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him, and


merits and

our Lord Amen.

with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psal. cxxvi. 5, 6.

6. Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer : prehim from fear serve my life from fear of the enemy. Psal. Ixiv. 1. of the enemy, and lift up

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, the light of when my heart is overwhelmed : lead me to the nance upon rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a give him shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

Psal. lxi. 2, 3. I will set bim in safety from him through the

that puffeth at him. Psal. xii. 5. Because he hath mediation of set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him :

I will set him on high, because he hath known my

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him : I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. Psal. xci. 14, 15, 16. There be many that say, Who will shew us any good ? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Psal. iv. 6. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Num. vi. 26. Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. v. 1. The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil. iv. 7.



correct those whom thou

CCXXV. A Prayer for patience under affliction. 1. Almighty,

1. I, even I, am he, and there is no God with everliving me: I kill, and I make alive ; I wound, and I God, Maker of mankind, heal : neither is there any that can deliver out of who dost

my hand. For I lift up my hand to heaven, and

say, I live for ever. Deut. xxxii. 39, 40. Now, O and chastise Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and

thou our potter, and we all are the work of thy dost receive; and. Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, neither

remember iniquity for ever: ehold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people. Isa. Ixiv. 8, 9. My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: for whom

every one whom thou

2. We be

upon this thy servant

the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons. Heb. xii. 5, 6, 7. Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty : for he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole. Job v. 17, 18.

2. Thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, seech there to and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy

and truth. O turn unto me, and have mercy upon visited with me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save thine hand, the son of thine handmaid. Psal. lxxxvi. 15, 16.

Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word. Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live : for thy law is my delight. Psal. cxix. 41. 77. Day and night thy hand was heavy upon me. My moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Psal. xxxii. 4. Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand. Psal. xxxix. 10. See also, 1 Sam. v. 9.-Job xix. 27.

3. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall grant that he into divers temptations; knowing this, that the sickness pa: trying of your faith worketh patience. But let tiently, and

patience have her perfect work, that ye may be bodily health, perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James i. 2, 3, (if ic be thy 4. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty

hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. his soul shall 1 Pet. v. 6. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward depart from the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, and said, Remay be with member now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have out spot pre walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, thee; through and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah

wept sore. Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying, Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears : behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. Isa. xxxviii. 2 to 5. O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more. Psal. xxxix. 13. Father, if thou be willing, remove this

3. and to

recover his

will ;) and when soever

Jesus Christ ou: Lord. Amen.

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cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. Luke xxii. 42. We that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life, 2 Cor. v. 4. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was : and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Eccl. xii. 7. I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. Phil. i. 23. To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke xxiii. 43. Christ loved the Church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing ; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Eph. v. 25, 26, 27. Ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 1 Cor. xii. 27. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Jude 24, 25. The Epistle. Hebrews xii. 5, 6.-My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faini when thou art rebuked of him. For whom the Lord loreth he chasteneth ; and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

The Gospel. John v. 24.-Verily, verily I say unto you, He that heareth my teord, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into coudensnation; but is passed from death unto life.



The introductory Sentences, Psalms, and Lesson.

I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that beliereth in me, thougt ke were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die. John xi. 25, 26. I know that my Redeemer lireth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, get in my fest shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another. Job xix. 25, 26, 27. We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. The l.ord gure, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the Name of the Lord. I Tim. vi. 7. Job i. 21.

