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PRECEPTS, PRAYERS, AND PROMISES,
SOME divines, convinced of the inability of fallen man to fulfil the divine Law, have hastily reprobated all attempts to enforce the divine precepts, as anti-evangelical: but it will appear from the following Scriptures, God does not recede from his authority to command, on the ground of human inability to obey. While we are his creatures, in any possible state of existence, we must be subject to his commands, and answerable for our disobedience. But he hath taught us to pray for his assistance, with the gracious assurance, that if we pray in earnest, we shall not pray in vain; and the proper use of the divine promises is, to urge us thus to pray, and not to lull us into indolence and false security.
In the following Scripture Triplets, it should be carefully observed, that the first text under each is a divine precept; the second, a prayer for grace to fulfil that precept; and the third, a promise encouraging us to implore that grace. Thus we see the Harmony between the divine precepts and promises, and the influence which both should have upon our prayers-namely, to urge and to encourage us in that duty.
It is but justice to observe, that the writer is indebted for this judicious selection of appropriate Scriptures to a Tract published many years ago, by the Rev. Matthew Wilks (1787).
MAKE you a new heart, and a new spirit; for why will you die?-Ezek. xviii. 31. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.-Psalm li. 20.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will give you an heart of flesh.-Ezek. xxxvi. 26.
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump.-1 Cor. v. 7.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.-Psalm li. 7.
I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy sin.-Isaiah i. 25.
Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die?-Ezek. xxxiii. 11. Turn thou me, and I shall be turned:
for thou art the Lord my God.-Jeremiah
There shall come out of Zion the Deli. verer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.-Rom. xi. 26.
Save yourselves from this untoward ge neration.-Acts ii. 40.
Save me, and I shall be saved; for thou art my praise.-Jer. xvii. 14.
Israel shall be saved in the Lord, with an everlasting salvation.-Isaiah xlv. 17.
Wash ye, make you clean.-Isaiah i. 16. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.-Psa. li. 2.
I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.-Ezek. xxxvi. 25.
Cast away from you all your transgressions.-Ezek. xviii. 31.
Take away all iniquity.-Hosea xiv. 2. Thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Isa. vi. 7.
Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.AND Amos iv. 12.
Prepare their heart unto thee.-1 Chron. xxix. 18.
The preparation of the heart in man, is from the Lord.-Prov. xvi. 1.
Put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes.-Isa. i. 16.
Deliver us from evil, for thine is the power.-Matt. vi. 13.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; he shall preserve thy soul.-Psalm cxxi. 7.
Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead; and Christ shall give thee light. -Ephes. v. 14.
My soul cleaveth to the dust; quicken thou me according to thy word.-Psalm
Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live.-John v. 25.
Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good; and let your soul delight itself in fatness.-Isa. lv. 2.
O! satisfy us early with thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.Psa. xc. 14.
I will satiate the soul of the priest with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord.-Jer. xxxi. 14.
Thou, Solomon, my son, know thou the God of thy father.-1 Chron. xxviii. 9.
Shew me now thy way, that I may know hee.-Exod. xxxiii. 13.
They shall teach no more every man his eighbour, and every man his brother, ying, Know the Lord: for they shall all now me, from the least of them, to the eatest of them, saith the Lord.-Jer. xi. 34.
See if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.—Psa. cxxxix. 24.
They shall they ask the way to Zion, with their faces thitherward.-Jer. 1. 5.
Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his word in thine heart, -Job xxii. 22.
Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not unto covetousness.-Ps. cxix. 36.
I will put my law in their inward parts; and write it in their hearts.-Jer. xxxi. 33.
Keep thy heart with all diligence.-< Prov. iv. 23.
O keep my soul, and deliver me.-Psa. xxv. 20.
I the Lord do keep it :-lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.-Isa. xxvii. 3.
Keep my commandments, and live.Prov. vii. 2.
Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.-Psalm cxix. 17.
I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and ye shall keep my judgments and do them.Eze. xxxvi. 27,
Believe in the Lord your God.-2 Chron. xx. 20.
Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.-Mark ix. 24.
They shall trust in the name of the Lord. -Zeph. iii. 12.
Thus saith the Lord, Consider your ways. Hag. i. 5.
O! that my ways were directed, to keep thy statutes.-Ps. cxix. 5.
Ye shall remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves.-Eze. xxxvi. 31.
Come my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee; hide thyself, as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.-Isaiah xxvi. 20.
Keep me as the apple of thine eye : hide me under the shadow of thy wing.-Psalm xvii. 8.
Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.-Job. v. 21.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden.-Matt. xi. 28.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.-Rom. vi. 12.
Keep back also thy servant, from presumptuous sins, let them not have dominion over me.-Psalm xix. 13.
