chron. 15: 4. When they in thou me? And he said, Who art their trouble did turn unto the Lord thou, Lord ? And the Lord said, I God of Israel, and sought him, he am Jesus whom thou persecutest. was found of them.
It is hard for thee to kick against Dan. 4: 30. The king spake and the pricks. And he trembling, and said, Is not this great Babylon that I astonished, said, Lord, what wilt have builded, for the house of the thou have me to do ?. And the Lord kingdom, by the might of my power, said unto him, Arise, and go into and for the glory of my majesty ? the city, and it shall be told thee 33. And he was driven from men,
what thou must do. And the men and did eat grass as oxen.
which journeyed with him stood And at the end of the days, I, Ne- speechless, hearing a voice, but seebuchadnezzar, lift up mine eyes un- ing no man. And Saul arose from to heaven, and mine understanding the earth; and when his eyes were returned unto me, and I blessed the opened, he saw no man: but they Most High. - 37. Now I, Nebu- | led hiin by the hand, and brought chadnezzar, praise, and extol, and him into Damascus, and he was honor the King of heaven, all whose three days without sight, and neiworks are truth, and his ways judg- I ther did eat nor drink.