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God of Israel and sought him, he was found of them. Chap. xxx. 6, 9. Neh. i. 9.—ix. 28.

Ps. lxxiv. 34. They returned and enquired early after God.

Ver. 38. He forgave their iniquity.

cxix. 59. I turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

Ver. 65. Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, according to thy word, 2 Kings xxiii. 25.

Jonah iii. 10. God saw the works of the Ninevites, that they turned from their evil way, and God repented him of the evil that he had said he would do unto them, and he did it not. Matt. xii. 41.

VI. Turning to God erjoined by commands, enforced by threatenings against those who turn not from sin.

2 Kings xvii. 13. The Lord testified against Israel and Judah by the prophets and seers, saying, turn ye from your evil ways.

Ver. 14. But they would not hear.

Ver. 18. The Lord was angry, and removed them out of his sight. Jer. xliv. 4, 5, 6.

Neh. ix. 26. They slew the prophets which testified against them, to turn them to thee.

Ver. 27. Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies.

Ver. 35. They have not served thee in thy great goodness, neither turned from their wickedness.

Ver. 36. Behold we are servants in great distress. Ver. 37.

Job xxxvi. 10. He openeth their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.

Ver. 11. If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasure.

Ver. 12. If they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, &c. and die without knowledge.

Ps. vii. 12. If the wicked turn not, God will whet his sword, he hath bent his bow and made it ready.

Ver. 13. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death. Isa. xxxi. 6. Turn ye to him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.

Jer. v. 3. Thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved, thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction. They have made their faces harder than a rock, they have refused to


Ver. 4. Therefore I said, surely these are poor, they are foolish. Ver. 6. A lion out of the forest shall slay them, &c.

viii. 5. Why is this people slidden back with a perpetual backsliding, they refuse to return.

Ver. 6. No man repented him of his wickedness, saying, what have I done? Every one turned to his course as the horse rusheth into the battle. Hos. xi. 5.

xv. 7. I will destroy my people sith they return not from their ways. xviii. 11. Thus saith the Lord, behold I frame evil against you, return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good. Chap. xxxv. 15.

xxiii. 14. The false prophets strengthen the hands of evil-doers, that no man doth return from his wickedness.

Jer. xxiii. 15. Therefore, thus saith the Lord of hosts, concerning the prophets, behold I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall. Ezek. xiii. 22.

xxv. 4. The Lord sent unto you his servants the prophets.

Ver. 5. They said, turn ye every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land, &c.

Ver. 7. Yet he have not hearkened unto me, saith the Lord. See threats to ver. 12. Chap. xxvi. 3.-xxxvi. 3, 7.

Ezek. iii. 9. If thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, he shall die in his iniquity, but thou hast delivered thy soul. Chap. xxxiii. 9.

Dan. ix. 13. All this evil is come upon us, yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniqui


Ver. 14. Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us, Zech. i. 4, 6.

Hos. v. 3. I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me. Ver. 4. They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God. Ver. 14. I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah, I will tear and I will take away, and none shall


vii. 9. Grey hairs are here and there upon Ephraim, and he knoweth it not.

Ver. 10. The pride of Israel doth testify to his face, and they do not return to the Lord their God, nor seek him for all this.

Ver. 13. Woe unto them, destruction unto them, they return but not to the Most High. Chap. xi. 5.

xv. 1. O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God, for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.

Am. iv. 6. I have given you cleanness of teeth and want of bread, yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. Ver. 8, 9, 10, 11.

Jer. iv. 3. Thus saith the Lord, to them of Judah and Jerusalem, break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.

Ver. 4. Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your hearts, lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it. Hos. x. 12.

Matt. xviii. 3. Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

VII. The cause and means of repentance and conversion, God the cause; this implied in prayers made to God for it, and other expressions, ascribing it to God as his gift.

Ps. lxxx. 3. Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved. Ver. 7, 19.

lxxxv. 4. Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger towards us to cease.

Song i. 4. Draw me, I will run after thee.

Jer. xxxi. 18. Turn thou me and I shall be turned, for thou art the Lord my God.

Ver. 19. After that I was turned, I repented, and after that I was instructed I smote upon my thigh, I was ashamed, yea even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.

Lam. v. 21. Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned.

Acts xi. 18. They said, then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

Ver. 21.The hand of the Lord was with the disciples, and a great number believed and turned unto the Lord.

Rom. ii. 4. The goodness of God leadeth to repentance.

2 Tim. ii. 25. In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God peradventure will give them repentance to the ackowledgment of the truth.

VIII. Jesus Christ giveth repentance. Acts iii. 26. God having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

v. 31. Him hath God exalted a Prince and a Saviour to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

IX. God's law a mean of converting sinners. Ps. xix. 4. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.

Luke xvi. 30. And he said, nay, father Abraham; but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

Ver. 31. If they hear not Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.

X. The ministry a mean of converting sinners. Ezek. iii. 19. If thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, he shall die in his iniquity, but thou hast delivered thy soul. Chap. xxxiii. 9.

Dan. xii. 3. They that turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars for ever and ever. James v. 19. Prov. xi. 30.

Lukei. 16. Many of the children of Israel shall John Baptist turn to the Lord their God. Chap. xxii. 32.

Acts xxvi. 17. The Lord said to Paul, 1 send thee to open men's eyes, to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive the forgiveness of sins, and an inheritance among all them that are sanctified, by faith that is in me..

