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When thou sittest to eat with a cleanse his way? by taking heed ruler, consider diligently what is bethereto according to thy word ? &c. fore thee, and put a knife to thy I will meditate in thy precepts, &c. throat, &c.-Prov. xxiii. 1, 2. Princes also did sit and speak against Keep thy foot, when thou goest to me, but thy servant did meditate in the house of God: and be more thy statutes, &c. I thought on my ready to hear, than to give the sacriways, and turned my feet un thyfice of fools ; for they consider not testimonies, &c. I remembered thy that they do evil : be not rash with judgments of old, O Lord, and have thy mouth, and let not thine heart be comforted myself, &c. I have remem- hasty to utter any thing before God; bered thy name, O Lord, in the night, for God is in heaven.Eccles. v. &c. I will consider thy testimonies, 1, 2. &c. Thy commandment is exceeding Consider the work of God: for broad, &c. Thy law is my meditation who can make that straight which he all the day : thou through thy com- hath made crooked ? &c. in the day mandments hast made me wiser than of adversity consider.--Eccles. Fii. mine enemies; for they are ever 13, 14. with me: I have more understanding Remember now thy Creator in the than my teachers, for thy testimonies days of thy youth.-Eccles. xii. I. are my meditation, &c. Mine eyes The ox knoweth his owner, and the prevent the night watches, that I ass his master's crib: but Israel doth might meditate in thy word.-Ps. not know, my people doth not concxix. 9. 15. 23. 48. 52. 55. 59. 78. sider. Ah, sinful nation!—Isa. i. 3, 4. 95–99. 148.

They regard not the work of the How precious also are thy thoughts Lord, neither consider the operation unto me, O God! how great is the of his hands : therefore my people sum of them !-Ps. cxxxix. 17, 18. are gone into captivity, because they

I remember the days of old, I me- have no knowledge.--Isa. v. 12, 13. ditate on all thy works ; I muse on Ps. xxviii. 5. the work of thine hands, &c. my soul That they may see, and know, and thirsteth after thee, &c.-Ps.cxlii.5, 6. consider, and understand together,

Ponder the path of thy feet, and that the hand of the Lord hath done let all thy ways be established (or this, and the Holy One of Israel hath all thy ways shall be ordered aright). created it.-Isa. xli. 20. -Prov. iv. 26. Eccles. ii. 14. Remember ye not the former things,

Go to the ant, thou sluggard, con- neither consider the things of old. sider her ways, and be wise...Prov. Isa. xliii. 18. vi. 6.

God, complaining of the sottishThe simple believeth every word, ness of the makers and worshippers but the prudent man looketh well to of idols, saith, None considereth in his going.-Prov. xiv, 15.

his heart, neither is there knowledge The heart of the righteous studieth or understanding to say, I have burnt to answer: but the mouth of the part of it in the fire, &c. and shall I wicked poureth out evil things.-Prov. make the residue thereof an abominaxv. 28.

tion? shall I fall down to the stock The heart of the wise teacheth his of a tree :-Isa. xliv. 17-19. mouth (or maketh his mouth), &c. The righteous perisheth, and no Prov. xvi. 23.

man layeth it to heart: and merciful A wicked man hardeneth his face: men are taken away; none considerbut as for the upright, he directeth ing that the righteous is taken from (or considereth) his way.-.-Prov. the evil to come.—Isa. Ivii. 1. xxi. 29.

Thou meetest him, &c. those that ye

remember thee in thy ways. Isa. The disciples (for want of consilxiv. 5.

deration) said, To what purpose is This I recall to my mind, therefore this waste ? for this ointment might have I hope. It is of the Lord's mer- have been sold for much, &c. Jesus cies that we are not consumed.-Lam. said, Why trouble the woman, for iii. 20—22.

she hath wrought a good work uport They shall remember me among me.—Matt. xxvi. 7-11. the nations, whither they shall be The wind ceased, and they were *carried captives.-Ezek. vi. 9. sore amazed, &c. and wondered; for

Son of man, prepare thee stuff for they considered not the miracle of the removing, and remove by day in their loaves, for their heart was hardened. sight, &c. it may be they will consi- -Mark vi. 51, 52. der, though they be a rebellious house. All they that heard it, wondered, Ezek. xii. 3.

