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IV. Prayer is to be made for thirrgs lawful n, and for all forts of men livings or that shall live hereafter o; but not for the dead p, nor for those of whom it may be known that they have sinned the sin unto death q.
V. The reading of the scriptures with, godly sear r; the found'. preaching s and conscionable hearing of the word, in obedience unto God, with understanding, faith,-*
and and reverence /; singing of psalms with grace in the heart v; as also, the due administration and worthy receiving of the sacraments instituted by Christ; are all parts of the ordinary religious worship of God iv: besides religious oaths * and vows y, solemn fastings z and
prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
IV. » (i John * 14. See letters).
o 1 Tim. ii. j. I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving cf thanks be made for, all men: v. 3. For kings, and . for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. John xyii. 20. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on roe through their word. 2 Sam. vii. 29. Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it, and with thy blessing let the house os thy servant be blessed for ever. Ruth iv. 12. And let thy house be like the house of Pharez (whom Tamar bare unto Judah) of the seed which the Lord (hall give thee of this young woman.
p 2 Sam. xii. 21. Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child while it was alive, Iwt when the child was dead, thou didst arise and eat bread, v. 22. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for 1 said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live? y. 23. But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but- he shall net "return
to me. With Luke xvi. 2f. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented, v. 261 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulph fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you, cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Rev. xiv. 13. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth: yea, faith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
q 1 John v. 16. If any man fee his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he (hall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a fin unto death: I do not fay, th,it he (hall pray for it.
V. r Acts xv. 21. For Moses, of old time h.ith in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath-day. Rev. i. 3 Blessed is he th;it readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
s 1 Tim iv 2 Pi each the wprd, be instant in sea n, out of seas>r.; rep-ove rebuk e ;hort with all long'-suffering and dostrine.
thanksGhost, (i Cor. xi. 23- to verse 29.) Acts ii. 42. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers,
x Deut. vi. 13. Thou (halt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and malt swear by his name. With Neh. x. 29. They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God's law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our God, and his judgments and his statutes.
y If. xix. 31. And the Lord shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day, and mail do sacrifice and oblation, yea, they shall vow a vow unto the Lord, and perform it. With Eccl. v. 4. When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it, for he hath no pleasure in fools ; pay that which thou hast vowed, v. 5. Better is it rhat thou fhouldst not vow, than that thou fhouldst vow and not pay.
z Joel ii. 12. Therefore also now, faith the Lord, Turn ye even to me with all your heart,and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. Esth. iv. 16. Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Jihnshan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day; I also and my maidens will fast likewise, and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law; and if I peQ rish
/ Jam. i. 22. But be ye doers of thi word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Acts x. 33. Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done, that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God. Matth. xiii. 19. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart: this is he which received feed by the way-side. Heb. iv. 2. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. If. lxvi. 2. For all those things hath mine hand made,and all those things have been, faith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
v Col. iii. 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Eph. v. 19. Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord. Jam. v. 13. Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
iu Matth. xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,' and of the Holy
thanksgivings upon special occasions a, which are, in their several times and seasons, to be used in an holy and relig.ous manner b.
VI. Neither prayer, nor any other part of religious worship, is, now under the gospel, either tied unto, or made more acceptable by any place in which it is performed, or towards which it is directed c: but God is to be worshipped every-where d, in spirit and truth e; as in private families f daily g, and in secret, each one by
rish, I perilh. Matth. ix. 15. And place incense (hall be offered unto Jelus said unto them, Can the chil- my name, and a pure offering: for dren of the bride-chamber mourn, my name (hall be great among the as long as the bridegroom is with heathen, faith the Lord of hosts, them? but the days will come, 1 Tim. ii. 8. I will therefore that when the bridegroom shall be taken men pray every where,lifting up hofrom them, and then shall they fast, ly hands, without wrath and doubt1 Cor. vii. j. Defraud ye not one ing.
the other, except it be with consent e John iv. 23. But the hour cofor a time, that ye may give your- meth, and now is, when the true selves to fasting and prayer; and come worshippers shall worship the Father together again, that Satan tempt you in spirit and in truth : for the Father not for your incontinency. seeketh such to worship him. v. 24.
a (Psal. cvii. throughout.) Esther God is a Spirit, and they that worix. 22. As the days wherein the ship him, must worship him in spirit Jews rested from their enemies, and and in truth.
the month which was turned unto • /'Jer. x. 2;.-Pour out thy fury them from sorrow to joy, and from upon the heathen that know thee mourning into a good day: that they not, and upon the families that call should make them days of feasting not on thy name: for they have and joy, and of sending portions eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, one to another, and gifts to the and consumed him, and have made poor. , his habitation desolate. Deut. vi. 6.
