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man's religion is vain. Pure religion, ful in the knowledge of our Lord and undefiled, before God and the Jesus : but he that lacketh these Father, is this, To visit the father things is blind, and cannot see afar less and widows in their affliction, and off, &c.—2 Pet. i. 4-9. to keep himself unspotted from the Just Lot, vexed with the filthy conworld.James i. 26, 27.
versation of the wicked : for that - What doth it profit, my brethren, righteous man dwelling among them, though a man say he hath faith, and in seeing and hearing, vexed his have not works, &c. Faith, if it hath righteous soul from day to day with not works, is dead, &c. I will shew their unlawful deeds.2 Pet. ii
. 7,8. thee my faith by my works, &c. Faith, Ps. cxix. 53. 126. 136. 158.–Jer. ix. without works is dead.-James ii. 14. 1, 2. xiii. 17. 17, 18. 26.
God is light, &c. If ye say we have Who is a wise man, and endued fellowship with him, and walk in darkwith knowledge amongst you ? Let Dess, we lie, &c. But if we walk in him shew out of a good conversation the light; &c. If we say we have no his works, with meekness of wisdom. sin, we deceive ourselves. John is But if ye have bitter envying, &c. 5.-8. this wisdom descendeth not from Hereby we know that we know him, above, &c. But the wisdom that is if we keep his commandments. He from above, is first pure, then peace. who saith I know him, and keepeth able, gentle, and easy to be intreated; not his commandments, is a liar, and full of mercy, and good fruits, with the truth is not in him, &c. He that out partiality, and without hypocrisy: abideth in him, ought himself also to and the fruit of righteousness is sown walk even as he walked, &c. He that in peace, &c.-James iii. 13–18. saith he is in the light, and hateth his
Jesus Christ, whom, having not brother, is in darkness even until now: seen, ye love, &c. Seeing you have he that loveth his brothe abideth in purified your souls in obeying the the light, &c. If any man love the truth, unto unfeigned, love of the world, the love of the Father is not brethren. -1 Pet. il 7, 8. 22. Cant in him, &c. If ye know that he is i. 3, 4.
righteous, ye know (or know ye) that As new-born babes, desire the sin- every one that doth righteousness is cere milk of the word of God, that ye born of God.-1 John ii. 3. 4. 6.9 may grow thereby; if so be ye have 11..15. 29. tasted, &c. Ye are à chosen generas We shall see him as he is. And tion, &c. that he should shew forth every man that hath this hope in him, the praises (or virtues) of him who purifieth himself, even as he is pure, hath called you,&c.—1 Pet. ii. 2, 3.9. &c. Whosoever abideth in him, sinLuke x. 39. 42. - 2 Pet. iii. 18. neth not, &c. He who committeth
The time past of our life may suf- sin (or giveth his labour to sin) is of fice, &c. when we walked in lasci- the devil, &c. Whosoever is born of viousness, &c. wherein they think it God, doth not commit sin, for his strange that you run not with them seed remaineth in him, and he cannot to the same excess of riot.--1 Pet. iv. sin, because he is born of God. In
this the children of God are manifest, Having escaped the corruption that and the children of the devil : whois in the world through lust. Add to soever doth not righteousness, is not your faith virtue, and to virtue know- of God; neither he that loveth not ledge, &c. for if these things be in his brother, &c. we know that we have you, and abound, they make you that passed from death unto life, because ye shall neither be barren nor unfruit- we love the brethren, &c. Whoso
AND ARE NOT FREE FROM SINFUL
ever hateth his brother, is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath
CHAP. XI. eternal life abiding in him, &c. Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth THE CHILDREN OF GOD THEMSELVES his brother have need, and shutteth
MAY BE OVERTAKEN WITH FAULTS, up his bowels of compassion from him; how dwelleth the love of God in him?
