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be afraid of a man that shall die, &c. be made known unto God.-Phil. and forgettest the Lord thy Maker - iv. 6. Isa. li. 7. 12, 13. Matt. x. 28. 31. We ourselves glory in you in the

It is of the Lord's mercies that we churches of God, for your patience are not consumed, because his com- and faith in all your persecutions.passions fail not, &c. It is good 2 Thess. i. 4. that a man should both hope and Christ also suffered for us, leaving quietly wait for the salvation of the us an example, &c. Who, when he Lord. -Lam. iii. 22. 25, 26.

suffered he threatened not, but comThe three children being threatened, mitted himself to him that judgeth said, Our God, &c. will deliver us righteously.--1 Pet. ii. 21. 23. out of thy hand.—Dan. iii. 16, 17.

suffer, &c. be not afraid of When my soul fainted within me, their terror, neither be troubled ; but I remembered the Lord.—Jonah ii. 7. sanctify the Lord, &c.—1 Pet. iii. 14,

None upright among men, they all 15. Heb. xiji. 6. Rev. ii. 10. lie in wait to shed blood, &c. that Wherefore, let them that suffer acthey may do evil with both hands cording to the will of God, commit earnestly, &c. The son dishonoureth the keeping of their souls to him in the father, &c. therefore I will look well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. unto the Lord, I will wait for the God -1 Pet. iv. 19.

my salvation.-Micah vii. 2—7.

The Lord is good, a strong hold SECONDLY. The Duties of Believers, in the day of trouble ; and he know- how they ought to behave toward eth them that trust in him.-Nahum Enemies and Persecutors, in a time i. 7.

of Persecution and Suffering from Take no thought how or what ye them. shall speak ; for it shall be given you 1. To be patient, quiet, and sober toin that same hour what

ye speak.-Matt. x. 19, 20. 28.31. vi. 27.

ward them: not revenge, or return Come unto me, all ye that labour

Evil for Evil, or Reviling for and are heavy laden, and I will give

Reviling ; but forgive them. you rest.—Matt. xi. 28.

JOSEPH, instead of revenging upon When they shall deliver you up, his brethren their injury of him, spake &c. study not beforehand what ye kindly to his brethren, and said, Be shall speak; but whatsoever shall be not grieved, nor angry with yourgiven you in that hour, that speak ye. selves, that ye sold me híther: for God -Mark xiii. 11. Luke xxiv. 14, &c. did send me before you to preserve God is faithful, who will not suffer life, &c. So now, it was not

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that you to be tempted above that ye are sent me hither, but God, &c.-Gen. able to bear ; but will with the temp- xlv. 5–8. 1. 19-21. tation also make a way to escape.- Though Saul hunted for David's 1 Cor. x. 13.

life, yet would not David avenge himWe should not trust in ourselves, self upon him.- 1 Sam. xxiv. xxvi. but in God, which raiseth the dead : When Shimei cursed David, he who delivereth us from so great a bore it quietly, and would not avenge death, and doth deliver : in whom we himself.--2 Sam. xvi. 7-11. trust, that he will yet deliver us.- And afterward Abishai said to 2 Cor. i. 9, 10. Judges xiii. 22, 23. David, Shall not Shimei be put to 1 Sam. xvii. 34–37.

death for this, because he cursed the In nothing terrified by your adver- Lord's anointed ? &c. David said saries.-Phil. i. 28.

unto Sbimei, Thou shalt not die. Be careful for nothing, but in every 2 Sam. xix. 21—23. thing by prayer, &c. let your requests Job quarrelled not with the instruments which spoiled him, but Being reviled, we bless, &c. being acknowledged it was the Lord.--Job defamed, we intreat.-1 Cor. iv. 12,13. i. 20, 21.

See that none render evil for evil O God, to whom vengeance be- unto any man.—1 Thess. v. 15. longeth, shew thyself.-Ps. xciv. I. Ye have condemned and killed the

Envy thou not, the oppressor (or just, and he doth not resist you.the inan of violence).-Prov. iii. 31. James v. 6.

