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sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the in habitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he consider- Job 26: 6. Hell is naked before eth all their works.
him, and destruction hath no cor94: 9. He that planted the ear, ering. He stretcheth out the north shall he not hear ? he that formed over the empty place, and hangeth the eye, shall he not see? he that the earth upon nothing. He bindeth chastiseth the heathen, shall not he up the waters in his thick clouds ; correct ? he that teacheth
and the cloud is not rent under knowledge, shall not he know? The them. He holdeth back the face of Lord knoweth the thoughts of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud man, that they are but vanity. upon it. He hath compassed the
113: 4. The Lord is high above waters with bounds, until the day all nations, and his glory above the and night come to an end. The heavens. Who is like unto the pillars of heaven tremble and are LORD our God, who dwelleth on astonished at his reproof. He divihigh ; who humbleth himself to be- deth the sea with his power, and by hold the things that are in heaven, his understanding he smiteth through and in the earth!
the proud. By his spirit he hath Ps. 139: 1. O Lord, thou hast garnished the heavens ; his hand searched me, and known me. Thou hath formed the crooked serpent. knowest my down-sitting and mine Lo, these are parts of his ways: up-rising; thou understandest my but how little a portion is heard of thought afar off. Thou compassest him? But the thunder of his power my path and my lying down, and who can understand ? art acquainted with all my ways. 31: 12. Behold, in this thou art For there is not a word in my not just: I will answer thee, that tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou God is greater than man. Why dost knowest it altogether. Thou hast thou strive against him? for he beset me behind and before, and I giveth not account of any of his laid thine hand upon me.
Such matters. knowledge is too wonderful for me: 34: 21. For his eyes are upon the it is high, I cannot attain unto it. ways of man, and he seeth all his If I say, Surely the darkness shall goings. There is no darkness, por cover me, even the night shall be shadow of death, where the worklight about me. Yea, the darkness ers of iniquity may hide themhideth not from thee; but the night selves. For he will not lay upon shineth as the day: the darkness and man more than right; that he should the light are both alike to thee. I enter into judgment with God. will praise thee; for I am fearfully 37: 14. Stand still, and consider and wonderfully made: marvellous the wondrous works of God. Dost are thy works; and that my soul thou know when God disposed knoweth right well. My substance them, and caused the light of his was not hid from thee, when I was cloud to shine? dost thou know made in, secret, and curiously the balancings of the clouds, the wrought in the lowest parts of the wondrous works of him which is earth.
perfect in knowledge? hast thou Isa. 40: 13. Who hath directed with him spread out the sky, which the spirit of the Lord, or being his is strong, and as a molten lookingcounsellor hath taught him? with glass? Teach us what we shall say whom took he counsel, and who in- unto him ; for we cannot order our structed him, and taught him in the speech by reason of darkness. path of judgment, and taught him 38:17. Have the gates of death knowledge, and showed to him the been opened unto thee? or bast thou way of understanding? Behold, the seen the doors of the shadow of nations are as a drop of a bucket, death? Hast thou perceived the and are counted as the small dust of breadth of the earth? declare if thou the balance: behold, he taketh up knowest it all. Where is the way the isles as a very little thing. where light dwelleth? and as for
darkness, where is the place thereof?
PR. 15: 11. Hell and destruction
are before the Lord: how much is no searching of his understandmore then the hearts of the chil- ing. He giveth power to the faint; dren of men ?
and to them that have no night he 17: 3. The fining-pot is for sil- increaseth strength. ver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.
IT JER. 17: 9. The heart is deceit
ful above all things, and desperately | 21: 2. Every way of a man is wicked: who can know it? I the right in his own eyes: but the Lord search the heart, I try the Lord pondereth the hearts. To do reins, even to give every man acjustice and judgment is more accept- cording to his ways, and according able to the Lord than sacrifice. to the fruit of his doings.
