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never utterly destitute of that feed of God, and life of faith, that love of Chrift and the brethren, that fincerity of heart and confcience of duty, out of which, by the operation of the Spirit, this affurance may in due time be revived, and by

coat; how fhall I put it on? Thave wafhed my feet; how shall I defile them? V. 6. I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had with drawn himself, and was gone: my foul failed when he fpake: I fought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no anfwer. Pfalm li. 8. Make me to hear joy and gladness: that the bones which thou haft broken may rejoice. V. 12. Reftore unto me the joy of thy falvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit. V. 14. Deliver me from bloodguiltinefs, O God, thou God of my falvation; and my tongue fhall fing aloud of thy righteoufnefs. Eph. iv. 30. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are fealed unto the day of redemp tion. V. 31. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. Pfal. lxxvii. 1. I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. V. 2. In the day of my trouble I fought the Lord; my fore ran in the night, and ceafed not my foul refused to be comforted. V. 3. I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my fpirit was overwhelmed. Selah. V. 4. Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am fo troubled that I cannot fpeak. V. 5. I have confidered the days of old, the years of ancient times. V. 6. I eall to remembrance my fong in the night: Icommune with mine own heart, and my spirit made

diligent fearch. V. 7. Will the Lord caft off for ever? and will he be favourable no more? V. 8. Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promife fail for evermore? V. 9. Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger fhut up his tender mercies? Selah. * V. 10 And I faid, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the moft High. Matt. xxvi. 69. Now Peter fat without in the palace; and a damfel came unto him, saying, Thou also waft with Jefus of Galilee. V. 70. But he denied before them all, faying, I know not what thou fayeft. V. 71. And when he was gone out into the porch another maid faw him, and faid unto them that were there, This fellow was alfo with Jefus of Nazareth. V. 2. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. Pfalm xxxi. 22. For I faid in my hafte, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my fupplications, when I cried unto thee. [Pfalm Ixxxviii. throughout.] Ifaiah 1. 10. Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his fervant, that walketh in darknefs, and hath no light? let him truft in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.

1 John iii. 9.Whosoever is born of God doth not commit fin; for his feed remaineth in him: and he cannot fin, because he is born of God. Luke xxii. 32. But I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail


by the which, in the mean time, they are supported from

utter despair.

CHAP. XIX. Of the Law of God.

Gwhich he bound him, and all his pofterity, to perfonal, OD gave to Adam a law, as a covenant of works, by entire, exact, and perpetual obedience; promifed life upon the fulfilling, and threatened death upon the breach of it; and endued him with power and ability to keep it.

not; and when thou art converted ftrengthen thy brethren. Job. xiii. 15. Though he flay me, yet will I trust in him; but I will maintain mine own ways before him. Pfalm lxxiii. 15. If I fay, I will fpeak thus; behold, Ifhould offend against the generation of thy children. Pfal. li. 8, 12. [See letter? immediately before.] Ifa. 1. 10. [See letter P immediately foregoing.]

Micah vii. 7. Therefore I will look unto the Lord: I will wait for the God of my falvation: my God will hear me. V. 8. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I fhall arife; when I fit in darkness, the Lord fhall be a light unto me. V. 9. I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have finned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I fhall behold his righteousness. Jer. xxxii. 40. And I will make an everlafting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they fhall not depart from me. Ifa. liv. 7. For a fmall moment have I forfaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee: V. 8. In a little wrath I

II. This

hid my face from thee for a mo. ment; but with everlasting kindnefs will I have mercy on thee, faith the Lord, thy Redeemer. V. 9. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have fworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; fo have I fworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. V. 10. For the mountains fhall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindnefs fhall not depart from thee, neither fhall the covenant of my peace be removed, faith the Lord, that hath mercy on thee. Pfal. xxii. 1. My God, my God, why haft thou forfaken me? why art thou fo far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? [Pfal, lxxxviii. throughout.]


I. Gen. i. 26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the fea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. V. 27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them. With Gen. ii. 17. But of the tree


II. This law, after his fall, continued to be a perfect rule of righteousness; and, as fuch, was delivered by God upon mount Sinai in ten commandments,and written in two tables;

