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The Lord is good unto them that "Take no thought, &c. Which of you wait for him, to the soul that seeketh by taking thought can add one cubit hiin. It is good that a man should to bis stature -Matt. vi. 25, &c. both hope and quietly wait for the x. 19. salvation of the Lord, &c. for the Though Christ put off the woman Lord will not cast off for ever; for of Canaan by sharp words ; yet she though he cause grief, yet will he still waited on him, in expectation of have compassion, according to the good, till she had obtained. it.—Matt. multitude of his mercies.-Lam. iii. xv. 22–28. 25, 26. 31, 32. Hosea xi. 8, 9.

So the two blind men would not be Wait on thy God continually.- put off, but called and waited till Hosea xii. 6.

Christ heard and answered them. There is no Saviour beside me, &c. Matt. xx. 30–34. -Hosea xiii. 4.

The impotent man waited at the The Lord your God, he is gracious pool long to be cured. - John v. . and merciful, slow to anger, and of 2–7. great kindness, and repenteth him of There stood by me this night the the evil. Who knoweth - if he will angel of God, &c. saying, Fear not, return and repent, and leave a bless- Paul, &c. and lo, God hath given thee ing behind him? Joel ii. 13, 14. all them that sail with thee, &c. I Jonah iv. 2. iii. 9.

believe God, that it shall be even as The Lord is the hope of his people, it was told me.

..-Acts xxvi. 23the strength of the children of Israel. 25. 44. -Joel ji. 16. Jer. iii. 23.

Tribulation worketh patience, and Seek ye me, and ye sha!l live; but patience experience, and experience seek not Bethel, &c. seek the Lord, hope; and hope maketh not ashamed, and ye shall live.--Amos v. 4–6. because the love of God, &c.-Rom.

Then I said, I am cast out of thy v.3–5. sight; yet I will look again toward For we are saved by hope : but thy holy temple, &c. When my soul hope that is seen is not hope: for fainted within me, I remembered the what a man seeth, why doth he yet Lord, and my prayer came in unto hope for ? but if we hope for what we him.-Jonah ii. 4. 7. iii. 8, 9. see not, then do we with patience

Thou hast had pity on (or spared) wait for it.-Rom. viii. 24, 25. the gourd, &c. And should not I, Whatsoever things were written spare Nineveh, that great city, where. aforetime, were written for our learnare more than sixscore thousand per- ing, that we through patience and sons that cannot discern between their comfort of the scriptures might have right hand and their left ?- Jonah iv. hope, &c. Now the God of hope fill 10, 11.

you, &c. that ye may abound in hope A man's enemies are the men of through the power of the Holy Ghost. his own house: therefore I will look -Rom. xv. 4. 13. unto the Lord; I will wait for the God is faithful. I Cor. i. 9. God of my salvation, &c.--- Micah 2 Thess. iii. 3. vii. 6, 7.

God is faithful, who will not suffer For the vision is yet for an ap- you to be tempted above that ye are pointed time: but at the end it shall able ; but will with the temptation speak and shall not lie; thongh it also make a way to escape. -1 Cor. tarry, wait for it, because it will surely X. 13. 1 Thess. v. 24. come, it will not tarry. Beliold, his Who delivered us, &c. and doth soul which is lifted up is not upright, deliver us: in whom we trust that he in him: but the just shall live by his will yet deliver us.--2 Cor. i. 10. faith.-Hab. ii. 3, 4. .

1 Sam. xvii. 34–36. .

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God that comforteth those that are cording to the will of God, commit cast down, &c. --2 Cor. vii. 6.

the keeping of their souls to him in God, who is rich in mercy.---Eph. well doing; as unto a faithful Creator: ii. 4.

1 Pet. iy. 19. Be not moved away from the hope Casting all your care upon him, of the gospel.-Col. i. 23.

for he careth for you.-1 Pet. v. 7. Remembering, &c. your patience of Perfect love casteth out fear, &c: hope.-- 1 Thess. i. 3.

he that feareth is not made perfect in We both labour and suffer reproach, love.-1 John iv. 18. because we trust in the living God, Keep yourselves in the love of God, who is the Saviour, &c.-1 Tim. looking for the mercy of our Lord iv. 10.

Jesus.-Jude 21. He abideth faithful, he cannot deny himself.—2 Tim. ii. 13. Heb. x. 23.

Secr. XI.

