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shall soon be cut down.-Ps. xxxvij. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and 1, 2. Prov. xxiv. 1, 19.

anger, and clamour, &c. be put away Envy thou not the oppressor, and from you. Eph. iv. 31. Col. iii. 8. choose none of his

ways. -Prov. Let your moderation be known iii. 31.

unto all men.Phil. iv. 5. Let not thine heart envy

sinners: Put on bowels of mercies, &c. forbut be thou in the fear of the Lord bearing one another, and forgiving all the day long.–Prov. xxiii. 17.: one another. If any man have a

Whosoever is angry with his bro- quarrel against any; even as Christ ther without a cause, shall be in forgave you, so also do ye.-Col. iii. danger of the judgment.--Matt. v. 22. 12, 13.

If ye forgive men their trespasses, Be patient toward all men: see your heavenly Father will also forgive that none render evil for evil unto you: but if ye forgive not men their any man.-1 Thess. v. 14, 15. trespasses, neither will your Father 1 Pet. iü. 9. forgive your trespasses.-Matt. vi. The servant of the Lord must not 14, 15.

strive, but be gentle unto all men, Learn of me, for I am meek and &c. patient, in meekuess instructing lowly in heart.--Matt. xi. 29. those that oppose theinselves: if God

One of them which were with peradventure, &c.—2 Tim. ii, 24, 25. Jesus, stretched out his hand and To speak evil of no man, to be no drew a sword, and struck a servant brawlers: but gentle, shewing all of the high priest's, &c. Then said meekness unto all men.-Titus iii. 2. Jesus unto him, Put up again thy Let every man be slow to wrath: sword into his place; for all they for the wrath of man worketh not the that take the sword shall perish with righteousness of God. James i. the sword.—Matt. xxvi. 51, 52. v.39. 19, 20.

The Samaritans did not receive The wisdom that is from above, is, Christ; and when his disciples James &c. gentle and easy to be intreated, and John saw this, they said, Lord, &c. James ii. 17. - wilt thou that we command fire to : Not rendering evil for evil, or come down from heaven and consume railing for railing, &c. knowing that them, even as Elias did? But he yo are, &c. Be ready always to give turned and rebuked them, and said, an answer unto every man, &c. with Ye know not what manner of spirit meekness._1 Pet. iii. 9. 15. ye are of: for the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives.-Luke Sect. vi. To pity them, shero them -ix. 52-56.

Mercy, pray for them, and requite ?: * Dearly beloved, avenge not your

them Good for Evil: Love for selves, but rather give place unto

Hatred. wrath: for it is written, Vengeance If thou meet thine enemy's ox or ass 18 mine ; * I will repay, saith the going astray, thou shalt surely bring Lord. Rom. xii. 19.

it back to him again. If thou see Charity suffereth-long, and is kind; the ass of him that hateth thee lying charity envieth not, &c. is not easily under his burden, and wouldest forprovoked; thinketh no evil.1 Cor. bear to help him; thou shalt surely xiii. 4, 5.

help with him (or wouldest cease to In malice be ye children: but in leave thy business for him: thou shalt understanding be men.- - 1 Cor. surely leave it to join with him).xiy. 20.

Exod. xxiii. 4, 5. Deut. xxii. 1-4. ... The fruit of the Spirit is, &c. long- If thy brother be waxen poor, &c. suffering, gentleness, &c. meekness, thou shalt relieve him: yea, though temperance.-Gal. v. 22, 23. he be a stranger or a sojourner; that

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de máy live with thée. Levit. care of the wounded, in the parable, XXV. 35.

commended..Luke. xc 30, &c. David rewarded Saul good for evil, ki Recompense to no man evil for which Saul acknowledgeth. Sam. evil, &c. avenge not yourselves, &c. xxiv. 17-19.

