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the stargazers, the monthly prog- Sorcerers (among others) are to nosticators stand up, and save thee have their part in the lake which from these things which shall come burneth, &c.—Rev. xxi. 8. upon thee.- Isa. xlvii. 12, 13. Without are dogs and sorcerers,
The king commanded to call the &c.-Rev. xxii. 15. magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, to
CHAP. LXVIII. shew the king his dreams.—Dan. ii. 2. 10. iv. 7. v. 7.
OF A HARDENED HEART, AND GOD's I will cut off witchcraft out of thy hand, and thou shalt bave no more soothsayers.--Micah v. 12.
The Lord said unto Moses, &c. See Because of the multitude of the that thou do all these wonders before whoredoms of the well favoured har- Pharaoh, &c. but I will harden Phalot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that raoh's heart, that he shall not let the selleth nations through her whore- people go.-Exod. iv. 21. vii. 13, 14. doms, and families through her witch- viii. 15. crafts.-Nahum iji. 4.
Sihon, king of Heshbon, would I will be a swift witness against not let Israel pass by him: for the the sorcerers.-Mal. iii. 5.
Lord thy God hardened his spirit, If I by Beelzebub cast out devils, that he might deliver him into thy by whom do your sons cast them hand.—Deut. ii. 30. out?—Luke xi. 19.
He turned their hearts to hate his There was a certain man called people, and to deal subtilely with his Simeon, which beforetime in the same servants.-Ps. cv. 25. city used sorcery, and bewitched the O Lord, why hast thou made us to people of Samaria, giving out that err from thy ways, and hardened our himself was some great one.-Acts heart from thy fear ?-Isa. Ixiii. 17. viii. 9.
Thou hast consumed them, but They found a certain sorcerer, a they have refused to receive correcfalse prophet, a Jew, whose name tion: they have made their faces was Bar-jesus, &c. who sought to harder than a rock ; they have return away the deputy from the faith, fused to return.—Jer. v. 3. &c. Then Saul said, O full of all They hearkened not unto me, nor subtilty and all mischief, thou child inclined to me, but hardened their of the devil, &c.—Acts xiii. 6–10. neck; they did worse than their fa
A certain damsel possessed with a thers.—Jer. vii. 26. spirit of divination (or of Python) Ephraim is joined to idols; let him met us, which brought her masters alone.—Hosea iv. 17. much gain by soothsaying, &c. which Jesus spake to the wilful Jews in spirit Paul cast out.--Acts xvi. Parables, Because (said he) they see16–18.
ing, see not, &c. for this people's Certain of the vagabond Jews ex- heart is waxed gross, and their ears orcists, when they saw Paul cast out are dull of hearing, and their eyes evil spirits, attempted to do the same, they have closed, lest at any time they in the name of the Lord Jesus; but should see, &c. and should be conthe evil spirit overcame them, upon verted, and I should heal them.which many of them which used cu- Matt. xiii. 13—15. Acts xxviii. 25 rious arts, brought their books toge- --27. ther and burned them.-Acts xix. According to which prophecy, their 13-16. 18, 19.
judicial hardness was evident in their The works of the flesh are mani- persecuting Christ to the death, notfest, &c. witchcrafts.—Gal. v. 19, 20. withstanding the apparent evidence
that he was the Son of God, both be- the truth, but had pleasure in unfore his death, in his death, and in his righteousness.—2 Thess. ii. 10-12. resurrection.
