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121 found preaching and confcionable hearing of the word, in obedience unto God, with understanding, faith and reverence t finging of pfalms with grace in the heart v; as alfo the due administration and worthy receiving of the facraments inftituted by Chrift; are all parts of the ordinary religious worship of God w; hefides religious oaths and vows y, folemn faftings z

they that hear the word of this prophecy, and keep thofe things which are written therein; for the time is at hand.

2 Tim. iv. 2. Preach the word, Be inftant in feafon, and out of feafon; reprove; rebuke, exhort with all long fuffering and doctrine.

Jam. 13 22. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own felves. Acts x. 23. Immediately therefore I fent to thee; and thou haft well done, that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here prefent before God, to bear all things that are commanded thee of God. Mat. xiii. 19. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was fown in his heart: this is he, who received feed in the way fide. Heb. iv. 2. For unto us was the gofpel preach ed, as well as onto them: But the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. ffa. lxvi. 2. For all those things hath mine hand made, and all thofe things have been, faith the Lord but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor, and of a contrite fpirit, and trembleth at my word.

Col. iii. 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wif dom: teaching and admonishing one another in pfalms, and hymns, and fpiritual fongs, finging with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Eph. v. 19. Speaking to yourselves in pfalms,


and hymns, and fpiritual fongs,' finging and making melody in your hearts to the Lord. Jam. v. 13. Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him fing pfalms.

Mat. xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (1 Cor. xi. 23, to Verse 29.) As ii. 42. And they continued fledfaftly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

x Deut. vi. 13. Thou fhalt fear the Lord thy God, and ferve him, and fhalt fwear by his name. With Neh. x. 29. They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered înto a curfe, and into an oath, to walk in God's law, which was given by Mofes the fervant of God, and to obferve and do all the commandments of the Lord our Lord, and his judgments and his ftatutes.

y Ifa. xix. 21. And the Lord fhall be known to Egypt, and the Egyp-. tians fhall know the Lord in that day, and fhall do facrifice and oblá · tion: yea, they fhall vow a vow unto the Lord, and perform it. With Eccl. v. 4. When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it. for he hath no pleasure in fools; pay that which thou haft vowed. v.


Better is it that thou fhouldeft not vow, than that thou fhouldest vow and not pay.

z Joel ii. 12. Therefore alfo now, faith

and thanksgivings upon fpecial occafions a, which are, in their feveral times and feafons, to be used in an holy and religious manner b.

VI. Neither prayer, nor any other part of religious worhip, is, now under the gofpel, either tied unto, or made more acceptable by, any place in which it is performed, or towards which it is directed c: but God is to be worshipped everywhere din fpirit and truth e; as in private families ƒ daily,

faith the Lord. Turn yeeven to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. Efth. iv. 16. Go, gather together all the Jews that are prefent in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or days; I alfo and my maidens will faft likewife, and fo will I go in unto the king, which is not accord ing to the law; and if I perish, I perish. Mat. ix. 15. And Jefus faid unto them, Can the children of the bride-chamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from thein, and then shall they faft. 1 Cor. vii. 5. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with confent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fafting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

a (Pfal.cvii. throughout.) Efther ix. 22. As the days wherein the Jews refted from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from forrow to joy, and from mourn. ing unto a good day, that they should make them days of feafting and joy, and of fending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.

b Heb. xii. 28. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may ferve God acceptably, with

reverence and godly fear.

VI. c John iv. 21. Jefus faith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye thall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerufalem, worship the Father.

d Mal. i. 11. For from the rifing of the fun even unto the going down of the fame, my name fhall be great among the Gentiles, and in every place incenfe fhall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my. name shall be great among the heathen, faith the Lord of hofts. 1 Tim. ii. 8. I will therefore, that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

John iv. 13. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers fhall worship the Father in fpirit and in truth: For the Father feeketh fuch to worship him. v. 24. God is a Spirit, and they that worship him, muft worship him in spirit and in truth.

f Jer. x. 25. Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and confumed him, and have made his habitation defolate. Deut. vi. 6.

And thefe words which I command thee this day, fhall be in thine heart. v. 7. And thou fhalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and fhalt talk of them when thou fittelt in

lyg, and in fecret each one by himself b; fo more folemnly in the public affemblies, which are not carelefly or wilfully to be neglected or forfaken, when God by his word or providence calleth thereunto i


ftranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to ferve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his fervants, every one that keepeth the fabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; v. 7. Even them will bring to my holy mountain, and inake them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt-offerings and their facrifices fhall be accepted upon

thine house, and when thon walkeft by the way, and when thou lieft down, and when thou rifeft up, Job. i. 5. And it was fo, when the days of their feafting were gone about, that Job fent and fanctified them, and rofe up early in the morning, and offered burnt-offerings, according to the number of them all for Job faid, It may be that my fons have finned, and curf-mine altar; for thine houfe fhall be ed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually. 2 Sam. vi. 18. And affoon as David had made an end o foffering burnt-offerings, and peace-offerings, he bleffed the peoplein the name of the Lord of hofts. v. 20. Then David returned to blefs his houfhold. 1 Pet. iii. 7. Like wife ye hufbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife as unto the weaker veffel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered. AЯs x. 2. A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alins to the people, and prayed to God alway.

g Mat. vi. 11. Give us this day our daily bread.

h. Mat. vi. 6. But thou, when thou prayeft, enter into thy closet, and when thou haft shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in fecret, and thy Father who feeth in fecret fhall reward thee openly. Eph. vi. 10. Praying always, with all prayer and fupplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perfeverance and fupplication for all faints.