If thine enemy hunger, feed him, &c. Israel was charged to clothe, feed, Be not overcome of evil, but overand help the men of Judah, then their come evil with good.---Rom. xii. 17. captives.--2 Chron. xxviii. 11. 15. 19_21.. ;

With the merciful thou wilt shew As we have therefore opportunity, thyself merciful.-Ps. xviii. 25.

let us do good unto: all men.Gal. The righteous is ever merciful.- vi. 10. Ps. xxxvii. 25, 26. :

Put on bowels of mercies, kindness, He that considereth the poor, or &c.-Col. iii. 12. Micah vi. 8. sick, the Lord will strengthen him The Lord make you to increase in upon the bed of languishing.-Ps. love, &c. toward all men. Thess. xli. 1-3.

iii. 12. The merciful man doeth good to his See that none render evil for evil own soul: but he that is cruel trou- unto any man, but ever follow that bleth his own flesh. Prov. xi. 17. which is good, both among your

A righteous man regardeth the life selves, and to all men. Thess. of his beast: but the tender mercies y. 15. of the wicked are cruel.---Prov. I exhort, &c. that supplications xii. 10.

and prayers, &c. be made for all men, He that is glad at calamities shall 1 Tim. i. 1. not be unpunished.-Prov. xvii. 5. He shall have judgment without

If thine enemy be hungry, give mercy that hath shewed no mercy him bread to eat: and if he be thirsty, James. ii. 13. . give him water to drink: for thou ,, The wisdom that is from above, is, shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, &c. full of mercy and good fruits. and the Lord shall reward thee. James ji. 17. Proy. xxv, 21, 22. 2 Chron. xxvii. ? Not rendering evil for evil, or rail11, 15. Prov. xxiv. 11, 12. ing for railing ; 'but contrariwise

Seek the peace of the city whither blessing.-1 Pet. iii. 9. I have caused you to be carried away Sect. vn. To behave humbly and captives, and pray unto the Lord for Sect. vii. it; for in the peace thereof shall ye

courteously, toward all, giving

them due Respect. have peace.—Jer. xxix. 7.

Blessed are the merciful, &c. love The children of Heth said to Abrayour enemies, bless them that curse .ham, Hear us, my lord; Thou art a you, do good to them that hate you, «mighty prince among us ; in the and pray for them which despitefully choice of our sepulchres bury thy use you, &c. that ye may be the dead, &c. , And Abraham stood up children of your heavenly Father; and bowed himself to the people of for he maketh his sun to rise on the the land, &c.-Gen. xxiii. 5-7. evil and on the good, &c. For if ye 11, 12. - love them which love you, what re- Jacob bowed himself to the ground ward have ye? do not even the Pub- seven times, until he came near his licans the same :-Matt. v. 7. 44 brother. Esau,, &c. Let my lord, I 46. Luke vi, 32, 33. 35, 36. pray thee, pass over before his ser

Christ had compassion on the mul- vant, &c. Let me find grace in the titude, and did them good.-Matt. sight of my lord.-Gen. xxxiii. 3. ix. 36. xiv. xv. 32.

14, 15. The Samaritan's compassion and Thou shalt rise up before the hoary

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head, and honour the face of the old lest they make thee sin against, and fear thy God; I am the Exod. xxiii. 32, 33. Lord.Levit. xix. 32. Rom. xiii. 7. When Jehoshaphat had helped the * If thou meet any man, salute him wicked king of Israel, Jehu, the son not ; and if any salute thee, answer of Hanani the seer, went out to meet him not again.--2 Kings iv. 29. 's him, and said to king Jehoshaphat,

Let me not give flattering titles Shouldest thou help the ungodly, unto men, &c. my Maker would soon and love them who hate the Lord take me away-job xxxii. 21, 22. Therefore is wrath upon thee from

God threatened it as an evil, that before the Lord.-2 Chron. xix. 1, 2. the child shall behave himself proud- Blessed is the man that walketh ly against the ancient, and the base not in the counsel of the ungodly, against the honourable.-Isa. iii. 5. nor standeth in the way of sinners, If ye salute

your brethren only, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. what do you more than others ? do +Ps. i. 1. not even the Publicans so? Be ye Who shall abide in thy tabernacle? therefore perfect, as your Father &c. He in whose eyes a vile person which is in heaven is perfect.-Matt. is contemned.-Ps. xv. 1. 4. V. 47, 48.

I have not sat with vain persons; When ye come into an house, neither will I go in with dissemblers. salute it.—Matt. x. 12.

