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CHAP. XVII. Children among the promised Blessings.


Ps. cxiii. 9. He maketh the barren woman to be a joyful mother of children.

cxv. 14. The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

cxxvii. 3. Children are an heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

cxxviii. 3. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine, by the sides of thine house, thy children like olive plants round about thy table.

Ver. 6. Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children.

cxliv. 12. That our sons may be as olive plants, our daughters like corner stones. See also, Deut. i. 10.-x. 22.-xiii. 17.-xxviii. 62. 63. Jos. xxiv. 3. Job xlii. 12, 13. Ps. cvii. 38. Prov. xiv. 28. Jer. iii. 16.-xxx. 19. xxxiii. 22. Ezek xvi. 7.-xxxvi. 10, 11.-xxxvii. 26. LXXVII. A desire of having children is naturol to mankind. Instances. Prov. xxx. 16. The grave and the barren womb are not satisfied. Gen. xi. 30. Sarah Abram's wife was barren. Ch. xvi. 1, 2, 3. She gave her handmaid to Abram, and said, it may be that I may obtain children by her.

xv. 2. Abram said, Lord, what wilt thou give me seeing I go childless, to me thou hast given no seed.

xviii. IC. The angel said, Sarah shall have a son. Ch. xvii, 19. Gen. xviii. 12. Sarah heard it and laughed.

xxiv. 60. They blessed Rebekah and said, be thou the mother of thousands of millions."

xxv. 21. Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren, and the Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

xxviii. 1. Isaac blessed Jacob and said. Ver. 3. God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful and multiply thee.

xxx. 13. Leah said, happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed. Ver. 20. I have borne six sons.

xxix. 31. Rachel was barren. Ch. xxx. 1. She envied her sister, and said unto Jacob, give me children or else I die.

xxx. 23. Rachel conceived and bare a son, and said God had taken away my reproach.

1 Sam. i. 3. Hannah had no children. Ver. 10. She was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord and wept sore.

Ver. 19. And the Lord remembered her. Ver. 20. She conceiv and bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, because I have asked him of the Lord. Ch. xxvii. For this child I prayed, and the Lord hath given me my petition.

Luke i. 7. Elizabeth was barren. Ver. 13. The angel said unto Zacharias, thy prayer is heard, thy wife shall bear thee a son.

Luke i. 24. Elizabeth conceived and said, thus hath the Lord dealt with me, to take away my reproach. Ver. 25.

LXXVIII. God's care of mothers, Gen. ii. 16. Unto the woman the Lord said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception, in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children. 1 Tim ii. 15. Nevertheless she shall be saved in child-bearing, if they continue in faith and holiness with sobriety.

xlix. 25. The Aimighty shall bless thee with the blessings of the breasts and of the womb.


388 The Wicked punished in their Children. CHAP. XVII.

Deut. vii. 13. He will bless the fruit of thy womb. See Exod. xxi. 21. Hurt not a woman with child.

LXXIX. God's care of children. Exod. i. 17. The midwives saved the men children alive.

Ver. 21. And God made them houses.

Ps. xxii. 9. Thou art he that took me out of the womb, and didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.

Ver. 10. I was cast upon thee from the womb, thou art my God from my mother's belly. Ps. lxxi. 6.

Jonah iv. 11. God said should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than six score thousand persons, that cannot discern them between their right hand and their left?

Mark x. 14. Jesus said, suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Ver. 16. And he took them in his arms, and blessed them, and said, of such is the kingdom of heaven.

LXXX. The grief of parents at parting with their children. Gen. xliii. 14. Jacob said, If I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved. Ch. xlii. 38.-xliv. 29, 31.

Job xxix. 2. Job said, O that I were as in months past.

Ver. 5. When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me.

LXXXI. Godly parents blessed in the happiness of their children. Deut. iv. 40. Thou shalt keep his statutes, that it may be well with thee, and with thy children after thee. See Ch. v. 29.—xii. 25, 28. Ps. xxv. 12. He that feareth the Lord, ver. 13. His seed shall inherit the earth.

xxxvii. 25. Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

Ver. 26. His seed is blessed.

cii. 28. The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

cxlvii. 13. He hath blessed thy children with thee.

Isa. xliv. 3. I will pour my blessing upon thine offering. See Ch. Ixi. 9.-lxv. 23.