Say not thou, I will recompense So is the will of God, that with evil : but wait on the Lord, and he well doing ye may put to silence the shall save thee.—Prov. xx. 22. ignorance of foolish men, &c. Christ

Say not, I will do so to him as he suffered for us, leaving us an example hath done to me: I will render to that ye should follow his steps, &c. the man according to his work.— who, when he was reviled, reviled Prov. xxiv. 29.

not again : when he suffered, he He was oppressed, &c. yet he threatened not.--1 Pet. ii. 15.21. 23. opened not his mouth, &c. as a sheep, Not rendering evil for evil, or rail&c. so he opened not his mouth. - ing for railing, &c.—1 Pet. iii. 9. Isa. liii. 7. Ps. xxxviii. 13, 14.

Jeremiah said, As for me, behold, II, Not to desire, or rejoice in the I am in your hand, do with me as

hurt of Enemies and Persecutors. seemeth good, &c.—Jer. xxvi. 11. 14. David mourned and wept when

Resist not evil : but whosoever Saul was slain, although he had been shall smite thee on the right cheek, his deadly enemy; and hated and turn to him the other also.—Matt. v. pursued him several years.—2 Sam. 38, 39.

i. 4, &c. If ye forgive men their trespasses, Abner, his great enemy, who set your heavenly Father will also forgive up Ishbosheth in opposition to him, you. ---Matt. vi. 14, 15.

being slain, David said, I and my When one of Christ's disciples kingdom are guiltless before the Lord drew his sword, &c. he bid him put for ever, &c. He commands all the it up, &c.—Matt, xxvi. 51, 52. people to mourn for him : and him

James and John said, Lord, wilt self mourned, and followed him to thou that we command fire to come his funeral.- -2 Sam. ii. 27–29. down from heaven, and consume 31, 32. them, even as Elias did ? But he So David, instead of rejoicing that turned and rebuked them : and said, Ishbosheth was slain, commanded his Ye know not what manner of spirit young men to kill those who slew ye are of. For the Son of man is him.-2 Sam. iv. 8–12. not come to destroy mens' lives, but When Israel had conquered Judah, to save them.-Luke ix. 53–56. the prophet commanded them to let

Ye shall be hated, &c. In your the captives go, feed them, and clothe patience possess ye your souls, &c.-- them, and not insult over them.Luke xxi. 17. 19.

2 Chron. xxviii. 9, &c. Paul said to Festus (when he had If I rejoiced at the destruction of said, He was beside himself), I am him that hated me, or lifted up mynot mad, most noble Festus, &c.-- self when evil found him: neither Acts xxvi. 24, 25.

have I suffered my mouth to sin by Recompense to no man evil for wishing a curse to his soul.-Job evil, &c. Avenge not yourselves, but xxxi. 29, 30. rather give place unto wrath : for it He that is glad at calamities, shall is written, Vengeance is mine ; I will not be unpunished.—Prov. xvii. 5. repay, sai:h the Lord.--Rom. xii. 17. Rejoice not when thine enemy 19. Deut. xxxii. 35.

falleth, and let not thine heart be

glad when he stumbleth ; lest the feed him, &c. be not overcome of Lord see it, and it displease him, and evil, but overcome evil with good.he turn away his wrath from him.- Rom. xii. 14. 20, 21. Prov. xxiv. 17, 18.

Being reviled, we bless; being

defamed, we intreat.-1 Cor.iv. 12,13. III. To pray for, and do good to our

Persecutors and Enemies. IV. To use lawful and honest means If thou meet thine enemy's ox or

for avoiding and delivering themhis ass going astray, thou shalt surely

selves from Afflictions and Persecubring it back to him again, &c.

tions.-Matt. iv. 5—7. Exod. xxiii. 4.

When there was a famine in the Miriam had spoken against Moses; land where Abraham was, he removed yet he prayed for her, to heal her to Egypt.-Gen. xii. 10. leprosy.-Numb. xii. 1. 10. 13.

When Abraham had heard that Lot Saul said to David, Thou hast re- was taken, &c. he pursued the enemy, warded me good, whereas I have re- and rescued him.-Gen. xiv. 14, &c. warded thee evil.-1 Sam. xxiv. 17. When Jacob heard of his brother

Israel came and fought against Esau's coming against him, he was Judah ; and being overcome, Judah greatly afraid and distressed: and he shewed them kindness.—2 Chron. divided the people that was with him, xxviii.

and the flocks, &c. and said, If Esau If thine enemy be hungry, give come to the one company and smite him bread to eat : and if he be it, then the other company which is thirsty, give him water to drink, &c. left shall escape, &c. And he took of -Prov. xxv. 21. Rom. xii. 20. that which came to his hand, a pre

