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* Ye shall not cut yourselves for the Dead.

y Sorrow not for them which are asleep, even as others which have no Hope ; for if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even so them also which seep in Jesus will God bring with him.

2 Fret not thyself because of evil Doers, neither be thou envious against the Workers of Iniquity ; for there shall be no Reward to the evil Man;. the Candle of the Wicked shall be put out.

a Count it all Joy when you fall into divers Temptations. Knowing this, that the trying of your Faith workeib Patience. But let Patience have her perfect Work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.,

6 Blessed is the Man that endureth Temptation: For when he is tried, he shall receive the Crown of Life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

į Let none of you suffer as a Murderer, or as a Thief, or as an evil Doer; or as a busy Body in other Mens Matters. But if any of you


an Offender, or have committed any Thing worthy of Death, let him not refuse to die.

d If ye suffer for Righteousness Sake, happy are ye. For it is better, if the Will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. This is thank-worthy, if a Man for

x Deut. 14. 1. Prov. 24. 20. C 1 Pet. 4. 15.

y i Thes. 3. 13, 14.

z Psal. 37. I.

b a James J. 2, 3, 4, James 1. 12. Acts 25. 11. di Pet. 3. 14, 17.

1 Pet. Conscience


2. 19.


Conscience towards God endure Grief, suffering wrong: For what Glory is it, if when ye be buffeted for your Faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if, when, ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take' it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

e Be thou Partaker of the Amictions of the Gospel.

f If any Man fuffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

& Blessed are ye when Men shall revile you, and persecute you, and Mall say, all manner of Evil against you, falsely, for the sake of Christ. Rejoice and be exceeding glad, that ye were ·counted worthy to suffer Shame für his Name; for great is your Reward in Heaven: h If

ye be reproached for the Name of Christ, happy are ye'; for the Spirit of Glory, and of God resteth upon you: On their part, who re*proach you, he is evil spoken of; but on your part he is glorified.

i Fear none of those Things which thou shalt suffer; but be thou faithful unto Death, and Christ will give thee a Crown of Life. For if we suffer, we shall also reign with him.

Let no Man be moved with these Amictions; for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer Persecution.

f 1 Pet. 2. 19, 20. e 2 Tim. 1. 8.

Pet. 4. 16. & Mat. 5: 11, 12.

· Alts 5. 4!.
Mat. 5. 12.

b 1 Pet. 40 i Rev. 2. 10.

2 Tim. 2. 12, 14.

k i Theff. 3. 3. 2 Tim. 3. 12.

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| Let your Patience and Faith appear in all your Persecutions and Tribulations that ye endure ; that ye may be counted worthy the Kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer. Seeing it is a righteous Thing with God to recompense Tribulation to then that trouble you ; and to you who are troubled, Rest.

* Take the Prophets, who have spoken in the Name of the Lord, for an Example of suffering Affiction, and of Patience.

» Ye have heard of the Patience of Job, and have seen the End of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender Mercy.

• Consider him that endured such Contradiction of Sinners against himself, left ye be wearied and faint in your Minds. And look unto Jefus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith; who for the Joy that was set before him endured the Cross, despising the Shame, and is set down at the Righthand of the Throne of God. For Christ suffered for us, leaving us an Example, that we fhould follow his Steps; who did no Sin, neither was Guile found in his Mouth.

p' It is good for a Man that he bear the Yoke in his Youth.

4 Blefied is the Man whom thou chastenest, o Lord, and teachest him out of thy Law; that thou mayelt give him Rett from the Days of Adversity.

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1 2 Theff. 1. 4, 5, 6, 7.

o Heb. 12. 3, 2. Psal. 94. 12, 13

m James 5. 10. 1 Pet. 2. 21, 22.

a James 5. pLam. 3. 27



The Lord humbleth thee and proveth thee, to know what is in thine Heart ; whether thou love the Lord thy God with all thy Heart, and with all thy Soul, and whether thou wilt keep his Commandments, or no.

- Thou shalt also consider in thine Heart, that as a Man chasteneth his Son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee; that he may humble thee and prove thee, to do thee Good at thy latter End.

When the Righteous are holden in Cords of Affliction, then God sheveth them their work, and their Tranfgressions that they have exceeded. He openeth also their Ear to Discipline, and commandeth that they return from Iniquity.

u When the Judgments of the Lord are in the Earth, the Inhabitants of the World will learn Righteousness; and in their Affliction they will feek him early.

" It is good for me that I have been afficted; that I might learn thy Statutes, O Lord: For before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I have kept thy Word.

* Wherefore doth a living Man complain, a Man for the Punishinent of his Sins ?. Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne Chafa. tisement

I will not offend

any more.

I will bear the Indignation of the Lord, because I have finned against



i Deut. 8. 2
Deut. 13•3•
Deut. 8. 2.

. Deut. 8. S. 16. • Job 36. 7, 8, 9, 10. u Ifa. 26.9. Hosea 5. 15. * Psal. 119. 71,67

* Lam. 3. 39. Job 34. 31. Micah 7. 9.



v Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the Way: Nevertheless take heed, regard not Iniquity ; nor choose this rather than Afdiction.

z Wo unto him that striveth with his Maker. Let the Potsherd strive with the Potsherds of the Earth: Shall the Clay say unto him that fashioned it, What makest thou?


In General.

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a Give unto the Lord the Glory due unto his Name : Worship him in the Beauty of Holiness.

6 A Son honoureth his Father, and a Servant his Master. If then I be a Father, where is mine Honour? And if I be a Master, where is my Fear? faith the Lord of Hofts.

• He that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father which sent him.

. Let us serve God with Reverence and godly Fear.

• O come, let us worship and bow down ; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

* Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive Glory, and Honour, and Power: For thou haft created all Things.

8 Honour the Lord with thy Substance, and with the First-fruits of all thine Increafe ; fo shall thy Barns be filled with Plenty, and thy Presses thall burst out with new Wine.

i Isa. 45' 90

a Psal. 96. y Prov. 15. 10. Job 36. 21. b Mal. 1. 6. © John 5. 23.

d Heb. 12. 28. • Pfal. 95. 6. f Rey. 4. Ili & Prov. 3. go 10.



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