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“I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou bast considered my
trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities.” In the deepest ad-
versities, when all forsook me, then I found Thee to be my Friend and
Supporter. Cicero says,' Amicus certus in re incertâ cernitur:' equivalent
to, 'A friend in need is a friend indeed;' and such a Friend is God :
human friendships may fail ; but the friend of sinners never.*-An
abundant recompense will be made for them, Matt. 5. 10; Luke 6. 22 ;
Rom. 8. 18; 2 Cor. 4. 17; Jam. 1. 12; 1 Pet. 1.7 ; 21. 9; 3. 15; 4.
13; Rev. 2. 10; 7. 13—17;—we may desire, and pray for deliverance
out of them, 2 Kings 20. 1; 2 Chron. 33. 12; Ps. 6. 1; 7.1; 18. 3,
&c.; Matt. 26. 39; 2 Cor. 12. 8; Jam. 5. 13;—how to behave to those
who suffer them, 2 Kings 8. 2, 9; Job 2. 11; 6. 14; 16. 5; 30.25 ; Ps.
35. 13; Is. 58. 7, &c.; Matt. 25. 35; Rom. 12. 15; 2 Tim. 1. 16—18;
Heb. 13. 3; Jam. 1. 27.7

(50.) Of Resignation to the Divine will,—in Aaron, Lev. 10. 3 ;-in Eli,
1 Sam. 3. 18;—in Job, Job 1. 20;-in David, 2 Sam. 15. 26; Ps. 39. 9 ;
-in Hezekiah, 2 Kings 20. 29 ;-in Mary, Luke 1.38;—in Jesus, Matt.
26. 42; Mark 14. 36; Luke 22.42; John 18. 11 ;-in Paul, Phil. 4.11;
-recommended to the church, Jam. 4. 10.7

(51.) Of Trust in God,-a duty, and motives to it, Job 38. 41 ; Ps. 22.
4; 31. 19; 37. 3; 56. 3 ; 91. 2; 104. 27; 115. 9; 118. 8; 125. 1; 147.
9; Prov. 16. 20; 28. 25; 29. 25; 30. 5; Jer. 17. 5,7; 39. 18; 1 Pet.
5.7;—declarations of it, by Hezekiah, 2 Kings, 18. 5;-by Asa, 2 Chr.
14. 11;—by David, Ps. 3. 6; 27. 3; 57. 1; 61. 4;-hy Isaiah, Is. 12.
2;- by Paul, 2 Tim. 1. 12; 4. 18 ;-in any thing besides God censured,
Job 31. 24; Ps. 33. 16; 44. 6; 49.6; 52. 7; 62. 10; 118. 8; 146.3;
Is. 30. 1; 31. 1; Jer. 17. 5; 1 Tim. 6. 17.+

(52.) Of the Fear of Godrecommended, Deut 6. 13; 10. 12; Josh. 24.
14; 1 Sam. 12. 24; 1 Chr. 16. 25; Ps. 2. 11; 33.8; Prov. 3. 7 ; 23. 17;
Ecc. 12. 13; Mal. 1. 6; Heb. 12. 28; 1 Pet. 2. 17;—motives to it,
Deut. 32. 39 ; 1 Sam. 2. 6; Job 13. 11 ; 28, 28 ; Ps. 34. 7, 9; 76. 7;
103. 13, 17 ; 111. 10; 130. 4; Prov. 1.7 ; 14. 26; Matt. 10.28; Luke
1. 50 ;-opposed to presumption, Prov. 28. 14; Rom. 11. 20; 1 Cor.
10. 12; Phil. 2. 12; Heb. 4. 1; 12. 28; 1 Pet. 1. 17;—happy effects of
it, Ps. 25. 12; 112. 1; Prov. 9. 10; 16. 6; 19. 23; 22. 4; Ecc. 8. 12;
_marks of it, Prov. 3. 13 ;-of punishment, a motive to obedience, Job
31. 23; Luke 12.5; 2 Cor. 5. 11 ;—the effect of guilt, Gen. 3. 8; 4. 14;
32. 7; Acts 16. 38 ; 24. 25; James 2. 19;-of man, the bounds of it,
Deut. 7. 17, &c.; Ps. 56. 4; 118. 6; Prov. 29. 25; Is. 8. 12; 51. 7;
Matt. 10. 26; Heb. 12.7

