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man, and have not the understanding Thus saith the Lord, The heaven of a man, &c. There is a generation is my throne, &c. but to this man will pure in their own eyes, and yet not I look, to him that is pure and of a washed from their filthiness, &c. how contrite spirit, and trembleth at my lofty are, &c.—Proy. xxx. 2. 12, 13. word.—Isa. Ixvi. 1, 2.
The lofty looks of man shall be Let not the wise man glory in his humbled, and the haughtiness of man wisdom, neither the mighty man in shall be brought down, &c. for the bis might, &c.— Jer. ix. 23. day of the Lord of hosts shall be I will mar the pride of Judah, and upon every one that is proud and lofty, the great pride of Jerusalem, &c. and upon every one that is lifted up, which refuse to hear my words, &c.and he shall be brought low, &c. Jer. xiii. 9, 10. 15. 17, 18. Cease ye from man whose breath is O house of Israel, cannot I do with in his nostrils : for wherein is he to you as this potter? saith the Lord, be accounted of ?-Isa. ii. 11–13. 17. behold, as the clay is in the potter's 22. v. 15. Job ix. 13.
hands, so are ye in mine hand, O Woe unto them that are wise in house of Israel. -Jer. xviii. 6. their own eyes, and prudent in their When the prophet Jeremiah had own sight.- Isa. v. 21.
spoken all the words of the Lord to Woe is me, &c. I am a man of un- the people, then spake Azariah, &c. clean lips, &c. for mine eyes have seen and all the proud men, saying unto the King, the Lord of hosts.-—Isa. Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely : vi, 5.
the Lord our God had not sent thee I will punish the fruit of the stout to say, &c.-Jer. xliii. 1, 2. heart of the king of Assyria, and the Beliold, I am against thee, O thou glory of his high looks: for he saith, most proud (or pride), saith the Lord By the strength of my hand I have God of hosts, &c. And the most proud done it, &c. Shall the axe boast shall stumble and fall, &c.-Jer. 1. itself against him that heweth there- 31, 32. with ? &c. Therefore shall the Lord, Behold, this was the iniquity of the Lord of hosts, send among his fat thy sister Sodom, pride, &c. and they ones, leanness: and under his glory were haughty, &c.—Ezek. xvi. 49, 50. he shall kindle a fire, &c. The high Thus saith the Lord, &c. exalt him ones of stature shall be hewn down, that is low, and abase hin that is and the haughty shall be humbled.-high.-Ezek. xxi. 26. Isa. x. 12, 13. 15, 16. 33. xiv. 11-15. God threatens the prince of Tyrus
The Lord of hosts hath purposed for his sacrilegious pride, - Ezek. it to stain (or pollute) the pride of xxviii. 1, &c. all glory; and to bring into contempt When the king said unto Daniel, all the honourable of the earth,-Isa. Art thou able to make known unto xxiii. 9.
me the dream ? &c. Daniel answered, Hear the word of the Lord, you &c. There is a God in heaven that scornful men, &c. because you said revealeth secrets, &c. but as for me, we have made a covenant with death, this secret is not revealed to me for &c. it shall be disannulled, &c.—Isa. any wisdom that I have more than any xxviii. 14, 15. 18.
living, &c.—Dan. ii. 25-28.30. Thus saith the high and lofty One, Is not this great Babylon that I &c. I dwell in the high and holy have built by the might of the power, place; with him also that is of a con- and for the honour of my majesty? trite and humble spirit, to revive the While the word was in the king's spirit of the humble, and to revive mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, the heart of the contrite ones.—Isa. saying, &c. The kingdom is departed lvii. 15.
from thee, &c. He was driven from
men, and did eat grass as oxen, &c. two brethren; but Jesus called them Those that walk in pride, he is able unto him, and said, Ye know that the to abase. - Dan. iv. 29 — 33. 37. princes of the Gentiles exercise doIsa. xxvii. 4.