By these three was the third part Jesus said, For judgment I am of men killed, &c, and the rest of the come into this world, &c. that they men which were not killed by these which see might be made blind, &c. plagueş, yet repented not of the He said to the Pharisees, If ye were works of their hands, that they should blind, ye should have no sin : but not worship devils, and idols of gold, now ye say, We see, therefore your &c.—Rev. ix. 18. 20, 21, sin remaineth.-John ix. 39. 41. Men were scorched (or burned)
Therefore they could not believe, with great heat, blasphemed the name because Isaiah had said, He hath of God, which hath power over these blinded their eyes, and hardened their plagues, and repented not to give him hearts, that they should not see with glory, &c. They gnawed their tongues their eyes, &c. --John xii. 37. 39, 40. for pain, and blasphemed the God of
They are without excuse, because heaven, and repented not of their that when they knew God, they glo- deeds.-Rev. xvi. 9–11, 21, Fified him not as God, neither were He that is unjust, let him be unjust thankful, but became vain in their still: and he which is filthy, let him imaginations, and their foolish heart be filthy still. --Rev. xxii. 11, was darkened, &c, wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, &c. for
CHẬP, LXIX. this cause God gave them up unto vile
OF VAIN CURIOSITY: OR BEISG affections, &c. and even as they did not like to retain God in their know,
WISE ABOVE WHAT IS WRITTEX. ledge, God gave them over to a re
Secret things belong unto the Lord probate mind (or a mind void of judg- our God, but those things which are ment), being filled with all uprighter revealed belong unto us and to our ousness. Rom. i. 21, &c.
children for ever, that we may do all God saith to Moses, I will have the works of this law.-Deut, xxix. 29. mercy on whom I will have mercy,
Mạnoah said unto the angel of the &c. and whom he will be hardeneth. Lord, What is thy name? &c. that we Rom. ix, 15. 17, 18,
may do thee honour. And the angel Israel hath not obtained that which of the Lord said unto him, Why askest he seeketh for, but the election hath thoả thus after my name, seeing it is obtained it; and the rest were blinded secret (or wonderful).-- Judges xii. (or hardened) according as it is writ, 17, 18. ten, God hath given them the spirit
Jesus said unto them, It is not for of slumber; eyes that they should you to know the times or the seanot see.-Rom. xi. 7-10.
sons, which the Father hath put in If our gospel be hid, it is hid to his own power,--Acts i. 6, 7, them that are lost. In whom the god
These things, brethren, I have in a of this world hath blinded the minds figure transferred to myself, and to of them which believe nat, lest the Apollos, for your sakęs, that you light of the glorious gospel of Christ, might learn in us not to think of men &c. should shine unto them.--2 Cor. above that which is written.- 1 Cor. iv. 3, 4.
iv. 6. Because they received not the love
CHAP. LXX. of the truth, that they might be sayed; and for this cause God sball QF GOD'S PROVIDENCE IN THE DISsend them strong delusion, that they
POSAL OF ALL EVENTS, should believe a lie, that they all Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and might be damned who believed not the power, &c. both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest Boast not thyself of to-morrow; over all, and in thine hand is power for thou knowest not what a day may and might, and in thine hand is to bring forth.-Prov. xxvii. 1. make great, and to give strength unto Let not the wise man glory in his all.-1 Chron. xxix. 11, 12. wisdom, neither let the mighty man
He disappointeth the devices of glory in his might: let not the rich the crafty, so that their hands cannot man glory in his riches. Jer, ix. 23. perform their enterprise: he taketh O Lord, I know that the way of the wise in their own craftiness; and man is not in himself: it is not in the counsel of the froward is carried man that walketh to direct his steps. headlong. They meet with darkness -Jer, x. 23, (or cannot perform any thing) in the God, that made the world, &c. hath daytime, and grope in the noonday made of one blood all nations of men, as in the night.-Job v. 12–14. for to dwell on all the face of the
The Lord, &c, in whose hand is the earth, and hath determined the times soul of every living thing, and the before appointed, and the bounds of breath of all mankind, &c, behold he their habitations.-Acts xvii, 24. 26. breaketh down, and it cannot be built I will not see you now by the way, agaia: he shutteth up a man, and but I trust to tarry awhile with you, there can be no opening.-Job xii. if the Lord permit.- 1 Cor. xvi. 7. 10. 14.
But I trust in the Lord Jesus to The Lord bringeth the counsel of send Timotheus shortly unto you, &c. the heathen to nought, he maketh the him, therefore, I hope to send, &c. devices of the people of none effect. But I trust in the Lord, that I also The counsel of the Lord standeth for myself shall come shortly.-Phil. ii. ever, &c.-Ps. xxxiii. 10, 11. 19. 23, 24.
