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VI. Neither prayer, nor any

other part of religious

worship, is, now under the gospel, either tied unto, Or

made more acceptable by, formed, or towards which i be worshipped every where

God, and his iudgments and his statuteS. y Isa. xix. 21. And the Lord shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day, and shall do sacrifi : and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the Lord, and perform it. With Eccl. v. 4. When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it, for he hath no pleasure in fools; pay that which thou hast vowed. Ver. 5. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. * Z, Joel ii. 12, Therefore also now, saith the Lord, Turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with “fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. Esth. iv. ig. Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day; I also and my maidens will fast likewise, and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish. Matth. ix. 15. And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride-chamber mourn as long as the bridegroom is, with them 2 but the days will, come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. 1 Cor; vii. 5. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be

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with consent for a timo that yo may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together *g” that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. *[Psal. à throughout] o: As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned o: them #: sorrow to joy, and from * into a o ão that they should oake them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions ° to another, and gifts to the poor. b Heb. xii. 28. Wherefore, we receiving a kingdom which i. be moved, let us have grao wfiereby we may serve o o W1 erence and godly fe” o C John . . Jesus saith unt” her, woman, believe o the hour cometh, when ye shall neither * this mountain, nor yet * Jerusalem, worship the Father. * ol. i. ii. For from the rising of the sun, even unto thogo down of the same, my namo shall be great among the Gentiles, and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering 3. ... name shall be great ano the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts. 1 Tim: ii. 8. I will therefore that men Pro/ holy hands,

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* the heathen that know thee * and upon the families that call * on thy name: for they have * up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made *habitation desolate Deut. vi. 6. And these words which 1 command thee his day shall be in thine hearts. ; "...And thou shalt teach them ligently unto thy children; and halt *k of them when thou sites: "...hine house, and when thou Wilkest by the Way, and when thou CŞt down, and when thou risest . Job i. 5. And it was so, when * days of their feasting were gone * that Job sent assi sanctified *m, and rose up early in the morn"Š, and offered burnt-offerings, ac

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Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance, and supplication for all saints. . i Isa. lvi. 6. Also the sons of the

stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the . name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath. from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant : Ver. 7. Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, . and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and ,

their sacrifices shall be accepted upon

mine altar; for mine house shall be : called an house of prayer for all. people. Heb. x. 25. Not forsaking . the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another+ and so much the more, as ye see the day ap--proaching. Prov. i. 20. Wisdom crieth without, she uttereth her voice in the streets: Ver. 21. She criethin the chief place of concourse

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VII. As it is of the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be, set apart for the worship of of God; so, in his word, by a positive, moral, and o pool commandment, binding all men in all go o

e ‘hath particularly appointed one day in seven for a sabbath, to be kept holy unto him k . . which, from the * o of the 'world to the resurrection of Choo was the last day of the week ; and, from the resurrection is of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week', which in scripture is called the Lord's Day", and is o

in the openings of the gates: in the bath-day, and hallowed it. Isa, lvi. 2. city she uttereth her words, saying, Blessed is the man that doeth this, ver. 24. Because I have called, and and the so" of man that layeth ye refused, I have stretched out my hold on it: that keepeth the sabbath hand, and no man regarded. Prov. from polluting it, and keepeth his ' '. vii. 31. Blessed is the man that hand from doing, *. evil. Ver, 4. & heareth me, watching daily at my For thus saith the Lord unt” the o gates, waiting at the posts of my eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and

ãoors. Acts xiii. 42. And when choose the things that please me, the Jews were gone out of the syna- and take hold” of my covenant. gogue, the Gentiles, besought that Ver. 6, 7. [See in letter i. & these words might be preached to o,"; ... And on the seventh them the next sabbath, Luke iv.16, day God ended his work which he And he came to Nazareth, where had made : and he rested on the o he had been brought up ; and, as seventh day from all his work which to his custom was, he went into the he had made. Ver, 3. And God synagogue on the sabbath-day, and blessed the seventh day, and Sanct!” stood up for to read. Acts ii. 42, fied i: ; because that in it he had And they continued stedfastly in rested from all his work which God the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, created and made. 1 Cor. xvi. 1. and in breaking of bread, and in Now concerning the collection for prayers. - - the saints, as I have given order t0 Wii k Exod, xx. s. Remember the churches of Galoi".”. o the sabbath-day, to keep it holy, ye. Ver.,2. Up” the first day of ver, 10. But the seventh day is the the week let every 9. of you lay by sabbath of the Lord thy God : in it him in store, as God hath prospered thou shalt not do any work, thou, him, that there be no gather"; nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy when I come. Atto” 7. And upon man-servant, zor thy maid-servant, the first day of the week, when to northy cattle, northy stranger that disciples came together to break is within thy gates, ver, 11. For bread, Paul preached uno them, in six days the Lord made heaven ready to depart on the morrow, * and earth, the sea, and all that in continued his speech until midnight.

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sabbath-day, he shall surely be put
to death. Ver. 16. Wherefore the
children of Israel shall keep the
sabbath, to observe the sabbath
throughout their generations, for
a perpetual covenant. Ver. 17. It
is a sign between me and the chil-
dren of Israel for ever: for in six
days the Lord made heaven and
earth, and on the seventh day he
rested, and was refreshed. Isa. lviii. 13.
lf thou turn away thy foot from the
sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on
my holy day, and call the sabbath
a delight, the holy of the Lord,
honourable, and shalt honour him,
not doing thine own ways, nor
finding thine own pleasure, nor
speaking thine own words. Neh.
xiii. 15. In those days saw I in
Judah some treading wine-presses
on the sabbath, and bringing in
sheaves, and lading asses; as also
wine, grapes, and figs, and all
manner of burdens, which they
brought into Jerusalem on the sab-
bath-day : and I testified against
them in the day wherein they sold
victuals. Ver. 16. There dwelt men

of Tyre also therein, which brought

fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. ver. 17. Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath-day f ver, is, Did not your fathers *

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CHAP. XXII. Of lawful Oaths and Vows.

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LAWFUL oath is a part of religious worship',
wherein, upon just occasion, the person swearing

solemnly calleth God to witness what he asserteth or romiseth ; and to judge him according to the truth Or alsehood of what he sweareth".

II. The name of God only is ought to swear, and therein it is • holy fear and reverence " . , therefore to swear vainly or rasily by that glorious and dreadful name, * to SWeåso

and did not our God bring all this
evil upon us, and upon this city ?
yet ye bring more wrath , upon
israel, by profaning the sabbath.
Ver. 19. And it came to pass, that,
when the gates of Jerusalem began
to be dark before the sabbath, I
commanded that the gates should
be shut, and charged that they
should not be opened till after the
sabbath ; and some of my servants
set I at the gates, that there should
no burden be brought in on the
sabbath-day. Ver. 21. Then I tes-
tified against them, and said unto
them, Why lodge ye about the
wall 2 If ye do so again, I will lay
hands on you. From that time forth
came they no more on the sabbath.
Ver, 22. And I commanded the
Levites, that they should cleanse
themselves, and that they should
conje od keep the gates, to sanctify
the sabbath-day. Remember me, O
my God, concerning this also, and
spare me according to the greatness
of thy mercy.
P Isa. lviii. 13. [See in letter o.
Matth. xii. l, to the 13th Kerse.]

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