(53.) Of the Love of men to God, Deut. 6. 5; 10. 12; Josh. 23. 11 ;
Ps. 31. 23; Matt. 22, 37;-how to be expressed, 1 John 2. 5; 4. 21 ;

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of Christ, Col. 1. 27; 1 Thess. 1. 3; 2 Thess. 2. 16; Tit. 1. 2 ;-—said to be saved by it, Rom. 8. 24;—rejoicing in it, 12. 12 ;-a motive to virtue, Rom. 15. 4, 13; Heb. 3. 6; 1 Pet. 1. 13.*

(55.) Of Despairto be guarded against, Ps. 34. 19; 37. 24 ; 113. 7; 140. 12; 145. 14; Luke 18. 1: 2 Cor. 4. 8; Gal. 6.9; 2 Thess. 3. 13; Heb. 12. 3.*

(56.) Of Contentmentrecommended, Prov. 30. 8, 9; Heb. 13. 5; 1 Tim. 6. 6; 1 Cor. 7. 20;-of Esau, Gen. 33.9 ;—of Barzillai, 2 Sam. 19. 35;—of the Shunamite, 2 Kings 4. 13;—of Paul, Phil. 4. 11.*

(57.) Of Anriety,—about worldly things, to be avoided, Matt. 6. 25; 13. 22; Luke 12. 22; John 6. 27 ; 1 Cor. 7.32; Phil. 4. 6; 1 Tim. 6. 8.*

(58.) Of Conversion-of sinners acceptable to God, Matt. 18. 14 ; Luke 15. 7, 10 ;—will ensure salvation, Ezek. 18. 27; Luke 15. 18, &c.;beneficial to those that promote it, Dan. 14. 3; Tim. 4. 16; James 5. 19;—the signs of it, Is. 1. 16; Joel 2. 13; James 4. 8.*

(59.) Of Salvation, or deliverance,—is from God only, Ps. 3. 8; Is. 43. 11; Hos. 13. 4; Jon. 2. 9;—or Divine favour, offered to all, Ezek. 18. 32; 33. 11; John 1. 9, 29; 1 Tim. 2. 4; Tit. 2. 11; 2 Pet. 3. 9; 1 John 2. 2 ;-through the mediation of Christ, John 3. 17; 12. 32; 14. 6; Acts 4. 12.* (60.) Of Confession—of Christ, a necessary duty, Matt. 10.32; Mark

Luke 9. 26 ; 12. 8; Rom. 10. 9; 2 Tim. 2. 12; 1 John 2. 23; 4. 15;—to God, Judg. 10. 10, 15; Ezr. 9.5; Neh. 1. 6; Ps. 32. 5; 38. 18; 41. 4; 51. 3 ; 119. 67, 176 ; Prov. 28. 13; Jer. 3. 13; Dan. 9. 5,

John 1. 8, 9;—to one another, Lev. 5.5; Num. 5.7; Matt. 3.6; Mark 1. 5; Acts 19. 18; James 5. 16.*

(61.) Of the Gospel.—The word Gospel, from the Anglo-Saxon god, good, and spell, a message or tidings, denotes good tidings, exactly corresponding to the original term EYATTEALON, from ev, good, and ayyedia, a message or tidings; which is evidently intended to point out the good message, or 'glad tidings of great joy, to all people, peace and reconciliation by Christ Jesus, which God by them proclaims to the world.t-The blessings of it, Rom. 1. 16; 1 Cor. 1. 18; Eph. 2. 1, &c.; 1 Pet. 1. 1, &c.;superior to the law of Moses, John 1. 17; 2 Cor. 3. 7;—the danger of rejecting it, Mark 16. 16; Luke 10. 16; John 3. 36; 12. 48; Heb. 2.3; 10. 28; 12. 25;---to whom it is hidden, 2 Cor. 4. 3, 4;no other to be preached, Gal. 1. 8, 9;—the remarkable propagation of it, Mark 4. 30; John 12. 32 ; Acts 2. 41; 4. 4; 6. 7; 12. 24 ; 13. 49; 19. 20; 1 Cor. 16. 9.*

