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unto thy Servant, who is devoted to thy Fear. I have (t) Matt. v. 6. Bleffed are they (t) LONGED after thy Pre- which do hunger and thirst after cepts, O quicken thou me in RIGHTEOUSNESS, for they shall thy Righteoufnefs. Let thy be filled. MERCIES Come alfo unto me, O Lord, even thy SALVATION, for I trust in thy Word. Take not the (u) WORD of TRUTH utterly out of my Mouth, for therein have I hoped: So fhall I keep thy Laws (x) continually, for ever and ever. will DELIGHT my felf in thy Commandments, which I have loved; my Hands alfo will I lift up unto thy (y) Commandments, and will MEDITATE in thy Statutes.

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O remember the Word unto thy Servant, upon which thou haft made me (z) to This is my COMFORT in mine Affliction, for thy WORD hath quickned The Proud have had me greatly in Derifion, yet have I not declined from thy Law. I remember thy Judg ments of old, O Lord, and have (a) COMFORTED my felf. Horror hath taken hold upon me, because of the Wicked that forfake thy Law. But thy Statutes have been my Songs in the House of my (b) PILGRIMACE. I have remembered thy Name, O Lord, in the Night, for thou art my Portion: I entreat thy Favour with my whole Heart, be

(u) Matt. iv. 4. Man fhall not live by Bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the Mouth of God.

(x) John xv. 7. If ye abide in me, and my Words abide in you, ye fhall ask what you will, and it fhall be done unto you.

(y) Matt. v. 19. Whofoever shall Do and TEACH them, the fame fhall be called GREAT in the Kingdom of Heaven.

(z) Rom. VIII. 24. For we are SAVED by HOPE. Heb. VI. 19. Which HOPE we have as an Anchor of the Soul, both furejand ftedfaft, and which entereth into that within the Vail; whither the Forerunner is for us entered, even Jefus, made an High Priest for ever.

(a) John xiv. 16. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another COMFORTER, that he may abide with you for ever. Matt. v. 4. they fhall be COMFORTED. Bleffed are they that MOURN, for

(b) Heb. x1. 13. These all-confeffed that they were STRANGERS and PILGRIMS on the Earth.

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(c) Luke xv. 17, 18. When he came to himself, he faid,-I

merciful unto me according to thy Word. I have thought on my Ways, and have (c) turned my Feet unto thy Teftimonies. I will make (4) HASTE, and not delay

will arife, and go to my FATHER.

(d) Acts xx11. 16. Why TARRIEST thou? Arife, and be baptized, and wash away thy SINS, calling on the Name of the Lord.

to keep thy Commandments. (e) Matt. xxv. 6. At MIDNIGHT there was a Cry made, Behold the BRIDEGROOM cometh, go ye out to meet him. ver. 7. Then all those Virgins arofe, &c. See also Acts x11. 6,18.

At (e) Midnight I will rife to give Thanks unto thee, because of thy righteous Judgments. The Earth, O Lord, is full of thy Mercy, teach me thy Statutes. Before I was afflicted I went aftray, but now have I kept thy Word. It is good for me that I have been AFFLICTED, (f) for now have I kept thy Statutes.

I know, O Lord, that thy Judgments are RIGHT, and that thou in (g) FAITHFULNESS haft afflicted me. Let, I pray thee, thy merciful Kindness be for (h) my CoмFORT, according to thy Word. Let thy tender MERCIES come unto me, that I may (i) LIVE; for thy Law is my Delight. My Soul (k) fainteth for thy SALVATION, but I hope in thy Word. Mine Eyes fail for thy Word, faying, When wilt thou comFORT me? For I am become (like a Bottle in the Smoak, yet do I not FORGET thy Statutes. The Proud have digged Pits for me; HELP thou me, O Lord: Quicken thou me after thy loving Kindness, fo fhall I keep the Teftimony of thy Mouth.

(f) Heb. x11. 11. Now no chaften. ing for the prefent feemeth to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable Fruit of Righteoufnefs, unto them which are exercised thereby. 1 Pet. 1.6. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a Seafon, (if need be) ye are in Heaviness, through manifold Temptations.

