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dantly to shew unto the heirs of pro Saying, a Surely blessing I will bless mise, the immutability of his counsel, thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. confirmed it by an oath ; That by two a And I will make my covenant immutable things, in which it was im- between me and thee, and I will mulpossible for God to lie, we might tiply thee exceedingly, Gen. xvii. 2. have a strong consolation, who have And said unto me, Behold, I will fled for refuge to lay hold apon make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, the hope set before us, ver. 16-18. and I will make of thee a multitude And the angel of the LORD called of people ; and I will give this land unto Abraham out of heaven the se
to thy seed after thee for an everlastcond time, and said, By myself have ing possession, xlviii. 4. Remember I sworn, saith the Lord, for because Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy serthou hast done this thing, and hast vants, to whom thou swarest by thine not withheld thy son, thine only son:
own self, and saidst unto them, I will That in blessing I will bless thee, and multiply your seed as the stars of in multiplying I will multiply thy heaven, and all this land that I have seed as the stars of the heaven, and spoken of will I give unto your seed, as the sand which is upon the sea
and they shall inherit it for ever, shore; and thy seed shall possess the Exod. xxxii. 13. The LORD your God gate of his enemies; And in thy seed hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye shall all the nations of the earth be
are this day as the stars of heaven for blessed; because thou hast obeyed multitude, Deut. i. 10. The children my voice, Gen. xxii
. 15—18. Re- also multipliedst thou as the stars of member Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, heaven, and broughtest them into the thy servants, to whom thou swarest land, concerning which thou hadst by thine own self, and saidst unto promised to their fathers, that they them, I will multiply your seed as should go in to possess it, Neh. the stars of heaven, and all this land xix. 23. that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit
VER. 15. it for ever, Exod. xxxi. 13. Which Και ούτω μακροθυμήσας επέτυχε της covenant he made with Abraham, maryenías. and his oath unto Isaac; And con
And so, a after he had patiently enfirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, dured, he obtained the promise. and to Israel for an everlasting covenant, Psal. cv. 9, 10. I have swom
a See on ver. 12. clause 3. by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not
VER. 16. return, That unto me every knee shall "Ανθρωποι μεν γαρ κατά του μείζονος bow, every tongue shall swear, Isa. | ομνύουσι, και πάσης αυτούς αντιλογίας xlv. 23. But if ye will not hear these i repas els Belaiwo w o 6pxos. words, I swear by myself, saith the
For men verily a swear by the greater : LORD, that this house shall become a desolation, Jer. xxii. 5. For I have and ban oath for confirmation is to them
an end of all strife. sworn by myself, saith the LORD, that Bozrah shall become a desola a For when God made promise to tion, a reproach, a waste, and a Abraham, because he could sware by curse ; and all the cities thereof shall no greater, he sware by himself, ver. be perpetual wastes, xlix. 13. Thou 13. And Abram said to the king wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and of Sodom, I have 'lift up mine hand the mercy to Abraham, which thou unto the LORD, the most high God, bast swom unto our fathers from the the possessor of heaven and earth, days of old, Mic. vii. 20. The oath Gen. xiv. 22. Now therefore swear which he sware to our father Abra- unto me here by God that thou wilt bam, Luke i. 73.
not deal falsely with me, nor with my
son, nor with my son's son : but acVER. 14.
cording to the kindness that I have Λέγων, "Η μην ευλογών ευλογήσω σε, done unto thee, thou shalt do unto και πληθύνων πληθυνώ σε.
me, and to the land wherein thou
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A. D. 64. hast sojourned, xxi. 23. Whoso there * Gr. interposed himself by an oath. fore shall swear by the altar, sweareth a They shall be abundantly satisfied by it, and by all things thereon. And with the fatness of thy house; and whoso shali swear by the temple, thou sbalt make them drink of the sweareth by it, and by him that river of thy pleasures, Psal. xxxvi. 8. dwelleth therein : And he that shall I am come in my garden, my sister, swear by heaven, sweareth by the my spouse : I have gathered my throne of God, and by him that sitteth myrrh with my spice ; I have eaten thereon, Matt. xxiii. 20-22.