XI. Repentance promised. Ps. xxii. 27. All the ends of the world' shall remember and turn to the Lord. Ps. li. S.-cx. 3.

Isa. i. 27. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

x. 21. The remnant shall return unto the mighty God, Mic. v. 3. 1x. 5. The abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, and the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. Chap. Iv. 7.

Jer. xxiv. 7 They shall return unto me with their whole heart. Hos. ii. 7. The church shall say, I will return unto my first husband. xiv. 7. They that dwell under his shadow shall return, they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine.

XII. Self examination needful to repentance. 1 Kings viii. 38. Know every man the plague of his own heart.

Ps. iv. 4. Commune with your own heart on your bed, and be still. Ixxvii. 6. My spirit made diligent search.

cxix. 59. I thought upon my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

Lam. iii. 40.Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the


1 Cor. xi. 28. Let a man examine himself.

2 Cor. xiii. 5. Examine yourselves, prove your own selves.

Gal. vi. 4. Let every man prove his own work.

XIII. Considerations needful to repentance. Deut. iv. 39. Consider in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and in the earth beneath.

1 Sam. xii.24. Consider how great things the Lord hath done for thee. Job. xxiii. 15. When I consider him, I am afraid,

Ps. cxix. 95. I will consider thy testimonies.

Eccl. vii. 14. In the day of adversity consider.

Isa. xli. 20. Consider, that the hand of the Lord hath done this. Ezek. xii. 3. It may be they will consider, though they be a reChap. xviii. 14.

bellious house.

Hag. i. 5. Thus saith the Lord, consider your ways.

2 Tim. ii. 7. Consider, and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. For considering God's works. See Job xxxvii. 14. Ps. viii. 3. Ixiv. 9. Eccl. vii. 13. Isa. lii. 15. Jer. xxx. 24.

XIV. The inconsideration of the wicked. Deut. xxxii. 29. O that they would consider their latter end.

Ps. 1. 22. Consider, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces,

and there be none to deliver.

Eccl. v. 1. They consider not that they do evil.

Isa. i. 3. Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Chap. v. 12. Ps. lxxxii. 5.-xciv. 8.

xliv. 19. None considereth in his heart. Chap. xlvii. 7.

Ver. 20. A deceived heart hath turned him aside, he canoot deliver his soul, nor say, is there not lie in my right hand.

Jer. ii. 10. Consider, hath a nation changed their Gods, but my people have changed their glory.

x. 8. They are altogether brutish. Ver. 14. Chap. li. 17, 21. Hos. vii. 2. They consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness.

Matt. vii. 3. Thou considerest not the beam that is in thine eye. ix. 45. Ye know not what manner of spirits ye are of.

Luke xix. 42. If thou hadst known the things that belong to thy peace, but now they are hid from thine eyes.

Rev. iii. 17. Thou sayest I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing, and knowest not, that thou art wretched and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.

XV. The case of those who withstand the appointed means of repen tance. Matt. xiii. 13. Jesus said, I speak to them in parables, because they seeing, see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Ver. 14. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaias, which saith, by hearing ye shall hear and shall not understand, and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive. Isa. vi. 9.

Ver. 15. For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted and I should heal them. Mark iv. 12. Luke viii. 10. John xii. 40. Acts xxviii. 26. Rom. xi. 8.


Luke xvi. 30. Dives said, if one went from the dead unto my brethren they will repent.

Ver. 31. Abraham said, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.

xix. 41. Jesus wept over Jerusalem, saying,

Ver. 42. If thou hadst known in this thy day the things which belong unto thy peace, but now they are hid from thine eyes.

Rom. ii. 5. After thy hardness and impenitent heart, thou treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath.

Heb. vi. 4. It is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost.

Ver. 5. And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come.

Ver. 6. If they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to open shame.

xii. 17. Esau found no place for repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. Matt. xxvii. 7.

Gen. vi. 3. God saith, my Spirit shall not always strive with man. Ps. xcv. 8. Harden not your hearts. Heb. iii. 8. 15.-iv. 7.

XVI. Sorrow for sin. Ps. xiii. 3. How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily?

xxxviii. 17. I am ready to halt, my sorrow is continually before me. Ver. 18. I will declare mine iniquity, I will be sorry for my sin. Ixix. 29. I am poor and sorrowful, let thy salvation, O God, set me on high. Ps. cxvi. 3, 4.

Eccl. vii. 3. Sorrow is better than laughter. Prov. xiv. 13.

Jer. xxxi. 25. I have satiated every weary soul, I have replenished every sorrowful soul.

Zeph. iii. 18. I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly.

John xvi. 20. Your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
Rom. ix. 2. I have continual sorrow in my heart.

2 Cor. vi. 10. As sorrowful yet always rejoicing. vii. 9 to 12. Ye sorrowed to repentance.

XVII. Mourning for sin. Exod. xxxiii. 4. When the people heard God's threatenings against them they mourned.. Numb. xiv. 39.

Ezra x. 6. Ezra mourned because of the transgressions of those that had been carried captive.

Neh. i. 4. Nehemiah wept and mourned, fasted and prayed, and said, &c.

Job v. 11. God doth great things, that those that mourn may be exalted. Ver. 8, 9.

Ps. xxxviii. 6. I go mourning all the day. Ps. xlii. 9.—xliii. 2. lv. 2. Attend unto me and hear me, I mourn in my complaint. Isa. xxxviii. 14. Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter, I did mourn as a dove. Isa. lix. 11.

lvii. 18. I will restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. Ixi. 2. The Lord hath sent me to comfort all that mourn.

Ver. 3. To give unto them that mourn in Zion, beauty for ashes,

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