Jer. xxxii. 39. I will give them one heart, and one way, that they fear me for ever, for the good of them and of their children after them.



LXXXII. The wicked punished in the calamities of their children. Exod. xx. 5. I am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. Ch. xxxiv. 7. Numb. xiv. 18. Deut. v. 9.

Numb. iv. 33. Your children shall wander in this wilderness, forty years, and bear your whoredoms.

Job xxi. 9. God layeth up the iniquity of the wicked for his children. Isa. xiv. 21.

Jer. ii. 9. With your childrens children will I plead, saith the Lord. xxxii. 18. Thou recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them. See an instance, 2 Sam. xii. 14, 15. LXXXIII. Particular calamities threatened against the children of the vicked. Captivity. Deut. xxviii. 33. Thy sons and thy daughters

CHAP. XVII. The Wicked punished in their Children.


shall be given to another people, and thine eyes shall look and fail for them all the day

2 Chron. xxix. 6. Our fathers turned away their faces from the habitation of the Lord.

Ver. 9. Our sons and our daughters, and our wives are in captivity for this.

Jer. xlviii. 46. Woe be unto thee, thy sons and thy daughters are taken captives.

Lam. i. 16. For the multitude of her transgressions her children are gone into captivity.

Joel iii. 8. I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah. Ch. ii. 16. See also Jer. x. 20.-xxxviii. 23. -xlvii. 3. Lam. v. 13. Ezek. xxx. 18. Mic. i. 16.

LXXXIV. Slain by an enemy. Isa. xiii. 16. Thy children shall be dashed in pieces before thine eyes. Ps. cxxxvii. 9. Hos. xiii. 16. Jer. xvi. 3. Their children shall die of grevious deaths. xviii. 21. Deliver up their children to the famine, and pour out their blood by the force of the sword, let their wives, &c. Ps. cix. 10. xliv. 7. Thus saith the Lord, wherefore commit ye gainst your souls, to cut off from you man, woman, child and suckling. this great evil aEzek. xxiii. 47. The enemy shall slay their sons and their daughters. xxiv. 21. Your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword. Ch. xxv. Amos vii. 17. See also Lev. xxvi. 22. 1 Sam. xv. 33. 2 Kings xxv. 7. 2 Chron. xxi. 14. Job xxvii. 13, 14. Isa. xlvii. 9.-li. 18. Jer. xiv. 16.-xv. 7. Ezek. ix. 6. 1 Kings xxi. 19, 21, 22. compared with 2 Kings ix. 25, 26.

LXXXV. Suffer by famine. Jer. v. 15. I will bring a nation upon you, and they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread which thy sons and thy daughters should eat. Ver. 17. Job v. 5.

Jer. xi. 22. Their sons and their daughters shall die by famine. Hos. iv. 6. Thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.

Ver. 10. They shall eat and not have enough. See Ps. cix. 9, 10, 12. Jer. xviii. 21. Lam. iv. 4.

LXXXVI. Other evils upon the children of the wicked. Job v. 4. His children are far from safety, they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.

Ver. 5. The robber swalloweth up their substance.

xvii. 5. He that speaketh flattery to his friends even the eyes of his children shall fail.

xx. 10. His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.

LXXXVII. Erroneous principles in religion have destroyed the natural affection of parents toward their children. 2 Kings xvi. 3. Ahaz made his sons to pass through the fire.

2 Chron. xxviii. 3. Ahaz burnt his children in the fire. See also, 2 Kings xvii. 17, 31.-xi. 7. Jer. xxxii. 35. Ezek. xvi. 21.-xx. 26. Matt. x. 21. Forbidden. Lev. xviii. 21.-xx. 2, 3, 4. Deut. xviii. 10.

LXXXVIII. Calamities upon wicked parents and children. Lev. xxvi. 29. Ye shall eat the flesh of your sons and of your daughters. See Deut. xxviii. 53. Jer. xix. 9. 2 Kings vi. 29. Lam. ii. 20.-iv. 10. LXXXIX. Want of children to the wicked. Hos. ix. 14. Give

them a miscarrying womb and dry brearts. 2 Sam. vi. 23. Lev. xx. 20. Jer. xxii. 30.

