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longsuffering ; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance ? Rom. ii. 4. Repent and turn yourselves from all your transgressions ; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Ezek. xviii. 30.

5. And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase

our faith. Luke xvii. 5. We are bound to thank more a lively God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because love, fruit- that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the chaful in all holy obedi

rity of every one of you all toward each other ence; that aboundeth. 2 Thess. i. 3. The Lord make you to thou mayeste increase and abound in love one toward another, and thy favour, toward all men. 1 Thess. iii. 12. Keep yourselves of thy Gospel, in the love of God, Jude 21. This is the love of to us and our God, that we keep his commandments. 1 John v. posterity for

3. Being fruitful in every good work. Col. i. 10. and that for We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Son's sake.. Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard our only Me- of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which diator and

have to all the saints, for the hope which is laid Advocate. Amen. up for you in heaven, whereof ye beard before in the

word of the truth of the Gospel ; which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth. Col. i. 3 to 6. Behold, I set before you a blessing; La blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord

your God. Deut. xi. 26, 27. Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, for ever. Deut. iv. 40. O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart. Psal. xxxvi. 10. The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. Acis ii. 39. No man cometh unto the Father, but by me. JI ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. John xiv. 6. 14. There is one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Tim. ii. 5.

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If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John ü. 1.

CCLXXXIII. A Prayer for God's continued


1, O Lord, who didst th is day discover the snares of death that were laid for us, and didst

deliver us from the same; Be thou still our

scatter our

tuate and defeat their

suage their

1. And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place ; for thither the Syrians are come down. And the king of Israel sent to the place which the

man of God told and warned him of, and saved himwonderfully self there, not once nor twice. 2 Kings vi. 9, 10.

Thou hast delivered my soul from death. Psal. cxvi.

8. Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer : preserve mighty Pro- my life from fear of the enemy. Hide me from the tector, and

secret counsel of the wicked ; from the insurrection enemies that of the workers of iniquity : who whet their tongue blood: Infa- like a sword, and bend their bows, that they may

shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they counsels,

shoot at him, and fear not. They encourage themabate their selves in an evil matter : they commune of laying pride, as

snares privily; they say, Who shall see them ? The malice, and confound

inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, their devices. is deep. But God shall shoot at them with an arrow;

suddenly shall they be wounded. And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing. Psal. lxiv, 1 to 7. 9. Preserve me, O God : for in thee do I put my trust. Psal. xvi. 1. Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver : scatter thou the people that delight in war. Psal. lxviii. 30. And David said, O Lord, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness. 2 Sam. xv. 31. And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down. 2 Sam. xxii. 28. He sball bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands. Isa. xxv. 11. Break thou the power of the ungodly and malicious. Psal. x. 17. Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion. Psal. cxxix. 5. The Lord bringeth

of our gracious Sove

as turn Re

and Faith into Faction;

the counsel of the heathen to nought : he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. Psal. xxxiii. 10. He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprize.

Job v. 12. 2. Strength- 2. The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble ; en the hands the name of the God of Jacob defend thee. Send

thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee Teign, Queen Victoria, and out of Zion. Psal. xx. 1, 2. Give the king thy all that are judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the rity under

king's son. He shall judge the poor of the people, her, with judgment

be shall save the children of the needy, and shall and justice break in pieces the oppressor. Psal. lxxii. 1. 4. such workers Charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen of iniquity, him. Deut. iii. 28. Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye ligion into judgment, and do justice. Isa, lvi. 1. Blessed be Rebellion,

the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the Lord thy God : because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice. 2 Chron. ix. 8. He is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Rom. xii. 4. Evil doers shall be cut off. Psal. xxxvii. 9. He shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off. Psal. xciv. 23. For, lo, thine enemies, O Lord, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish ; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. Psal. xcii. 9. I will early destroy all the wicked of the land ; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord. Psal. ci. 8. I wrote unto the church : but Divtrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words : and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church. 3 John 9, 10, There be some

that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. Gal. i. 7, 8. And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the Lord, in Hebron. For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the Lord shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the Lord. But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron. 2 Sam. xv. 7, 8. 10. Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men : and they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown; and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them : wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord ? And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face : and he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even tomorrow the Lord will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him. This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company; and put fire therein, and put incense in them before the Lord to-mor. row : and it shall be that the man whom the Lord doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi, And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi: seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them? And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee : and seek ye the priesthood also? For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the Lord : and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him ? And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up: is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us? Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards : wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up. And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the Lord, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them. And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the Lord, thou, and they, and Aaron, to-morrow : and take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring ye before the Lord every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each of you his censer. And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron. And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the congregation. And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation ? And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Moses rose up and went unto

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