&c. but Mary kept all these things, Because thou hast not remembered and pondered them in her heart. the days of thy youth, &c. behold, I Luke ii. 17—19. i. 29. 65, 66. will recompense, &c.--Ezek. xvi. 23. All men mused (or reasoned, or 43. 61.

debated) in their hearts of John, And lo, if he beget a son that seeth whether he were the Christ or not. all his father's sins which he hath Luke iii. 15. done, and considereth, and doeth not Which of you, intending to build a such like, &c. he shall not die for the tower, sitteth not down first, and iniquity of his father. Ezek. xviii. counteth the cost, whether he hath 14-17. 28.

sufficient to finish it ? &c.-Luke xiv. There shall ye remember your 28–31. ways, &c. and ye shall lothe your- The prodigal, when he came to selves, &c. Ezek. XX. 43. vi. 9. himself, said, How many Xxxvi. 31.

vants of my father have bread? &c. When I would have healed Israel, -Luke xv. 17. then the iniquity of Ephraim was dis- Settle it therefore in your

hearts, covered, &c. and they consider not not to meditate before what you

shall in their hearts, that I remember all answer: for I will give you a mouth their wickedness: now their own and wisdom, &c.-Luke xxi. 14, 15. doings have beset them about, they Nor consider that it is expedient for are before my face.--Hosea vii. 1, 2. us, that one man should die for the When my soul fainted within me, people.—John xi. 49,

50. I remembered the Lord. Jonah

Peter rashly said to Jesus, Thou ii. 7.

shalt never wash my feet: but when Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Con- Jesus had said, If I wash thee not, sider (or set your hearts upon) your thou hast no part with me: Peter ways.-Hag. i. 5.7.

saith unto him, Lord, not my feet Take no thought for your life, what only, but also my hands and my head. you shall eat, &c. Behold the fowls - John xiii. 8, 9. of the air, for they sow not, &c. And These things have I told you, that why take ye thought for raiment? when the time shall come, ye may consider the lilies of the field how remember that I told you of them. they grow; they toil not, neither do John xvi. 4. they spin; and yet Solomon, &c. They of the circumcision, contendMatt. vi. 25, 26. 28-30.

ed with Peter for going in to the Why beholdest thou the mote that Gentiles, till they had considered the is in thy brother's eye, but considerest grounds which Peter rehearsed to not the beam that is in thine own them.--Acts xi. 1, &c. eye - Matt. vii, 3.

While we look not at the things

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which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.—2 Cor. iv. 18.

OHAP. XXX. Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore OF THE THOUGHTS, MIND AND AFFBCsuch a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be An heart that deviseth wicked imagitempted.Gal. vi. 1.

nations, God 16. 18. Brethren, be followers together of And God saw that the wickedness me, and mark them which walk so, of man was great in the earth, and as ye have us for an example.-Phil. that every imagination of the thoughts iii. 17.

of his heart was only evil continually. Meditate upon these things : give --Gen. vi. 5. viii. 21. thyself wholly to them, &c. Consi- If they shall bethink themselves der what I say, and the Lord give thee (or bring back their heart) in the understanding in all things.—1 Tim. land whither they were carried capiv. 15. 2 Tim. ii. 7.

tives, and repent, &c. - 1 Kings viii. Wherefore, holy brethren, parta- 47. Deut. xxx. 1, 2. kers of the heavenly calling, consider The Lord searcheth all hearts, and the Apostle and High Priest of our understandeth all the imaginations of profession, Christ Jesus, who was the thoughts, &c.—1 Chron. xxviii. 9. faithful to him that appointed him.- I have made a covenant with my Heb. iii. 1, 2.

eyes, why then should I think upon a Now consider how great this man maid - Job xxxi. 1. was, unto whom even the patriarch The wicked, &c. will not seek after Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. God. God is not in all his thoughts Heb. vii. 4.

