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vation. The Lord God is my strength, &c. Hab. iii. 17—19.
Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.-Luke i. 46, 47. Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.-Luke x. 20. Zaccheus came down, and received Christ joyfully.-Luke xix. 5, 6.
Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life, &c. Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.-John vi. 68, 69.
Philip saith unto him, Shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.-John xiv. 8.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.— John xv. 11.
Peter said, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee.-John xxi. 17. The Eunuch went on his way rejoicing. Acts viii. 38, 39. The gaoler rejoiced, believing in God.-Acts xvi. 34.
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace, wherein we stand; and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God, &c. We also joy in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. -Rom. v. 2. 11.
Rejoicing in hope.-Rom. xii. 12. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.-Rom. xv. 13.
Our consolation also aboundeth by Jesus Christ.-2 Cor. i. 5.
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ. -2 Cor. ii. 14.
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. -Gal. vi. 14.
ing, shall keep your hearts and minds, &c.-Phil. iv. 4. 7.
Rejoice evermore.1 Thess. v. 16. That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation; who have fled for refuge, to lay hold upon the hope set before us. -Heb. vi. 18.
In whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable, and full of glory.1 Pet. i. 8. 1 John i. 4.
I will give unto him who is athirst, of the fountain, &c.-Rev. xxi. 6.
Secondly, To obey and hearken to the Laws and Word of God, in Christ. THERE is one law-giver, who is able to save, and to destroy.-James iv. 12.
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee, &c. So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him.-Gen. xii. 1.4, 5. Heb. xi. 8.
So in putting away Ishmael and Hagar.-Gen. xxi. 11-14.
God said unto Abraham, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest; and offer him there for a burnt-offering, &c. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took Isaac, &c. He stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son, &c. In blessing, I wilbbless thee, &c. because thou hast obeyed my voice.-Gen. xxii. 1-3. 10.17, 18.
In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.-Gen. xxvi.
My brethren, rejoice in the Lord, &c. We are the circumcision, &c. 4, 5. who rejoice in Christ, &c. I count all
God bid Moses go; and said, he things but loss, for the excellency of would be with his mouth, &c. He the knowledge of Christ Jesus my refused: God was angry.-Exod. iv. Lord.-Phil. iii. 1. 3. 8. 13, 14.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, rejoice. And the peace of God, which passeth all understand
Thus did all the children of Israel: as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.-Exod. xii. 50.
If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear unto his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee.-Exod. xv. 26. Deut. xxviii. 1, &c.
I will rain bread, &c. that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no, &c. How long refuse ye to keep my commandments? &c.-Exod. xvi. 4. 28.
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me, above all people, &c. And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken, we will do.-Exod. xix. 5. 7, 8. xxiv. 3.7. Deut. xxvi. 16-18.
Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.-Exod. xx. 6.
Behold, I will send an Angel before thee, &c. Beware of him, and obey his voice: provoke him not, for he will not pardon you, &c. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak, then, &c.-Exod. xxiii. 20-22.
That ye seek not after your own heart, &c. but do all my commandments, and be holy.-Numb. xv. 39,40. Many promises to obedience, and threatenings against disobedience.Deut. iv. 26, &c. xi. 8, &c. xxviii. Levit. xxvi. 3, &c.
We will hear it, and do it. And the Lord said, &c. They have well said all that they have spoken. O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them and with their children for ever, &c. You shall observe to do therefore, as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand, or to the left; you shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you.- Deut. v. 27-29. 32, 33. Levit. xviii. 3, 4. 26.
Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee.-Deut. vi. 3.
The Lord thy God, he is a faithful God, who keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations. Deut. vii. 9. Levit. xx. 22. 1 Kings vi. 12.
Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments alway. And it shall come to pass, if you shall hearken diligently unto my commandments, &c. then will I give you, &c. -Deut. xi. 1. 13, 14. x. 12, 13. Levit. xxvi. 3, &c.
God hath commanded thee, that thou do these statutes, &c. and that with all thy heart, and with all thy whole soul.-Deut. xxvi. 16.
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil, &c. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life; that thou mayest love the Lord thy God, that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him; for he is thy life, &c.-Deut, xxx. 15, 16.19, 20. xiii. 4. xxxii. 46, 47. Prov. xix. 16. Isa. i. 19, 20.
Take diligent heed to do the commandment and law, &c. to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep all his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him, with all your heart, &c.
Josh. xxii. 5. Deut. x. 12, 13. If ye will fear the Lord, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord; then shall both ye, and the king that reigneth over you, continue, &c.-1 Sam. xii. 14.
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken, than the fat of rams: for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, &c.-1 Sam. xv. 22, 23.
David charged Solomon to keep the charge of the Lord, his statutes, his
commandments, &c. as it is written in the law of Moses.—1 Kings ii. 1-3. ix. 4, 5. Hear, O my people; and I will testify unto thee, O Israel; if thou wilt hearken unto me, &c. But my people would not hearken unto my voice; and Israel would none of me: so I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust, and they walked in their own counsels. O that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways: I should soon have subdued their enemies, &c.Ps. lxxxi. 8. 11-14. 16. 2 Kings xxi. 8, 9.
Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the Most High; therefore he brought down their heart with labour.-Ps. cvii. 11, 12.
Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently, &c. Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments, &c. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart, &c. O how love I thy law! &c. I love thy testimonies, &c. It is time for thee, O Lord, to work; for they have made void thy law. Therefore I love thy commandments above gold, &c. Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law, &c. My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. --Ps. cxix. 4. 188.8.131.52, 120.126, 127. 136. 158. 167.