XC. Promises to the godly who are childless. Ps. Ixviii. 6. Yet setteth he the solitary in families.

cxiii. 9. He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children.

Isa. lvi. 4. To the eunuchs, &c. will I give a name, and a place within my walls, &c.


XCI. Duties of children towards parents. Exod. xx. 12. Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land. Deut. v. 16. Matt. xv. 4. Eph. vi. 2.

Lev. xix. 3. Ye shall fear every man his mother and his father. Prov. i. 8. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.

Ver. 9. They shall be an ornament of grace unto thine head, and chains about thy neck.

iv 1. My son, forget not my law, but let thine heart keep my commandments, for length of days and long life, and peace shall they add to thee. Ver. 2.

v. 1. My son attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding.

vi. 20. Keep thy father's commandments, and forsake not the law of thy mother.

Ver. 21. Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. Ver. 22.

x. 7. A wise son maketh a glad father, but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

xiii. 1. A wise son heareth his father's instructions, but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

xv. 20. A wise son maketh a glad father, but a foolish son despiseth his mother.

xxiii. 22, Hearken to the father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

x ix. 3. Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father,

Mal. i. 6. A son honoureth his father. Ch. iii. 17.

Matt. xix. 19. Jesus said, honour thy father and thy mother.

Eph. vi. 1. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Col. iii. 20.

Ver. 2. Honour thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with promise. Exod. xx. 12.

Ver. 3. That it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest live long on the earth

1 Tim. iii. 4. Having his children in subjection.

v. 4. Let them learn to shew pity, and to requite their parents. XCII. Instances of dutiful children blessed. Gen. ix. 23. Shem and Japhet. Ver, 26, 27. They are blessed of, xxviii. 7. their father Jacob. Ch. xlvii, 12.-xlix. 26.—1. 10. Joseph. Ruth i. 15, 16, 17. Ruth. Luke ii. 51. Jesus. Jer. xxxv. 8, 18, 19. The sons of Jonadab.

NCHI. Disobedience and undutiful children, threats against them. Exod. xi. 15. He that smiteth his father or mother, shall be surely put to death.

Exod. xxi. 17. He that curseth his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. Lev. xxiv. 15.-xx. 9. Matt. xv. 4, 5, 6. Prov. xx. 20.

Deut. xxi. 18. If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, that will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, Ver. 21. All the men of the city shall stone him with stones that he die.

xxvii. 16. Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother, and all the people shall say, Amen. Ezek. xxii. 7, 14.

Prov. xv. 5. A fool despiseth his father's instruction. Ver. 20. xvii. 21. He that begetteth a fool doth it to his sorrow, and the father of a fool hath no joy.

Ver. 25. A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. Ch. x. 1.

xix. 13. A foolish son is a calamity to his father.

Ver. 26. He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

xxviii. 7. He that is a companion of riotous men, shameth his father.

Ver. 24. Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith it is no trangression, the same is the companion of a destroyer.

xxx. 11. Their is a generation that curseth their father and doth not bless their mother.

Ver. 17. The eye that mocketh at his father and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pluck it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.

Isa. xlv. 10. Woe unto him that saith unto his father what beget, test thou? and to the woman what hast thou brought forth?

Mic. vii. 6. The son dishonoureth the father, and the daughter riseth up against the mother. Luke xii. 53.

2 Tim. iii. 2. Perilous times shall come, men shall be disobedient to parents, &c.

XCIV. Particular instances of undutiful disobedient children cursed. Gen. ix. 22. Ham. Ver. 25. He is cursed of his father.

1 Sam. ii. 25. The sons of Eli are punished. Ver. 31 to 35.


XCV. Duties of masters towards servants. Lev. xix. 13. The wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning. See Deut. xxiv. 15. Jer. xxii. 13. Mal. iii. 5. James v. 4. Luke x. 7.

xxv. 43. You shall not rule over him with rigour. Ver. 46, 53. Deut. xxiv. 14. Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant, that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren or of strangers. Job xxxi. 13. If I did despise the cause of my man-servant or of my maid-servant when they contended with me;

Ver. 14. What shall I do when God riseth up, and when he visiteth, what shall 1 answer him?

Ver. 15. Did not he that made me in the womb make them, did not one fashion us both?

Matt. viii. 6. The centurion besought Jesus to heal his servant.

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