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kindness, and for thy 'Truth; Jor thou ha si magnified thy Word, above all thy Name. Psal. cxxxviii. i, 2. God has done it above every other Way, in which he had made himself known; and he does so still, by bringing to pass the Events.foretold by the Prophets of the Old Testament, and by the blessed Jesus, and the Apostles, and Prophets of the New. It is therefore incumbent on all Christians to take Notice of them, so far as they shall oome within their Knowledge; and to observe the Dealings of the supreme Governour of the World, with their own Country, and their Neighbours, and likewise with themselves; whether the Events, which occur be merciful, or afflictive.
The Works of the Lord (both those of Creation, and those of his Providence) are great, sought out of all them, that have Pleasure therein. His Work (of Providence, as well as of Creation) is honourable, and glorious; and his Righteousness endureth for ever. He hath made his wonderful Works to be remembred. Psal. cxi. 2, 3, 4. We ought therefore to observe, and remember them.
A Disregard of the Acts of the righteous and gracious God in his Government of the World, and more especially in what relates to our own Country, our own Cities, ties, and Families, and Persons; is a provoking Disregard of himself.
Because they regard not the Works of the Lord, nor the Operation of his Hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up. It is said Psal. xxviii. 5.
The two first of these Letters were published, 1750. under the Title of Sacred Declarations, considered, &c. and are now published again, with others subservient to the same Design.
I Have in these Letters collected a Summary both of the Law, and Gospel, and a Summary of the Predictions of Punishment appointed for the Wicked; and of the Predictions of Blessings for the Righteous, for all true Believers in this Life, at Death, and afterwards; and on these Accounts, it may be useful for Christians frequently to look into them.
The last Letter is added on the Account of the Importance of its Contents, and the many Advantages which may be obtained, by diffusing the Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures among the People.
In the poetical Lines cited in these Letters, I have here and there changed a Word to render them more expressive of my own Thoughts.
Judgments, p. 15. There are two Sorts of Idola-
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