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Lord, I have called daily upon thee; I have stretched out my Hands unto thee? Wilt thou fhew WONDERS to the DEAD? Shall the DEAD (c) arife and praife thee? Shall thy loving Kindnefs be declared in the Grave, or thy Faithfulness in Deftruction? Shall thy Wonders be known in the Dark, and thy Righteousness in the Land of Forgetfulness? But unto thee have I cried, O Lord; and in the Morning fhall my Prayer prevent thee. Lord, why cafteft thou off my Soul? Why hideft thou thy Face from me? I am afflicted and ready to die; from my Youth up, while I fuffer thy Terrors I am diftracted: Thy fierce Wrath goeth over me, thy Terrors have cut me off.


Thou, O Lord, art merciful and gracious, flow to Anger, and of great Mercy; who wilt not alway chide,

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b Pfalm CII. 1,to 5, 8, 11, 12. and 1,2, 3, 4, 22.

Hear my Prayer, O Lord, and let my Cry come unto thee. Hide not thy Face from me in the Day (d) when I am in trouble: incline thine Ear unto me: In the Day when I call, answer me fpeedily. For my Bones are confumed like Smoke; my Heart is fmitten, and withereth like Grafs, fo that I forget to eat my Bread; by reason of the Voice of my Groaning, my Bones cleave to my Skin. Mine Enemies reproach me all the Day, and they that are mad against me have fworn (e) against me. My Days are like a SHADOW that declineth, and I am (f) withered like Grafs: But thou, O Lord, fhalt endure for ever, and thy Remembrance unto all Generations.

RESURRECTION and the LIFE; (c) John x1. 25, 26. I am the he that believeth in me, though and whofoever liveth, and believhe were dead, yet fhall he live; eth in me, shall never die.

thee in a Time accepted, and in the (d) 2 Cor. VI. 2. I have heard Day of SALVATION have I fuccoured thee: Behold, now is the ac

cepted TIME; behold, now is the Day of SALVATION.

(e) Acts xxIII. 14. We have bound our felves under a great Curse, have flain Paul. that we will eat nothing until we

(f) 1 Pet. 1. 24, 25. All Flefh is as Grafs, and all the Glory of Man as the Flower of Grass: The Grafs withereth, and the Flower thereof falleth away; but the Word of the Lord endureth for ever. See Ifa. XL.

Pfalm c111.8, 9, 11, to 18,



neither keep thine Anger for
ever. For as the Heaven is
high above the Earth, fo
great is thy MERCY toward
them that fear thee. As far
as the Eaft is from the Weft,
fo far wilt thou remove our
for as a FATHER pitieth his
(g) CHILDREN, fo the Lord
pitieth them that fear him:
For he knoweth our Frame,
he remembers that we are
but Duft.

(g) Rom. vIII. 32. He that fpared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how fhall he not

with him alfo freely give us all Things. 1 John 111. 1. Behold what manner of Love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we fhould be called the Sons of God. Luke x1. 13. If ye then being evil, know how to give good Gifts unto your Children, how much more hall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? ai. XLIX. 15. Can a Woman forget her fucking Child, that she hould not have Compaffion on the Son of her Womb? Yea, they may forget, yet I will not forget thec. your LIFE? it is even a VAPOUR, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanifheth away.

(h) James Iv. 14. For what is

(i) Ifai. Lv. 3. And I will make an everlafting COVENANT with you, even the fure Mercies of David. Heb. VIII. 6. Now hath he obtained a more excellent Ministry, by how much also he is the MEDI

ATOR of a better COVENANT,

which was established upon better

As for Man (b) his Days are as GRASS, as a FLOWER of the Field, fo he flourisheth; the Wind paffeth over it, and it is gone, and the Place thereof fhall know it no more. But thy MERCY, O Lord, is from everlasting upon them that fear thee, and thy RIGHTEOUSNESS (k) Heb. VIII. 10, 11, 12. This is Childrens Children, to fuch as keep (i) thy COVENANT, and to those that remember thy COMMAND MENTS, to do them. Blefs the Lord, O my Soul; let all that is within me blefs his holy Name.



the Covenant that I will make with the House of Ifrael, after those Days, faith the Lord; I will put my Laws into their MIND, and write them in their HEARTS; and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to mea People: For I will be MERCIFUL to their UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, and their SINS and their INIQUITIES will I remember no more.