If lvi. 6. alfo the fons of the

called an houfe of prayer for all people. Heb. x. 25. Not forfaking the affembling of ourselves together, as the manner of fome is; but exhorting one another; and fomuch the more, as ye fee the day approaching. Prov. i. 20. Wisdom crieth without, fhe uttereth her voice in the ftreets: v. 21. She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city fhe uttereth her words, faying, v. 24. Because I have called, and ye refufed, I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded. Prov. viii. 34. Bleffed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, watching at the pofts of my doors. Acts xiii. 42. And when the Jews were gone out of the fynagogue, the Gentiles befought that these words might be preached to them the next fabbath. Luke iv, 1ó. And he came to Na zareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his cuftom was, he went into the fynagogue on the fabbath. day, and ftood up for to read, Acts ii, 42. And they continued stedfastly in the apoftles doctrine, and fellowship, in breaking of bread, and


Chap. XXI. 2 VII. As it is of the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be fet apart for the worship of God; fo, in his word, by a pofitive, moral, and perpetual commandment, binding all men in all ages, he hath particularly appointed one day in feven, for a Sabbath, to be kept holy unto him k: which, from the beginning of the world to the refurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week; and, from the refurrection of Chrift, was changed into the first day of the week /, which, in fcripture is called the Lord's day m, and is to be continued to the end of the world, as the Chriftian Sabbath n.

VIII. This Sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering of their common affairs before-hand, do not only observe an holy rest all the day, from their own works, words and thoughts, about their worldly

in prayers.

bleffed the feventh day and fanctiVII. k Exod. xx. 8. Remember fied it: because that in it he had reftthe fabbath day, to keep it holy. v. ed from all his work, which God cre10. But the feventh day is the fab. ated and made. Cor. xvi. 1. Now bath of the Lord thy God, in it thou concerning the collection for the fhalt not do any work, thou, nor faints, as I have given order to the thy fon, nor thy daughter, thy man- churches of Galatia, even fo do yè. fervant, nor thy maid-fervant, nor v. 2. Upon the first day of the week, thy cattle, nor thy ftranger which let every one of you lay by him in is within thy gates. 11. For in ftore, as God hath profpered him, fx days the Lord made heaven and that there be no gatherings when I earth, the fea, and all that in them come, acts. xx. 7. And upon the is, and refted the feventh day; first day of the week, when the difwherefore the Lord bleffed the fab-ciples came together to break bread, bath day, and hallowed it. Ifa. Paul preached unto them, ready to vi. 2. Bleffed is the man that doth depart on the morrow, and continuthis, and the fon of man that lay- ed his fpeech until midnight, eth hold on it; that keepeth the fabbath from polluting it, and keep eth his hand from doing any evil. V4 For thus faith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my fabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant. V. 6, 7. (See in letter i.)

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m Rev. i. 10. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.

n Exod. xx. 8, 10. (See lettet k.) With Mat. v. 17. Think not that I am come to deftroy the law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil: v. 18. For verily I fay unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle thall in no wife pafs from the law, till all be fulfilled.

VIII. Exod.

worldly employments and recreations o; but allo are taken up the whole time in the public and private exercises of his wor


ing thine own pleasure, nor fpeaking thine own words, Neh. xiii. 15. In those days faw I in Judah, fome treading wine preffes on the fabbath, and bringing in fheaves, and leading alles; as alfo wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burthens, which they brought into Jerufalema on the fabbath day; and I teftified against them in the day wherein they fold yictuals. v. 16. There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, who brought fish, and all manner of ware, and fold on the fabbath, unto the children of Judah, and in Jerufalem. v. 17. Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and faid unto them, 'What evil thing is this that ye do, and prophane the fab bath day? v. 18. Did not your fa thers thus, and did not our God bring this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Ifrael, by profaning

VIII. Exod. xx. 8. (See letter k.) Exod. xvi. 23. And be faid unto them, This is that which the Lord hath faid, to morrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the Lord; bake that which you will bake, to day, and feethe that ye will feethe: and that which remaineth over, lay up for you to be kept until the morning. v. 25. And Mofes faid, Eat that to day; for to day is a fabbath unto the Lord: to day ye fhall not find it in the field. v. 26. Six days ye fhall gather it, but on the feventh day which is the fabbath, in it there fhall be none. v, 29. See, for that the Lord hath given you the fab bath, therefore he giveth you on the fixth day the bread of two days: abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the feventh day. v. 30. So the people retted on the feventh day. Exod. xxxi. 15. Six days may work be .done, but in the feventh is the sab- ́the sabbath. v. 19. And it came bath of reft, holy to the Lord: who foever doth any work in the fabbath day, he fhall furely be put to death. v. 16. Wherefore the children of Ifrael shall keep the fabbath, -to obferve the fabbath throughout. their generations, for a perpetual covenant, v. 17. It is a fign be tween me, and the children of If. rael for ever: for in fix days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the feventh day he refted, and was refreshed. Ifa. lviii. 13. If thou turn away thy foot from the fabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day, and call the fabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable, and fhalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor find.

to pafs, that when the gates of Jerufalem began to be dark before the fabbath, I commanded that the gates fhould be fhut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the fabbath; and fome of my fervants fet I at the gates, that there fhould no burthen be brought in on the fabbath day. v. 21. Then `I teftified against them, and faid unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? If ye do fo again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the fabbath. v. 22. And I commanded the Levites, that they should cleanse themfelves, and that they fhould come and keep the gates, to fanctify the fabbath day. Remember

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