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The nine eyes unto heaven, and mine Lord are in every place, beholding undertanding returned unto me, the evil and the good. Pfal. civ. ad I blessed the most High, and I 24. O Lord, how manifold are thy, praised and honoured him that liv. works! in wisdom hast thou made eth for ever, whose dominion is an them all: the earth is full of thy everlasting dominion, and his king- riches. Pfal. cxlv. 17. The Lord is dom is from generation to genera- righteous in all his ways, and holy tion. v. 35. And all the inhabitants in all his works. of the earth are reputed as nothing: 6 Acts xv. 18. Known unto God and he doth according to his will in are all his works from the beginning the army of heaven, and among the of the world. Pfal. xciv. 8. Underinhabitants of the earth : and none

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the people: can stay his hand, or say unto him, and ye fools, when will ye be wise? What dost thou? Pial. cxxxv. 6. v. 9. He that planted the ear, shall Whatsoever the Lord pleafed, that he not hear? he that formed the eye, did he in heaven and in earth, in shall he not fee? v. 10. He that chasthe feas, and all deep places. Afts tiseth the heathen, shall not he corIvii. 25. Neither is worshipped with rect? he that teacheth man knowmens hands, as though he needed ledge, thall not he know? v. 11. any thing, feeing he giveth to all The Lord knoweth the thoughts life, and breath, and all things; v. of man, that they are vanity. 26. And hath made of one blood, f Eph. i. 14. In whom also we all nations of men, for to dwell on all have obtained an inheritance, being the face of the earth, and hath de- predestinated according to the purtermined the times before appoint- pose of him who worketh all things ed, and the bounds of their habita- after the counsel of his own will. tion: v. 28. For in him we live, and Pfal. xxxiii. 10 The Lord bringmove, and have our being; as cer eth the counsel of the heathen to tain also of your own poets have said, nought: he maketh the devices of For we are also his off-spring. Job. the people of none effect. v. 11. The Xxxviii, xxxix, xl, xli. chapters. counsel of the Lord standeth for e

Matth.x. 29. Are not two spar- ver, the thoughts of his heart to all rows sold for a farthing ? and one of generations. them shall not fall on the ground & Ifaiah lxiii. 14. As a beast goeth without our Father, v. 30. But the down into the valley, the spirit of very hairs of your head are all num the Lord caused him to rest: so didit bred. v. 31. Fear ye not therefore, thou lead thy people, to make thy .

II. Although, in relation to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first cause, all things come to pass immurably and infallibly h: yet, by the same providence, he ordereth them to fall out, according to the nature of second causes, either necessarily, freely, or contingently i. III. God in his ordinary providence maketh use of meansk,

yet self a glorious name. Eph. iii. 10. wood with his neighbour, to hew To the intent that now unto the wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke principalities and powers in heaven- with the ax to cut down the tree, and ly places, might be known by the the head flippeth from the helve, church the manifold wisdom of God, and lighteth upon his neighbour Rom, ix. 17. For the scripture faith that he die; he shall flee unto one unto Pharaoh, Even for this fame of those cities, and live. 1 Kings xxii, purpose have I raised thee up, that 28. And Micaiah said, If thou reI might fhew my power in thee, and turn at all in peace, the Lord hath that my name might be declared not spoken by me. And he faid, throughout all the earth. Gen. xlv. Hearken, 0 people, every one of 7. And God sent me before you, to you. v. 34. And a certain man drew preserve you a posterity in the earth, a bow at a venture, and smote the and to save your lives by a great de- king of Israel between the joints of liverance. Psal. cxlv. 7. They shall the harness: wherefore he said unabundantly utter the memory of thy to the driver of his chariot, Turn great goodness, and shall sing of thy thine hand, and carry me out of righteousness.

the host, for I am wounded. Ifa. x. II. h Acts ii. 23. Him, being de- 6. I will send him against an hypolivered by the determinate counsel critical nation; and against the peoand foreknowledge of God, ye have ple of my wrath will I give him a taken, and by wicked hands have charge to take the spoil, and to take crucified and slain.