my honeycomb with my honey; I b And he said, For these seven ewe have drunk my wine with my milk : lambs shalt thou take of my hand eat, О friends; drink, yea, drink that they may be a witness unto me, abundantly, Obeloved, Cant. v. i. that I have digged this well. Where. Let the wicked forsake his way, and fore he called that place Beersheba; the unrighteous man his thoughts: because they sware both of them, and let him return unto the LORD, Gen. xxi. S0, 31. The God of Abra. and he will have mercy upon him ; ham, and the God of Nahor, the God and to our God, for he will abunof their father, judge betwixt us. And dantly pardon, Isa. lv. 7. The thief Jacob swear by the fear of his father cometh not, but for to steal, and to Isaac, xxxi. 53. Then shall an oath kill, and to destroy: I am come that of the Lord be between them both, they might have life, and that they that he hath not put his hand unto might have it more abundantly, John his neighbour's goods; and the owner x. 10. Blessed be the God and Father of it shall accept thereof, and he shall of our Lord Jesus Christ, which acnot make it good, Exod. xxii. 11. As I cording to his abundant mercy bath live, saith the Lord God, surely in the begotten us again unto a lively hope place where the king dwelleth that made by the resurrection of Jesus Christ him king, whose oath he despised, and from the dead, 1 Pet. i. 3. whose covenant he brake, even with b That ye be not slothful, but folhim in the midst of Babylon he shall lowers of them, who through faith and die. Neither shall Pharaoh with his patience inherit the promises, ver. 12. mighty army and great company make By faith Noah, being warned of God for him in the war, by casting up of things not seen as yet, moved with mounts, and building forts, to cut off fear, prepared an ark to the saving many persons : Seeing he despised the of his house; by the which he conoath by breaking the covenant, when, demned the world, and became heir lo, he had given his hand, and hath of the righteousness which is by faith. done all these things, he shall not es. By faith Abrabam, when he was called cape. Therefore thus saith the Lord to go out into a place which he should God; As I live, surely mine oath that after receive for an inheritance, obeyhe hath despised, and my covenant ed; and he went out, not knowing that he hath broken, even it will I re- whither he went. By faith be socompense upon his own head. And I journed in the land of promise, as in will spread my net upon him, and be a strange country, dwelling in tabershall be taken in my snare, and I will nacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs bring him to Babylon, and will plead with him of the same promise, xi. with him there for his trespass that he 7-9. And if children, then heirs; hath trespassed against me, Ezek. heirs of God, and joint-heirs with xvii. 16–20.
Christ; if so be that we suffer with VER. 17.
hin, that we may be also glorified imiditai toks xanporóworç sñc émayanías seed, and heirs according to the proEx a mezicoótegoy Rovnépesvog i osos together, Rom. viii. 17. And if ye
be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's cò åperáberov oñis Bouañs ajtóī, éusoi- mise, Gal. iii. 29. Hearken, my beτευσεν ορκω
loved brethren, Hath not God chosen Wherein God, willing & more abun- the poor of this world rich in faith, dantly to shew unto b the heirs of pro- and heirs of the kingdom which he misec the immutability of his counsel, hath promised to them that love him? d. confirmed it by un cath:
Jam. ii. 5. Likewise, ye husbands,
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A. D. 64. dwell with them according to know- l be broken with David my servant ledge, giving honour unto the wife as that he should not have a son to unto the weaker vessel, and as being reign upon his throne; and with the heirs together of the grace of life; Levites the priests, my ministers, that your prayers be not hindered, Jer. xxxiii. 20, 21. Thus saith the 1 Pet. iii.7.
LORD; if my covenant be not with « That by two immutable things, in day and night, and if I bave not ap; which it was impossible for God to pointed the ordinances of heaven and lie, we might have a strong consola earth ; Then will I cast away the tion, who have fled for refuge to lay seed of Jacob, and David my servant, hold upon the hope set before us, ver. 80 that I will not take any of his seed 18. But he is in one mind, and who to be rulers of the seed of Abraham, can turn him ? and what his soul de- Isaac, and Jacob : for I will cause sireth, even that he doeth. For he their captivity to return, and have performeth the thing that is appointed mercy on them, 25, 26. For I am for me: and many such things are the LORD, I change not; therefore ye with him, Job. xxiii. 13, 114. The sons of Jacob are not consumed, counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, Mal. ii. 6. For the gifts and callthe thoughts of his heart to all gene- ing of God are without repentance, rations, Psal. xxxiii. 11. There are Rom. xi. 29. Every good gift and many devices in a man's heart; never every perfect gift is from above, and theless the counsel of the LORD, that cometh down from the Father of shall stand, Prov. xix. 21. The LORD lights, with whom is no variableness, of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely neither shadow of turning, Jam. i. 17. as I have thought, so shall it come to d See on ver. 13. pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand, Isa. xiv. 24. This is
VER. 18. the purpose that is purposed upon εν οίς αδύνατον ψεύσασθαι Θεόν, ισχυράν
"Ινα διά δύο πραγμάτων αμεταθέτων, , the whole earth : and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all nations. παράκλησιν έχωμεν οι καταφυγόντες κραFor the Lord of hosts hath purposed,
τήσαι της προκειμένης ελπίδος: and who shall disannual it? and his That by two immutable things, in hand is stretched out, and who shall which it was a impossible for God to lie, turn it back? 26, 27. Declaring the we might have a strong consolation, end from the beginning, and from an
