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2 Pet. i. 8. If these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren por unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
iii. 18. Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Jude ver. 20. Building yourselves up in your most holy faith.
CH A P. XIX.
1. THE shortness of human life. Gen. xlvii. 9. Jacob said, few and evil have the days of the years of my life been. Job xiv. 1. Man that is born of a woman is of few days.
1 Sam. xx. 3. There is but a step between me and death,
1 Chron. xxix. 15. Our days on earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. Job viii. 9. Ps.cii. 11.-cxliv. 4. Zech. i. 5.
Job vii. 6. Our days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle. ix. 25. Our days are swifter than a post, they iy away.
Ver. 26. They are passed away as the swift ships, and as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.
xvi. 22. When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.
xvii. 1. My days are extinct, my breath is corrupt, the graves are ready for me.
Ps. xxxix. 4. Lord make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is, that I may know how frail I am.
Ver. 5. Behold, thou hast made my days as an hand-breadth, and mine age is as nothing before thee ; verily every man at his best estate is altogether vanity.
· Ver. 13. O spare me, that I may recover strength before I go hence and be no more. Ps. xc. 3, 5, 6, 10, 12.
ciii. 15. Man's days are as grass, as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
Ver. 16. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone, and the place thereof shall know it no more. Isa, xl. 6, 7, 8. James i. 10. 1 Pet. i. 24.
James iv. 14. Our life is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away. Heb. xiii. 14. Here we bave no continuing city. i Chron. xxix. 15.
There is none abiding. II. Of the term or boundary of human life. Job vii. 1. Is there not an appointed time for man upon earth ? Are not his days like the days of an hireling ?
xiv. 5. Man's days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass.
Ver. 14. All the days of my appointed time will I wait till my change come.
Ps. xc. 0. The days of our years are threescore years and ten, and
if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow, for it is soon cut off and we fly away.
Eccl. ii. 2. A time to be born and a time to die.
Matt. vi. 27. Which of you can add one cubit to his stature (or age)?
Acts xvii. 26. God hath made of one blood all nations of men that dwell on the face of the earth, and hath determined the times, before appointed, and the bounds of their habition.
III. The time of life is in God's hand. Job v. 18. The Lord maketh sore and he bindeth up, he woundeth and his hands make whole.
í Sam. ii. 6. The Lord killeth and he maketh alive, he bringeth down to the grave and he raiseth op. Deut xxxii. 39.
Ps. Ixviii. 20. Unto God the Lord belong the issues from death Ps. ix. 13.- ciii. 4.
Dan. v. 23. God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways.
Acts xvii. 28. In him we live, and move, and have our being. Rev. i. 18. I have the keys of hell, and of death, saith Christ.
IV. Death prevailing over all mankind, of every character, rank and station. Jos. xxiii. 14. Joshua said, I am going the way of all the earth, 1 Kings ii. 2.
Job iv. 19. Mortal men dwell in houses of clay, their foundation is in the dust, they are crushed before the moth.
Ver. 20. They are destroyed from morning to evening, they perish for ever without any regarding it.
Ver. 21. Doth not their excellency that is in them go away? they die without wisdom.
vit. 9. He that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.
Ver. 10. He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.
ix. 22. God destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
Ver. 10. Man dieth and wasteth away, yea man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
Ver. 12. Man lieth down, and riseth not till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake nor be raised out of sleep.
Ver. 19. Thou destroyest the hope of man.
Ver. 20. Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth; thou changest his countenance and sendest him away.
xvii. 13. If I wait, the grave is mine house Ver. 1.
Ver. 14. I have said to corruption thou art my father, and to the worm, thou art my mother and sister.
Ver. 15. And where is now my hope ?
xxi. 23. One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.
Ver. 24. His breasts are full of milk, and his bones moistened with marrow.
Ver. 25 Another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.
Ver. 26. They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them. xxiv. 24. The inighty are exalted for a little while, but are gone and
brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others, and cut: off as the tops of the ears of corn. Eccl. viii. 8. Neither shall, wickedness deliver those that are given to it.
Job xxx. 23. I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living. Eccl. viii. 8. There is no discharge in that war.
xxxiv. i 4. If he set his heart upon man, and if he gather unto him his spirit and his breach.
Ver. 15. All Aesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again to dust.
Ps. xlix. 7. They that trust in their wealth, none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him.
Ver. 9. That he should live for ever and not see corruption.
Ver. 10. Wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. Ver. 11 to 14.
Ixxxii. 6. I have said ye are gods, and all of you children of the Most High.
Ver. 7. But ye shall die like men. Ps. cxlvi. 4.
Ixxxix. 48. What man is he that liveth and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave ?
xc. 3. Thou turnest men to destruction.
Ver. 5. Thou carriest them away as with a flood, they are as a sleep in the morning, they are like grass that groweth up.
Ver. 6. In the morning it flourisheth and groweth up, in the evening it is cut down and withereth. Eccl. i. 4. One generation cometh and another goeth. ii. 16. How dieth the wise man? as the fool.
viii. 8. No man hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit, neither hath he power in the day of death, and there is no discharge in that war.
xii. 5. Man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets.
