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and of every clean fowl, and offered and make there an altar unto God, burnt-offerings on the altar : and the who appeared unto thee when thou Lord smelled a sweet savour (or a fleddest from the face of Esau thy savour of rest.)-Gen. viii. 20, 21. brother. Then Jacob said unto his

And the Lord appeared unto Abram, bousehold, and unto all that were and said, Unto thy seed will I give with him, &c. Let us arise, and go this land: and there builded he an unto Bethel, and I will make there altar unto the Lord, who appeared an altar unto God, who answered me unto him; and he removed from in the day of my distress, &c. And thence unto a mountain on the east he built there an altar, and called the of Bethel, and pitched his tent, &c. place El-Bethel, &c. (the God of and there he builded an altar unto Bethel).-Gen. xxxv. 1-3. 7. the Lord, and called upon the name And Israel took his journey with of the Lord.—Gen. xii. 7, 8.

all that he had, and came to BeerAfterwards, Abram came again to sheba, and offered sacrifices unto the the place on the east of Bethel, unto God of his father Isaac.-Gen. xlvi. I. the place of the altar which he had Moses directed of God to say unto made there at the first : and there Pharaoh, Let us go, we beseech thee, Abrain called on the name of the three days' journey into the wilderLord, &c. Then Abram removed his ness, that we may sacrifice to the tent, and came and dwelt in the plain Lord our God.Exod. iii. 18. of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and And Moses built an altar, and built there an altar unto the Lord. - called the name of it Jehovah-nissi Gen. xiii. 3, 4. 10.

(that is, the Lord my Banner) : for Abraham planted a grove (or a he said, Because the Lord hath sworn, tree) in Beersheba, and called there that the Lord will have war with on the name of the Lord, the ever- Amalek, &c.—Exod. xvii, 15, 16. lasting God.-Gen, xxi. 33.

And Jethro, Moses's father-inIsaac said, Behold the fire and law, took a burnt-offering and sacriwood, but where is the lamb for a fices for God.-Exod. xviii. 12. burnt-offering ? &c. Abraham built God, when he had given the law an altar there, and laid the wood in úpon Mount Sinai, commanded the order : and bound Isaac his son, and building of an altar, and the offering laid him on the altar upon the wood, of sacrifices.-Exod. xx. 24–26. &c. Then Abraham took the ram and offered him up for a burnt-offer

CHAP. XLIV. ing in the stead of his son.-Gen. xxii. 7-9. 13.

THE IMPORTANCE OF CHRISTIANITY, The Lord appeared unto Isaac at Beersheba ; and he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of Ir thy right eye offend thee, pluck the Lord, and pitched his tent there. it out, &c. if thy right hand offend -Gen. xxvi. 23-25.

thee, cut it off, &c.—Matt. y. 29, 30. Jacob offered sacrifice upon the

Then said Jesus to his disciples, mount, when Laban came to him.- If any man will come after me, let Gen. xxxi. 54.

him deny himself, and take up his And Jacob came to Shalem, and cross and follow me : for whosoever pitched his tent before the city : and will save his life shall lose it ;

and he erected there an altar, and called whosoever will lose his life for my it El-elohe-Israel (that is, God, the sake, shall find it.--Matt. xvi. 24, 25. God of Israel).-Gen. xxxiii. 18–20. Luke ix. 23. xiv. 26, 27. 33.

And God said unto Jacob, Arise, Strait is the gate, and narrow is go up to Bethel, and dwell there, the way, which leadeth unto life, and

AND THE DIFFICULTY OF BEING A
CHRISTIAN INDEED.

For we

press toward

few there be that find it.—Matt. vii. See that ye walk circumspectly, 14. Luke xiii. 24.

not as fools, but as wise : redeeming If thou wilt be perfect, go and the time, &c.—Eph. v. 15, 16. sell that thou hast, and give to the Put on the whole armour of God, poor, &c. He went away sorrowful, that ye may be able to stand against for he had great possessions : then the wiles of the devil. said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily wrestle not against flesh and blood ; I say unto you, that a rich man shall but against principalities, against hardly enter, &c.—Matt. xix. 21, &c. powers, against the rulers of the xiii. 45, 46.