Seek the peace of the city, whither sent for his brother Esau, &c. for he I have caused you to be carried away said, I will appease him with the precaptives : and pray unto the Lord for sent that goeth before me, &c.—Gen. it.-Jer. xxix. 7.

xxxii. 6-3.13.20. xxxiii. 3.8. 13, 14. I say unto you, Love your enemies : Joseph, in the dungeon, desired the bless them that curse you : do good king's cupbearer to speak to the to them that hate you ; and pray for king on his behalf.-Gen. xl. 14,&c. them which despitefully use you, and Saul sought to smite David, &c. persecute you ; that ye may be the but he slipped away out of Saul's children of

your Father which is in presence, &c. and escaped that night. heaven: for he maketh his sun to Saul also sent messengers unto Darise on the evil, &c. If you love vid's house to watch him, and to slay them which love you, &c. do not even him, &c. His wife let him down the publicans the same ?-Matt. V. through a window, and he went and 44-48.

fed, and escaped.—1 Sam. xix. 10–12. Christ said (when upon the cross), David consulted with Jonathan Father, forgive them, for they know about his safety from Saul.-1 Sam.xx. not what they do.—Luke xxiii. 34. Dayid consulted with Hushai, and

They stoned Stephen ; and he directed him what to do in order to kneeled down, and cried with a loud his defeating of the counsel of Ahivoice, Lord, lay not this sin to their thophel.—2 Sam. xv. 32–37. charge.-Acts vii. 59, 60.

Elijah being threatened by Jezebel, Paul prayed for Agrippa, that he arose, and went for his life, &c.— were not only almost, but altogether 1 Kings xix. 2, 3. such as he, except his bonds.-Acts Hezekiah laid figs to his sore, by xxvi. 28, 29.

the prophet's direction, and he recoBless them which persecute you, vered.—2 Kings xx. 7. &c. Therefore if thine enemy bunger, Sanballat, &c. conspired all of them

together to come and to fight against take, and give unto them for thee Jerusalem, and to hinder the work : and me.—Matt. xvii. 24—27. nevertheless, we made our prayer When Christ had raised the ruler's unto our God, and set a watch against daughter from the dead, he comthem day and night, because of them. manded that something should be -Neh, iv. 7, 8.

given her to eat.-Mark v. 41-43. Sanballat sent often to Nehemiah, Jesus walked in Galilee: for he to come unto him, but he refused : would not walk in Jewry, because the because he knew they thought to do Jews sought to kill him.-John vii. 1. him some mischief.-Neh. vi. 2-4. They took up stones to cast at him :

Esther and Mordecai did many but Jesus hid himself, and went out, things to procure the Jewis escape. &c. and so passed by:- John viii. 59. -Esth. viii. ix. Prov. xxiv. 11. From that day forth they took

Give strong drink to him that is counsel together to put him to death: ready to perish, and wine to those Jesus therefore walked no more that be of heavy hearts.- -Prov. openly among the Jews; but went Xxxi. 6.

thence into a country near the wilderJeremiah intreated the king that ness.—John xi. 53, 54. he might not return to the prison, lest The doors were shut where the he should die there.-Jer. xxxvii. disciples were assembled, for fear of 18. 20. xxxviii. 7, &c.

the Jews.-John xx. 19. Daniel applied himself to the cap- When Saul persecuted the church tain of the king's guard, and to the at Jerusalem, the brethren were scatking himself, for himself and friends. tered abroad.—-Acts viii. l. 3, 4. -Dan. ii. 13-16.

xi. 19. When Herod sought Christ, to kill The Jews took counsel to kill Paul; him, the angel said unto Joseph, &c. but their laying await was known unto Arise, and take the young child and Saul, and they watched the gates day his mother, and flee into Egypt, and and night to kill him : then the disbe thou there, &c. for Herod will seek ciples took him by night, and let him the young child to destroy him.- down by the wall in a basket, &c. Matt. ii. 13-15.

The Grecians went about to slay him; Behold, I send you forth as sheep which when the brethren knew, they in the midst of wolves : be ye there- brought him down to Cæsarea, and fore wise as serpents, and harmless sent him forth to Tarsus.--Acts ix. as doves, &c. And when they perse- 23—25. 29, 30. xix. 30, 31. xvii. 10. cute you in this city, flee

ye into ano- 14, 15. 2 Cor. xi. 32, 33. ther.-Matt. x. 16. 23.