DISPOSITIONS AND INCLINATIONS IN &c. Let us not love in word, neither
THIS LIFE ; AND THEREFORE MAY
DESERVE TO BE CHASTISED OF GOD. in tongue; but in deed and in truth, And hereby we know that we are of the truth; and shall assure our hearts
SECT. I. In general it is affirmed. before God, &c. For if our hearts For there is no man that sinneth not. condemn us, he is greater, &c. And – 1 Kings viii. 46. hereby we know that he abideth in us, How should man be just with God by the spirit which he hath given us. (or before God)? If he will contend -1 John iii. 2, 3.5, 6. 8–10. 14, 15, with him, he cannot answer him one 17-19. 24. iv. 12, 13. v. 18. of a thousand, &c. Whom, though I
Whoso knoweth God, heareth us : were righteous, yet would I not he that is not of God heareth not us, answer: I would make supplication Hereby we know the Spirit,&c. Love to my judge, &c. If I justify myself, is of God: and every one that loveth, mine own mouth shall condemn me. is born of God, and knoweth God, &c. If I say, I am perfect, it shall also God is love: he that dwelleth in love, prove me perverse.---Job ix. 143, dwelleth in God, and God in him, &c. 15. 20. If a man say, I love God, and hateth Who can understand his errors ? his brother, he is a liar: for he that Cleanse thou me from secret faults : loveth not his brother, whom he hath keep back thy servant also from preseen; how can he love God, whom somptuous sins ; let them not have he hath not seen ?- John iv. 6, 7. dominion over me.-Ps. xix. 12, 13. 16. 20. v, 1.
If thou, Lord, shouldest mark ini. Whosoever believeth that Jesus is quities, O Lord, who shall stand ?the Christ, is born of God: and every Ps. cxxx. 3, one that loveth him, &c. Whatsoever
The rod of the wicked shall not is born of God, overcometh the world : rest, &c. lest the righteous put forth and this is the victory that, &c. Who- their hands unto iniquity.-Ps.cxxv.3. soever is born of God, sinneth not; Who can say, I have made my
heart but he that is begotten of God, keep clean, I am pure from my sin ? eth himself, and that wicked one Prov. xx. 9. toucheth him not. I John v. 1. A just man falleth seven times a 4. 18.
day, and riseth up again. - Prov. He that abideth in the doctrine of xxiv. 16. Christ, hath both the Father, and the
For there is not a just man upon Son 2 John 9.
earth, that doeth good, and sinneth He that doth good is of God; but not. -Eccles, vis. 20. he that doth evil, hath not seen God. The flesh lusteth against the Spi-3 John 11.
rit, &c. so that ye cannot do the things Those whose names are written in that ye would.Gal. v, 17. Rom. the book of life, they will not wor- vii. 14, &c. ship Antichrist.- Rev. xiii. 8. xiv. 4. If any man be overtaken in a fault, xvii. 8. xxi. 27.
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 in us.
all seek their own, not the things then denied that she had laughed. which are Jesus Christ's. - Phil. ii. Gen. xviii. 12, 13. 15. 20, 21.
Isaac said of his wife also, She is Paul saith, I count not myself to my sister, for fear of the men of the have apprehended : but this one thing, place, lest they should kill him for &c. I press towards the mark, &c. her.-Gen. xxvi. 7. Let us therefore, as many as be per- Just Lot, vexed with the filthy confect, bethus minded. Phil. iii. 13-15. versation of the wicked : for that
For in many things we offend all : righteous man, &c.- 2 Pet. ii. 7, 8. if any man offend not in word, the He lingered ; the men laid hold same is a perfect man.-James iii. 2. upon his hand, &c. and said, Go, - "If we say that we have no sin, we escape for thy life, &c. And Lot said deceive ourselves, and the truth is not unto them, o, not so, my Lord, &c.
If we confess our sins, he is I cannot escape to the mountain, lest faithful and just to forgive us out some evil take me, and I die : behold sins, &c. If we say that we have not this city is near to flee unto; is it sinned, we make him a liar, and his not a little one, &c. · He afterwards word is not in us.- John i. 8-10. drank wine, and then lay with his two * If any man see his brother sin a sin daughters.-Gen. xix. 16–20.33–36. not unto death, he shall ask, and he Jacob, when he heard his brother shall give him life for them that sin Esau was coming with four hundred not unto death. There is a sin unto men against him, was greatly afraid death :: I do not say that he shall and distressed,&c.-Gen. xxxii. 6,&c. pray for it.- 1 John v. 16.
He was sore distressed when one
of his sons was kept by Joseph, and Sect. II. Particular Instances of the
another sent for.-Gen. xlii. 36, &c. .Failings of God's Children recorded.
