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that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good, I find not. 19 For the good that I would, I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God, after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shail deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then, with the mind, I myself serve the law of God: but with the flesh the law of sin.

2 Cor. 6: 8 As deceivers, and yet true; 9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Tit. 2: 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, cealous of good works.

672. God's delight in saints, and prospective view of their perfection, promeinence and glory.

Num. 23: 21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel.

Dt. 32: 9 The Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

Job 7: 17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? 18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?

Ps. 50: 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.

Song 4: 7 Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.

Is. 43: 4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. — 46: 13 I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory. — 62: 3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. 5 For as a young man marrieth

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& virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

7ep. 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty, he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Mal. 3: 16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it: and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

Mat. 13: 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

Lk. 7: 42 When they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 47 Wherefore, I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. — 15: 7 I

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unto likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons which need no repentance. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.

Jn. 14: 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22 Judas saith unto him, (not Iscariot) Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.15: 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth : but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you.—20: 17 Go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God.

Rom. 8: 29 Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first-born among many brethren.

1 Cor. 6: 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels?

Scorn and contempt reprobated.

2 Cor. 8: 23 Whether any do inquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellow-helper concerning you: or our brethren be inquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ

Ep. 5: 25 Husbands, love your wives, eren as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Col. 1: 21 You, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled, 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy, and unblamable, and unreprovable, in his sight.

Heb. 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.

Rev. 1: 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father. — 14: 3 They sung as it were a new song before. the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.—21:9 Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

[See 94, 340, 504, 584-5.]

SCORN AND CONTEMPT.

673. Unhallowed scorn and contempt reprobated.

Pr. 3: 34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. — 9: 12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it. - 12: 5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.- 14:21 He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

15: 20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. — 19: 29 Judgments are prepared for scorners. -- 22: 10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease. — 29: 8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.

Mat. 18: 10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones : for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

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SELF-DENIAL.

674. Self-denial required, exemplified and encouraged.

Gen. 22: 10 Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 12 Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from me.

Mat. 10: 37 He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake, shall find it. — 16: 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake, shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? [Mk. 8: 34–37.]

19: 29 Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundred-fold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

Mk. 10: 28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. 29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, 30 But he shall receive an hundred-fold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come, eternal life. [Lk. 18: 28-30.]

Lk. 14: 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 33 Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. — 18: 28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. [See 356.]

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Sensuality forbidden and reproved - Patriarchal servants.

SENSUALITY.

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675. Improper sensual indulgences forbidden and riproved.

Am. 6: 3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; 4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall; 5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David; 6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments : but they are not grieved for the aifliction of Joseph. 7 Therefore, now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.

Rom. 6: 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that

ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.— 13: 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

2 Cor. 7: i Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Tit. 2: 11 The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us, that denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.

1 Pet. 2: 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. [See 366, 698.]

SERVANTS AND SERVITUDE.

676. Were the civil rights and religious privileges of the patriarchal seruanis so secured, as to gain their confidence ?

Gen. 14: 14 When Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. 17: 12 He that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man-child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger which is not of thy seed. -- 24: 2 Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy band under my thigh: 3 And I will make thee swear by the

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