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God is with him, and the shout of a 1 Sam. xxiii. 9–13. 2 Sam. v. 18, king is among them. Surely there is 19. 22–25. no enchantment against Jacob ; nei- David went on, and grew great, ther is there any divination against and the Lord God of hosts was with Israel.—Numb. xxiii. 20, 21. 23. him.—2 Sam. v. 10. viii. 14. Deut. xxiii. 5.
I will surely rend the kingdom For wbat nation so great who hath from thee, &c. Notwithstanding, in God so nigh unto them, as the Lord thy days, I will not do it, for David our God is in all things that we call thy father's sake, &c. I will give one upon him for? And what nation so tribe to thy son, for David my sergreat that hath statutes and judg- vant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake, ments so righteous as all this law ? which I have chosen.-1 Kings xi. &c. Did ever people hear the voice 11-13. xv, 4. of God, &c. as thou hast heard, and He only of Jeroboam shall come live?-Deut. iv. 7, 8. 33. Rom. iii. to the grave, because in him is found 1, 2.
some good thing toward the Lord Thou art an holy people unto the God of Israel.-1 Kings xiv. 13. Lord thy God, and the Lord hath The prophet Elijah was taken up chosen thee to be a peculiar people into heaven.--2 Kings ii. 12. unto himself, above all the nations When the king of Israel, and Jehothat are upon the earth.-Deut. xiv. shaphat the king of Judah went to1, 2, xxvi. 17-19.
gether, and wanted water, Elisha the For the Lord's portion is his peo- prophet said, &c. Were it not that ple: Jacob is the lot of his inherit- I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat ance, &c. He led him about, he in- the king of Judah, I would not look structed him, he kept him as the ap- toward thee, nor see thee. But now, ple of his eye.-Deut. xxxii. 9, 10. &c.--2 Kings iii. 6, 7.9, 10. 14, &c. 1 Pet. v. 3. Jer. xii. 7-10.
God hearkened to Hezekiah, and The eternal God is thy refuge; and gave him a sign that God would heal underneath are the everlasting arms, him: he brought the shadow ten de&c. Happy art thou, O Israel: who grees backward.—2 Kings xx. 9, 10. is like unto thee, O people, saved by Isa. xxxviii. 7,8. the Lord, the shield of ihy help, and Behold, God will not cast away a who is the sword of thine excellency! perfect man, &c.--Job viii. 20. -Deut. xxxiii. 27. 29.
Blessed is the man that walketh At the word of Joshua, the sun not in the counsel of the ungodly, stood still, and the moon staid. &c. He shall be like a tree planted Josh, x. 12–14.
. by the rivers of water, that bringeth When Gideon asked signs of God, forth his fruit in his season : his leaf he gave them to him..Judges vi. shall not wither; and whatsoever he 17. 21. 36-40.
doeth it shall prosper.-Ps. i. 1. 3. Manoah entreated the Lord, &c. Know that the Lord hath set apart and God hearkened, &c. And the him that is godly for himself.—Ps. Angel came again, &c.-Judges xiij. iv. 3. 8, 9. 23.
A seed shall serve him ; it shall He will keep the feet of his saints. be accounted to the Lord for a gene-1 Sam. ii. 9.
ration, &c.-Ps. xxii. 30. The Lord will not forsake his peo- The Lord is my shepherd, I shall ple for his great name's sake; because not want; he maketh me to lie down it hath pleased the Lord to make in green pastures ; he leadeth me you his people.--1 Sam. xii. 22. beside the still waters.-Ps. xxiij.
God answered David, when he in 1, 2. his distress had inquired of him. All the paths of the Lord are goodness and truth unto such as keep his holdeth him with his hand, &c. Yet covenant, &c. What man is he that have I not seen the righteous forfeareth the Lord ? him shall he teach saken, nor his seed begging their in the way that he shall choose: his bread, &c. For the Lord loveth judgsoul shall dwell at ease, and his seed ment, and forsaketh not his saints; shall inherit the earth. The secret they are preserved for ever, &c. of the Lord is with them that fear Mark the perfect man, and behold him; and he will shew them his co- the upright; for the end of that man venant (or make them know it), is peace. The salvation of the righPs. xxv. 10. 12–14.
teous is of the Lord; he is their O! how great is thy goodness, strength in the time of trouble.—Ps. which thou hast laid up for them that xxxvii. 4. 16. 23–25. 28. 37. 39. fear thee! which thou hast wrought Prov. xxix. 7. Ps. cxxviii. for them that trust in thee before the The king's daughter is all glorious sons of men ! Thou shalt hide them within : her clothing is of wrought in the secret of thy presence, from gold.-Ps. xlv. 13. the pride of man : thou shalt keep The Lord of hosts is with us, the them secretly in a pavilion, from the God of Jacob is our refuge.—Ps. strife of tongues.—Ps. xxxi. 19, 20. xlvi. 7. 11. xxvii. 5. xxxvi. 7, 8.
