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Sect. vill. To fear God alone, and God is our refuge, &c. therefore none else; the Arguments for it.
will we not fear though the earth be
removed, and though the mountains 1. Not to fear any else; or be carried, &c.-Ps. xlvi. 1, &c. other Fear.
In God I have put my trust: I will Fear not, Abram : I am thy shield, not fear what flesh can do unto me.thy exceeding great reward.—Gen. Ps. Ivi. 4. 11. xv. 1.
The righteous, &c. shall not be God appeared unto Isaac the same afraid of evil tidings, &c.—Ps. cxii. night, and said, I am the God of 6-8. Abraham thy father, fear not, for I The Lord is on my side, I will not am with thee, &c.—Gen. xxvi. 24. fear what man can do unto me.
Moses said to Israel, Fear not; Ps. cxviii. 6, 7. for God is come to prove you, that Be not afraid of sudden fear, neihis fear may be before your faces, ther of the desolation of the wicked &c.Exod. xx. 20.
when it cometh : for the Lord shall If thou shalt say in thine heart, be'thy confidence, &c.-Prov.iii. 25, 26. These nations are more than I, how The righteous are as bold as a lion. can I dispossess them? Thou shalt -Prov. xxviii. 1. not be afraid of them; but shalt well The fear of man bringeth a snare. remember, what the Lord thy God - Prov. xxix. 25. did unto Pharaoh, &c. Thou shalt Take heed and be quiet; fear not, not be affrighted at them: for the neither be faint-hearted; for the two Lord thy God is among you ; a tails, &c.- Isa. vii. 4. &c. mighty God and terrible, &c.—Deut. Say ye not a confederacy, &c. neivii. 17, 18, 21. xx. 1.
ther fear ye their fear, norbe afraid, Be strong, and of a good courage; &c.—Isa. viii. 12, vii. 3–6. fear not, nor be afraid of them; for Say to them that are of a fearful the Lord thy God, he it is that doth heart, Be strong, fear not: behold go with thee, he will not fail thee, your God will come.-Isa. xxxv. 4. nor forsake thee.-Deut. xxxi. 6. 8. Fear thou not, for I am with thee, Josh. i. 529.
be not dismayed, for I am thy God: Nehemiah feared not, when the &c. fear not, I will help thee, &c. enemy designed to make him afraid, Fear not, thou worm, Jacob, and ye and sin, &c.—Neh. vi. 10, &c. men of Israel, I will help thee, saith
I will not be afraid of ten thou- the Lord.—Isa. xli. 10. 13, 14. sands of people that have set them- Thus saith the Lord that created selves against me round about.--Ps. thee, O Jacob, &c. Fear not, for I iii. 6, 7. 2 Chron. xx. 15–17. have redeemed thee, &c. when thou
I will both lay me down in peace, passest through the waters, I will be and sleep; for thou Lord, only makest with thee.-Isa. xliii. 1, 2, 5. me dwell in safety.-Ps. iv. 8.
Fear yenot, neither be afraid: have Yea, though I walk through the not I told thee? &c. Is there a God valley of the shadow of death, I will besides me? &c.-Isa. xliv. 2. 8. fear no evil: for thou art with me, Hearken unto me ye that know &c.—Ps. xxiii. 4.
righteousness, &c. Fear ye not the The Lord is my light, and my sal- reproach of men, neither be ye afraid vation, whom shall I fear? The of their revilings; for the moth shall Lord is the strength of my life, of eat them, &c. I am he who com. whom shall I be afraid? &c. Though forteth you. Who art thou, that thou an host should encamp against me, shouldest be afraid of a man that my heart shall not fear, &c.-Ps. shall die ; and of the son of man xxvii. 1. 3.
who shall be made as grass; and
forgettest the Lord thy Maker?— their terror, neither be troubled, Isa. li. 7, 8, 12, 13.
but sanctify the Lord, &c.—1 Pet. iij. Be not afraid of their faces: for I 14, 15. am with thee, to deliver thee, &c.— There is no fear in love; but perJer. i. 7,8. 17-19.
fect love castethout fear, because Learn not the way of the heathen, fear hath torment. He that feareth, and be not dismayed at the signs of is not made perfect in love.-1 John heaven; for the heathens are dismayed iv. 18. at them, for the customs of the people
II. Fear God. are vain. Jer. x. 2, 3.
Be not afraid of the king of Baby- God said unto Abraham, Now I know lon, &c. for I am with you, to save that thou fearest God, &c.-Gen. you, &c, Jer. xlii. 11.
xxii. 12. Be not afraid of them, neither be Now I know that thou fearest God, afraid of their words, &c. nor be dis- seeing thou hast not withheld thy mayed at their looks, &c.—Ezek. ii. son.-Gen. xxii. 12. 6. iii. 9.
