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oppose themselves, if God peradven- zealous therefore, and repent.—Rev. ture will give them repentance to the üïi. 2, 3. 19. acknowledging of the truth, and that And the rest of the men which they may recover themselves out of were not killed by these plagues, yet the snare of the devil, who are taken repented not of the works of their captive by him at his will.—2 Tim. hands, that they should not worship ii. 25, 26.
devils and idols of gold, &c. neither To-day if ye will hear his voice, repented they of their murders, &c. harden not your hearts, &c.—Heb. -Rev. ix. 20, 21. iv. 7. ii. 15. Ps. xcv. 7, 8.
And men were scorched (or burnLet us go on to perfection; not ed) with great heat, and blasphemed laying again the foundation of re- the name of God, &c. and they repentance from dead works, &c. for it pented not to give him glory, &c. is impossible for those who were once and repented not of their deeds. enlightened, &c. if they shall fall Rev. xvi. 9–11. away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to
CHAP. XXXII. themselves the Son of God afresh. - OP DEATH; OR THE LAYING DOWN Heb. vi. 1. 4—6.
Draw nigh to God, and he will OF THESE TABERNACLES. drawnigh to you: cleanse your hands, And the Lord formed man of the ye sinners, &c.-James iv. 8—10. dust of the ground (or dust of the
Brethren, if any of you do err from ground).-Gen. ii. 7. Job iv. 19.. the truth, and one convert him, let In the sweat of thy face shalt thou him know, that he which convertetb eat bread, till thou return unto the a sinner from the error of his way, ground: for out of it wast thou taken: shall save a soul from death, &c.— for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt James v. 19, 20.
thou return. Gen. iii. 19. For ye were as sheep going astray, God said unto Abraham, Thou but are now returned unto the Shep- shalt go to thy fathers in peace: thou herd and Bishop of your souls. shalt be buried in a good old age.1 Pet. ii. 25.
Gen. xv. 13. 15. xxv. 8. The Lord is not slack, as some I have taken upon me to speak men count slackness: but is long-suf- unto the Lord, which am but dust fering to us-ward: not willing that and ashes.-Gen. xviii. 27. any should perish, but that all should Sarah died, &c. and Abraham came come to repentance.—2 Pet. iii. 9. to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for
Thou hast left thy first love: re- her.-Gen. xxiii. 2. member therefore from whence thou Abraham died in a good old age, art fallen, and repent, and do thy an old man, and full of years, and first works: or else I will come unto was gathered to his people, &c. thee quickly, &c. thou hast there Ishmael, &c. gave up the ghost, and them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, died, and was gathered unto his peo&c. Repent, or else I will come, &c. ple.-Gen. xxv. 8. 17. I gave her space to repent of her Isaac, &c. said, Behold, now I am fornication, and she repented not: old, I know not the day of my death. behold, I will cast her into a bed, &c. -Gen. xxvii. 1, 2, xxxv, 28, 29. -Rev. ii. 4, 5. 14–16. 20—22. Rachel died in bearing Benjamin
I have not found thy work perfect by the way; buried there; and Jacob before God; remember therefore how set a pillar upon her grave.-Gen. thou hast received and heard : and xxxv. 17, &c. hold fast, and repent, &c. As many Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years : few and and cried, O my son Absalom, my evil have the days of the years of my son, &c.-2 Sam. xviii. 33. xix. 4. life been.-Gen. xlvii. 9.
The child shall die, and all Israel He mourned for Joseph, refused shall mourn for him, and bury him ; to be comforted, and said, I will go for he only of Jeroboam shall come down into the grave unto my son to the grave.—1 Kings xiv. 12, 13. mourning.-Gen. xxxvii. 34, 35. Elijah stretched himself upon the
Jacob ordered Joseph not to bury dead child, &c. and said, O Lord my him in Egypt, but to carry him to God, I pray thee let this child's soul the burying place of his fathers.- come into him again (or into his inGen. xlvii. 29, 30.
ward parts).—1 Kings xvii. 21, 22. Joseph wept for his father Israel Acts xx. 10. when he died, and there was great We are strangers before thee, &c. mourning and lamentation for him.- our days on the earth are as a shadow, Gen l. 1. 3. 10. 17.
