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thy integrity? Curse God, and die. requested of the prince of the eunuchs, - But he said unto her, Thou speakest that he might not defile himself, &c. as one of the foolish women speaketh: and desired pulse to eat, and water to what? &c. In all this did not Job drink. Dan. i. 8-13. sin with his lips.--Job ii. 9, 10. When a strict law had been made
All this is come upon us : yet have bythe king, that every one should fall we not forgotten thee, neither have down and worship the golden image we dealt falsely in thy covenant. he had set up, under pain of being Our heart is not turned back, neither cast into the fiery furnace; Shadrach, have our steps declined from thy way. Meshach, and Abednego refused to Though thou hast sore broken us in do it, and in the presence of the king, the place of dragons, and covered us said, We are not careful to answer with the shadow of death. If we thee in this matter. If it be so, our have forgotten the name of our God, God whom we serve is able to deliver &c.-Ps. xliv. 17-20.
us, &c. and he will, &c. But if not, The proud have had me greatly in be it known unto thee, O king, that derision: yet have I not declined we will not serve thy gods, nor worfrom thy law, &c. Many are my per- ship the golden image which thou secutors, and mine enemies : yet do I hast set up.-Dan. iii. 13-18. not decline from thy testimonies, &c. When a decree was passed, That princes have persecuted me without a whosoever should ask a petition of cause: but my heart standeth in awe any god or man for thirty days, save of thy word.-Ps. cxix. 51. 157. 161. of the king, he should be cast into
The Lord spake thus to me, with the lions' den; and Daniel knew that a strong hand, and instructed me the writing was signed: he went into that I should not walk in the way of his house; and his windows being this people ; saying, Say ye not, a open in his chamber toward Jerusaconfederacy, to all them to whom lem, he kneeled upon his knees three this people shall say, A confederacy: times a day, and prayed, as he did neither fear ye their fear, nor be aforetime.-Dan. vi. 7-10 afraid. Sanctify the Lord of hosts Ye shall be hated of all men for my himself, and let him be your fear, and name's sake: but he that endureth to let him be your dread. And he shall the end shall be saved, &c. He that be for a sanctuary.-Isa. viii. 11-14. loveth father or mother more than
When Jeremiah had prophesied me, is not worthy of me, &c. And against Judah, then spake the priests he that taketh not his cross and foland the prophets unto the princes, loweth after me, is not worthy of me, and to all the people, saying, This &c. He that loseth his life for my man is worthy to die; for he hath sake, shall find it.—Matt. x. 22. 37– prophesied against this city, &c. 39. xvi. 24–26. xi. 6. Then spake Jeremiah unto all the He heareth the word, and anon princes, and to all the people, saying, with joy received it: yet hath he not The Lord sent me to prophesy against root in himself, but dureth for a while; this house, &c. therefore now amend for when tribulation or persecution your ways, &c. But as for me, be- ariseth because of the word, by and hold, I am in your hand; do with me by he is offended.—Matt. xiii. 20,21. as seemeth good and meet unto you. When Christ was taken, his disci-Jer. xxvi, 11-15.
ples fled: Peter denied him; but af· Daniel (when a captive in Babylon) terwards wept bitterly for his so purposed in his heart, that he would doing.–Matt. xxvi.188.8.131.52,75. not defile himself with the portion of Whosoever therefore shall be the king's meat, nor with the wine ashamed of me, and of my words, in which he drank: and therefore he thiş adulterous and sinful generation : of him also shall the Son of man be am not ashamed. - 2 Tim. i. 8. 12. ashamed, when he cometh in the Heb. xii. 13. glory of his Father with the holy an- If we suffer, &c. If we deny him, gels.-Mark viii. 38. John ix. 21, 22. he will also deny us.—2 Tim. ii. 12.
These things have I spoken unto Nor faint when thou art rebuked you, that ye should not be offended. of him.-Heb. xii. 5. -John xvi. l. Gal. v. 11. vi. 12. If any many suffer as a Christian,
When the apostles had been com- let him not be ashamed, but let him manded not to speak at all, nor teach glorify God.-- 1 Pet. iv. 16. in the name of Jesus, they said, Earnestly contend for the faith Whether it be right in the sight of which was once delivered unto the God, to hearken unto you more than saints.-Jude 3. unto God, judge ye: for we cannot Thou shalt suffer, &c. Be thou but speak the things which we have faithful unto death, and I will give seen and heard.-Acts iv. 18—20. thee a crown of life.-Rey.ii. 10. xii. 11.