Psalm xxxix.-I said, I will take heed to my ways: that I offend not in my tongue. -I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle: while the ungodly is in my sight.-1 held my tongue, and spake nothing: I kept silence, yea, eren from good words ; but it was pain and grief to me - My heart was hot within me, and while I was thus musing, the fire kindled: and at the last I xpake with my tongue.--Lord, let me know mine end, and the number of my days : that I may be certified how long I hare to live.-Behold, Ihoa hnst made my days as it were a span long: and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee, and verily erery man living is altogether vanity.-For man walkelh in a rain shadow, and disquieteth himself in rain: he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them - And now, Lord, what is my hope: truly my hope is even in thee.-Delirer me from all mine offences : make me not a buke to the foolish.--I became dumb, and opened nol my mouth: for it was thy doing.Take thy plague away from me: I am eren consumed by means of thy heary hand. - When thou with rebukes dost chasten man for sin, thou makest his beuuly to consume away, like as it were a moth frelling a garment : every man therefore is but vanity.--Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine cars consider my calling: hold nol thy peace at my tears.--For I am a stranger with thee: and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.-0 spare me a lillle, that I may recover my strength : before I go hence, and be no more seen.

Glory be to the Father, &c. As it was in the, &c.

Psalm xe.-Lord, thou hast been our refuge: from one generation to another. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made : thou art God from ererlasting, and world without end. - Thou turnesl man to destruction : again thou sa yest, Cume again, ye children of men.-For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday: seeing that is past as a watch in the night. - As soon as thou scatterest them, they are even as a sleep: and fade away suddenly like the grass.-In the morning it is green, and groweth up: but in the eveniny it is cut down, dried up, and withered.For we consume away in thy displeasure: and are afraid at thy wrathsul indignativit. - Thou hast set our misdeeds before thee: and our secret sins in the light of my counterance.--For when thou art angry, all our days are gone : we bring our years lo an end, as it were a lale that is told.-The days of our age are threescore years and len, and though men be so strong that they come to fourscore years : yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow ; so soon pasaeth it away, and we are gone.-But who reyardeth the power of thy wrath: for even thereafter as a man feareth, so is thy displeasure. --So leach us to number our days : that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.-Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last: and be gracious unto thy servants.-0 satisfy us with thy mercy, and that soon : 50 shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life --Comfort us again, now after the lime that thou hast plagued us: and for the years wherein we have sufered udeersiły.---Shew thy servants thy work: and their children thy glory.And the glorious Majesty of the Lord our God be upon us : prosper thou the work of our hands upon us, O prosper thou our handy-work.-Glory be to the Father, &c. As it was in the, &c.

1 Cor. xv. 20.--Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the deud. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alire. man in his own order : Christ the first-fruils; afterward they that are Christ's, at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father ; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority, and power. For he mist reign lill he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death: For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, All things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. Else tchat shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are They then baplized for the dead? And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? I protext by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. It after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me if the deud rise not? Let us eat and drink, for lo morrow we die. Be not deceived ; eril communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin noti for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come ? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die. And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain. But God gweth it a budy, as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one

But every

star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead : It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption : It is sown in dishonour; it is raised is glory: It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power : It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul, the last Adam tas made a quickening spirit. Howbeit, that was not first thich is spiritual ; but that which is natural, and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they that are earthy: and as is the hearenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the carthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Noto this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God: neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery: Ife shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed, in a moment, in the iwinkling of an eye, at the last trump; (for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this morte must put on immortality. So when this corruplible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that Is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting! Ograre, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

1. Man

of a woman hath but a

full of misery.

He cometh up, and is cut

flower; he fleeth as it were a sha

CCXXVI. Meditations preparatory to the placing

the corpse in the earth. 1. Man that is born of a woman is of few days, what is born and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower,

and is cut down : he fleeth also as a shadow, and short time to continueth not. Job xiv. 1, 2. For all flesh is as live, and is

grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. 1 Pet. i. 24. As for man, his days are as

grass : as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. down, like a

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone ; and

the place thereof shall know it no more. Psal. ciii. dow, and 15, 16.

Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. John v. 7. For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. Eccl. i. 23. And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, Gen. xlvii. 9. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth ; and mine age is as nothing before thee. Psal. xxxix. 5. My days are swifter than : post: they flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as the swift ships : as the eagle that hasteth to the prey. Job ix. 25, 26. The days of our years are threescore years and ten ; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is

never continueth in one stay.

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