(1) Rev. 1. 5, 6. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our

SINS in his own BLOOD: Unto

Blefs the Lord, O my Soul, and forget not all his BENEFITS; who forgiveth him be GLORY and DOMINION (k) all thine INIQUITIES, for ever and ever. Amen. Chap. and healeth all thy DISEAS. V. 13. And every Creature which is in Heaven, and on the Earth, and ES: Who REDEEMETH thy under the Earth, and fuch as are in Life from Deftruction, and the Sea, and all that are in them, crowneth thee with loving heard I faying, Bieffing, and HoKindness and tender Mer- nour, and Glory, and Power, be unto him that fitteth upon the cies. (1) O bless the Lord Throne, and unto the Lamb for

ever and ever.


all his Works, in all Places of his Dominion: Bless the Lord, O my Soul.

If thou, O Lord, shouldst be exact to mark Iniquity, who foould ftand? but with Thee is Mercy and plenteous Redemption, which I implore through the infinite Merits of Chrift Jefus our blessed Lord and Saviour; who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghoft, One God over all Blessed for evermore. Amen.

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THAT my (a) WAYS were directed, O Lord, to keep thy Statutes; then fhould I not be (b) ASHAMED, when I have respect to all thy Commandments. I will praise thee with UPRIGHTNESS of HEART, when I fhall have LEARNED (c) thy RIGHTE OUS JUDGMENTS, I will keep thy Statutes, O forfake me not utterly. O Lord,

fhall hear a WORD behind thee, (a) Ifai. xxx. 21. Thine Ears faying, This is the WAY, WALK ye in it, when ye turn to the right Hand, and when ye turn to the left. (b) Ifai. XLV. 17. But Ifrael fhall be SAVED in the Lord, with an everlasting SALVATION: Ye fhall not be ASHAMED nor CONFOUND

ED World without end. Rom. 1x. 33. Whofoever believes on him, fhall not be ASHAMED.

(c) James 1.5, 6. If any of you lack WISDOM, let him ask of God, that giveth to all Men LIBERALLY, and upbraideth not, and it fhall be given him: But let him ask in FAITH, nothing wavering. John VI. 43, 44, 45. Jefus answered and faid, No Man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him, and I will raise him up at the laft Day. It is written in the Prophets, And they fhall be all TAUGHT of God: Every Man therefore that hath HEARD, and hath LEARNED of the Father, cometh unto me.

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Pfalm cxIx. 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, to 22, 25, 27, 28, 31, to 38, 40, to 44, 47, to ss, 57, to 60, 62, 64, 67, 71, 75, 76, 77, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, $8, to 96.

with my whole (d) HEART have I SOUGHT thee; let me not wander from thy Commandments.


Thy WORD have I (e) HID in mine Heart, that I might not fin against thee: Bleffed art thou, O Lord teach me thy Statutes. I have REJOICED (f) in the Way of thy TESTIMONIES more than in all Riches. I will meditate in thy Precepts; I will DELIGHT (g) my felf in thy Statutes; I will not (b) forget thy Word. Deal bountifully with thy Servant, that I may live, and keep thy


OPEN thou mine (i) EYES, that I behold wondrous Things out of thy Law. I


(d) Heb. x. 22. Let us draw near with a true HEART, in full Affu rance of Faith, having our HEARTS fprinkled from an evil Conscience. Chap. x1.6. For he that cometh to God, must believe that he is, and

that he is a Rewarder of them that diligently feek him. Ifai. xxv1.9. With my Soul have I defired thee in the Night; yea, with my Spirit within me will I feek thee early: For when thy Judgments are in the Earth, the Inhabitants of the World will learn RIGHTEOUSNESS. Ch. XLV. 19. I faid not unto the Seed of Facob, feek ye me in vain. Amos v. 8. Seek him that maketh the Seven Stars, and Orion, and turneth ing, and maketh the Day dark with Night; chat calleth for the Waters of the Sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the Earth; the

the fhadow of Death into the Morn

Lord is his Name. Col. 111. 1. If ye then be rifen with Chrift, SEEK thofe Things which are above, where Chrift fitteth on the right Hand of God. Matt. xv. 8,9. This

People draweth near unto me with

their MOUTH,-but their HEART

is far from me. But in vain do they WORSHIP me, teaching for

Doctrines the Commandments of Men.

