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whom alone all the Promifes are made good to us ; and upon the Holy Spirit the Comforter, that through his powerful influences we may rightly understand and apply, firmly believe, and clearly discover the excellency of the Promifes, and fo tafte that the Lord is gracious.
Conftantly plead the Promifes with God in prayer. He has thereby bound himself to his people, as with a note under his hand. Go with it therefore to God, firmly depending upon his faithfulness; he will acknowledge his own hand-writing, and anfwer your demands accordingly. Reft yourself therefore upon God, and wait patiently for him, being affured he will not be unmindful of his promife; but leave it to his infinite wisdom to fulfil it, in that way, and at that time, he fees best.
But remember the Promises of God do not difcharge from, but encourage and oblige to, the diligent ufe of all proper and lawful means. Chrift has promised food and raiment ; but the flothful and careless must not expect the benefit of that Promife. The fame may be faid of the fpiritual bleflings promifed. The foul of the flothful defireth, and bath nothing; but the foul of the diligent fhall be made fat, Prov. xiii. 4.
To conclude: Let the Christian live a life of faith upon the Promifes. A great part of the riches of the nation at this day, confifts in the credit that is given to notes, bonds, affignments, &c. I am fure the riches of the Chriftian lie chiefly in the affignments he has under God's hand, of the most valuable bleffings both of this and a better life. Let him then know how to value these as the trueft riches, and to make use of them upon all occafions; he will find no want of any good thing. If he has it not in hand, he has it in the promife ready whenever he needs it. So that he may live entirely free from folicitude and
anxious care, committing himself, and all his concerns to that God who careth for him.
I am willing to take this opportunity of recommending it to thofe young perfons, for whose benefit this Collection was firft undertaken, to persevere in their endeavours to improve themselves, and one another, in the knowledge of the Promifes, and other parts of scripture, which may be most useful to them, that the word of Chrift may dwell in them richly in all wisdom; and to others, especially of their age, to imitate their example in the fame commendable way of employing their time. To how much better account will this turn, than the vanities that ordinarily fill up the converfation of youth, or thofe wrangling difputes and controverfies, which eat out the heart of ferious practical religion! The advantage which those who have tried this courfe have reaped from it, fufficiently encourages their perfeverance in it. May they, and all others who with them delight in, and fearch after, the treasures of divine wisdom in the fcriptures, not only have their minds beautified and enriched with it, but feel its influence in their hearts and lives. May they be filled with the knowledge of the will of God, in all wisdom and fpiritual underftanding, that they may walk worthy of the Lord, unto all pleafing, being fruitful in every good work, and increafing in the knowledge of God.
COLLECTION OF THE PROMISES.
The BLESSINGS promised to the GOOD.
CHA P. I.
Promifes of Temporal Blessings.
I. GENERAL PROMISES to the Good.
SAL. xvi. 6. The lines are fallen unto me in plea-
Pf. lxxxiv. 11. The LORD GOD is a fun and fhield the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Eccl. viii. 12. Surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him.
I. iii. 10. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him, for they fhall eat the fruit of their doings.
Pf. lviii. 11. Verily there is a reward for the righteous.
Pf. v. 12. Thou, LORD, wilt blefs the righte
ous; with favour wilt thou compass him, as with a fhield.
Pf. iii. 8. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD, thy bleffing is upon thy people.
Prov. xxi. 21. He that followeth after righteoufnefs and mercy, findeth life, righteoufnefs and ho
Prov. x. 6. Bleffings are upon the head of the juft. Ver. 14. The defire of the righteous fhall be granted. Ver. 28. The hope of the righteous fhall be gladnefs.
Prov. xi. 18. To him that foweth righteousness fhall be a fure reward. Ver. 19. Righteoufnefs tendeth to life. Ver. 28. The righteous fhall flourish as a branch.
Prov. iii. 32. His fecret is with the righteous.
Prov. xii. 2. A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD.
Prov. xiii. 9. The light of the righteous rejoiceth. Ver. 21. To the righteous good fhall be repayed.
P. xxiii. 6. Surely goodness and mercy fhall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the houfe of the LORD forever.
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 Cor. iii. 21, 22. All things are yours, whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things prefent, or things to come, all are yours.
1 Tim. iv. 8. Godliness is profitable unto all things; having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
II. PROMISES of TEMPORAL BLESSINGS in general. P. xxiii. 1. The LORD is my fhepherd, I fhall Ver. 5. Thou preparest a table before me