darkness of this world, against spiWatch and

pray,
that

ye

enter not ritual wickedness in high places (or into temptation, &c.—Matt. xxvi. 41. against wicked spirits). Therefore

The last shall be first, and the first take unto you the whole armour of last; for many be called, but few God, that ye may be able to withchosen.—Matt. xx. 16. xxii 14. stand in the evil day; and having

Labour not for the meat which done (or overcome) all, to stand.perisheth, but for that meat which Eph. vi. 11-13. endureth unto everlasting life.- John Work out your own salvation with vi. 27.

fear and trembling.-Phil. ii. 12. There is a law in my members I reach forth, &c. I warring against the law of my mind, the mark.-Phil. iii. 13, 14. &c.-Rom. vii. 23. Gal. v. 17. We pray always for you, that our

Not 'slothful in business, fervent God would count you worthy of this in spirit, serving the Lord.—Rom. calling, and fulfil all the good pleaxii. ll.

sure of his goodness, and the work Be ye stedfast, immoveable, always of faith with power. -2 Thess. i. 11. abounding in the work of the Lord; Fight the good fight of faith : lay forasmuch as ye know that your la- hold of eternal life.—1 Tim. vi. 12. bour is not in vain in the Lord.— 2 Tim. iv. 7, 8. 1 Cor. xv. 58.

Thou therefore endure hardness, Wherefore we labour, that whether as a good soldier of Jesus Christ : present or absent we may be accepted no man that warreth entangleth himof him.—2 Cor. v. 9.

self with the affairs of this life, &c.The weapons of our 'warfare are 2 Tim. ii. 3, 4. not carnal, but mighty through God, Let us labour therefore to enter to the pulling down of strong holds, into that rest lest any man fall after casting down imaginations, and every the same example of unbelief.—Heb. high thing that exalteth itself against iv. 11. the knowledge of God; and bringing That ye be not slothful, but folinto captivity every thought, to the lowers of them who through faith and obedience of Christ.—2 Cor. x. 4, 5. patience inherit the promises.—Heb.

The flesh lusteth against the spirit, vi. 12. &c. So that ye cannot do the things Let us run with patience the race that ye would.-Gal. v. Rom. that is set before us, &c. Consider vii. 21. 23.

him that endured such contradiction That ye may know, &c. what is of sinners against himself, lest ye be the exceeding greatness of his power wearied and faint in your minds. Ye to us-ward who believe ; according to have not yet resisted unto blood, the working of his mighty power, striving against sin, &c.—Heb. xii. which he wrought in Christ when he 1.3, 4. raised him from the dead, and set him Resist the devil, and he will flee at his own right hand in the heavenly from you.-James iv. 7. places.-Eph. i. 18—20.

An inheritance, &c. reserved in

17.

heaven for you (or us) who are kept and a time to every purpose under by the power of God through faith heaven; a time to be born, and a time unto salvation.—1 Pet. i. 4, 5. to die, &c.

He hath made every If the righteous scarcely be saved, thing beautiful in its time.--Eccles. where shall the ungodly and the sin- iii. 1, &c. ner appear ?-1 Pet. iv. 18.

A wise man's heart discerneth both Be sober, be vigilant ; because time and judgment: because to every your adversary the devil, as a roaring purpose there is time and judgment. lion, walketh about, seeking whom —Eccles. viii. 5, 6. he

may devour : whom resist, sted Whatsoever thine hand findeth to fast in the faith, &c.—1 Pet. v. 8, 9. do, do it with thy might; for there is

Giving all diligence, add to your no work, nor device, nor knowledge, faith virtue, &c. Give diligence to nor wisdom in the grave whither thou make your calling and election sure, goest.—Eccles. ix. 10. John ix. 4. -2 Pet. i. 5. 10.

Remember now thy Creator in the Wherefore, beloved, seeing that days of thy youth, while the evil days ye look for such things, be diligent, come not, &c.—Eccles. xii. I. that ye may be found of him in peace,

Seek

ye

the Lord while he may be without spot, and blameless.—2 Pet. found; call ye upon him while he is iii. 14.

near.—Isa. Iv. 6. Blessed are the dead, &c. they Break

up the fallow ground: for it rest from their labours, and their is time to seek the Lord, till he come, works do follow them.- Rev. xiv. 13. &c.—Hosea x. 12.

