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and with all the soul, and with all the might". But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshipped according to the imaginations

therman or woman, ver, 16. And also concerning Maachah, the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she * made an idol in a grove; and As cut down her idol, and stampt it, and burnt it at the brook own. Dan, iii. 29. Therefore i make a decree, That every people, **, and language, which speak oy thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill; because there is no other god that *" deliver after this sort.” I Tim. ** For kings, and for all that ** authority; that we may lead * *t and peaceable life in all o and honesty. Isa. xlix. 23. : kings, shall be thy nursing... and their queens thy nurs. o; they shall bow down ** with their face toward the .*, *.dick up the duo of hy * *nd thou shalt know that of o the Lord: for they shall not ... that wait for me. pass :* 2. And it shall come to ho "that day, saith the Lord of 0 o that I will cut off the names the i idols out of the land, and . all no more be remembered: and .* I will cause the prophets of unclean spirit to pass out o and Ver. 3. And it shall yet * Pass, that when any shall his Prophesy, then his father and say o: that begat him shall or th ° him, Thou halt not live; * Speakest lies in the name ord; and his father and

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I. * Rom. i. 20. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. Acts xvii. 24. God, that

made the world, and all things

therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in Psal. cxix. 68. Thou art good, and doest good : teach me thy statutes. Jerx. 7. Who would not fear thee, O. King of nations 2 for to thee doth it appertain : forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee. Psal. xxxi. 23. O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Psal. xviii. 3. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies. Rom. x. 12. For there is no difference betwixt the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. Psal, lxii. 8. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him : God is a refuge for us. Josh. xxiv. 14. Now therefore fear the Ilord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which Yor fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt : *

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and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation, or any other way not prescribed

in the holy scripture".

II. Religious worship is to be given to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost ; and to him alone * : saints, or any other creature

serve ye the Lord. Mark xii. 33. And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrisices. b Deut. xii. 32. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. Matth. xv. 9. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the command'ments of men. Acts xvii. 25. Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. Matth. iv. 9. And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Ver. 10. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan : for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. [Deut. xv. to the 20th Perse.] Exod. xx. 4. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of

any thing that is in heaven above,

or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Ver. 5. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them : for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, wisiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and

iove indeed a shew of wisdom in

not to angels, d : and, since the fall, not without

fourth generation of them that have me ver, 6...And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep o' command. ". ments. Col. ii. 23. Which things

will-worship and humility, and neglecting of the body, no; i. any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. • II. c Matth. iv. 10. [See before in letter b.] With john W. 23. That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father, He that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. And 290" xiii. 14. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the com: munion of the Holy Ghost, be with u all. Amen.

yo; Col. ii. 18. Let no on". be guile you of your reward, in * | Voluntary humility, and worshipping o of angéls, intruding,” those things which he hath not seen,

vainly puffed up by his fleshly . P. : 10. And I o ... his feet to worship him ,” he said unto me, Seeth" do not; I am thy fellow-servant, * of thy brethren that have o testimony of Jesus: worship Go for the testimony of #. is the spirit of prophecy. on. 1. . . W. *:::: the truth of God . to a lie, and worshipped and serve the creature more than the Creator,

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without a Mediator; nor in the mediation of any other but of Christ alone". III, Prayer, with thanksgiving, being one special part of religious worship", is by God required of all men"; and, that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the name of the Son", by the help of his Spirit, according to his will", with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency,

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IV. Prayer

with groanings which cannot be
k 1 John v. 14. And this is the
confidence that we have in him,
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to his will, he heareth us.

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king of all the earth : sing ye praises with understanding. Eccl. v. 1. Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Ver. 2. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any

thing before God: for God is in

heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. Heb. xii. 28. Wherefore, we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and godly fear. Gen. xviii. 27. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes. James v. 16. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed: the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James i. 6. But let him ask in faith, no" thing wavering : for he that Y." vereth is like a wave of the *** driven with the wind, and tossed.

F 4 Ver, 7. Ver, 7. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. Mark xi. 24. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Matth. vi. 12. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Ver. 14. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Ver, 15. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Col. iv. 2. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving. Eph. vi. 18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.


IV. Prayer is to be made for things lawful", and for all

sorts of men living, or that shall live hereafter"; but not

for the dead P, nor for those of whom it may be known

that they have sinned the sin unto death".

*1 Cor. xiv. 14. For if I pray

in an unknown tongue, my spirit

prayeth, but my understanding is:

unfruitful. • IV. "[l John v. 14. See letter k.] ° 1 Tim. ii. 1. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men: Ver. 2. For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. John xvii. 20. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word. 2 Sam. vii. 29. Therefore now let it please thee to bless, the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it; and with thy blessing let the house of thy ser.

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vant be blessed for ever. Ruth iv. 12. And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, (whom Tamar bare unto Judah,) of the seed which the Lord shall give thee of this young woman. p 3 . xii. 21. Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? Tho didst fast and weep for the child while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst ro and eat bread. Ver. 22. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept ; for I said: who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live Ver, 23. But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not . turn to me. With Luke xvi. 25. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime received: thy good things, and likewise Lázarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art to mented ver. 26. And beside all this, between us and you to is a great gulf fixed; so that they which would pass from hence,” you cannot ; neither can they pass to us that would come from thence. Rev. xiv. 13. And heard a voice from heaven, “Y” ing unto me, Write ; Blessed . the dead which die in the Lor from henceforth yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest * their labours; and their works do follow them. q 1 John v. 16. If any man *

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W. The reading of the scriptures with godly fear'; the sound preaching", and conscionable hearing of the word, in obedience unto God, with understanding, faith, and reVerence"; singing of psalms with grace in the heart"; as also, the due administration and worthy receiving of the sacraments instituted by Christ; are all parts of the ordimary religious worship of God": besides religious oaths:

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God. . Matth. xiii. 19, when
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For all those things hath mine hand
made, and all those things have been,
saith the Lord : but to this man will
I look, even to him that is poor, and
of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at

my word.
u Col. iii. 16. Let the word of
Christ dwell in you richly in all
wisdom; teaching and admonishing
one another in psalms, and hymns,
and spiritual songs, singing with
grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Eph. v. 19. Speaking to yourselves
in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual
songs, singing and making melody
in your hearts to the Lord. James
v. 13. Is any among you afflicted 2
let him pray. Is any merry 2 let
him sing psalms.
** Matth. xxviii. 19. Go ye there-
fore and teach all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
[l Cor. xi. 23. to. Verse 29.]. Acts
ii. 42. And they continued stedfastly
in the apostles' doctrine and fellow-
ship, and in breaking of bread, and

in prayers.
* Deut. vi. 13. Thou shalt fear
the Lord thy God, and serve him,
and shalt swear by his name. With
Neh. x. 29. They clave to their
brethren, their nobles, and entered
into a curse, and into an oath, to
walk in God's law, which was
given by Moses the servant of God,
and to observe and do all the
commandments of the Lord or
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