Isa. 45: 21. Tell ye, and bring Dan. 2: 20. Then Daniel blessed them near; yea, let them take coun- the God of heaven. Daniel answerd sel together: who hath declared this and said, Blessed be the name of from ancient time? who hath told it God for ever and ever: for wisdom from that time? have not I the and might are his: and he changeth LORD? and there is no God else the times and the seasons: he rebeside me ; a just God and a Sa- moveth kings, and setteth up kings: vior; there is none beside me. Look he giveth wisdom unto the wise, unto me, and be ye saved, all
the and knowledge to them that know ends of the earth: for I am God, understanding: he revealeth the and there is none else.
deep and secret things: he knoweth 46:9. Remember the former things what is in the darkness, and the of old; for I am God, and there is light dwelleth with him. none else; I am God, and there is Isa. 29: 15. Woe unto them that none like me, declaring the end from seek deep to hide their counsel from the beginning, and from ancient the Lord. And their works are times the things that are not yet in the dark, and they say, Who done, saying, My counsel shall seeth us? and who knoweth us? stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Surely your turning of things upcalling a ravenous bird from the side down shall be esteemed as the east, the man that executeth my potter's clay: for shall the work say counsel from a far country: yea, I of him that made it, He made me have spoken it, I will also bring it not? Or shall the thing framed say to pass ; I have purposed it, I will of him that framed it, he had no also do it.
understanding? Job 39: 22. With God is terri- JER. 51: 15. He hath made the ble majesty. Touching the Al- earth by bis power, he hath estabmighty, we cannot find him out: he lished the world by his wisdom, and is excellent in power, and in judg- hath stretched out the heaven by his ment, and in plenty of justice: he understanding. When he uttereth will not afflict. Men do therefore his voice, there is a multitude of wafear him: he respecteth not any ters in the heavens; and he causeth that are wise of heart.
the vapors to ascend from the ends Isa. 40: 25. To whom then will of the earth: he maketh lightnings ye liken me, or shall I be equal? with rain, and bringeth forth the saith the Holy One. Lift up your wind out of his treasures. eyes on high, and behold who hath
Mat. 10: 26. There is nothing created these things, that bringeth hid that shall not be known. out their host by number: he calleth 1 Cor. 4: 5.
God will bring to them all by names, by the greatness light the hidden things of darkness; of his might, for that he is strong in and will make manifest the counsels power ; not one faileth. Why say- of the heart. est thou, O Jacob, and speakest, o Israel, my way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? hast thou not
NOT GRADUALLY ACQUIRED. known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, Acts 15: 18. Known unto God the Creator of the ends of the earth, are all his works, from the foundafainteth not, neither is weary? there tion of the world.
1 JOHN 3: 20. God knoweth all darkness in the day-time, and grope things.
in the noon-day as in the night. Isa. 11: 2. "The spirit of the 12: 13. With him is wisdom and Lord is the spirit of knowledge. strength, he hath counsel and under
43: 9. New things do I declare; standing. Behold, he breaketh before they spring forth I tell you down, and it cannot be bnilt again : of them.
he shutteth up a man, and there can 46: 9, 10. I am God and there is be no opening. none like me; declaring the end Ps. 104: 24. O Lord, how manifrom the beginning, and from an- fold are thy works! In wisdom hast cient times the things that are not thou made them all: the earth is yet done, saying, My counsel shall full of thy riches. So is this great stand, and I will do all my pleasure. and wide sea, wherein are things
HEB. 4: 13. Neither is there any creeping innumerable, both small creature that is not manifest in his and great beasts, sight; but all things are paked and PR. 9: 22. The Lord possessed opened to the eyes of him with me in the beginning of his way, whom we have to do.
before his works of old. I was set Acts 2: 22. Ye men of Israel, up from everlasting, from the hear these words ; Jesus of Naz- beginning, or ever the earth was. areth, a man approved of God When there were no depths, I was among you by miracles, and won- brought forth ; when there were no ders, and signs, (which God did by fountains abounding with water. him in the midst of you, as ye your- Before the mountains were settled, selves also know,) him, being de- | before the hills was I brought forth: livered by the determinate counsel while as yet he had not made the and foreknowledge of God, ye have earth, nor the fielils, nor the highest taken, and hy wicked hands have part of the dust of the world. When crucified and slain.
he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: when he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the
deep: when he gave to the sea his Rom. 11: 33. O the depth of the decree, that the waters should not riches both of the wisdom and pass his commandment: when he knowledge of God! how unsearch- appointed the foundations of the able are bis judgments, and his earth: then I was by him, as one ways past finding out! For who brought up with him: and I was hath known the mind of the Lord? daily his delight, rejoicilig always or who hath been his counselloi? before him. Or who bath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever!
