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of him also shall the Son of man be am not ashamed. - 2 Tim. i. 8. 12. ashamed, when he cometh in the Heb. xiii. 13. glory of his Father with the holy an- If we suffer, &c. If we deny him, gels.-Mark viii. 38. John ix. 21, 22. he will also deny us.--2 Tim. ii. 12.
These things have I spoken unto Nor faint when thou art rebuked you, that
should not be offended, of him.-Heb. xii. 5. -John xvi. l. Gal. v. 11. vi. 12. If any many suffer as a Christian,
When the apostles had been com- let him not be ashamed, but let him manded not to speak at all, nor teach glorify God.--1 Pet. iv. 16. in the name of Jesus, they said, Earnestly contend for the faith Whether it be right in the sight of which was once delivered unto the God, to hearken unto you more than saints.-Jude 3. unto God, judge ye: for we cannot Thou shalt suffer, &c. Be thou but speak the things which we have faithful unto death, and I will give seen and heard.-Acts iv. 18-20. thee a crown of life.-Rev.ji. 10. xii. 11.
Again : when they were charged v. To be cheerful under Afliction; with preaching, contrary to command, the apostles said, We ought to obey
and to rejoice for our being counted God rather than men. And they
worthy to suffer for Christ. preached Christ before the council, Be of good courage, and he shall who caused them to be beaten, and strengthen your heart, all ye that gave them a new charge not to preach : hope in the Lord.-Ps. xxxi. 24. yet they daily, in the temple, and in Although the fig tree shall not every house, ceased not to teach and blossom, neither shall fruit be in the preach Jesus Christ.---Acts vi. 27–42. vines, &c. yet I will rejoice in the None of these things move me, &c. Lord, I will joy in the God of
my salso that I might finish my course with vation.--Hab. iii. 17, 18. joy, and the ministry which I have When they shall revile you, and received of the Lord. -Acts xx. 24. persecute you, and shall say all man
I am ready, not only to be bound, ner of evil against you falsely for my but also to die at Jerusalem, for the sake, rejoice, and be exceeding glad. name of the Lord Jesus.-Acts xxi. 13. -Matt. v. 11, 12
Paul, before Felix, said, After the He that taketh not his cross, and way which they call heresy, so wor- followeth after me, is not worthy of ship I the God of my fathers.-Acts me.-Matt. x. 38. xvi. 24, 25. xxiv. 14.
In the world ye shall have tribulaIf I preach circumcision, why do I tion: but be of good cheer, I have yet suffer persecution? Then is the overcome the world.-John xyi. 33. offence of the cross ceased. Gal. v. When the apostles had been put in 11. vi. 12.
the common prison, brought before Many of the brethren in the Lord, the council, and beaten there, they waxing confident by my bonds, are departed from the presence of the much more bold to speak the word council, rejoicing that they were without fear, &c. That ye stand fast counted worthy to suffer shame for in one spirit, with one mind, striving his name.--Acts v. 18. 27. 40, 41. together for the faith of the gospel ; Paul and Silas being thrust into the and in nothing terrified by your ad- inner prison, and their feet made versaries.-Phil. i. 14. 27, 28, fast in the stocks, sang praises unto
Be thou not therefore ashamed of God; and the prisoners heard them: the testimony of our Lord, nor of me, Acts. xvi. 24, 25. his prisoner: but be thou partaker of Bonds and afflictions abide me; but the afflictions of the gospel, &c. I none of these things move me.-Acts suffer these things; nevertheless, I xx, 23, 24.
Let us go
What mean ye to weep, and to that judgment must begin, &c.—1 Pet. break mine heart? for I am ready, iv. 12, 13. 16, 17. not to be bound only, but also to die.
forth therefore unto him, --Acts xxi, 13.
without the camp, bearing his reAnd not only so, but we glory in proach.-Heb. xiii. 13. tribulation also.-Rom. v. 3.
As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing. VI. To call upon the Lord for Help, -2 Cor. vi. 10.
Support, and Salvation. Therefore I take pleasure in infir- Jacob, in his distress, when Esau mities, in reproaches, in necessities, pursued him, prayed earnestly, &c.in persecutions, in distresses, for Gen. xxxii. 8, &c. Christ's sake.—2 Cor. xii. 10.
