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If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear unto his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee. Exod. xv. 26. Deut. xxviii. 1, &c.

I will rain bread, &c. that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no, &c. How long refuse ye to keep my commandments? &c.-Exod. xvi. 4. 28.

Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me, above all people, &c. And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken, we will do.-Exod. xix. 5. 7, 8. xxiv. 3.7. Deut. xxvi. 16-18.

Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.Exod. xx. 6.

Behold, I will send an Angel before thee, &c. Beware of him, and obey his voice provoke him not, for he will not pardon you, &c. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak, then, &c.-Exod. xxiii. 20-22.

That ye seck not after your own heart, &c. but do all my commandments, and be holy.-Numb. xv. 39,40. Many promises to obedience, and threatenings against disobedience.Deut. iv. 26, &c. xi. 8, &c. xxviii. Levit. xxvi. 3, &c.

Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee.-Deut. vi. 3.

The Lord thy God, he is a faithful God, who keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.-Deut.vii. 9. Levit. xx.22. 1 Kings vi. 12.

We will hear it, and do it. And the Lord said, &c. They have well said all that they have spoken. that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them and with their children for ever, &c. You shall observe to do therefore, as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand, or to the left; you shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you.-Deut. v. 27-29. 32,33. Levit. xviii. 3, 4. 26.

Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments alway. And it shall come to pass, if you shall hearken diligently unto my commandments, &c. then will I give you, &c. -Deut. xi. 1. 13, 14. x. 12, 13. Levit. xxvi. 3, &c.

God hath commanded thee, that thou do these statutes, &c. and that with all thy heart, and with all thy whole soul.-Deut. xxvi. 16.

See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil, &c. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life; that thou mayest love the Lord thy God, that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him ; for he is thy life, &c.-Deut. xxx. 15, 16.19,20. xiii. 4. xxxii. 46, 47. Prov. xix. 16. Isa. i. 19, 20.

Take diligent heed to do the commandment and law, &c. to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep all his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him, with all your heart, &c. O-Josh. xxii. 5. Deut. x. 12, 13.

If ye will fear the Lord, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord; then shall both ye, and the king that reigneth over you, continue, &c.-1 Sam. xii. 14.

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Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken, than the fat of rams: for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, &c.-1 Sam. xv. 22, 23.

David charged Solomon to keep the charge of the Lord, his statutes, his

commandments, &c. as it is written in the law of Moses.-1 Kings ii. 1-3. ix. 4, 5. Hear, O my people; and I will testify unto thee, O Israel; if thou wilt hearken unto me, &c. But my people would not hearken unto my voice; and Israel would none of me: so I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust, and they walked in their own counsels. O that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways: I should soon have subdued their enemies, &c. Ps. lxxxi. 8. 11–14. 16. 2 Kings xxi. 8,9.

Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the Most High; therefore he brought down their heart with labour.-Ps. cvii. 11, 12.

Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently, &c. Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments, &c. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart, &c. O how love I thy law! &c. I love thy testimonies, &c. It is time for thee, O Lord, to work; for they have made void thy law. Therefore I love thy commandments above gold, &c. Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law, &c. My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. --Ps. cxix. 4. 6. 32. 97. 119, 120. 126, 127. 136. 158. 167.

Because I have called, and ye refused, I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh, &c. Prov. i. 24-26. 30, 31.

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments. Prov. iii. 1.

hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.-Prov. xxviii. 9.

Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.-Prov. viii. 34.

He that turneth away his car from

Thus saith the Lord, Thy Redeemer, &c. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments : then had thy peace been as a river, &c.-Isa. xlviii. 17, 18.

I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts.-Isa. lxv. 2. I will bring their fears upon them, because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear, but they did evil, &c.-——Isa. lxvi. 4. Jer. xxxv. 17.

Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee, &c. Their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken.-Jer. vi. 8. 10.

I spake not unto your fathers, &c. But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels, and in the imaginations of their evil heart, &c.—Jer. vii. 22-24. xi. 4.7,8.

Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant.-Jer. xi. 3, 4.

The Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear, &c.

Jer. xxv. 4. xliv. 4, 5.

Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the Lord. The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons, not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment : notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early, and speaking, but ye hearkened not unto me.-Jer. xxxv. 13-15.

As for the word thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee.-Jer. xliv. 16.

Thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.-Ezek. ii. 7. iii. 11. 27.

For they hear thy words, but they do them not.-Ezek. xxxiii. 32.

Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, &c. But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears that they should not hear; yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his Spirit, by the former prophets, &c. There--John viii. 47. 51. fore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, &c. -Żech. vii. 9—13.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he who doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man which built his house upon a rock, &c. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man which built his house upon the sand, &c.-Matt. vii. 21. 24-27. James i. 23-25. Matt. v. 18-20. John ix.31.

Whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words; when ye depart, &c. shake off the dust of your feet. It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom.-Matt. x. 14, 15.

Whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. -Matt. xii. 50.

Yea, rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.Luke xi. 28. Rom. ii. 13. James i. 25.

And that servant which knew his Lord's will, and did it not, shall be beaten with many stripes.-Luke xii. 47. James iv. 17.

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God, &c.-John vii. 17.

Zacharias, &c. walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.-Luke i. 5, 6.

Why call ye me Lord, and do not the things which I say?—Luke vi. 46, &c.

But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against (or within) themselves.-Luke vii. 30.

He that is of God, heareth God's words; but ye hear not my word, because ye are not of God, &c. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my sayings, he shall never see death.

If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. - John xiii. 17 James i. 22, 23. 25.

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If ye love me, keep my commandments, &c. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me, &c. Jesus said, If a man love me, he will keep my words, &c. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings.-John xiv. 15. 21. 23, 24.

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salvation unto all them that obey him.-Heb. v. 9.

See that ye refuse not him that speaketh: for if they escaped not, who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven, whose voice then shook, &c.-Heb. xii. 25, 26.

But be doers of the word of God, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.-James i. 21-23.

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James iv. 17.

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. 8.

Hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected. Hereby know we that we are in him, &c. He that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.-1 John ii. 3-5. 17.

Love not in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth, &c. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, &c. This is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, &c. And he that keepeth his commandments, dwelleth in him, and he in him.-1 John iii. 18. 22-24.

against, and judgments for disobedience, in this Chapter.

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments: for this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments, and his commandments are not grievous.-1 John v. 2, 3. And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.-2 John 6. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Rev. xxii. 14.

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SECT. IV. Worship God, and sanctify

him therein.

God had respect to Abel, and to his offering: but not unto Cain's. Gen. iv. 3. 5. 7. Heb. xi. 4.

Thou shalt have no other God before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, &c. thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, &c. In all places where I record my name, I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.Exod. xx. 3-5. 24.

Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, &c. ye shall serve the Lord your God, &c.Exod. xxiii. 24, 25.

There will I meet with thee, and commune with thee from above the mercy-seat. At the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, &c. where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee. And there I will meet with the children of Israel; and the tabernacle (or Israel) shall be sanctified by my glory, &c.-Exod. xxv. 22. xxix. 42, 43. xx. 24.

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And now, Israel, what doth the Lord require of thee, but to fear the Lord, &c. and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul? &c. Behold, the heaven, and heaven of heavens is the Lord's thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is, &c. For the Lord your God, is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty and terrible, which regardeth not persons, &c. worship him.-Deut. x. 12. 14. 17. 20. xi. 13.

Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, &c. But at the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice.-Deut. xvi. 5, 6.

Serve ye the Lord; and if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, &c. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods, &c. He is an holy God, he is a jealous God.-Josh. xxiv. 14-16. 19.

Elkanah went up out of his city yearly, to worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord of hosts.-1 Sam. i. 1.3.

Prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only.-1 Sam. vii. 3.

Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth, with all your heart.-1 Sam. xii. 24.

Who is God, save the Lord ?——— Ps. xviii. 31.

All the ends of the world shall remember, and turn unto the Lord; and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee: for the kingdom is the Lord's, and he the governor among the nations. All they that are fat upon earth, shall eat and worship, &c. A seed shall serve him.— Ps. xxii. 27-30.

And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions (or thoughts)? if the Lord be God, follow him; but if Baal, follow him.-1 Kings xviii. 21.

That the heart be prepared to serve God, is expected, commended, and the contrary taken notice of.-2 Chron. xii. 14. xix. 3. xxix. 36. xxx. 18, 19.

Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.-Ps. ii. 11.

But as for me, I will come into thy house, and in thy fear will I worship towards thy holy temple (or the temple of thy holiness).Ps. v. 7.

I will wash mine hands in innocency, so will I compass thine altar, O Lord, &c. I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.-Ps. xxvi. 6. 8. Isa. i. 11, &c. lxvi. 3. Jer. vi. 19, 20.

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto (or the honour of) his name: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (or in his glorious sanctuary). -Ps. xxix. 2. xcvi. 4. 6—9. 1 Chron. xvi. 29.

For he is thy Lord, and worship thou him.-Ps. xlv. 11.

All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee, &c.-Ps. lxvi. 4. Ixiii. 1, &c.

Neither shalt thou worship any strange god. I am the Lord thy God. Ps. lxxxi. 9, 10.

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