Gather my saints unto me, those Blessed is he whose transgression that have made a covenant with me is forgiven, whose sin is covered. by sacrifice.-Ps. 1. 5. Blessed is the man unto whom the Blessed is the man whom thou Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in choosest to approach unto thee, &c. whose spirit is no guile. I will in. We shall be satisfied with the goodstruct thee and teach thee in the way ness of thy house, even of thy holy which thou shalt go; I will guide temple.-Ps. Ixv. 4. xxxvi. 8. thee with mine eyes.—Ps. xxxii. 1, Truly, God is good to Israel, to 2. 8.
such as are of a clean heart.-Ps. Blessed is the nation whose God is lxxiii. 1. the Lord; the people he hath chosen The Lord will give grace and for his own inheritance, &c. Behold glory: no good thing will he withthe eye of the Lord is upon them that hold from them that walk uprightly. fear him, upon them who hope in his —Ps. Ixxxiv. 11. mercy, to deliver their soul from He will speak peace unto his peodeath, to keep them alive in famine. ple, and to his saints, &c. His sal
—Ps. xxxiii. 12. 18, 19. xxxiv. 7.9, vation is nigh them that fear him.10. 1 Kings xvii. 3, 4. Gen. xlv. Ps. Ixxxv. 8, 9. 6,7.
Blessed is the people that know The eyes of the Lord are upon the the joyful sound; they shall walk in righteous, and his ears open to their the light of thy countenance.—Ps. cry, &c. None of them who trust in lxxxix. 15, &c. him shall be desolate.-Ps. xxxiv. The righteous shall flourish like the 15. 22. v. 11, 12.
palm-tree: he shall grow like a cedar Delight thyself also in the Lord, in Lebanon. Those that be planted and he shall give thee the desires of in the house of the Lord, shall flouthine heart, &c. A little that a righ-rish in the courts of our God; they teous man hath, is better than the shall still bring forth fruit in old age; riches of many wicked, &c. The they shall be fat and flourishing:steps of a good man are ordered by Ps. xcii. 12–14. the Lord; and he delighteth in his The Lord will not cast off his peoway. Though he fall, he shall not be ple: neither will he forsake his inutterly cast down ; for the Lord up- heritance.-Ps. xciv. 14. ix. 10.
He is our God, and we the people treasures, &c. Blessed are they that“ of his pasture, and the sheep of his keep my ways, &c. who heareth me, hand.--Ps. xcv. 7.
watching daily at my gates, waiting He preserveth the souls of his at the posts of my doors : for whoso saints, &c. Light is sown for the findeth me findeth life; and shall righteous, &c.-Ps. xcvii. 10, 11. obtain favour of the Lord.-Prov. Ixxii. 14.
viii. 17. 21. 32. 34, 35. Ps. cxix. · When theywere few,&c. he suffered 1, 2. no man to do them wrong; yea; he · Righteousness . delivereth from reproved kings for their sakes; say- death; the Lord will not suffer the ing, Touch not mine anointed, and do soul of the righteous to famish, &c. my prophets no harm.-Ps. cv. 12- Blessings are upon the head of the 15. cxxiv. 2; 3. cxxv. 1; 2.
just, &c. The memory of the just is Blessed is the man that feareth the blessed, &c. The desire of the righLord: his seed shall be mighty upon teous shall be granted.-Prov. x. 2, the earth. The generation of the 3. 6, 7. 24. upright shall be blessed, &c. Surely By the blessing of the upright the he shall not be moved for ever: the city is exalted.-Prov. xi. 11. righteous shall be had in everlast The righteous is more excellent ing remembrance.-Ps. cxii. 1-4, than his neighbour.—Prov. xii. 26. 6,7.
Ps. xvi. 3. As the mountains are round about When a man's ways please the Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about Lord, he maketh even his enemies to his people, from henceforth even for be at peace with him. Prov. xvi. 7. ever.-Ps. cxxv. 2.