Paul and Barnabas being at IcoThe Pharisees, &c. held a council nium, the Jews and Gentiles made an against him, how they might destroy assault to use them despitefully, and him : but when Jesus knew it, he to stone them : they were aware of withdrew himself from thence, &c. he it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, charged the multitude not to make &c.-Acts xiv. 1. 5, 6. him known. Matt. xii. 14–16. When the magistrates sent to let Mark iii. 6, 7.

the apostles go, Paul said, Let them When Jesus heard that John was come themselves,&c.-Acts xvi.36,37. beheaded, he departed thence by a When Paul was in danger, the breship into a desert place apart.-Matt. thren often sent him and others away xiv. 12, 13.

from the place. -Acts xvii. 5. 10. 13. Though Christ was free, and ought xix. 30, 31. not to be charged with tribute money; The captain commanded that Paul yet he said to Peter, Notwithstanding should be examined by scourging, &c. lest we should offend them, go, &c. Paul said, Is it lawful for you to

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scourge a man that is a Roman, and worship not, ye shall be cast into the uncondemned? which prevented his midst of a burning fiery furnace. being scourged.—Acts xxii. 24-26.29. Dan. iii. 14, 15. 18. xvi. 37, 38.

Daniel cast into the lions' den for Paul said to Ananias, Sittest thou praying to God contrary to the king's to judge ine after the law, and com- decree.—Dan. vi. 7, &c. mandest me to be smitten contrary Therefore the prudent shall keep to the law? &c. But when Paul per- silence in that time, for it is an evil ceived that the one part were Saddu- time.---Amos v. 13. Ps. xxxix. 1. cees, and the other Pharisees, he cried Blessed are ye, when men shall out in the council, Men and brethren, revile you, &c. falsely for my sake, &c. I ain a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; for righteousness' sake.-Matt.v. 10,11. of the hope and resurrection of the When they charged the apostles dead, I called in question not to teach in Christ's name, they (whereupon the council divided, and said, Whether it be right in the sight broke up). When Paul understood of God to hearken unto you more that there was a conspiracy to kill than unto God, judge ye;

for we him, he gave notice thereof to the cannot but speak the things which chief captain, who conveyed him away we have seen and heard.-Acts iv. from them.-Acts xxiii.3.6–9.14,&c. 17–20.

Paul pleaded in his defence before The high priest asked them, sayFelix ; and afterward appealed unto ing, Did not we straitly command Cæsar.-Acts xxiv. 10, &c. xxv. 8,9. you that you should not teach in this xxvi. 1, &c.

name ? &c. Then Peter and the other Paul persuaded those in the ship apostles answered and said, We ought to eat meat, when they were in to obey God rather than men.--Acts danger, saying, This is for your v. 27-29. health, &c.-Acts xxvii. 33–35. But in all things approving our

I beseech you, brethren, &c. that selves, &c. as deceivers, and yet true. ye strive together with me in your -2 Cor. vi. 4. 8. prayers to God for me, that I

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If I yet preach circumcision, why be delivered from them that do not do I yet suffer persecution ? then is believe in Judea.-Rom. xv. 30, 31. the offence of the cross ceased.

Alexander the coppersmith did me Gal. v. 11. vi. 12. much evil, &c. of whom be thou aware Having your conversation honest also, for he hath greatly withstood among the Gentiles ; that whereas our words.-2 Tim. iy. 14, 15. they speak against you as evildoers,

Some, of whom the world was not &c. So is the will of God, that with worthy, wandered in deserts, and in well doing ye may put to silence the mountains, in dens and caves of the ignorance of foolish men, &c. This earth.—Heb. xi. 38.

is thankworthy, if a man for con

science toward God endure grief, sufV. To look to the cause of our Suffer- fering wrongfully.-1 Pet. ii. 12.15.19.

ings, that it be for well doing, for If ye suffer for righteousness' sake, the sake of Christ, and a good Con- happy are ye: and be not afraid, &c. science : and not as Busybodies or it is better, if the will of God be so, Evildoers.

that ye suffer for well doing, than for They also that render me evil for evil doing.—1 Pet. ii. 14. 17. good, are mine adversaries: because If ye be reproached for the name I follow the thing that is good.-Ps. of Christ, happy are ye, &c. but let xxxviii. 20. xxxv. 20. cix. 4, 5. none of you suffer as a murderer, or

Do not ye serve my gods, nor wor- as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a ship the golden image ? &c. but if ye busybody in other mens' matters : yet

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