minion over them, and they that are When his heart was lifted up, and great exercise authority upon them: his mind hardened in pride (or to but it shall not be so amongst you: deal proudly) he was deposed from but whosoever will be great among his kingly throne, and his glory taken you, let him be your minister, &c. from him, &c. and thou his son, o even as the Son of man came not to Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine be ministered unto, but to minister.heart, although thou knewest all this, Matt. xx. 24-28. xxiii. 11, 12. but hast lifted up thyself against the Luke xxii. 24, &c. Lord of heaven, &c.—Dan. v. 20–23. One is your Master, even Christ,
Their heart was exalted, therefore and all ye are brethren, &c. Whosohave they forgotten me.-Hosea xiii. 6. ever shall exalt himself, shall be
He hath shewed thee, O man, what abased: and he that shall humble is good: and what doth the Lord himself shall be exalted.—Matt. xxiii. require of thee, but to do justly,, and 8. 12. to love mercy, and walk humbly with When Christ had said, One of you thy God ?-Micah vi. 8.
shall betray me, each disciple said, Behold his soul which is lifted up, Is it I? Is it I? &c. Peter, notwithis not upright in him.-Hab. ii. 4. standing his confidence, denied Christ
Moab shall be as Sodom, &c. This three times, being left to himself.shall they have for their pride, because Matt. xxvi. 21, 22. 69, &c.—Luke they have reproached and magnified xxii. 32–34. 55–61. themselves against the people of the Peter fell down at Jesus' knees, Lord of hosts.—Zeph. ii. 9, 10. Jer. and said, Depart from me, for I am xlviii. 26, 27. 29.
a sinful man, O Lord.—Luke v. 8. Behold, thy king cometh unto thee, Rejoice not that the spirits are he is just, &c. lowly.--Zech. ix. 9. made subject to you, but rather re
The day cometh that shall burn as joice that your names are written in an oven, and all the proud, &c. shall heaven.—Luke x. 20. .be stubble.—Mal. iv, 1.
When thou art bidden of any man Blessed are the poor in spirit, for to a wedding, sit not down in the theirs is the kingdom of heaven. highest room, lest a more honourable Matt. v. 3.
man than thou be bidden.---Luke The centurion answered, and said, xiv. 8. Lord, I am not worthy that thou When ye have done all, &c. say, shouldest come under my roof. We are unprofitable servants.-Luke Matt. viii. 8. Luke vii. 6, 7
xvii. 10. Thou Capernaum, which art ex He spake this parable unto certain alted unto heaven, shall be brought which trusted in themselves that they down to hell: for if the mighty works, were righteous, and despised others, &c. Learn of me, for I am meek and &c. The publican standing afar off, lowly in heart, and he shall find rest. would not lift up so much as his eyes -Matt. xi. 23. 29.
to heaven, but smote upon his breast, Whosoever therefore shall humble saying, God be merciful to me a himself as this little child, the same sinner.—Luke xviii. 9. 13, &c. John is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. ix. 34, 35.
Matt. xviii. 4. Luke ix. 46–48. Beware of the Scribes, which de-' Mark x. 15.
sire to walk in long robes, and love When the ten heard it, they were greetings, &c. and the highest seats moved with indignation against the in the synagogues.-Luke xx. 46.
This my joy therefore is fulfilled: but if thou boast, thou bearest not he must increase, but I must de- the root, but the root thee. Thou crease.—John iii. 29, 30.
wilt say, The branches were broken Jesus washed the disciples' feet, off, that I might be grafted in. Well; &c. If I then your Lord and Master because of unbelief they were broken have washed your feet, ye also ought off, and thou standest by faith. Be to wash one another's feet; for I not high-minded, but fear, &c.—Rom. have given you an example.-John xi. 18-21. 25. xiii. 4, 5. 14, 15.
For I say, &c. to every man among Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye you, not to think of himself more at this ? or why look you so earnestly highly than he ought to think; but on us, as though by our own power to think soberly according as God or holiness we had made this man to hath dealt to every man the measure walk? &c. Through faith in his of faith, &c. Mind not high things, name, hath made this man strong.-- but condescend to men of low estate Acts iii. 12, 13. 16. iv. 9. 11. (or be content with mean things);
Cornelius met Peter, fell down at be not wise in your own conceits.his feet, and worshipped him; but Rom. xii. 3. 16. Peter took him up, saying, Stand up, God hath chosen the foolish things I myself also am a man.-Acts x. of the world to confound the wise, 25, 26.
