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heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, we returned, &c.-Neh. iv. 7-9. 11. 15.

Haman's great design was to destroy Mordecai and all the Jews; and it went on far: but God then turned it quite about.-Esth. v. vi. vii. viii. Job could not be touched by Satan any farther, or otherwise, than so far as God gave him leave.-Job i. 9-12.

ii. 4-6.

He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise. He taketh the wise in their own craftiness, &c. They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday.Job v. 12-14.

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, &c. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. Ps. ii. 1, 2. 4. 6. lix. 7, 8.

He ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood: he made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made: his mischief shall return upon his own head; and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.-Ps. vii. 13-16. ix. 15, 16.

They intended evil against thee; they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. Ps. xxi. 11.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.Ps. xxiii. 5.

The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.-Ps. xxxiii. 10, 11.

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By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.-Ps, xli. 11.

Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.-Ps. lxxvi. 10.

When Israel were but few in number, &c. when they went from one nation to another, &c. he suffered no man to do them wrong; yea, he reproved kings for their sakes.-Ps. cv. 12-15.

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us, then they had swallowed us up quick.-Ps. cxxiv. 1-7. Gen. xxxi. 42.

There are many devices in a man's heart, nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.-Prov. xix. 21,

There is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel against the Lord.-Prov. xxi. 30. Gen. xi. 4, &c. Be quiet, and fear not, &c. Because Syria, &c. have taken evil counsel against thee, saying, Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, &c. Thus saith the Lord God, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.-Isa. vii. 4-7. Micah iv. 11-13.

Associate yourselves, O ye people; and ye shall be broken in pieces, &c. Gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought: speak the word and it shall not stand: for God is with us.-Isa. viii. 9, 10. Jer. xlviii. 30.

O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, &c. I will send him against an hypocritical nation, &c. Howbeit, he meaneth not so, &c. It is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few. Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work, &c. will punish the fruit, &c.-Isa. x. 5-7. 12.

Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord; and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay.-Isa. xxix. 15, 16.

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his proud design; but God wonderfully disappointed him.-Isa. xxxvi. xxxvii.

lem, and by Rabshakeh proclaims and depart hence, for Herod will kill thee. And he said unto them, Go ye, tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day, and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected; nevertheless, I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following, &c.—Luke xiii. 31-33. John vii. 30.

Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me. Whosoever shall gather together against thee, shall fall for thy sake, &c. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.-Isa. liv. 15. 17.

When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him (or put him to flight).-Isa. lix. 19.

I am with thee, &c. They shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee. -Jer. i. 18, 19. xv. 11. 20. xx. 11.

Although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come, &c. I will even gather you from the people, &c.-Ezek. xi. 16, 17.

All that the envious presidents and princes could do and devise against Daniel could not hurt him; but he prospered in the reign of Darius, and of Cyrus. And so the three children. -Dan. vi. 28.

Many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled; let our eyes look upon Zion: but they know not the thoughts of the Lord; for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.-Micah iv. 11-13.

Herod designs the killing of the child Jesus; he sends to inquire after him, gives order for the slaying of all the children of that age: yet God suffered him not to effect his design.-Matt. ii. 1-16.

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore; ye are of more value than many sparrows.-Matt. x. 29-31.

There came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out,

Ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake; but there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls.→→ Luke xxi. 17-19.

When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness, &c.Luke xxii. 53. John viii. 20.

Then saith Pilate, &c. Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above.-John xix. 10, 11.

Against thy holy child Jesus, both Herod, &c. were gathered together, for to do what thy hand and counsel determined before to be done.—Acts iv. 27, 28.

They took counsel to slay the apostles; but Gamaliel said, Refrain from these men, and let them alone; for if this counsel, or this work be of men, it will come to nought; but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it, lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.-Acts v. 33—40.

When Saul was going in his fury to persecute the Christians, God meets with him, and stays the cution.-Acts ix. 1, &c.


Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.— Acts xv. 18.

Speak, and hold not thy peace; for I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee, to hurt thee; for I have much people in this city.—Acts xviii. 9, 10.

Many had conspired and bound themselves under a curse to kill Paul

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And it came to pass at the end of four hundred and thirty years, the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the host of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.-Exod. xii. 40, 41. 51.

God led Israel not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt.-Exod. xiii. 17.

Their heart was not right with him, &c. but he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not; yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.-Ps. lxxviii. 37-39.

I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.-Ps. cxix. 75.

It shall come to pass, when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon Mount Zion, and upon Jerusalem: I will punish the fruit of the stout heart, &c. O my people, be not afraid of the Assyrian, he shall smite thee with a rod, &c. For yet a very little while, and the indig

nation shall cease, &c.-Isa. x. 12. 24, 25. Deut. xxxii. 36. 2 Kings xiv. 26.

In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.-Isa. xxvii. 8.

Thus saith the Lord, After seventy years be accomplished at Babylon, I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.-Jer. xxix. 10. Ezra i. 1—3.

I will not make a full end of thee; but I will correct thee in measure, and will not, &c.-Jer. xxx. 11. xlvi. 27.

He doth not afflict willingly (or from his heart), neither grieve the children of men.-Lam. iii. 33.

This is your hour, and the power of darkness.-Luke xxii. 53.

Against thy holy child Jesus, &c. to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. -Acts iv. 27, 28.

God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.-1 Cor. x. 13.

He was sick, nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.Phil. ii. 27.

Ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.-1 Pet. i. 6.

The God of all grace, &c. after that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect.-1 Pet. v. 10.

Behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, &c. and ye shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.-Rev. ii. 10.


Cons. V. That God doth sometimes make Enemies, and Persecutors themselves, to attest the Saints'

innocency, when they suffer; and will surely avenge them upon their


God did so with Joseph's brethren, and they acknowledged his innocency, and God's justice.-Gen. xlii. 21.

Pharaoh acknowledged he had sinned against Moses, &c. and begs forgiveness.-Exod. x. 16, 17.

He will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries: and will be merciful unto his land, &c.-Deut. xxxii. 43. Ps. x. 14.

When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.-Prov. xxix. 16.

When David had spared Saul, being in his hands, Saul said to David, Is this thy voice, my son David? &c. Thou art more righteous than I for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil; and thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me, forasmuch as when the Lord had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not, &c.-1 Sam. xxiv. 16-19.

Again in the like case, Saul said, I have sinned, &c. Behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.-1 Sam. xxvi. 21. Exod. viii. 8. 19.

Haman, Mordecai's great enemy, forced to honour Mordecai.-Esth. vi. 7. 11.

Haman is hanged upon the same gallows he erected for Mordecai.— Esth. vii. 9, 10.

He ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.-Ps. vii. 13. lxiv. 7. They have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves.-Ps. lvii. 6. ix. 15, 16. vii. 15, 16.

The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance, &c. so that a man shall say, &c. Verily he is a

God that judgeth in the earth.-Ps. lviii. 10, 11.

The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.-Ps. ciii. 6.

Rob not the poor, &c. neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: for the Lord shall spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.-Prov. xxii. 22, 23.

Be not afraid, &c. for yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.—Isa. x. 24, 25. Jer. xxx. 16, 17. 20.

Lord, when thine hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see and be ashamed for their envy at the people (or toward thy people), &c. -Isa. xxvi. 11.

All that watch for iniquity, are cut off: that make a man an offender for a word.-Isa. xxix. 20, 21.

Behold, your God will come with vengeance; with recompense he will come and save you.-Isa. xxxv. 4.

I was wrath with my people, &c. thou didst shew them no mercy, &c. therefore these two things shall come to thee in a moment, &c.-Isa. xlvii. 5-9.

Fear ye not the reproach of men, &c. for the moth shall eat them up like a garment: and the worm shall eat them like wood, &c. Thus saith the Lord thy God, &c. that pleadeth the cause of his people: behold, I have taken out of thy hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury, &c. but I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee which have said to thy soul, Bow down, &c.-Isa. li. 7, 8. 20. 22, 23.

Your brethren that hated you, &c. he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.-Isa. lxvi. 5.

God threatens several nations for their insolent insulting over his people the Jews, and for their cruel usage of them and declares the vengeance he would take against them.-Ezek. xxv. xxvi. xxxv. xxxvi. Jer. 1.11-13. xxx. 16. xii. 14. Obad. 8, &c. Micah ii. 1-3.

Nebuchadnezzar, who had caused I tell you, that he will avenge them Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to speedily.-Luke xviii. 7, 8. be cast into the burning fiery furnace, now said unto them, Ye servants of the most high God, come forth, &c. and the king promoted them.-Dan. iii. 21. 26. 30.

So did Darius, when Daniel, by the prosecution of the presidents and princes, was cast into the lions' den; he came and said, O Daniel, servant of the living God, &c. And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives, &c.-Dan. vi. 20.24. Gen. xxvi. 27-29. God threatened the heads and princes of Israel, for their persecuting and oppressing his people. Micah iii. 1, &c.

I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, &c. therefore as I live, saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom. -Zeph. ii. 8-11.

I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.-Zach. i. 15.

Edom sadly threatened, for his violence against his brother Jacob.Obad. 8, &c.

Whoso shall offend one of these little ones, which believe in me, it were better for him that a mill-stone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea: woe unto the world because of offences.-Matt. xviii. 6, 7. 10. Luke xvii. 1, 2.

I send unto you prophets, &c. and some of them ye shall kill, &c. that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel, &c. these things shall come upon this generation.-Matt. xxiii. 34-36.


Shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him? Though he bear long with them,

Pilate himself said of Christ, I have found no fault in him, &c. And the centurion said of Christ, Certainly this was a righteous man.-Luke xxiii. 14. 17.

King Agrippa and Festus both said of Paul, This man doth nothing worthy of death, or of bonds.-Acts xxvi. 30, 31. xxv. 25.

In nothing terrified by your adversaries, which is to them an evident token of perdition, &c. and that of God.-Phil. i. 28. Josh. xi. 20.

They have persecuted us, &c. for wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.-1 Thess. ii. 15, 16.

It is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you, &c.-2 Thess. i. 6.

He that leadeth into captivity, shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword, must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.-Rev. xiii. 10.

Babylon is fallen, &c. here is the patience of the saints.-Rev. xiv. 8-12. xviii. 2.


Thou art righteous, O Lord, &c. because thou hast judged thus for they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. Rev. xvi. 5, 6. xviii. 19, 20. 24. xix. 2.

Rejoice over her, ye holy apostles and prophets, for God hath avenged you on her.-Rev. xviii. 20. xix. 2.

Cons. VI: That God will comfort, uphold, and preserve his, in all their Troubles; and not lay more on them than they can bear.

In that he himself hath suffered, being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.-Heb. ii. 18. iv. 15, v. 2.

Although with hatred they shall persecute him, &c. yet shall his bow remain in his strength.-Gen. xlix. 23, 24.

And it came to pass, when Pharaoh

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