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ing up of my Hands, as the EVENING SACRIFICE. Set a (b) Watch, O Lord, before my Mouth, and keep the Door of my Lips. Incline not my Heart to any (c) EVIL Thing, to practife WICKED WORKS with Men that work Iniquity, and let me not eat of their Dainties.
For thou, O Lord, haft fearched (d) me, and known me. Thou (e) knoweft my down-fitting and my up-rifing; thou understandeft my Thou Thoughts afar off. compaffeft my Path, and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my Ways. For there is not a Word (f) in my Tongue, but lo, O Lord, thou knoweft it altogether. Thou haft befet me behind and before, and laid thine Hand upon me. Such Knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot at
tain unto it.
Whither (g) fhall I go from thy SPIRIT? or whither fhall I fly from thy Prefence? If I afcend up into (b) HEAVEN, thou art there;
(b) Matt. xxvI. 41. WATCH and PRAY, that ye enter not into Temptation. Rev. 11. 2. Be WATCHFUL, and strengthen the Things which remain. SOBER, be VIGILANT, for your Adverfary the Devil, as a roaring Lion, goeth about feeking whom he may devour.
1 Pet. v. 8. Be
(c) i Pet. 1. 18. For ye know that ye were not redeemed with CORRUPTIBLE Things, as Silver and Gold, from your vain Converfation, received by Tradition from your Fathers.
(d) Rev. 11. 23. And all the Churches fhall know, that I am he which SEARCHETH the Reins and Hearts; and I will give unto every one of you according to your Works. Heb IV. 12. For the WORD of God is QUICK and POWERFUL, and SHARPER than any two-edged Sword, PIERCING even to the dividing afunder of SOUL and SPIRIT, and of the JOINTS and MARRow, and is a Difcerner of the THOUGHTS and INTENTS of the
Heart. 1 Cor. 11. 10, 11. For the Spirit SEARCHETH all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what Man knoweth the things of a Man, fave the Spirit of a Man which is in him? Even fo, the things of God knoweth no Man, but the Spirit of God. Chap. 111. 16. Know ye not that ye are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you.
(e) Heb. iv. 13. Neither is there any Creature that is not manifest in his Sight; but all things are naked, and opened unto the Eyes of him
with whom we have to do.
(f) Matt. x11. 36, 37. Every idle Word that Men fhall speak, they fhall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment; for by thy Words thou fhalt be juftified, and by thy Words thou fhalt be condemned.
(g) Jer. xx111. 23,24. Am I a God at hand, faith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any HIDE himself in fecret Places that I fhall not fee him faith the Lord. Do not I fill Heaven and Earth? faith the Lord.
(b) Job xx11. 12, 14. Is not God in the heighth of Heaven? and beho'd the heighth of the Stars, how high they are; and he walketh in the Circuit of Heaven. Ifai. XL. 17,22. All Nations before him are is nothing, and they are counted to him lefs than nothing, and Vanity: It is he that fitteth upon the Circle of the Earth, and the Inhabitants thereof are as Grafhoppers.
b Pfalm CXXXIX. 1, to 21. and ver. 24.
if I make my Bed in (i) HELL, behold, there does thy Juftice appear: If I take the Wings of the Morning, and dwell in the uttermoft Parts of the Sea ; even there fhall thy Hand lead me, and thy right Hand fhall hold me: If I fay, furely the (k) DARKNESS fhall cover me, even the Night fhall be light about me; for the Darkness hideth not from thee, but the Night_fhineth as the Day; the Darkness and the Light are both alike to thee.
For thou haft poffeffed my Reins, and haft covered me in my Mother's Womb.