and there is none abiding.-1 Chron. Aaron died in the top of the mount, xxix. 15. Zech. i. 5. &c. all the house of Israel mourned Job said, Why died I not from the for him thirty days.-Numb.xx.28, 29. womb ? &c. for now should I have Deut. xxxiv. 8.
lain still and been quiet; I should Balaam said, Let me die the death have slept; then had I been at rest of the righteous, and let my last end with kings, &c. there the wicked cease be like his !-Numb. xxiii. 7. 10. from troubling, and there the weary
And the Lord said unto Moses, &c. be at rest, &c. they hear not the voice When thou hast seen it, thou also of the oppressor.—Job iii. 11. 13, 14. shalt be gathered unto thy people, 17-19. vi. 8, 9. x. 18, &c. as Aaron thy brother was gathered; Naked came I out of my mother's for ye rebelled against my command- womb, and naked shall I return this ment.-Numb. xxvii. 12–14. Deut. ther: the Lord gave, and the Lord xxxiv. 5.
hath taken away, blessed, &c.—Job O that they were wise, that they i. 21. understood this, that they would con- Behold, he put no trust in his sersider their latter end !-Deut.xxxii. 29. vants, and his angels he charged with
Joshua said, Behold, this day I folly; how much less in them that am going the way of all the earth, &c. dwell in houses of clay, whose foun-Josh. xxiii. 14. 1 Kings ii. 2. dation is in the dust, which are
Now Samuel was dead, and all crushed before the moth, &c. doth Israel had lamented him, &c. and not their excellency which is in them Samuel said to Saul, why hast thou go away? they die even without wisdisquieted me, to bring me up ?- dom.- Job iv. 18, 19. 21. 1 Sam. xxviii. 3. 15.
Is there not an appointed time to David, and his men with him, man upon earth ? are not his days mourned and wept, and fasted until also like the days of an hireling? &c. even, for Saul, and for Jonathan, &e. Swifter than a weaver's shuttle, &c. -2 Sam. i. 11, 12
Thine eyes are upon me, and I am When David's child was sick, he not.-Job viii. 1, 2. 6—10. fasted and prayed: he said, Who can We are but of yesterday and know tell whether God will be gracious to nothing, because our days upon the me, that the child may live: but earth are a shadow.-Job viii. 9. when it was dead, he rose up and did My days are swifter than a post; eat, and said, I shall go to him, but they fee away, they see no good; he shall not return to me.—2 Sam. they are passed away as the swift xii. 16, 17. 20. 22, 23.
ships; as the eagle that hasteth to David wept for Absalom his son, the prey.-Job ix. 25, 26.
Man that is born of a woman is but hand-breadth, and mine age as noof few days, and full of trouble; he thing before thee, &c. Spare me, &c. cometh forth like a flower, and is cut before I go hence, and be no more.down; he fleeth also as a shadow, Ps. xxxix. 4, 5. 13. and continueth not, &c. seeing his They that trust in their wealth, days are determined, the number of &c. none of them can by any means his months are with thee; thou hast redeem his brother, nor give to God appointed his bounds, that he cannot a ransom for him, &c. that he should pass, &c. Man dieth and wasteth still live for ever, and not see corrupaway; yea, man giveth up the ghost, tion: for he seeth that wise men die, and where is he? &c. Man lieth down, likewise the fool, &c. for when he and riseth not till the heavens be no dieth, he shall carry nothing away.more, &c. If a man die, shall he live Ps. xlix. 6, 7.9, 10. 17. again? All the days of my appointed The terrors of death are fallen time will I wait till my change come. upon me, &c. Bloody and deceitful And he passeth: thou changest his men shall not live out half their days. countenance, and sendest him away. —Ps. lv. 4. 23. cxvi. 3. -Job xiv. 1, 2. 5. 7. 10. 12. 14. 20. And unto God the Lord belong the Acts xvii. 26. 2 Sam. vii. 12, issues from death.—Ps. Ixviii. 20. 1 Chron. xvii. 11. .
I have said, Ye are gods, and all of When a few years are come, then I you children of the Most High : but shall go the way whence I shall not ye shall die like men.-Ps. lxxxii. return.-Job xvi. 22.
6.7. The grave is mine house, &c. I What man is he that liveth, and have said to corruption, Thou art my shall not see death ? shall he deliver father: to the worm, Thou art my his soul from the hand of the grave ? mother and my sister.—Job xvii. Selah.—Ps. Ixxxix. 48. 13, 14.