Sin shall not have dominion over you, for ye are not under the law, but under grace.-Rom. vi. 14.
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord.-2 Tim. i. 8.
I will speak of thy testimonies also before Kings, and will not be ashamed.Psalm cxix. 46.
They shall not be ashamed that wait for me.-Isa. xlix. 23.
thou me according to thy word.-Psalm cxix. 28.
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right-hand of my righteousness.-Isaiah
Enter not into the path of the wicked ; and go not into the way of evil men.Prov. iv. 14.
Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man : preserve me from the violent man.—Psalm cxl. 1.
Understanding shall keep thee; to deliver thee from the way of the evil man.— Prov. ii. 11, 12.
Pray without ceasing.-1 Thess. v. 17. Lord, teach us to pray.-Luke xi. l. I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and supplication.-Zech. xii. 10.
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say rejoice.-Phill. iv. 4.
Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones which, thou hast broken may rejoice. Ps. li. 8.
Ye now have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your hearts shall rejoice; and your joy no man taketh from you.-John xvi. 22.
Your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith. -1 Peter v. 8, 9.
Save me from the lion's mouth.-Psalm xxii. 21.
The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.-Rom. xvi. 20.
Grow in Grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.-2 Pet. iii. 18.
O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years. Hab. iii. 2.
They shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine, and the scent thereof shall be as the vine of Lebanon.-Hos. xiv. 7.
Be thou faithful unto death.-Rev. ii. 10.
me.-Ps. xxv. 21.
Even to old age I am He; and even to hoary hairs I will carry you.-Isa. xlvi. 4.
Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises to our King, sing praises.-Psalm
O Lord, open thou my lips and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.-Psalm
This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.-Isaiah
SHEWING, AT ONE VIEW,
The Period in which the SACRED Writers flourished, and the most celebrated of the HEATHEN Poets, Historians, Orators, and Philosophers, contemporary with them; compiled from Dr. Enfield's History of Philosophy, Dr. A. Clarke's "Bibliographical Dictionary" and " Sacred Literature," &c. &c.
It not being possible, at this distance of time, to ascertain the births and dates of these very early writers, we have contented ourselves with marking the dates at which they wrote or flourished.
There is no Pagan writer that can be traced nearly to the age of this Sacred Historian and Legislator.
Samuel the Prophet. Orpheus, Musæus, and Linus, are placed by some in
this century, but on very doubtful authority.
Hesiod, Poet. Some place him before Homer.
Romulus, founder and first King of Rome.
Thales, chief of the seven Sages of Greece, and founder
Epimenides, of Crete, Philosopher and Poet.
Solon, Legislator of Athens, and one of the seven
Sappho, Greek female Poet.
Auacharsis, Scythian Philosopher.
Esop, Phrygian Philosopher, and celebrated Fabulist. Pythagorus, founder of the Pythagorean Philosophy. Heraclitus, a Pythagorean Philosopher, of atheistical principles, and of so melancholy a turn, that he was called" the weeping Philosopher."
Democritus, the laughing Philosopher, who made a jest of every thing.
Anacreon, a beautiful but licentious Greek Poet. Herodotus, of Halycarnassus, the father of history among the Greeks.
Pindar, of Thebes, the prince of lyric poets.
Cato, of Utica, Roman patriot and stoic philosopher;
Thucydides, Greek historian of the Peloponesian war.
After Christ, or A. D.
John Hyrcanus, re-
Hermas, author of
Socrates, a celebrated moral philosopher, and pro nounced, by the Oracle, the wisest man in Greece, was iniquitously condemned, and poisoned in the first year of this century.
Plato, founder of the Platonic philosophy, and Xeno phon, celebrated general, philosopher, and historia, were both pupils of Socrates.
Aristotle, called the prince of philosophers and critics, and chief of the Peripatetics.
Demosthenes, the prince of Greek orators.
Isocrates and Eschines, two other eminent Greek
Theophrastus, disciple of Aristotle, and writer on
Theocritus, father of the Greek pastoral poetry,
Epicurus, founder of the Epicurean philosophy,
Archimedes, of Syracuse, and
Euclid, of Alexandria, celebrated mathematicians. Polybius, Greek historian, and author of a universal history of his own times.
Terence, Latin dramatic poet.
Quintilian, Roman lawyer, rhetorician, and orator.
Ovid, a popular Latin poet, of very licentious character.
Cornelius Nepos, the Latin biographer of Greek and
Diodorus Siculus, of Sicily, author of a Universal
Dionysius, of Halicarnassus, Latin historian and
Seneca, tutor to Nero, and a celebrated moral writer.
Plutarch, celebrated Roman historian and biographer.
Strabo, Greek philosopher, geographer, and historian.
Pliny, the elder, lawyer and natural philosopher, and