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Blefied * are they that (7) (9) Matt. xxv. 34, 35,40. Come, CONSIDER the Poor


the ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Lord will deliver them in the the Foundation of the World; for.

Kingdom prepared for you from time of Trouble :

I was an hungred, and ye gave me The Lord will preserve Meat; I was thirsty, and ye gavę chem, and keep them alive,

me Drink; I was a Stranger, and

ye took me in; naked, and ye and they shall be blessed up-cloathed me, c. Inasmuch as ye on the Earth; and thou wilt have done it unto one of the least not deliver them into the it unto me.

of these my Brethren, ye have done Will of thine Enemies.

The Lord will strengthen (r) 2 Cor. iv. 16, 17. Though our them upon the Bed of () ward Man is renewed Day by

outward Man PERISH, yet the in-. Janguishing, and will make Day. For our light Affliction, all their Beds in their Sick, which is but for a Moment, workness.

eth for us a far more exceeding God is their y Refuge and eternal Weight of Glory. and STRENGTH, a very prefent HELP in time of Trouble.

(s) Heb. x111.6. The Lord is my

Helper, and I will not fear what Man Therefore they do not (s) shall do unto me. Chap. vi. 19. FEAR, though the Earth bé Which Hore we have as an Anremoved, and though the fast, and which entereth into that

chor of the Soul, both sure and stedMountains be carried into the within the Vail. midst of the Sea.

() Fohn xi. 25, 26. I am the God - will (1) REDEEM he that believeth in me, though

RESURRECTION and the LIFE: their Soul from the Power of he were dead, yet shall be live ; the GRAVE, for he shall re- and whosoever liveth, and believceive them.

eth in me, shall never die. To him a that ordereth versation be without CóVETOUS

(u) Heb. XIII. 5. Let your Conhis Conversation (u) aright, ness, and be content with such God will shew his Salvation. things as ye have ; for he hath

said, I will never leave thee, nor Caft o thy (ac) BURDEN forláke thee. upon the Lord, and he shall (ap) Matt. X1. 28, 29. Come unto fustain thee; he shall never me, all ye that labour, and are heafuffer the Rich TEOUS to be wy laden, and I will give you Relt.



upon you, and learn moved :

of me, for Lam meek and lowly in What a time they are a- Heart, and ye shall find Rest unte fraid, in God they put their your Souls. TRUST, and will not fear what Flesh can do unto them.

For God that delivereth their Souls from DEATH, * PS. XLI. 1, 2, 3.

y PS. XLVI. 1, 2. 2 PS. XLIX. 15. Pf. 1. 23. b PS. Lv. 22. • P. LI. 3, '3. K 2



as the

The Blessedness of the Righteous. will deliver their Feet from (y) falling, that they may (0) 2 Cor. iv. 9. Persecuted, but walk before God in the Light

not FORSAKEN ; cast down, but of the Living.

Fret d not thy self because of evil Doers, neither be thou envious against the Workers of INIQUITY : For they shall soon be cut down like the Grass, and wither green

Herb. TRUST in the Lord, and do Good; fo shalt thou dwell in the Land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Delight thy self also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the Defires of thine Heart.

Commit thy Way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass :

And he shall bring forth thy RighTEOUSNESS as the Light, and thy JUDGMENT as the Noon-day.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him : Fret not thy self because of him who profpereth in his Way, because of the Man who bringeth wicked Devices to pass.

Cease from Anger, and forsake Wrath ; fret not thy self in any wise to do Evil :

For evil Doers shall be cut off; but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the Earth.

For yet a little while, and the Wicked shall not be; yea, thou shalt diligently confider his Place, and it shall not be.

But the Meek Thall inherit the Earth; and shall delight themselves in the Abundance of Peace.

The Wicked plotteth against the Just, and gnasheth upon him with his Teeth:

The Lord shall laugh at him, for he feeth that his Day is coming.

The Wicked have drawn out the Sword, and have bent their Bow to cast down the Poor and Needy, and to Nay such as be of upright Conversation :

Their Sword Thall enter into their own Heart, and their Bows shall be broken.

A little that the RIGHTEOUS Man hath, is better than the Riches of many Wicked.

For the Arms of the Wicked shall be broken ; but the Lord upholdeth the RIGHTEOUS.

The Lord knoweth the Days of the Upright; and their Inheritance shall be for ever.

Palm xxxy11. 1, to the End.


They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the Days of Famine they shall be satisfied.

But the Wicked Thall PERISH, and the Enemies of the Lord shall be as the Fat of Lambs, they shall CONSUME: into Smoak they shall consume away. The Wicked borroweth, and payeth not again ; but the

; RIGHTEOUS shewerh Mercy, and giveth.

For fuch as be bleffed of him, Thall inherit the Earth and they that be cursed of him, shall be cut off.

The Steps of a good Man are ordered by the Lord; and he delighteth in his Way : Though he fall

, he shall not be utterly cast down ; for the Lord upholdeth him with his Hand.

I have been young, and now am old, yet have I not seen the RIGHTEOUS forsaken, nor his Seed begging Bread.

He is ever merciful, and lendeth ; and his Seed is bleffed.

Depart from Evil, and do Good, and dwell for evermore.

For the Lord loveth Judgment, and FORSAKETH not his Saints; they are PRESERVED for ever : but the Seed of the Wicked shall be cut off.

The RIGHTEOUS fhall inherit the Land, and dwell therein for ever.

