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This Prophet kind himself has set
To be my book and alphabet,
And ev'ry needful letter plain,
Alpba, Omega, and Amen. I

SECT. XII. Tbe Mystery of the Believer's mixed State furtber en

larged; and bis getting Good out of Evil.
BEHOLD, I'm all defil?d with fin. 2

Yet, lo! all glorious am within. 3
In Egypt and in Cofoen dwell; 4
Still moveless, and in motion fliil; 5
Unto the name that most I dread,
I flee with joyful wings and speed..6
My daily hope does most depend

On him I daily most offend. 7 minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Phil. ii. 7. Christ Jesus made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likenets of men. Ilaiah alii. 1. Behold my servant, whom I up: hold; mine elect, in whom my foui delighteth. And liii. 11. By his knowledge small my righteous servant juftify many.

Rev. i. 8. 1 ain Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, faith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Verse 11. I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the laft: and, What thou (John) feest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Afia. And xxi. 6. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end : I will give unto him that is athirit, of the fountain of the water of life freely. And xxii

. ! 3. I am Alpha and Oinega, the beginning and the end, the first and the lalt. And ü. 14. And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceaos, write, Thele things faith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God, &c.

Ilaiah lxiv. 6. Bat we are all as an unclean thing, and all our sighteous. pefies, are as filthy rags.

3 Psalm xlv. 15. The King's daughter is all glorious within; her clothing is of wrought gold.

4 Psalm cxx. 5. 6. Wo is me, that I lojourn in Melech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar. My foul harh long dwelt with him that hateth peace. And xvi. 5, 6. Tae Lord is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup: thou maintaineft my lot: The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a gondly heritage.

5 1 Cor. xv. 58. Therefore, my beloved brecheren, be ye stedfast, unmove. able, always abounding in tảe work of the Lord, forafmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

6 Psalm cxliii. 2. O Lard, enter - 019 into jodament with thy servant : for in thy fight ihail no man living be juftified. Veric g. Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies : I tes unto thee to hide me.

7 Plain xxv. 1!. For thy name's fake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquiry : for it is great. Jer. xiv. 7. O Lord, though our iniquities icitify againit us, do thou it for thy wanne's bake: for our vackilidings are many, we have finned again't thes,

All things against me are combin'd,
Yet working for my good, I find. I
I'm rich in midst of poverties ; 2
And happy in my

miseries.

3 Oft my Comforter sends me grief; My helper sends me no relief. 4 Yet herein my advantage lies, That help and comfort he denies. 5 As seamsters into pieces cut The cloath they into form would put; He cuts me down to make me up, And empties me to fill my cup. 6 I never can myself enjoy, Till he my woful self destroy ; And most of all myself I am, When most I do myself disclaim. 7

1 Gen. xlii. 36. And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me. Rom. viii. 28. And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

2 Rev. ii. 8,9 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna, write, These things faith the first and the lalt, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich).

3 Rom. v. 3; ---5. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also, know. ing that tribulation worketh patience ; and patience, experience ; and experience, hope : and hope maketh not alhamed, because the love of God is shed absoad in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 2 Cor. xii. 10. Therefore I (Paul) take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's fake : for when I am weak, then am I strong

4 Lam. i. 16. For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the Comforter that should relieve my soul, is far from me. lla. xlv, 15. Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

$ lsa, xxx 18. And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious onto you; and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you : for the Lord is a God of judgment ; blessed are all they that wait for him.

6 Holea v. 15. I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face : in their aifliction they will seek me early. And vi. 1, 2. Come and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath (mitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he re. vive us, in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his fight: Psalm cvii. 9. God satisfieth the longing foul, and filleth the hungry foul with goodness. Luke i. 53. And Mary faid, -!4e hath filled the hungry with good abings, and the rich he hath sent empty away.

z Luke ix. 23, 24. And Jesus said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it : but whosoever will lose his life for my fake, the same mall save it. Rom. viii. 13. If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye thall live. 2 Cor. xii. 10. See figure 3. above.

I glory in infirmities, I
Yet daily I'm alham’d of these ; 2
Yea, all my pride gives up the ghost,
When once I but begin to boaft. 3
My chemistry is most exact,
Heav'n out of hell I do extract; 4
This art to me a tribute brings
Of useful out of hurtful things. 5
I learn to draw well out of woe,
And thus to disappoint the foe; 6
The thorns that in my flesh abide,
Do prick the tympany of pride. 7
By wounding foils the field I win,
And fin itself destroys my fin: 8

I 2 Cor. xii. 9. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Praim lxxiii. 15, 16. If I say, I will speak thus, behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. When I sought to know this, it was too painful for me, &c. And lxxvii. 8, 9, 10: Is his mercy clean gone for ever? Doth his promise fail for evermore ? Hath God forgotten to be gracious ? Hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah. And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right-hand of the Most High.

3 Ifa. xlv. 24, 25. Surely, fall one say, In the Lord have I righteousness and strength : even to him thall men come, and all that are incensed against him, shall be ashamed. In the Lord Mall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. Psalm xliv. 6. I will not trust in my bow, neither Thall my sword save me. Verse 8. In God we boast all the day long ; and praise thy name for ever, Selah.