To walk humbly before Be followers of them who through

God, abasing ourselves ; opposing faith and patience inherit the pro

all high thoughts within us, and mises, &c. Abraham, &c. after he

avoiding boasting : the Reasons. had patiently endured, he obtained the Tue inhabitants of the world, after promise, &c. God willing to shew, the flood, said they would build a &c. the immutability of his counsel, tower up to heaven, and make to them confirmed it by an oath : that by two selves a name, &c. but God scattered immutable things, in which it was them.-Gen. xi, 1, &c. impossible for God to lie, &c.-Heb. Abraham said, Behold now, I have vi, 12. 15. 17, 18.;

taken upon me to speak unto the Ye have need of patience, that after Lord, which am but dust and ashes. ye have done the will of God, ye might -Gen. xviii. 27. Exod. ii. 11. receive the promise: for yet a little : Jacob said, &c. I am not worthy of while, and he that shall come will the least of all (or I am less than all) come, and will not tarry. Now the the mercies, and of all the truth which just shall live by faith, &c.-Heb. xi thou hast shewed unto thy servant: 36-38.

for with my staff I passed over, &c. Let us run with patience the race Gen. xxxii. 9, 10. that is set before us; looking unto Pharaoh said unto Joseph, &c. I Jesus, &c.--Heb. xii. 1, 2. · have heard say of thee, that thou canst

The trying of your faith worketh understand a dream, to interpret ita patience; and let patience have her And Joseph answered Pharaoh, sayperfect work, that ye may be perfect ing, It is not in me; God shall give and entire, &c.James 1.3, 4. Pharaoh an answer of peace.-Gen.

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto xli, 15, 16. Exod. iii. 11. the coming of the Lord. Behold the Moses said, &c. Thus saith the husbandman waiteth, &c. Be ye also Lord, &c. How long wilt thou refuse patient ; establish your hearts, &c. to humble thyself before me? Behold, we count them happy which Exod. x. 3. endure. Ye have heard of the pati- I know that the Lord is greater ence of Job, and have seen the end of than all gods: for in the thing wherein the Lord: that the Lord is very piti- they dealt proudly, he was above fal, and of tender mercy.-James v. them.--Exod. xviii. 11. 7, 8. 11.

Hath the Lord spoken only by Wherefore gird up the loins of Moses ; hath he not spoken also by your mind, be sober, and hope to the us? And the Lord heard, &c. and end, for the grace that is to be brought the anger of the Lord was kindled unto you, &c.—1 Pet. i. 13.

against them.-Numb. xii. 2. 9. Wherefore let them that suffer ac- Korah, Dathan and Abiram, and others, gathered themselves together and thou hast humbled thyself before against Moses and Aaron: and said the Lord, &c. behold therefore, &c to them, Ye take too much upon you thou shalt be gathered into thy grave (or it is too much for you), seeing all in peace, and thine eyes shall not see the congregation are holy, every one all the evil which I will bring, &c.of them, and the Lord is among them: 2 Kings xxii. 19, 20. wherefore then lift you up yourselves. Who am I? and what is my people, above the congregation of the Lord ? that we should be able to offer? &c. &c. Moses sent to call Dathan and of thine own have we given thee.Abiram, &c. which said, We will not 1 Chron. xxix. 14. come up, &c. God was angry, and the When Uzziah was strong, his heart earth opened and swallowed them up. was lifted up to his destruction.-Numb. xvi. 1-3. 12. 21. 31,32. 2 Chron. xxvi. 16.

Israel warned, that when they But Hezekiah rendered not again should be full, they should not be according to the benefit done unto lifted


in heart.-Deut. viii. 10–14. him; for his heart was lifted up, Speak not thon in thine heart, after therefore there was wrath upon him, that the Lord thy God hath cast them &c. Notwithstanding Hezekiah bumout from before thee, saying, For bled himself for the pride of his heart my righteousness the Lord hath (or lifting up of his heart), so that the brought me in to possess this land, wrath of the Lord came not upon &c. Understand therefore, that the them in the days of Hezekiah.' God Lord thy God giveth thee not this left him, &c. that he might know all good land to possess it, for thy righte- that was in his heart.—2 Chron. ousness; for thou art a stiff-necked xxxii. 25, 26. 31. Isa. xxxix. people, &c.-Deut. ix. 4–6.

Haman: his pride put

him Saul hath slain his thousands, and venge and blood, and that proved his David his ten thousands; and Saul ruin.Esth. iii.5, 6. v. 5.9, &c. vii. was very wrath, and the saying dis- What is man that thou shouldest pleased him; and he said, They have magnify him? and that thou shouldest ascribed unto David ten thousands, set thine heart upon him ?-Job vii. and to me they have ascribed but 17. Ps. cxliv. 3, xc. 5, 6. thousands; and what can he have For vain (or empty) man would be more but the kingdom-1 Sam. wise; though man be born like a xviii. 7, 8.

wild ass's colt.-Job xi. 12. I will yet be more vile than thus, Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and will be base in mine own sight. and fro? and wilt thou pursue the -2 Sam. vi. 21-23.

dry stubble ? for thou writest bitter But thine eyes are upon the haugh- things against me.-Job xiii. 25, 26. ty, that thou mayest bring them Man that is born of a woman is of down.- 2 Sam. xxii. 28. Obad. 3, 4. few days and full of trouble: he