Moses spied an Egyptian smiting Noah was a just man, and perfect in an Hebrew, one of his brethren, &c. his generations. Noah walked with he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in God.Gen, vi. 9. vii. 1.
the sand.Exod. ii. 11, 12. -Noah drank of the wine, and was Moses was very meek, above all the drunken, and he was uncovered within men upon the face of the earth, &c. his tent.-Gen. ix. 21. 4
My servant Moses is faithful in all Abraham believed in the Lord, and mine house. Moses my servant is he counted it to him for righteousă dead. And Moses, verily, was faithness, &c. Abraham, my friend. He ful in all his house, as a servant.staggered not through unbelief.- Numb. xii. 3.7. Josh. i. 2. 13. Heb. Gen. xv. 6. Isa. xli. 8. Rom. iv. 20. iii. 2. 5. · They will kill me ; but they will When God was sending Moses, he save thee alive; say, I pray thee, thou said, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, art my sister, &c. And, when God &c. And the Lord said unto him, had promised him to inherit the land, Who hath made man's mouth ? &c. he said, Lord God, Whereby shall í And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray know that I shall inherit it ? &c. thee, by the hand thou wilt (or When the promise was made to him shouldest) send. And the anger of of a child, he fell on his face, and the Lord was kindled against Moses, laughed; and said in his heart, Shall &c. Moses returned unto the Lord a child, &c. 0, that Ishmael might and said, Wherefore hast thou so live before thee, &c. He said of his evilly intreated this people? Why is wife, She is my sister, again at Gerar, it that thou hast sent me ? &c. Moses for fear of being slain. --Gen. xii. 12, was very wrath, &c. Now, ye rebels, 13. xv. 7,8. xvii. 16–18. xx. 2. 11. Must we fetch ye water out of this
Sarah laughed at the promise, and rock ? &c. I am not able to bear all this people, &c. If thoul deal thus He passed on in the rearward with the with me, kill me I pray thee out of Philistines against Israel,&c. He sent hand, &c. And Moses said, &c. Shall messengers to fetch Uriah’s wife the flocks and the herds be slain for and he lay with her : and to cover it, them, to suffice them ? &c. He be made Uriah drunk ; and then sent to lieved not God, to sanctify him. He Joab, to set Uriah in the hottest bat spake unadvisedly with his lips, being tle, and then retire from him, that he provoked in his spirit. Exod. iv. might be smitten, and die, &c. O my 10-14. v. 22, 23. Numb. xi. 11, 12. son Absalom! my son ! my son, Ab. 14, 15. 21-23. xvi. 15. xx. 10–12. salom ! Would God I had died for Ps, cvi. 32, 33. Numb. xxvii. 14. thee! He caused the children of Is· Joshua also erred, and wished they rael to be numbered, &c. I said in had not come over Jordan.--Josh: my haste, I am cut off from before vii. 7.
thine eyes, &c. I said in my haste, Aaron made a molten calf for Israel, that all men are liars, &c.-- 1 Sam.xxv. &c. He built an altar before it; and 12-14. xxi. 12, 13. xxvii. l. xxix. 2. Aaron made proclamation, and said, 2 Sam. xi. 3, 4. 13—15. xviii. 33. To-morrow is a feast to the Lord, &c. xxiv. 1, &c. Ps.' xxxi. 22. cxvi. 11. And Moses saw that the people were 1 Sam. xx. 6. 29. naked, for Aaron had made them naked When God bid Samuel go, he said, unto their shame, amongst their ene- How can I go? If Saul hear of it, he mies.-Exod. xxxii, 1–6.25. Numb. will kill me.- -1 Sam. xvi. 1, 2. xii. 1.5.9.
And Asa did that which was right When God had told Gideon, Surely in the eyes of the Lord, as did David I will be with thee, and thou shalt his father, &c. Asa's heart was persmite the Midianites as one man: fect with the Lord all his days.he said unto him, &c. Shew me à 1 Kings xv. 11. 14. sign that thou talkest with me, &c. But he removed not the high places. If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, -1 Kings xv. 14. as thou hast said ; behold, I will put Asa took out silver and gold out of a fleece of wool in the floor, &c. Let the treasures of the house of the not thine anger be hot against me, and Lord, &c. made a league with the king I will speak but this once. Let me of Syria : and Hanani the seer came prove, I pray thee, but this once with to him, and said, Because thou haast the fleece, &c.- Judges vi. 16, 17. relied on the king of Syria, and not 36-40. Heb. xi. 32.
relied on the Lord thy God, &c. Then Eli is charged with iniquity, in not Asa was wrath with the seer, and put. restraining his sons from violence.- him in a prison-house ; for he was in 1 Sam. ii. 13.
