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Nebuchadnezzar, who had caused I tell you, that he will avenge them Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego tó speedily.—Luke xviii. 7, 8. . be cast into the burning fiery furnace, Pilate himself said of Christ, I now said unto them, Ye servants of have found no fault in him, &c. "And the most high God, come forth, &c. the centurion said of Christ, Certainly and the king promoted them.--Dan. this was a righteous man.- Luke iii. 21. 26. 30.
xxiii. 14. 17. So did Darius, when Daniel, by King Agrippa and Festus both said the prosecution of the presidents and of Pani, This man doth nothing worprinces, was cast into the lions' den; thy of death, or of bonds.-Acts xxvi. he came and said, O Daniel, servant 30, 31. xxv. 25. of the living God, &c. - And the king In nothing terrified by your advercommanded, and they brought those saries, which is to thein an evident men which had accused Daniel, and token of perdition, &c. and that of they cast them into the den of lions, God.-Phil. i. 28. Josh. xi. 20. them, their children, and their wives, · They have persecuted us, &c. for &c.-Dan. vi. 20.24. Gen. xxvi. 27-29. wrath is come upon them to the
God threatened the heads and uttermost.—1 Thess. ii. 15, 16. princes of Israel, for their perse. It is a righteous thing with God cuting and oppressing his people.- to recompense tribulation to them Micah iii. 1, &c. . .
- that trouble you, &c.—2 Thess. i. 6. I have heard the reproach of Moab, He that leadeth into captivity, shall and the revilings of the children of go into captivity: he that killeth Ammon, whereby they have reproach- with the sword, must be killed with ed my people, &c. therefore as I live, the sword. Here is the patience and saith the Lord of hosts, the God of the faith of the saints.- Rev. xiii. 10. Israel, Sarely Moab shall be as Sodom. · Babylon is fallen, &c. here is the --Zeph. ii. 8—11.
' patience of the saints. - Rev. xiv. I am very sore displeased with the 8–12. xviii. 2. heathen that are at ease : for I was Thou art righteous, O Lord, &c. but a liccle displeased, and they helped because thou hast judged thus : for forward the affliction.-Zach. i. 15. they have shed the blood of saints
Edom sadly threatened, for his and prophets, and thou hast given violence against his brother Jacob.- them blood to drink ; for they are Obad. 8, &c.
worthy.- Rev. xvi. 5, 6. xviii. 19, Whoso shall offend one of these 20. 24. xix. 2. little ones, which believe in me, it Rejoice over her, ye holy apostles were better for him that a mill-stone and prophets, for God hath avenged were hanged about his neck, and that you on her.-Rev. xviii. 20. xix. 2. he were drowned in the depth of the
Cons. VI: That God will comfort, sea : woe unto the world because of offences.—Matt. xviii. 6,7. 10. Luke
uphold, and preserve his, in all their xvii. 1, 2.
Troubles; and not lay more on I send unto you prophets, &c. and them than they can bear. some of them ye shall kill, &c. that In that he himself hath suffered, upon you may come all the righteous being tempted, he is able to succour blood shed upon the earth, from the them that are tempted. Heb. ii. 18. blood of righteous Abel, &c. All iv. 15. v. 2. these things shall come upon this Although with hatred they shall generation.—Matt. xxiii. 34-36. persecute him, &c. yet shall his bow · Shall not God avenge his own remain in his strength.—Gen. xlix. elect, which cry day and night unto 23, 24. him? Though he bear long with them. And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led their soul from death, and to keep them not through the way of the land them alive in famine.-Ps. xxxiii. 18, of the Philistines, although that was 19. Ezra v. 5. near: for God said, Lest peradventure The wicked watcheth the righteous, the people repent when they see war, and seeketh to slay him ; the Lord and they return to Egypt, &c. And will not leave him in his hand, &c. the Lord went before them by day The Lord, he is their strength in in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the the time of trouble : and the Lord way, and by night in a pillar of fire shall help them and deliver them, &c. to give them light, to go by day and —Ps. xxxvii. 32, 33. 39, 40. night.—Exod. xiii. 17. 21.
Therefore will we not fear, though Thou shalt not be affrighted at the earth be removed, &c. There is them : for the Lord thy God is among a river, the streams whereof shall you, a mighty God and terrible : and make glad the city of God, &c. (iod the Lord thy God will put out those is in the midst of her, she shall not nations before thee by little and little. be moved: God shall help her right -Deut. vii. 21, 22.
