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Man that is born of a woman is buit hand-breadth, and mine age as noof few days, and full of trouble; he thing before thee, &c. Spare me, &c. cometh forth like a flower, and is cut before I go hence, and be no more. down; he fleeth also as a shadow, Ps. xxxix. 4, 5. 13. and continueth not, &c. seeing his They that trust in their wealth, days are determined, the number of &c. none of them can by any means his months are with thee; thou hast redeem his brother, nor give to God appointed his bounds that he cannot a ransom for him, &c. that he should pass, &c. Man dieth and wasteth still live for ever, and not see corrupaway ; yea, man giveth up the ghost, tion: for he seeth that wise men die, and where is he? &c. Man lieth down, likewise the fool, &c. for when he and riseth not till the heavens be no dieth, he shall carry nothing away.more, &c. If a man die, shall he live Ps. xlix. 6, 7. 9, 10. 17.again ? All the days of my appointed The terrors of death are fallen time will I wait till my change come. upon me, &c. Bloody and deceitful And he passeth: thou changest his men shall not live out half their days. countenance, and sendest him away. -Ps. lv. 4. 23. cxvi. 3. -Job xiv. 1, 2. 5. 7. 10. 12. 14. 20. And unto God the Lord belong the Acts xvii. 26. 2 Sam. vii. 12. issues from death.—Ps. lxviii. 20. 1 Chron. xvii. 11.
I have said, Ye are gods, and all of When a few years are come, then I you children of the Most High : but shall go the way whence I shall not ye shall die like men.-Ps. lxxxii. return.-Job xvi. 22.
The grave is mine house, &c. I What man is he that liveth, and have said to corruption, Thou art my shall not see death ? shall he deliver father : to the worm, Thou art my his soul from the hand of the grave ? mother and my sister.—Job xvii. Selah.-Ps. lxxxix. 48. 13, 14.
Thou turnest men to destruction, Shall any teach God knowledge ? &c. they are like grass which grow&c. One dieth in his full strength eth up: in the morning it flourisheth (or very perfection), being wholly at and groweth up ; in the evening it is ease and quiet : his breasts are full cut down and withered, &c. The days of milk, &c. and another dieth in the of our years are threescore years and bitterness of his soul, and never eat- ten: and if by reason of strength eth with pleasure they shall lie they be fourscore, yet, &c. it is soon down alike in the dust.-Job xxi. cut off, &c. So teach us to number 22-26.
our days, that we may apply our I know that thou wilt bring ne to hearts unto wisdom.-Ps. xc. 3. 5,6. death, and to the house appointed for 10. 12. all living.—Job xxx. 23.
He remembereth that we are dust: If he set his heart upon man, if he as for man, his days are as grass : as gather unto himself his spirit and his the flower of the field, so he flourishbreath : all flesh shall perish tuge- eth: for the wind passeth over it, ther, and man shall turn again into and it is gone.-Ps. ciii. 14–16. dust.-Job xxxiv. 14, 15.
Thou takest away their breath; In death there is no remembrince they die, and return to their dust.of thee : in the grave who shall give Po. civ. 29. thee thanks :-Ps.vi.5. Isa. xxxviii18. Precious in the sight of the Lord Ps. Ixxxviii. 10–12. cxv. 17. xxx. 9. is the death of his saints.-Ps.cxvi. 15.
Lord make' me to know mine end, Man is like to vanity: his days and the measure of my days, what it are as a shadow that passeth away.is; that I may know how frail I an: Ps. cxliv. 4. 1 Chron, xxix. 15. Ps. behold thou hast made my days asan cii. 11.
Put not your trust in princes, nor t' hee; they that go down into the pit in the son of man, in whom there is cannot hope for thy truth : the living, no help: his breath goeth forth, he the living, he shall praise thee, as I returneth to his earth : in that very clo this day.--Isa. xxxviii. 1, 2. 10, day his thoughts perish.-Ps. cxlvi. 11. 18, 19. 3, 4.