The righteous are bold as a lion. Precious in the sight of the Lord, -Prov. xxviii. 1. is the death of his saints.—Ps. cxvi. The woman, whose heart is snares 15. Ixxii. 14.
and nets, &c. Whoso pleaseth God The Lord hath chosen Jacob unto shall escape from her.—Eccles.vii.26. himself, and Israel for his peculiar . Say ye to the righteous, that it treasure.-Ps. cxxxv. 4. 1 Pet. v. 3. shall be well with him : for they shall
Happy is the people that is in such eat the fruit of their doings.- Isa. iii. a case: happy that people, whose 10. Eccles. viii. 12. Ps. xxxvii. 10, God is the Lord.-Ps. cxliv. 15. 11. 17, 18. Isa. Ixv. 13, 14.
He will fulfil the desire of them Bind up the testimony; seal the that fear him; he also will hear their law among my disciples.-Isa. viii. 16. cry, and will save them.--Ps. cxlv. He that walketh righteously (or in 19. John ix. 31.
righteousness), &c. he shall dwell on Happy is he that hath the God of high ; his place of defence shall be Jacob for his help; whose hope is in the munitions of rocks : bread shall the Lord his God.-Ps. cxlvi. 5. be given him ; his water shall be
The Lord taketh pleasure in them sure; thine eyes shall see the king that fear him, in those that hope in in his beauty, they shall behold the his mercy.-Ps. cxlvii. 11.
land that is very far off. Isa. xxxiii. The Lord taketh pleasure in his 15–17. people, &c. This honour have all his God caused the sun to go backsaints.-Ps. cxlix. 4. 9.
ward ten degrees for a sign to HezeThe froward is an abomination to kiah of his recovery.--Isa. xxxviij. the Lord: but his secret is with the 6,7. righteous.--Prov. iii. 32.
This people have I formed for myI love them that love me, &c. that self; they shall shew forth my praise. I may cause those that love me to in- —Isa. xliii. 21. herit substance: and I will fill their Ask me of things to come, con
cerning my sons, and concerning and I will pardon it.-Jer. v. 1. Gen. the work of my hands, command ye xviii. 26. 32. me. Israel shall be saved with an Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he everlasting salvation, &c.—Isa. xlv. a pleasant child? Since I spake 11. 17.
against him, I do earnestly remember Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken him still; therefore my bowels are me, &c. Can a woman forget her troubled for him: I will surely have sucking child ? &c. Yet will not I mercy upon him, saith the Lord, &c. forget thee: behold, I have graven If the ordinances of heaven cease, thee upon the palms of my hands; then the seed of Israel shall cease thy walls are continually before me. from being a nation before me. -Isa. xlix. 14. 16.
Jer. xxxi. 20. 36, 37. Thy Maker is thy husband, &c. and When Jerusalem was taken, and thy Redeemer is the Holy One of Jeremiah the prophet, the king of Israel, the God of the whole earth, Babylon gave charge concerning Je&c. With everlasting kindness will remiah, &c. Look well to him, and do I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord. him no harm; but do unto him even No weapon that is formed against as he shall say unto thee.-Jer. thee shall prosper, &c. This is xxxix. 11, 12. Numb. xiv. 37, 38. the heritage of the servants of the The precious sons of Zion, comLord; and their righteousness is of parable to fine gold, how are they me, saith the Lord.-Isa. liv. 5. 8. esteemed ! &c.- Lam. iv. 2. 10. 17.
God ordered the mark of salvation Unto them will I give in my house to be upon his, when all others were a place, and a name, better than of to be smitten.-Ezek. ix. 4–6. sons and of daughters; I will give Though I have scattered them, &c. them an everlasting name, that shall yet will I be to them as a little sancnot be cut off, &c. Them will I bring tuary in the countries where they unto my holy mountain, and make shall come. -Ezek. xi. 16. them joyful in my house of prayer: Though these three men, Noah, and their burnt-offerings shall be Daniel, and Job, were in it, they accepted upon my altar.-Isa. lvi. should deliver but their owu souls by
their righteousness, saith the Lord, In all their affliction he was afflict- &c. they only shall be delivered themed; and the angel of his presence selves.-Ezek. xiv. 14. 16. 18. 20. saved them, &c. Doubtless thou art I sought for a man amongst them our Father, &c. Return for thy ser- that should make up the hedge, and vants'sake, the tribes of thine inhe- stand in the gap before me for the ritance, the people of thine holi- land, that I should not destroy it; ness, &c.—Isa. lxiii. 9. 16–18. but I found none: therefore, &c.Ixiv. 9.