(62.) Of the Commandments,—the ten delivered by God from Mount Sinai, Ex. 20. 1, &c.; Deut. 5. 6, &c.;—not abrogated by Christ, Matt. 5. 17; Mark 10. 17; Luke 18. 18 ;-keeping them not a condition of life, Matt. 19. 17; Mark 10. 19; Luke 18. 20.*

(63.) Of Moral duties,-exhortation to them, Rom. 22. 2, &c.; Eph. 4. 2;

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5. 1, &c.; Phil. 4. 8; Col. 3. 1; 1 Thess. 4. 1; 5. 4; Tit. 3. 8; Heb. 13. 1, &c.; 1 Pet. 1, 15; 2 Pet. 1. 5;-comprised in a small compass, Mic. 6. 8; Matt. 7. 12; 22. 37; Gal. 5. 14.*

(64.) Of the Duty of man-in general, Deut. 10. 12; Josh. 22. 5; Ps. 1. 1, &c.; Ezek. 18. 5; Hos. 12. 6; Mic. 6. 8; Zech. 7.9; 8. 16; Matt. 19. 16; 22. 37; 1 Tim. 6. 11; 2 Tim. 2. 22; Tit. 2. 11, &c.; James 1. 27;—a difference in its value, 1 Sam. 15. 22; Hos. 6. 6; Matt. 9. 13; 12. 7 ; 23. 23; Luke 11. 42.*

(65.) Of Perseverance in duty-enjoined, Matt. 10. 22; 24. 13; Luke 9. 62; Acts 13.43; 1 Cor. 15. 58 ; 16. 13; Col. 1. 23; 2 Thess. 3. 13; 1 Tim. 6. 14; Heb. 3. 6, 14; 10, 38; 2 Pet. 3. 17 ; Rev, 2. 10, 25.*

(66.) Of Instability-censured, 1 Kings 18. 21; Hos. 6. 4; Eph. 4. 14; Col 1, 23; James 1. 6.*

(67.) Of Marriage,—its institution, Gen, 2. 21;-indissoluble, Matt. 19. 5, “And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife : and they twain shall be one flesh?” cleave, a pookolAnongerai, shall be cemented to his wife,' as the Hebrew p27, davak, implies; a beautiful metaphor forcibly intimating that nothing but death can separate them.t “Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder;" joined together, ouvelevžev, "hath yoked together,' as oxen in the plough, where each must pull equally in order to bring it on. Among the ancients, they put a yoke upon the necks of a new married, couple, or chains on their arms, to shew that they were to be one, closely united, and pulling equally together in all the concerns of life.+-1 Cor. 6. 16; Eph. 5. 31; -unlawful ones, Lev. 18. 1, &c.;—with strangers forbidden to the Jews, Ez. 10.1; Neh. 13. 23 ;—lawful for all Christians, 1 Cor. 7. 38 ; 1 Tim. 5. 14; Heb. 13. 4;—when prudent, 1 Tim. 5. 14; 1 Cor. 7. 2, 9. “Let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband." In strictness, as Dr. Campbell observes, I have no right to call that idiov, own, which I enjoy in common with others; and no woman can call any man Ldiov avnp, her own husband,' whom she has in common with other women. In the New Testament we have always ιδιος ανηρ, never ιδια γυνη,

his own wife;' which is the more remarkable, as no such an expression occurs in the Septuagint. For, during that dispensation, things were on a different footing.