Again : when they were charged with preaching, contrary to command,
V. To be cheerful under Affliction; the apostles said, We ought to obey
and to rejoice for our being counted God rather than men. And they worthy to suffer for Christ. preached Christ before the council, Be of good courage, and he shall who caused them to be beaten, and strengthen your heart, all ye that gave them a new charge not to preach : hope in the Lord.-Ps. xxxi. 24. yet they daily, in the temple, and in Although the fig tree shall not every house, ceased not to teach and blossom, neither shall fruit be in the preach Jesus Christ.-Acts vi. 27–42. vines, &c. yet I will rejoice in the
None of these things move me, &c. Lord, I will joy in the God of my salso that I might finish my course with vation.--Hab. iii. 17, 18. joy, and the ministry which I have When they shall revile you, and received of the Lord.-Acts xx. 24. persecute you, and shall say all man
I am ready, not only to be bound, ner of evil against you falsely for my but also to die at Jerusalem, for the sake, rejoice, and be exceeding glad. name of the Lord Jesus.-Acts xxi. 13. -Matt. v. 11, 12.
Paul, before Felix, said, After the He that taketh not his cross, and way which they call heresy, so wor- followeth after me, is not worthy of ship I the God of my fathers.--Acts me.—Matt. x. 38. xvi. 24, 25. xxiv. 14.
In the world ye shall have tribulaIf I preach circumcision, why do I tion: but be of good cheer, I have yet suffer persecution? Then is the overcome the world. - John xvi. 33. offence of the cross ceased. -Gal. v. When the apostles had been pat in 11. vi. 12.
the common prison, brought before Many of the brethren in the Lord, the council, and beaten there, they waxing confident by my bonds, are departed from the presence of the much more bold to speak the word council, rejoicing that they were without fear, &c. That ye stand fast counted worthy to suffer shame for in one spirit, with one mind, striving his name.--Acts v. 18. 27. 40, 41. together for the faith of the gospel; Paul and Silas being thrust into the and in nothing terrified by your ad- inner prison, and their feet made versaries.-Phil. i. 14. 27, 28. fast in the stocks, sang praises unto
Be thou not therefore ashamed of God; and the prisoners heard them. the testimony of our Lord, nor of me, Acts. xvi. 24, 25. his prisoner: but be thou partaker of Bonds and afflictions abide me; but the afflictions of the gospel, &c. I none of these things move me.-Acts suffer these things; nevertheless, I xx. 23, 24.
What mean ye to weep, and to that judgment must begin, &c.—1 Pet. break mine heart? for I am ready, iv. 12, 13. 16, 17. not to be bound only, but also to die. Let us go forth therefore unto him, --Acts xxi, 13.
without the camp, bearing his reAnd not only so, but we glory in proach.-Heb. xiii. 13. tribulation also.--Rom. v. 3. As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.
VI. To call upon the Lord "for Help, -2 Cor. vi. 10.
Support, and Salvation. Therefore I take pleasure in infir- Jacob, in his distress, when Esau mities, in reproaches, in necessities, pursued him, prayed earnestly, &c.in persecutions, in distresses, for Gen. xxxii. 8, &c. Christ's sake.—2 Cor. xii. 10.
Jacob in his great distress, when 1, Paul, am made a minister, who Joseph had kept Simeon, and requirnow rejoice in my sufferings for you. ed Benjamin also, said, God Almighty Col. i. 23, 24.
give you mercy before the man, that That no man should be moved by he may send away your other brother, these afflictions: for yourselves know and Benjamin: if I be bereaved, &c. that we are appointed thereunto.- --Gen. xliii. 14. 1 Thess. iii. 3.
The children of Israel lift up their Thou therefore endure hardness, eyes, and behold, the Egyptians as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.- marched after them, and they were 2 Tim. ii. 3. Heb. xii. 5.
sore afraid: and the children of IsFor ye, &c. took joyfully the spoil- rael cried out unto the Lord.—Exod. ing of your goods, knowing in your- xiv. 10. selves that ye have in heaven, &c.— . When all the waters were bitter, Heb. x. 34.
that the people could not drink, MoMoses choosing rather to suffer, ses cried unto the Lord. Exod. xv. &c. esteemed the reproach of Christ 23—25. greater riches than the treasures of Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, Egypt.-Heb. xi. 25, 26.