c who have fled for refuge d to lay hold cient times the things that are not yet upon e the hope i set before us: done, saying, My counsel shall stand, a See on 2 Tim. ii. ver. 13. clause 2. and I will do all my pleasure, xlvi. • I, even I, am he that comforteth 10. For this is as the waters of Noah you: who art thou, that thou shouldest unto me: for as I have sworn that be afraid of a man that shall die, and the waters of Noah should no more go of the son of man which shall be made over the earth ; so have I sworn that as grass, Isa. li. 12. Rejoice ye with I would not be wrath with thee, nor Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all rebuke thee. For the mountains shall ye that love her : rejoice for joy with depart, and the hills be removed; but her, all ye that mourn for her: That my kindness shall not depart from ye may suck, and be satisfied with the thee, neither shall the covenant of breasts of her consolations; that ye my peace be removed, saith the LORD may milk out, and be delighted with that hath mercy on thee, liv. 9, 10. the abundance of her glory. For thus So shall my word be that goeth forth saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend out of my mouth : it shall not return peace to her like a river, and the unto me void, but it shall accomplish glory of the Gentiles like a flowing that which I please, and it shall pros- stream: then shall ye suck, ye shali per in the thing whereto I sent it, lv. be borne upon her sides, and be dan11. Thus saith the LORD; If ye can dled upon her knees. As one whom break my covenant of the day, and my his mother comforteth, so will I comcovenant of the night, and that there fort you ; and ye shall be comforted should not be day and night in their in Jerusalem, Ixvi. 10–13. And, beseason ; Then may also my covenant hold, there was a man in Jerusalem,
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whose name was Simeon ; and the as rivers of water in a dry place, as same man was just and devout, waiting the shadow of a great rock in a weary for the consolation of Israel; and the land, Isa. xxxii. 1, 2. Turn you to Holy Ghost was upon him, Luke ii. 25. the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope : If there be therefore any consolation even to-day do I declare that I will in Christ, if any comfort of love, if render double unto thee, Zech. ix. 12. any fellowship of the Spirit, if any But when he saw many of the Pharibowels and mercies, Phil. ii. 1. Now sees and Sadducees come to his bap. our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and tism, he said unto them, O genera. God, even our Father, which hath tion of vipers, who hath warned you loved us, and hath given us everlast- to flee from the wrath to come ? Matt. ing consolation and good hope through iii. 7. And all things are of God, grace, Comfort your hearts, and sta who hath reconciled us to himself by blish you in every good word and Jesus Christ, and hath given to us work, 2 Thess. ii. 16, 17. See also the ministry of reconciliation; To on Rom. xv. ver. 5. clause 2.
pit, that God was in Christ, recon. • By faith Noah, being wamed ciling the world unto himself, not of God of things not seen as yet, imputing their trespasses unto them ; moved with fear, prepared an ark to and hath committed unto us the word the saving of his house; by the which of reconciliation. Now then we are he condemned the world, and became ambassadors for Christ, as though heir of the righteousness which is by God did beseech you by us: we pray faith, Heb. xi. 7. Haste thee, escape you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled thither; for I cannot do any thing to God. For he hath made him to till thou be come thither. Therefore be sin for us, who knew no sin; that the name of the city was called Zoar, we might be made the righteousness Gen. xix. 22. Then ye shall appoint of God in him, 2 Cor. v. 18—21. And you cities to be cities of refuge for to wait for his Son from heaven, whom you ; that the slayer may flee thither, he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which killeth any person at unawares. which delivered us from the wrath to And they shall be unto you cities for come. refuge from the avenger; that the d Then tidings came to Joab : for manslayer die not, until he stand be- Joab had turned after Adonijah, fore the congregation in judgment. though he turned not after Absalom. And of these cities which ye shall And Joab fled unto the tabernacle of give six cities shall ye have for refuge. the LORD, and caught hold on the Ye shall give three cities on this side horns of the altar, 1 Kings ii. 28. Jordan, and three cities shall ye give She is a tree of life to them that lay in the land of Canaan, which shall be hold upon her: and happy is every one cities of refuge. These six cities that retaineth her. Take fast hold shall be a refuge, both for the children of instruction; let her not go : keep of Israel, and for the stranger, and her for she is thy life, iv. 13. Or let for the sojourner among them : that him take hold of my strength, that every one that killeth any person up- he may make peace with me, and he awares may flee thither, Numb. xxxv. shall make peace with me, Isa. xxvii. 11–15. That the slayer that killeth 5. For thus saith the LORD unto any person unawares and unwittingly the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, may flee thither : and they shall be and choose the things that please me, your refuge from the avenger of blood, and take hold of my covenant, lvi. 4. Josh. xx. 3. God is our refuge and And there is none that calleth upon strength, a very present help in trou- thy name, that stirreth up himself to ble, Psal. xlvi. 1. Trust in him at all take hold of thee : for thou hast hid times; ye people, pour out your heart thy face from us, and hast consumed before him : God is a refuge for us, us, because of our iniquities, lxiv.7. Selah. lxii. 8. Behold, a king shall Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold reign in righteousness, and princes on eternal life, whereunto thou art shall rule in judgment. And a man also called, and hast professed a good shall be as an hiding place from the profession before many witnesses, wind, and a covert from the tempest; / 1 Tim. vi. 12.
