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day unto a rebellious people, which whatsoever I have commanded you.walketh in a way that was not good, Matt. xxviii. 20. Acts x. 33. after their own thoughts, &c. that That which is highly esteemed sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth amongst men, is abomination in the incense upon altars of brick, &c.— sight of God.—Luke xvi. 15. Isa. Ixv. 2, 3.
When Paul, according to advice, Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in had observed some Jewish ceremothe ways, and see, and ask for the nies, the Jews came upon him, and old paths, where is the good way, and laid hold on him ; the very thing his walk therein, and ye shall find rest, advisers proposed to prevent by it.&c.—Jer. vi. 16.
Acts xxi. 20, &c. I spake not unto your fathers, nor After the way which they call commanded them, &c. concerning heresy, so worship. I the God of my burnt-offerings, &c.—-Jer. viii. 22, fathers; believing all things which 23. 31.
are written in the law and the proThe place of my throne, &c. shall phets.-Acts xxiv. 14. the house of Israel no more defile; That ye may prove what is that neither they, nor their kings, by their good, and acceptable will of God. whoredom, &c. in their setting of their Rom. xii. 2. Eph. v. 10. 17.. threshold by my thresholds, and their He that doubteth, is damned if he posts by my posts, &c.-Ezek. xliii. eat, because he eateth not of faith : 7,8.
for whatsoever is not of faith, is sin. Son of man, mark well, &c. all that _Rom. xiv. 23. I say unto thee concerning all the Now I praise you, brethren, that ordinances of the house of the Lord, you, &c. keep the ordinances (or traand all the laws thereof, &c. And ditions) as I delivered them to you, thou shalt say to the rebellious, &c. &c. For I have received of the Lord, Ye have brought into my sanctuary that which also I delivered unto you; strangers, uncircumcised in heart, &c. That the Lord Jesus the same night, to pollute it; even my house, when &c.-1 Cor. xi. 1, 2. 23. ye offer my bread, &c. And ye have Though we or an angel from heanot kept the charge of mine holy ven preach unto you other than that things; but ye have set keepers of which we have preached, &c. let him my charge (or ordinance) in my sanc- be accursed.-Gal. i. 8. tuary for yourselves.-Ezek. xliv. Ye did run well: who did hinder 5—.
you (or turn you back)? This perIf ye offer the blind, &c. offer it suasion cometh not of him that called unto thy governor, &c. I am a great you.—Gal. v. 7,8. king, &c.—Mal. i. 6. 8. 13, 14. That we henceforth be no more
Why do you transgress the com- children, tossed to and fro, and carmandment of God by your tradition? ried about with every wind of docFor God commanded, saying, &c. trine, by the sleight of men, and cunBut ye say, &c. Thus have ye made ning craftiness, &c.—Eph. iv. 14. the commandment of God of none Those things which ye have both effect by your tradition, &c. In vain learned, and received, and heard, and do they worship me, teaching for seen in me, do.-Phil. iv. 9. doctrines the commandments of men. Beware lest any man spoil you -Matt. xv. 3–6. 8, 9. Mark vii. through philosophy and vain deceit, 3-3.
after the tradition of men, after the Where two or three are gathered rudiments of the world, &c. If ye be together in my name, there am I in dead with Christ, why, as though the midst of them.—Matt. xviii. 20. living in the world are ye subject to
Teaching them to observe all things, ordinances (touch not, taste not, handle not, which all are to perish amongst men, is abomination in the with the using) after the command- sight of God.-Luke xvi. 15. ments and doctrines of men? which Some affirm that we say, Let us do things have, indeed, a show of wis- evil that good may come: whose dom in will-worship.—Col. ii. 8. damnation is just.-— Rom. ii. 8. 20-23. We beseech you, brethren, and ex.
lay Sect. VI. To pray unto God :
Seci hort you by the Lord Jesus, that as
Of Prayer at large. ye have received of us how you ought ABRAHAM prayed for Abimelech unto to walk, and to please God, so ye God; and God healed him and his.would abound, &c.—1 Thess. iv. 1. Gen. xx. 17.
Prove all things; hold fast that O Lord God of my master Abrawhich is good.1 Thess. v. 21. ham, I pray thee send me good speed
Therefore, brethren, stand fast; this day, &c. Let it come to pass, and hold the traditions which ye have that the damsel to whom I shall say, been taught; whether by word or &c.—Gen. xxiv. 12–14. our epistle.—2 Thess. ii. 15.
