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Ver. 4. And they shall see his face, and his name shall be in their foreheads.
[You who are beset with ills and covered with trouble, read the following promises to your comfort; and rest assured, God only afflicts you to day, in order to reward you to-morrow. In the mean time he sends you these cheering promises, in order to encourage you to hope, and patiently wait for deliverance; which is at hand, if you gratefully and humbly trust in his mercy and gracious promises.]
Fob vii. 20. Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers. Ver. 21. Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing. Job xi. 16. Thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away. Fob xxxvi. 16. would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set
on thy table, should be full of fatness. Ps. XXX. 5. His anger endureth but for a moment: In his favour is life: Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Ps. xxxiv. 19. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. Ps. xlii. 11. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. Ps. lxxviii. 13. Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold. Ps. lxxi. 20. Thou which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Ps. xviii. 27. Thou wilt save the afflicted people, but will bring down high looks. Ver. 28. For thou wilt light my candle: The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. Ps. cxlvi. 8. The
Lord openeth the eyes of the blind, the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down. Ps. cvii. 19. They gry unto the Lord in their trouble : He delivereth them out of their distresses. Ps. cxxvi. 5. They that sow in tears, shall reap in joy. Ver. 6. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Prov. xxi. 8. The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. Prov. xii. 13. The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble. Prov. xxiv. 16. A just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again. Yer. xxix. 11. I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord; thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jer. xxxi. 12. Their soul shall be as a watered garden, and they shall not sorrow any more. Ver. 13. I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them
rejoice from their sorrow. Hos. iv. 1. Come and let us return unto the Lord, for he hath torr, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
[If God permit your trouble to continue, it is because you will not humbly look to him for rest and refuge. Therefore, turn to him, who has promised support and deliverance to the humble penitent.]
Ps. ix. 9. The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Ps. xxii. 24. He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him : But when he cried unto him, he heard. Ps. xxvii. 14. Wait on the Lord': be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord. Ver. 12. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. Ps. xxxvii. 24. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: For
the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. Ver. 39. The salvation of the righteous is of the Lord : He is their strength in the time of trouble. Ps. xviii. 2. The Lord is' my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer: My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Ps. xlvi. 1. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Ver. 2. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. Ver. 3. Though the waters thereof roar, and be troubled ; though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. Ps. lv. 22. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Ps. xxxi. 7. I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: For thou hast considered my trouble ; thou hast known my soul in adversities. Exod. iii. 7. I have surely seen the affliction of my peo