Agree with thine adversary quickly, CHAP. XLV.

whiles thou art in the way with him;

lest at any time the adversary deliver TIME OR OPPORTUNITY FOR SPIRITUAL thee to the judge, and the judge de

IMPROVEMENT NOT TO BE NEGLECT- liver thee to the officer, and thou be ED, BUT DILIGENTLY MADE USE OF:

cast into prison. Verily I say unto

thee, Thou shalt by no means comé And the Lord said, My Spirit shall out thence till thou hast paid the utnot always strive with man, for that termost farthing.—Matt. v. 25, 26. he also is flesh; yet his days shall be Luke xii. 57, 58. an hundred and twenty years.-Gen. The foolish virgins neglected getvi. 3.

ting oil, till the door was shut against For this shall every one that is them : and he that had received one godly pray unto thee in a time when talent did not use it.—Matt. xxv. thou mayest be found (or in a time of 5—29. finding.)–Ps. xxxii. 6.

He cometh and findeth them sleepI will run the way of thy command- ing, and saith unto Peter, Simon, ments when thou shalt enlarge my sleepest thou? couldst not thou watch heart, &c. quicken thou me in thy one hour? watch ye, and pray, lest way, &c. I made haste, and delayed ye enter into temptation.-Mark xiv. not to keep thy commandments.-Ps. 37, 38. cxix. 32. 37. 60.

The days will come when ye

shall When God speaks, and men will desire to see one of the days of the not hearken, then though they cry to Son of man, and ye shall not see it. him, he will not hear.-Prov. i. 22, -Luke xvii. 22. &c. Zech. vii. 13.

He beheld the city and wept over Boast not thyself of to morrow, for it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou knowest not what a day may thou, at least in this thy day, the bring forth.—Prov. xxvii. 1. things which belong unto thy peace;

To every thing there is a season, but now they are hid from thine eyes:

THE REASONS THEREOF.

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for the days come upon thee, that the will of the Lord is.-Eph.v.14.16,17. enemies shall cast a trench about thee, Col. iv. 5. &c.—Luke xix. 41-43. Matt. xxiii. Work out your own salvation with 37, 38.

fear and trembling.-Phil. ii. 12. I must work the works of him that If by any means I might attain sent me while it is day; the night unto the resurrection of the dead : cometh, when no man can work.- not as though I had already attained, John ix. 4. Rom. xiii. 11, 12. either were already perfect; but I

A little while is the light with you: follow after, if that I may apprehend, walk while ye have the light, lest dark- &c. this one thing I do, forgetting ness come upon you.-John xii. 35. those things which are behind, and

God, &c. hath made of one blood reaching forth unto those things all nations of men, &c. and hath de- which are before, I press toward the termined the times before appointed, mark, &c. Let us therefore, as many and the bounds of their habitation : as be perfect, be thus minded. -that they should seek the Lord, if Phil. iii. 11-16. haply they might feel after him, &c. Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost The times of this ignorance Godwinked saith, To day, if ye will hear his at; but now commandeth all inen every voice, harden not your hearts, as in where to repent.--Acts xvii. 24—30. the day of provocation, &c. where

And that knowing the time, that fore I was grieved, &c. 80 I sware now it is high time to awake out of in my wrath, They shall not enter sleep: for now, &c. the night is far into my rest.—Heb. iii. 7–11. Ps. spent, the day is at hand; let us lxxviii. 4. Heb. iv. 7. therefore cast off the works of dark And we desire that every one of ness, &c.-Rom. xiii. 11, 12. you do shew the same diligence, to

This I say, brethren, the time is the full assurance of hope unto the short ; it remaineth that both they end; that you be not slothful, but that have wives be as though they followers of them who through faith had none, &c.—1 Cor. vii. 29. and patience inherit the promises.

that ye may obtain. And Heb. vi. 11, 12. 1 Cor. xv. 58. every man that striveth for the mas Let us lay aside every weight, and tery, is temperate in all things : now the sin which doth so easily beset us; they do it to obtain a corruptible and let us run with patience the race crown, but we an incorruptible.- that is set before us : looking unto 1 Cor. ix. 24, 25.