the of the knowledge of good and evil berty, and continueth therein, he thou shalt not eat of it: for in being not a forgetful-hearer, but the day that thou eateft thereof a doer of the work, this man shall thou fhalt furely die. Rom. ii. 14. be bleffed in his deed. James ii. 8. For when the Gentiles, which If ye fulfil the royal law accord have not the law, do by nature ing to the fcripture, Thou shalt the things contained in the law, love thy neighbour as thyfelf, ye thefe, having not the law, are do well. V. 10. For whofoever a law unto themselves: V. 15. fhall keep the whole law, and yet Which fhew the work of the law offend in one point, he is guilty of written in their hearts, their con- all. V. 11. For he that faid, Do fcience alfo bearing witness, and not commit adultery; faid alfo, their thoughts the mean while Do not kill. Now, if thou com. accufing or elfe excufing one ano- mit no adultery, yet if thou kill, ther. Rom. x. 5. For Mofes de- thou art become a tranfgreffor of fcribeth the righteousness which is the law. V. 12. So fpeak ye, and of the law, That the man which fo do, as they that fhall be judged doeth those things fhall live by by the law of liberty. Rom. xiii. 8. them. Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, as Owe no man any thing, but tolove by one man fin entered into the one another: for he that loveth world, and death by fin; and so another hath fulfilled the law. death paffed upon all men, for V. 9. For this, Thou shalt not that all have finned. V. 19. For commit adultery, Thou shalt not as by one man's disobedience many kill, Thou fhalt not fteal, Thou were made finners; fo by the fhalt not bear falfe witnefs, Thou obedience of one fhall many be fhalt not covet; and if there be made righteous. Gal. iii. 10. For any other commandment, it is as many as are of the works of the briefly comprehended in this faylaw are under the curfe: for it is ing, namely, Thou shalt love thy written, Curfed is every one that neighbour as thyfelf, Deut. v. 32. continueth not in all things which Ye shall obferve to do, therefore, are written in the book of the law, as the Lord your God hath com. to do them. V. 12. And the law manded you: ye shall not turn is not of faith: but,The man that afide to the right hand or to the doeth them fhall live in them.Eccl. left. Deut. x. 4. And he wrote vii. 29. Lo, this only have I found, on the tables, according to the that God hath made man upright; firft writing, the ten commandbut they have fought out many in- ments, which the Lord fpake unventions. Job xxviii. 28. And un- to you in the mount, out of the to man he faid, Behold, the fear of midft of the fire, in the day of the the Lord, that is wifdom; and to affembly: and the Lord gave them depart from evil is understanding. unto me. Exod. xxxiv. 1. And 11. James i. 15. But whofo the Lord faid unto Mokes, Hew looketh into the perfect law of lithee two tables of ftone, like unto


Chap. XIX, the four first commandments containing our duty towards God, and the other fix our duty to man.

III. Befides this law, commonly called Moral, God was pleased to give to the people of Ifrael, as a church under age, ceremonial laws, containing feveral typical ordinances; partly of worship, prefiguring Chrift, his graces, actions, fufferings, and benefits; and partly holding forth diverse in ftructions of moral duties. All which ceremonial laws are now abrogated under the new teftament.

IV. To them alfo, as a body politick, he gave fundry judicial laws, which expired together with the state of that people,

the first and I will write upon thefe tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakeft.

© Mat. xxii. 37. Jefus faid unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy foul, and with all thy mind. V. 38. This is the first and great commandment. V. 39. And the fecond is like unto it, Thou fhalt love thy neighbour as thyfelf, V. 40. On thefe two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

III. [Heb. Chapter ix.] Heb. x. i.For the law, having a fhadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with thofe facrifices, which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect. Gal. iv. 1. Now I fay, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a fervant, though he be lord of all; V. 2. But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. V. 3. Even fo we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. Col. ii. 17. Which are a fhadow of things to come; but the body is of Chrift.

1 Cor. v. 7. Purge out, there-fore, the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened: for even Chrift our paffover is facrificed for us. 2 Cor. vi. 17. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye feparate, faith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. Jude, Ver. 23. And others fave with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment fpotted by the flesh.

f Col. ii. 14. Blotting out the hand-writing of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his crofs. V. 16. Let no man, therefore, judge you in meat, or in drink, or in refpect of an holy-day, or of the new moon, or of the fabbath-days: V. 1. Which are a fhadow of things to come; but the body is of Chrift. Dan. ix. 27. And he fhall confirm the covenant with many for one week; and in the midft of the week he shall caufe the facrifice and the oblation to ceafe; and for the overfpreading of abominations he fhall make it defolate, even until the confúrnmation, and that determined, fhall be poured upon the desolate.


people, not obliging any other now, further than the general equity thereof may require.

V. The moral law doth for ever bind all, as well juftified perfons as others, to the obedience thereof; and that not only in regard of the matter contained in it, but also in refpect of the authority of God the Creator who gave it. Neither doth Chrift in the gofpel any way diffolve, but 5 much ftrengthen, this obligation*.

Eph. u. 15. Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances, for to make in himfelf of twain one new man, fo making peace; V. 16. And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the crofs, having flain the enmity thereby.

IV. [Exod. Chapter xxi. Exod. xxii. 1. to the 29th Verfe. See both in the Bible.] Gen. xlix: 10. The fceptre fhall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. With 1 Peter ii. 13. Submit yourfelves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's fake: whether it be to the king, as fupreme: V. 14. Or unto governors, as unto them that are fent by him for the punishment of evil-doers, and for the praise of them that do well. Matth. v. 17. Think not that I'am come to deftroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to deftroy, but to fulfil. With Verse 38. Ye have heard that it hath been faid, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. V.39. But I fay unto you, That ye refift not evil: but who foever fhall fmite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other alfo. 1 Cor. ix, 8. Say I these things as a man? or faith not the law the fame alfo? V. 9. For

VI. Although

it is written in the law of Mofes, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for. oxen? V. 1o. Or faith he it altogether for our fakes? for our fakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth fhould plow in hope; and that he that threfheth in hope fhould be partaker of his hope.

V. Romans xiii. 8, 9. [See above in letter b.] V. 10. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour : therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Eph. vi. 2. Honour thy father and mother, (which is the first commandment with promife.) 1 John ii. 3. And hereby do we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. V. 46 He that faith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a lyar, and the truth is not in him. V. 7% Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment, which ye had from the beginning: the old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. V.8. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: becaufe the darkness is paft, and the true light now fhineth.

i Jam. ii. 1o, 11. [See in letterb.] * Matth. v. 17. [See in letter &J V. 18. For, verily, I lay unto you,

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