&c. that no flesh should glory in his Herod's pride, in not giving God presence.-1 Cor. i. 27–29. the glory was his ruin, so that he If any man among you seemeth to was smote by the angel of God, be wise in this world, let him become and eaten of worms. - Acts xii. a fool that he may be wise ; for the 21-23.
wisdom of this world is foolishness When the priest of Jupiter and the with God, &c. therefore let no man people would have done sacrifice to glory in men.—1 Cor. iii. 18, 19. 21. Paul and Barnabas, they said, We That ye might learn in us not to are men of like passions with you, think of men above that which is and preach unto you, that you should written, that no one of you be puffed turn from these vanities, &c.-Acts up one against another : ; for who xiv. 13_15.
maketh thee to differ (or distinguishApollos, an eloquent man, and eth thee)? and what hast thou which mighty in the scriptures, yet submits thou didst not receive? Now if thou to be taught the way of God more didst receive it, why dost thou glory perfectly by Aquila and Priscilla, as if thou hadst not received it ? &c. tent makers.-Acts xviii. 2. 24–26. The kingdom of God is not in word,
I have been with you at all seasons; but in power.—1 Cor. iv. 6, 7.20. serving the Lord with all humility of If any man think that he knoweth mind.-Acts xx. 18, 19.
any thing, he knoweth nothing as he The apostle blames the Jews for ought to know.-- 1 Cor. viii. 2. boasting of the law, and of their Wherefore let him that thinketh knowledge and ability to instruct he standeth, take heed lest he fall.others, &c.—Rom. i. 17-21. I Cor. x. 12. Matt. xxvi. 33. 35. 70.
For I know that in me (that is, in 72. 74. John xiii. 37, 38. my flesh) dwelleth no good thing.- To one is given by the Spirit the Rom. vii. 18.
word of wisdom, &c. but all these They, going about to establish worketh that one and the self-same their own righteousness have not sub- Spirit, dividing to every man severally mitted to the righteousness of God, as he will, &c. The eye cannot say &c.-Rom. X. 3.
unto the hand, I have no need of thee. Boast not against the branches : Nor again, the head to the feet,
I have no need of you, &c.-1 Cor. Submitting yourselves one to anoxii. 8-11.20, 21.
ther in the fear of God.-Eph. v. 21. Charity vaunteth not itself (or is Let nothing be done through strife not rash), is not puffed up.- 1 Cor. or vain glory, but in lowliness of xiii. 4.
mind; let each esteem other better I am the least of the apostles, that than themselves: look not every man am not meet to be called an apostle, on his own things, &c. Let this mind &c. But by the grace of God I am be in you, which also was in Christ, what I am, &c. not I, but the grace &c. He humbled himself, &c. Work of God which was with me.
:-1 Cor. out your own salvation with fear and XV. 9, 10. 1 Tim. i. 12, 13. 15. trembling-Phil. ii. 3–5. 8. 12.
Not that we are sufficient of our Not as though I were already perselves to think any thing, as of our- fect, but I press forward, &c. - Phil. selves : but our sufficiency is of God. iii. 12–14. --2 Cor. iii. 5, 6.
I know both how to be abased, and We have this treasure in earthen I know how to abound : every where, vessels, that the excellency of the and in all things, I am instructed, &c. power may be of God, and not of us. Phil. iv. 12. -2 Cor. iv. 7.
Charge them that are rich that they Some that commend themselves; be not high-minded,&c.-1 Tim. vi. 17. but they measuring themselves by Put on therefore, as the elect of themselves, &c. are not wise; but we God, holy and beloved, &c. humblewill not boast of things without our ness of mind, meekness, &c. Col. measure, &c. But he that glorieth, iii. 12. let him glory in the Lord : for not he If any man teach otherwise, &c. that commendeth himself is approved, he is proud, knowing nothing, doting, but whom the Lord commendeth. &c.—1 Tim. vi. 3, 4. 2 Cor. x. 12, 13. 17, 18.
Let us therefore fear, lest a proAnd lest I should be exalted above mise being left of entering into his measure through the abundance of the rest, any of you should seem to come revelations, there was given to me a short of it.-Heb. iv. 1. thorn in the flesh, &c. though I am The rich, in that he is made low; nothing.-2 Cor. xii. 7. 11.
because, as the flower of the grass, he God accepteth no man's person,&c. shall pass away.-- James i. 10, 11. I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in Isa. xl. 6-8. 1 Pet. i. 24. me. -Gal. ii. 6. 20. Eph. vi. 9.