(g) Rev. 111. 19. As many as I LOVE, I rebuke and CHASTEN.

(b) 2 Cor. 1. 5. As the Sufferings of Chrift abound in us, fo our CONSOLATION alfo aboundeth by Chrift. (i) 2 Cor. 1. 9, 10. God which raifeth the Dead, delivered us from

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great a DEATH, and doth deliver; in whom we trust that he will yet deliver.

(k) Phil. 1.23. I am in a STRAIT betwixt two, having a Defire to depart, and to be with Chrift, which

is far better.

(1) John x1. 25, 26. He that believeth in me, tho' he were dead, yet fhall he live: And whofoever liveth and believeth in me, fhall never die. Col. 111. 3, 4. Ye are dead, and your Life is hid with is our Life, fhall appear, then shall Chrift in God. When Chrift, who ye alfo appear with him in Glory.

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For ever, O Lord, thy (m) WORD is fettled in Heaven. Thy Faithfulness is unto all Generations; thou haft (2) eftablished the Earth, and it abideth: They continue this Day according to thine Ordinances; for all are thy Servants. Unless thy Law had been my Delight, I fhould have perifhed in my AFFLICTION. I will (o) never FORGET thy Precepts, for with them thou haft quickned me. I am thine, fave me, for I have fought thy Precepts.

The Wicked have fought to deftroy me, but I will confider thy Teftimonies. I have feen an End of all (p) PERFECTION, but thy Commandment is exceeding broad.

(m) Matt. xxiv. 35. Heaven and Earth fhall pass away, but my Words fhall not pass away.

(n) Heb. 1. 3. And upholding all things by the WORD of his Power.

(0) Gal. v1.9. And let us not be

weary in WELL-DOING, for in due Seafon we fhall reap, if we faint

not.

(P) Ecclef. 1.2. VANITY of VA8. I count all Things but Lofs, for NITIES, all is VANITY. Phil. III. the Excellency of the Knowledge of Chrift Jefus my Lord; for whom

I have fuffered the Lofs of all

Things, and do count them but
Dung, that I may win Chrift.

Grant this, O most merciful Father, for the infinite Merits of the Death and Paffion of Chrift Jefus our Redeemer, who is exalted as our High Priest to the right hand of the Majesty on high, to be a Prince and Saviour, to give Repentance and Remiffion of Sins. Amen.

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A Profeffion of Love for God's Law, and of Confidence in its Promifes.

(a) 2 Cor. v. 14. For the LOVE of Chrift conftraineth us, because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. John xv. 10. If ye keep my COMMANDMENTS, ye thall abide in my Love.

(b) 1 Cor. 1. 25, 27. The Foolifhnefs of God is WISER than Men God hath chofen the FOOLISH THINGS of the World to confound the WISE.

LORD, a how (a) LOVE I thy LAW, it is my Meditation all the Day. Thou through thy Commandments haft made me (b) WISER than mine Enemies, for they are ever with me. I have reftrained my Feet from every (c) evil Way, that I might keep thy Word. (4) How SWEET are thy WORDS unto my Tafte; yea, fweeter than Honey to my Mouth; thy (e) WORD is a LAMP unto my Feet, and a LIGHT unto my Path. I have fworn, and I will (ƒ) perform it, that I will keep thy righteous Judgments.

(c) Col. 111. 5. Mortify therefore your Members which are upon the Earth, FORNICATION, UNCLEANNESS, INORDINATE AFFECTION, evil CONCUPISCENCE, and COVETOUSNESS, which is Idolatry. (d) 1 Cor. 11.9. Eye hath not feen, nor Ear heard, neither have entered into the Heart of Man, the THINGS which God hath prepared

for them that LOVE him.

(e) John 1. 1,4. In the Beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God: In him was Life, and the Life was the LIGHT of Men. Col. 1. 13. Who hath delivered us from the tranflated us into the Kingdom of and hath his dear Son.

