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lasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children ; to such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
T 111: 4. The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant. 116: 3. The sorrows of death compassed me; and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. Then called I upon the name of the Lo Rio. O Lo RD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. Gracious is the LoRD, and righteous: yea, our God is merciful. 136: 1. O give thanks unto the LoRD : for he is good. —5. To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth forever. Is A. 54: 5. For thy Maker is thy husband ; the Lo R D of hosts is his name ; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall he be called. For the LoRD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken thee ; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment ; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LoRD thy Redeemer. — 10. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed ; but my kindness shall not depart from thee. JonAH 3: 10. And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them ; and he did it not. NEH. 9: 17. Thou art a God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness. Joel 2: 13. The Lord your God is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and of great kindness.
§ 10. MoRAL PRINCIPLEs.
I. Righteousness, or Justice.
Ex. 20: 5. For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me ; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. DEUT. 10: 17. For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lo RD of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: he doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and ral ment. Job 34: 10. Far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity. For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways. Ps. 18:20. The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. — 25. With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful ; with an upright man thou wilt show thyself upright; with the pnre thou wilt show thyself pure ; and with the froward thou wilt show thyself froward. For thou wilt save the afflicted people ; but wilt bring down high looks. – 30. As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LoRD is tried ; he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. For who is God save the Lord * or who is a rock save our God? it is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. Is A. 25: 1. O Lo RD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name ; for thou hast done wonderful things ; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. For thou hast made of a city an heap ; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of. strangers to be no city: it shall never be built. Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee; the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee. For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy
in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. DEUT. 32: 3. Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. Job 8:20. Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers: till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing. They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame. Ps. 36: 5. Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep. 97: 2. Righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. 145; 17. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. 19:8. The statutes of the Lord are right. The commandment of the LoRD is pure. The judgments of the Lord are true. 2 Ch Ron. 19: 7. There is no iniquity with the Lord our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts. Rev. 15: 3. Just and true are thy ways, 0 thou King of saints.
II. Purity, or Holiness.
Is A. 6: 3. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. HAB. 1: 13. Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look upon iniquity. LEv. 11:44. Ye shall be holy ; for I, the Lord your God, am holy. Ps. 22: 3. Thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. REv. 15:4. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name: for thou art holy. Ps. 5:4. Thou art not a God that hast pleasure in wickedness; neither shall evil dwell with thee.
The foolish shall not stand in thy
are faithfulness and truth. NUM. 23: 19. God is not a man, that he should lie, neither the son of man, that he should repent. 1 SAM. 15: 29. The strength of Israel will not lie. Ps. 36: 5. Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. 119: 90. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations. 1 Cor. 1:9. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his son Jesus Christ. 2 TIM. 2: 13. He abideth faithful. 1 THEs. 5: 24. that calleth you. HEB. 6: 13. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself, saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee; and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is the end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath ; that by two immutable things, in which it
Faithful is he
was impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before us.
Is A. 46: 10. My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.
PR. 19: 21. The counsel of the LoRD, that shall stand.
JAMEs 1:17. Every good gift, and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of lights, with whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Ex. 33: 18. And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodmess pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. Ps. 33: 5. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. 34: 8. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. 31:19. Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee: which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men . Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence, from the pride of man ; thou shalt keep them secretly in a avilion, from the strife of tongues. lessed be the Lord ; for he hath showed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city. 36: 6. O Lord, thou preservest man and beast. How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house ; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. O continue thy loving-kindness unto them that know thee, and thy righteousness to the upright in heart. 65: 8. Thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to re
joice. Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly ; thou settlest the furrows thereof; thou makest it soft with showers; thou blessest the springing thereof. Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.
68: 19. Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. He that is our God is the God of salvation ; and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death.
84: 11. For the Lo RD God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory ; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lo RD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
100: 4. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thanksul unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
T 104:27. These wait all upon thee; that thou may est give them their meat in due season. That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
145; 6. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion ; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. – 14. The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
146: 5. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God. — 7. Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners: the Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lo RD loveth the righteous. The Lord reserveth the strangers; he re}. the fatherless and widow ; but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down. JER. 33: 7. And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them as at the first. And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me ; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me. And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honor before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it. 31: 9. For I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my first-born. Hear the word of the Lo R p, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, he that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LoRD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden ; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will satiate the soul of the priest with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord. — 20. Is Ephraim my dear son f is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still. Therefore my bowels are troubled for him: I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the Lord. Ps. 27: 10. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LoRD will take me up.
Ex. 22: 27. When the poor crieth I will hear, for I am gracious. 33: 19. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy. 34:6. And the Lord passed by before him and proclaimed, “The LoRD, the LoRD God, gracious and merciful, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth ; keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty. NUM. 14: 18. The Lord is longsuffering and of great mercy, forgiving in Iquity. NEH. 9: 17. Thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness. Ps. 36: 5. Thy mercy, O Lord, is great the heavens. 103: 8. The Lo RD is merciful and gracious ; slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 86: 15. Thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion and gracious ; long-suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. 116: 5. Gracious is the Lord and righteous : yea, our God is merciful. 1 19:156. Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord. LAM. 3:22. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed ; because his compassions fail not.— 32. Though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion, according to the multitude of his tender mercies. Jon AH 4:2. Thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Mic. 7: 18. Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage; he retaineth not his anger forever, hecause he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast
all their sins into the depths of the sea. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old. D.A.N. 9: 9. To the Lo RD our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him ; neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lo RD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. Is A. 54: 7. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment ; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lo RD thy Redeemer. — 10. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed ; but my kindness shall not depart from thee. 49: 9. For in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favor have I had mercy on thee. Acts 15: 11. We believe that through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved. EPH. 2: 8. By grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ro M. 5: 2. By Jesus Christ we have access into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Tit. 3: 5. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy, he saved us; by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost. — 7. That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
MATT. 5: 48. Your father which is in heaven is perfect. 2 SAM. 22: 31. As for God his way is persect. 1 John 3: 3. Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Job 42: 5. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth thee: wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. 40: 2. Shall he that contendeth with the ALMIGHTY instruct him?
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2 CHR on. 19: 7. There is no iniquity with the Lo Rd our God: nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.
Zech. 3: 5. The just Lord is in the midst thereof, he will not do iniquity.
CHAPTER III. . GOD A SOVEREIGN.
§ 1. over MATTER. Job 9: 4. He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength : who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered which removeth the mountains, and they know not : which overturneth them in his auger. Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble. Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not ; and sealeth up the stars. Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. Which doeth great things past finding out ; yea, and wonders without number. 12: 15. Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up ; also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth. 37: 6. For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth ; likwise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.—9. Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north. By the breath of God frost is given; and the breadth of the waters is straitened: Also by watering he wearieth the thick
cloud : he scattereth his bright cloud. 36: 27. For he maketh small the