Thou turnest men to destruction, Shall any teach God knowledge ? &c. they are like grass which grow&c. One dieth in his full strength eth up: in the morning it flourisheth (or very perfection), being wholly at and groweth up; in the evening it is ease and quiet: his breasts are full cut down and withered, &c. The days of milk, &c. and another dieth in the of our years are threescore years and bitterness of his soul, and never eat- ten: and if by reason of strength eth with pleasure ? they shall lie they be fourscore, yet, &c. it is soon down alike in the dust.—Job xxi. cut off, &c. So teach us to number 224-26.
our days, that we may apply our I know that thou wilt bring me to hearts unto wisdom.-Ps. xc. 3.5,6. death, and to the house appointed for 10. 12. all living.-Job xxx. 23.
He remembereth that we are dust: If he set his heart upon a man, if he as for man, his days are as grass : as gather unto himself his spirit and his the flower of the field, so he flourishbreath: all flesh shall perish toge- eth: for the wind passeth over it, ther, and man shall turn again unto and it is gone.-Ps. ciii. 14--16. dust.-Job xxxiv. 14, 15.
Thou takest away their breath ; In death there is no remembrance they die, and return to their dust.of thee: in the grave who shall give Ps. civ. 29. thee thanks ?-Ps. vi.5. Isa. xxxviii. 18. Precious in the sight of the Lord Ps. lxxxviii. 10–12. cxv. 17. xxx. 9. is the death of bis saints.-Ps.cxvi.15.
Lord make me to know mine end, Man is like to vanity: his days and the measure of my days, what it are as a shadow that passeth away. is; that I may know how frail I am: Ps. cxliv. 4. 1 Chron, xxix. 15. Ps. behold thou hast made my days as an cii. 11.
Put not your trust in princes, nor thee; they that go down into the pit in the son of man in whom there is cannot hope for thy truth : the living, no help: his breath goeth forth, he the living, he shall praise thee, as I returneth to his earth : in that very do this day.-Isa. Xxxviii. 1, 2. 10, day his thoughts perish.-Ps. cxlvi. 11. 18, 19. 3, 4.
All flesh is grass, and all the goodWhen a wicked man dieth, his ex- liness thereof is as the flower of the pectation shall perish.-Proy, xi. 7. field : the grass withereth, the flower
The righteous hath hope in his fadeth, because the spirit of the Lord death.- Prov. xiv. 32.
bloweth upon it.--Isa. xl. 6—8. Boast not thyself of to-morrow, James i. 10, 11, 1 Pet. i. 24. for thou knowest not what a day may That thou shouldest be afraid of a bring forth.—Prov. xxvii, 1. man that shall die, and of the son of
How dieth the wise man? as the man which shall be made as grass.fool.—Eccles. ii. 16.
Isa. li. 12. A time to be born, and a time to The righteous perisheth, and no die, &c. all go unto one place, all are man layeth it to heart: and merciful of the dust, and all turn to dust again; men are taken away: none considerwho knoweth the spirit of man that ing that the righteous is taken away goeth upward, and the spirit of the from the evil to come.—Isa. Ivii. 1, 2. beast that goeth downward to the 2 Kings xxii. 19, 20. earth.—Eccles. iji. 1, 2, 20, 21. Lamentation and bitter weeping:
As he came forth of his mother's Rachel weeping for her children, bewomb, naked shall he return, to go as cause they were not.-Jer. xxxi. 15. he came, and shall take nothing of Matt. ii. 16–18. his labour, &c.—Eccles. v. 15, 16. Son of man, behold I take away Job i. 21.
from thee the desire of thine eyes The day of death is better than the with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou day of one's birth ; it is better to go mourn nor weep, neither shall thy to the house of mourning, &c. tears run down, &c. My wife died, Eccles. vii. 1, 2. iv. 1, 2.
&c. this was for a sign.- Ezek. xxiv, No man hath power of the spirit to 16–18. 24. retain the spirit; neither hath he Go thou thy way till the end be: power in the day of death ; and there for thou shalt rest and stand in thy is no discharge in that war.--Eccles. lot at the end. Dan. xii, 13. viii. 8.
