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they did pat away Baalim and Ash- Dess, to undo the heavy burdens ? taroth, and served the Lord only.- &c.—Isa. lviii. 5—7. i 1 Sam. vii. 3, 4.
Thou hast played the harlot with If they shall bethink themselves, many lovers : yet return again to me, &c. and repent, &c. and so return saith the Lord, &c. but she returned unto thee with all their heart, &c.— not, &c. return thou backsliding 1 Kings viii. 47, 48.
Israel, saith the Lord, and I will not Ahab humbled himself, &c. and cause mine anger to fall upon you; God brought not the threatened judg- for I am merciful, &c. only acknowments in his days.- 1 Kings xxi. 27. 29. ledge thine iniquity, &c. return, &c.
For a long season Israel was with- I will heal your backslidings : beout the true God, and without a hold, we come unto thee, for thou teaching priest, and without law: art the Lord our God.-Jer. iii. 1. 6, but when they in their trouble did 7. 12–14. 22. turn unto the Lord God of Israel, If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith and sought him, he was found of the Lord, return unto me: and if them.--2 Chron. xv. 3, 4.
thou wilt put away thy abominations Turn again unto the Lord God of out of my sight, then, &c.—Jer. iv. Abraham, &c. and he will return to 1. 4. 14. the remnant of you, &c. and be ye Were they ashamed when they had not like your fathers, &c. If ye turn committed abomination ? nay, they again unto the Lord, your brethren were not at all ashamed, neither could and your children shall find com- they blush.-Jer. vi. 15. passion : for the Lord your God is Amend your ways, and your doings, gracious, &c.—2 Chron. xxx. 6, 7. 9. &c. trust ye not in lying words, say
Manasseh repented, &c. when he ing, The temple of the Lord, &c. for had been in affliction.-2 Chron. xxxiii. if ye thoroughly amend your ways, 12, &c. Jer. iv. 14.
and your doings, &c.—Jer. vii. 3–7. I thought on my ways, and turned Isa. Iviii. 5—7. my feet unto thy testimonies.-Ps. No man repented him of his wickedcxix. 59.
ness, saying, What have I done? Wash ye, make you clean, put Every one turned to his course, as away the evil of your doings from the horse rusheth into the battle.before mine eyes.-- Isa. i. 16, 17. Jer. viii. 1. 6. Jer iv. 14.
Return ye now every one from his Turn ye unto him from whom the evil way, and make your ways and children of Israel have deeply re- your doings good : and they said, volted; for in that day every man There is no hope ; but we will walk shall cast away his idols, &c.—Isa. after our own devices.-Jer. xviii. xxxi. 6, 7.
11, 12. I have blotted out as a thick cloud I will give them an heart to know thy transgressions, and as a cloud me, &c. for they shall return, unto thy sins; return unto me. --- Isa. me with their whole heart. — Jer. xliv. 22.
xxiv. 7. Let the wicked forsake his way, Surely I have heard Ephraim beand the unrighteous man his thoughts, moaning himself thus; Thou hast and let him return unto the Lord, chastised me, and I was chastised; and he will have mercy upon him; as a bullock unaccustomed to the and to our God, for he will abun- yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be dantly pardon: for my thoughts are turned, for thou art the Lord, my not your thoughts, &c.—Isa. lv. 7-9. God. Surely after that I was turned,
Is not this the fast that I have I repented ; and after that I was inchosen ? to loose the bands of wickede structed, I smote upon my thigh ; I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, and shall fear the Lord.--Hosoa iii. because I did bear the reproach of 5. Jer. I. 4, 5. iny youth.-Jer. xxxi. 18-20. hundred and thirty years : few and and cried, O my son Absalom, my evil have the days of the years of my son, &c.-2 Sam. xviii. 33. xix. 4. life been.-Gen. xlvii. 9.
They will not frame their doings Take thee a roll, &c. it may be the to turn unto their God.—Hosea v. 4. house of Judah will hear, &c. that Come, let us return unto the Lord, they may return every man from his for he hath torn, and he will heal us. evil way, that I may forgive their -Hosea vi. 1. Zech. i. 3, 4. iniquity and their sin.—Jer. xxxvi. 2, The pride of Israel testifieth to his 3. 6, 7.
face, and they do not return to the Let us search and try our ways, Lord their God, nor seek him for all and turn again unto the Lord.-Lam. this, &c. they return, but not to the iii. 40. Josh. vii. 10. 12.