the prey, and to tread them down. i Gen. viii. 22. While the earth like the mire of the streets. v.7. remaineth, feed-time and harvest, Howbeit, he meaneth not so, neiand cold and heat, and summer and ther doth his heart think so, but it winter, and day and night, shall not is in his heart to destroy, and cut cease. Jer. xxxi. 35. Thus faith the off nations not a few. Lord, which giveth the sun for a III. k Acts xxvii. 31. Paul said to light by day, and the ordinances of the centurion, and to the soldiers, the moon and of the stars for a light Except these abide in the ship, ye by night, which divideth the sea, cannot be saved. v.44. And the rest, when the waves thereof roar; the fome on boards, and some on brokLord of hosts is his name. Exod. en pieces of the ship: and so it came xxi. 31. And if a man ly not in wait, to pass that they escaped all safe to but God deliver him into his hand; land. Isaiah lv. 10. For as the rain then I will appoint thee a place whe- cometh down, and the snow from ther he shall flee. With Deut. xix, heaven, and returneth not thither, 5. As when a man goeth into the but watereth the earth, and maketh

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IV. The almighty power, unsearchable wisdom, and infinite goodness of God, so far manifest themselves in his prosidence, that it extendeth itself even to the first fall, and all other fins of angels and meno, and that not by a bare permis

fion p, it bring forth and bud, that it may that what he had promised, he was give feed to the fower, and bread able also to perform. to the eater: v. 11. So fhall my n 2 Kings vi. 6. And the man of word be that goeth forth out of my God said, Where fell it? - And he mouth: it shall not return unto me shewed him the place. And he cut void, but it shall accomplish that down a stick, and cast it in thither, which I please, and it shall prosper and the iron did swim. Dan. iii. 27 in the thing whereto I sent it. Hof. And the princes, governors and capii. 21. And it shall come to pass in tains, and the kings counsellors bethat day, I will hear, faith the Lord, ing gathered together, faw these I will hear the heavens, and they men, upon whose bodies the fire had shall hear the earth, v. 22. and the no power, nor was an hair of their earth shall hear the corn, and the head finged, neither were their coats wine, and the oil, and they shall changed, nor the smell of fire had hear Jezreel.

passed on them. : Hof. i. 7. But I will have mercy IV. Rom. xi. 32. For God hath upon the house of Judah, and will concluded them all in unbelief, that fave them by the Lord their God, he might have mercy upon all. v. and will not save them by bow, nor 33. O the depth of the riches, both by sword, nor by battle, by horses, of the wisdom and knowledge of nor by horfemen. Matt. iv. 4. But God! how unsearchable are his he answered and said, it is written, judgments, and his ways past find. Man shall not líve by bread alone, ing out! v. 34. For who hath known but by every word that proceedeth the mind of the Lord, or who hath out of the mouth of God. Job xxxiv. been his counseller? 2 Sam. xxiv. I 10. Therefore hearken unto me, ye And again the anger of the Lord men of understanding: far be it from was kindled against Israel, and he God, that he should do wickedness, moved David against them, to say, and from the Almighty, that heGonumber Israel and Judah. With fhould commit iniquity.

i i Chr. xxi, 1. And Satan stood up m Rom. iv. 19. And being not against Ifrael, and provoked David weak in faith, he considered not his to number Ifrael. i Kings xxii. 22. own body now dead, when he was And the Lord said unto him, Whereabout an hundred years old, neither with? And he said, I will go forth, yet the deadness of Sara's womb. v. and I will be a lying spirit in the 20. He staggered not at the promise mouth of all his prophets. And he of God through unbelief; but was faid, Thou shalt persuade him, and Itrong in faith, giving glory to God: prevail also: go forth, and do so. 1. 21. And being fully persuaded, v. 23. Now therefore behold, the

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fonp, but such as hath joined with it a most wife and powerful bounding q, and otherwise ordering, and governing of them, in a manifold difpenfation, to his own holy ends r: yet fo, as the finfulness thereof proceedeth only from the creature, and not from God, who, being most holy and righteous, neither is nor can be the author or approver of sins.

