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and the free and immutable counsel of his owi will f to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy

II. Although, in relation to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first cause, all things come to pas immutably and infallibly h: yet, by the fame providence, h: ordereth them to fall out, according to the nature of the feand causes, cither

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correct ? he that teacbeth man know-
ledge, shall not he know ? v. 11. The
''noweth the thoughts of man,
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... 14. In whom also we
have obtained an inheritance, being
predeÆoated according to the pur-
pose of him who worketh all things
after the counsel of his own will.
Psalm xxxiji. 10. The Lordbring-
«h the counsel of the heathen to
nought: he maketh the devices of
the people of none effect, v. it.
The counsel os the Lord slandeth
for ever, the thoughts of his heart
to all generations,

14. As a beast goeth „J valley, the spirit of -ord caused him to rest ; so didst < lead thy people, to make thys t glorious name. Eph. iii. 10. To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly plac:s, might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of Cvi. Rom. ix. 17. For the scripturelaith unto Pharaoh, Even for this sam; purpose have I raised thee up, thit

J might,shew my power in thee, ad' K,nSS xxii- 281 And Mieaiah said, that mv name might be declafd'< thou return at all in peace, the throughout all the earth. Gen. yv Lord hath not spoken by me. And 7. And God sent me before yot- t he (aid, JTcarken, O people, every preserve you a posterity in the e'< one of you- v- 3 4- And a certain and to save your lives by a gre ^ maB drew a bow « a v enture, and liver.ince. Psal. cxlv. 7. The A" smo,e ,he Kin2 of I,rael between ths abundantly utter the memory^ 3oir,ts of t!le harness : wherefore he ;n,o'17 laid UDto the driver of his chariot.

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II. / Actsii. 2;. Him, being delivered by die dterminate counsel and foreknowlede of God, ye have taken, and by sicked hands have crucified and uV>.

/Gen. viii- 2. While the earth remaineth, sei-time and harvest, and cold and sat. and summer and winter, and cy and night, shall not cease. Jer.xxi. 3c. Thus faith the Lord, *lch giveth the fun for a light by LY< and the ordinances of theme1 and of the stars fora light by t'nt. which din'deth the sea, whetne waves thereof roar; the Lord' n°fs " his name. F.xod. xxi. 3' And isa man lie not in wait, r- God deliver him into his hand :nen ' w''l appoint thee a place}nhcr he stiall flee. With jjeurix. j. As when a man goeth into'e wood v'ith his neighbour, t0 w wood, and his hand fetche,i stroke with the ax to cutdo\ln Tirree, and the head slipptth front ^ helve, and lighteth upon his ighbour that he die; he shall flee nto one of those cities, and live.

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III. God in his ordinary providence malceth use of means, i, yet is free to \wk without/.above m, and against them at his pleasure n.

IV. The Alnighry power, unsearchable wisdom, and infinite goodness oiGod, so far manifest themselves in his providence, that it e&Cttdeth itself even to the lirlt fall, and all other

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Turn thine hand, art carry me out of the host, for l»m wounded. Isa, x. 6. I will send Km »gainst an hypocritical nation i anc ?g iir.lt the people of my wrartwili i give him * charge to take tV. spoil, and to take the prey, and 6 tread them down like the mi«of the streets. Y. 7. Howbeit, he Aaneth not so, neither doth his hearthink so, but it is in his heart to decoy, and cut off nations not a few.

lU.k Actsxxvii. aipaul Caidto the centurion, and to A soldiers, Except these abide io k fl,jp) , e Cannot be saved, v. 4 4.* And the red, some on boards, ansome on broken pieces of the ship :V,d so ;t came to p <ss that they e(L(i a|[ safe to land. Isaiah Iv. \ap0r as the rain cometh down, and tUi,0W from heaven, and returneth A thither, but watereth the eartrVn<j maketh it bring sotth and bud,Vat It may give feed to the sowers bread to the eater, v. 11. fosha! Word be that goeth forth out of (nouth: It (hall not return unto void, but it (hall accomplish th which I please, and it (hall profpr' in the thing whereto I sent it. Hos, ii. 2i. And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear faith the Lord, I will hear the heavens, and th<y lhall hear the earth, v. 22. And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil, and they (hall hear Jeireel.