Most High.-Hosea vii. 10. 14. 16. Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, Isa. ix. 13. Jer. ii. 30. v.3. · and we shall be turned.—Lam. v. 21. Break up your fallow ground, for
They that escape of you, shall re- it is time to seek the Lord. --Hosea member me among the nations, &c. X. 12. Jer. iv. 3, 4. . and they shall lothe themselves for Israel, return unto the Lord thy the evils which they have committed. God, &c. take with you words, and -Ezek. vi. 9.
turn to the Lord.—Hosea xiv. 1, 2. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Turn ye even to me with all your Repent and turn yourselves from heart, and with fasting, and with your idols, and turn away your faces weeping, and with mourning: and from all your abominations.-Ezek. rend your heart, and not your garxiv. 6.
ments, &c. for he is gracious. - Joel If the wicked will turn from all ii. 12, 13. his sins that he hath "committed, and God sent judgment after judgment; keep all my statutes, and do that yet Israel repented not.-Amos iv. which is lawful and right, he shall 8, &c. surely live, &c. Have I any pleasure The people of Nineveh believed at all that the wicked should die, God, and proclaimed a fast, &c. God saith the Lord God, and not that he saw their works, that they turned should return from his ways, and from their evil way.-Jonah ini. 5. live ? &c. repent and turn you from 8-10. all your transgressions ; so iniquity They shall look upon him whom shall not be your ruin, &c. make you they have pierced, and they shall a new heart, and a new spirit : for mourn for him.-Zech. xii. 10. why will ye die ? &c.- Ezek. xviii. Return unto me, and I will return 21. 23. 30–32. xxxiii. 11, &c. unto you, saith the Lord of hosts.
Then shall ye remember your own Mal. iii. 7. Zech. i. 3, 4. evil ways, and your doings that were John Baptist preached, &c. saying, not good, and shall lothe yourselves Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven in your own sight for your iniquities. is at hand.-Matt. üi. 1, 2. 6. -Ezek. xxxvi. 31. vi. 9. xx. 43. From that time Jesus began to
O king, &c. break off thy sins by preach, and to say, Repent, for the righteousness, and thine iniquities by kingdom of heaven is at hand, &c.shewing mercy to the poor.—Dan. Matt. iv. 17. Mark i. 15. iv. 27.
I am not come to call the righteous, I will hedge up thy way, &c. then but sinners to repentance.—Matt. shall she say, I will go and return ix. 13. to my first husband, &c.—Hosea ii. Then began he to upbraid the cities 6, 7.
I wherein most of his inighty works Israel shall return and seek the were done, because they repented Lord their God, and David their king, not, &c. If the mighty works which
were done in you, had been done in Peter said unto them, Repent, and Tyre and Sidon, they would have re- be baptised.—Acts ii. 37, 38. pented long ago in sackcloth and Repent ye therefore, and be conashes.--Matt. xi. 20—24.
verted, that your sins may be blotted The men of Nineveh, &c. shall out.-Acts iii. 19. condemn it, because they repented Him hath God exalted with his at the preaching of Jonas,- Matt. right hand to be a prince and a Saxii. 41.
viour, for to give repentance to Israel, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, and forgiveness.--Acts v. 31. except ye be converted, and become Repent therefore of this thy wickas little children, ye shall not enter edness, and pray God, if perhaps the into the kingdom of heaven.—Matt. thought of thine heart may be forgiven xviii. 2, 3.
thee.--Acts viïi. 22. Son, go work, &c. yet he said, I Then hath God also to the Gentiles will not ; but afterward he repented, granted repentance unto life, &c. and and went, &c. ye, when ye had seen, a great number believed and turned repented not afterward, that ye might unto the Lord.-Acts xi. 18. 21. believe him.--Matt. xxi. 28, 29.32. We preach unto you, that ye
And Peter remembered the words should turn from these vanities unto of Jesus, which he said unto him, the living God.-Acts xiv. 15, Before the cock crow, thou shalt And the times of this ignorance deny me thrice: and he went out and God winked at, but now commandeth wept bitterly.—Matt. xxvi. 75. all men every where to repent.