And Isaac entreated the Lord for Hold fast the form of sound words, his wife, because she was barren: which thou hast heard of me.—2 Tim. and the Lord was entreated of him, i. 13.
and Rebecca his wife conceived.Continue thou in the things which Gen. xxv. 21. thou hast learned, and hast been as- Jacob prayed unto God in his dis. sured of; knowing of whom thou tress about Esau, and prevailed.hast learned them. And that from a Gen. xxxii. 9-12.24-26.28. xxxiii. 4. child, thou hast known the holy scrip- Hosea xii. 4, 5. tures, &c.—2 Tim. iii. 14, 15.
Moses cried unto God for Pharaoh, Not giving heed to Jewish fables, to remove their plagues.—Exod. vii. and commandments of men, that turn 12, 13. ix. 33. x. 18. from the truth.-Titus i. 14.
Moses prayed hard and often for Therefore we ought to give the Israel, and prevailed.-Exod. xxxii. more earnest heed to the things which 11–14. 31, 32. Numb. xiv. 13—20. we have heard, lest at any time we See the words of this Prayer. Deut. should let them slip.—Heb.ii. 1. ix. 25, &c.
Let that therefore abide in you, The forms Moses and Aaron, and which ye have heard from the begin- his sons, used in blessing the people, ning.- 1 John ii. 24.
and in their march.--Numb. vi. 23-26. It was needful for me to write unto x. 35, 36. you, and exhort you, that you should I besought the Lord at that time, earnestly contend for the faith which saying, O Lord God, thou hast begun was once delivered unto the saints: to shew thy servant, &c.—Deut. iii. for there are certain men crept in, &c. 23, &c. -Jude 3, 4.
If from thence thou shalt seek the The children of Israel had sinned Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if against the Lord their God, &c. and thou seek him with all thy heart, &c. had walked in the statutes of the —Deut. iv. 29. heathen, whom, &c. and of the kings Joshua prayed when Israel had fled of Israel, which they had made, &c. before the men of Ai.—Josh. vii. 5-9. also Judah kept not the command. Go and cry unto the gods which ments of the Lord their God; but ye have chosen : let them deliver, &c. walked in the statutes of Israel, which Deliver us only, we pray thee, this they made.--2 Kings xvii. 7, 8. day.-Judges x. 14, 15. 18, 19.
Then Manoala entreated the Lord, That which is highly esteemed and said, O my Lord, let the man of
God which thou didst send, come Seek the Lord, and his strength: again unto us, and teach us what we seek his face continually.-1 Chron. shall do unto the child. And God xvi. 11. hearkened unto the voice of Manoah. If thou seek him, he will be found - Judges xiii. 8, 9.
of thee.-1 Chron. xxviii. 9. Sampson called on the Lord, and Judah, &c. sought him with their said, Thou hast given this great de- whole desire, and he was found of liverance into the hand of thy ser- them.-2 Chron, xv. 15. vant, and now shall I die for thirst? There are good things found in And God clave an hollow place that thee: thou hast taken away, &c. and was in the jaw, and there came water hast prepared thine heart to seek thereout.-Judges xv. 18, 19. God.-2 Chron. xix. 3.
And Sampson called unto the Lord, Asa prayed for help against the and said, O Lord God, remember me, Ethiopian army of a thousand thouI pray thee : and strengthen me, I sand men, and prevailed.—2 Chron. pray thee, only this once, O God, &c. xiv. 10–12. -Judges xvi. 28.
When Moab, &c. came against JeHannah prayed unto the Lord, and hoshaphat, he stood in the congrega-. wept sore,&c. She spake in her heart, tion, in the house of the Lord, and only her lips moved, but her voice prayed for help: and God heard, and was not heard, &c.—1 Sam. i. 10. answered.—2 Chron.xx.5-12.15.24. 13-15.