(i) Job xxvI. 6. HELL is naked before him, and Destruction hath no Covering.
deep and fecret things, he knoweth (k) Dan. 11. 22. He revealeth the what is in the DARKNESS, and the LIGHT dwelleth with him. James perfect Gift is from above, and 1. 17. Every good Gift and every cometh down from the Father of blenefs, neither Shadow of changLIGHTS, with whom is no Variaing. 1 Tim. VI. 15, 16. Who is the bleffed and only Potentate, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords; who the LIGHT which no Man can aponly hath Immortality, dwelling in proach unto; whom no Man hath feen, nor can fee.
hath made of one Blood all Nations (1) Acts XVII, 26, 27, 28. And of Men for to dwell on all the Face of the Earth; and hath determined the Times before appointed, and the they fhould feek the Lord, if haply Bounds of their Habitations; that they might feel after him and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: for in him we
the Wrath of God is revealed from
Live, and MOVE, and have our BEING. Rom. 1. 18, 19, 20. For Heaven, against all Ungodliness and Unrighteoufnefs of Men, who hold the Truth in Unrighteousness: Becaufe that which is known of God fhewed it unto them: For the inviis manifeft in them, for God hath fible things of him, from the Creabeing understood by the things that tion of the World, are clearly feen; are made, even his eternal Power and Godhead; fo that they are with
I will praife thee, for I (1)am fearfully and wonderfully MADE. Marvellous are thy WORKS, O Lord, which my Soul knoweth right well. My Subftance was not HID from thee, when I was made in SECRET, and curioufly wrought in the loweft Parts of the Earth. Thine Eyes did fee my Substance, being. yet unperfect; and in thy Book all my Members were written; which in Continuance were fashioned, when out Excufe. as yet there was none of them.
How PRECIOUS are thy THOUGHTS unto me, O God? How great is the Sum of them? If I fhould count them, they are more in number than the Sand; when I awake, I am (m) ftill with thee.
Soul have I defired thee in the
Inhabitants of the World will learn
Surely thou wilt (2) SLAY the Wicked, O God; for they speak against thee wickedly, and thine Enemies take thy Name in vain : Therefore am I (0) GRIEVED with thofe that rife up against thee.
SEARCH (P) me, O God, and know my Heart; try me, and know my Thoughts; and fee if there be any wicked Way within me; and lead me in the WAY EVERLASTING.
(x) Fude 14, 15. And Enoch pro phefied, faying, The Lord cometh with ten thousands of his Saints to EXECUTE Judgment upon all, and to coONVINCE all that are ungodly among them, of all their ungodly Deeds, which they have ungodly committed; and of all their hard Speeches, which ungodly Sinners have spoken against him."
(0) 2 Pet. 11. 7,8. And delivered juft Lot, vexed with the filthy CONVERSATION of the Wicked; for that righteous Man dwelling among them, in feeing and hearing, VEXED his righteous Soul from Day to Day with their UNLAWFUL Deeds."
(p) 1 Cor. 11. 10,12. For the Spirit SEARCHETH all things, yea, the deep things of God. Now we have received not the Spirit of the World, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. John x1v. 26. But the COMFORTER, which is the Holy Ghoft, whom the Father will fend in my Name, he fhall teach you all things, and bring all things to your Remembrance, whatsoever I have faid unto you. Chap. xvI. 7, 8. For if I go not away, the COMFORTER will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will fend him unto you: And he will REPROVE the World of Sin, and of Righteoufnefs, and of Judgment. Rom. v111. 13, 14, 15. For if ye live after the Flesh, ye fhall die; but if ye, through the Spirit, do mortify the Deeds of the Body, ye fhall live: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the Sons of God. For ye have not received the Spirit of Bondage again to fear, but ye have received the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Luke x1. 13. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good Gifts unto your Children, how much more fhall your heavenly Father give the HOLY SPIRIT to them that ASK him?
I prefent not thefe my humble Supplications to thy
Divine Majefty for my Righteousness, but for thy great Mercies, and the infinite Merit of Chrift Jefus our Redeemer; who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost ever one God, World without end. Amen.
A Morning Prayer for the Bleffing of God, and the Protection of Divine Providence.
EAR my Prayer, O Lord, give Ear to my Supplications; in thy FAITHFULNESS answer me, and in (a) thy RIGHTEOUSNESS. Enter not into Judgment with thy Servant, for in thy Sight fhall no Man living be (b) Jus
the KINDNESS and LovE of God (a) Tit. 111. 4, 5. But after that our Saviour toward Man appeared; not by Works of RIGHTEOUS
NESS which we have done, but according to his Mercy he faved us, by the Washing of Regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghoft.