b Heb. xii. 28. Wherefore we And these words which I command receiving a kingdom which cannot thee this day, shall be in thine heart: be moved, let us have grace, where- v. 7. And thou shalt teach them diby we may serve God acceptably, ligently unto thy children, and shalt with reverence and godly fear. talk of them when thou fittest in
VI. c John iv. 21. Jesus faith un- thine house, and when thou walkest to her, Woman, believe me, the by the way, and when thou liest hour cometh, when ye shall neither down, and when thou risest up. Job in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusa- i. J. And it was so, when the days lem, worship the Father. of their feasting were gone about,
d Mal.i. 11. For from the rising that Job sent and sanctified them, of the sun even unto the going down and rose up ea-riy in the morning, os the same, my name shall be great and offered burnt-offerings, accordamong the Gentiles, and in every ing to the number of them all: for .
himself h, so more solemnly in the public assemblies, which are not carelessly or wilfully to be neglected or forsaken, when God, by his word or providence, calleth thereun-. to/.
VII. As it is of the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be set apart for the worship of God; so in his word, by a positive, moral, and perpetual commandment, binding all men in all ages, he hath particularly 124 The Confession of Faith." Chap. XXI.
Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually. 2 Sam. vi. 18. And as soon as David had made an end of offering burntofferings, and peaee-jofferings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts, v. 20. Then David returned to bless his household. 1 Pet. iii. 7. 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 hindered. Acts x. 2. A devout man, and one that feared God with all bis house, which gave much alms to the people,and prayed to God alway.
g Matth. vi. 11, Give us this day our daily bread.
h Matth. vi. 6. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret, and thy Father which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Eph. vi. 18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance, and supplication for all saints;
i If. Ivi. 6. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and ta
keth hold of my covenant: v. 7. Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burntofferings and their sacrifices shali be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house os prayer for all people. Heb. x. 2J. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting . one another: and so much the more, as ye fee the day approaching. Prov. i. 20. Wisdom crieth without, she uttereth her voice in the streets: v. 21. She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, v. 24. Because I have called, and ye refused, I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded. Prov. viii. 34. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates,, waiting at the posts of my doors. Acts xiii. 42. And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that .these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Luke iv. 16. And lie came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath-day. and stood up for to read. Acts ii. 42. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles doctrine, and fellowship, and in breaking os bread, and in prayers.
larly appointed one day in seven for a Sabbath, to be kept ■ holy unto him k; which, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week, and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week /, which'in scripture is called the Lord's day m, and is to be continued to the end of the world, as the Christian Sabbath n.
, VIII. This Sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering of their common affairs before hand, do not only observe an holy rest all the day, from their own works, words, and thoughts, about their worldly employments and recreations o, but also are taken up the whole time in the public
VII. k Exod. xx. 8. Remember and made, i Cor. xvi. i. Now the Sabbath-day, to keep it holy, concerning the collection for the v. to. But the seventh day is the saints, as I have given order to the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it churches of Galatia, even so do ye. thou shah not do any work, thou, v. 2. Upon the first day of the week, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy let every one of you lay by him ia man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, store, as God hath prospered him, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that that there be no gatherings when I is within thy gates, v. ri. For in come. Acts xx. 7. And upon the six days the Lord made heaven and first day of the week, when the difearth, the sea, and all that in them ciples came together to break bread, is,and rested the seventh day: where- Paul preached unto them, ready to fore theLord blessed theSabbath-day, depart on the morrow, and contiand hallowed it. If: lvi. 2. Blessed nued his speech until midnight, is the man that doth this, and the in Rev. i. 10. I was in the Spirit son of man that layeth hold on it: on the Lord's day, and heard behind that keepeth the Sabbath from pol- me a great voice, as of a trumpet, luting it, and keepeth his hand from n Exod. xx. 8. 10. (See letter k.) doing any evil. v. 4. For thus faith With Matth. v. 17. Think not that the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep I am come to destroy the law or the my S:ibbaths, and chuse the things prophets: I am hot come to destroy, that please me, and take hold of but to fulfil, v. 18. For verily I my covenant, v. 6. 7. (See in say unto you, Till heaven and earth letter ;.) pass, one jot or one tittle shall in
/ Gen. ii. 2. And on the seventh no wise pass from the law, till all be day, God ended his work which he fulfilled.
had made: and he rested on the fe- VIII. 0 Exod. xx. 8. (See letter venth day from all his work which k.) Exod. xvi. 23. And he said unto he tud made. v. 3. AndGod blessed them, This is that which the Lord the seventh day, and sanctified it: hath said, To-morrow is the rest of because that in it he had rested from the holy Sabbath unto the Lord: all his work, which God created bake that which ye will bake to
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