a rage with him because of this thing. My servant David, who kept my And Asa oppressed (or crushed) some commandments, and who followed me of the people at that time, &c. In his. with all his heart, to do that only disease, he sought not to the Lord, which is right in mine eyes, &c. -- but to the physicians.--2 Chron. xvi. 1 Kings xi. 32–34.38. Acts xii. 22. 14.7.10. 12. · David hastily resolved to have Solomon failed very greatly.avenged himself on Nabal, by cutting 1 Kings xi. 1, &c. off him and all his males, &c. And When Elijah the prophet was in David, &c. was sore afraid of Achish, trouble, he said, It is enough: now, the king of Gath : and he changed his O Lord, take away my life; for I am behaviour before them, and feigned no better than my fathers 1 Kings himself mad in their hands, &c. Da- xix. 4. vid said in his heart, I shall now And Jehoshaphat walked, &c. doing perish one day by the hand of Saul, &c. that which was right in the eyes of
the Lord.-2 Chron. XI. 32.1 Kings he would let loose his hand and cat xxii. 42, 43.
me off, &c. So that my soul chooseth The seer meets him, after he had strangling, and death, rather than life, gone out with the wicked king of Is- &c. He confesseth thus: I have ut rael, and said unto him, Shouldest tered that I understood not; things thou help the ungodly, and love them too wonderful for me, which I knew that hate the Lord? Therefore is not; wherefore I abhor myself, and wrath upon thee from before the repent in dust and ashes.-Job vi. 8, Lord.2 Chron xix. 1; 2. XX. 33. 37. 9. vii. 15. xlii. 3..6. • Hezekiah did that which was right As * for me, my feet. were .almost in the sight of the Lord. He removed gone, &c. for I was envious at the the high places, &c. He trusted in foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the Lord God of Israel, so that after the wicked, &c. Verily I have cleanhim was none like him, &c. for he sed my heart in vain, &c. So foolish clave to the Lord, and departed not was I, and ignorant, as a beast, &c. from following him, &c.—2 Kings -Ps. lxxiii. 2, 3.13. 22. Jer. xxi. 1, 2. xviii. 1.3–6. 2 Chron, xxxi. 21.: Will the Lord cast off for ever?
When Isaiah had told Hezekiah, Will be be favoarable no more? Is being sick, that he should be healed, his mercy clean gone for ever? Doth &c. he said unto Isaiah, What shall his promise fail for evermore? Hath be the sign that the Lord will heal God forgotten to be gracious? Hath me? &c. He shewed his treasures he in anger shut up his tender mercies? to the messengers of the king of Ba- I said, this is mine infirmity.-Ps. bylon's son: for which God was angry, lxxvii. 7-10. &c. Hezekiah rendered not again ac- The prophet Jeremiah in his affliccording to the benefit done unto him ; tions spake hard words of God; said, for his heart was lifted up: therefore he would not speak in his name, &c. there was wrath upon him, &c. In curseth the day of his birth.-- Jer, the business of the ambassadors of xx. 7. 9. 14, &c. xii. 1. the princes of Babylon, &c. God left The church, the spouse of Christ, him, to try him, that he might know in a sluggish posture. Cant. v. 2, 3. all that was in his heart.-2 Kings XX. Matt. xxv. 5. 8,9. 12-18. 2 Chron. xxxii. 25. 31. The prophet Jonah was very angry
Good Josiah (though warned to the because God spared Nineveh, and contrary) followed Pharaoh Necho, said, Therefore now, O Lord, take, I and was slain.--2 Chron. XXXV. 20-23 beseech thee, my life from me; for it | Job, that man was perfect and up- is better for me to die than to live. right, one that feared God and es. Then said the Lord, Doest thou well chewed evil. Hast thou considered to be angry? &c. again he said so: my servant Job, that there is none and Jonah said, I do well to be angry, like him in the earth, a perfect and even unto death. Jonah iv. 1-4. 8, an upright man? &c. Ye have not 9. i. 1-3. spoken of me the thing which is right, John sent two of his disciples to like my servant Job, &c. Ye have Christ, and said unto him, Art thou heard of the patience of Job.Job i. he that should come, or do we look 1. 8. xlii, 8. James v. 11.
for another-Matt. xi. 2, 3. After this opened Job his mouth, When Zacharias had a son promised and cursed his day, &c. See at large, him, he said unto the angel, Whereby Job iil. 1, &c.
shall I know this, for I am an old O that I might have my request, man, and my wife well stricken in and that God would grant me the years, &c. "Behold, thou shalt be thing that I long for, even that it dumb, &c. because thou believest not would please God to destroy me, that my words, &c.---Luke i. 13. 18. 20.