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* Αnd I will make my covenant
between me and thee, and I will multiply thee exceedingly, Gen. xvii. 2. Αnd said unto me, Βehold, I will πmake thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people ; and I will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession, xlviii. 4. Remember Αbraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarestby thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will πmultiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever, Εxod. xxxii. 13. Τhe LonD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ό, αre this day as the stars of heaven for multitude, Deut. i. 10. Τhe children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it, Νeh. xix. 23. Η VΕR. 15.
Και ούτω μακροθυμήσας επέτυχε της
Αnd so, " αfter he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
* For when God made promise to Αbraham, because he could sware by no greater, he sware by himself, ver. 13. Αnd Αbram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LonD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, Gen. xiv. 22. Νow therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son's son : but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou
* Gr. interposed himselfby an oath.
* Τhey shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house , and thou shalt make them drink of the τiver of thy pleasures, Psal. xxxvi. 8. I am come in my garden, my sister, mυ spouse : I have gathered πιy myrrh with my spice , I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey: Ι have drunk my wine with my milk : eat, Ο friends, drink, yea, drink abandantly, Ο beloved, Cant. v. i. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LoR D, and he will have mercy upon him , and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon, Isa. iv. 7. Τhe thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy : Ι am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly, John x. 10. Βlessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Ρet. i. 3.
"Τhat ye be not slothful, but followers of them, who through faith and patience inherit the promises, ver. 12. Βy faith Νoah, being warned of God Εthings not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house, by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Βy faith Αbraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed ; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. Βy faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise, xi. 7-9. Αnd if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together, Rom. viii. 17. Αnd if ye be Christ's, then are ye Αbraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise, Gal. iii. 29. Ηearken, my beΙoved brethren, Ηath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him 2 Jam. ii. 5. Likewise, ye husbands,
dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life ; that your prayers be not bindered, 1 Ρet. iii. 7. •Τhat by two immutable things, in which it υus impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fied for refuge to lay bold upon the hope set before us, ver. 18. Βut he is in one mind, and who can turn him 2 and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me : and many such things ανε with him, Job. xxiii. 13, 14. Τhe counsel of the LoR D standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations, Psal. xxxiii. 11. Τhere are many devices in a man's heart, nevertheless the counsel of the Lon D, that shall stand, Ρrov. xix. 21. Τhe Lor D of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely
as I have thought, so shall it come to
pass , and as I have purposed, so shall it stand, Isa. xiv. 24. Τhis is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth : and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all nations. For the LonD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannual it ? and his Ηand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back: 26, 27. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not ψet done, saying, Μy counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure, xlvi. 10. For this is as the waters of Νoah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Νoah should no more go over the earth , so have I sworn that Ι would not be wrath with thee, nor τebuke thee. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed : but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace beremoved, saith the Lon» that hath mercy on thee, liv. 9, 10. 8o shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth : it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it, Ιν. 11. Τhus saith the LonD : If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season ; Τhen πmay also my covenant
be broken with David my servant that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers, Jer. xxxiii. 20, 21. Τhus saith the LoRD, if my covenant be not with day and night, and if I bave not ap, pointed the ordinances of heaven and earth ; Τhen will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take αnυ of his seed to be rulers of the seed of Αbraham, Isaac, and Jacob : for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them, 25, 26. For I am the Lor D, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed, Μal. iii. 6. For the gifts and calling of God ατe without repentance, Rom. xi. 29. Εvery good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning, Jam. i. 17. ο See on ver. 13.
whose name ιιαs Simeon : and the same manuasjust and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Ηoly Ghost was upon him, Lukeii. 25. Ιf there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Phil. ii. 1. Νow our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work, 2 Τhess. ii. 16, 17. See also on Rom. xv. ver. 5. clause 2. • Βy faith Νoah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which lae condemned the world, and became Ineir of the righteousness which is by faith, Ηeb. xi. 7. Ηaste thee, escape thither ; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Τherefore the name of the city was called Ζoar, Gen. xix. 22. Τhen ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you , that the slayer may fleethither, which killeth any personatunawares. Αnd they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die not, until he stand be.. fore the congregation in judgment. Αnd of these cities which ye shall ive six cities shall ye have forrefuge. Ε shall give three cities on this side Jordan, and three cities shall ye give in the land of Canaan, τυhich shall be cities of refuge. Τhese six cities shall be a refuge, both for the children of Israel, and for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them : that every one that kileth any person upawares may flee thither, Νumb. xxxν. 11-15. Τhat the slayer that killeth αnυ person unawares and unwittingly may fiee thither : and they shall be your refuge from the avenger ofblood, Josh. xx. 3. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, Psal. xlvi. 1. Τrust in him at all times, ye people, pour out your heart before Ει: : God is a refuge for us, Selah. Ixii. 8. Βehold, a king shall τρίgn in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. Απd a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest;
as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great τockin a weary land, Isa, xxxii. 1, 2. Τurn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to-day do I declare that I will render double unto thee, Ζech.ix. 12. Βut when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, Ο generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come ! Μatt. iii. 7. Αnd all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; Το γνίt, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them ; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Νow then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech Jou by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, 2 Cor. v. 18-21. Αnd to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to CΟΠ16,
"Τhen tidings came to Joab : for Joab had turned after Αdonijah, though he turned not after Αbsalom. Αnd Joab fied unto the tabernacle of the LoκD, and caught hold on the horns of the altar, 1 Κings ii. 28. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is eueru one that retaineth her. Τake fast hold of instruction, let her not go : keep her for she is thy life, iv. 13. Οr let him take hold of my strength, ιnat he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me, Isa.xxvii. 5. For thus saith the Lonn unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant, Ivi. 4. Αnd there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee : for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities, lxiv. 7. Fight the good fight of faith, Iny hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses, 1 Τim, vi. 12.
• For the hope which is laid up for Ε in heaven, whereof ye heard beore in the word of the truth of the Gospel, Col. i. 5. If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the Gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof Ι Ρaul am made a minister, 23. Το whom Godwould make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christin you the hope of glory, 27. Ρaul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, ωhich is our "op. 1 Τim. i. 1.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesusthe authorand finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was sét before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne
of God, Ηeb. xii. 1, 2. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare
his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God, Rom. iii. 25.
and my God, xliii. 5. Μy soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation i from him, Ηe only is my τock and my salvation: he is my defence, I shall not be moved, lxii. 5, 6. Ηappy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his "Ε whose hope is in the LonD his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever, cxlvi. 5, 6. Βehold, God is my salvation; Ι will trust and not be afraid : for the LoRD JΕΗΟVΑΗ is my strength and mυ song, he also is become my salvation, Isa. xii. 2. Τherefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee. For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall, xxv. 3, 4, Τherefore thus saith the Lord Gon, Βehold, I lay in Ζion for a foundation a stone, atriedstone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation : he that believeth shall not makehaste, xxviii. 16. Βlessed is the man that trusteth in the LonD, and whosehope the LoRD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green ; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neithershall cease from yielding fruit, Jer. xvii. 7, 8. Τherefore it is Ε that it might be by grace , to the end the promise might be sure to all the 8eed: not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Αbraham ; who is the father of us all, Rom. iv. 16. Αnd hope maketh not ashamed , because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Ηoly Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly, For scarcely for a righteous man will one die : yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. Βut God commendeth his love toward us, iu that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Μuch more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through bim. For if, when we were enemies,