Promotion cometh neither from the Now God himself, and our Father, east, nor from the west: but God is and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our the judge: he putteth down one, and way unto you.—1 Thess. iii. 11. setteth up another.—Ps. Ixxv. 6,7. Go to now, ye that say, To-day or
Except the Lord build the house, to-morrow we will go into such a city, they labour in vain that build it: ex- and continue there a year, and buy, cept the Lord keep the city, the and sell, and get gain: whereas ye watchman waketh but in vain : it is know not what shall be on the morvain for you to rise up early, &c.— row. For what is your life? It is even Ps. cxxvii. 1, 2.
a vapour that appeareth for a little Put not your trust in princes, nor time, and then vanisheth away. For in the son of man, in whom there is that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, no help: his breath goeth forth, he we shall live, and do this or that.-returneth to his earth, and that James iv. 13—15. very day his thoughts perish.-Ps. xlvi. 3, 4.
way; but the Lord directeth his steps, &c.
OF RESIGNATION TO, AND CONTENTThe lot is cast into the lap; but the
MENT WITH, ALL GOD'S DISPENwhole disposing thereof is of the
SATIONS. Lord.—Prov. xvi. 9. 33.
ISRAEL's murmuring and discontent Man's goings are of the Lord: how for want of Aesh in the wilderness, can a man then understand his own was reckoned amongst their sins, and way?—Prov. xx. 24.
said to be a tempting God in their There is no wisdom, nor under- heart, by asking meat for their lust. standing, nor counsel, against the --Ps. lxxviii. 18. Numb. xi. 4-10. Lord.-Prov. xxi, 30.
When Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, were devoured by fire for Egypt, where we shall see no war, their sins, &c. Aaron held his peace. &c. then that all those judgments -Levit. x. 1-3.
from which they would fly, should The children of Israel said unto the follow them thither.-Jer. xli. 9-17. Lord, We have sinned; do thou unto Wherefore doth a living man comus whatsoever seemeth good unto plain (or murmur), a man for the puthee; deliver us only we pray thee nishment of bis sins ?-Lam. iii. 39. this day.-Judges x. 15.
I will bear the indignation of the When Samuel had told Eli what Lord, because I have sinned against God had threatened against his house, him, until he plead my cause. -Micah because of his sons' wickedness, Eli vii. 9. said, It is the Lord, let him do what Although the fig tree shall not blosseemeth him good.-1 Sam.iii. 15-18. som, neither shall fruit be in the vines,
David said, Carry back the ark of &c. and the fields shall yield no meat, God into the city: if I shall find fa- &c. yet I will rejoice in the Lord. vour in the eyes of the Lord, he will Hab. iii. 17, 18. bring me again, and shew me both it In patience possess ye your souls. and his habitation. But if he thus —Luke xxi. 19. say, I have no delight in thee; behold Now these things were our examhere am I, let him do to me as seem- ples, to the intent that we should not eth good unto him.--2 Sam. xv. 25, 26. lust, &c. neither murmur ye, as some
When Hezekiah was threatened by of them also murmured, and were deIsaiah, for his having shewed to the stroyed, &c.—1 Cor. x. 6. 14. messengers of the king of Babylon The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, his treasures, he said, Good is the by whom (or whereby) the world is word of the Lord which thou hast crucified unto me, and I unto the spoken.--2 Kings xx. 16–19. world.—Gal. vi. 14.
Job, when he had lost all, said, I have learned in whatsoever state Naked came I out of my mother's I am, therewith to be content: I know womb,and naked shall I return thither. both how to be abased, and how to The Lord gave, and the Lord hath abound; every where, and in all taken away; blessed be the name of things, I am instructed; both to be the Lord.—Job i. 20, 21.
full and to be hungry, both to abound Job said, What! shall we receive and to suffer need. I can do all things good at the hand of God, and shall through Christ, who strengtheneth we not receive evil?—Job ii. 10. me.-Phil. iv. 11-13.