· early.-Ps. xlvi. 2-5. The eternal God is thy refuge, and Cast thy burden upon the Lord, underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall sustain thee: he shall and he shall thrust out the enemy never suffer the righteous to be moved. from before thee.-Deut. xxxiii. 27. —Ps. lv. 22. iii. 5, 6.
The Lord will not forsake his peo- Bless our God, &c. which holdeth ple, &c.—1 Sam. xii. 22. Ps. xciv. our soul in life, and suffereth not our 14. ix. 10.
feet to be moved : for thou, O Lord, David was greatly distressed, &c. hast proved us, thou hast tried us as but David encouraged himself in the silver is tried : thou broughtest us Lord.—1 Sam. xxx. 6. Ezra v. 5. into the net, thou laidest affliction Ps. cxlv. 14.
upon our loins: thou hast caused men Will he plead against me with his to ride over our heads, &c.-Ps. Ixvi. great power? no, but he would put 8-12. strength in me.-Job xxiii. 6.
But he, being full of compassion, The Lord also will be a refuge for forgave their iniquity, and destroyed the oppressed, a refuge in times of them not : yea, many a time turned trouble : thou wilt save the afflicted he his anger away, and did not stir people.-Ps. ix. 9. xviii. 27. up his wrath: for he remembered
Though I walk through the valley they were but flesh, a wind that of the shadow of death, I will fear no passeth away, and cometh not again. evil : for thou art with me : thy rod - Ps. lxxviii. 38, 39. cvi. 43–45. and thy staff, they comfort me : thou He preserveth the souls of his preparest a table before me in the saints : he delivereth them out of the presence of mine enemies, &c.—Ps. hand of the wicked.-Ps. xcvii. 10. xxiii. 4, 5. xli. 1-3.
Like as a father pitieth his children, In the time of trouble he shall hide so the Lord pitieth them that fear me in his pavilion, in the secret of him : for he knoweth our frame, he his tabernacle shall he hide me: he remembereth that we are but dust. shall set me on a rock, &c. When my Ps. ciii. 13, 14. father and my mother forsake me, The Lord hath chastened me sore : then the Lord will take me up, &c. but he hath not given me over unto Wait on the Lord, &c. he shall death.-Ps. cxviii. 18. strengthen thine heart.-Ps. xxvii. 5. If it had not been the Lord who 10. 14.
was on our side, now may Israel say, Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon &c. when men rose up against us, them that fear him, &c. to deliver then they had swallowed us up quick, &c. Then the waters had over. ther will I be always wrath: for the whelmed us, the stream had gone spirit should fail before me, and the over our soul : then the proud waters souls which I have made.—Isa. lvii. had gone over our soul.-Ps. cxxiv. 15, 16. 1–5. 8. xciv. 17–19.
When the enemy shall come in like Though I walk in the midst of a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall trouble, thou wilt revive me ; thou lift up a standard against him.- Isa. shalt stretch forth thine hand against lix. 19. the wrath of mine enemies. - Ps. Your brethren that hated you, that cxxxviii. 7.
cast you out for my name's sake, The Lord will not suffer the soul said, Let the Lord be glorified : but of the righteous to famish.-Prov. x. 3. he shall appear to your joy, &c.
Thou hast been a strength to the Isa. Ixvi. 5. poor, a strength to the needy in his Although I have cast them far off distress : a refuge from the storm; among the heathen, &c. yet will I be a shadow from the heat ; when the to them as a little sanctuary in the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm countries where they shall come.against the wall.--Isa. xxv. 4. I. 4. Ezek. xi. 16. Ps. cvi. 45, 46.
He stayeth his rough wind in the God preserved the three children day of the east wind. Isa. xxvii. 8. in the fiery furnace, and Daniel in
A king shall reign, &c. and a man the lions' den.—Dan. iii. 25. vi. 22. shall be as an hiding place from the I will allure her, and bring her wind, and a covert from the tempest: unto the wilderness, and speak comas rivers of water in a dry place; as fortably unto her --Hosea ii. 14. the shadow of a great rock in a weary How shall I give thee up, Ephraim ? land.- Isa. xxxii. 1, 2. 1. 4.
