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mountains. 9 He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. 15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly. 16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes. 17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? 18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.

Pr. 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

Is. 26: 12 Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.

45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

Dan. 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

Am. 3:6 Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?

Mat. 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Rom. 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him are all things to whom be glory for ever.

Ep. 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.

Ph. 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Heb. 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work, to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever.

244. Providence supplies temporal wants.

Ps. 104: 14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth: 15 And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which

Dependence-Preservation.

strengtheneth man's heart. 21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. 27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season. 29 That thou givest them, they gather: thou openest thy hand, they are filled with good.

Mat. 5:45 He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. 28 And why take ye thought for raiment ? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

245. All creatures dependent upon God's providence.

Job 12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Dan. 5: 23.

Ps. 87:7 All my springs are in thee.

Jer. 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

18:6 Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in my hand, O house of Israel.

Jn. 15:5 Without me ye can do nothing.

Ac. 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

2 Cor. 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.

246. All creatures preserved by God's providence.

Neh. 9:6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all.

Control of the Heart.

Job 7:20 I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou Preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?

10:12 Thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.

34:14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; 15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.

Ps. 36:6 O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.

63:8 Thy right hand upholdeth me.

66:8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: 9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.

121:7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

Heb. 1:3 Upholding all things by the word of his power.

247. God's control of the hearts of his creatures.

Ezra 7:27 Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.

Pr. 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord. 9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Is. 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Zec. 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.

Ac. 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

Rom. 9:20 Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?

[See 231, (6) God's Prerogatives.]

Control of popular Favor-Moral Evils and Delusions.

248. God's control of popular favor and frowns.

Gen. 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

Ex. 3:21 And I will give this people favor in the sight cf the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty.

1 Ch. 5:26 And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

Dan. 1:9 Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.

Ac. 7:9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, 10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt, and all his house.

249. God's providence in respect to moral evils and delusions. Ex. 7:3 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.

9:12 And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had spoken unto Moses.

10:1 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh : for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants; that I might shew these my signs before him.

14:8 And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel. 17 And 1, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honor upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host.

Dt. 2:30 But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him for the LORD thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thine hand, as appeareth this day.

Jos. 11:19 There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of Gibeon: all other they took in battle. 20 For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might

Moral Evils and Delusions.

have no favor, but that he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses.

Jud. 7:22 And the Lord set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host.

2 S. 24:1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.

1 K. 22:23 Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets.

Job 17:4 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding; therefore shalt thou not exalt them.

Ps. 105:25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilely with his servants.

119:36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to

covetousness.

1414 Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity.

Is. 19:14 The Lord hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof.

29:10 For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.

44:18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.

45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.

63: 17 O Lord, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear?

Ezk. 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

Zec. 8:10 For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbor.

Lk. 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast re

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