All flesh is grass, and all the goodWhen'a wicked man dieth, his ex- liness thereof is as the flower of the pectation shall perish.-Prov. xi. 7. field : the grass withereth, the flower
The righteous hath hope in his fadeth, because the spirit of the Lord death.-Prov. xiv. 32.
bloweth upon it.--Isa. xl. 6—8. Boast not thyself of tomorrow, James i. 10, 11. 1 Pet. i. 24. for thou knowest not what a day may That thou shouldest be afraid of a bring forth.-Prov. xxvii. 1.
man that shall die, and of the son of How dieth the wise man ? as the inan which shall be made as grass. fool.-Eccles. ii. 16.
Isa. li. 12. A time to be born, and a time to The righteous perisheth, and no die, &c. all go unto one place, all are pian layeth it to heart; and merciful of the dust, and all turn to dust again; nien are taken away: none considerwho knoweth the spirit of man that ing that the righteous is taken away goeth upward, and the spirit of the from the evil to come.- Isa. lvii. 1, 2. beast that goeth downward to the 2 Kings xxii. 19, 20. earth-Eccles. iii. 1, 2, 20, 21. Lamentation and bitter weeping:
As he came forth of his mother's Rachel weeping for her children, bewomb, naked shall he return, to go as cause they were not.-Jer. xxxi. 15. he came, and shall take nothing of Miatt. ii. 16-18. his labour, &c.-Eccles. v. 15, 16. Son of man, behold I take away Job i. 21:
from thee the desire of thine eyes The day of death is better than the with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou day of one's birth : it is better to go moorn nor weep, neither shall thy to the house of mourning, &c.- tears run down, &c. My wife died, Eccles. vii. 1, 2. iv. 1, 2,
&c. this was for a sign.- Ezek. xxiv. No man hath power of the spirit to 16--18. 24. retain the spirit; neither hath he Go thou thy way till the end be: power in the day of death ; and there for thou shalt rest and stand in thy is no discharge in that war.--Eccles. lot at the end.-Dan. xii. 13. viii. 8.
Your fathers, where are they? and A living dog is better than a dead the prophets, do they live for ever? lion, &c. There is no work, &c. in - Zech. i. 5. the grave whither thou goest.-Eccles. I will ransom them from the power ix. 3–5. 10.
of the grave; I will redeem them Then shall the dust return to the from death: O death, I will be thy earth as it was : and the spirit shall plague! &c.—Hosea xiii. 14. 1 Cor. return unto God who gave it.- xv. 55. Eccles. xii. 7.
- Fear not them which kill the body, He will swallow up death in vic- but are not able to kill the soul, &c. tory, and the Lord God will wipe Matt. x. 28. away tears from off all faces.--Isa, Jesus said unto the man on the xxv. 8.
cross, Verily I say unto thee, to day Set thine house in order, for thou shalt thou be with me in Paradise, &c. shalt die, &c. I said in the cutting Father, into thy hands I commend off of my days, I shall go to the gates my spirit; and having said thus, he of the grave, &c. The grave cannot gare up the ghost.—Luke xxii. 42, praise thee; death cannot celebrate 43. 46. Ps. xxxi. 5.
Simeon said, Lord, now lettest thou and willing to be absent from the thy servant depart in peace; for mine body, and to be present with the Lord. eyes have seen thy salvation.–Lake -2 Cor. v. 1, 2. 6—8. ii. 28, 29.
I knew a man in Christ above fourThe beggar died, and was carried teen years ago; whether in the body, by the angels into Abraham's bosoin. or out of the body, I cannot tell. -Luke xvi. 22.
2 Cor. xii. 2. I must work, &c, while it is day: To die is gain, &c. having a desire the night cometh when no man can to depart and to be with Christ, work.-John ix. 4.
which is far better.-Phil. i. 21. 23. And many of the Jews came to Indeed he was sick nigh unto death : Martha and Mary, to comfort them but God had mercy on him; and not concerning their brother, &c. When on him only, but on me also, lest I Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and should have sorrow upon sorrow.the Jews also weeping, which came Phil. ii. 27. with her, he groaned in his spirit and Who shall change our vile body. was troubled, &c. Jesus wept.-John &c.-Phil. iii. 21. xi, 19. 33. 35.
