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your own consciences, in the words of St. Paul in another passage:

“ the grace of God, which bringeth salvation to all men, teacheth us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” May God grant us the spirit of obedience to this faith, through our Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.


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Amid the troubles, and discouragements of the world, which are many; it is well to keep alive a cheering hope within the soul. It will be of great service to us to bear in mind, that to such a hope, God lends encouragement. The hope to which the writer of this Psalm exhorts his disquieted and downcast soul, has not regard to any specific thing, it is a general hope in God, and may encourage us to cherish a similar hope in him, as the Giver of all “good and perfect gifts,” with whom are in store, if not the precise gifts which we expect, such, at least, as shall be sufficient for our real needs. This general hope in God, is finely expressed in the discourse on hope,

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