&c. mine heart is turned within me, When the poor and needy seek my repentings are kindled together : water and there is none, and their I will not execute the fierceness of tongue faileth for thirst; I, the Lord, mine anger : for I am God, and not will hear them ; I, the God of Israel, man, &c.—Hosea xi. 8, 9. will not forsake them: I will open Rejoice not against me, Omnine rivers in high places, &c. I will enemy; when I fall, I shall arise ; make the wilderness a pool of water, when I sit in darkness, the Lord shalt and the dry land springs of water. - be a light unto me.--Micah vii. 8. Isa. xli.17—19.
The Lord is good, a strong hold in When thou passest through the the day of trouble, and he knoweth waters, I will be with thee, and them that trust in him.-Nahum i. 7. through the rivers, they shall not When they deliver you up, take no. overflow thee: when thou walkest thought how or what ye shall speak : through the fire thou shalt not be for it shall be given you in that same burnt, neither shall the flame kindle hour what ye shall speak.-Matt, x. 19.. upon thee : for I am the Lord thy God is faithful, who will not suffer God.- Isa. xliii. 2, 3.
you to be tempted above that ye are The Lord hath comforted his peo- able ; but will with the temptation ple, and will have mercy upon his also make a way to escape, that ye afflicted.--Isa. xlix. 13.
may be able to bear it.—1 Cor. x. 13. Thus saith the high and lofty One, Blessed be God, &c. the God of &c. I dwell in the high and holy all comfort, who comforteth us in all place; with him also that is of à our tribulations, &c. For as the contrite and humble spirit, to revive sufferings of Christ abound in us, so the spirit of the humble, and to re- our consolation also aboundeth by vive the heart of the contrite ones: Christ.—2 Cor. i. 3-5.7. for I will not contend for ever, nei. We are troubled on every side, &c. persecuted, but not forsaken, &c. al- was grieved for the misery of Israel. ways bearing about in the body the Judges x, 16. dying of the Lord Jesus : that the For the Lord saw the affliction of life also of Jesus might be made mani- Israel, that it was very bitter. fest in our body, &c. The inward man 2 Kings xiv. 26. is renewed day by day.—2 Cor. iv. Thou hast considered my trouble, 8-10, 16.
thou hast known my soul in adversiWe were troubled on every side, ties.-Ps. xxxi. 7. &c. Nevertheless God that comforteth Thou hast known my reproach, and those that are cast down, comforted my shame, and my dishonour: mine us, &c.—2 Cor. vii, 5, 6.
adversaries are all before thee.-Ps. I besought the Lord thrice, &c. lxix. 19. and he said unto me, My grace is The Lord will not cast off his peosufficient for thee, for my strength is ple : neither will he forsake his inmade perfect in weakness.—2 Cor. heritance.-Ps. xciy. 14. xii. 8- 10.
He reproved kings for their sakes, Every where and in all things I saying, Touch not mine anointed, and am instructed, both to be full and to do my prophets no harm.-Ps. cv. be hungry, &c. I can do all things 14, 15. through Christ which strengtheneth T hey provoked him, &c. nevertheme.- Phil. iv. 12, 13,
less he regarded their affliction when At my first answer no man stood he heard their cry : and he rememwith me, notwithstanding the Lord bered for them his covenant : and stood with me, and strengthened ine, repented according to the multitude &c. And the Lord shall deliver me, of his mercies.-Ps. cvi. 43-45. &c.—2 Tim. iv. 16–18.
I was wrath with my people, I have Be content, &c. for he hath said, I given them into thine hand: thou will never leave thee nor forsake thee: didst shew them no mercy : upon the 80 that we may boldly say, The Lord ancient hast thou very heavily laid is my helper, &c.—Heb. xii. 5, 6. the yoke.--Isa. xlvii. 6. Cons. VII. That the Righteous are
Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken near and dear to God in Christ, so
me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.
Can a woman forget her sucking child, that he takes special notice of their
that she should not have compassion Afflictions and Troubles, and is said
on the son of her womb ? Yea, they to be persecuted and afflicted in
may forget, yet will not I forget thee: their Persecutions and Ăflictions.
con behold, I have graven thee upon the And the Lord said, Surely I have palms of my hands : thy walls are seen the affliction of my people which continually before me.--Isa. xlix. are in Egypt, and have heard their 14–16. cry, by reason of their taskmasters : Fear not, for thou shalt not be for I know their sorrows, and I am ashamed, &c. for thy Maker is thine come down to deliver them, &c.— husband, the Lord of hosts is his Exod. ïïi. 7–9. ij. 23–25. 1 Sam. name : and thy Redeemer the Holy ix. 16.