(c) Luke VIII. 15. But that on the good Ground, are they which in an honeft and good Heart, having heard the Word, keep it, and bring forth Fruit with Patience. John XVII. 8. I have given unto them the Words which thou gavest me; and they have received them. ver. 17. Sanctify them through thy Truth; thy WORD is Truth. James 1. 21. And receive with Meekness, the ingrafted WORD, which is able to fave your Souls.

(f) Phil. 111. 1. Finally, my Brethren, REJOICE in the Lord. (g) John XVII. 13. These things I fpeak in the World, that they might have my Joy fulfilled in themfelves.

(h) James 1. 22, 23, 24, 25. Be ye Doers of the WORD, and not Hearers only, deceiving your own felves; for if any be a Hearer of the WORD, and not a Doer, he is like a Man beholding his natural Face in a Glafs; for he beholdeth himself, and gocth his way, and straightway he FORGETTETH what manner of Man he was: For whofo looketh into the PERFECT LAW of LIBERTY, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful Hearer, but a Doer of the WORD, this Man fhall be bleffed in his Deed.

(i) Luke XXIV. 45, 46. Then opened he their UNDERSTANDING, that they might understand the Scriptures; and faid unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Chrift to fuffer, and to rife from the Dead the third Day, &c. John vIII. 12. I am the Light of the World, he that followeth me fhall not walk in Darkness, but shall have the Light of Life.


am a (k) Stranger on the Earth, HIDE not thy Com

died in Faith, not having received (k) Heb. x1. 13,14,16. These all mandments from me, for the Promises, but having feen them them, and embraced them, and conafar off; and were perfwaded of feffed that they were STRANGERS and PILGRIMS on the Earth: for plainly that they feek a Country; they that fay fuch things, declare that is, an heavenly: Wherefore God is not afhamed to be called them a City. their God, for he hath prepared for

(1) Matt. v. 6. Bleffed are they which do HUNGER and THIRST thall be filled. after RIGHTEOUSNESS, for they

they are my Delight and my Counsellors. My Soul breaketh for the (1) LONGING that it hath unto thy Judgments at all times. Remove from me all (m) Reproach and Contempt, for have kept thy Teftimonies. My Soul cleaveth unto the Duft, (2) quicken thou me according to thy Word. Make me to understand the Way of thy Precepts, fo fhall I talk of thy wondrous Works. talk of thy wondrous Works,


My Soul melteth for Heavinefs, (0) STRENGTHEN thou me according to thy Word. I have ftuck unto thy Teftimonies, O Lord, put me not to Shame. I will (1) RUN the Way of thy Commandments, when thou fhalt enlarge my Heart. Teach me, O Lord, the Way of thy Statutes; give (7) me Understanding, and I fhall keep thy Law; yea, I fhall obferve it with (r) whole HEART, for therein do I delight. Incline my Heart unto thy Teftimonies, and not to Covetoufnefs.


(m) Matt, v. 11, 12. Blessed are ye when Men fhall revile you, and perfecute you, and fhall fay all manmy fake: Rejoice and be exceeding ner of Evil against you falfely for glad, for great is your Reward in

rich in Mercy, for his great Love
(n) Ephef. 11. 4, 5. God, who is
wherewith he loved us, even when
we were dead in SINS, hath quick-
Grace ye are faved.)
ned us together with Chrift. (By

(0) Ephef. VI. 10. BE STRONG in the Lord, and in the Power of his things thro' Chrift Jefus STRENGTHMight. Phil. IV. 13. I can do all ENING me.

(P) Heb. x11. 1. Let us lay afide every WEIGHT, and the SIN which doth fo eafily befet us, and let us run with PATIENCE the Race that

is fet before us.

1 Cor. 1x.24. Know

ye not that they which run in a Prize? So RUN, that ye may ob Race run all, but one receiveth the tain.

(q) I John v. 20. The Son of Turn away mine Eyes UNDERSTANDING, that we may God is come, and hath given us an from beholding (s) VANITY, know him that is true.. and quicken thou me in thy() Phil. 11. 13. It is God that Way. 'Stablish thy WORD

WORKETH in us, both to will and

to do of his good Pleafure. Mark

XII. 30. Thou shalt love the Lord

thy God with all thy HEART. Rom. x111. 16. Love is the fulfilling of the Law.

(5) 1 Pet. 1. 18. Forafmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with CORRUPTIBLE Things, as Silver and Gold, from your vain Converfation, received by Tradition from your Fathers.



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