/ Hos. ii 7. But I will h»ve mer

cy upon the house of Juda, and will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow,, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen. Mat. iv. 4. But he answered and said, it is written, Man (hall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God. Job xxxiv. 10. Therefore he?rken unto me, ve men of understanding t far be it from God,, that he ihould do wickedness, and from the Almighty, that he sliould cummit iniquity.

vi Rom. iv. 19. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of para's womb. v. 20. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to GoC: v. 21. And being fully persuaded, that what he had promised he was able also to perform.

n 2 Kings vi. 6. And the man of Cod said, Wheic fell it? And he 'hewed him the place. And he cut sown a stick, and cast it in thither, id the iion did swim, Dan. iii. And the princes, governors and tains, and the king's counsellors ig gathered together, saw these . upon whose bodies the fire had "Vpwet, nor was an hair of their J"»(inged, neither were their coats ch»;d, nor the smell of sire had upon them.

sins of angels and menu, and that not by a bare permission p, bnt such as bath joined with it a most wife and powerful bounding q, and otherwise ordering, and governing of them, in a manifold dispensation, to his own holy ends r; yet so, as the

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IV. b Rorn. xi. ji, For God hath him, and turned the kingdom into

concluded them aH in unbelief, that David the son of Jesse. 2 Sam. xvi.

be m;ght hate mercy upon all. v. io. And the king said, What have

33. O the depth of the riches, both I to da with you ye sons of Zerui

oYthe wisdom and knowlege of God! ah? so let him curse, because the

how unsearchable arehis judgements, Lord hath said unto him, Curse Da

acd his ways past finding out! V. vid. Who shall then say, Where

54. Pot 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 deter

couoseller ? 2Sam.xxiv. 1. And a- minate counsel and fore-knowlege

pain the ailger of the Lord was of God, ye have taken, and by wicked

kindled against Israel, and he raov- hands have crocified and stairi. Acts

ed David against them, tb fay, Go iv. 27. For of a truth against thy

number Israel and Jtldah. With holy child Jesus, whom thou hast a

1 Chir. xxi. I.. And Satan stood up pointed, both Herod and Pontius

again(r Israel, arid provoked David dilate, with the Gentiles, and the

to number Israel. 1 Kings xxii. 22. people Of Israel were gathered toge»

And the Lord said unto him, Where- ther, V. 28. For to do whatsoever

■with? Arid he said, I will go forth, thy hand and thy counsel determiri

wil I will be a lying spirit In the ed before to be done,

mouth of all his prophets. And he p Acts xi?. 16. Who i6 times past

said, Thou (halt peisuade him. and suffered all nations to walk in their

prevail also: go forth, and do so. own ways.

v. 23. Now therefore behold, the y Psalm Ixxvi. 16. Surely the wrath

Lord hath put a lying spirit in the ofma n shall praise thee: the remain

mouth of all these thy prophets, der of wrath shal» thou restrain. 2

afcd the Lord hath spoken evil con- Kings xix. 28. Because thy rage a

cerningthee. 1 Chr. x. 4. Then said gainst me, and thy tumult is come

Saul to his armour-bearer, Draw up into mine ears, therefore 1 will

tby sword, and thrust me through put my hoOk in thy nose, and my

therewith; lest these uncircumcised bridle in thy lips, and 1 will turn

come, and abuse me. But his ar- thee back by the Way by which thou

mour-bearer would not, for he was earnest.

fore afraid. So Saul took a sword, r Gen. 1. 20. But as for you, ye

and sell 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,

mined against the Lord, even against as it is this day,, to save much peo

the word of the Lord, which he kept pie alive. Isaiah x. 6. J will send

irtitj arid also for asking counsel of him against an hypocritical nation,

itot that bath a familiar spirit, to en- and against the people of my w/ath

qmre'of it; v. 14. And enquired will I give-him a charge to take the

pet of the Lord: therefore "he flew spoil and to take the prey, and to

tread smfulneis 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 sin s.

