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found preaching , and conscionable hearing of the word, in obedience Punto God, with understanding, faith and reverence t: linging of psalms with grace in the heart v; as also the due adminiftration and worthy receiving of the facraments instituted by Christ; are all parts of the ordinary religious worship of God w; helides religious paths x and vows y, solemn fastings z
they that hear the word of this proc" and "hýnns, and spiritual songs, phecy, and keep those things which tiniging and making melody in your are written therein; for the time is hearts to the Lord. Jam, v. 13. at hand,
Is any among you' afflicted ? let him 12 Tim. iv. 2. Preach the word, prảy. Is any merry? let liim ling be inftant in season, and out of fea- plaims. fon; reprove, rebuke, exhort with w Mat. xxviii. 19. Go ye thereall fong fuffering and do&trine.* .*: 'fore, and teach all nations, baptiz .
Jam. i. 22, But be ye doèrs of ing them in the name of the Father, the word, and not hearers only, de- and of the Son, and of the Holy ceiving your own felves.'' Acts x. Ghost. '(1 Cor. xi. 23, to Verse 33. Immediately therefore i sent to 29.) A&is ii. 42. And they continuthee; and thou hast well done, thated ftedfältly in the apostles doctrine thou art come. Now therefore are and fellowship, and in breaking of we all here present before God, to bread, and in prayers. hear all things that are commanded * Deur, vi. 1 3. Thou shalt fear thee of God. Mat. xiii." 19. When the Lord thy God, and serve him, any one heareth the word of the and shalt swear by his name. With kingdom, and understandech it not, Neh. X. 29. They clave to their brethen cometh the wicked pne, and thren, their nobles, and entered incatcheth away. that which was fown ro a curfe, and into an oath, to in his heart : this is he, who receiv. ' walk in God's law, which was given ed feed in the way side. Heb. iv. 2, by Moses the servant of God, and For unto us was the gospet preach- to observe and do all the commanded, as well as onto then : But the ments of the Lord our Lord, and word preached did not profit them, his judgments and his ftarutes. · not being mixed with faith in them y Ifa. xix. 21. And the Lord shall that heard it. Ifa. lxvi. 2. For all be known to Egypt, and dié Egypthose things hath mine hand made, tians Mall know the Lord in that and all those things have been, faith day, and shall do facrifice and obla. the Lord: but to this man will I tion : yea, they shall vow a vow look, even to him that is poor, and' unto the Lord, and perform it, of a contrite fpirit, and irembleth With Eccl. v. 4. When thou vowest at my word.
a vow unto cod, defer not to'pay it. » Col. iii. 16. Let the word of for he hath no pleasure in fools; Christ dwell in you richly in all wif- pay that which thou halt vowed. v. dom: teaching and admonishing one 4. Better is it that thou shouldeit not another in psalms, and hymns, and vow, than that thou shouldest vow spiritual fongs, singing with grace and not pay. ju your hearts to the Lord. Eph. V. 2 Joel ii. 12. Therefore also now, 19.Speaking to yourselves in pfalms,
and thanksgivings upon special occasions a, which are, in their several times and seasons, to be used in an holy and religious manner b.
VI. Neither prayer, nor any other part of religious worTaip, is, now under the gospel, either tied unto, or made more acceptable by, any place in which it is performed, or towards which it is directed c: but God is to be worshipped everywhere d in spirit and truch e; as in private families f dai
Taith the Lord. Turn geeven to me reverence and godly fear. with all your beart, and with fast VI. a John iv. 21. Jesus saith uning, and with weeping, and with to her, Woman, believe me, the mourning. Esth. iv. 16. Go, gather hour cometh, whep ye shall neither together all the Jews that are pre- in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusasent in Shulhan, and falt ye for me, lem, worship the Father. and neither eat nor drink three days, d Mal. i. 11. For from the rising night or days ; I also and my maidens of the sun even unto the going down will faft likewise, and so will I go in of the same, my name shall be great unto the king, which is not accord among the Gentiles, and in every ing to the law; and if I perish, I place incense shall be offered unto my perish. Mat. ix. 15. And Jesus said name, and a pure offering: for my unto them, Can the childreo of the
name shall be greut among the heabride-chamber mourn, as long as then, saith the Lord of hosts. 1 Tim. the bridegroom is with them? but ii. 8. I will therefore, that men pray. the days will come, when the bride- every where, lifting up holy, hands, groom shall be taken from thein, without wrath and doubting. and then shall they falt. I Cor. vii. John iv, 13. But the hour com5. Defraud ye not one the other, eth, and now is, when the true except it be with consent for a time, worshippers shall worship the Father that ye may give yourselves to fast- in spirit and in truth; For the Fa. ing and prayer; and conje together ther seeketh such to worship him. again, that Satan tempt you not for v. 24. God is a Spirit, and they your incontinency.