I would not have you to be ignoAnanias and Sapphira, both fell rant, brethren,concerning them which down, and yielded up the ghost.- are asleep; that ye sorrow not, even Acts v. 5. 10.
as others which have no hope. And they stoned Stephen, calling i Thess. iv. 13. upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, Christ, who died for us: that receive my spirit!-Acts vii. 59. whether we wake or sleep, we should
And devout men carried Stephen live together with himn.—1 Thess. to his burial, and made great lamen- v. 10. tation over him.-Acts viii. 2.
We brought nothing into the world : He hath made of one blood all na- and it is certain we can carry nothing tions of men to dwell on the face of out.—1 Tim. vi. 7. Job. i. 21. the earth, and hath determined the I am now ready to be offered : and times before appointed; and the the time of my departure is at hand : bounds of their habitation.--Acts I have fought a good fight.—2 Tim. xvii. 26. 2 Sam. vii. 12. 1 Chron. iv. 6, 7. xvii. 11.
He took part of the same, that Whether we live, we live unto the through death he might destroy him Lord; and whether we die, we die that had the power of death, that is, unto the Lord; whether we live, the devil: and deliver them, who, therefore, or die, we are the Lord's: through fear of death, were all their for to this end Christ both died and lifetime subject to bondage.--Heb. ii. rose again, and revived, that he might 14, 15. be Lord both of the dead and living. It is appointed unto men once to Rom. xiv. 8, 9.
die; but after this the judgment.The sting of death is sin, and the Heb. ix. 27. strength of sin is the law; but thanks But ye are come, &c. to the spirits be to God, &c.- 1 Cor. xv. 56, 57. of just men made perfect.—Heb. xii.
We have this treasure in earthen 22, 23. vessels.—2 Cor. iv. 7.
Here have we no continuing city; If our earthly house of this taber- but we seek one to come.-Heb.xiii. 14. nacle were dissolved, we have a build- Go to, now, ye that say, to day, or ing of God, &c. We groan, being to morrow, we will go into such a city, burdened, &c. Whilst we are at &c. whereas ye know not what shall home in the body, we are absent from be on the morrow: for what is your the Lord : we are confident, I say, life? it is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth death: 0 death, I will be thy plagues; away. For that ye ought to say, If O grave, I will be thy destruction.the Lord will, we shall live, and do Hosea xiii. 14. this or that. James iv. 13—15. i. 10. But as touching the resurrection
Pass the time of your sojourning from the dead, &c. I am the God of here in fear.—1 Pet. i. 17.
Abraham, &c. God is not the God I beseech you, as strangers and of the dead, but the God of the lirpilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts.- ing.--Matt. xxii. 31, 32. Luke XX. i Pet. ii. 11. 1 Chron. xxix. 15. 35. 37, 38.
Knowing that shortly I must put Many bodies of the saints which off this my tabernacle ; even as our slept, arose at the death of Christ. Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.- Matt. xxvii. 52. 2 Pet. i. 14.
Thou shalt be recompensed at the Blessed are the dead which die in resurrection of the just.-Luke xiv. 14. the Lord, from henceforth : yea, saith The hour is coming, in which all the Spirit, that they may rest from that are in the graves shall hear his their labours; and their works do fol- voice, and shall come forth : they that low them.-Rev. xiv. 13.
have done good, unto the resurrecBlessed are those servants whom tion of life, &c.—John v. 28, 29. the Lord when he cometh shall find I should lose nothing; but should watching.-Luke xii. 37, 38.
raise it up again at the last day, &c.
and I will raise him up at the last CHAP. XXXIII.
day.-John vi. 39, 40. 44. 54.
I know that he shall rise again in OF TIIE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. the resurrection at the last day. Jesus So man lieth down, and riseth not: said unto her, I am the resurrection till the heavens be no more, they shall and the life : he that believeth in me, not awake.-Job xiv. 12.
&c.-John xi. 24-26. I know that my Redeemer liveth, Because I live, ye shall live also.&c. and though after my skin, worms John xiv. 19. destroy this body, yet in my flesh They taught the people; and shall I see God; whom I shall see preached, through Jesus, the resurfor myself, and mine eyes shall behold, rection from the dead.—Acts iv. 2. and not another.—Job xix. 25--27. And when they heard of the resurPs. xlix. 15.
rection from the dead, some mocked. I shall be satisfied when I awake -Acts xvii. 32. with thy likeness.-Ps. xvii. 15. Of the hope and resurrection from
He will swallow up death in vic- the dead I am called in question, &c. tory, &c.—Isa. xxv. 7, 8.