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e For the hope which is laid up for I and my God, xliii. 5. My soul, wait you in beaven, whereof ye heard be- thou only upon God; for my expec. fore in the word of the truth of the tation is from him. He only is my Gospel, Col. i. 5. If ye continue in rock and my salvation : be is my dethe faith grounded and settled, and fence; I shall not be moved, lxii: 5, 6. be not moved away from the hope of Happy is he that hath the God of the Gospel, which ye have heard, Jacob for his help, whose hope is in and which was preached to every the LORD his God: Which made creature which is under heaven; heaven, and earth, the sea, and all whereof I Paul am made a minister, that therein is: which keepeth truth 23. To whom God would make known for ever, cxlvi. 5, 6. Behold, God is what is the riches of the glory of this my salvation; I will trust and not be mystery among the Gentiles; which afraid : for the LORD JEHOVAH is is Christ in you the hope of glory, 27. my strength and my song; he also is Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by become my salvation, Isa. xii. 2. the commandment of God our Saviour, Therefore shall the strong people gloand Lord Jesus Christ, which is our rify thee, the city of the terrible na. hope, 1 Tim. i. 1.
tions shall fear thee. For thou hast Wherefore seeing we also are been a strength to the poor, a strength compassed about with so great a to the needy in his distress, a refuge cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside from the storm, a shadow from the every weight, and the sin which doth heat, when the blast of the terrible so easily beset us, and let us run with ones is as a storm against the wall, patience the race that is set before xxv. 3, 4. Therefore thus saith the as, Looking unto Jesus the author and Lord Gon, Behold, I lay in. Zion for a finisher of our faith ; who for the joy foundation a stone, a tried stone, a prethat was sét before him endured the cious corner stone, a sure foundation : cross, despising the shame, and is set he that believeth shall not make haste, down at the right hand of the throne xxviii. 16. Blessed is the man that of God, Heb. xii. 1,2. Whom God trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope hath set forth to be a propitiation the LORD is. For he shall be as a through faith in his blood, to declare tree planted by the waters, and that his righteousness for the remission of spreadeth out her roots by the river, sins that are past, through the for- and shall not see when heat cometh, bearance of God, Rom. iii. 25. but her leaf shall be green; and shall
not be careful in the year of drought, VER. 19.
neither shall cease from yielding fruit, “Hy diç ayxugar ēxqueey mñig fugens Jer. xvii. 7, 8. Therefore it is of faith, ασφαλή τε και βεβαίαν, και εισερχομένην that it might be by grace; to the end εις το εσώτερον του καταπετάσματος: .
the promise might be sure to all the a Which hope we have as an anchor law, but to that also which is of the
seed; not to that only which is of the of the soul, both sure and stedfast, faith of Abraham; who is the father and which bentereth into that within of us all, Rom. iv. 16. And hope the veil;
maketh not ashamed; because the a Why art thou cast down, O my love of God is shed abroad in our soul? and why art thou disquieted in hearts by the Holy Ghost which is me? hope thou in God: for I shall given unto us.
For when we were yet praise him for the help of his yet without strength, in due time countenance, Psal. xli. 5. Why art | Christ died for the ungodly. For thou cast down, O my soul? and why scarcely for a righteous man will one art thou disquieted within me ? hope die : yet peradventure for a good man thou in God : for I shall yet praise some would even dare to die. But him, who is the health of my counte- God commendeth his love toward us, nance, and my God, 11. Why art in that while we were yet sinners, thou cast down, O my soul ? and why Christ died for us. Much more then, art thou desquieted within me? hope being now justified by his blood, we in God : for I shall yet praise him shall be saved from wrath through who is the health of my countenance, I him. For if, when we were enemies,