Page images

CL. Threats. Ps. cxix. 21. Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, that do err from thy commandments.

Ver. 118. Thou hast trodden down all them that do err, from thy


Prov. xxviii. 10. Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, shali fall himself into his own pit.

James v. 20. He that converteth a sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins, 2 Pet. iii. 17. Beware lest ye be led away with the error of the wicked. See Rom. i. 27.


CLI. Worship due to God only. See commandment I. 2 Kings xvii. 36. The Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice. Neh. ix. 6.

Ps. xxii. 37. All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord, and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before him. Ver. 29. Ps lxxxvi. 9, 10.

xcv. 6. O come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

Ver. 7. For he is God.

xcvii. 7. Worship him all ye gods.

xcix. 5. Worship at his foot-stool, for he is holy.

Ver. 9. Worship at his holy hill.

Isa. Ixvi. 23. All flesh shall come and worship before me, saith

the Lord.

Zeph. ii. 11. Men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.

Rev. iv. 10. In heaven the four and twenty elders fell down before him, that sat on the throne, and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. See Ch. v. 14.-vii. 11.—xi. 16.—xiv. 7.—xix. 4.

Rev. xv. 4. All nations shall come and worship before thee, for thy judgments are made manifest.

Heb. i. 6. Let all the angels of God worship Christ-For the worship due to Christ, see worship offered to him by the church in heaven, and on earth. Chap. upon the dignity and offices of Jesus Christ.

Angels not be worshipped. See Col. ii. 18. Rev. xix. 10, 11.-xxii. 8, 9. Against worshipping creatures for God. See commandments,

1st and 2d.

CLII. How God is to be worshipped. 1 Chr. xvi. 29. Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

xxix. 9. With a perfect heart the people offered willingly to the Lord.

Ps. li. 6. Thou desirest truth in the inward parts.

Ver. 17. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

John iv. 23. The true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

Acts xxiv. 14. After the way which they (the Jews) call heresy, 30 worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law, and the prophets.

Phil. iii. 3. We are the circumcision which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. See Mal. i. 11.-iii. 4.

CLIII. Worship offered by the wicked unacceptable to God. Isa. i. 11. To what purpose are the multitude of your sacrifices to me, saith the Lord.

Ver. 12. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hands to tread my courts?

Ver. 15. Your hands are full of blood. Ver. 16. Wash you, make you clean. See Ch. Ixvi. 3, 4. Jer. vii. 9, 10, 11, 21, 22.—vi. 20.

Ps. 1. 16. Unto the wicked God saith, what hast thou to do, to declare my statutes? or that thou shouldst take my covenant in thy mouth?

Ver. 17. Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee.

Prov. vii. 14. The whorish woman said, I have peace offerings with me, this day I have paid my vows.

Ver. 27. Her house is the way to hell, &c.

Mai. i. 8. If ye offer the blind, the lame and the sick for sacrifice, is it not evil? offer it up to thy governor will he be pleased with thee? Ver. 9.

Ver. 10. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, nei. ther will I accept an offering at your hands. See ver. 13, 14.

Matt. xv. 8. This people draweth near me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

Ver. 9. In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. See Acts xvii. 25.


CLIV. Fasting appointed by God. Lev. xxiii. 27. The tenth day of the seventh month shall be a day of atonement, an holy convocation unto you, ye shall afflict your souls and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

Ver. 28. Ye shall do no work in that same day. See to ver. 33. CLV. Fasts extraordinary and miraculous kept by Moses. Exod. xxxiv. 28. By Elijah. 1 Kings xix. 8. By Jesus Christ. Matt. iv. 2.

CLVI. Fasting acceptably. Isa. lviii. 6. Is not this the fast that I have chosen, to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke..

Ver. 7. To deal thy bread to the hungry, and to bring the poor that are cast out into thine house; when thou seest the naked that thou cover him, &c. Zech. viii. 19.

Matt. vi. 16. When ye fast be not as the hypocrites, of a sad coun


Ver. 17. When thou fastest anoint thine head and wash thy face. Ver. 18. That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret.

CLVII. Fasts of the wicked. Isa. lviii. 3. In the days of your fast you exact all your labours.

Ver. 4. Ye fast for strife and debate. Ver. 5.

Jer. xiv. 12. When they fast I will not hear their cry. Zech. vii. 5.

Matt. vi. 16. Hypocrites fast with a sad countenance to appear

unto men.

Luke xviii. 12. The Pharisee said I fast twice in the week, yet was not justified. See an hypocritical fast appointed by Jesebel. 1 Kings xxi. 9.

CLVIII. Occasions of fasts observed by God's people before war, or an expected attack from an enemy. 2 Chron. xx. 3. At the approach of enemies, king Jehoshaphat proclaims a fast.

Ver. 15. He and his people are delivered from their enemies. See 1 Sam. vii. 6.

Esther iv. 3. The Jews threatened with destruction in Babylon, fast. Ver. 16. And are delivered.

CLIX. After being defeated by enemies. See Jos. vii. 6. Judges xx. / 26. 1 Sam. xxxi. 13. 2 Sam. i. 12. At calamities from the hand of God, upon man or beast, or the fruit of the earth. Joel i. 14.-ii. 12, ( 15, 16, 17.

CLX. Judgments threatened by the Almighty against sinners.

1 Kings xxi. 27. Ahab terrified at God's threatenings against him, fasted.

Ver. 29. God brought not the evil threatened in his day.