(b) Rom. 111. 19, 20-26. Now we know that what things foever the Law faith, it faith to them who are under the Law, that every Mouth may be stopped, and all the World may become GUILTY before God: Therefore by the Decds of the Law, there fhall no Flesh be JUSTIFIED in his Sight. For by the Law is the Knowledge of Sin; but now the Righteoufnefs of God without the Law is manifefted, being wit neffed by the Law and the Prophets, even the Righteoufnefs of God, which is by Faith of Jefus Chrift, unto all and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference :
For all have finned, and come short of the Glory of God, being justified. freely by his Grace, through the Redemption that is in Jefus Chrift; whom God hath fet forth to be a PROPITIATION through Faith in his Blood, to declare his Righteousness for the Remiffion of Sins that are pift, through the Forbearance of God; that he might be Juft, and the Juftifier of him which believeth in Jefus. 1 Tim. 11.5,6. For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and Men, the Man Chrift Jefus, who gave himself a RANSOM for all. Heb. VIII. 1,6. We have fuch an High Prieft, who is fet on the right Hand of the Throne of the Majefty in the Heavens; the MEDIATOR of a better COVENANT, which was established upon better PROMISES.
(c) Rom. v. 6,21. For when we were yet without Strength, in due time Chrift died for the Ungodly; that as Sin hath reigned unto Death, even fo might Grace reign through Righteousness unto eternal Life, by Jefus Chrift our Lord. Gal. 11. 19, 20. For I through the Law am dead to the Law, that I might live unto God: I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Chrift liveth in me; and the Life which I now live in the Flefh, I live by the Faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Pfalm cx1711. 1,2,4, 5, 6, 7.
When my Spirit is overwhelmed (c) within me, and my Heart within me is defolate, I will remember the Days of old, I will meditate on all thy Works, I will mufe on the Work of thine Hands: 1 ftretch forth my Hands un
to thee; my Soul (d) thirsteth after thee, as a thirty Land. Hear me fpeedily, Lord ; my Spirit faileth: Hide not thy Face from me, left I be like unto them that go down into the Pit.
I will cry unto thee, O Lord, with my Voice; with my Voice unto thee, O Lord, do I make my Supplication. I pour out my Complaint before thee; I fhewed before thee my Trouble: When my SPIRIT was overwhelmed within me, then thou kneweft my Path. I CRY unto thee, O Lord; thou art my REFUGE, and my PORTION in the Land of the Living. Attend unto my CRY, (e) for I am brought very Low: DELIVER me from my Perfecutors, for they are stronger than I. Bring my SouL out of (f) PRISON, that I may praife thy Name.
(d) Matt. v. 6. Bleffed are they which do hunger and thirst after
RIGHTEOUSNESS, for they fhall be filled. Fohn v11. 37, 38, 39. Fefus ftood and cried, faying, If any Man thirst, let him come unto me and drink: For he that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his Belly fhall flow Rivers of living Water. But this fpake he of the Spirit, which they that be
lieve on him should receive.
Caufe me, O Lord, to hear thy loving Kindnefs in the Morning; for in thee do I truft. Caufe me to know the WAY wherein I fhould walk, for I lift up my Soul unto thee. Deliver me, O Lord, from mine Enemies; I fly unto thee to HIDE me. Teach me to do thy Will, for thou art my God. Thy
(e) Gal. vi. 9. Be not weary in wELL-DOING, for in due Seafon ye fhall reap, if ye faint not.
(f) Luke Iv. 18. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the Poor; he hath fent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach Deliverance to the Captives, and recovering of Sight to the Blind; to fet at Liberty them that
(g) Matt. v. 8. Bleffed are the
Spirit is good, (g) LEAD me pure in Heart, for they fhall SEE
into the Land of UPRIGHT- God.
Pfalm CXLII. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7.
• P. CXL111.8, to 12,