§ 9. MORAL SENSIBILITIES. Amen. Job 5:8. I would seek unto God,
I. God is Love. 1 J. 4: 8. and unto God would I commit my cause: which doeth great things and 2 Cor. 13: 11. Be of one mind: unsearchable; marvellous things live in Peace and the God of love without number: who giveth rain shall be with you. upon the earth, and sendeth waters 1 J. 3:16. Hereby perceive we upon the fields: to set up on high the love of God, because he laid those that be low; that those which down his life for us. mourn may be exalted to safety. Isa. 63: 9. In his love and in his He disappointeth the devices of the pity he redeemed them. crafty, so that their bands cannot Rom. 5:8. God commendeth his perform their enterprise. He taketh love toward us, in that while we the wise in their own craftiness: were yet sinners, Christ died for us. and the counsel of the froward is Deut. 7:12. If thou wilt hearkcarried headlong. They meet with | en to these judgments and keep and
1:19:29:41. If I whet my glittering
do them, he will love thee, and showing mercy unto thousands of bless thee, and multiply thee. them that love me, and keep my
10: 14. Behold the heaven, and commandments. the heaven of heaveus is the Lord's 7:9. Know therefore that the LORD thy God; the earth also, with all thy God, he is God, the faithful God, that therein is; only the Lord had which keepeth covenant and mercy a delight in thy fathers to love with them that love him and keep them.
his commandments to a thousand Hos. 14: 4. I will heal their generations; and repayeth them that backslidings, I will love them free- hate him to their face, to destroy ly.
them: he will not be slack to him John 14: 23. If a man love me, that hateth him, he will repay him he will keep my commandments, to his face. Thou shalt therefore and my father will love him. keep the commandinents, and the
1 John 4:16. We have known and statutes, and the judgments, which believed the love which God hath to I command thee this day, to do them. 13. God is love; and he that dwell
eth in love dwellerh in God, aud God sword, and mine hand take hold on 1 in him. Love is of God. - 10. Here- judgment, I will render vengeance
in is love, not that we loved God; to mine enemies, and will reward but that he loved us. - 19. We love them that hate me. him because he first loved us.
JOB 34: 25. Therefore he knoweth Mal. 1: 2. I have loved you, their works, and he overturneth saith the LORD of hosts.
them in the night, so that they are John 3:16. God so loved the destroyed. He striketh them as world that he gave his only begot- wicked men in the open sight of ten Son, that whosoever believeth others; because they turned back in him should not perish, but have from him, and would not consider everlasting life.
any of his ways. 29. And when he Ps. 146: 8. The Lord loveth the hideth his face, who then can berighteous.
hold him? whether it be done against Deut. 19: 8. The Lord loveth a nation, or against a man oply: that the stranger.
the hypocrite reign not, lest the peoJohn 16:27. For the Father him- ple be ensnared. Surely it is meet to self loveth you, because ye have be said unto God, I have borne chasloved me.
tisement, I will not offend any more: Ps. 86:7. How excellent is thy that which I see not, teach thou me: loving kindness, O God! Therefore if I have done iniquity, I will do no the sons of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
Ps. 34:16. The face of the LORD 89: 33. My loving kindness will is against them that do evil. To cut I not utterly take from him.
off the remembrance of them from JER, 31: 3. I have loved thee the earth. – 21. Evil shall slay the with an everlasting love: therefore wicked; and they that hate the with loving kindness have I drawn righteous shall be desolate. thee.