What shall I do unto this people? • Wherefore lift up the hands which they be almost ready to stone me, hang down, and the feeble knees. &c. So when Amalek fought with Heb. xii. 12.
Israel, Moses held up his hand, and My brethren, count it all joy when then Israel prevailed, &c. — Exod. ye fall into divers temptations; know- xvii. 4. 11, 12 ing this, that the trying of your faith If thou afflict them in any wise, worketh patience, &c. Blessed is the and they cry at all to me, I will surely man that endureth temptation; for hear their cry.-Exod. xxii. 23. when he is tried, he shall receive the The Lord shall scatter you among crown of life.-James i. 2, 3. 12. the nations, &c. But if from thence
If ye suffer for righteousness' sake, thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, happy are ye; and be not afraid of thou shalt find him; if thou seek him their terror, neither be troubled. with all thine heart, and with all thy 1 Pet. iii. 14.
soul.-Deut. iv. 27. 29. Beloved, think it not strange con- When Israel were delivered into cerning the fiery trial, which is to try the hand of their enemies, they cried you, &c. but rejoice, inasmuch as ye unto the Lord; and the Lord raised are partakers of Christ's sufferings : up a deliverer. — Judges iii. 8, 9. X. that when his glory shall be revealed, 13, 14. 2 Chron. xv. 3, 4. 1 Sam. ye may be glad also, &c. If any man vi. 16. suffer as a Christian, let him not be Hannah was in bitterness of soul, ashamed, but let him glorify God in and prayed unto the Lord, and wept this behalf: for the time is come, sore.- 1 Sam. i. 9–13.
Samuel cried unto the Lord for despised nor abhorred the affliction Israel, when the Philistines drew up of the afflicted; neither hath he hid against them.—1 Sam. vii. 9.
his face from him : but when he cried David, in his distress, prayed the unto him, he heard.-Ps. xxii. 4, 5. Lord to turn the counsel of Ahithophel 24. cvii. 6. 13. into foolishness.-2 Sam.xv.31. xii. 22. I sought the Lord, and he heard
In my distress I called upon the me, and delivered me from all my Lord, and cried to my God, and he fears. This poor man cried, and the did hear my voice out of his temple. Lord heard him, and saved him out -2 Sam, xxii. 7. Ps. xviii. 6. ii. 4. of all his troubles.-Ps. xxxiv. 4. 6.
When Jerusalem was in distress, 17. XXXV. by reason of the Assyrians and Rab- The Psalmist prays for help and shakeh's railing and threatening, He- salvation in such a time.-Ps. xxxviii. zekiah spread the letter before the 20–22. xxxix. 10. 13. lxix. 14, 15. Lord, and prayed before the Lord, lxxxviii. cxliii. 7-9. and said, O Lord God, &c.—2 Kings For thy sake are we killed all the xix. 14, &c. Isa. xxxvii. 14, &c. day long, &c. Awake; why sleepest
Hezekiah was sick unto death, &c. thou, O Lord ? arise, cast us not off he turned his face to the wall, and for ever! Wherefore hidest thou thy prayed unto the Lord, saying, I face, and forgettest our affliction ? &c. beseech thee, O Lord, &c. and he —Ps. xliv. 22–26. Ixxiv. 9–11. wept sore.—2 Kings xx. 1-3. Isa. Call upon me in the day of trouble, xxxviii. 1-3.
and I will deliver thee, and thou When there came an host of one shalt glorify me.-Ps. 1. 15. thousand thousand against Judah, David prays earnestly in his low Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and condition, for joy and comfort.-Ps. said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to li. 7, &c. help, &c.—2 Chron, xiv. 9. 12.
In the day of my trouble I sought There came a multitude against the Lord : my sore ran in the night. Jehoshaphat, &c. He feared, and set -Ps. lxxvii. 2. himself to seek the Lord, and pro- In the day of my trouble I will claimed a fast throughout all Judah. call upon thee; for thou wilt answer And Jehoshaphat stood in the con- me.-Ps. lxxxvi. 7. gregation, and said, O Lord God of I called upon the Lord in distress : our fathers, art not thou God? &c.— the Lord answered me, and set me in 2 Chron. xx. 2, &c.
a large place.-Ps. cxviii. 5. cxxx. 1. When Manasseh was in affliction, cxlii. 1, &c. he besought the Lord his God, &c. -The king's heart is in the hand of and prayed unto him; and he was in- the Lord, as the rivers of water ; he treated of him, 2 Chron. xxxiii. 11 turneth it whithersoever he will.—13. Job xxxvi. 8, 9.