Surely it is meet to be said unto Godliness with contentment is God, I have borne chastisement, I great gain : for we brought nothing will not offend any more; that which into this world, and it is certain we I see not, teach thou me: if I have can carry nothing out; and having done iniquity, I will do so no more.- food and raiment, let us be therewith Job xxxiv. 31, 32.
content.—1 Tim. vi. 6-8. I was dumb, I opened not my Let your conversation be without mouth, because thou didst it.— Ps. covetousness, and be content with xxxix. 9.
such things as ye have: for he hath Woe to him that striveth with his said, I will never leave thee, nor forMaker, &c. Shall the clay say to sake thee.--Heb. xiii. 5. him that fashioneth it, What makest Blessed is the man that endureth thou?-Isa, xlv. 9.
temptation, &c.-James i. 12. When Israel was in Babylon, God Submit yourselves therefore to God: tells them, If they would stay there, resist the devil, &c.---James iv. 7. he would bless them; but if ye say, Humble yourselves therefore under No, but we will go into the land of the mighty hand of God, that he may
exalt you in due time: casting all your Rebuke a wise man, and he will care upon him; for he careth for you. love thee; give instruction to a wise -1 Pet. v. 6,7.
man, and he will be yet wiser.
Prov. ix. 8, 9.
The wise in heart will receive com
mandments, &c. In the lips of him OF MEN TRULY WISE; OR, OF A RE- that hath understanding, wisdom is
LIGIOUS WISDOM; AND FOLLY, found, &c. wise men lay up knowAS ITS OPPOSITE.
ledge, &c. He that uttereth a slander They are a nation void of counsel, is a fool. In the multitude of words neither is there any understanding in there wanteth not sin ; but he that them: 0 that they were wise, and refraineth his lips, is wise.—Prov. x. that they would consider their latter 8.13, 14. 18, 19. end !-Deut. xxxii. 28, 29.
He that winneth souls is wise. Be wise now, therefore, Oye Prov. xi. 30. kings: be instructed, ye judges of A man sha!l be commended acthe earth. Serve the Lord with fear, cording to his wisdom, &c. he that &c.—Ps. ii. 10-12.
followeth vain persons, is void of unA wise man will hear, and will in- derstanding, &c. The way of a fool crease learning; and a man of under- is right in his own eyes, but he that standing shall attain unto wise coun- hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. A sels, &c. Fools despise wisdom, &c. fool's wrath is presently known : but hate knowledge.-Prov.i. 5. 7. 22. a prudent man covereth shame, &c.
The Lord giveth wisdom, &c. he concealeth knowledge.-Prov.xii. When wisdom entereth into thine 8. 11.15, 16. 23. heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto The law of the wise is a fountain thy soul : discretion shall preserve of life, to depart from the shares of thee, understanding shall keep thee, death, &c. He that walketh with to deliver thee from the way of evil wise men shall be wise: but a commen, &c.—Prov. ii. 6. 10-12. panion of fools shall be destroyed.-
Trust in the Lord with all thine Prov. xiii. 14. 16. 20. heart, &c. and he shall direct thy The wisdom of the prudent is to paths. Be not wise in thine own understand his way, &c. fools make eyes, &c. keep sound wisdom and a mock of sin, &c. a wise man feareth, discretion, &c. Then shalt thou walk and departeth from evil: but the fool in the way safely, and thy foot shall rageth, and is confident, &c. He not stumble, &c. The wise shall in- that is slow to wrath, is of great unherit glory; but shame shall be the derstanding.-Prov. xiv. 8, 9.16.29. promotion of fools.-Prov. iii. 5—7. The lips of the wise disperse know21. 23. 35.
ledge.- Prov. xv. 7. Wisdom is the principal thing: get
He that handleth a matter wisely, wisdom, &c.—Prov. iv. 7.
shall find good, &c. The heart of Go to the ant, thou sluggard, con- the wise teacheth his mouth, and sider her ways, and be wise.--Prov. addeth learning to his lips.-Prov. vi. 6.
xvi. 20. 23. Say unto wisdom, Thou art my A reproof entereth more into a sister, and call understanding thy wise man, than an hundred stripes kinswoman : that they may keep into a fool.- Prov. xvii. 10. thee from the strange woman.--Prov. A fool's lips enter into contention, vii. 4, 5.
&c. He that answereth a matter Wisdom is better than rubies, and before he heareth it, it is folly and all the things that may be desired. shame unto him.-Prov.xviii. 6. 13. Prov. viii. 11.
Wine is a mocker, and strong drink