I have hated the congregation of When thou art bidden, &c. sit not evildoers; and will not sit with the down in the highest room, lest a more wicked.-Ps. xxvi. 4, 5, honourable man than thou be bidden. I will not know a wicked person, of him ; and he that bado thee and &c. He that worketh deceit, shall him, come and say to thee, Give this not dwell within my house. He that man place; and thou begin with telleth lies, shall not tarry in my shame to take the lowest om, &c. sight.-Ps. ci. 4. 7. cxix. 115.. Sit in the lowest room &c. then shalt Woe is me, that I sojourn in Methou have worship in the presence of sech, &c. with him that hateth

peace. them that sit at meat with thee.- I am for peace, &c. they for war.Luke xiv. 8-10.

Ps. cxx. 5-7. · I am not mad, most nobte Festus, Do not I hate them, O Lord, that said Paal; but speak, forth the hate thee? and am not I grieved with words of truth and soberness.--Acts those that rise up against thee? I Xxvi. 25,

hate them with a perfect hatred. I, &c. communicated that gospel, Ps. cxxxix. 21, 22. -&c. but privately to them that were My son, if sinners entice thee, of reputation.-Gal. ii. .

consent thou not: walk not thou in Honour (or esteem) all men.- the way with them: refrain thy foot 1 Pet. ii. 17.

from their path.-Prov. i. 10. 15. Finally, &c. be courteous.--1 Pet. He that walketh with wise men iii. 8.

shall be wise: but a companion of The elder, unto the elect lady, &c. fools shall be destroyed. Prov. And now I beseech thee, lady.-- xii. 20. 2 John 1.5.

Go from the presence of a foolish The children of thy elect sister man, when thou perceivest not in him greet thee.—2 John 13.

the lips of knowledge.-Prov. xiv. 7. Sect, yIII. To avoid all unnecessary

Make no friendship with an angry

man; and with a furious man thou Society and Fellowship with wicked shalt not go; lest thou learn his Men.

ways, and get a snare to thy soul. They shall not dwell in thy land, Prov. xxii. 24, 25.



Be not thou envious' against evil the Father, save the Son, and he to men: neither desire to be with them. whomsover the Son will reveal hitn. -Prov. xxiv. 1, 2.

-Matt, xi. 27. I wrote to you in an epistle, not How can one enter into a strong to keep company with fornicators; man's house, and spoil his goods, exyet not altogether with the fornica: cept he first bind the strong man! tors of this world, &c. for then must &c.—Matt, xii. 29. ye needs go out of the world.—1 Cor. A rich man shall hardly enter into v. 9, 10. Eph. v. 5—7.

the kingdom of heaven, &c. It is Be ye not unequally yoked toge- easier for a camel to go through the ther with unbelievers, &c. What eye of a needle, than for a rich man communion hath light with darkness ? to enter, &c. With men this is imAnd what concord hath Christ with possible: but with God all things Belial? Or what part bath he that are possible.—Matt. xix. 23—26. believeth with an infidel -2 Cor. vi. Luke xviii. 24–27. 14, 15.

Which were born, not of blood,

nor of the will of the flesh, but of CHAP, XVIII.

God, &c.-John i. 13. iii. 3, &c.

A man can receive nothing, except ALLY TO KNOW THE ONLY TRUE GOD,

it be given him from heaven.- John


No man can come unto me, except

the Father which hath sent me, draw VATION BY HIM; TO BELIEVE IT, BRING FORTH FRUIT, AND PERBE- him, &c. Except it were given unto



Father.- John vi. 44. 65. TIES, TO ETERNAL LIFE.-Mark iv. As the branch cannot bear fruit of 26–28. Luke xvii. 20, 21. xix. I, itself, except it abide in the vine: no &c. Matt. xii. 28.

more can ye, except ye abide in me,

&c. for without (or severed from) me, Sect. I. Man, of himself, not able to ye can do nothing.-John xv. 4,5. do these Things.

