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an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. " According to their

18 If then judgment be according to deeds, accordingly he will re- our deeds, what a powerful motive pay, fury to his adversaries, have we for a course of well-doing ! recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. ? As for me,

21 God's Spirit, according to the Sathis is my covenant with viour's promise, is “to abide with them, saith the LORD; My the Church always.” What a happy spirit that is upon thee, and thought to the faithful children of my words which I have put God, whether Jew or Gentile, bond

or free—The Redeemer will reign in thy mouth, shall not de

in his Zion gloriously! part out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

EVENING. Isalah lxiv. Oh that thou wouldest rend 1 In this sublime prayer of the the heavens, that thou would

Church to God, language labours for est come down, that the of the subject ; namely, the majesty

expressions suitable to the greatness mountains might flow down of Jehovah in giving the law from at thy presence, as when the mount Sinai. melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence ! When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence. For since the

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cellences of future joy and glory. beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the

eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. Thou

• How passing wonderful, that Jemeetest him that rejoiceth hovah should meet his faithful serand worketh righteousness, vants ! Thus He met the prodigal, those that remember thee in when afar off. O that He would thy ways: behold, thou art deign so to meet me with his love

and mercy, as He met “ Abraham wroth; for we have sinned: his friend'?” in those is continuance, and

6 But we must all, minister and we shall be saved. But we people, like the prophet and the

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are all as an unclean thing, Church of old, confess that in God's and all our righteousnesses sight our state deserveth only wrath. are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have

7 The great mass of the people were taken us away.

? And there dark and lukewarm, not stirring up is none that calleth upon thy themselves to duty. The spirit of name, that stirreth up him

lukewarmness and indifference, like self to take hold of thee: for fruitfulness.

a withering blast, checked all their thou hast hid thy face from

8 Yet spare us, good Lord ! we are us, and hast consumed us, be- thy children : let thy fatherly love cause of our iniquities. But plead for us! We are thy creatures, now, O Lord, thou art our the work of thy hand ! father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. not wroth very sore, O LORD,

9 Let thine own honour interfere to neither remember iniquity

save us ! We are thine! for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people. Thy holy cities are a wil

10 It is thy Church, O God! thus derness, Zion is a wilderness, desolated. Thy people are they who, Jerusalem a desolation. Our in civil and religious polity, are thus holy and our beautiful house, overthrown. O spare thine own! where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid 12 Spare us then, O God our Sawaste. 12 Wilt thou refrain viour, for thy name and honour's thyself for these things, 0 sake. LÖRD? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore?

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Che sírth Sunday after the Epiphany.

MORNING. ISAIAH Ixv.

'I Am sought of them that 1 Whilst the chosen people of God asked not for me; I am found rejected his offer of grace through

the Messiah, though made with outof them that sought me not :

stretched hands—with all the earnest I said, Behold me, behold importunity of one anxious to perme, unto a nation that was suade ; the nations, the Gentiles, not called by my name.

I gladly received the offer of salvation, have spread out my hands all

and now rejoice in the strength of it. the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own

s God specially commanded that thoughts; a people that pro- His altars should be of unheun voketh me to anger continu- stone, those of the heathen being

ally to my face ; that sacri- of heun stone. He also forbade ficeth in gardens, and burneth

swine's flesh ; for that the heathen

offered in their sacrifices. incense upon

altars of brick; which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; s which say,

5 Spiritual pride, that spirit of phaStand by thyself, come not risaical exclusiveness, which boasts near to me; for I am holier itself to be not as other men, is batethan thou. These are a smoke

ful before God. Humility should in

my nose, a fire that burn- strengthen, as devotion warms. eth all the day.

Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom, your iniquities, and 7 Accumulated sin brings accumuthe iniquities of your fathers lated punishment. together, saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work

8 As in a cluster of grapes, though into their bosom. 8 Thus

some may be worthless, others may saith the LORD, As the new be fit for use, so in the body of my wine is found in the cluster, people, I will not destroy the rightand one saith, Destroy it not; latter for the former's sake.

eous with the wicked, but spare the for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servant's sakes, that I may not destroy them all. And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains : and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell

10 The flock are safe when folded there. 19 And Sharon shall under the shepherd's eye. So are be a fold of flocks, and the

we safe under God's paternal care. valley of Achor a place for

His eye never slumbereth or sleepeth. the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me. ye are they that for

11 But they who forget God's holy sake the Lord, that forget mountain, mount Zion, the Church, my holy mountain, that pre- and after sacrifice prepare a table, a pare a table for that troop, carnal feast, for the idols and their and that furnish the drink worshippers—these cast away the offering unto that number.

divine protection. Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter : because when I called, ye did not answer ; when I spake, ye did not hear ; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not. Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty : behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye

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shall be ashamed : behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but

cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.

15 How awfully has this been fulye shall leave your name for filled! The very name of the once a curse unto my chosen : for chosen people is now a by-word. the Lord God shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name : that he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth ; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes. ? For, behold, I create new 17 The Gospel kingdom would eviheavens and a new earth : and dence a new dispensation. the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create : for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people : and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

20 Great will be the blessings upon · shall be no more thence an the restoration of God's people. infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old

21 There shall be no untimely deaths. shall be accursed.

Children shall reach the extreme they shall build houses, and verge of life. Yet even so, the wicked, inhabit them ; and they shall though God bear long with them, plant vineyards, and eat the

shall not escape unpunished *. fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat : for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble ; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their 24 When the heart resolves upon a offspring with them. And

return to holiness, God prevents itit shall come to pass, that goes before our resolve, and meets us. before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed to

25 The violent passions of a fallen

nature shall be changed, and grace gether, and the lion shall eat

shall triumph over sin. The serpent straw like the bullock; and

-the tempter to sin—shall find noBut when men die in the Lord, whether in infancy or old age, they have filled their day. The youngest have lived long enough, and the aged not in vain, if they be ripe for heaven, and have attained the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ, Eph. iv. 13.

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dust shall be the serpent's thing whereon tò feed but dust and meat. They shall not hurt ashes. Gen. iii. 14. Bitter fruit ! bor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

EVENING. Isaiah lxvi.

Tavs saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool : where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my 2 The grace of humility shall never rest ? ? For all those things want the blessing of the presence of hath mine hand made, and

God. The Lord loveth the humble. all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

3 With what scorn does God view • He that killeth an ox is as insincerity in worship! The offering if he slew a man; he that is of no more worth than that of an sacrificeth a lamb, as if he unbeliever, who would make his son cut off a dog's neck ; he that

to pass through the fire to Moloch. offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them ; because when I called, none did an$wer; when I spake, they did not hear : but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. *Hear the word of the LORD, 5 What if the faithful are treated ye that tremble at his word ; with contempt by man ? their comYour brethren that hated fort is their God. you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified : but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies. ? Before she tra- 7 The deliverance of the Church is yailed, she brought forth; sudden, and her sons shall rapidly before her pain came, she become a numerous posterity. was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing ? who hath seen such things ? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once ? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth ? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb ? saith thy God. Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with its maternal nourishment, so the

10 As the sucking child rejoiceth in her, all ye that love her : re

soul rejoiceth in the doctrines of the

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