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IV. As a state of SILENCE.
1 Sam.ii.9. Hewill keep the feet of his Saints, and the wicked shall be filent in Darkness. Pf. xxxi.17.
let the Wicked be ashamed, and let them be flent in the Grave. xciv. 17. Unless the Lord had been my help, my Soul had almost dwelt in Silence. cxv, 17. in Sect. II. Jer. xlviii. 2. — come, and let us cut it off from being a Nation ; also thou halt be cut down (in the Margin, be brought to Silence.) Ezek.xxxii.25. They have set her a Bed in the midst of the flain with all her multitude: her Graves are round about him : all of them uncircumcised, slain by the Sword : though their terror was caused in the land of the living, yet have they born their shame with them that go down to the Pit : he is put in the midst of them that be slain. Add 27.
V. Of OBLIVION. Pf. vi. 5. lxxxviii. 12. as above, S. II.
VI. OF DARKNESS.
1 Sam. ii. 9. as above, S. IV. Job iii. s. Let Darkness and the shadow of Death stain it, (viz. the day of his Birth.) x. 21. Before I go to the land of Darkness, and the Shadow of Death. 22. A land of Darkness, as Darkness itself, and of the shadow of Death, without any order, and where the Light is as Darkness. xii
. 22. He discovereth deep things out of Darkness, and bringeth out to Light the shadow of Death. xvii. 13.
- the Grave is mine House; I have made my Bed in Darkness. xxxiii.28. He will deliver his Soul from going into the Pit, and his Life shall see the Light. Pf. xliv.19. Tho' thou
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haft sore broken us in the place of Dragons, and covered us with the Shadow of Death. Add xlix. 19. in Sect. VII. Ps. lxxxviii. 12. as above Sect.II. cvii. 10. Such as fic in Darkness, and in the Shadow of Death. Ecclef. xi. 8. - if a Man live many years yet let him remember the days of Darkness, for they shall be many. Job. ix.4. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is Day; the Night cometh, when no Man, can work.
VII, OF CORRUPTION and DESTRUCTION.
Job iv. 18, 19, 20. — He put no trust in his . Servants, how much less in them that dwell in Houses of Clay, whose foundation is in the Duft, which are crushed before the Moth ? they are destroyed from Morning to Evening; they are perished for ever. xxvi. 6.Hell is naked before him, and Deftru£tion hath no covering. xxviii. 22. Destruction and Death fay, We have heard the Fame thereof. P/. xvi. 10. — thou — wilt not suffer thine holy One to see Corruption. xlix. 9. That he should still live for ever, and not see Corruption. -12. - Man being in honour abideth not. -14. like Sheep they are laid in the Grave, Death Thall feed on them, their beauty Thall confume in the Grave from their dwelling.
19. He shall go to the generation of his Fathers, they shall never fee Light. - 20. Man that is in honour and understandeth not, is like the Beasts that perij. 1xxxviii. 11. Shall thy loving-kindness be declared in the Grave? or thy faithfulness in Destruction. [v. Clericum, qui recte deducit Rephaim mortuos, à rapha defecit
, desiit.] Add Prov. xv. 1. xxvii. 20. — Asts xiii. 36. David — was laid unto his Fa
thers, and saw Corruption. Cor.xv.18. Then they also that are fallen alleep in Christ are perished. v. Hallet Disc. V. 1. p.313, &c. Comp. 2 Pet.ii.1.
Agreeably to these representations of our state in Death, Revelation informs us,
I. That we shall not awake, or be made alive till the Resurrection. Pf. xvii. 15. — I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. Job. vi.39. This is the Father's will — that of all which he hath given me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the lait Day. xi. 24,25,26. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the Resurrection at the last Day. Jesus said unto her, I am the Resurrection and the Life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die. [whosoever liveth, or is alive at that day. Comp. 1Thesiv.15.) This we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them which are asleep. And 1 Cor. xv.51,52. we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a Moment, in the twinkling of an Eye at the last Trump. Rom. iv.17. – he believed God, who quickeneth the Dead, and calleth those things which be not, as though they were,
II. That the wicked shall not be severed from the righteous 'till the Resurrection, the End of the world, the Coming or Day of Christ, the Day of the Lord, The Day, THAT Day, &c. Matt.xiii. 30. Let both grow together until the harvest; and in
the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.—40. As the tares are gathered, and burnt in the fire; fo Thall it be in the end of this world.
41. The Son of man shall send forth his Angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity.—49, and fever the wicked from among the just. xxiv.31. - He shall send his Angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. xxv. 31, 32. When the son of man shall come in his glory-before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats. Add Mark xiii. 26,27.
III. We are upon trial, or in a state of probation, 'till the Resurrection, or the Day of Christ. I Cor. i. 8. in Sect. xi. Phil. i.10. That ye may be fincere, and without offence’till the day of Cbrift. 1Thel. v. 23.- I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I Tim. vi. 14. That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ. Tit. ii.12,13. denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ, Heb. x. 35, 36, 37. Caft not away therefore confidence, which hath great recompence of re
ward. For ye have need of patience; that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come, will come, and will not tarry.
Ja.1.12. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. v.7. Be patient, therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Pet.i.7. That the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise, and honour,and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.13.-Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end, for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 2 Pet. iii. 11, 12. Looking for, and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be diffolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. 14. Wherefore, beloved,
look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. Rev. ii. 25. that which ye have already, hold fast 'till I come.
IV. Our Christian Course, and improvements in piety in this world terminate in the Resurrection, the Coming, or Day of our Lord.
Phil. i. 6. Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. iii. 10,11. That I may know him, and the power of his Resurrection, and the fellowship of his suffering, being made conformable unto his death: if by any means I might attain unto the Resurrection
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