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Nor any proper notions thereof reach,
Those finners that are sanctify'd in part,
Let not the naughty phrafe make you disprove
This paradox is fitted to disclose
He on his theme had blush'd to use his skill,
Why, this enigma climbs such divine heights,
These lines pretend not to affect the sky,
Though haughty Deists hardly stoop to say,
Hence proud Arminians cannot reconcile
Antinomists the saints perfection plead,
Keep then the sacred myft'ry ftill entire;
of ibeir Relation to Christ's wonderful Perfon. MY
Y life's a maze of seeming traps, I
A scene of mercies and mishaps; 2
I Joll. xxiii. 13. And Joshua said, Know for a certainty, that the Lord your Gol will no more drive out any of these nations from before you ; but they fall be inares and traps into you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, &c. Psalm cxxiv. 7. Our foul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers; the saare is broken, and we are escaped.
2 Or MISERIES, Lam. ill. 19. Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. Ver. 22. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed; becauls his compassions fail not. Pralin ci, i. I will ling of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord, will I fing,
3 Plalın cii. 10. Thou hast litied me up, and cait me down. Psalm cix. 23. I am tossed up and down as the locuit.
4 Hab. iii. 17, 18. Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labour of the olives thall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock thail be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the falls : yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
I'm in my own, and others eyes, A labyrinth of mysteries, I I'm something that from nothing came; 2 Yet sure it is I nothing am. 3 Once I was dead, and blind, and lame, 4 Yea, I continue still the same ; 5. Yet what I was, I am no more, 6 Nor ever shall be as before. 7 My Father lives 8, my father's gone, 9 My vital head both lost and won. 10 My parents cruel are, and kind, 11 Of one, and of a diff'rent mind. 12
1 Ira. viii. 18. Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me, are for signs and for wonders in Israel; from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion. Zech. iii. 8. Hear now, O Joshna the high-priest, thou and thy fellows that fit before thee : for they are men wondered at, &c. Psalm Ixxi. 7. I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong tower.
2 Gen. i.'1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Heb. xii. 3. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God; so that things which are seen, were not made of things which do appear.
3 lfa. xl. 17. All nations before him are as nothing, and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. Dan. iv. 33. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing.
4. Eph. ii. 1. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and fins. Rev. ii. 17. Because thou sayst, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and mi. serable, and poor, and blind, and naked. Ifa. xxxv. 6. Then thall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb fing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the defart.
5 Rom. vii. 14. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, fold under lin. Ver. 24. O wretched man that I am! who fhall deliver me from the body of this death ?
6 Rom. vii. 17. Now then, it is no more I thn do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. Ver. 20. Now, if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but lin that dwelleth in me. Johd' ix. 25. He (viz. the blind man) answered and said, Whether he be a finner or no, I know not : one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I fee.
7 Rom. xi. 29. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Jer. xxxii. 40. And I will make an everlalting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them goed; but I will puc my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.
8 Isa. ix. 6. His name shall be called, The everlasting Father. Rev. i. 18. I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen.
9 Holea xiv. 3. In thee the fathreslels finder mercy. Zech. i. 5. Your fathers, where are they? And the propheti, do they live for ever?
10 1 Cor. xv. 45. It is written, The firit Adam was made a living foul, the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
11 Psalm ciii. 13. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. Isa. xliii. 27. Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.
12 Job xxiii. 13. But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and wbat bis soul desireth, even that he doch. Rom. viü. 5. For they that are after
My father poison'd me to death, I
the flesh, do mind the things of the flesh: but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. Ver. 7. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
1 Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by fin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have finned.
2 Gen. iii. 16. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy forrow, and thy conception : in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children, &c.
3 Psalm cxlvi. 4. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth: in that very day his thoughts perish. Eccl. iii. 20. All go into one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to the dust again.
4 Job xvii. 14. I have said to corruption, Thou art my father; and to the worm, Thou art my lifter. Chap. xix. 26. And though after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.
5 Even in a moral sense, Jer. xii. 10. Many pastors have destroyed my vine. yard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. Ezek. xxxiv. 18. Secmeth it a small thing unto you, to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feed the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the refidue with your feet.
6 Psalm lv. 12, 13. For it was not an enemy that reproached me, then I could have borne it; neither was it he that hated me, that did magnify him. self against me, then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man, mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. Micah vii. 5, 6. Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide : keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughier riieth up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her motherin-law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
7 Psalm vii. 11. God is angry with the wicked every day. 2 Cor. V. 19. God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.
8 Mal. iii. 6. For I am the Lord, I change not : therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Hosea xiv. 4. I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away from him.
9 John xx. 17. Jesus saith unto her (viz. Mary), Touch me not ; for I am not yet ascended to my Father : but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God. Ila. ix. 6. Unto us a Son is given—; and his name shall be called, The ever. lasting Father. John i. 14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Faiker, full of grace and truth.