Jesus, &c.—Heb. xii. 1-3. Behold, now is the accepted time: Go to now, ye that say, to day, or behold, now is the day of salvation. to morrow we will go into such a city, -2 Cor. vi. 2. Isa. lix. 8.

and continue there a year, and buy, When it pleased God, &c. to reveal and sell, and get gain : whereas ye his Son in me, that I might preach know not what shall be on the mor

among the heathen, immediately row: for what is your life? It is even I conferred not with flesh and blood, a vapour, &c. For that ye ought to neither went I up,&c.—Gal. i. 15–17. say, If the Lord will, we shall live

In due season we shall reap, if we and do this or that. -James iv. faint not. As we have therefore op- 13–15. portunity, let us do good unto all men, If ye call on the Father, &c. pass especially unto them, &c.-Gal. vi. the time of your sojourning here in 9, 10.

fear.—1 Pet. i. 17. Awake, thou that sleepest, &c. re That he no longer should live the deeming the time, because the days rest of his time in the flesh, to the are evil. Wherefore be ye not un- lusts of men, but to the will of God: wise, but understanding what the for the time past of our life may suf

So run,

him

for if ye

fice is to have wrought the will of the Gentiles.—1 Pet. iv. 2, 3.

CHAP. XLVII. Giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue,&c. wherefore the rather,

ENCOURAGEMENTS TO HOPE IN, AND

CRY TO GOD, WHEN OUR CASE SEEMS brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure ;

DESPERATE, AND AT THE LOWEST EBB. do these things, ye shall never fail. - Moses said unto the people, Ye have 2 Pet. i. 5—7. 10.

sinned a great sin : and now I will Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye go up unto the Lord; peradventure look for such things, be diligent that I shall make an atonement for your ye may be found of him in peace, &c. sin.—Exod. xxxii. 30. -2 Pet. iii. 14.

The Lord shall repent himself for I gave

her

space to repent of her his servants, when he seeth that their fornication, and she repented not. power is gone, &c.—Deut. xxxii. 36. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, Ye shall give glory unto the God of &c.-Rev. ii. 21, 22.

Israel : peradventure he will lighten And the angel, &c. sware, &c. that his hand from off you, and from off there should be time no longer.- your gods, and from off

your

land.Rey. x. 5, 6.

1 Sam. vi. 5. The devil is come down unto you, And Jonathan said, &c. Come, and having great wrath, because he know- let us go over unto the garrison of eth he hath but a short time.-Rev. these uncircumcised; it may

be that xii. 12.

the Lord will work for us : for there

is no restraint to the Lord, to save CHAP. XLVI.

by many or by few.-1 Sam. xiv. 6.

While the child was yet alive, I SIGNS OF THE LAST times; OR, END fasted and wept : for I said, Who

can tell whether God will be gracious Many shall come in my name, saying, to me, that the child may live ?I am Christ, and shall deceive many: 2 Sam. xii. 22. and

ye shall hear of wars, &c. because Let him alone, and let him curse, iniquity shall abound, the love of &c. it may be that the Lord will look many shall wax cold. The gospel of on mine affliction, and that the Lord the kingdom shall be preached in all will requite me good for his cursing the world for a witness, &c. As the this day.—2 Sam. xvi. 11, 12. days of Noah were, so shall the coming Why sit we here until we die? If of the Son of man be, &c. They were we say we will enter into the city, eating, &c.—Matt. xxiv. 5—7. 12. then the famine is in the city, and 14. 37, 38.

we shall die there ; and if we sit That day shall not come, except still here, we die also. Now, therethere come a falling away first, and fore, come and let us fall into the that man of sin be revealed, the son host of the Syrians : if they save us of perdition.—2 Thess. ï. 3, &c. alive, we shall live ; and if they kill

In the last days perilous times shall us, we shall but die.—2 Kings vii. come : for men shall be lovers of 3, &c. their ownselves, &c.—2 Tim.iii. 1-4. This is a day of trouble, &c. it may

Knowing this first, that there shall be the Lord thy God will hear all the come in the last days, scoffers, walk- words of Rabshakeh, &c. and will reing after their own lusts, and saying, prove the words which the Lord thy Where is the promise of his coming? God hath heard. Wherefore, lift up &c.—2 Pet. iii. 3, &c.

thy prayer for the remnant that are left.—2 Kings xix. 3, 4.

We have trespassed against our

OF THE WORLD,

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