The words rendered his own wife,' are, tnv čavrov yuvn; for there was not the same reason for the explicitly strong restriction, on that side, which is contained in the word idios. This is absolutely decisive against polygamy; and places the husband and the wife entirely on the same ground; and as much forbids him to take another woman, as it does her to cohabit with another man.t-Not prudent in time of persecution, 1 Co. 7. 1, 7, 26.–St. Paul evidently gave this advice in reference to the necessities of the church, or what he calls, (ver. 26.) the present distress; for it would be perfectly absurd to imagine, that an in

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spired apostle would, in the general, discountenance marriage, since it was of the greatest importance to the existence and happiness of future generations, and expressly agreeable to a divine institution.*- -Between persons

of different religions, censured, Gen. 34. 14; Deut. 7.3; Josh. 23.12; 2 Kings 8.18; 2 Cor. 6. 14;none in heaven, Matt. 22. 30; Mark 12. 25; Luke 20. 35 ;-attended with feasting, Gen. 29. 22; Matt. 22. 3; John 2. 1; —the happiness of a suitable one, Pr. 12. 4; 18. 22; 19. 14; 31. 10, &c. ;—the misery of an unsuitable one. Pr. 12. 4 ; 19. 13; 21. 9, 19; 25. 24; 27. 15.7

(68.) Of Husbandstheir duty, Gen. 2. 24; Pr. 5. 15, 18; Mal. 2. 14, 15; 1 Cor. 7.3; Eph. 5. 25; Col, 3. 19; 1 Pet. 3. 7.4

(69.) Of Wives—not to be slandered, Deut. 22. 13;—when not to cohabit with, Lev. 20. 18;—their duty, Gen. 3. 16; Eph. 5. 22 ; Col. 3. 18; Tit. 2. 5; 1 Pet. 3. 1.7

(70.) Of Chastity-recommended, 1 Thess. 4. 3; Col. 3.5;-an example of it in Joseph, Gen. 39. 7:—in Job, 31. 1.7

(71.) Of Adulteryforbidden, Exod. 20. 14; Lev. 18. 20; Deut. 5. 18; -punishable with death, Lev. 20. 10; Deut. 22. 22; — will be punished by God, Mal. 3. 5; 1 Cor. 6. 9; Heb. 13. 4;—not to be committed in thought, Matt, 5. 28 ;-the temporal evils of, Prov. 6. 26, 32 ;-motives to avoid it, Prov. 5. 15; 6. 32.7

(72.) Of Parents—to be honoured, Exod. 20. 12; Deut. 5. 16; Eph. 6. 2 ;-law against cursing them, Exod. 21. 17; Lev. 20. 9; Pr. 20. 20;or smiting them, Exod. 21. 15;—their duty, to educate their children religiously, Gen. 18. 19; Dieut. 4. 9; 6. 6, 7; 11. 19; 32. 46; Ps. 78. 5; Pr. 22. 6; Joel 1. 3 ; Eph. 6. 4;—not to spare necessary correction, 1 Sam. 3. 13; Pr. 13. 24; 19. 18; 22. 15; 23. 13, 14; 29. 15, 17; - not to discourage them too much, Eph. 6. 4; Col. 3. 31;—to provide for their children, 2 Cor. 12. 14; 1 Tim. 5. 8;—partiality to children to be avoided, Gen. 37. 3, 4; Matt. 22. 16; 1 Tim. 5. 21;—their joy or sorrow from their children's education, Pr. 10.1; 15. 20; 17. 21, 25; 19. 13; 29. 15, 17 ;—examples, of Abraham, Gen. 18. 19;-of David, 1 Chr. 28. 9;—of Job, Job 1.5;—of Lemuel, Pr. 31.1;-of the parents of Timothy, 2 Tim. 5; 3. 15.7