Jonah iii. 5, 7. The king and people of Nineveh terrified at God's | threatenings against them by Jonah, proclaim a fast, and keep it with great strictness.


Jonah iii. 10. They are saved from destruction. Daniel fasts and prays for the Jews' return from captivity. Dan. ix. 3. The Jews held a fast setting out on their return from captivity. Ezra viii. 21, 23. The Jews having returned from captivity, and restoring the publick worship of God hold a fast and read the law. Neh. ix. 1. Also, see Jer. xxxvi. 6.

The apostles fasted and prayed with the church before they ordained elders and preachers of the gospel. Acts xiv. 23.-xiii. 2, 3.

Devils cast out by fasting and prayer. Matt. xvii. 21.

CLXI. Fasts of particular persons held at their own discretion. 2 Sam. xii. 16. David fasted when his child was sick.

Ps. xxxv. 13. When they were sick, I humbled my soul with fasting.

[ocr errors]

Ixix. 10. I wept and chastened my soul with fasting.

cix. 24. My knees are weak through fasting.

Matt. ix. 14. John's disciples and the Pharisees fasted often. Mark ii. 18.

Christ's disciples fasted, after he was taken from them. 2 Cor. vi. 5.-xi. 27.

Luke ii. 37. Anna served God with fasting night and day.

Acts. x. 30. Cornelius while he fasted and prayed, was directed by an angel to send for Peter to preach the gospel.

1 Cor. vii. 3. Husband and wife ought not to separate except for a time, to give themselves to fasting and prayer.

N. B. Religious fasting is always to be accompanied with prayer, and with all the requisites in prayer, which see in the chapter upon prayer.


CLXII. Persons whose prayer shall be heard. Ps. iv. 3. The Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself, the Lord will hear when I call unto him.

xxvi. 6. I will wash mine hands in innocency, so will I compass thine altar.

xxxiv. 15. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry. 1 Pet. iii. 12. His ears are open to their prayers.

Ver. 17. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Prov. xv. 8. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

Ver. 29. The Lord is far from the wicked, but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

1 Tim. ii. 8. I will that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting.

James v. 16. The prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

CLXIII. Of the divine influence in prayer, the Spirit's assistance. Ps. 10. 17. Lord, thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear.

lxxx. 18. Quicken us, and we will call on thy name.

Zech. xii. 10. I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, &c.

xiii. 9. I will refine them as silver is refined, and I will try them as gold is tried, and they shall cail on my name and I will hear them, I will say it is my people, and they shall say the Lord is my God. Rom. viii. 15. Ye have received the Spirit of adoption whereby we cry, Abba Father.

Ver. 26. The Spirit helpeth our infirmities, for we know not what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Ver. 27. And he that searcheth the heart knoweth the mind of the Spirit.

Gal. iv. 6. Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts crying, Abba Father.

Fph. vi. 18. Praying with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. Jude ver. 20. Praying in the Holy Ghost. 1 Cor. xiv. 15.

CLXIV. Prayer is to be made in the name of Christ. John xiv. 13. Jesus said, whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do unto you.

Ver. 14. That the Father may be glorified in the Son.

xvi. 23. Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name he will give it you.

Ver. 24. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name, ask and ye shall receive that your joy may be full.

Col. iii. 17. Whatsoever ye do in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. See Heb. iv. 14, 16. Dan. ix. 18.

CLXV. Prayer must be made in faith. Matt. xxi. 22. All things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer believing, ye shall receive.

abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall and it shall be done unto you. Eph. iii. 12. In whom (Christ) we have boldness and access by the faith of him. Heb. iv. 16.

John xv. 7. If ye ask what ye will,

Heb. x. 22. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.

xi. 6. He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

James i. 6. Ask in faith nothing wavering. Ver. 7. Luke xii. 29. v. 15. The prayer of faith shall save the sick. Jude ver. 20, CLXVI. With sincerity of heart. Ps. xvii. 1. Give ear unto my prayer that goeth not out of feigned lips.

xxv. 1. Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

lxii. 6. Pour out your heart before God, he is a refuge for us. cxlv. 18. The Lord is nigh unto all that call upon him in truth. Jer. xxix. 13. The Lord said ye shall find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Ver. 14. 2 Chron. xv. 15.

Lam. iii. 41. the heavens.

Let us lift up our heart, with our hands to God in

Call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

2 Tim. ii. 22. Heb. x. 22. Let us draw near with a pure heart, &c. Job xi. 13. CLXVII. With love to God. Ps. xci, 14. The Lord said, because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him.

Ver. 15. He shall call upon me and I will answer him.

CLXVIII. With the fear of God. Ps. cxlv. 19. The Lord will fulfil the desire of them that fear him, he also will hear their cry, and I will save them.

CLXIX. With obedience to God. Isa. Ivi. 6. The sons of the stranger that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it and taketh hold of my covenant.

Ver. 7. Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and will make them joyful in my house of prayer, their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on mine altar.

John ix. 31. If any man be a worshipper of God and doth his will. him he heareth.

1 John iii. 22. Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Prov. xxviii. 9. He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination.

CLXX. With humility, confession and turning from sin. 2 Chron. vii. 14. If my people shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Ch. vi. 26, to ver. 40. 1 Kings viii. 37, to ver. 50.

xxxiii. 12. Manasseh humbled himself and prayed, and God was intreated. Ver. 13.

Ps. ix. 12. God forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

x. 17. Lord thou hast heard the desire of the humble.

Jer. xxxvi. 6. Go read the words of the Lord, in the ears of the people,

« PreviousContinue »