One of Israel.-Jsa. liv. 4, 5. The Lord's portion is his people ; For he said, Surely they are my Jacob is the lot of his inheritance : people, children that will not lie: for he found him in a desert land, &c. so he was their Saviour: in all their He led him about (or encompassed afflictions he was afflicted, and the him about): he instructed him : he angel of his presence saved them : in kept him as the apple of his eye, &c. his love, and in his pity he redeemed -Deut. xxxii. 9, 10.
them, &c.-Isa. Ixiii. 8, 9. They served the Lord, and his soul Is Ephraim my dear son ? is he a pleasant child ? for since I spake an hungered ? &c."then shall he answer against him, I do earnestly remember them, saying, Verily I say unto you, him still: therefore my bowels are Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of troubled for him: I will surely have the least of these, ye did it not to mercy upon him, saith the Lord.- me.--Matt. xxv. 34–37. 40–45. Jer. xxxi. 20.
Better a mill-stone were hanged I see four men walking in the midst about his neck, &c. than that he of the fire, and they have no hurt : should offend one of these, &c. --Luke and the form of the fourth is like the xyii, 1, &c. Son of God.-Dan. iii. 25.
And Saul, yet breathing out threatHow shall I give thee up, Ephraim ?enings and slaughter against the dishow shall I deliver thee, Israel ? &c. ciples of the Lord, &c. heard a voice, Mine heart is turned within me, my saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why perrepentings are kindled, &c.—Hosea secutest thou me? and he said, Who xi. 8.
art thou, Lord ? and the Lord said, The Lord is good, a strong hold (or I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest; strength) in the day of trouble, and it is hard for thee to kick, &c.-Acts he knoweth them that trust in him.- ix. 1–5. xxvi. 14, 15. Nahum i. 7.
Who shall separate us from the I am very sore displeased, &c. for love of Christ? shall affliction, disI was but a little displeased, and they tress, persecution ? &c. nothing shall, helped forward the affliction.—Zech. &c.—Rom. viii, 35, 36, 38. i. 15.
We are members of his body, of He sent me unto the nations which his flesh, and of his bones. Eph. spoiled you : for he that toucheth v. 30. you, toucheth the apple of his eye. We have not an high priest which For behold, I will shake mine hand cannot be touched with the feeling of upon them, and they shall be a spoil, our infirmities ; but was in all points &c.—Zech. ii. 8, 9.
tempted like as we are ; yet without The very hairs of your head are all sin.—Heb. iv. 15. ii. 18. v. 2. numbered, &c. He that receiveth you,
Cons. VIII. That the greater the receiveth me, &c.—Matt. x. 30. 40.42. xvii. 5, 6.
afflictions and distresses of the RighThen shall the king say unto them
teous have been, the more astonishon his right hand, &c. I was an hun
ing have their deliverances been ; gered, and ye gave me meat, &c.
and then hath Salvation appeared Then shall the righteous answer him,
in their extremity. saying, Lord, when saw we thee an When Lot was taken prisoner and hungered ? &c. And the king shall carried away, and all his goods, God answer and say unto them, Verily I by Abraham wonderfully recovered say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have all, and brought him back again.done it unto one of the least of these Gen, xiv. 11-16. my brethren, ye have done it unto Joseph's strange deliverance out of me. Then shall he say also unto the prison and pit.-Gen. xli. them on the left hand, Depart from Hagar is in such distress for her me, ye cursed, &c. For I was an hun- child, for want of water, that she lays gered, and ye gave me no meat : it down, and leaves it, that she might I was thirsty, and ye gave me no not see it die, and sits far off weepdrink: I was a stranger, and ye took ing; then God speaks to her by the me not in: naked, and ye clothed me angel : and God opened her eyes, not: sick and in prison, and ye visited and she saw a well of water, &c.me not. Then shall they also answer Gen. xxi. 14—20. him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee Jacob's deliverance from Esau, &c.