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My foes afsaulting conquer me,
Yet ne'er obtain the victory r;
For all my battles lost or won,
Were lost before they were beguns.
I'm still at ease, and still opprest ;
Have constant trouble, constant rests;
Both clear and cloudyt, free and bound u;
Both dead and living v, lost and found w.

have peace.

peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Ifa. liv. 10. See letter k.

Rom. vii. 23. See letter o. Chap. viii.- 37. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us.

s 1 Cor. xv. 57. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Chrift.

s 2 Cor. iv. 8. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair. John xvi.

33. These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might

In the world ye shall have tribulation. ; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. Heb. iv. 3. For we which have believed, do enter into reft.

. Zech. xiv. 6, 7. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be.clear, nor dark. But it shall be one day, which shall be known to the Lord, not day nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. Mic. vii. 8. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy; when I fall, I shall arise; when I fit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto nie.

u Joho viii. 36. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. Acts xx. 23. The Holy Ghost witDesleth in every city, saying, that bonds and aff: Ctions abide me.

v 2 Cor.'vi. 9.-As dying, and behold we live. Col. iii. 3. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Cinist in God.

w Matth. xviii. 11. For the Son of man is come to save that which was loft. Plalm cxix. 176. I have gone astray like a lost theep, seek thy servant. Phil. iii. 9. And be found in him, not haring mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteous. ness which is of God by faith.

Sin for my good does work and wia x;
Y et 'tis not good for me to fin y.
My pleasure iffues from my pain %;
My lofles still increase my gain a.
I'm heal'd ev’n when my plagues abound b,
Cover'd with duft ev'n when I'm crown'd c.

* 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. Chap. xi. 11. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid; but rather through their fall falvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

y Psalm lxxxix. 31, 32. If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments, then will I visit their transgresfion with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.

z Pfalm cxix. 67. Before I was afflicted, I went astray : but now have I kept thy word. d. 15. It is good for me that I have been adicted: that I might learn thy ftatutes. James i. 2. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers: temptations.

a' Matth. X. 39. He that loseth his life for my fake, shall find it. Mark X. 29, 30. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that left house, or bre. thren, or fifters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for

my fake and the gospel's, but he shall receive an hundred-fold now in this time, houses and brethren, and fire ters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions ; and in the world to come eternal life.

6. Rum. vii. 34, as. O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death! I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. c viz. with merch.

Job xlii. , 6. I have heard of thee by the hea:i.g of the ear: but now mine eye seeth theeg. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in duft and ashes, Ezek. xvi. 63. That thou mayest remember and be confounded, and aever open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast doney faith rh: Lord God.

As low as death when living high d,
Nor shall I live, yet cannot die e.
For all my sins my heart is fad,
Since God's dishonour'd f; yet I'm glad,
Though once I was a slave to fing,
Since God does thereby honour win h..
My fins are ever in his eye i,
Yet he beholds no fin in me k.;

d 2 Cor. vi. 9.-as dying, and behold, we live.

e Heb. ix. 27. It is appointed unto-nien once to die. John 1:24. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come unto condemnation ; but is passed from death unto life. Chap. vi. 10. And this is the will of him that fent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believe eth on him, may have everlasting life. V.'50, 51. This is. the bread, which cometh down from heaven, that a. man may eat thereof, and not die.. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world..

f Psalm li. 4. Against thee, thee only have I finoed, and done this evil in thy light.

& Rom. vi. 17. But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of fin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered unto you.

h lla. xli. 24. Sing, O ye heavens ; for the Lord hath done it : shout ye lower parts of the earth : break forth into finging, ye mountains, O forests, and every tree therein; for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel. Eph. i. 6. To the praise of the glory of his grace. v. 12. That we should be to the praise of his glory.

i Rev. iii. i. I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. v. 15.. I know thy works that thou art neither cold nor hot.

k Numb. xxiii. 21. He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel. Soog iv. 7. Thou art all fair, my love, there is no spot in thee. Ezek. xvi. 14. And thy renown went forth among the Heathen for thy bea

His mind that keeps them all in store,
Will yet remeniber them no more l.
Because my fins are great, I feel,
Great fears of heavy wrath m; yet still
For mercy seek, for pardon wait,
Because my fins are very great n.
I hope when plung’d into despair og
I tremble when I have no fear p.

ty: for it was perfect through my comeliness which I had put upon thee, faith the Lord God.

| Ifa. xliii. 24. I, even I am he that blotteth out thy transo. gresfions for mine own fake, and will not remember thy Gns. Jer. xxxi. 4. I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remem. ber their fin no more. Heb. viii. 12. I will be merciful to their uprighteousness, and their fins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

m Ezra ix. 13, 14. And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God haft punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and halt given us fuch deliverance as this, should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations ? wouldīt not thou be angry with us till thou hadit consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping ? Psalm xxxviii. s. O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath; neither chatten me in thy hot difpleafure.

n Psalm xxv. 11. For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. Jer. xiv. 7. O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name's fake: for our backflidings are many, we have fioned against thee.

o Rom. iv. 18. Who (Abraham] against hope believed in hope. 2 Cor. i. 8, 9. For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, infomuch that we despaired even of life : but we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead.

p Phil. ii. 1 2. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in v. 3. Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loath yourselves in your own fight, for your iniquities, and for your abominations. Chap. xvi. 63. That thou mayest remem. ber and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy lame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord God.

Pardons dispels my griefs and fears 9,
And yet diffolve my heart in tears r.

SECT. IV. Mysteries in Faith's extractions, way and walk, prayers and answers, heighths and depths, fear and love.

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Sucks ill from good, and good from Humility makes my pride to grow, (illa : And pride aspiring lays ine low b.

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'my absence : work out your own salvation with fear and trem. -bling. Luke i. 74. That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear.

9 Matth. ix. 2. Jesus said unto the fick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer, thy fins be forgiven thee.

Ezek. xxxvi. 25, 26. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean : from all your filthiness, and from all your idols will I cleanse you. A new heatt also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

a Rom. ii. 4. Or defpifelt thou the riches of his goodness, and forbearance, and long.suffering : not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance ? Chap. vi. 1, 2. What shall we say then? shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid: how shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein ? What then? shall we lin, because we are not under the law, but under grace ? God forbid. Chap. viii. 28. And we know that all things work to. gether for good, to them that love God, to them who are the

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