V. The most wife, righteous and gracious God doth oftentimes leave for a season his own children to manifold temptations, and the corruptions of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former sins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption, and deeeitfulness of their hearts, that they may be humbled r; and to raise them to a more close and constant dependance for their support upon himself, and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for sundry other just and holy ends v.

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reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.

V. / 2 Chr. xxxii. 2 j. But Hezekiah rendered not again, according to the benefit done unto him: for his heart was lifted up; therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem, v. 26. Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart (both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem) so that the wrath of the Lord came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah. v. 23. Howbeit, in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, Cod left him to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart. 2. Sam. xxiv. 1. And again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and lie moved David against them to fay, Go number Israel and Judah.

v 2 Cor. xii. 7. And lest I should be exalted above measure, through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure, v. 8. For this thing I besought the Lord thtics, that it might depart

tread them down like the mire of the streets, v. 7. Howbeit, he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think fa, but it is in his heart to destroy, and cut os nations not a few. v. 12. Wherefore it sha'l come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion, and on Jerusalem, 1 will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.

f James i. 13. Let no man fay when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. v. 14. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed, v. 17. Every good gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 1 John ii. 16. For all that is in the world, the List of the flesh, and the last of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. Psalm 1. 21' These things hast thou done, and I kept silence: thou thoughtest that I was altogether soch an one as thyself: W I wilj

VI. As for those wicked aud ungodly men, whom God as a righteous judge, for former sins, doth blind and harden w, from them he not only withholdeth his grace, whereby they might have been enlightened in their understandings, and wrought upon in their hearts x; but sometimes also withdraweth the gifts which they had y, and expofeth them to such objects as their corruption makes occasion of sin z; and withal, gives them over

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depart from me. v. 9. And he said onto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Molt gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Psal. Ixxiii. throughout, f Plalm Ixxvii. 1. I cried unto Cod with my voice: even unto Cod with my voice, and he gave ear unto me. v. 20. And I said. This is my infirmity : but I ■wrll remember the years of the right hand of the most High. v. 12. I will meditate also of all thy works, and talk of thy doings. (Read the intermediate verses in the Bible.) Mark. xiv. from the 66. v. to the end, with John xr.i. ij. So when they had dined, Jesus faith to Simon Peter, Simon son of Jonas lovest thou me more than these? He faith unto him, Yea, Lord; tbou knowtst that 1 love thee. He faith unto him, Feed my lambs, v. 16. He faith to him again the second time, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou mt? He faith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that 1 love thee. He suth, onto him.Feedmy sheep, v. 17. He faith unto him the third time, Simon, Ion of Jonas,lovest thou me? Peter was grieved, because he said unto him the third time, lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that i love thee. Jesus faith uuto him, Feed my sheep.

VI. <w Roro. i. 24, Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves 1 v. 26. For this cause Cod gave them up unto vile affections: For even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature : v. 28. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. Rom. xi. 7. What then ? Israel hath not obtained that which heseeketh for, but the election hath obtained it,and the rest were blinded, v. 8. According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not fee,and earsthat they should not hear unto this day.

x Deut. xxix. 4. Yet the Lord hath not given you an hean to perceive, and eyes to fee, and ears to hear, unto this day.

y Maith. xiii. 12. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall; be taken away, even that he hath. Mat, xxv, 29. Fpr unto every one that hath shall be given, and be shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

z Deul, ii. 30. But Sihon king of Hefbonwould no: let us pass by him: for the Lord thy God Lsrdncd his

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