Prov. xxi. 1. I am full of confusion; therefore The Church, in her low condition, see thou mine affliction. - Job x. 15. prays earnestly; Look down, &c. Ps. ix. 13.
İsa. Ixiii. 15—19. Ps. lxxiv. 9—11. He heareth the cry of the aflicted. Isa. Ixiv. 8, 9. -Job xxxiv. 28. Ps. cii. 17.
Lord, correct me, but with judgThe hypocrites in heart cry not ment : not in thine anger, lest thou when he bindeth them.-Job xxxvi. 13. bring me to nothing.–Jer. x. 24. .
O Lord save me from all them that I called upon thy name, O Lord, persecute me; and deliver me.-Ps. out of the low dungeon, &c.-Lam. vii. 1.
iii. 55. 59, &c. Our fathers, &c. cried unto thee, Daniel, and his fellows, in his and were delivered &c. · He hath not great strait and danger about the
king's dream, pray to God.—Dan. ii. faith shall save the sick. - James v. 13, 14. 18.
13–15. I will go, and return to my place, See more of Duties in common till they acknowledge their offence, calamities. and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.-Hosea v. 15.
VII. Not to fear; but commit their Whosoever shall call on the name
cause to God, and quietly wait for of the Lord, shall be delivered.- his Salvation. Joel ii. 32.
He hath said, I will never leave When the mariners were in the thee, nor forsake thee. So that we tempest, they called every man unto may boldly say, The Lord is my his God; and roused up Jonah to helper; and I will not fear what man call upon his God: if so be God will shall do unto me.--Heb. xiïi. 5, 6. think upon us, that we perish not. Israel's impatience in waiting for Jonah i. 4-6.
God, made them quarrel with Moses ; Jonah prayed unto the Lord his and Moses, with God; although God God, out of the fish's belly, and said, was in his own way delivering them. I cried, by reason of mine affliction, Exod. v. 21-23. unto the Lord.—Jonah ii. 1, &c. The children of Israel said unto
The Ninevites prayed, &c. Who Moses, Because there were no graves can tell if God will turn and repent? in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to &c.-Jonah üi. 8, 9. 2 Sam. xii. 22. die in the wilderness ? &c. And
When Peter saw the wind boister- Moses said unto the people, Fear ye ous, he was afraid : and beginning to not; stand still, and see the salvasink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me! tion of the Lord, which he will shew And immediately Jesus, &c. caught to you this day, &c. The Lord shall him.-Matt. xiv. 30, 31,
fight for you.—Exod. xiv. 10-14. Shall not God avenge his own Because of Israel's unbelief, and elect, which cry day and night unto impatience in waiting for God, they him ? Yea, he will avenge them.-- were not suffered to enter Canaan, Luke xviii. 7,8.
only their children, of whom they When the apostles had been im- had said, They should be a prey, prisoned, and convened before the they did possess the land.--Deut. i. council, they lift up their voice to 32-39. God with one accord, and said, Lord, As an encouragement, we should thou art God, &c. behold their remember what God hath done forthreatenings, and grant unto thy ser- merly.-Deut. vii. 17-19. vants that with all boldness, &c. And David was greatly distressed, Acts iv. 24. 29, 30.
&c. but David encouraged himself in Peter therefore was kept in prison: the Lord his God. 1 Sam. XXX. 6. but prayer was made without ceasing xvii. 34-37. of the church unto God for him. It may be that the Lord will look Acts xii. 5. 12.
upon my affliction ; and that the Paul, when he was under the buffet- Lord will requite me good for his ing of Satan, saith, For this thing I cursing this day.—2 Sam. xvi. 12. besought the Lord thrice, that it Elisha said, when the city was might depart from me.-2 Cor. xii. environed with enemies, Fear not; 7, 8.
for they that be with us are more Is any among you afflicted ? Let than they that be with them, &c. bim pray, &c. Is any sick among But when there was a famine in you? Let him call for the elders Samaria, the king (because deliverof the church, and let them pray ance hastened not) said, Behold, this over him, &c. and the prayer of evil is of the Lord: what should I