Hezekiah being sick, prayed.As for me, God forbid that I should 2 Chron. xxxii. 24. sin against the Lord, in ceasing to Nehemiah, when he heard of the pray for you.-1 Sam. xii. 23. affliction of the Jews, he wept, and
David prays that it might be with mourned, and fasted, and prayed.him and his house, as God had said Neh. i. 4, &c. to him by Nathan the prophet. So again, when Israel were build2 Sam. vii. 17–29.
ing and in danger of enemies.-Neh. While the child was alive, I fasted; iv. 4,5. 9.-Ezra viii. 21.ix. and I said, Who can tell whether God I would make supplication to my will be gracious ?—2 Sam. xii. 22. judge.—Job ix. 15. Jonah iii. 8, 9. Exod. xxxii. 30. Acts My God; for unto thee will I viii. 21.
pray: my voice shalt thou hear in the God said to Solomon, Ask what I morning : O Lord, in the morning shall give thee. And Solomon asked will I direct unto thee, and look up. wisdom to govern. And God was —Ps. v. 2, 3. pleased so with that, and in that he He forgetteth not the cry of the had not asked long life and riches, humble.-Ps. ix. 12. x. 17. that God gave him wisdom, and un- Our fathers, &c. prayed; and thou derstanding, and riches, and honour didst deliver.-Ps. xxii. 4,5. also.- Kings iii. 5–13.
I acknowledge my sin, &c. For King Solomon prayed at large, at this shall every one that is godly pray the dedication of the temple; and unto thee, in a time when thou mayest God heard him.- 1 Kings viii. 22, &c. be found.-Ps. xxxij. 5, 6. ix. 2, 3. 2 Chron. i. 7, &c.
They that seek the Lord shall not Elijah the prophet prayed that it want any good thing, &c. His ears might be made known that God was are open unto their cry.-Ps. xxxiv. God in Israel, when others were for 10. 15. Baal: and God heard him, and caus- Call upon me in the time of trouble; ed fire to come down and consume I will deliver thee, &c.—Ps. 1. 15. the sacrifice.—1 Kings xviii. 36–38. Though Nathan had told David, his xvii. 21, 22.
sin was forgiven him, yet he prays earnestly to be delivered from blood- abomination to the Lord: but the guilținess, &c.—Ps. li. 1-15. . prayer of the upright is bis delight,
As for me, I will call upon God: &c. He heareth the prayer of the and the Lord shall save me. Even- righteous.—Prov. xv. 8. 29. ing and morning, and at noon, will I He that turneth away his ear from pray, and cry aloud : and he shall hearing the law, even his prayer shall hear my voice.-Ps. lv. 16, 17. be an abomination.- Prov. xxviii. 9.
I will cry unto God most high; Be not rash with thy mouth; and unto God, that performeth all things be not hasty to utter any thing before for me.-Ps. lvii. 2, &c.
God: for God is in heaven, and thou O thou that bearest prayer : unto upon earth ; therefore let thy words thee shall all flesh come.-Ps. Ixv. 2. be few.—Eccles v. 2.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, My dove, let me hear thy voice, the Lord will not hear me. But verily, for sweet is thy voice.-Cant. ï. 14. God hath heard.-Ps. Ixvi. 18, 19. When ye spread forth your hands, Isa. Iviii. 6—9. lix. 1-3. i. 11, &c. I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, Ezek. xiv. 3. xx. 31.
when ye make many prayers (or mulThe saints plead with God their tiply prayers) I will not hear: your relation to him, and the opposite hands are full of blood. Wash ye, state of their enemies.-Ps. lxxix. &c.—Isa. i. 15, 16. lix. 1–3. lxvi. 3. Isa. Ixiii. 15, &c. Ixiv. 8, &c. In trouble have they visited thee,
Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to they poured out a prayer (or secret forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto speech) when thy chastening was all them that call upon thee. Give upon them.-Isa. xxvi. 16. ear, O Lord, unto my prayer, &c. In Thou hast not called upon me, O the day of my trouble I will call upon Jacob.- Isa. xliii. 22. thee; for thou wilt answer me.-Ps. Thus saith the Lord, &c. Ask me lxxxvi. 5—7.
of things to come; concerning my He will regard the prayer of the sons, and concerning the work of my destitute, and not despise their prayer. hands; command ye me, &c. I said Ps. cii. 17. x. 17.
not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek I am thine; save me. I am thy ye me in vain.—Isa. xlv. 1. 19. servant; give me understanding, that Seek ye the Lord, while he may be I may know, &c. I cried with my found : call ye upon him while he is whole heart, &c. I prevented the near.- Isa. lv. 6. dawning of the morning, and cried. When thou criest, let thy com-Ps. cxix. 94. 125. 145. 147. panies deliver thee.-Isa. lvii. 13.