But the midwives feared God, and When Christ had told his disciples did not as the king of Egypt comwhat persecutors would do to them, manded them, but saved the menhe saith, Fear them not, &c. And, children alive, &c. Therefore God fear not them which kill the body, dealt well with the midwives, &c. but are not able to kill the soul. Exod. i. 17. 20, 21. Matt. x. 26. 28. 31. Luke xii. 4. I will at this time send all my
Why are ye so fearful ? How is plagues, &c. that thou mayest know it that ye have no faith?—Mark that there is none like me in all the iv. 40.
earth, &c. He that feared the word We being delivered out of the of the Lord, among the servants of hands of our enemies, might serve Pharaoh, made his servants, &c. flee him without fear.-Luke i. 74. into the houses.-Exod. ix. 14. 16.
Fear not, little Aock; for it is your 20. x. 1, 2. Father's good pleasure to give you the Israel saw that great work of kingdom.—Luke xii. 32. Z d rowning the Egyptians, which the
The blind man's parents durst not Lord did; and the people feared the own Christ for fear of the Jews, who Lord, and believed the Lord.—Exod. had agreed to put such out of the xiv. 31. synagogue as did confess him.-John The sea covered them, &c. Who is ix. 19-22. xii. 42. xix. 38.
like unto thee, O Lord, amongst the Let not your heart be troubled, &c. gods (or mighty ones)? Who is like neither let it be afraid.—John xiv. thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in 1.27.
praises, doing wonders ?—Exod. xv. For ye have not received the spirit 10, 11. of bondage again, to fear; but, &c. When God appeared upon the Rom. viii. 15.
mount, with a sound of a trumpet, For God hath not given us the &c. all the people that were in the spirit of fear, but of power.-2 Tim. i. 7. camp trembled.—Exod. xix. 16. 18.
Moses's parents feared not the Thou shalt not take the name of king's edict, nor the king's wrath. — the Lord thy God in vain ; for the Heb. xi. 23. 27.
Lord will not hold him guiltless who We may boldly say, The Lord is taketh his name in vain, &c. God my helper, and I will not fear what appeared on Mount Sinai terribly, man shall do unto me.—Heb. xiii. 6. that the people might fear him.
If ye suffer for righteousness' sake, Exod. xx. 7. 18-20. happy are ye: and be not afraid of Thou canst not see my face; for there shall no man see me, and live.- he bringeth down unto the grave, and Exod. xxxiii. 20, 21. 23.
bringeth up: the Lord maketh poor, Thou shalt not curse the deaf, &c. &c.—1 Sam. ii. 2. 6—8. but shalt fear thy God. I am the Who is able to stand before this Lord, &c.—Levit. xix. 14. 32. holy Lord God?-1 Sam. vi. 20.
Ye shall not therefore oppress one Then the earth trembled: the another; but thou shalt fear thy God: foundations of heaven moved and for I am the Lord your God, &c.- shook, because he was wrath; there Levit. xxv. 17. 36. 43.
went up a smoke out of his nostrils, Did ever people hear the voice of &c.—2 Sam. xxii. 8–12. God, &c. as thou hast heard, and live? My servant Job, &c. one that &c. Unto thee it was shewed, that feareth God, and escheweth evil. thou mightest know, that the Lord Job. i. 1. 8. he is God, there is none else besides How should man be just with God, him.-Deut. iv. 33. 35.
&c. He is wise in heart, and mighty O that there were such a heart in in strength. Who hath hardened himthem, that they would fear me, and self against him, and hath prospered ? keep, &c.—Deut. v. 29.
which removeth the mountains, and Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, they know not : which overturneth and serve him, &c.—Deut. vi. 13. them in his anger : which shaketh x. 20, 1 Sam. xii. 24.
the earth out of her place, and the Understand therefore this day, that pillars thereof tremble: which comthe Lord thy God is he which goeth mandeth the sun, and it riseth not: over before thee, as a consuming fire, and sealeth up the stars: which alone he shall destroy, &c. I was afraid of spreadeth out the heavens, &c. the anger and hot displeasure where- Job ix. 2–14. with the Lord was wrath against you, Canst thou by searching find out &c.-Deut. ix. 3. 19.