that worship him, muft worship him a (Pfal.cvii, throughout.) Esther in spirit and in truth. ix. 22. As the days wherein the Jews Jer. x. 25. Pour out thy fury rested from their enemies, and the upon the heathen that koow thee month which was turned unto them not, and upon the families that call from sorrow to joy, and from mourn. not on thy name : for they have ing unto a good day, that they should eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, make them days of feasting and joy, and consumed him, and have made and of sending portions one to ano- his habitatiou desolate. Deut. vi. 6. ther, and gifts to the poor.
And these words which I conimand b Heb, xii. 28. Wherefore we le thee this day, Mall be in thipe heart. ceiving a kingdom which cannot be v. g. And thou shalt teach them di. moved, let us have grace, whereby ligently unto thy children, and thalt we may serye God acceptably, with talk of them when thou fittelt in
lyg, and in secret each one by himself h; fo more folemnly in the public assemblies, which are not carelesly' or wilfully to be neglected or forsaken, when God by his word or providence calleth thereunto i.
thine house, and when thon walk- ftranger, that join themselves to the eit by the way, and when thou lielt Lord, to serve him, and to love the down, and when thou risett up, name of the Lord, to be his servants, Job. i. 5. And it was so, when the every one that keepeth the fabbath days of their feasting were gone a. from polluting it, and taketh hold bout, that Job fent and fanctified of my covenant; v.9. Even them them, and rose up early in the will I bring to my holy mountain, morning, and offered burnt-offer: and inake them joyful in my
house ings, according to the number of of prayer : their burnt-offerings and them all: for Job said, It may be their facrifices thall be accepted upon that my fons have finned, and cuis- mine altar; for thine house shall be ed God in their hearts. Thus did called an house of prayer for all Job continually. 2 Sam. vi. 18. people. Heb. X. 25. Not forsaking And affoon as David had made an the affeinbling of ourselves together, end o foffering burnt-offerings, and as the manner of fome is ; but ex. peace-offerings, he blessed the peo- horting one another; and so much plein the name of the Lord of hosts. the more, as ye see the day apv. 20. Then David returned to bless proaching. Prov. i. 20. Wisdom his huushold. 1 Pet. ii. 7. Like- crieth without, he utterech her wise ye bulbands, dwell with them voice in the streers : v. 21. She according to knowledge, giving ho- crieth in the chief place of concourse, uour unto the wife as unto the weak- in the openings of the gates : in the er velfel, and as being heirs together city Mae uttereth her words, fay. of the grace of life, that your pray. ing, v. 24. Because I have called, ers be pot hindered. Aas x. 2. A. and ye refused, I have stretched out devout mao, and one that feared my hand, and no man regarded. God with all his house, which gave Prov. viii. 34. Blessed is the man much alıns to the people, and pray. that heareth me, watching daily ac ed to God alway.
.my gates, watching at the pofts & Mat. vi. 11. Give us this day of my doors. Acts xiii. 42. And our daily bread.
when the Jews were gone out . Mat. vi. 6. But thou, when of the synagogue, the Gentiles bethou prayelt, enter into thy closet, fought that these words might be and when thou hast shut thy door, preached to them the next fabbath. pray to thy Father whu is in secret, Luke iv, 16. And he came to Na and thy Father who seeth in secret zareth, where he had been brought Mall reward thee openly. Eph. vi. up: and, as his custom was, he went 10. Praying always, with all pray. into the tynagogue on the fabbath. er and supplication in the Spirit, and day, and stood up for to read, Acts watching thereunto with all perse. ii, 42. And they continued stedfastVerance and supplication for all saints. ly in the apostles doctrine, and felIfach lvi. 6. alio the fons of the lowhip, in breaking of bread, and
VII. As it is of the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be set apart for the worship of God; so, in his word, by a positive, moral, and perpetual commandment, binding all men in all ages, he hath particularly appointed one day in seven, for a Sabbath, to be kept holy unto him &: which, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week; and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week !, which, in scripture is called the Lord's day m, and is to be continued to the end of the world, as the Christian Sabbath n. . VIII. This Sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering of their common affairs before-hand, do not only observe an holy reft all the day, from their own works, words and thoughts, about their
blessed the seventh day and fancti" VII. & Exod. xx. 8. Remember fred it: because that in it he had reftthe fabbath day, to keep it holy. v. ed from all his work, which Gulcre10. But the seventh day is the fab. ated and made. Cor. xvi, 1. Now bath of the Lord thy God, in it thou concerning the collection for the fhalt not do any work, thou, nor saints; as I have given order to the thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man. Churches of Galaria, even so do ye. fervant, por thy maid-fervant, nor v. 2, Upon the first day of the week, thy cattle, nor thy stranger which let every one of you lay by him in is within thy gates. v. 11. For in store, as God hath prospered him, lx days the Lord made heaven ard that there be no gatherings when I carth, the fea, and all that in them come. Alts. xx. 7. And upon the is, and relted the seventh day; first day of the week, when the difwherefore the Lord blessed the fab- ciples came together to break breath, 'bath day, and hallowed it. Ifa. Paul preached unto them, ready to dvi. 2. Blessed is the man that doth depart on the morrow, and continuthis, and the fon of man that lay. ed his speech until midnight,
cth hold on it; that keepeth them Rev. i. 10. I was in the Spirit Sabbath from polluting it, and keep on the Lord's day, and heard behind eth his hand from doing any cril. me a great voice, as of a trumpet. Vi 4. For thus faith the Lord unto » Exod. xx. 8, 10. (See letter k.) the cunnchs that keep my fabbaths, With Mat. v. 17. Think not that I and choose the things that please am come to destroy the law or the me, and take hold of my covenant. prophets; I am not come to deftroy, -V. 6, 7. (See in letter 1.)