Your fathers, where are they? and A living dog is better than a dead the prophets, do they live for ever? lion, &c. There is no work, &c. in --Zech. i. 5. the grave whither thou goest.-Eccles. I will ransom them from the power ix. 3-5. 10.
of the grave; I will redeem them Then shall the dust return to the from death : O death, I will be thy earth as it was: and the spirit shall plague! &c.-Hosea xiü. 14. I Cor. return unto God that gave it.-- xv. 55. Eccles. xii. 7.
Fear not them which kill the body, He will swallow up death in vic- but are not able to kill the soul, &c. tory, and the Lord God will wipe —Matt. x. 28. away tears from off all faces.—Isa. Jesus said unto the man on the xxy. 8.
cross, Verily I say unto thee, to-day Set thine house in order, for thou shalt thou be with me in Paradise, &c. shalt die, &c. I said in the cutting Father, into thy hands I commend off of my days, I shall go to the gates my spirit; and having said thus, he of the grave, &c.—The grave cannot gave up the ghost.-Luke xxiii. 42, praise thee; death cannot celebrate 43. 46. Ps. xxxi. 5.
Simeon said, Lord, now lettest thou and willing to be absent from the thy servant depart in peace; for mine body, and to be present with the Lord. eyes have seen thy salvation.—Luke -2 Cor. v. 1, 2.6–8. ii. 28, 29.
I knew a man in Christ above fourThe beggar died, and was carried teen years ago; whether in the body, by the angels into Abraham's bosom. or out of the body, I cannot tell. -Luke xvi. 22.
2 Cor. xii. 2. I must work, &c. while it is day: To die is gain, &c. having a desire the night cometh when no man can to depart and to be with Christ, work.John ix. 4.
which is far better.-Phil, i. 21. 23. And many of the Jews came to Indeed he was sick nigh unto death: Martha and Mary, to comfort them but God had mercy on him; and not concerning their brother, &c. When on him only, but on me also, lest I Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and should have sorrow upon sorrow. the Jews also weeping, which came Phil. ii. 27. with her, he groaned in his spirit and Who shall change our vile body, was troubled, &c. Jesus wept.--John &c.-Phil. iii. 21. xi. 19. 33. 35.
I would not have you to be ignoAnanias and Sapphira, both fell rant, brethren, concerning them which down, and yielded up the ghost.- are asleep; that ye sorrow not, even Acts v. 5. 10.
as others which have no hope. And they stoned Stephen, calling 1 Thess. iv. 13. upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, Christ, who died for us: that receive my spirit !-Acts vii. 59. whether we wake or sleep, we should
And devout men carried Stephen live together with him.- 1 Thess. to his burial, and made great lamen- v. 10. tation over him.-Acts viji. 2.
We brought nothing into the world: He hath made of one blood all na- and it is certain we can carry nothing tions of men to dwell on the face of out.--1 Tim. vi. 7. Job i. 21. the earth, and hath determined the I am now ready to be offered: and times before appointed; and the the time of my departure is at hand: bounds of their habitation.-Acts I have fought a good fight.—2 Tim. xvii. 26. 2 Sam. vii. 12. 1 Chron. iv. 6,7. xvii. 11.
He took part of the same, that Whether we live, we live unto the through death he might destroy him Lord; and whether we die, we die that had the power of death, that is, unto the Lord; whether we live, the devil; and deliver them, who therefore, or die, we are the Lord's : through fear of death, were all their for to this end Christ both died and lifetime subject to bondage.-Heb.ii. rose again, and revived, that he might 14, 15. be Lord both of the dead and living. It is appointed unto men once to -Rom. xiv. 8, 9.
die; but after this the judgment.-The sting of death is sin, and the Heb. ix. 27. strength of sin is the law; but thanks But ye are come, &c. to the spirits be to God, &c.-1 Cor. xv. 56, 57. of just men made perfect.—Heb. xii.
We have this treasure in earthen 22, 23. vessels.-2 Cor. iv. 7.
Here have we no continuing city; If our earthly house of this taber- but we seek one to come.-Heb. xiii. 14. nacle were dissolved, we have a build. Go to, now, ye that say, to-day, or ing of God, &c. We groan, being to-morrow, we will go into such a city, burdened, &c. Whilst we are at &c. whereas ye know not what shall home in the body, we are absent from be on the morrow : for what is your the Lord: we are confident, I say, life? it is even a vapour that appear