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3. and now,

souls from

in mine anger. Ezek. xliii. 7, 8. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Heb. X. 31.

3. O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the of judgment years ; in wrath remember mercy. Hab. iii. 2. I remembering will visit their transgression with the rod, and their mereceye sur iniquity with stripes: nevertheless my loving-kind

ness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer the jaws of death;

my faithfulness to fail : my covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Psal. lxxxix. 32, 33, 34. The Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. Exod. xii. 23. The Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt upon thee. Deut. vii. 15. And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough ; stay now thine hand. 2 Sam. xxiv. 16. He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not; yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. Psal. lxxviii. 38. O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave, thou hast kept me alive that I should not go down to the pit. Psal. xxx. 3. Thou hast delivered my soul from death; wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living? Psal. lvi. 13.—See also, Psal. cvi. 29. 43, 44, 45.

4. What shall I render unto the Lord for all his unto thy fa- benefits towards me? Psal. cxvi. 12. I beseech therly good

you therefore, by the mercies of God, that ye preselves, our souls and bo- sent your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable

unto God, which is your reasonable service. Rom. livered, to be xii. 1. My lips will be fain when I sing unto thee, a living sa

and so will my soul whom thou hast delivered. thee,

Psal. lxxi. 21. Return unto thy rest, O my soul, for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee : for

4. We offer

ness, our

dies, which thou hast de

crifice unto

thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. Psal. cxvi. 7, 8. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; who healeth all thy diseases ; who redeemeth thy life from destruction ; who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies : like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth

them that fear him. Psal. ciii. 2, 3, 4. 13. 4. always 5. Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be praising and magaifying

glad in thee, let such as love thy salvation say conthy mercies

tinually, The Lord be magnified. Psal. xl. 16. My is the midst thy

tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of Church ; through

thy praise all the day long. Psal. xxxv. 28. I will Jesus Chnst go into thy house with burnt-offerings; I will pay

thee my vows, which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble. Psal. lxvi. 13, 14. In the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. Heb. ii. 12. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the Lord's house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord. Psal. cxvi. 18, 19. Unto him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Eph. iii. 21.

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XXXVIII. For Deliverance from the Plague, fc.

No. 2.

which are threatened

1. It shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken 1. We humbly ac- unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe knowledge

to do all his commandments and his statutes which before thee, O most mer- I command thee this day ; that all these curses ciful Father shall come upon thee, and overtake thee. Deut. punishments xxviii. 15. If ye shall despise my statutes, so

that ye will not do all my commandments, I also in thy law

will do this unto you ; I will even appoint over night justly have fallen you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, upon us, by, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of

heart. Lev. xxvi. 15, 16. He that hardeneth his transgres

heart shall fall into mischief. Prov. xxviii. 14. hardness of Harden not your heart as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness. Psal.


sions and

xcv. 8. After all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this; should we again break thy commandments, wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping? O Lord God of Israel, thou art righteous, for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day. Ezra ix. 13, 14, 15. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. Lam. iii. 22.–See also, Isa. lix. 12 to 15. 18.

Deut. xxviii. 21, 22. 27. 61. 2. Yet see- 2. Through the tender mercy of our God. Luke ing it hath

i. 78. His tender mercies are over all his works. pleased thee of thy tender Psal. cxlv. 9. O remember not against us former our weak and iniquities ; let thy tender mercies speedily prevent unworthy humiliation,

us ; for we are brought very low. Psal. lxxix. 8. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. Dan. ix. 9, 8. Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me ? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days. 1 Kings xxi. 29. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them: and God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. Jonah iii. 5. 10.

3. If I send pestilence among my people; if my contagious

people, which are called by my name, shall hum

ble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and we lately

turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear

from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will sore afficted,

heal their land. 2 Chron. vii. 13, 14, I will restore lore the voice health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, health into saith the Lord, Jer. xxx. 17. The voice of joy ings :

and health is in the dwellings of the righteous. Psal. cxviii. 15. Thus saith the Lord, Again there

3. to assuage the

sickness where with

uave been

and to res

our dwell

shall be heard in this place, even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without man, and without inhabitant, and without beast, the voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the Lord of hosts ; for the Lord is good ; for his mercy endureth for ever. Jer. xxxiii. 10, 11. O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me : thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; to the end that my glory may sing praise unto thee, and not be silent; O Lord, my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Psal. xxx. 2. 11, 12.- See also, Jer. xxxi. 13. 4. We offer 4. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of unto thy ditine Majesty praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our the sacrifice of praise and

lips giving thanks to his Name. Heb. xiii. 15. thanksgir. The Levites said, and up and bless the Lord and magnify- your God for ever and ever; and blessed be thy jos thy glo glorious Name, which is exalted above all blessing for such thy' and praise. Neh. ix. 5. The dead praise not the preservation and provi

Lord, neither any that go down into silence : but

we will bless the Lord from this time forth and for us; through Jesus Christ" evermore : Praise the Lord. Psal. cxv. 17, 18.

The grave cannot praise thee, death cannot celebrate thee, they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth : the living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day; the father to the children shall make known thy truth. Isa. xxxviii. 18, 19. My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Luke i. 46, 47. I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. Psal. Ixix. 30. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me; I found trouble and sorrow; then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul : gracious is the Lord, and righteous ; yea, our God is merciful : the Lord preserveth the simple ; I was brought low, and he helped me. Psal. cxvi. 3, 4, 5, S. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge,

dence over

our Lord. Amen.

and my fortress ; my God; in him will I trust : surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence : because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation ; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. Psal. xci. 2, 3. 9, 10. The Lord pre. serveth all them that love him. Psal. cxlv. 20.




XXXIX. The First Sunday in Advent.


away the works of

the armour

1. Almighty 1. It is God which worketh in you both to will God, give us and to do, of his good pleasure. Phil. ii. 13. This we may cast is the condemnation, that light is come into the

world, and men loved darkness rather than light, darkness, and because their deeds were evil : for every one that put upon us

doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the of light,

light, lest his deeds should be reproved : but he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John iii. 19, 20, 21. Without me ye can do nothing. John xv. 5. In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. Psal. cxxxviii. 3. Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Eph. v. 11. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Rom. xii. 12.

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth ; but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John i. 6, 7. Ye have put off the old man with his deeds ; and have put on the new man, which is renewed

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