but to fulfl: v. 18. For verily I say 1 Gen. ii. 2. And on the seventh unto you, till heaven and earth pals, day, God coded his work which he one jót or one tittle shall in no wife had made ; aud he relted on the pass from the las, till all be fulll• fevepth day from all his work which led. he had made. ver. 3. And God
worldly employments and recreations o; but also are taken up the whole time in the public and private exercises of his worm
VIII. Exod. xx. &. (See letter k.) ing thine own pleasure, nor speak. Exod, xvi. 23. And he said unto "ing thine own words, Neh. xiii. 15, them. This is that which the Lord In those days faw 1 in Judah, some hath said, to morrow is the rest of treading wine presses on the fabthe boly Sabbath unto the Lord; bath, and bringing in fheaves, and bake that which you will bake, to leading alles ; as alfo wine, grapes, day, and seethe that ye will seethe: and figs, and all roander of burthens, and that which remaineth over, lay which they brought into Jerusalem up for you to be kept until the morn oń the sabbath day; and I testified ing v.25. And Moses said, Eat that against them in the day wherein they to day; for to day is a sabbath unto fold yictuals. V. 16. There dwelt the Lord: to day ye shall not find it men of Tyre also therein, ' who in the field. v. 26. Six days ye shall brougit fish, and all manner of gather it, but on the seventh day ware, and fold on the sabbath, unwhich is the fabbath, in it there to the children of Judah, and in Jefall be nonc. \, 29. See, for that rusalem, v. 17. Then I contended the Lord hath given you the fab- with the nobles of Judah, and said bath; therefore he giveth you on the unto them, 'What evil thing is this fixth day the bread of two days: thai ye do, and prophane che fababide ye every man in his place, let bath day? v. 18. Did not your fano mao go out of his place on the thers thus, and did not our God feventh day. V. 30. So the people bring this evil upon us, and uretted on the ferenth day. Exod. pon this city? yer ye bring more ****i. 15. Six day's may work be wrath upon Israel, by profaning done, but in the feventh is the fab. the fabbath. v. 19. And it came bath of reft, holy to the Lord : who to pass, that when the gates of je. foever doth any work in the fab- rufalem began to be dark before the -bath day, he shall furely be put to fabbath, i commanded that the
death. v. 16. Wherefore the chil. gates hould be shut, and charged dres of Israel shall keep the fabbath, that they should not be opened till - to obferve the fabbath throughout. after the fabbath ; and fome of my
their generations, for a perpetual fervants fet t at the gates, that there * Covenant, v. 17. It is a sign be. should no burthen be brought in on tween me, and the children of if. the 'fabbath day, v. 25. Then I rael for ever: for in fix days the testified against them, and faid un Lord made heaven and earth, and to them, Why lodge ye about the on the seventh day he relted, and wall? If ye do so again, I will lay Was refreshed. Ifa. lviii, 13. If thou hands on you. From that time turn away thy foot from the fab- forth came they no more on the bath, from doing thy pleasure on · sabbath. v. 22. Anul I commandmy holy day, and call the fabbathed the Levites, that they hould a delight, the holy of the Lord, cleanfe themselves, and that they honourable, and thalt honour him, should come and keep the gates, to pot doing ibine own ways, nor find. fanctify the Sabbath day. Remember