V. The Lord hath put a lying fpirit in the suffered all nations to walk in their mouth of all these thy prophets, and own ways. the Lord hath spoken evil concern Pfal.lxxvi. 10. Surely the wrath ing thee. i Chr.x.4. Then said Şaul of man thall praise thee: the remainto his armour-bearer, Draw thy der of wrath shalt thou restrain. sword, and thrust me thro' there 2 Kings xix. 28. Because thy rage with; left these uncircumcised come, againit me, and thy tumult is come and abuseme. But his armour-bear- up into mine ears, therefore I will er would not, for he was fore afraid. put my hook in thy nose, and my So Saul took a sword, and fell upon bridle in thy lips, and I will turn it. v. 13. So Saul died, for his tranf- thee back by the way by which thou gression which he committed against camest. the Lord, even against the word of r Gen. 1. 20. But as for you, ye the Lord, which he kept not, and thought evil against me; but God also for asking counsel of one that meant it unto good, to bring to pats, had a familiar spirit, to enquire of as it is this day, to save much people it; v, 14. and enquired not of the alive. Isaiah x. 6. I will send him a. Lord: therefore he slew him, and gainst an hypocritical nation, and aturned the kingdom unto David the gainst the people of my wrath will I son of Jesse. 2 Sam. xvi. 10. And the give him a charge to take the spoil, king said, What have I to do with and to take the prey, and to tread you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him them down like the mire of the curse, because the Lord hath faid streets. v. 7. Howbeit, he meaneth unto him, Curse David. Who shall not so, neither doth his heart think then say, Wherefore hast thou done fo, but it is in his heart to destroy, fo? Acts ii. 23. Him, being deliver and cut off nations not a few. v. 12. ed by the determinate counsel and Wherefore it thall come to pass, that foreknowledge of God, ye have tak- when the Lord hath performed his en, and by wicked hands have cru- whole work upon mount Zion, and cified and sain. Acts iv. 27. For of on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit a truth, against thy holy child Je- of the stout heart of the king of Allyfus, whom thou hast anointed, both ria, and the glory of his high looks. Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the ✓ James i. 13. Let no man say Gentiles, and the people of Israel when he is tempted, I am tempted were gathered together, v. 28. for of God: for God cannot be tempted to do whatsoever thy hand and thy with evil, neither tempteth he any counsel determined before to be man. v. 14. But every man is tempdone.

ted, when he is drawn away of his p Acts xiv. 16. Who in times part own lust, and enticed. v. 17. Every

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V. The most wife, righteous and gracious God doth oftentimes leave for a season his own children to manifold temptations, and the corruption of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former fins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption, and deceitfulness of their hearts, that they may be humbled t; and to raise them to a more close and constant dependence for their support upon himself, and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for sundry other just and holy ends v.

VI. As good gift, and every perfect gift, is them to say, Go number Ifrael and from above, and cometh down from Judah, the Father of lights, with whom is v 2 Cor. xii. 7. And left I should no variableness, neither shadow of be exalted above measure, through turning. i John ii. 16. For all that the abundance of the revelations, is in the world, the luit of the fleth, there was given to me a thorn in and the luit of the eyes, and the the flesh, the messenger of Satan to pride of life, is not of the Father, buffet me, lest I Thould be exalted but is of the world. Pfalm I. 21. above measure. v.8. For this thing Thele things halt thou done, and I I besought the Lord thrice, that it kept filence: thou thoughtelt that I might depart from me. v.9. And was altogether such an one as thy- he said unto me, My grace is fuffifelf: but I will reprove thee, and set cient for thee: for my strength is them in order before thine eyes. made perfect in weakness. Mostglad."

V.6 2 Chr. xxxii. 25. But Heze- ly therefore will I, rather glory in kiah rendered not again, according my infirmities, that the power of to the benefit done unto him: for Christ may rest upon me. Plal.lxxiij. his heart was lifted up; therefore throughout. + Pfal.lxxvii. 1. I cried there was wrath upon him, and unto God with my voice: even unto upon Judah and Jerusalem. v. 26. God with my voice, and he

gave Notwithstanding, Hezekiah hum ear unto me. v. 10. And I said, This bled himself for the pride of his is my infirmity: but I will rememheart (both he and the inhabitants ber the years of the right hand of of Jerufalem) so that the wrath of the Most High. v. 12. I will medithe Lord came not upon them in tate also of all thy works, and talk the days of Hezekiah. v. 31. How

31. How- of thy doings. (Read the intermebeit, in the business of the ambaf- diate verses in the Bible.) Mark xiv. fadors of the princes of Babylon, from the 66. v. to the end, with who fent unto him to enquire of the John xxi. 15. So when they had dinwonder that was done in the land, ed, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, SiGod left him to try him, that he mon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me might know all that was in his heart. more than these? Hefaith unto him, 2 Sam, xxiv. 1. And again the an Yea, Lord; thou knowelt that I love ger of the Lord was kindled against thee. He saith unto him, Feed my Ifrael, and he moved David against lambs. v. 16. He saith to him again

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