Have not the faith of our Lord JeAfter that ye have known God, or Bus with respect of persons. For if rather, are known of God.-Gal.iv.9. there come unto your assembly a man
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, with a gold ring, in goodly apparel ; provoking one another, &c.Gal. and there come in also a poor man, v. 26.
in vile raiment; and ye have respect For if a man think himself to be to him that weareth the gay
clothing, something, when he is nothing, he and say unto him, Sit thou here, in a deceiveth himself.-Gal. vi. 3. good place (or well, or seemly); and
Unto me who am less than the least say unto the poor, Stand thou there, of all saints, is this grace given.- or sit here under my footstool; are Eph. iii. 8.
you not then partial in yourselves? Walk worthy of the vocation where- &c. Hath not God chosen the poor of with ye are called, with all lowliness this world, rich in faith ? &c. Ye and meekness, &c. unto every one of have despised the poor.-James ii. 1-6. us is given grace according to the My brethren, be not many masters; measure of the gift of Christ.--Eph. knowing that we shall receive the iv. 1, 2. 7.
greater condemnation. For in many
things we offend all, &c.-- James ifi. With the froward thou wilt shew
thyself unsavoury (or thou wilt God resisteth the proud, but giveth wrestle).—2 Sam. xxii. 27. grace unto the humble. Submit your The meek shall eat, and be satisselves therefore to God, &c. humble fied.-Ps. xxii. 26. yourselves in the sight of the Lord, The meek will he guide in judgand he shall lift you up.-James iv. ment, and the meek will he teach his 6, 7.10.
way.-Ps. xxv. 9. All flesh is as grass, and all the Fret not thyself because of evil glory of man as the flower of grass. doers; neither be thou envious against The grass withereth, the flower falleth. the workers of iniquity. Freč not, -1 Pet. i. 24.
&c. because of the man who bringeth Likewise, ye younger, submit your- wicked devices to pass, &c. Cease selves unto the elder : yea, all of you from anger, and forsake wrath : fret be subject one to another, and be not thyself in any wise to do evil, &c. clothed with humility; for God re- But the meek shall inherit the earth. sisteth the proud, and giveth grace to --Ps. xxxvii. 1. 7, 8.11. the humble. Humble yourselves there The earth feared, &c. when God fore under the mighty hand of God, arose to judgment to save all the meek that he
you in due time. of the earth.-Ps. lxxvi. 8, 9. cxlix. 4. 1 Pet. v. 5, 6.
A froward heart shall depart from Thou sayest, I am rich, and in- me.-Ps. ci. 4. creased with goods, and have need of It went ill with Moses for their nothing: and knowest not that thou sakes, because they provoked his spiart wretched, and miserable, and poor, rit, so that he spake unadvisedly with and blind, and naked.—Rev. iii. 17. his lips.-Ps. cvi. 32, 33.
The Lord lifteth up the meek. Sect. XII. The Excellence of Meek
Ps. cxlvii. 6. ness and Patience: the Encourage- mouth : and perverse lips put far
Put away from thee a froward ments thereto.
from thee.-Prov. iv. 24. SIMEON and Leviare brethren; instru They that are of a froward heart, ments of cruelty (or their swords are are an abomination to the Lord.— weapons of violence): O my soul, Prov. xi. 20. come not thou into their secret, &c. A fool's wrath is presently known: for in their anger they slew a man : but a wise man hideth shame.-Prov. and in their self-will they digged down xii. 16. a wall. Cursed be their anger, for it Only by pride cometh contention : was fierce; and their wrath, for it but with the well-advised is wisdom. was cruel.-Gen. xlix. 5–7. xxxiv. -Prov. xiii. 10. 25–27.
He that is soon angry dealeth Now the man Moses was very meek, foolishly, &c. He that is slow to above all the men on the face of the wrath is of great understanding : but earth.--Numb. xii. 3.
he that is hasty (or short) of spirit, When Eli had charged Hannah exalteth folly.—Prov. xiv. 17.29. with drunkenness, she meekly, an A soft answer turneth away wrath, swered, No, my lord, &c.—1 Sam. i. but grievous words stir up anger, &c. 15-17.
A wrathful man stirreth up strife : David had rashly and hastily re- but he that is slow to anger appeaseth solved to have avenged himself upon strife.-Prov. xv. 1. 18. Nabal, and his house: and he blessed A froward man soweth strife, &c. God for Abigail's counsel, which He that is slow to anger, is better hindered him.- 1 Sam. xxv. 22,32-34. than the mighty: and he that ruleth