God ? canst thou find out the Al. And now, Israel, what doth the mighty?-Job xi. 7–10. Lord thy God require of thee, but to The Lord hath wrought this : in fear the Lord thy God? &c. Behold, whose hand is the soul (or life) of the heaven, and the heaven of hea- every living thing, and the breath of vens is the Lord's, &c. For the Lord all mankind.—Job xii. 9, 10. your God is God of gods, and Lord Will you speak wickedly for God? of lords; a great God, a mighty and &c. Shall not his excellency make a terrible, which regardeth not per- you afraid ? and his dread fall upon sons, nor taketh reward.—Deut. x. you ?--Job xiii. 7, 8. 11. 12. 14. 17.
Therefore am I troubled at his Read this law before all Israel, &c. presence, when I consider I am afraid that they may learn, and fear the of him.—Job xxiii. 15. Ps.cxix. 120. Lord, &c.—Deut. xxxi. 11–13. And unto man, he said, Behold, the
I, even I am he, and there is no fear of the Lord, that is wisdom.God with me: I kill, &c. neither is Job xxviii. 28. there any that can deliver out of my God said to Job, None is so fierce, hands, &c. If I whet my glittering that dare stir him up (speaking of a sword, &c.—Deut. xxxii. 39. 41. creature): who then is able to stand
That all the people of the earth before me?--Job xli. 10. might know the hand of the Lord, Stand in awe, and sin not.-Ps. iv. that it is mighty, that ye might fear 4. Neh. v. 9. 15. the Lord your God forever.-Josh.iy. Who is this king of glory? The 24. Deut. iii. 24.
Lord of hosts, he is the king of glory. There is none holy as the Lord, &c. -Ps. xxiv. 10. The Lord killeth and maketh alive: What man is he that feareth the
Lord ? Him he shall teach in the way in reverence of all about him.-Ps. that he shall choose, &c. The secret lxxxix. 7. of the Lord is with them that fear Before the mountains were, &c. him, and he will shew them his cove- even from everlasting to everlasting nant.-Ps. xxv. 12-14.
thou art God : thou turnest man to O how great is thy goodness destruction, and savest, Return ye which thou hast laid up for them that children of men. Who knoweth the fear thee !—Ps. xxxi. 19.
power of thine anger ? even accordHe gathereth the waters of the sea ing to thy fear so is thy wrath.-Ps. together, &c. Let all the earth fear xc. 2, 3. 11. the Lord; let all the inhabitants of The Lord reigneth, he is clothed the world stand in awe of him: for with majesty; the Lord is clothed he spake and it was done, &c. Behold, with strength, &c. Thy throne is the eye of the Lord is upon them that established of old, thou art from fear him, &c.-Ps. xxxiii. 7-9. 18. everlasting, &c. The Lord on high
The angel of the Lord encampeth is mightier than the noise of many round about them that fear him, and waters.-Ps. xciii. 1, 2. 4. delivereth them, &c. O fear the Lord, The Lord, a great God, and a great ye his saints: for there is no want to King above all gods.-Ps. xcv. 3. them that fear him, &c. Hearken cxxxv. 5-7. unto me, I will teach you the fear of The Lord is great, &c. he is to be the Lord.-Ps. xxxiv. 7.9. 11. feared above all gods, &c. The Lord
The transgression of the wicked made the heavens; honour and ma. saith, within my heart, There is no jesty are before him, &c. Fear before fear of God before his eyes.--Ps. him all the earth.-Ps. xcvi. 4—6. 9. xxxvi, 1.
1 Chron. xvi. 25. He uttered his voice, the earth A fire goeth before him, and burnmelted.-Ps. xlvi. 6.
eth up his enemies round about ; his The Lord most high is terrible, he lightnings enlightened the world: the is a great king over all the earth. earth saw and trembled; the hills Ps. xlvii. 2.
melted like wax at the presence of Because they have no changes, the Lord: at the presence of the Lord therefore they fear not God.-Ps. of the whole earth.—Ps.xcvii. 3.-5.9. lv. 19.