The Mouth of the Righteous speaketh Wisdom ; and bis Tongue talketh of Judgment :

The Law of his God is in his Heart, none of his Steps shall slide.

The Wicked watcheth the RIGHTEOUS, and seeketh to flay him :

The Lord will not leave him in his Hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

Wait on the Lord, and keep his Way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the Land : When the Wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

I have seen the Wicked in great Power, and spreading himself like a green Bay-Tree :

Yet he passed away, and lo, he was not ; yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

Mark the perfect Man, and behold the Upright, for the End of that Man is PEACE.

But the Transgreffors shall be destroyed together, the End of the Wicked shall be cut off.


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But the Salvation of the RIGHTEOUS is of the Lord

3 he is their Strength in the time of Trouble.

And the Lord fhall help them, and deliver them; he shall deliver them from the Wicked, and save them because they trust in him.

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(a) Matt. 111. 12. Whose Fan is LY

are like the in his Hand, and he will throughly Chaff that the purge his Floor, and gather his

Wheat into the Garner, but he Wind driveth a- will burn up the Chaff with unway.

quenchable Fire. Therefore (6) they shall (6) Matt. xxv. 41,46. Then shall not stand in the Judgment. Depart from me ye cursed, into ever

he say unto them on his left Hand, For the Way of the Un- lasting Fire, prepared for the Devil godly shall perish.

and his Angels. And these shall go There is no FAITHFUL, but the Righteous into Life eternal.

away into everlasting Punishment, Ness in their Mouth, and 2 Thefl: 1,7,8,9,10. The Lord Jetheir inward Part is very sus shall be revealed from Heaven, WICKEDNESS ; their (c) Fire, taking Vengeance on them Throat is an open Sepul- that know not God, and that obey chre, they flatter with their not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Tongues.

Christ; who shall be punished with
everlasting Destruction from the

Presence of the Lord, and from the
Glory of his Power, when he shall come to be glorified in his Saints,
and to be admired in all them that believe, Mark ix. 44. Where their
Worm dieth not, and the Fire is not quenched.

(c) Rom. 11. 12, 13,16,17. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable, there is none chat doth good, no not one : Their Throat is an open Sepulchre; with their Tongues they have used Deceit ; the Poison of Asps is under their Lips; whose Mouth is full of Cursing and Bitterness : Destruction and Misery is in their Ways, and the Way of PEACE have they not known; there is no Fear of God before their Eyes.

Psalm 1. 4,5,6.

b Psalm v. 9,10.


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God will (d) DESTROY (d) 2 Pet. 11. 3, 9, &c. Whose them, and let them fall by JUDGMENT now of a long time lintheir own Counsels : They ilumbereth not. The Lord know

gereth not, and their Damnation shall be cast out in the Mul- cth how to deliver the Godly out of titude of their Transgref- Temptations, and to reserve the

UNJUST unto the Day of Judgment fions, for they have rebelled

to be punished : But" chiefly them

that walk after the Flesh in the God is (e) angry with the Lult of Uncleanness, and despise Wicked every Day;

Government : PRESUMPTUOUS are

they, SELF-WILLED; they are not And if he turns not, he will afraid to speak evil of Dignities, whet his Sword.

These are natural brute Bealts, made He ordaineth his Arrows to be taken and DESTROYED ;

speak evil of the things that they against the Perfecutors:

, understand not, and Mall utterly peWho travail with INIQUI• rish in their own Corruption; and TY, who conceive Mischief, shall receive the Reward of Unrigh

teousness, as they that count it pleaand bring forth Fallhood.

sure to riot in the Day-time, sportTheir Mischief shall return ing themselves with their own Deupon own Head, and ceivings: having Eyes full of Adultheir violent Dealing Shall tery, that cannot cease from Sin ;

beguiling unstable Souls : An Heart come down


their own they have, exercised with covetous Pate.

Practices : Cursed Children ; which God shall : destroy the have

forsaken the right way. These

are Wells without Water; Clouds WICKED, and put out their that are carried with a Tempelt, to Name for ever.

whom the Mist of Darkness is reThe Wicked are snared in served for ever. the Work of their own Hands. and the Earth which are now, are

(e), 2 Pet. III.7,9. Thc Heavens The Wicked shall be turn- kept in Store, reserved unto Fire, ed into Hell, and all the Na- against the Day of Judgment and

Perdition of ungodly Men. The tions that forget God. Lord is not slack concerning his

Promise, (as some Men count fiackness) but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should reRISH, but that all should come to Repentance. 2 Thes: 11.8. Whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of his Mouth, and all destroy with the Brightness of his coming. Isai. xxx. 33. Tophet is ordained of old; he hath made it deep and large: The Pile thereof is Fire and much Wood; the Breath of the Lord, like a Stream of Brimstone, doth kindle it. Jude 14, 15. The Lord cometh with ten thousands of his Saints to EXECUTE Judgment upon all, and to CONVINCE all that are UNGODLY among them, of all their ungodly Deeds, which they have ungodly committed; and of all their hard Speeches, which ungodly Sinners have spoken against him. Rev.xi!1. 10. He that LEADETH into Captivity, shall go into Captivity; he that killeth with the Sword, must be killed wsth the Sword. Here is the PATIENCE and tho FAITH of the Saints.

< Psalm vil, 11, to 14, 16.

Pfalm 1x. 5,16,17,


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