50: 16. But unto the wicked God Mal. 1:2. I have loved you, saith saiih, What hast thou to do to the Lord. Yet ye say, “Wherein declare my statutes, or that thou hast thou loved us?" Was not Esau shouldest take my covenant in thy Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: mouth? seeing thou hatest instrucyet I loved Jacob, and I hated Esau, tion, and castest my words behind and laid his mountains and his her- thee. - 21. These things bast thou itage waste for the dragons of the done, and I kept silence; thou wilderness.
thoughtest that I was altogether
such an one as thyself: but I will II. Hatred, or opposition to sin. reprove thee, and set them in order
before thine eyes. Now consider this, Deut. 5: 9. For I, the Lord thy ye that forget God, lest I tear you in God, am a jealous God, visiting the pieces, and there be none to deliver. iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth gene- T 75:. For in the hand of the ration of them that hate me, and Lord there is a cup, and the wine
is red; it is full of nixture; and he
III. Compassion. poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof all the wicked of the Ex. 34: 6. And the Lord passed earth shall wring them out, and by before him, and proclaimed, The driuk them.
LORD, The Lord God, merciful and 94: 23. And he shall bring upon gracious, long-suffering, and abunthem their own iniquity, and shall dant in goodness and truth, keeping cut them off in their own wicked- mercy for thousands, forgiving ininess; yea, the Lord our God shall quity and transgression and sin, and cut them off.
that will by no means clear the 145: 20. The Lord preserveth guilly; visiting the iniquity of the all them that love him: but all the fathers upon the children, and upon wicked will he destroy.
the children's children, unto the Isa. 26:21. For, behold, the Lord third and to the fourth generation. cometh out of his place to punish the Ps. 68: 4. Sing unto God, sing inhabitants of the earth for their in- praises to his name: extol him that iquity: the earth also shall disclose rideth upon the heavens by his name her blood, and shall no more cover JAH, and rejoice before him. A her slain.
father of the fatherless, and a judge 59: 17. And he put on the gar- of the widows, is God in his holy ments of vengeance for clothing, habitation. Goi setteth the solitary and was clad with zeal as a cloak. in families: he bringeth out those According to their deeds, accord- which are bound with chains: but ingly he will repay, fury to his ad- the rebellious dwell in a dry land. versaries, recompense to his ene- 86: 15. But thou, O Lord, art a mies ; to the islands he will repay God full of compassion, and grarecompense. So shall they fear the cious, long-suffering, and plenname of the Lord from the west, teous in mercy and truth. O turn and his glory from the rising of the unto me, and have mercy upon me.
When the enemy shall come 102:19. For he hath looked down in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord froin the height of his sanctuary; shall lift up a standard against him. from heaven did the Lord behold
Nah. 1: 2. God is jealous, and the earth; to hear the groaning of the Lord revengeth; the Lord re- the prisoner; to loose those that are vengeth, and is furious; the Lord appointed to death; to declare the will take vengeance on his adversa- name of the Lord in Zion, and his ries, and he reserveth wrath for his praise in Jerusalem; when the peoenemies. The Lord is slow to an- ple are gathered together, and the ger, and great in power, and will not kingdoms, to serve the Lord. at all acquit the wicked. – 5. The 103: 1. Bless the Lord, O my mountains quake at him, and the soul: and all that is within me, bless bills melt, and the earth is burned his holy name. Bless the LORD, O at his presence, yea, the world, and my soul, and forget not all his benall that dwell therein. Who can efits: who forgiveth all thine iniquistand before his indignation ? and ties. — 5. Who satisfieth thy mouth who can abide in the fierceness of with good things; so that thy youth is his anger? His fury is poured out renewed like the eagle's. — 8. The like fire, and the rocks are thrown Lord is merciful and gracious, slow down by him.
to anger, and plenteous in mercy. Ps. 7: 11. God is angry with the He will not always chide: neither wicked every day.
will he keep his anger forever. He Joe 21:17. God distributeth sor- hath not dealt with us after our sins; rows in his anger.
nor rewarded us according to our Nah. 1: 2. The Lord reserveth iniquities. For as the heaven is wrath for his enemies.
high above the earth, so great is his Rom. 1:18. The wrath of God mercy toward them that fear him. is revealed from heaven against all As far as the east is from the west, ungodliness and unrighteousness of so far hath he removed our trans
gressions from us. Like as a father 2: 8. Indignation and wrath, trib- pitieth his children, so the Lord ulation and anguish, upon every pitieth them that fear him. - 17. But soul of man that doth evil.
the mercy of the LORD is from ever