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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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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 noughts he makerh 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, Ifa. 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 curling this day. Mic fii,

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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.

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