Judas repented himself, and brought Acts xvii. 30. again the thirty pieces, &c, saying, I kept back nothing, &c. testifying I have sinned.--Matt. xxvii. 3, 4. both to the Jews, and also to the
Except ye repent, ye shall all like- Greeks, repentance toward God, and wise perish.-Luke xiii. 2, 3. 5. faith toward our Lord Jesus.--Acts
Joy shall be in heaven over one xx. 20, 21, sinner that repenteth, more than over But shewed, &c. that they should ninety and nine just persons which repent, and turn to God, and do need no repentance, &c. there is joy works meet for repentance.-Acts in the presence of the angels of God xxvi. 20. over one sinner that repenteth, &c. Not knowing that the goodness of The prodigal returned.-- Luke xv, 7. God leadeth thee to repentance. 10. 17–21. 24. 32.
Rom. ii. 4. If one went unto them from the Though I made you sorry with a dead, they will repent. And he said letter, I do not repent, &c. yesorrowed unto him, If they hear not Moses to repentance : for ye were made and the prophets, neither will they sorry after a godly manner, that ye be persuaded though one rose from might receive damage by us in nothe dead.—Luke xvi. 30, 31. thing : for godly sorrow worketh re
If he trespass against thee seven pentance to salvation, not to be retimes, &c. and turn again to thee, pented of.—2 Cor. vii. 8-10. saying, I repent. - Luke xvii. 4.
I shall bewail many which have It behoved Christ to suffer, &c. sinned already, and have not repented that repentance and remission of sins of the uncleanness, &c. which they should be preached in his name have committed.—2 Cor. xii. 21. among all nations. Luke xxiv. How ye turned to God from idols, 46, 47.
to serve the living and true God, and When they heard this, they were to wait for his son from heaven, &c. pricked in their heart, and said, &c. - 1 Thess. i. 9, 10. Men and brethren, what shall we do? In meekness instructing them that
oppose themselves, if God peradven- zealous therefore, and repent.--Rev.
devils and idols of gold, &c. neither
And men were scorched (or burned) Let us go on to perfection; not with great heat, and blasphemed the laying again the foundation of repent- name of God, &c. and they repented ance from dead works, &c. for it is not to give him glory, &c. and reimpossible for those who were once pented not of their deeds.--Rev. xvi. enlightened, &c. if they shall fall 9-11. away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to them
CHAP. XXXII. selves the Son of God afresh.—Heb. vi. 1. 4-6.
OF DEATH; OR THE LAYING DOWN OF Draw nigh to God, and he will draw
THESE TABERNACLES. nigh to you: cleanse your hands, ye And the Lord formed man of the sinners, &c.-James iv. 8-10. dust of the ground (or dust of the
Brethren, if any of you do err from ground).-Gen. ii. 7. Job iv. 19. the truth, and one convert him, let In the sweat of thy face shalt thou him know, that he which converteth eat bread, till thou return unto the a sinner from the error of his way, ground: for out of it wast thou taken: shall save a soul from death, &c. for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt James v. 19, 20.
thou return.-Gen, iii. 19. For ye were as sheep going astray, God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt but are now returned unto the Shep- go to thy fathers in peace: thou shalt herd and Bishop of your souls.—1 Pet. be buried in a good old age.-Gen. ii. 25.
xy. 13. 15. xxv. 8. The Lord is not slack, as some I have taken upon me to speak unto men count slackness; but is long-suf- the Lord, which am but dust and fering to us-ward: not willing that ashes.—Gen, xviii, 27. any should perish, but that all should Sarah died, &c. and Abraham came come to repentance.--2 Pet. iii. 9. to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for
Thou hast left thy first love: re- her.-Gen. xxiii. 2. member therefore from whence thou Abraham died in a good old age, art fallen, and repent, and do thy first an old man, and full of years, and works: or else I will come unto thee was gathered to his people, &c. Ishquickly, &c. thou hast there them mael, &c. gave up the ghost, and died, that hold the doctrine of Balaam, &c. and was gathered unto his people. Repent, or else I will come, &c. I Gen. xxv. 8. 17. gave her space to repent of her forni- Isaac, &c. said, Behold, now I am cation, and she repented not: behold, old, I know not the day of my death. I will cast her into a bed, &c.Rey. Gen. xxvii. 1, 2. xxxv. 28, 29. ii. 4, 5. 14–16. 20—22.