Ezek. xxii. 30, 31. Since the beginning of the world, Because thou hast said, &c. These men have not heard, nor perceived two countries shall be mine, and we by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, will possess it; whereas the Lord O God, besides thee, what he hath was there (or though the Lord was prepared for him that waiteth for there), therefore, &c.—Ezek. XXXV. him (or, a God besides thee, who 10, 11. Ps. xiv. 5. doth so for him who waiteth, &c.- O Daniel, a man greatly beloved ! Isa. Ixiv. 4. 1 Cor. ii. 9.
&c. O man, greatly beloved ! fear Run to and fro through the streets not, &c.—Dan. x. 11. 19. ix. 23. of Jerusalem, &c. if ye can find a Jacob, &c. by his strength he had man, if there be any that executeth power with God; yea, he had power judgment, that seeketh the truth; over the angel, and prevailed; he
wept, &c. There he spake with us, When Peter began to sink, Christ even the Lord God of Hosts.-Hosea helped him.-Matt. xiv. 30, 31. xii. 2-5. Gen. xxxii. 24, 25. Hosea Whoso shall offend one of these xi. 12.
little ones who believe in me, it were I will be as the dew unto Israel; better for him that a mill-stone were he shall grow as the lily, &c.-Hosea hanged about his neck, &c. Woe unto xiv. 5, 6.
the world, because of offences, &c. And my people shall never be Take heed that ye despise not one of ashamed.--Joel ii. 26, 27.
these little ones : for I say unto you, For he that toucheth you, touches that in heaven their angels do always the apple of his eye.-Zech. ii. 8. behold the face of my Father, &c.
We will go with you; for we have Matt. xviii. 6, 7.10. heard that God is with you.-Zech. That they shall deceive the elect, vüi. 23. Ezra viii. 22.
if it were possible.—Matt. xxiv. 24. The Lord hearkened, and heard; For the elect's sake, whom he hath and a book of remembrance was chosen, he hath shortened the days, written before him for them that &c.-Mark xiii. 20. Matt. xxiv. 22. feared the Lord, and that thought To you it is given to know the upon his name. And they shall be mystery of the kingdom. Christ mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that opened the parable to them.--Mark day when I make up my jewels (or spe- iv. 11.34. cial treasure); and I will spare them, Rejoice not that the spirits are as a man spareth his own son that subject to you : but rather rejoice, serveth him; then shall ye return, because your names are written in and discern between the righteous heaven.-Luke x. 20. and the wicked; between him that The hairs of your head are all serveth God, and him that serveth numbered, &c. Fear not, little flock; bim not.-Mal. iii. 16-18.
it is your Father's good pleasure to Unto you that fear my name, shall give you the kingdom.-Luke xii. the Sun of Righteousness arise, with 7. 32. healing in his wings: and ye shall go Joy in heaven over one sinner that forth, and grow up as calves of the repenteth, more than over ninety-nine stall.-Mal. iv. 2.
just persons, &c. There is joy in the They are pronounced blessed, and presence of the angels of God over entitled to many privileges mentioned one sinner, &c.-Luke xv. 7. 10. by Christ. They are the salt of the To as many as received him, to earth, the light of the world, &c.— them gave he power (or the right or Matt. v. 3–14.
privilege) to become the sons of God; The very hairs of your head are all even to them that believe on his numbered, &c. Ye are of more value name; which are born, not of blood, than many sparrows.--Matt. x. 30,31. &c. but of God.—John i. 12, 13.
Among them that are born of Whosoever drinketh of the water women, there hath not risen a greater that I shall give him, shall never than John the Baptist : notwith- thirst.-John iv. 14. standing he that is least in the king- Jesus said, I am the light of the dom of heaven, is greater than be. world; he that followeth me shall Matt. xi. 11.
not walk in darkness, but shall have It is given to you to know the the light of life. If the Son theremysteries of the kingdom of heaven, fore shall make you free, ye shall be &c. Blessed are your eyes, for they free indeed. He who keepeth my see; and your ears, for they hear, saying, shall never see death, &c.&C.-Matt. xiii. 11. 16. Mark iv. John viii, 12. 36.51. .. 11, 12. 34.
My sheep, &c. I know them, &c.