4 Jonah ii. 1, 2. Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the filh's belly, and said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of bell cried I, and thou heardit my voice. Ver. 4. Then said I, I am cast out of thy light : yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. Mat. xv. 26, 27, 28. But Jesus answered and said (unto the woman of Canaan) It is not meet to take the childrens bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master's table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith : be it unto thee even as chou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. Psalm xlii. 6, 7, 8. O my God, my soul is calt down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. Deep calleth unto deep, at the noise of thy water spouts : all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. Yec the Lord will command his loving-kindness in the day-time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

5 Rom. v. 3, 4, 5. See figure 3. p. 210.

6 Micah vi. 8. Rejoice not agaiatt me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. 7 2 Cor. xii

. 7. And left I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the mer. senger of Satan to buffet me, lest I thould be exalted above mealure.

8 Rom. viii. 35. 37. Who shall separate us from the love of Chrift? Shall tribulation, or distress, of persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or

My lusts break one another's pate,
And each corruption kills its mate. I
I smell the bait, I feel the harni
Of corrupt ways, and take th’aların.
I taste the bitterness of fin,
And then to relish grace begin. 2
I bear the fools profanely talk,
Thence wisdom learn in word and walk: 3

sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through hin that loved us. Psalm Ixv. 3. Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgreffions, thou shalt purge them away. 2 Chron. xxxii. 24, 25, 26. In those days Hezekiah was lick to the death, and prayed unto the Lord: and he fpake unto him, and he gave him a fign. But Hezekiah rendered not again, accord. ing to the benefit done unto him : for his heart was lifted up; therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem. Notwithstanding, Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart (boch he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem) so that the wrath of the Lord came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.

i Rom. vii. 7, 8, 9. What Mall we say then? Is the law fin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lutt, except the law had said, Thou shalt no! covet. But sin taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law fin was dead. For I was alive without the law once : but when the command. ment came, fin revived, and I died. Verse 11. For sin taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it flew me. Verse 13. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear fin, working death in me by that which is good ; that sin, by the commandment, might become exceeding sinful.- Where you see the light and feeling of sin killed self. John ix. 39, 40, 41. And Jelus faid, For judgment I am come into this world: that they which see not, might see ; and that they which see, may be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him, heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind allo? Jesus laid unto them, If ve were blind, ye should have no lin: but now ye fay, We fee; therefore your fin remaineth. Psalm lix. 11. Slay them not, left my people forget; Scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord, our shield.Mat. xxvi. 33. 34. Peter answered and said unto him, 'Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus faith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, that this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Verse 75. And Peter remembered the words of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

2 Rom. vi. 21. What fruit had ye then in those things, whereof ye are now alhamed ? For the end of those things is death. Pfalmi xix. 11. Moreover, by them (viz. the judgments of the Lord) is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. And lxxiii. 17, 18, 19. Until I went into the fan&uary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didA set them in flippery places : thou caftedit them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with rer. sors. Jer. ii. 19. Thire own wickedness thall corre& thee, and thy backllidings 1hall reprove thee : know therefore and see, that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy and that my fear is not in thee, faith the Lord God of hosts.

3 Job xxi. 13, 14, 15. They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave. Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us ; for we delire not the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty, that we

I see them throng the passage broad,
And learn to take the narrow road, I

SECT. XIII.

1

The Mystery of the Saint's Adversaries and Adversities.
A Lump of woe afiliation is,

Yet thence I borrow lumps of bliss : 2
Though few can see a blessing in't,
It is my furnace and my mint. 3
Its sharpness does my luss dispatch ; 4
Its suddenness alarms my watch ; 5
Its bitterness refines my taste,
And weans me from the creature's breast; 6
Its weightiness doth try my back,
That faith and patience be not slack : 7

Arould serve him? and what profit shall we have, if we pray unto him!Eph. iv. 20, 21, 22. But ye have not so learned Christ; if lo be chat ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus ? that ye put off concerning the former conversation, the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lufts. And ver. 6, 7, 8. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were some: cimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord : walk as children of light. Ver. 11. And have no fellowihip with the unfruitful works of darkness, buc father reprove them.

i Mat. vii. 13, 14. Enter ye in at the strait gate ; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leaderh to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat : because trait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadech iuilo life, and few there be that find it.

2 Heb. xii 11. Now, no chattening for the present feemeth to be joyous, but grievous : nevertheless, atierward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteous: Dess, unto them which are exercised thereby. James i. 1 2. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation : for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hach promised to them that love him.

3 Ila. xxxi. 9. And he [viz. the Atlyrian] thall pass over to his strong hold, for fear; and his princes Thall be afraid of the enliga, faith the Lord, whole fire is in Zion, and his furnace is in Jerusalem.

4 Psalm xlv. 3. Thine as rows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

5 Mark xii. 35, 36, 37, Watch ye therefore, (for ye know not when the Maiter of the house cometh: at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning,) leit coming fuddenly, he find you Deeping. And what I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch.

6 Jer. ii. 19. See figure 2. p. 212. And iv. 18. Thy way and thy doings bave procured these things unto thee, this is thy wickedness, becaule it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.

7 James i. 2, 3, 4. My brethren, count it all joy' when ye fall into divers jemplations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wagting nothing.

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