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ful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus: but he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, &c.-2 Pet. i. 4-9.
man's religion is vain. Pure religion, and undefiled, before God and the Father, is this, To visit the father less and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James i. 26, 27.
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works, &c. Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, &c. I will shew thee my faith by my works, &c. Faith, without works is dead.―James ii. 14. 17, 18. 26.
Who is a wise man, and endued with knowledge amongst you? Let him shew out of a good conversation his works, with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying, &c. this wisdom descendeth not from above, &c. But the wisdom that is from above, is first pure, then peace able, gentle, and easy to be intreated; full of mercy, and good fruits, with out partiality, and without hypocrisy: and the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace, &c.-James iii. 13-18.'
Jesus Christ, whom, having not seen, ye love, &c. Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth, unto unfeigned, love of the brethren.-1 Pet. i. 7, 8. 22. Cant i. 3, 4.
As new-born babes, desire the sin cere milk of the word of God, that ye may grow thereby; if so be ye have tasted, &c. Ye are a chosen generation, &c. that he should shew forth the praises (or virtues) of him who hath called you,&c.-1 Pet. ii. 2, 3. 9. Luke x. 39. 42. 2 Pet. iii. 18.
The time past of our life may suffice, &c. when we walked in lasciviousness, &c. wherein they think it strange that you run not with them to the same excess of riot.-1 Pet. iv. 3, 4.
Having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. Add to your faith virtue, and to virtue know ledge, &c. for if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruit
Just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: for that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.-2 Pet. ii. 7,8. Ps. cxix. 53. 126. 136. 158.-Jer.ix. 1, 2. xiii. 17.
God is light, &c. If ye say we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, &c. But if we walk in the light, &c. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves.---] John i. 5-8.
Hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He who saith I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him, &c. He that abideth in him, ought himself also to walk even as he walked, &c. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now: he that loveth his brother, abideth in the light, &c. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him, &c. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know (or know ye) that every one that doth righteousness is born of God.-1 John ii. 3. 4. 6. 911. 15. 29.
We shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as he is pure, &c. Whosoever abideth in him, sinneth not, &c. He who committeth sin (or giveth his labour to sin) is of the devil, &c. Whosoever is born of God, doth not commit sin, for his seed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doth not righteousness, is not of God; neither he that loveth not his brother, &c. we know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren, &c. Whoso
ever hateth his brother, is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him, &c. Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him; how dwelleth the love of God in him? &c. Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth, And hereby we know that we are of the truth; and shall assure our hearts before God, &c. For if our hearts condemn us, he is greater, &c. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the spirit which he hath given us. -1 John iii. 2, 3.5, 6. 8-10. 14, 15, 17-19. 24. iv. 12, 13. v. 18.
Whoso knoweth God, heareth us : he that is not of God heareth not us, Hereby we know the Spirit, &c. Love is of God: and every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God, &c. God is love: he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him, &c. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother, whom he hath seen; how can he love God, whom he hath not seen?-1 John iv. 6, 7.
16. 20. v. 1.
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God: and every one that loveth him, &c. Whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory that, &c. Whosoever is born of God, sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God, keep eth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. 1 John v. 1. 4. 18.
He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, hath both the Father, and the Son. 2 John 9. ཨཙྩཾ,།
He that doth good is of God; but he that doth evil, hath not seen God. -3 John 11.
Those whose names are written in the book of life, they will not worship Antichrist.-Rev. xiii. 8. xiv. 4. xvii. 8. xxi. 27,
THE CHILDREN OF GOD THEMSELVES
MAY BE OVERTAKEN WITH FAULTS, € AND ARE NOT FREE FROM SINFUL DISPOSITIONS AND INCLINATIONS IN THIS LIFE; AND THEREFORE MAY DESERVE TO BE CHASTISED OF GOD.
SECT. 1. In general it is affirmed. For there is no man that sinneth not. -1 Kings viii. 46.
How should man be just with God (or before God)? If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand, &c. Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer: I would make supplication to my judge, &c. If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me. If I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.-Job ix. 1—3, 15. 20.
Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults: keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me.-Ps. xix. 12, 13.
If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?— Ps. cxxx. 3,
The rod of the wicked shall not rest, &c. lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.-Ps. cxxv.3.
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? Prov. xx. 9.
A just man falleth seven times a day, and riseth up again. Prov. xxiv. 16.
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.-Eccles. vii. 20.
The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, &c. so that ye cannot do the things Rom. that ye would.-Gal. v. 17. vii. 14, &c.
If any man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such, &c. considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.-Gal. vi. 1, 2.
I have no man like-minded, &c. for
all seek their own, not the things
Paul saith, I count not myself to
OF THE SINS AND
For in many things we offend all if any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man.-James iii. 2. If we say that we have no sin, wé deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, &c. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.-1 John i. 8-10. ! If any man see his brother sin a sin not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.-1 John v. 16.
SECT. II. Particular Instances of the Failings of God's Children recorded. NOAH was a just man, and perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.-Gen. vi. 9. vii. 1.
-Noah drank of the wine, and was drunken, and he was uncovered within his tent. Gen. ix. 21.
Abraham believed in the Lord, and he counted it to him for righteous ness, &c. Abraham, my friend. He staggered not through unbelief.Gen. xv. 6. Isa. xli. 8. Rom. iv. 20.
then denied that she had laughed.[CHAP. XI Gen. xviii. 12, 13. 15.
my sister, for fear of the men of the Isaac said of his wife also, She is place, lest they should kill him for her.-Gen. xxvi. 7.
They will kill me; but they will save thee alive; say, I pray thee, thou art my sister, &c. And, when God had promised him to inherit the land, he said, Lord God, Whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? &c. When the promise was made to him of a child, he fell on his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child, &c. O, that Ishmael might live before thee, &c. He said of his wife, She is my sister, again at Gerar, for fear of being slain.-Gen. xii. 12, 13. xv. 7,8. xvii. 16-18. xx. 2. 11. Sarah laughed at the promise, and
Just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: for that righteous man, &c.-2 Pet. ii. 7, 8.
upon his hand, &c. and said, Go He lingered; the men laid hold escape for thy life, &c. And Lot said unto them, O, not so, my Lord, &c. I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: behold this city is near to flee unto; is it not a little one, &c. He afterwards drank wine, and then lay with his two daughters.-Gen. xix. 16-20. 33-36.
Jacob, when he heard his brother Esau was coming with four hundred men against him, was greatly afraid and distressed, &c.-Gen. xxxii. 6,&c.
He was sore distressed when one of his sons was kept by Joseph, and another sent for.-Gen. xlii. 36, &c.
an Hebrew, one of his brethren, &c. Moses spied an Egyptian smiting he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.-Exod. ii. 11, 12.
men upon the face of the earth, &c. Moses was very meek, above all the mine house. Moses my servant is My servant Moses is faithful in all dead. And Moses, verily, was faithful in all his house, as a servant.Numb. xii. 3. 7. Josh. i. 2. 13. Heb. iii. 2. 5.
said, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, When God was sending Moses, he &c. Who hath made man's mouth? &c. And the Lord said unto him, And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand thou wilt (or shouldest) send. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses; &c. Moses returned unto the Lord and said, Wherefore hast thou so evilly intreated this people? Why is it that thou hast sent me ? &c. Moses was very wrath, &c. Now, ye rebels, Must we fetch ye water out of this rock? &c. I am not able to bear all
this people, &c. If thou deal thus with me, kill me I pray thee out of hand, &c. And Moses said, &c. Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them; to suffice them &c. He be lieved not God, to sanctify him. He spake unadvisedly with his lips, being provoked in his spirit.-Exod. iv. 10-14. v. 22, 23. Numb. xi. 11,12. 14, 15. 21-23. xvi. 15. xx. 10—12. Ps. cvi. 32, 33. Numb. xxvii. 14.
Aaron made a molten calf for Israel, &c. He built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To-morrow is a feast to the Lord, &c. And Moses saw that the people were naked, for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame, amongst their enemies.-Exod. xxxii. 1—6. 25. Numb. xii. 1.5.9.
