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Yet daily am afham'd of these

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Yea, all my pride gives up the ghoft,
When once I but begin to boast

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shall die; but if ye through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

2 Cor. xii. 10. See letter i. o 2 Cor. xii. 9. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me,

p Psalm Ixxii. 15, 16. If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I hould offend against the generation of thy children. When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me. And Ixxvii. 8, 9, 10. Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore; hath God forgotten to be gracious ; hath he in

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his tender mercies? Selah. And I
said this is my infirmity but I will remember the years of
the right hand of the Most High.
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Isa. xlv. 24, 25. Surely, Thall one say, In the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him fhall men come, and all that are incensed against him, shall be ashamed. In the Lord shall all the feed of Israel be justified, and fall glory. Pfalm xliv. 6. I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me. v. 8. In God we boast all the day long : and praise thy name for ever. Selah.

Jonah ii. 1, 2. Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish's belly, and said, I cried by reason of mine amigion unto the Lord, and he heard me ; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardft my voice. 0. 3. Then I said, I am cast out of thy fight ; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. Matth. xv. 26, 27, 28. But Jesus answered and said [unto the woman of Canaan], It is not meet to take the childrens bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master's table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith : be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. Pfal. xlii. 6, 7, 8. Q my God, my soul is cast down within me : therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonixes, from the hill Mizar. Deep calleth unto

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This art to me a tribute brings
Of useful out of hurtful things f.
I learn to draw well out of woe,
And thus to disappoint the foe s;
The thorns that in my flesh abide,
Do prick the tympany of pride t.
By wounding foils the field I win,
And lin itself destroys my fin u :
My lufts break one another's pate,

And each corruption kills its mate v.
deep, at the noise of thy water spouts: all thy waves and thy
billows are gone over me.

Yet the Lord will command his loving kindness in the day.time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer uato the God of my life.

s Rom. v. 3, 4, 5. See letter i.

s Mic. vii. 8. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy : when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.

1. Cor. xii. 7. And left I should be exalted above measure, thro' the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above mealure.

ú Romviii. 35, 37. Who shall separate us from the love of Chrilt ? fhall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or fa. mine, or nakedness, or peril, or fword?' Nay, in all these things, we are more than conquerors, through him that loved

Psalm lxv. 3. Iniquities prevail againit me; as for our tranfgressions, theu shalt purge them away. 2 Chron. xxxii. 24, 25, 26. In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the Lord: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a liga But Hezekiah rendered not again, according to the benefit done unto him : for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerufa. lem. Notwithstanding, Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, (both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem), so that the wrath of the Lord came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.

o Rom. vii. 7, 8, 9. What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law:

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I smell the bait, I feel the harm
Of corrupt ways, and take th' alarm.
I taste the bitterness of fin,

And then to relish grace begin w. for I had not known luft

, except the law had said, Thou shalt not cover. But Gia taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law fin was dead. For I was alive without the law once ; but when the commandment camé, fin revived, and I died. 0. 11. For fin taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it New me. 0. 13. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But fin that it might appear fin, working death in me by that which is good ; that fin by the commandment might become exceeding linful. Where you fee the fight and feeling of fin killed felf. John ix 39, 40, 41. And Jesus said, For judgment I am cone into this world : that they which see not, might fee; and that they which fee, might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him, heard these words, and said anto him, Are we blind also ? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no fin: but now ye say, We fee; therefore your

sin remaineth, Pfalm lix. tt. Slay them not, lelt my people forget : fcatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord, our Thield. Matth. xxvi. 33, 34. Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men thall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus faid unto himn, Verily I say unto thee, that this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt de. my me thrice.

V. 75. And Peter remembered the words of Jefus, which he faid unto him, Before the cock crow, thou Shakt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

w Rom. vi, 21. What fruit had ye then in those things, whereof

ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. Pfalm xix. tt. Moreover by them (the judgments of the I.ord) is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. And lxxiii. 17, 18, 19. Unul I went into the sanctuary of God: then understood I their end. Sure. ly thou didst fet them in Slippery places : thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into defolation as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. Jer. ii. 10. Thine owo wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backsiding shall reprove thee : know therefore and see, that it

I hear the fools profanely talk,
Thence wisdom learn in word and walk x:
I see them throng the passage broad,
And learn to take the narrow road y.

SECT. XIII.

The mystery of the Saints adversaries and adversities.

LUMP of woe affliction is,
Yet thence I borrow lumps of bliss a:

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is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, faith the Lord God of hosts.

* Job xxi. 13, 14, 15. They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave, Therefore they, say unto God, Depart from us: for we desire not the koowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have if we pray unto him? Eph, iv. 20, 21, 22. But ye have not so learned Christ; if so be, that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus : that ye put off concerning the former conversation, the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lufts. And y. 6, 7, 8. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon

the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but dow are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. 0.11.. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

g Matth. vii. 13, 14. Enter ye in at the Arait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat; because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

a Heb. xii. 11. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness, unto them. which are ex. ercised thereby. James i. 12. Blessed is the man that endur

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Though few can see a blessing in't,
It is my furnace and my mint b.
Its sharpnefs does my lufts dispatch c;
Its suddenness alarms my watch d,
Its bitterness refines my tafte,

And weans me from the creature's breaft e. · Its weightinefs doth try my back,

That faith and patience be not fack f:
It is a fanning wind, whereby
I am unchaffd of vanity g.
A furnace to refine my grace b,
A wing to lift my

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арасе i; eth temptation : for when he is tried he shall receive the crowa of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

6 lfa. XXXI. 9. And he [the Affyrian] shall pass over to his Atrong hold for fear, and his princes thall be afraid of the enSign, faith the Lord, whofe fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerufalem.

c Pfalm xlv. 5. Thine arrows are sharp in the heait of the King's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

Mark xiii. 35, 36. 37. Watch ye therefore, (for ye know pot when the matter of the house cometh : at even, or at-midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning), left coming fuddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you, i Say unto all, Watch.

• Jer. ii. 19. See letter w forecited. And iv. 18. Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee, this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.

f James i. 2, 3, 4. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations : knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

g lfa xxvii. 8, 9 Io measure when it shoorech forth, thou wilt debate with it ; he stayeth his rough wind in the day of bis east wind. By this therefore fhalf the iniquity of Jacob bo purged, and this is all the fruit to take away his lin.

Mal. jii. 3. And he [the messenger of the covenant] shall

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