Seest thou how Ahab humbleth cometh forth like a flower, and is cut himself, &c. because he humbleth down: he fleeth also as a shadow, himself before me, I will not bring and continueth not: and dost thou the evil in his days.--1 Kings xxi. 29. open thine eyes upon such a one ?-

Naaman was wrath, and went away, Job xiv. 1-4. Ps. cxliv. 3. and said, Behold, I thought he will When men are cast down, then thou surely come out unto me, &c. Are shalt say, There is lifting up: and he not, &c. rivers of Damascus, better shall save the humble person.—Job than all the waters of Israel ? &c. xxii. 29. So he turned, and went away in a The stars are not pure in his sight; rage, &c.—2 Kings v. 11-14. how much less man that is a worm

Because their heart was tender, Job-xxv. 5, 6. Xxxv. 5-8.

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Elihu being young, would not speak he giveth grace unto the lowly. before the old men had spoken. Prov. iii. 7. 34. Job xxxii. 46.

These things doth the Lord hate, Job said, Behold I am vile; what a proud look (or haughty eyes). shall 1 answer thee? I will lay my Prov. vi. 16, 17. hand upon my


: once have Í When pride cometh, then cometh spoken, &c. but I will proceed no shame; but with the lowly is wisdom. farther --Job xl. 3--5. Ezra ix. 10.13. -Prov. xi. 2.

Now mine eye seeth thee; where- The way of the fool is right in his fore I abhor myself, and repent in own eyes.-Prov. xii. 15. dust and ashes. - Job xlii. 5, 6. Only by pride cometh contention,

When I consider thy heavens, &c. -Prov. xiii. 10. what is man that thou art mindful of Before honour is humility.-Prov. him and the son of man, that thou xv. 33. xviii. 12. visitest him ?--Ps. viii. 3, 4. Heb. All the ways of a man are clean in ii. 6. Ps. cxliv. 3, 4,

his own eyes, &c. every one that is He forgetteth not the cry of the proud in heart, is an abomination to humble.-Ps. ix, 12. X. 17.

the Lord, &c. Pride goeth before But I am a worm, and no man.- destruction, and an haughty spirit Ps. xxii. 6.

before a fall; better it is to be of an The Lord is nigh unto them that humble spirit with the lowly, than to are of a broken heart, and saveth divide the spoil with the proud.such as be of a contrite spirit.-Ps. Prov. xvi. 2. 5. 19, 19. xvii. 12. Xxxiv. 18.

Whoso mocketh the poor, reproachEvery man at his best state is alto- eth his Maker.-Prov. xvii

. 5. gether vanity.-Ps. xxxix, 5. 11. Most men will proclaim every one

The sacrifices of God are a broken his own goodness (or bounty) - Prov. spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, XX. 6. O God, thou wilt not despise.-Ps. Every way of a man is right in his li. 17.

own eyes, but the Lord pondereth Surely men of low degree are va- the heart.-Prov. xxi. 2. nity, and men of high degree a lie ; Put not forth thyself in the preto be laid in the balance they are al- sence of the king, and stand not in together lighter than vanity.-Ps. the place of great men. For better Ixii. 9. cxlvi. 3, 4.

it is that it be said unto thee, Come So foolish was I, and ignorant; I up hither; than that thou shouldest was as a beast before thee.-Ps. be put lower in the presence of the lxxiii. 22.

prince. Prov. xxv. 6, 7. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark ini- Seest thou a man wise in his own quities, O Lord, who shall stand conceit? there is more hope of a fool Ps. CXXX. 3.

than of him.-Prov. xxvi. 12. Lord, my heart is not hanghty, nor Let another man praise thee, and mine

eyes lofty, &c. --Ps. cxxxi. 1, 2. not thine own mouth; a stranger, Though the Lord be high, yet hath and not thine own lips. The full soul he respect unto the lowly; but the loatheth the honey-comb; but to the proud he knowethafar off.-Ps. hungry soul every bitter thing is Cxxxviii. 6.

sweet-Prov. xxvii. 2. 7. Lord, what is man, that thou takest He that is of a proud heart, stirknowledge of him? &c. that thou reth up strife.-Prov. xxviii. 25. makest account of him? Man is like A man's pride shall bring him low: to vanity-Ps. cxliv. 3, 4.

but honour shall uphold the humble Be not wise in thine own eyes, &c. in spirit.-Prov. xxix. 23. Surely he scorneth the scorners, but Surely I am more brutish than any 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.—Prov. xxx. 2. 12, 13. word.—Isa. lxvi. 1, 2.

The lofty looks of inan 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 his 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.- Isav. 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 into 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 Behold, 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, &e. 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 him that is and the haughty shall be humbled.-- high.-Ezek. xxi. 26. izny 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 into 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 lyii. 15.,

from thee, &c. He was driven from

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