Jacob in his great distress, when 1, Paul, am made a minister, who Joseph had kept Simeon, and requirnow rejoice in my sufferings for you. ed Benjamin also, said, God Almighty -Col. i. 23, 24.
give you mercy before the man, that That no man should be moved by he may send away your other brother, these afflictions: for yourselves know and Benjamin: if I be bereaved, &c. that we are appointed thereunto. Gen. xliii. 14. 1 Thess. iii. 3.
The children of Israel lift up their Thou therefore endure hardness, eyes, and behold, the Egyptians as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.- marched after them, and they were 2 Tiin. ii. 3. Heb. xii. 5.
sore afraid: and the children of IsFor ye, &c. took joyfully the spoil- rael cried out unto the Lord.—Exod. ing of your goods, knowing in your- xiv. 10. selves that ye have in heaven, &c.- When all the waters were bitter, Heb. x. 34.
that the people could not drink, MoMoses choosing rather to suffer, ses cried unto the Lord.—Exod. xv. &c. esteemed the reproach of Christ 23—25. greater riches than the treasures of Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, Egypt.-Heb. xi. 25, 26.
What shall I do unto this people? Wherefore lift up the hands which they be almost ready to stone me, hang down, and the feeble knees.- &c. So when Amalek fought with Heb. xii. 12.
Israel, Moses held up his hand, and My brethren, count it all joy when then Israel prevailed, &c. - Exod. ye fall into divers temptations; know- xvii. 4. 11, 12. ing this, that the trying of your faith If thou afflict them in any wise, worketh patience, &c. Blessed is the and they cry at all to me, I will surely man that endureth temptation; for hear their cry.--Exod. xxii. 23. when he is tried, he shall receive the The Lord shall scatter you among crown of life.-James i. 2, 3. 12. the nations, &c. But if from thence
If ye suffer for righteousness' sake, thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, happy are ye; and be not afraid of thou shalt find him; if thou seek him their terror, neither be troubled.- with all thine heart, and with all thy 1 Pet. iii. 14.
soul.-Deut. iv. 27. 29. Beloved, think it not strange con- When Israel were delivered into cerning the fiery trial, which is to try the hand of their enemies, they cried you, &c. but rejoice, inasmuch as ye unto the Lord; and the Lord raised are partakers of Christ's sufferings : up a deliverer. Judges iii. 8, 9. x. that when his glory shall be revealed, 13, 14. 2 Chron. xv. 3, 4. 1 Sam. ye may be glad also, &c. If any man vi. 16. suffer as a Christian, let him not be Hannah was in bitterness of soul, ashamed, but let him glorify God in and prayed unto the Lord, and wept this behalf: for the time is come, sore, -1 Sam. i. 9-13.
Samuel cried unto the Lord for despised nor abhorred the affliction Israel, when the Philistines drew up of the afflicted; neither hath he hid against them.--1 Sam. vii. 9.
his face from him': but when he cried David, in his distress, prayed the unto him, he heard.-Ps. xxii. 4, 5. Lord to turn the counsel of Ahithophel 24. cvii. 6. 13. into foolishness.-2 Sam.xy.31. xii. 22. I sought the Lord, and he heard In
my distress I called upon the me, and delivered me from all my Lord, and cried to my God; and he fears. This poor man cried, and the did hear my voice out of his temple. Lord heard him, and saved him out -2 Sam. xxii. 7. Ps. xviii. 6. iii. 4. of all his troubles.-Ps. xxxiv. 4. 6.
When Jerusalem was in distress, 17. xxxv. by reason of the Assyrians and Rab- The Psalmist prays for help and shakeh's railing and threatening, He- salvation in such a time.-Ps. xxxviii. zekiah spread the letter before the 20—22. xxxix. 10. 13. lxix. 14, 15. Lord, and prayed before the Lord, lxxxviii. cxliii. 7-9. and said, O Lord God, &c.—2 Kings For thy sake are we killed all the xix. 14, &c. Isa. xxxvii. 14, &c. day long, &c. Awake; why sleepest
Hezekiah was sick unto death, &c. thou, O Lord ? arise, cast us not off he turned his face to the wall, and for ever! Wherefore hidest thou thy prayed unto the Lord, saying, I face, and forgettest our affliction ? &c. beseech thee, O Lord, &c. and he —Ps. xliv. 22–26. lxxiv. 9-11. wept sore.—2 Kings xx. 1-3. Isa. Call upon me in the day of trouble, xxxviii. 1-3.