(or all his thoughts are, there is no And let us consider one another, God).-Ps. X. 4. to provoke unto love and to good We have thought of thy lovingworks.--Heb. x. 24.

kindness, O God, in the midst of thy Let us run with patience the race temple.-Ps. xlviii. 9. cxxxix. 17. that is set before us : looking unto Their inward thought is, that their Jesus, &c. for consider him that en- houses shall continue for ever, and dured such contradiction of sinners their dwelling places,&c.-Ps. xlix. 11, against himself, lest ye be wearied, Thou thoughtest that I was altoand faint in your

minds. Heb. xii. gether such a one as thyself, &c. 1--3.

Ps. 1. 21. Remember them which have the My soul shall be satisfied as with rule over you, who have spoken unto marrow, &c. when I remember thee you the word of God: whose faith upon my bed.-Ps. Ixiii. 5, 6. follow, considering the end of their When I thought to know this, it conversation. -Heb. xii. 7.

was too painful for me, until I went Remember ye the words which into the sanctuary, &c. - Ps. lxxiii. were spoken before of the apostles of 16, 17. our Lord Jesus Christ. - Jude 17. The Lord knoweth the thoughts of Luke xxii. 61. xxiv. 6. 8. John ii. man, that they are vanity, &c. In 17. 22. xvi. 4. xii. 16.

the 'multitude of my thoughts within Remember therefore from whence me, thy comforts delight my soul. thou art fallen, and repent, and do Ps. xciv. 11. 19. thy first works, &c.--Rev. ii. 5. I thought on my ways, and turned

Remember therefore how thou hast my feet unto thy testimonies, &c. 1 received, and hold fast, and repent. hate vain thoughts; but thy law do I -Rev, iii. 3.

love.-Ps. cxix. 59. 113,

Thou knowest 'my down sitting, and mine uprising, thou understand- from wickedness, that thou mayest est my thought afar off, &c. Search be saved: how long shall thy vain me, O God, and know my heart ; try thoughts lodge within thee Jer.iv. 14. me, and know my thoughts. Ps. Neither say they in their heart, cxxxix. 2. 23.

Let us now fear the Lord our God His breath goeth forth, he return- that giveth rain. -Jer. v. 24. eth to his earth; in that very day his Behold, I will bring evil upon this thoughts perish.-Ps. cxlvi. 4. people, even the fruit of their thoughts.

The thoughts of the righteous are --Jer. vi. 19. right, but the counsels of the wicked Thus saith the Lord, &c. I know are deceit.-Prov. xii. 5.

the things that come into your mind, The thoughts of the wicked are an every one of them.—Ezek. xi. 5. abomination to the Lord.-Prov.xv.26. Then the king's countenance was

Commit thy works unto the Lord, changed, and his thoughts troubled and thy thoughts shall be established. him, so that the joints of his loins -Prov. xvi. 3.

were loosed.—Dan. v. 6. The thoughts of the diligent tend- A book of remembrance was written eth only to plenteousness: but of before him, for them that feared the every one that is hasty, only to want. Lord, and that thought upon his -Prov. xxi. 5.

name, -Mal. iii. 16. Eat thou not the bread of him that Take no thought for your life, &c. hath an evil eye: for as he thinketh Which of you by taking thought can in his heart, so is he : eat and drink, add one cubit to his stature? And saith he to thee; but his heart is not why take ye thought for raiment ? &c. with thee.—Prov. xxiii. 6, 7, Take therefore no thought for the

The thought of foolishness is sin. morrow, for the morrow shall take -Prov. xxiv. 9.

thought for the things of itself: suffiIf thou hast thought evil, lay thine cient unto the day is the evil thereof. hand upon thy mouth.-Prov. xxx. 32. —Matt. vi. 25. 27, 28. 31. 34.

Curse not the king, no not in thy Jesus, knowing their thoughts, thought; and curse not the rich in thy said, Wherefore think ye evil in your bedchamber; for the bird of the air hearts ?-Matt. ix. 4. Mark ii. 8. shall carry the voice, and that which

But when they deliver you up,

take hath wings shall tell the matter. no thought how or what


shall Eccles. x. 20.

speak; for it shall be given you in O Assyria, &c. I will send him that same hour what you shall speak: against an hypocritical nation, &c. for it is not ye that speak, but the howbeit, he meaneth not so, neither Spirit of your Father which speaketh doth his heart think so; but it is in in you.-Matt. x. 19, 20. his heart to destroy, and cut off A good man out of the good treanations not a few.—Isa. x. 5-7. sure of the heart bringeth forth good

Let the wicked man forsake his things : and an evil man out of the way, and the unrighteous man his evil treasure bringeth forth evilthings. thoughts: and let him return unto --Matt. xii. 35. the Lord. Isa. lv. 7.