Rachel died in bearing Benjamin I have not found thy work perfect by the way; buried there ; and Jabefore God; remember therefore how cob set a pillar upon her grave.thou hast received and heard : and Gen. xxxy. 17, &c. hold fast, and repent, &c. As many Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days as I love, I rebuke and chasten ; be of the years of my pilgrimage are one
The child shall die, and all Israel He mourned for Joseph, refused to shall mourn for him, and bury him ; be comforted, and said, I will go down for he only of Jeroboam shall come into the grave unto my son mourning. to the grave.—1 Kings xiv. 12, 13. -Gen. xxxvii. 34, 35.
Elijah stretched himself upon the Jacob ordered Joseph not to bury dead child, &c. and said, O Lord my bim in Egypt, but to carry him to the God, I pray thee let this child's soul burying place of his fathers.-Gen. come into him again (or into his inxlvii. 29, 30.
ward parts).–1 Kings xvii. 21, 22. Joseph wept for his father Israel Acts xx. 10. when he died, and there was great We are strangers before thee, &c. mourning and lamentation for him. our days on the earth are as a shadow, Gen. 1. 1. 3. 10. 17.
and there is none abiding.-1 Chron. Aaron died in the top of the mount, xxix. 15. Zech. i. 5. &c. all the house of Israel mourned - Job said, Why died I not from the for him thirty days.-Numb.xx. 28,29. womb ? &c. for now should I have Deut. xxxiv. 8.
lain still and been quiet; I should Balaam said, Let me die the death have slept ; then had I been at rest of the righteous, and let my last end with kings, &c. there the wicked cease be like his !-Numb. xxiii. 7. 10. from troubling, and there the weary
And the Lord said unto Moses, &c. be at rest, &c. they hear not the voice When thou hast seen it, thou also of the oppressor.-Job iii. 11. 13, 14. shalt be gathered unto thy people, as 17-19. vi. 8, 9. x. 19, &c. Aaron thy brother was gathered; for Naked came I out of my mother's ye rebelled against my commandment. womb, and naked shall I return thi--Numb. xxvii. 12-14. Deut. ther: the Lord gave, and the Lord xxxiv. 5.
hath taken away, blessed, &c.—Job O that they were wise, that they i. 21. understood this, that they would con Behold, he put no trust in his sersider their latter end !-Deut. xxxii. 29. vants, and his angels he charged with
Joshua said, Behold, this day I am folly ; how much less on them that going the way of all the earth, &c. dwell in houses of clay, whose founJosh. xxiii. 14. 1 Kings ii. 2. dation is in the dust, which are
Now Samuel was dead, and all Is- crushed before the moth, &c. doth rael had lamented him, &c. and Sam- not their excellency which is in them uel said to Saul, Why hast thou dis- go away? they die even without wisquieted me, to bring me up ?-1 Sam. dom.-Job iv, 18, 19. 21. xxviii. 3. 15.
Is there not an appointed time to David, and his men with him, man upon earth ? are not his days mourned and wept, and fasted until also like the days of an hireling? &c. even, for Saul, and for Jonathan, &c. Swifter than a weaver's shuttle, &c. -2 Sam. i. 11, 12.
Thine eyes are upon me, and I am When David's child was sick, he not.-Job viii. 1, 2. 6—10. fasted and prayed : he said, Who can We are but of yesterday and know tell whether God will be gracious to nothing, because our days upon the me, that the child may live : but earth are a shadow.-Job viii. 9. when it was dead, he rose up and did My days are swifter than a post; eat, and said, I shall go to him, but they fee away, they see no good; he shall not return to me.—2 Sam. they are passed away as the swift xii. 16, 17. 20. 22, 23.
ships; as the eagle that hasteth to David wept for Absalom his son, the prey.-Job ix. 25, 26.