and I will deliver thee, and thou When there came an host of one shalt glorify me.-Ps. 1. 15. thousand thousand against Judah, David prays earnestly in his low Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and condition, for joy and comfort.-Ps. said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to li. 7, &c. help, &c.—2 Chron, xiv. 9. 12. In the day of my trouble I sought
There came a multitude against the Lord: my sore ran in the night. Jehoshaphat, &c. He feared, and set - Ps. Ixxvii. 2. himself to seek the Lord, and pro- In the day of my trouble I will claimed a fast throughout all Judah. call upon thee ; for thou wilt answer And Jehoshaphat stood in the con- me.-Ps. lxxxvi. 7. gregation, and said, O Lord God of I called upon the Lord in distress : our fathers, art not thou God ? &c.— the Lord answered me, and set me in 2 Chron. xx. 2, &c.
a large place.—Ps. cxviii. 5. cxxx. I. When Manasseh was in affliction, cxlii. 1, &c. he besought the Lord his God, &c. The king's heart is in the hand of and prayed unto him; and he was in- the Lord, as the rivers of water ; he treated of him.- 2 Chron. xxxiii. 11 turneth it whithersoever he will. -13. Job xxxvi. 8, 9.
Prov. xxi. 1. I am full of confusion; therefore The Church, in her low condition, see thou mine affliction. - Job x. 15. prays earnestly; Look down, &c.Ps. ix. 13.
Ísa. lxiii. 15–19. Ps. lxxiv. Smll. He heareth the cry of the aflicted. Isa. Ixiv. 8, 9. -Job xxxiv. 23. Ps. cii. 17.
Lord, correct me, but with judgThe hypocrites in heart cry not ment : not in thine anger, lest thou when he bindeth them.—Job xxxvi. 13. bring me to nothing. -- Jer. x. 24.
O Lord save me from all them that I called upon thy name, O Lord, persecute me; and deliver me.—Ps. out of the low dungeon, &c.—Lam. vji. 1.
jii. 55. 59, &c. Our fathers, &c. cried unto thee, Daniel, and his fellows, in his and were delivered &c. He hath not great strait and danger about the
king's dream, pray to God.-Dan. ii. faith shall save the sick.- James v. 13, 14. 18.
13-15. I will go, and return to my place, See more of Duties in common till they acknowledge their offence; calamities. and seek my face : in their affliction they will seek me early.-Hosea v. 15. VII. Not to fear ; but commit their Whosoever shall call on the name
cause to God, and quietly wait for
his Salvation, of the Lord, shall be delivered.Joel ii. 32.
He hath said, I will never leave When the mariners were in the thee, nor forsake thee. So that we tempest, they called every man unto may boldly say, The Lord is my his God; and roused up Jonah to helper; and I will not fear what man call upon his God: if so be God will shall do unto me.Heb. xiii. 5, 6. think upon us, that we perish not.- Israel's impatience in waiting for Jonah i. 4-6.
God, made them quarrel with Moses ; Jonah prayed unto the Lord his and Moses, with God; although God God, out of the fish's belly, and said, was in his own way delivering them. I cried, by reason of mine affliction, -Exod. v. 21-23. unto the Lord.—Jonah ii. 1, &c. | The children of Israel said unto
The Ninevites prayed, &c. Who Moses, Because there were no graves can tell if God will turn and repent? in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to &c.-Jonah iii. 8, 9. 2 Sam. xii. 22. die in the wilderness ? &c. Aud
When Peter saw the wind boister. Moses said unto the people, Fear ye ous, he was afraid : and beginning to not; stand still, and see the salvasink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me! tion of the Lord, which he will shew And immediately Jesus, &c. caught to you this day, &c. The Lord sball him.—Matt. xiv. 30, 31.
fight for you. - Exod. xiv. 10–14. Shall not God ayenge his own Because of Israel's unbelief, and elect, which cry day and night unto impatience in waiting for God, they him? Yea, he will avenge them.- were not suffered to enter Canaan; Luke xviii. 7, 8,
only their children, of whom they When the apostles bad been im- had said, They should be a prey, prisoned, and convened before the they did possess the land. Deut. i. council, they lift up their voice to 32-39. God with one accord, and said, Lord, As an encouragement, we should thou art God, &c. behold their remember what God hath done forthreatenings, and grant unto thy ser. merly-Deut. vii. 17-19. vants that with all boldness, &c.- And David was greatly distressed, Acts iv. 24. 29, 30.
&c. but David encouraged himself in Peter therefore was kept in prison: the Lord his God.—1 Sam. XXX. 6. but prayer was made without ceasing xvii. 34–37. of the church unto God for him.