When God had told Gideon, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man: he said unto him, &c. Shew me a sign that thou talkest with me, &c. If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said; behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor, &c. Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once. Let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece, &c.—Judges vi. 16, 17. 36-40. Heb. xi. 32.
He passed on in the rearward with the Philistines against Israel, &c. He sent messengers to fetch Uriah's wife; and he lay with her and to cover it, made Uriah drunk; and then sent to Joab, to set Uriah in the hottest bat→ tle, and then retire from him, that he might be smitten, and die, &c. Omy son Absalom! my son! my son, Absalom! Would God I had died for thee! He caused the children of Israel to be numbered, &c. I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes, &c. I said in my haste, that all men are liars, &c.—1 Sam. xxv. 12-14. xxi. 12, 13. xxvii. 1. xxix. 2. 2 Sam. xi. 3, 4. 13-15. xviii. 33. xxiv. 1, &c. Ps. xxxi. 22. cxvi. 11. 1 Sam. xx. 6. 29.
When God bid Samuel go, he said, How can I go? If Saul hear of it, he will kill me.—1 Sam. xvi. 1, 2.
My servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which is right in mine eyes, &c. 1 Kings xi. 32-34.38. Acts xiii. 22. David hastily resolved to have avenged himself on Nabal, by cutting off him and all his males, &c. And David, &c. was sore afraid of Achish, the king of Gath: and he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, &c. David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul, &c.
Asa took out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the Lord, &c. made a league with the king of Syria: and Hanani the seer came to him, and said, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the Lord thy God, &c. Then Asa was wrath with the seer, and put him in a prison-house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed (or crushed) some of the people at that time, &c. In his disease, he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians.-2 Chron. xvi. 1-4. 7. 10. 12.
Solomon failed very greatly.1 Kings xi. 1, &c.
When Elijah the prophet was in trouble, he said, It is enough: now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am no better than my fathers.-1 Kings xix. 4.
And Jehoshaphat walked, &c. doing that which was right in the eyes of
the Lord. 2 Chron. xx. 32,-1 Kings xxii. 42, 43.
The seer meets him, after he had gone out with the wicked king of Israel, and said unto him, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord? Therefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord.-2 Chron xix. 1; 2, xx. 33. 37.
Hezekiah did that which was right in the sight of the Lord. He removed the high places, &c. He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him, &c. for he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, &c.-2 Kings xviii. 1. 3—6. 2 Chron. xxxi. 21.
When Isaiah had told Hezekiah, being sick, that he should be healed, &c. he said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me? &c. He shewed his treasures to the messengers of the king of Babylon's son: for which God was angry, &c. Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, &c. In the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, &c. God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.-2 Kings xx. 8,9. 12-18. 2 Chron. xxxii. 25. 31.
Good Josiah (though warned to the contrary) followed Pharaoh Necho, and was slain.-2 Chron. xxxv. 20-23,
Job, that man was perfect and upright, one that feared God and es chewed evil. Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man? &c. Ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job, &c. Ye have heard of the patience of Job.-Job i. 1. 8. xlii. 8. James v. 11.
After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day, &c.-See at large, Job iii. 1, &c.
he would let loose his hand and cat me off, &c. So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death, rather than life, &c. He confesseth thus: I have ut tered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not; wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes-Job vi. 8, 9. vii. 15. xlii. 3. 6.
O that I might have my request, and that God would grant me the thing that I long for, even that it would please God to destroy me, that
The prophet Jonah was very angry because God spared Nineveh, and said, Therefore now, O Lord, take, F beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry? &c. again he said so: and Jonah said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.-Jonah iv. 1–4. 8, 9. i. 1-3.
John sent two of his disciples to Christ, and said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?-Matt. xi. 2, 3.
When Zacharias had a son promised him, he said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this, for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years, &c. Behold, thou shalt be dumb, &c. because thou believest not my words, &c.-Luke i. 13. 18. 20.