Ver. 7. The dust shall return to dust as it was, and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
V. Preparative duties for death. Deut. xxxii. 29. O that they were wise, that they would consider their latter end. Ps. xc. 12. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply
arts to wisdom. Ps. xxxix. 4. John ix. 4. I inust work the works of him that sent me, while it is day, the night cometh when no man can work.
1 Pet. i. 17. Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear. Matt. X. 28..
VI. No preparative duties are to be performed after death. Isa. Xxxviii. 18. The grave cannot praise thee, death cannot celebrate thee, they that go down to the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
Ver. 19. The living, the living, he shall praise thee as I do this day. See Ps. vi. 5.--XXX. 9.-1xxxviii. 10, 11, 12.-cxv. 17.
VII. The death of the righteous happy. Ps. xxxi. 5. Into thine hand I commit my spirit, O Lord. Acts vii. 59.
xxxvii. 37. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.
cxvi. 1 1. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Prov. xiv. 32. The righteous hath hope in his death. Numb. xxiii. 10. Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his.
Eccl. vii. 1. The day of his death is better than the day of his birth.
Isa. lvii. 1. The righteous is taken away from the evil to come. Ver. 2. He shall enter into peace. 2 Kings xxii. 19,
20. Job iii. 17. There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary be at rest.
Ver. 18. There the prisoners rest together, they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
Ps. Ixxiii. 24. Thou wilt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me into glory. Ps. lxxxiv. 11. The Lord will give grace and glory
Luke xvi. 22. Lazarus died and was carried by angels into Abraham's bosoni.
Ver. 25. Now he is comforted.
Luke xxiii. 43. Jesus said, this day shalt thou be with me in Paradise.
1 Cor. iii. 22. Whether life or death, all are yours. Ver. 23. Ye are Christ's.
2 Cor. v. 6. While we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord.
Ver. 8. We are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Phil. i. 21. For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Ver. 23. I have a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which far better.
1 Thess. v. 10. Christ died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Rom. xiv. 8, 9.
Heb. xii. 23. The righteous go to the spirits of just men made perfect.
Rev. xiv. 13. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth : yea saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labour, and their works do follow them.
VIII. Death of the wicked. Job xxvii. 20. Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.'
Ver. 21. The east wind carrieth him away and he departeth, and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.
Ver. 22. For God shall cast upon him and shall not spare.
Ver. 23. Men shall clap their hands at him and shall hiss him out of his place, Jer. xxiii. 19.
xxxvi. 6. God preserveth not the life of the wicked. Ps. xxxvii. 34. When the wicked are cut off thou shalt see ite Ver. 38. The end of wicked men shall be cut off. Prov. xi. 7. When a wicked man dieth, his expectation perisheth. Ver. 10. When the wicked perish there is shouting. xii. 7. The wicked are overthrown and are not. Chap. x. 27. xiv. 32. The wicked is driven away in his wickedness. Eccl. viii. 10. I saw the wicked buried, they were forgotten.
Isa. xiv. 9. Hell from beneath is moved for thee, to meet thee at thy coming
Isa. xiv. 15. Thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. Ezek. xviii. 18. He shall die in his iniquity. Chap. xxxiii. 8, 9.
Lukę xvi. 23. The rich man died and was buried, and in hell he lift up
his eyes being in torment. Ps.ix. 17. IX. The dead leave all their possessions behind them. Ps. xlix. 10. They leave their wealth to others. Job i. 21. Eccl. ii. 18.
Ver. 14. Their beauty shall consume in the grave.
Ver. 17. When he dieth he shall carry nothing away, his glory shall not descend after him.
Eccl. v. 15. As he came, naked shall he return, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.
Ver. 16. In all points as he came, so shall be go. Chap. i. 19. Who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool that shall be after him.
ix. 5. The memory of them is forgotten also.
Ver. 6. Also, their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished, neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.
Job xiv. 21. His sons come to honour and he knoweth it not, they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not.
1 Tim. vi. 7. We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
OF THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD. X. That there shall be a resurrection of the dead. See Christ shall raise the dead. Job xix. 25. I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
Ver. 26. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.
Ver.27. Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another, though my reins be consumed within me. Ps. xlix. 15.
Ps. xvi 9. My filesh shall rest in hope. Ver. 10. Ps. Ixviii. 20. Acts ii. 26, 27, 28, 31.
Dan. xii. 2. Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to everlasting shame and contempt. Ps. xvii. 15.
Matt. xxii. 30. In the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels in heaven.
Ver. 31. As touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read, that which was spoken unto you, by God, saying,
Ver. 32. I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. Luke xx. 35, 36.
Luke xiv. 14. Thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
Acts xiv, 2. The apostles taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. Heb. vi, 1, 2.
xxiii. 6. Paul said, of the hope of the resurrection of the dead I am called in question. Chap. xxiv. 21.
xxiv, ļ5. Paul said, I have hope toward God, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.