It may be that the Lord will look Acts xii. 5. 12.
upon my affliction ; and that the Paul, when he was under the buffet- Lord will requite me good for his ing of Satan, saith, For this thing I cursing this day.--2 Sam. xvi. 12. besought the Lord thrice, that it Elisha said, when the city was might depart from me.—2 Cor. xii. environed with enemies, Fear not ; 7, 8.
for they that be with us are more Is any among you afflicted? Let than they that be with them, &c. bi pray, &c. Is any sick among But when there was a famine you ? Let him call for the elders Samaria, the king (because deliver of the church, and let them pray ance hastened not) said, Behold, this over him, &c. and the prayer of evil is of the Lord : what should I wait for the Lord any longer? - sity, thy strength is small.—Prov. 2 Kings vi. 14–16. 33. 2 Chron. xxiv. 10. xxxij. 7, 8.
The fear of man bringeth a snare: In the. great famine of Samaria, but whoso putteth his trust in the the great lord, who would not believe Lord, shall be safe.-Prov. xxix. 25. the plenty the prophet had foretold, If thou seest the oppression of the was told by the prophet, that he poor, &c. marvel not at the matter ; should see it, but not eat thereof: for he that is higher than the highest and so it fell out unto him.--2 Kings regardeth, &c.—Eccles. v. 8. vii. 1, 2. 17–20.
Take heed, and be quiet : fear not, Though Judah were beset by Israel, neither be fainthearted, &c. because yet Judah prevailed, because they Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Rerelied upon the Lord God of their maliah, have taken evil counsel against fathers. -2 Chron. xiii. 14. 18. Ezra thee, &c. It shall not stand. - Isa. viii. 21.-23.
vii. 3-7. God was angry with Asa, for rely- And I will wait upon the Lord, ing on the king of Syria, and not on that hideth his face from the house the Lord his God.-2 Chron. xvi. 7. of Jacob ; and I will look for him.-
Be not afraid, nor dismayed; for Isa. viii. 17. the battle is not yours, but God's, &c. It shall be said in that day, Lo, Stand ye still, and see the salvation this is our God; we have waited for of the Lord with you.—2 Chron. xx. him, and he will save us.--Isa. xxv. 15—17.
9. xxyi. 8. To God I would commit my cause. Thou wilt keep him in perfect -Job v. 8. Ps. ix. 10. x. 14. xi. 1. peace, whose mind is stayed on thee,
I waited patiently for the Lord, &c. Come, my people, enter thou and he inclined to me, and heard my into thy chambers, and shut thy doors cry: he brought me out of an horrible about thee; hide thyself, &e. until pit.-Ps. xl. 1, 2. lxii. 1, 2.
the indignation be over.-Isa. xxvi. Why art thou cast down, O my 3. 20. soul ? and why art thou disquieted in The Egyptians shall help in vain, me? Hope thou in God : for I shall and to no purpose ; therefore have I yet praise him.-Ps. xlii. 5. 11. xxxi. cried concerning this : their strength 24. xliii. 5.
is to sit still, &c. Thus saith the Cast thy burden upon the Lord, Lord, In returning and rest shall ye and he shall sustain thee.-Ps. lv. 22. be saved : in quietness, and in confi
The Lord is merciful, &c. he will dence, shall be your strength, and ye not always chide, &c.-Ps, ciii. 8, 9. would not.Isa. xxx. 7. 15.
Though I walk in the midst of Fear not, for I am with thee : be trouble, thou wilt revive me; thou not dismayed, for I am thy God, &c. shalt stretch forth thine hand against Isa. xli. 10. 13, 14. Gen. xv. 1. the wrath of mine enemies, and thy xxvi. 24. right hand shall save -Ps. Who is among you that feareth the cxxxviii. 7.
Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his Our bones are scattered at the servant, that walketh in darkness, grave's mouth, &c. But mine eyes and hath no light ? Let him trust in are unto thee, O God the Lord. - the name of the Lord, and stay upon Ps. cxli, 7, 8. Job xiii. 15.
his God. Behold, all ye that kindle Despise not the chastening of the a fire, &c.—Isa. 1. 10, il. Lord : neither be weary of his cor- Fear ye not the reproach of men, rection.-Prov. iii. 11, 12. Heb. xii. neither be ye afraid of their revilings, 5, 6.
&c. I, even I, am he that comforteth If thou faint in the day of adver- you. Whoart thou, that thou shouldest