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be gracious unto you, &c. for the Lord is a God of judgment; blessed are all they that wait for him.Isa. xxx. 1, 7, 15. 18.
Woe to the rebellious children that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, &c. Their strength is to sit still, &c. For thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, In returning and rest shall ye be saved: in quietness and confidence shall be your strength, and ye would not, &c. therefore will the Lord wait that he may
Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help, &c. but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord.-Isa. xxxi. 1.
O Lord, be gracious unto us, we have waited for thee.-Isa. xxxiii. 2.
Hast thou not known, &c. that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding; he giveth power, &c. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles: they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.-Isa. xl. 28-31.
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.-Isa. xlv. 22.
Thou shalt know that I am the Lord; for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.-Isa. xlix. 23.
Who is among you that feareth the Lord, &c. and walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.—Isa. 1. 10.
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, besides thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.-Isa. Ixiv. 4.
The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord, &c. for the Lord will not cast off for ever: for though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion, according to the multitude of his mercies.-Lam. iii. 25, 26. 31, 32. Hosea xi. 8, 9. Wait on thy God continually. Hosea xii. 6.
There is no Saviour beside me, &c. -Hosea xiii. 4.
The Lord your God, he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him? - Joel ii. 13, 14. Jonah iv. 2. iii. 9.
Take no thought, &c. Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?-Matt. vi. 25, &c. x. 19.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time: but at the end it shall speak and shall not lie; though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him but the just shall live by his faith.-Hab. ii. 3, 4.
Whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope, &c. Now the God of hope fill you, &c. that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost. -Rom. xv. 4. 13.
God is faithful. 1 Cor. i. 9. 2 Thess. iii. 3.
God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape.-1 Cor. x. 13. 1 Thess. v. 24.
Who delivered us, &c. and doth deliver us: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us.-2 Cor. i. 10. 1 Sam. xvii. 34-36.
God that comforteth those that are cast down, &c.-2 Cor. vii. 6. God, who is rich in mercy.-Eph. ii. 4.
Be not moved away from the hope of the gospel.-Col. i. 23.
Remembering, &c. your patience of hope.-1 Thess. i. 3.
We both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour, &c.-1 Tim. iv. 10.
He abideth faithful, he cannot deny himself.-2 Tim. ii. 13. Heb. x. 23.
Be followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises, &c. Abraham, &c. after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise, &c. God willing to shew, &c. the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, &c.-Heb. vi. 12. 15. 17, 18.
Ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise: for yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith, &c.-Heb. x. 36-38.
Let us run with patience the race that is set before us; looking unto Jesus, &c.-Heb. xii. 1, 2.
The trying of your faith worketh patience; and let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, &c.-James i. 3, 4.
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold the husbandman waiteth, &c. Be ye also patient; establish your hearts, &c. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord: that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.-James v. 7, 8. 11.
cording to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. -1 Pet. iv. 19.
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end, for the grace that is to be brought unto you, &c.-1 Pet. i. 13.
Wherefore let them that suffer ac
SECT. XI. To walk humbly before God, abasing ourselves; opposing all high thoughts within us, and avoiding boasting: the Reasons. THE inhabitants of the world, after the flood, said they would build a tower up to heaven, and make to themselves a name, &c. but God scattered them.-Gen. xi. 1, &c.
Abraham said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes. -Gen. xviii. 27. Exod. iii. 11.
Jacob said, &c. I am not worthy of the least of all (or I am less than all) the mercies, and of all the truth which thou hast shewed unto thy servant: for with my staff I passed over, &c.— Gen. xxxii. 9, 10.
Pharaoh said unto Joseph, &c. I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream, to interpret it. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me; God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.-Gen. xli. 15, 16. Exod. iii. 11. Moses said, &c. Thus saith the Lord, &c. How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me?Exod. x. 3.
I know that the Lord is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly, he was above them.-Exod. xviii. 11.
Hath the Lord spoken only by Moses; hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard, &c. and the anger of the Lord was kindled against them.-Numb. xii. 2. 9.
Korah, Dathan and Abiram, and
others, gathered themselves together against Moses and Aaron: and said to them, Ye take too much upon you (or it is too much for you), seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift you up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord? &c. Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, &c. which said, We will not come up, &c. God was angry, and the earth opened and swallowed them up. -Numb. xvi. 1-3. 12. 21. 31, 32.
Israel warned, that when they should be full, they should not be lifted up in heart.-Deut. viii. 10-14.
Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the Lord thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the Lord hath brought me in to possess this land, &c. Understand therefore, that the Lord thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it, for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiff-necked people, &c.-Deut. ix. 4—6.
Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands; and Saul was very wrath, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands; and what can he have more but the kingdom?-1 Sam. xviii. 7, 8.
I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight. -2 Sam. vi. 21-23.
and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord, &c. behold therefore, &c. thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace, and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring, &c.— 2 Kings xxii. 19, 20.
Who am I? and what is my people, that we should be able to offer? &c. of thine own have we given thee.— 1 Chron. xxix. 14.
But thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.-2 Sam. xxii. 28. Obad. 3, 4.
Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself, &c. because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days.—1 Kings xxi. 29.
Naaman was wrath, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought he will surely come out unto me, &c. Are not, &c. rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? &c. So he turned, and went away in a rage, &c.-2 Kings v. 11-14.
Because their heart was tender,
Elihu being young, would not speak before the old men had spoken.Job xxxii. 4-6.
Job said, Behold I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay my hand upon my mouth: once have I spoken, &c. but I will proceed no farther.--Job xl. 3--5. Ezra ix. 10. 13.
Now mine eye seeth thee; wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.-Job xlii. 5, 6.
When I consider thy heavens, &c. what is man that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?-Ps. viii. 3, 4. Heb. ii. 6. Ps. cxliv. 3, 4.
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.-Ps. xxxiv. 18.
Every man at his best state is altogether vanity.-Ps. xxxix. 5. 11.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.-Ps. li. 17.
Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree a lie, to be laid in the balance they are altogether lighter than vanity.-Ps. lxii. 9. cxlvi. 3, 4.
So foolish was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast before thee.-Ps. lxxiii. 22.
he giveth grace unto the lowly.Prov. iii. 7. 34.
These things doth the Lord hate, a proud look (or haughty eyes).Prov. vi. 16, 17.
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes, &c. every one that is
He forgetteth not the cry of the proud in heart, is an abomination to humble.-Ps. ix. 12. x. 17.
But I am a worm, and no man.— Ps. xxii. 6.
the Lord, &c. Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall; better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.Prov. xvi. 2. 5. 18, 19. xviii. 12.
Whoso mocketh the poor, reproacheth his Maker.-Prov. xvii. 5.
Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness (or bounty).-Prov. xx. 6.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord pondereth the heart.-Prov. xxi. 2.
Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men. For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince.-Prov. xxv. 6, 7.
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.-Prov. xxvi. 12.
Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. The full soul loatheth the honey-comb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.-Prov. xxvii. 2. 7.
He that is of a proud heart, stirreth up strife.-Prov. xxviii. 25.
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.-Prov. xxix. 23.
Surely I am more brutish than any