For out of the heart proceed evil Their thoughts are thoughts of ini- thoughts, murders, &c.—Matt. xv. 19. quity; wasting and destruction are When Mary saw the angel, she was in their paths. -Isa. lix. 7.

troubled at his saying, and cast in her I have spread out my hands all the mind what manner of salutation this day unto a rebellious people, which should be, &c. He hath scattered walketh in a way that is not good, the proud in the imagination of their after their own thoughts.- Isa. Ixy. 2. hearts.-Luke i. 29. 51.

0 Jerusalem, wash thine heart This child is set for the fall and


rising again of many, &c. that the Set your affection (or mind) on thoughts of many hearts may be re- things above, and not on things on vealed.-Luke ii. 35.

the earth.Col. iii. 2. All men mused (or reasoned, or The word of God is quick, &c. a debated) in their hearts of John, discerner of the thoughts and intents whether he were the Christ or not. of the heart, &c. all things are naked, Luke iii. 15.

and open unto the eyes of him with The scribes and Pharisees watched whom we have to do.-Heb. iv. 12, 13. him, &c. but he knew their thoughts. Are ye not then partial in your-Luke vi. 7, 8.

selves, and are become judges of evil Martha, thou art careful, and trou- thoughts ?-James ii. 4. bled about many things: but one Wherefore, I will not be negligent thing is needful. -Luke x. 41, 42. to put you always in remembrance of

And the Lord turned and looked these things, though ye know them, upon Peter, and Peter remembered &c. to stir you up by putting you in the word of the Lord, &c.-Luke xxii. 61. remembrance, &c. I will endeavour

Why are ye troubled? and why do that ye may be able, after my decease, thoughts arise in your hearts ? behold to have these things always in remy hands.-Luke xxiv. 38, 39. membrance.—2 Pet. i. 12, 13. 15. iii.

Thy money perish with thee; be- 1, 2. Jude 4, 5. cause thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money, &c. pray God, if perhaps the thought

CHAP XXXI. of thine heart may be forgiven thee. OF REPÉNTANCE IN GENERAL: IN WHAT Acts viii. 20. 22.

GOD CANNOT REPENT; AND They became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was

REPENTANCE IN MAN, AND HIS TURNdarkened. Rom. i, 21.

They that are after the flesh, do mind the things of the flesh, &c. to Sect. I. In what sense God cannot rebe carnally minded is death, &c. be- pent; and how he is said to repent. · cause the carnal mind is enmity And God saw that the wickedness of against God.-Rom. viii. 5-7. man was great in the earth, and it

The Lord knoweth the thoughts of repented the Lord that he had made the wise, that they are vain. -1 Cor. man on the earth, and it grieved him iii. 20.

at his heart.-Gen. vi. 5, 6. Let him that thinketh he standeth, Moses prayed, and said, &e. Turn take heed lest he fall.-1 Cor. x. 12. from thy fierce wrath, and repent of

Charity, &c. thinketh no evil. this evil against thy people, &c. and 1 Cor. xiii. 5.

the Lord repented of the evil which Casting down imaginations (or he thought to do unto his people. reasonings), &c. and bringing into Exod. xxxii. 11, 12. 14. captivity every thought.—2 Cor. x. 5. Ye shall bear your iniquities, even

If a man think himself to be some- forty years; and ye shall know my thing, when he is nothing, he deceiv- breach of promise (or altering of my eth himself.—Gal. vi. 3.

purpose).-Numb. xiv. 34. Many walk, &c. whose end is de- God is not a man, that he should struction, whose god is their belly, lie, neither the son of man, that he and whoseglory is in their shame; who should repent: hath he said, and shall mind earthly things.-Phil. iii. 18, 19. he not do it? or hath he spoken, and

Whatsoever things are true, &c. if shall he not make it good ?- Numb. there be any praise, think on these xxiii. 19. i Sam. xv. 29. Heb. vi. 18. things.-Phil. iv. 8.

Titus i. 2.




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