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2. bewail.

Lord God, transgressions ; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. with all con. Ezek. xviii. 30.

Let us search and try our ways, trition and meekness of and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift up our heart heart;

with our hands unto God in the heavens. Lam. iii. 40, 41. Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease. Psal. lxxxv. 4. Turn thou me, and I shall be turned ; for thou art the Lord my God. Jer. xxxi. 18. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit : a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psal. li. 17.

2. I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer. Isa. xvi. ing and lamenting our 9. I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my sinful life, ac- confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful an i confess- God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that ing our offen: love him, and to them that keep his commandments : ing to bring we have sinned and have committed iniquity, and have fruits of pe- done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing nance (re

from thy precepts and from thy judgments: neither pentance).

have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name. Dan. ix.4,5,6. Surely after that I was turned, I repented ; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth. Jer. xxxi. 19. O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up into the heavens. Ezra ix. 6. I acknowledge my transgressions : and my sin is ever before me. Psal. li. 3. I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more: that which I see not teach thou me : if I have done ini. quity, I will do no more. Job xxxiv. 31, 32. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psal. li. 10. Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance : [marginal reading, answerable to amendment of life.] Matt. iii. 8.

3. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of is the axe put the trees : therefore every tree which bringeth not of the trees, forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. so that every Mall. iii. 10. Behold, the day cometh, that shall bringeth not burn as an oven ; and all the proud, yea, and all fruit is hewn that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that

3. For now


God: He

shall pour

and tempest; this


down, and cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, cast into the that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. fearful thing Mal. iv. 1. He that despised Moses' law died withthe hands of out mercy under two or three witnesses: of how much the living

sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought

worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of upon thellsin. God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, ners, snares, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and stone, storm hath done despite unto the spirit of grace ? For we

know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto shall be their me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. It is a fear. portion to

ful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Heb. x. 28 to 31. For our God is a consuming fire. Heb. xii. 29. The Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God. Deut. iv. 24. Upon the ungodly he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, storm and tempest, this shall be their portion to drink. Psal. xi. 7. The Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven. Gen. xix. 24. See also, Isa. xxiv. 17, 18.—Zech. xiii. 8.-Job xx. 11. 25.

27. 29. 4. For lo, 4. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place come out of to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their his place to iniquity. Isa. xxvi. 21. But who may abide the wickedness day of his coming ? and who shall stand when he

appeareth ? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like

fuller's sope. Mal. iii. 2. The mighty God, eren abide the day the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth from the

rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. Out shall be able of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.

Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence : a peareth ? fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very

tempestuous round about him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. Call upon me in the day of trouble : I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify

But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth ? seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. When thou sawest a thief, then thou

the Lord is

of such as dwell upon the earth.

of his com ing? who

to endure when he ap


5. His fan

purge his

ther his wheat into the barn; but

able fire.

consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son. Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. Psal. 1. 1 to 4. 15 to 20. 22. The great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand. Rev. vi. 17. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver : and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver. Mal, iii. 3.

5. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly is in his hand, purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner;

but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable floor, and ga- fire. Matt. iii. 12. I will fan them with a fan in

the gates of the land ; I will bereave them of chil. he will burn dren, I will destroy my people, since they return the chaff with not from their ways. Jer. xv. 7. Every branch in

me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring -forth more fruit. John xv. 2. In the time of harvest I will say to the reapers,

Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them : but gather the wheat into my barn. Matt. xiii. 30. The wicked are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away. Job xxi. 18. The ungodly are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous : but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psal. i. 4, 5, 6. The wicked shall be turned into hell. Psal. ix. 17. As the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust. Isa. v. 24. Their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched. Isa. lxvi.

24. 6. The day 6. Yourselves know perfectly that the day of the

Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when thies in the they shall say, Peace and safety ; then sudden denight: and struction cometh upon them, as travail upon a wo

of the Lord cometh as a

when men

shall say,

come upon them, as sorrow cometh upon


man with child; and they shall not escape. 1 Thess. Face, and all things are v. 2, 3. As the days of Noe were, so shall also the shall sudden coming of the Son of man be.

For as in the days destruction that were before the flood they were eating and

drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the

day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until a woman tra- the flood came, and took them all away; so shall vailing with child, and

also the coming of the Son of man be. Mait. xxiv. they shall not 37, 38, 39. Likewise also as it was in the days of

Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. Luke xvii. 28, 29, 30. They shall be afraid : pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them ; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. Isa. xiii. 8. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors : yea, even like as a dream when one awaketh, so shalt thou make their image to vanish out of the city. Psal. lxxiii. 19. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven. Heb. xii. 25. How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation ? Heb. ii. 3. See also, Matt. xiii. 41, 42, 43.-xxiii. 33.

7. Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man the wrath or in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth

mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming day of vengeance, which in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. ners, through

Matt. xxiv. 30. He will not spare in the day of

vengeance. Prov. vi. 34. [They] said to the mounheart, have tains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the heaped unto face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the themselves;

wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of his wrath spised the goodness, pa

is come; and who shall be able to stand ? Rec. vi. tience, and

16, 17. The hypocrites in heart heap up wrath. long-suffer ance of God, Job xxxvi. 13.

He that being often reproved har

7. Then

God in the

obstinate sin

the stubbornness of their

which de

eth them con

8. Then

when he call- deneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and tinually to that without remedy. Prov. xxix. 1. They refused repentance. to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and

stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone : therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts. Zech. vii. 11, 12. After thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God. Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long suffering ; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance ? Rom. ii. 5. 4.

Harden not your heart. Psal. xcv. 8. Account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Pet. iii. 15. 9.

8. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not shall they call

answer ; they shall seek me early, but they shall Lord,) but I not find me : for that they hated knowledge, and did will not hear; not choose the fear of the Lord : they would none they shall

of my counsel : they despised all my reproof. Prov. early, but they shall not

i. 28, 29, 30. While they went to buy the bride. find me; and groom came ; and they that were ready went in with they hated him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterknowledge, ward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, not the fear Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily, of the Lord, I say unto you, I know you not. Matt. xxv. 10, 11, my counsel, 12. And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, despised and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because tion. Then of the waters of the flood. And the Lord shut him late to knock in. And the flood was forty days upon the earth'; door shall be and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and shut; and too it was lift up above the earth. And the waters premercy wlien vailed exceedingly upon the earth. And all filesh it is the time died that moved upon the earth, every man, all in terrible voice whose nostrils was the breach of life, of all that was of most just in the dry land, died. Gen. vii. 7. 16, 17. 19. 21, 22. which shall Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is be pronouncthe day of salvation. 2 Cor. vi. 2. It is appointed

upon me, (saith the

seek me


my correc

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