In my distress, I cried unto the Loose the bands of wickedness, Lord, and he heard me.-Ps. cxx. 1. &c. then shalt thou call, and the Lord 2 Sam. xxi. 7. Ps. xxxiv. 4.6. shall answer: thou shalt cry, &c.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem : Isa. lviii. 6,7.9. they shall prosper that love thee.- For Zion's sake, will I not hold my Ps. cxxii. 6.
peace; and for Jerusalem's sake, I The Lord is nigh unto all that call will not rest, until the righteousness upon him; to all that call upon him thereof go forth, &c. I have set in truth. He will fulfil the desire of watchmen upon thy walls, O Jeruthem that fear him : he also will hear salem, which shall never hold their their cry, and will save them.-Ps. peace, day nor night. Ye that make cxlv. 18, 19. Neh. i. 11.
mention of the Lord (or are the Lor Because I have called, and ye re- remembrancers), keep not silence; fused, &c. They shall call upon me, and give him no rest, till he establish, but I will not answer.-Prov. i. 24, &c. and till he make Jerusalem a praise
The sacrifice of the wicked, is an in the earth.-Isa. Ixii, 1.6, 7.
* The church's prayer for the Lord's fellows should not perish, &c. And return unto them. -Isa. Ixiii. 15— it was revealed to him.-Dan. ii. 19. lxiv.
17-19. I am found of them that sought me Now when Daniel knew that the not.—Isa. Ixv. l.
writing was signed, he went into his Therefore pray not thou for this house, and his windows being open people, neither lift up cry nor prayer in bis chamber towards Jerusalem, for them, neither make intercession he kneeled upon his knees three times to me: for I will not hear thee. a day, and prayed, and gave thanks Seest thou not what they do? &c.- before his God, as he did aforetime, Jer. vii. 16, 17.
-Dan. vi. 10, 11. Pour out thy fury upon the heathen And I set my face unto the Lord that know thee not; and upon the God, to seek by prayer and supplicafamilies that call not on thy name.- tion: and I prayed unto the Lord my Jer. x. 25. Ps. xiv. 4.
God, and made my confession, and I will bring evil upon them, &c. said, O Lord, forgive, &c. for the and though they shall cry unto me, Lord's sake, for thine own sake, for I will not hearken unto them. There- thy mercy's sake.- Dan. ix. 3, 4. fore, pray not thou for this people, 17. 19. &c. for I will not hear them in the They shall go with their flocks, time that they cry unto me for their and with their herds, to seek the trouble.—Jer. xi. 11. 14. xiv, 11, 12. Lord; but they shall not find him ;
Jeremiah prays for Israel, when he he hath withdrawn himself from them. prophesied of the dearth.-Jer. xiv. They have dealt treacherously against 7-9. 18–22.
the Lord.—Hosea v. 6, 7, The Lord said unto him, Though They have not cried unto me with Moses and Samuel stood before me, their heart, when they howled upon my mind could not be towards this their beds.- Hosea vii. 14. people, &c.--Jer. xv. 1.
By his strength he had power with Then shall ye call upon me, and ye God; yea he had power over the shall go and pray unto me, and I will angel, and prevailed: he wept and hearken unto you. And ye shall seek made supplication unto him.-Hosea me, and find me, when ye shall search xii. 3, 4. Gen. xxxii. 24–27. for me with all your heart.-Jer. Sanctify a fast, &c. and cry unto xxix. 12, 13.
the Lord : Alas for the day, &c.Call unto me, and I will answer Joel i. 14, &c. thee, and shew thee great and mighty Sanctify a fast, &c. let the priests, (or bidden) things which thou know- the ministers of the Lord, weep, &c. est pot.–Jer. xxxiii. 3.
and let them say, Spare thy people, Let us lift up our heart with our O Lord, and give not thine heritage bands unto God, in the heavens, &c. to reproach, that the heathen should Thou hast covered thyself with a rule over (or use a by-word against) cloud, that our prayers should not them: wherefore should they say pass through.---Lam. iii. 41. 44. amongst the people, Where is their
When God had promised many God? Then will the Lord be jealous things that he would do for his, he for his land, and pity his people, &c. saith, I will yet for this be inquired And it shall come to pass, that whoof by the house of Israel, to do it for soever shall call on the name of the them.--Ezek. xxxvi. 24-37. Lord, shall be delivered.—Joel ji.
Daniel desired his companions that 15—18. 32. Acts ii. 21. they would ask mercy of the God of Seek ye me, and ye shall live, &c. heaven concerning the secret of the seek the Lord, and ye shall live, &c. king's dream; that Daniel and his I hate, I despise your feasts, &c.