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Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Consider (or set your hearts upon) your ways.-Hag. i. 5. 7.
Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, &c. Behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not, &c. And why take ye thought for raiment? consider the lilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet Solomon, &c.-Matt. vi. 25, 26. 28-30.
The disciples (for want of consideration) said, To what purpose is this waste? for this ointment might have been sold for much, &c. Jesus said, Why trouble ye the woman, for she hath wrought a good work upon me.-Matt. xxvi. 7—11.
Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye-Matt. vii. 3.
The wind ceased, and they were sore amazed, &c. and wondered; for they considered not the miracle of the loaves, for their heart was hardened. -Mark vi. 51, 52.
All they that heard it, wondered, &c. but Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.Luke ii. 17-19. i. 29. 65, 66.
All men mused (or reasoned, or debated) in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ or not.→ Luke iii. 15.
Which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he hath sufficient to finish it? &c.-Luke xiv. 28-31.
The prodigal, when he came to himself, said, How many hired servants of my father have bread? &c. Luke xv. 17.
Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what you shall answer: for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, &c.-Luke xxi. 14, 15.
Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people.-John xi. 49, 50.
Peter rashly said to Jesus, Thou shalt never wash my feet: but when Jesus had said, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me: Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. -John xiii. 8, 9.
These things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them.→ John xvi. 4.
They of the circumcision, contended with Peter for going in to the Gentiles, till they had considered the grounds which Peter rehearsed to them.-Acts xi. 1, &c.
While we look not at the things
which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.-2 Cor. iv. 18.
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in
a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore OF THE THOUGHTS, mind and AFFECsuch a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Gal. vi. 1.
AN heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, God hateth.-Prov. vi. 16. 18.
and mine uprising, thou understand- from wickedness, that thou mayest est my thought afar off, &c. Search be saved: how long shall thy vain me, O God, and know my heart; try thoughts lodge within thee?-Jer.iv. 14. me, and know my thoughts. - Ps. Neither say they in their heart, cxxxix. 2. 23. Let us now fear the Lord our God that giveth rain.―Jer. v. 24.
Behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts. Jer. vi. 19.
Thus saith the Lord, &c. I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.-Ezek. xi. 5.
Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed.-Dan. v. 6.
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.-Ps. cxlvi. 4.
The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.-Prov. xii. 5.
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord.-Prov. xv. 26.
Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. -Prov. xvi. 3.
A book of remembrance was written before him, for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.-Mal. iii. 16.
Take no thought for your life, &c. Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature ? And why take ye thought for raiment ? &c. Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself: sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. -Matt. vi. 25. 27, 28. 31. 34.
Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?-Matt. ix. 4. Mark ii. 8.
But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak; for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak: for it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.-Matt. x. 19, 20.
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. -Matt. xii. 35.
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, &c.-Matt. xv. 19.
When Mary saw the angel, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be, &c. He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.-Luke i. 29. 51. This child is set for the fall and
rising again of many, &c. that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.-Luke ii. 35.
Set your affection (or mind) on things above, and not on things on the earth.-Col. iii. 2.
All men mused (or reasoned, or debated) in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ or not. -Luke iii. 15.
The scribes and Pharisees watched him, &c. but he knew their thoughts. -Luke vi. 7, 8.
Martha, thou art careful, and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful.-Luke x. 41, 42.
And the Lord turned and looked upon Peter, and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, &c.-Luke xxii. 61.
They that are after the flesh, do mind the things of the flesh, &c. to be carnally minded is death, &c. because the carnal mind is enmity against God.-Rom. viii. 5-7.
Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? behold my hands.-Luke xxiv. 38, 39.
Thy money perish with thee; because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money, &c. pray God, if perhaps the thought
of thine heart may be forgiven thee. OF REPENTANCE IN GENERAL: IN WHAT -Acts viii. 20. 22.
They became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.-Rom. i. 21.
SENSE GOD CANNOT REPENT; AND
The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.-1 Cor. iii. 20.
Let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall.-1 Cor. x. 12. Charity, &c. thinketh no evil. 1 Cor. xiii. 5.
Casting down imaginations (or reasonings), &c. and bringing into captivity every thought.-2 Cor. x. 5.
If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.-Gal. vi. 3.
The word of God is quick, &c. a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, &c. all things are naked, and open unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.-Heb. iv. 12, 13.
Many walk, &c. whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame; who mind earthly things.-Phil. iii. 18, 19.
Whatsoever things are true, &c. if there be any praise, think on these things.-Phil. iv. 8.
Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?-James ii. 4.
Wherefore, I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, &c. to stir you up by putting you in remembrance, &c. I will endeavour that ye may be able, after my decease, to have these things always in remembrance.—2 Pet. i. 12, 13. 15. iii. 1, 2. Jude 4, 5.
SECT. 1. In what sense God cannot re-
Moses prayed, and said, &c. Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people, &c. and the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.Exod. xxxii. 11, 12. 14.
The Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up or left.-Deut. xxxii. 36.
It repented the Lord, because of their groanings, by reason of them that oppressed them.-Judges ii. 18.
It repented me that I have set up Saul to be king; for he is turned back, &c. the Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, &c. and also the strength (or eternity) of Israel, will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.-1 Sam. xv. 11. 28, 29. 35.
When the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the evil; and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay thine hand.-2 Sam. xxiv. 16.
They have humbled themselves, therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance. -2 Chron. xii. 7. 1 Kings xxi. 27. 29.
Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.-Ps. xc. 13.
He remembered for them his covenant, and repented, according to the multitude of his mercies.-Ps. cvi. 45.
The Lord will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants. Ps. cxxxv. 14.
For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken it: I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.-Jer. iv. 28.
I will destroy thee: I am weary with repenting.-Jer. xv. 6.
Amend your ways, &c. and the Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you, &c. And the Lord repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them. Jer. xxvi. 3. 13. 19. xviii. 7-11.
I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.-Jer. xlii. 10.
xviii. 8. 10.
I the Lord have spoken, &c. I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent.-Ezek. xxiv. 14.
How shall I give thee up, Ephraim ? &c. My heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together. I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger.-Hosea xi. 8, 9.
O grave! I will be thy destruction; repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.-Hosea xiii. 14.
By whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small. The Lord repented for this: It shall not be, saith the Lord.-Amos vii. 2, 3. 5, 6.
Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented him of the evil that he had said that he would do unto them, and he did it not. Jonah iii. 9, 10. iv. 20. Joel ii. 13, 14.
I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the Lord of hosts; and I repented not: so again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah; fear ye not.-Zech. viii. 14, 15.
SECT. II. Of Repentance in Man, and his turning to God. God led the people not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near: for God said, Lest, peradventure, the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt.-Exod. xiii. 17.
And thou shalt call them to mind, &c. and shalt return, &c. with all thy heart, &c.-Deut. xxx. 1-3.8. 1 Kings viii. 47, 48. Deut. iv. 30, 31.
And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother.Judges xxi. 6. 15.
Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods, and Ashtaroth from among you; and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, &c. then