I am afflicted very much, quicken me, O Lord, according to thy Word. Accept, I beseech thee, the free-will OFFERINGS of my (g) MOUTH, and teach me thy Judgments. My (b) Soul is continually in thy Hand, yet do I not forget thy Law. not to have known the Way of Righteoufnefs, than after they have known it, to turn from the holy Commandment delivered unto them.

(f) 1 Cor. xv. 58. Be ye ftedfaft, unmoveable, always abounding in the Work of the Lord, forafmuch as ye know that your LABOUR is not in VAIN in the Lord. 2 Pet. 11. 21. It had been better for them

(g) Heb.x111. 15. By him-let us offer the SACRIFICE of PRAISE to God continually; that is, the Fruit of our Lips.

(b) 2 Cor. 1.9. But we had the SENTENCE of DEATH in our felves, that we thould not truft in our felves, but in God which raiseth the Dead.

• Psalm CXIX. 97,98, 101, 103, 105, to 109, 113, 114, 116, 117, 120, 123, 124, 129, 132, to 136, 141, to 144.

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I hate (i) vain Thoughts, but
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HOPE.

Thou art my hiding Place and my Shield; I HOPE in thy WORD. Uphold me according to thy Word, that I may live, and let me not be (k) ASHAMED of Hold thou me up, and I fhall be fafe, and I will have refpect to thy Statutes. My Flesh (1) TREMBLETH for fear of thee, and I am afraid of thy Judgments. Mine Eyes fail for thy Salvation, (m) and for the Word of thy (2) RIGHTEOUSNESS. Deal with thy Servant according to thy Mercy, and teach me thy Statutes: Thy Teftimonies are wonderful, therefore doth my Soul keep them. Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou ufeft to do unto thofe that (0) LOVE thy NAME. Order my Steps in thy Word, and let not any Iniquity have (p) Dominion over me.

Deliver me from mine Oppreffors, fo will I keep thy Precepts. Make (4) thy Face to fhine upon thy Servant, and teach me thy Statutes. (r) Rivers of WATERS run down mine EYES, becaufe Men keep not thy Law. I am (s) SMALL and and DESPISED, yet do I not forget thy Precepts. Thy (t) Righteoufnefs is an ever

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(i) 2 Cor. x. 3,495. For tho' wc walk in the Flefh, we do not war after the Flesh; for the Weapons of our Warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God, to the PULLING down of STRONG HOLDS, and

cafting down IMAGINATIONS,
every HIGH that exalteth
it felf against the Knowledge of
God, and bringing into Captivity
every THOUGHT to the Obedience
of Chrift.

(k) Rom. v. 5. HOPE maketh not because the Love of

God is fhed abroad in our Hearts. by the Holy Ghoft, which is given unto us.

(4) Phil. 11. 12, 13. Work out your own SALVATION with FEAR and TREMBLING, for it is God which worketh in us both to will and to do, of his good Pleasure. (n) 1 Pet. 1. 5. Who are kept by the Power of God, through Faith unto Salvation.

(n) Gal. v. 5. We through the Spirit wait for the Hope of RIGHTEOUSNESS by Faith.

(0) John XIV. 21. He that LOVETH me fhall be LOVED of my Father; and I will LOVE him, and will manifeft my self to him. (P) Rom. vi. 14. For SIN fhall not have DOMINION over you, for ye are not under the Law, but un

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(q), John XIV. 23. If a Man love me, he will keep my Words, and my Father will love him; and we will come unto him, and make our Abode with him.

(r) John xv1.20. Ye fhall wEEP and LAMENT, but the World fhall rejoice; and ye fhall be SORROWFUL, but your SORROW shall be turned into Joy. Matt. v. 4. Blef fed are they that MOURN, for they fhall be COMFORTED.

(s) Matt. v. 3. Bleffed are the POOR in SPIRIT, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

1 Cor. IV. 10, 13: We are DESPISED,

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are made as the FILTH of the World, and are the OFFSCOURING of all Things unto this Day.

(t) Tit. 111.5. Not by Works of RIGHTEOUSNESS, which we have done, but according to his Mercy he faved us.

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