The Lord reigneth, let the people To him that rideth upon the heaven tremble; he sitteth between the cheof heavens of old; lo, he doth send rubim; let the earth be removed (or give) out his voice, and that a (or stagger). The Lord is great in mighty voice, &c. His excellency is Zion, he is high above all people : let over Israel, and his strength in the them praise thy great and terrible clouds (or heavens): O God thou art name, for it is holy.-Ps. xcix. 1-3. terrible out of thy holy places.-Ps. As the heaven is high above the lxvii. 33–35.
earth: so great is his mercy towards At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, them that fear him, &c. As a father both the chariot and the horse are pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth cast into a dead sleep. Thou, even them that fear him, &c. The mercy thou art to be feared; and who may of the Lord is from everlasting to stand in thy sight when once thou everlasting, upon them that fear him. art angry? &c. The earth feared and -Ps. ciii. 11. 13. 17. was still.-Ps. lxxvi. 6-8.
He hath given meat unto them that Surely his salvation is nigh them fear him, &c. Holy and reverend is that fear him.-Ps. lxxxv. 9. his name. The fear of the Lord is the
God is greatly to be feared in the beginning of wisdom.-Ps.cxi.5.9,10. assembly of the saints, and to be had Tremble thou earth at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the and let him be your fear, and let him God of Jacob; which turned the rock be your dread. - Isa. viii. 13. into a standing water, the flint into a The Lord of hosts hath sworn, fountain of waters.—Ps.cxiv. 7, 8. saying, Surely as I have thought, so
He will bless them that fear the shall it come to pass; and as I have Lord, both small and great.-Ps. purposed it, so shall it stand, &c. cxv. 13. cxxvïï. 1, &c.
The Lord of hosts hath purposed, He will fulfil the desire of them and who shall disannul it? And his that fear him, he also will hear, &c. hand is stretched out, and who shall -Ps. cxlv. 19.
turn it back?- Isa. xiv. 24. 27. The Lord taketh pleasure in them Thou hast made of a city an heap, that fear him, &c.-Ps. cxlvii. 11. &c. therefore shall the strong people
The fear of the Lord is the begin- glorify thee: the city of the terrible ning of knowledge. Prov.i.7.ix. 10. nations shall fear thee.—Isa.xxv. 2,3.
Fear the Lord, and depart from Who would set the briars and thorns evil.-Prov. iii. 7.
against me in battle? I would burn In the fear of the Lord is strong them together.- Isa. xxvii. 4. confidence, &c. It is the fountain of Forasmuch as this people draw life, to depart from the snares of near me with their mouth, &c. and death.—Prov. xiv. 26, 27.
their fear towards me is taught by Better is a little with the fear of the precept of men; therefore, &c. the Lord, than great treasures, &c.— they shall sanctify my name, and Prov. xv. 16.
sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and By the fear of the Lord men depart shall fear the God of Israel. - Isa. from evil.-Prov. xvi. 6.
xxix. 13, 14. 23. Let not thine heart envy sinners; Behold, the Lord God will come, but be thou in the fear of the Lord &c. who hath measured the waters in all the day long.-Prov. xxiii. 17. the hollow of his hand, and meted out
Whatsoever God doeth, it shall be heaven with a span, and comprehend. for ever, &c. and God doeth it, that ed the dust of the earth in a meamen should fear before him.-Eccles. sure, &c. Behold, the nations are as ii. 14.
a drop of a bucket, and are counted It shall be well with them that fear as the small dust of the balance: beGod, which fear before him.—Eccles. hold, he taketh up the isles as a very viji. 12.
little thing, &c. all nations before him · Fear God and keep his command- are as nothing.-- Isa. xl. 10.12.15.17. ments, for this is the whole duty of I the Lord the first, and with the man._Eccles. xii. 13.
last; I am he. The isles saw it, and The Lord alone shall be exalted in feared, the ends of the earth were that day, &c. And they shall go into afraid, drew near, &c.- Isa. xli. 4, 5. the holes, &c. for fear of the Lord, xliii. 10–13. and for the glory of his majesty: The heaven is my throne and the when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth is my foot-stool; where is the earth.-Isa. ï. 17. 19. 21.
house? Isa. lxvi. l. Acts vii. I saw also the Lord sitting upon a 48—50. throne, &c. and one cried unto an Know therefore and see, that it is other, and said, Holy, holy, holy is an evil thing, and bitter, that thou the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and full of his glory. Then said I, Woe that my fear is not in thee.-Jer. is me, &c. because I, a man of un- ii. 19. clean lips, &c. have seen the King, When God had put away Israel, the Lord of hosts.- Isa. vi. 1.3. 5. yet her treacherous sister Judah fear
Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself, ed not; but, &c.—Jer. iii. 8.