(73.) Of Childrento be instructed, Gen. 18. 19; Deut. 4. 9; 6. 6; 11. 19; Ps. 78. 5; Eph. 6. 4;—their duty, to regard the directions of their parents, Lev. 19. 3; Pr. 1. 8; 6. 20; 13. 1 ; 15. 5; 23. 22; Luke 2. 51; Eph. 6. 1; Col. 3. 20;—not to grieve their parents, Prov. 19. 62; —not to rob their parents, Prov. 28. 24 ;—not to despise them, Deut. 27. 16; Pr. 15. 5, 20; 23. 22; 30. 17; Ezek. 22. 7 ;-to honour and maintain them, Ex. 20. 12; Deut. 5. 16; Eph. 6. 2, 3 ;—the smiting of their parents punishable with death, Ex. 21, 15; Lev. 20. 9; Deut. 21. 18, &c.;—not to bear malice, but to love one another, John 13. 34 ; 15. 12, 17; Rom. 12. 9, 10; Heb. 13. 1 ; 1 John 2. 9, 10; 3. 23; 4. 7, 11, 20;—to suffer for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth generation, Ex. 20. 5; Deut. 5. 9;—this to be reversed, Ezek. 18. 1, &c.;good, a blessing to their parents, Pr. 10. 1; 15. 20; 23. 24 ; 29.11; 29. 3 ;-wicked, and undutiful, a disgrace and a curse, Pr. 10. 1; 17. 21, 25; 19. 13; 28.7; 29. 15.*

(74.) Of Brethren,—to forgive each other, Matt. 5. 23, 24 ; 18. 21, 22 ;—to bear one another's burdens, and admonish each other, Gal. 6. 2 ; 2 Thess. 3. 13–15;—to confess their faults, and pray for each other, Jam. 5. 16;—to love each other, Rom. 12. 10; 1 Thess. 4. 9; Heb. 13. 9;—how to prevent anger and hatred between, Matt. 18. 15.*

(75.) Of Masters,—their duty to instruct their servants as well as their children, Gen. 18. 19; Josh. 24. 15; Acts 10.2 ;—not to permit them to labour on the sabbath, Ex. 20. 10;—to use them with tenderness, Lev. 25. 43, 46, 53; Deut. 24. 14; Job 31. 13; Matt. 8. 5; Luke 7. 2; Col. 4. 1; Eph. 6. 9;—to pay them duly, Lev. 19. 12; Deut. 24. 15; Jer. 22, 13; Mal. 3. 5; Jam. 5. 4.*

(76.) Of Servants,-laws concerning them, Ex. 21. 2, 26, &c.;—fugitive, not to be delivered up, Deut. 23. 15;—not to be oppressed, 24. 14;—an Israelite to have his liberty in the seventh year, or at the Jubilee, Ex. 21. 2; 25. 40;—their duty, to be diligent and obedient, Eph. 6. 5—7; Col. 3. 22; 1 Tim. 6.1; Tit. 2. 9; 1 Pet. 2. 18;—not to purloin, Tit. 2. 10;—not to be slothful or wasteful, Pr. 18. 9; John 6. 12.*

(77.) Of Magistrates,—to be respected, Ex. 22. 28; Deut. 17. 8, &c.; Acts 23. 5;-beathen, to be obeyed by Christians, Rom. 13. 1, 3; Tit. 3. 1; 1 Pet. 2. 13;—not a terror to the good, but to the evil, 4. 7.*

(78.) Of Old age,—to be respected, Lev. 19. 32 ; 1 Tim. 5.1 ;-what renders it valuable and venerable, Pr. 21. 31; 20. 29 ;--the infirmities of it, Ecc. 12. 1, &c.; as exemplified in Barzillai, 2 Sam. 19. 33—40. The whole of this little episode is extremely interesting, and contains an affecting description of the infirmities of old age. The venerable and kind Barzillai was fourscore years old ; his ear was become dull of hearing, and his relish for even royal dainties was gone: the evil days had arrived in which he was constrained to say, 'I have no pleasure in them :' Ec. 12. 1.) Non eadem vini, atque cibi, torpente palato, gaudio, Nor wine, nor food, his torpid palate please.' (Juvenal, Sat. x. v. 203.) As he was too old either to enjoy the pleasures of a court, or to be of any further service to the king, he finishes his affecting address to the aged monarch, with the request that he would suffer him to enjoy what old men naturally desire, to die in mine own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and my mother;' at the same time commending his son Chimham to his kind offices.f—The duty required of it, Tit. 2. 2 ;—of the antediluvians, Gen. 5. 1, &c.

(79.) Of Young persons,—their duty, Lev. 19. 32; Pr. 1. 8; Ecc. 12. 1; Isa. 3.5; Lam. 3. 27; Tit. 2. 6; 1 Pet. 5. 5;-examples of good

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