The Sadducees say, There is no resurThy dead men shall live : together rection, neither angel, nor spirit: but with my dead body shall they arise. the Pharisees confess both.-Acts Awake, and sing, ye that dwell in xxiii. 6. 8. xxiv. 21. dust: for thy dew is as the dew of They themselves also allow that herbs; and the earth shall cast out there shall be a resurrection of the the dead.—Isa. xxvi. 19.
dead, both of the just and unjust, And many that sleep in the dust of Acts xxiv. 15. the earth shall awake: some to ever- Why should it be thought a thing lasting life, and some to shame, &c. incredible with you, that God should Thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot raise the dead ? - Acts xxvi. 8. at the end of the days.--Dan. xii. God who quickeneth the dead, &c. 2. 13.
-Rom. iv. 17. I will ransom them from the power The earnest expectation of the of the grave; I will redeem them from creature waiteth for the manifestation
of the sons of God, &c. We our- Hymeneus and Philetus, who, conselves groan within ourselves, wait- cerning the truth, have erred, saying, ing for the adoption ; to wit, the re- That the resurrection is past already; demption of our body.—Rom. viii. and overthrow the faith of some.-2 19, 23.
Tim. ii. 17, 18. And God hath both raised up the Not laying again the foundation, Lord, and will also raise up us by his &c. of the resurrection of the dead. own power.-1 Cor. vi. 14.
Heb. vi. 1, 2. The resurrection of the dead proved Others were tortured, not acceptat large ; and with what bodies; and ing deliverance, that they might obthe manner of the resurrection.- tain a better resurrection.—Heb. Cor. xv. 12–56.
xi. 35. That we should not trust in our Thy wrath is come; and the time selves, but in God, which raiseth the of the deed, that they should be judgdead.-2 Cor. i. 9.
ed.-Rev. xi. 18. He which raiseth up the Lord I saw the souls of them that were Jesus, shall raise up us also by Je- beheaded for the witness of Jesus, sus; and shall present us with you. &c. and they lived and reigned with -2 Cor. iv. 14.
Christ a thousand years : but the rest The Holy Spirit of God, whereby of the dead lived not again until the ye are sealed unto the day of redemp- thousand years were finished. This tion.-Eph. iv. 30.
is the first resurrection : blessed and We look for the Saviour, the Lord holy is he that hath part in the first Jesus Christ; who shall change our resurrection; on such the second vile body, that it may be fashioned death hath no power, &c. And I saw like unto his glorious body, according the dead, small and great, stand beto the working whereby he is able fore God, &c. And the sea gave up even to subdue all things unto him- the dead which were in it; and death self.-Phil. iii. 20, 21.
and hell (or the grave) delivered up He is the head of the body, the the dead which were in them.-Rev. church; who is the beginning, the xx. 4—6. 12, 13. first-born from the dead, &c.—Col. i. 18.
CHAP. XXXIV. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with OF CHRIST'S SECOND COMING TO THE him in glory.—Col. iji. 4.
JUDGMENT; AND RENDERING UNTO I would not have you to be igno
EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS rant, brethren,concerning them which
DEEDS DONE IN THE BODY, WHETHER are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even GOOD OR BAD. as others which have no hope : for if If thou doest well, shalt thou not be we believe that Jesus died and rose accepted ? and if thou doest not well, again, even so them also which sleep sin lieth at the door.—Gen. iv. 7. in Jesus will God bring with him. Shall not the judge of all the earth For this we say unto you by the word do right ?-Gen. xviii. 25. of the Lord, That we which are alive, The wicked is reserved to the day and remain unto the coming of the of destruction: they shall be brought Lord, shall not prevent them which forth to the day of wrath.-Job xxi. 30. are asleep : for the Lord himself shall I know that my Redeemer liveth, descend, &c. and the dead in Christ and that he shall stand at the latter shall rise first : then we which are day upon the earth.-Job xix. 25. alive and remain, shall be caught up The ungodly shall not stand in together with them, &c.—1 Thess. iv. judgment; nor sinners in the congre13-17.
gation of the righteous.-Ps. i. 5.