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Hence still the more I fob diftreft,
The more I fing my endless reft k.
Mine enemies that seek my hurt,
of all their bad designs come short l;
They serve me duly to my mind,
With favours which they ne'er design'd m.
The fury of my foes makes me
Fast to my peaceful refuge fee ni
And ev'ry persecuting elf

Does make me underitand myself o. fit as a refiner and purifier of filver: and he fhall purify the fons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

i Pfalm cxlii. 9. Deliver me, O Lord, from mide enemies : I flee unto thee to hide me.

-k 2 Cor. iv. 16, 17. For which cause we faint not, but though our outward man perisa, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affli&tion, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eterna! weight of glory.

i Psalm xxxiii. 10. The Lord bringeth the counfel of the Heathen to aought; he maketh the devices of the people of

m Gen. 1. 20. And Joseph said unto his brethren, you, ye thought evil against me: but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

n Pialm lv. 23. But thou, O God, fhalt bring them down into the pit of destruction : bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee. o My fin, Isa. xlii

. 24. Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers ? did not the Lord, he against whom we have sinned?, for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law. My duty, 2. San, xvi. Ile 12. And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Be. hold, my son which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my lite ; how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alope, and let him curse; for the Lord nach bidden him. It may be that the Lord will look on mine affiction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his curfing this day. Mic şii,

Done effea.

As for,

Their flanders cannot work my shame p, Their vile reproaches raise my name q; In peace with Heav'n my soul can dwell, Ev'n when they damn me down to hell r. Their fury can't the treaty harms,

Their passion does my pity warm s : 8, 9. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy :-when I fall, I shall arise : when I lit in darkness, the Lord fall be a light unto me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have finned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I Thall behold his righteousness. My safety, Psalm ix. 9, 10 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge io times of trouble. And they that know thy name, will put their trust in thee. v. 16. The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is fnared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion, Selah.

p Pfal. xxxi. 13, 14. For I have heard the sander of misa. ny, fear was on every fide, while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life. But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God.

q 1 Pet. iv. 14. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye ; for the Spirit of Glory and of God restech s. pon you : on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

r Numb. xxiii. , 8. And Balaam took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the Mountains of the ealt, saying, Come, curse me Jacobs and come defy Ifrael. How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed ? or how shall I defy, whom the Lord hath not de. fied? V. 23. Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, peither is their any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob, and of Israel, What hath God wrought

| Prov. xxvi. 2. As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by Aying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

si Pet. iii. 8, 9. Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be cour teous; not rendering evil fox evil, or railing for railing; bar

Their madness only calms my blood t;
By doing hurt they do me good u.
They are my fordid flaves I wot;

My drudges, though they know it not v: contrari wife, blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

# Psalm lxix. 12, 13. They that fit in the gate speak against me: and I was the fong of the drunkards. But as for nie, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thg Salvation.

« Gen. I. 20. See letter m forecited. Esther ix. 20,-25. And Mordecai wrote these things, and fent letters unto all the Jews that were in all the provinces of the king Ahafuerus, both nigh and far, to ftablish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same yearly : as the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned un to them from forrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor. And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them, Because Haman the fon of Hamme. datha the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had devised a. gainst the Jews to destroy them, and had caft Pur, (that is, the lot) to consume them, and to destroy them : but when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters, thar his wicked device which be devised against the Jews, should returo

upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.

o Jer. XXV. 8, 9. Therefore thus faith the Lord of hosts, Because ye have not heard my words, behold I will send and take all the families of the north, faith the Lord, and Nebuchadrezzer the king of Babylon, my fervant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will unterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hilfing, and pero petual desolations. 0. 12. And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, faith the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual defolaticns.

They act to me a kindly part,
With little kindness in their heart w.
They sweep my outer-house when foul,

Yea, wash my inner filth of foul x. Ifa. x. 5, 6. O Affyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. I will send him against an hypocritical nation; and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

V. 12. Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath per. formed his whole work upon mount Zion, and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Affyria, and the glory of his high looks, And xliv. 24, 28. Thus faith the Lord thy Redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and fhall perform all my pleasure, even saying to Jerusa. lem, Thou shalt be built ; and to the temple, Thy foundations shall be laid. And xly. 1. Thus faith the Lord to his anoin. ted, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue na. tions before him : and I will loose the loias of kings to open before him the two leaved gates, and the gates shall not be fhut. 0. 4. For Jacob my servant's fake, and Israel mine eJect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have firnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.

w Matth. V. 10, 11, 12. Blessed are they which are pero fecuted for righteousness fake : for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and perse. cute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my fake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven: for so perfecuted they the prophets which were before you. Luke vi. 22, 23. Blessed are ye when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's fake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for behold, your reward is great in heaven : for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

* lfa. iv. 3, 4, 5. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be cal. led holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Je.

They help to purge away my blot,
For Moab is my washing pot y.

SECT. XIV.
The mystery of the Believer's pardon and security

from revenging wrath, notwithstanding his fins
defert.

Though from condemnation free,

Find such condemnables in me,
As make more heavy wrath my due
Than falls on all the damned crew a.
But though my crimes deserve the pit,
I'm no more liable to it;
Remission seal'd with blood and death,
Secures me from deferved wrath b.

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rusalem from the midst thereof, by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her afsemblies a cloud, and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night ; for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And xxvií. 9. By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged, and this is all the fruit to take away his fin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalk stones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images thall not stand up.

w Pfal. Ixviii. 8. Moab is my wash pot, &c.

a Rom. viii. 1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk 'not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. And vii. 18. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to willis prefeat with me, but how to perform that which is good, I find

1 Tim. i. 15, 16. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save fanners: of whom I am chief. Howbeit, for this cause I obo. tained

mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all long. suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

6 Gal. ii. 13. Chrif hath redeemed us from the curse of

not.

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