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The e Wicked in their Pride do PERSECUTE the Poor
3 And boast themselves of their Heart's Desire, and bless the Coverous, whom the Lord abhorreth.
Through the Pride of their Countenance, they will not seek after God; God is not in all their Thoughts :
Their Ways are always grievous; the JUDGMENTS of God are far above, out of their Sight.
They say in their Hearts, they shall not be (f) moved: have reached unto Heaven, and God
(f) Rev. XVUI. S. Her Sins and that they shall never be hath remembred her Iniquities. in ADVERSITY.
vcr. 7,8. For the faith in her Heart, Their Mouth is full of I fit a Queen, and am no Widow,
and shall see no Sorrow. Therefore Curfing, Deceit
, and Fraud; hall her Plagues come in one Day, under their Tongue is Mif- Death, and Mourning, and Famine; chief and Vanity
for STRONG is the Lord God, who They say in their Hearts, JUDGETH her. God hath FORGOTTEN,
he hideth his Face, he will ne- (8) 1 Pet. 111. 12. The Eyes of ver see :
the Lord are over the RIGHTEOUS, But God beholdeth (8) and his Ears are open to their pray
ers : But the Face of the Lord is MISCHIEF and SPITE, to
AGAINST them that do evil. requite it with his Hand. The Poor committech himself to God, who is a Helper of the FATHERLESS :
He will break the Arm of the wicked and the evil Man.
For the Lord is King for ever and ever, and the Heathen shall perish out of the Land,
The f Lord trieth the Righteous; but the Wicked, and him that loveth Violence, his Soul hateth.
(h) Lake xxi. 34, 35. Take heed Upon the (b) WICKED he to your selves, left at any time your
Hearts be overcharged with SURShall rain Snares, Fire, and peiting and DRUNKENNESS, Brimstone, and an horrible and Cares of this Life,and so that Tempest; this shall be the Day come upon you unawares. For
as a Snare fall it come on all them Portion of their Cup. that dwell on the face of the whole
For the righteous Lord Earth. loveth RIGHTEOUSNESS;
his Countenance doth behold the Upright.
The Fool hath said in his Heart, There is no God; they are corrupt, they do abominable Works:
They neither will understand, nor seek God.
They (i) are altogether be
(i) See before Rom. III. 12, bour. come filthy.
The Workers of INIQUITY have no Knowledge, who eat up God's People as they eat Bread, and call not upon the Lord.
But God is in the Generation of the Righteous.
Their Sorrows shall be multiplied, that hasten after another God.
The Hand i of God shall find out all his Enemies.
He shall make them as a fiery Oven, in the Time of his Anger; the Lord shall swallow them up in his Wrath, and the Fire shall devour them :
Their Seed shall be destroyed from the Earth. God k will give them according to their Deeds, and according to the Wickedness of their Endeavours, he will render to them their Deserts.
Because they regard not the Works of the Lord, nor the Operation of his Hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.
The ' lying Lips shall be put to Silence, wbich speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the RIGHTEOUS.
Many m Sorrows shall be to the Wicked : But he that trufteth in the Lord, Mercy fhall compass him about.
The " Face of the Lord is against them that do Evil, to cut off the Remembrance of them from the Earth.
Evil fhall say the Wicked, and they that hate the RIGHTEOUS Ihall be defolate :
They • shall be as Chaff before the Wind. Their way shall be dark and Nippery, and the Angel of the Lord shall persecute them.
(k) Phil. 11. 19. Whose End DESTRUCTION (k) shall is DESTRUCTION, whose God is come upon them at unawares, their Belly, and whose Glory is in and the Net that they have their SHAME ; who mind earthly
things. hid shall catch themselves.
The e Transgression of the Wicked faith, that there is no Fear of God before their Eyes.
They flatter themselves in their own Eyes, until their INIQUITY be found to be hateful. b Psalm xvi. 4.
1 Psalm xxi. 8,9, 10. k Psalm XXVIII. 4,5. Psalm XXX1. 18. in PS. XX11. 10. PS. XXXIV. 16, 21. • Pfalm xxxv. 5,6, 8. p Psalm XXXVI. 1, 2, 3, 4, 12.
Their Words are Iniquity and Deceit, they have left off to be wise and do good.
They devise Mischief upon their Beds.
The Workers of Iniquity are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.
Confider 9 this, ye that forget God, left he tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
The Fool hath said in his Heart, There is no God; they are corrupt, and have done abominable INIQUITY.
God looked down upon the Children of Men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek the Lord.
They are altogether become filthy.
For the Workers of INIQUITY have no Knowledge, who eat up God's People as they eat Bread, and call not upon God.
Death ' shall seize upon them, and they shall go down quick into Hell; for Wickedness is in their Dwellings, and
God Shall hear and afflict them, even he. that abideth of old ; because they have no Changes, therefore they
See the former References. fear not God.