The carnal mind is enmity against Except the Lord build the house, God; for it is not subject to the law they labour in vain who build it: ex- of God, neither indeed can be. Rom. cept the Lord keep the city, the viii. 7. watchman waketh but in vain. - Ps. The natural man receiveth not the cxxvii. 1.

things of the spirit of God, for they Man's goings are of the Lord: are foolishness unto him : neither can how can a man then 'understand his he know them, because they are spiown way?-Prov. XX. 24.

ritually discerned.-1 Cor. ii. 14. A deceived heart hath turned him John viii. 43. aside, that he cannot deliver his soul; By the grace of God, I am that I nor say, Is there not a lie in? &c.- am, &c. Not I, but the grace of God Isa. xliv. 20.

which was with me. Cor. xv. 10. O Lord, I know that the way of Gal. ii. 20. man is not in himself: it is not in - Not that we are sufficient of ourman that walketh to direct his steps. selves to think any thing as of our-Jer. x. 23. Prov. xvi. 9.

selves; but our sufficiency is of God. Can the Ethiopian change his skin? –2 Cor. iii. 5. &c. then may ye also do good, that The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, are accustomed to do evil? - Jer. &c. so that ye cannot do the things xiii, 23.

that ye would.-Gal. v. 17. Rom. No man knoweth the Son, but the vii. 15. 18. Father: neither knoweth any mau By .grace are ye saved, through

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faith; and that note of yourselves, Blessed is the people that know it is the gift of God.-Eph. ii. 8. the joyful sound: they shall walk, Sect. 11.

O Lord, in the light of thy counteGod in Christ, doeth all freely; and that according to Pro- joice all the day long, &c. for thou mise. - John xv. i.

art the glory of their strength.-Ps. Who am I, and what is my people, lxxxix. 15-17 ! that we should be able to offer so wil- Thy people shall be willing in the lingly after this sort? For all things day of thy power.-Ps. cx. 3. Exod. come of thee, and of thine own have Xxxv. 21. we given thee.—1 Chron. xxix. 14.

Trust to the Lord with all thine Yet the Lord hath not given you a heart, and lean not to thine own heart to perceive, and eyes to see, understanding : in all thy ways acand ears to hear, unto this day.- knowledge him, and he shall direct Deut. xxix. 4.

thy paths.-Prov. iii. 5, 6.

The preparations (or disposings) 1. In General. Col. i. 10, 11.

of the heart in man, and the answer And the Lord thy God shall cir- of the tongue, are from the Lord. cumcise thine heart, and the heart of Prov. xvi. l. thy seed, to love the Lord thy God Man's goings are of the Lord. with all thine heart, and with all thy Prov. xx. 24. soul, that thou mayest live.-Deut. Draw me, we will run after thee.XXX. 6.

Cant. i. 4. Jer. xxxi. 3. Hosea xi. 3, 4. The hand of God was to give them He that is left in Zion, &c. shall one heart to do the commandment, be called holy, &c. when the Lord &c. by the word of the Lord. - shall have washed away the filth of 2 Chron. xxx. 12.

the daughters of Zion, &c. by the Out of the mouth of babes and spirit of judgment, and by the spirit sucklings hast thou ordained strength. of burning-Isa. iv. 3, 4. -Ps, viii. 2. Matt. xxi. 16.

Thou also hast wrought. all our ... Create in me a clean heart, O God; works in us (or for us): by thee only and renew a right (or constant) spirit will we make mention of thy name. within me, &c. Restore to me the Isa. xxvi. 12, 13. joy of thy salvation, and uphold me Behold, your God will come :, then by thy free spirit.-Ps. li. 10. 12. the eyes of the blind shall be opened,

The God of Israel is he that giveth and the ears of the deaf shall be unstrength and power unto his people. stopped: then shall the lame man -Ps. lxviii. 35.

leap as an-hart, and the tongue of I will go in the strength of the the dumb sing : for in the wilderness Lord God, &c.-Ps. lxxi. 16.

shall waters break out, and streams Turn us again, O God, &c. Quicken in the desart, &c. the parched ground us, and we will call upon thy name, shall become a pool, and the thirsty &c.—Ps. lxxx. 3. 18.

land springs, &c. and the highway I am the Lord thy God, &c. Open shall be there, &c. the way-faring thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.- men, though fools, shall not err Ps. lxxxi. 10.

therein. Isa. XXXV. 4-8. Blessed is the man whose strength I, the Lord, have called thee in is in thee, &c. The Lord will give righteousness, &c. will give thee, &c. grace and glory; and no good thing for a light to the Gentiles to open will he withhold, &c.—Ps. lxxxiv. the blind eyes, to bring out the pri5. 11.

soners from the prison, and them that All my springs are in thee.-Ps. sit in darkness out of the prison1xxxvii. 7.

house.--Isa. xlii. 6, 7.

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