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as thou didit send thy blessing upon the faithful faa: thers, thy friends and servants; Abraham, Ifàac; andi Jacob ;: that they may as co-heirs of the covenant(which thou didst make with those fathers) educate the children which thou shalt be pleased to give them,, in all godliness, to the glory of thy holy name, loi the edification of thy church, and to the propagation of thy holy gospel, Hear us O Father of mercies! for Jesus Chrift's fake thy beloved Son our Lord, in whose name we conclude our prayers, saying, Our Father, &c,.
[Hearken now to the promise of God from 128, Pfalm.]
Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord, that: walketh in his ways..
For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands ; happy fhalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
Thy wife thall be as a fruitful vine by the ades of thine house ; thy children like olive plants, round. about thy table; .
Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed, that: fearetb the Lord,
The Lord Mall bless thee ous of Zion; and thou Malt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy: life,
Yea, thou Malt see thy children's children, andi peace upon Ifrael. The Lord our God replenish you with his grase, ..
and grant that ye may long live together in all god. liness and holiness, Amen. The end of the forın, for the confirmation of Mar.
riage before the church.
The confolation of the fick, which is an in
struction in faith, and the way of salva'tion to prepare believers to die willingly.
INCE Adam was created just and good, that is w to fay, holy and righteous, and dominion given him over all the creatures which God had created ; and whereas he did not long remain in this face, but has through the subiiliy of the devil and his own rebellion fallen from this excellent glory, whereby be hath brought upon us the misery of temporal and eternal death ; this is the original fin of which David speaks in the si Pfalm, saying, “ I was Ihapen in iniquity and in fin did my mother conceive me:" Pf. 51. v. 5. In like manner Paul saith to the Ro. mans," that by one man sin entered into the world, and dearlr by fin, and death passed upon all men, for zhat all have finned,” Rom. v. 12. For as soon as Adam was thus fallen, he immediately came under a certain curse, as we read in Genesis, where God faith, " cursed is the ground for thy fake, in sorrow halt thou eat of it all the days of thy life, in be lweat of shy face hait thou cai bread, till thou re.
turn unto the ground ; for out of it wast thou taken: for duft thou art, and unto, dust shalt thou return, Gen, iii. 17, 19. Whence we certainly know, that all things which reccive life, must once die: this David clearly testifies, saying, “ what man is he chat liveth, and shall not see death ?” Pf. lxxxix. 48. " for Solomon failli, the living know that they shall die." Eccl ix. 5. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come. Heb. xiii, 14. And to the Hebrews, that it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the Judgment. Heb, ix. 27. For as the scripture faith : we must needs all die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be ga. thered up again. 2 Sam, xiv. 14. For our days, (faith Job) are like the days of an hireling, and swifter than a post. Job, ix. 25. And we pass away (faith David) like a streanı, yea like a leaf which the wind driveth away, and a withered stalk, and a garment mosh-eaten. For the dust must return to the earıh, as it was, and the spirit into God who gave it; as Job faith, we are allies, and must return, 10 alhes. Eccl. xii, 7. Likewise James faith, that. man’s life is even a vapour that appeareth for a lit. ile çime and then vanilheth away. Jam, iv. 14., Yea our time paffech a way as a cloud and is consumed like a milt, and vanilheth as a shadow. And Peter also saith (quoting from. Ifaiah) that aik flesh is as grass, and all the glory of nien, as the flower of grass; the grass withereth ; and the flower ibereof falleck
away, Peter i. 24. Again Jesús Syrach faith, this is the old covenant, you must die ;-ihe one to day, and the other to morrow, like as green leaves upon a tree, some fall off, and others grow again : thus it goeth with mankind, fome die and some are born.. As Solomon faith, to every thing there is a season, a time to be born, and a time to die. . Eccl. jii. 1, 2: And this time is in the hands of the Lord, as Job faith, man hath his appointed time, the number of bris months are with him, he has appointed our: bounds that we cannot pass. Job xiv. s. Which Paul also faith; iba: God hath determined the tinies be.. fore appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.. Ads xvii, 26. And David faith, chat our days are as. an hand-breadıh by the Lord, and ourage is as no-thing before him; Pl. xxxix. 5. How vain are all men who live so unconcerned ? for our days are lighter than a weaver's shuttle, and swifter than a post. Jøb vii. vi, and 9,25. Heb. xi. 13, Moreover: we are here only pilgrims and strangers for a short time. For the days of our years are threescore years i and ten, and if by reason of strength they be four.. score years, yet is their strength; labour, and sorrow:: for ic is soon cut off, and we fly away. Pf. xc. 10.. And when we live long, we live an hundred years : : as drops of water are to the sea, fo are our years to clernity, And Peter faith, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as once day :. 2 Pet.iii, 8, even so are our years to eternity: 2
whereas then we most all die, according to holy Scriptures. Who would not earnefly with for deal, when we behold in what state and ruin we are plunged through Adam, namely, in all unrighteous. ness, misery and trouble ; inarri uch that we are wicked, and inclined to wickedness from our very infancy. For as Paul faith, we are by nature the chil. dren of wrath, and reprobate unto every good work, having nothing of ourselves but fin, Eph. ii. 3, and * Tir, i. 16, As Daviù also faith, Pf. xiv. I. " there is none that doch good, they are all gone aside, ibey are altogether become filthy.” Rom, xvij. 19.“ For The good that we would, we do not," by reason of sin that dwelleth in us. Of this inherene lin, David witnesseth, Pf. 51. that we are conceived and born in lin and proceed in the fame, For the inclination of men's hearis is to evil from their youth,
Since we thus lie under the wrath of God, and in the shadow of death, yea, in hell and damnation, therefore Christ the light of the world appeared unlo us, and the fun of righteonsness is risen. Rom. iv. 25. “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification,” and hath also quickened us, when we were dead in lin, and hach forgiven us our sins, “and blotted out the hand writing of ordinances that was against us, and took it out of the way, and nailed it on the cross ;" Col. ii, 14. whereby he hath triumphed over all our enemies, as death, fatan, hell and the curse of the law,