But the Lord will bring them down into the Pit of DESTRUCTION : Bloody and deceitful Men shall not live out half their Days.
q Psalm L. 22.
Pfalm Lill. 1, to 4.
r Pf. LV. 15, 19, 23.
In other Parts of the Psalms, and of the Holy Scriptures, are contained many more Representations of the B L ESSE DNESS of the RIGHT É O Us, and the M IS ER IE S of the UNGODLY, too long to be here inserted.
VANITY, SHORTness, and UNCERTAINTY
H U M A N LIFE,
As it is represented in the
Compared with other Parts of the Scripture.
Y Heart a was hot
(a) Job xiv. 1,2, 3. Man that is within me, while born of a Woman, is of few Days, I was musing, the and full of Trouble : He comech
forth like a FLOWER, and is cut Fire burned, then down ; he feeth also as a Shadow, spake I with
and continueth not. And doit thout Tongue.
open thine Eyes upon such an one,
ard bringelt him into JUDGMENT Lord, make me to know with thee? Chron. xxIx. 15. For mine END, and the Measure we are Strangers before thee, and of my Days, what it is, that Sojourners, as were all our Fathers.
Our Days on the Earth are as a I may know how (a) FRAIL Shadow, and there is none abiding.
Isai. XL. 6,7. All Flesh is Grass,
and all the Goodliness chereof is as the Flower of the Field. The Grass withereth, the Flower fadeth, because the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it; surely the People is Grass. The Grass withereth, the Flower fadeth, but the Word of our God shall stand for ever. · 1 Pet. 1. 24,25. All Flesh is as Grass, and all the Glory of Man as the Flower of Grafs': The Grass withereth, and the Flower thereof faileth a way ; but the Word of the Lord endureth for ever. · Psalm XXXIX. 3, to 13:
Behold, thou haft made
(6) Ecclef. 1. 12, 13. I the Preachmy Days as an HAND- er was King over Israel in JerusaBREADTH, and mine Age is lem; and I gave my Heart to seek as NOTHING before thee : ing all things that are done under Verily every Man, at his best Heaven : This fore Travail bath State, is altogether (6) VA- God given to the Sons of Men, to
be exercised therewith. Chap. il. NITY.
to ver. 12. I said in mine Heart, Surely every Man walketh Go to now, I will prove thee with in a VAIN SHEW : Surely Mirth, therefore enjoy PLEAthey are disquieted in vain; NITY: I said of Laughter, it is
SURE; and behold, this is allo VAhe heapeth up Riches, and mad; and of Mirth, what doth it? knoweth not who shall
I sought in my Heart to give my ther them.
self unto WINE (yet acquainting And now, Lord, what lay hold on Polly, till I might see
my Heart with WISDOM) and to wait I for? My Hope is what was that Good for the Sons of in thee.
Men, which they should do under Deliver me from all my Life. I made me great Works; I
the Heaven, all the Days of their Tranfgreflions; make me not builded me Houses; 1 planted me the Reproach of the Foolish. Vineyards ; I made me Gardens and I was dumb, I opened not them of all kind of Fruits: I made
Orchards, and I planted Trees in my Mouth, because thou didst me Pools of Water, to water thereit.
with the Wood that bringeth forth
Trees. I Remove thy STROKE a
got me Servants and Mai
dens, and had Servants born in my way from me ; I am con- House: Also I had great Possessions
of great and fmall Cattle, above all that were in Jerusalem before me. I gathered me also * Silver and Gold, and the peculiar Treasure of Kings, and of the Provinces. I gat me Men Singers, and Women Singers, and the Delights of the Sons of Men, as musical Instruments, and that of all sorts. So I was great, and increased, more than all that were before me in Jerusalem; also my Wisdom remained with me. And whatsoever mine Eyes defired, I kept not fiom them; I withheld not my Hcart from any Joy : For my Heart rejoiced in all my Labour ; and this was my Portion of all my Labour. Then I looked on all the Works that my Hands had wrought, and on the Labour that I had laboured to do, and behold, all was Vanity and VEXATION of SPIRIT, and there was no Profit under the Siin. ver.26. For God givech to a Man that is good in his sight, WISDOM, and KNOWLEDGE, and Joy; but to the Sinner he giveth TRAVAIL, to g2ther, and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is Vanity, and VEXATION of Spirit. Chap. 11. 20, 21. All go unto one place, and all turn to Dust again. Who knoweth the Spirit of Man that goeth upward, and the Spirit of the Bealt, that goeth downward to che Earth?
* There was teft by David to his Son Solomon, a thousand thousand Talents of Silver, and a hundred thousand Talents of Gold; which, according to the Bishop of Worcester's Computation of Jewish Talents, amounts to an immenfe Sum in Pounds sterling; which was vastly increas. sd by the Importations from Ophir,