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Unto the name that moft I dread,
I fee with joyful wings and speed e.
My daily hope does moft depend
On him I daily most offend f.
All things against me are combin'd,
Yet working for my good, I find g.
I'mn rich in midst of poverties b,

And happy in my miseries i. with him that hateth peace. And xvi. 5, 6. The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup: thou maintain. en my

lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places : yea, I have a goodly heritage.

d Cor. xv. 38. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye. stedfalt, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of she Lord, for as much as you know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

e Psalm cyliä. 2. O Lord enter not into judgment with thy servant : for in thy fight shall no man living be jnftified. v. 9. Deliver me, O Lord; from mine enemies: I Nee unte thee to hide me.

s Pfalm xxv. 11. For thy name's fake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. Jer. xiv. 7. O Lord, though our iniquities tellify against us, do thou it for thy name's fake: for our backslidings are many; we have linned against thee.

& Gen. xlii. 36. And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye hereaved of my children: Jofeph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away : all these things are against me. Rom. viii. 28. And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

h Rev. ija8, 9. And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna, write, Thefe things faith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive ; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich.)

Rom. v. 3, 4, 5. And not only fo, but we glory in tribulations also knowing that tribulation worketh patience ; and patience, experience, and experience, hope ; and hope maketh not alhamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost which was given onto us. 2 Cor. xii. 10. Therefore I (Paol] take pleasure in infirmi.

Oft my Comforter sends me grief,
My Helper sends me no relief k.
Yet herein my advantage lies,
That help and comfort he denies ?.
As seamsters into pieces cut
The cloth they into form would put,
He cuts me down to make me up,
And empties me to fill my cup m.
I never can myself enjoy,
Till he my woful felf destroy;
And most of all myself I am,

When most I do myself disclaim n. ties, in reproaches, in neceflities, in perfecutions, in distresses for Christ's fake : for when I am weak, than am I strong.

A Lam. i. 16. For these things I weep, mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, becaufe the comforter, that fhould relieve my soul, is far from me. Ifa. xlv. 15. Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Lsrael the Saviour.

I Ifa. XXX. 18. And therefore will the Lord wait, that he way be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you; for the Lord is a God of judgment; blesked are all they that wait for him.

m Hof. v. 15. I will go and return unto my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. And vi. 1, 2. Come and let us re. turn onto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal use be hath (mitten, and he will bind us on. After two days will he revive us, in the third day he will raise us up, anu ***

wie Mall live in his fight. Psalm cvii. 9. God fatisfieth the longing foul, and fillech the hungry soul with goodnefs. Luke i: 53. And Mary, faid,--He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath fent empty away. n. Luke ix. 29, 24. And Jefus said to them all

, if any man will come after let bim deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; but whosoever will lofe his life for my fake, the same Ihall save it. Rom. viii

. 13. If ye live after the Aesh, ye shall X


I glory in infirmities o,
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

9. My chemistry is most exact, Heav'n out of hell I do extract r:

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 Ixxü. 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


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.

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 fhall all the feed of Israel be justified, and shall 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 foes;
The thorns that in my flesh abide,
Do prick the tympany of pride t.
By wounding foils the field I win,
And sin itself destroys my sin 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.

u Rom. viii. 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

Pfalm Ixv. 3. Iniquities prevail againit me; as for our tranfgressions, thou 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 figa 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

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