Because I have called, and ye refused, I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh, &c. Prov. i. 24-26.30, 31.
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments. Prov. iii. 1.
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.-Prov. viii. 34.
He that turneth away his ear from
hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.-Prov. xxviii. 9.
Thus saith the Lord, Thy Redeemer, &c. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments: then had thy peace been as a river, &c.-Isa. xlviii. 17, 18.
I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts.-Isa. lxv. 2.
I will bring their fears upon them, because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear, but they did evil, &c.--Isa. lxvi. 4. Jer. xxxv. 17.
Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee, &c. Their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken.-Jer. vi. 8. 10.
I spake not unto your fathers, &c. But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels, and in the imaginations of their evil heart, &c.—Jer. vii. 22-24. xi. 4. 7, 8.
Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant.-Jer. xi. 3, 4.
The Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear, &c. Jer. xxv. 4. xliv. 4, 5.
Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the Lord. The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons, not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early, and speaking, but ye hearkened not unto me.-Jer. xxxv. 13—15.
As for the word thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee.-Jer. xliv. 16.
Thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.-Ezek. ii. 7. iii. 11. 27.
For they hear thy words, but they do them not.-Ezek. xxxiii. 32.
Yea, rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.Luke xi. 28. Rom. ii. 13. James i. 25.
And that servant which knew his Lord's will, and did it not, shall be beaten with many stripes.-Luke xii. 47. James iv. 17.
Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, &c. But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears that they should not hear; yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his Spirit, by the former prophets, &c. There--John viii. 47. 51. fore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, &c. -Zech. vii. 9-13.
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God, &c.-John vii. 17.
He that is of God, heareth God's words; but ye hear not my word, because ye are not of God, &c. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my sayings, he shall never see death.
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.-John xiii. 17. James i. 22, 23. 25.
If ye love me, keep my commandNot every one that saith unto me, ments, &c. He that hath my comLord, Lord, shall enter into the mandments, and keepth them, he it kingdom of heaven; but he who doeth is that loveth me, &c. Jesus said, the will of my Father which is in If a man love me, he will keep my heaven. Therefore whosoever heareth words, &c. He that loveth me not these sayings of mine, and doeth them, keepeth not my sayings.-John xiv. I will liken him unto a wise man 15. 21. 23, 24. which built his house upon a rock, &c. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man which built his house upon the sand, &c.-Matt. vii. 21. 24-27. James i. 23-25. Matt. v. 18-20. Johnix. 31. Whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words; when ye depart, &c. shake off the dust of your feet. It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom.-Matt. x. 14, 15.
Whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. -Matt. xii. 50.
Zacharias, &c. walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.-Luke i. 5, 6.
Why call ye me Lord, and do not the things which I say?-Luke vi. 46, &c.
But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against (or within) themselves.-Luke vii. 30.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love, &c. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.-John xv. 10. 14.
Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.Acts x. 33.
Ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered unto you.-Rom. vi. 17.
The law is holy, and the commandment holy, just, and good.Rom. vii. 12.
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but the keeping of the commandments of God.-1 Cor. vii. 19.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings.-Phil. ii. 14.
To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.-Heb. iv. 7. Ps. xcv. 7, 8.
He became the author of eternal
salvation unto all them that obey against, and judgments for disobedience, him.—Heb. v. 9. in this Chapter.
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh: for if they escaped not, who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven, whose voice then shook, &c.-Heb. xii. 25, 26.
But be doers of the word of God, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.-James i. 21-23.
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James iv. 17.
SECT. IV. Worship God, and sanctify him therein.
GOD had respect to Abel and to his offering: but not unto Cain's.Gen. iv. 3. 5. 7. Heb. xi. 4.
Thou shalt have no other God before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, &c. thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, &c. In all places where I record my name, I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.Exod. xx. 3—5. 24.
Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, &c. ye shall serve the Lord your God, &c.— Exod. xxiii. 24, 25.
That righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing, and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.-2 Pet.ii. 8. Hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and There will I meet with thee, and keepeth not his commandments, is a commune with thee from above the liar, and the truth is not in him; but mercy-seat. At the door of the tawhoso keepeth his word, in him verily bernacle of the congregation, &c. is the love of God perfected. Hereby where I will meet you, to speak there know we that we are in him, &c. He unto thee. And there I will meet that doeth the will of God abideth for with the children of Israel; and the ever.-1 John ii. 3—5. 17. tabernacle (or Israel) shall be sanctified by my glory, &c.—Exod. xxv. 22. xxix. 42, 43. xx. 24.
Love not in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth, &c. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, &c. This is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, &c. And he that keepeth his commandments, dwelleth in him, and he in him.-1 John iii. 18. 22-24.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments; for this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments, and his commandments are not grievous.-1 John v.2, 3. And this is love that we walk after his commandments.-2 John 6.
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Rev. xxii. 14.
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Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me and live.— Exod. xxxiii. 20.
Thou shalt worship no other God: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.-Exod. xxxiv. 14. Deut. vi. 15.
When the tabernacle was set up, the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.-Exod. xl. 33—35.
When Aaron's sons were consumed for offering strange fire, Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified.— Levit. x. 1-3.
Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him. Thou shalt not go after other gods, &c. The Lord our God is one Lord, &c.-Deut. vi. 13, 14. 4.