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and even thine own gifts to be unprofitable and noisome unto us, unless thou bless them. Wherefore, grant that we, withdrawing our trust from all creatures, repose and stablish it in thee alone.d
good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. Acts xiv. 17. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits : who satisfieth thy mouth with good things. Ps. ciii. 1, 2, 5. God giveth to a man that is good in his sight. Eccles. ii. 26. He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good. Mich. vi. 8. None is good, save one, that is God. Luke xviii. 19. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour; it is the gift of God. Eccles. iii. 12, 13. That he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw,
that it was from the hand of God. For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight, wisdom, and knowledge, and joy. Eccles. ii. 24, 26.
· A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. Ps. xxxvii. 16. Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it; except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Ps. cxxvii. 1, 2. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matt. iv. 4. The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. Prov. x. 22. 1 Cor. xv. 58.
d In God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. Ps. lvi. 4. I will trust in thee. Ps. lv. 23. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. Ps.lv. 22. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the soul of man, in whom there is no help. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God. Ps.cxlvi. 3,5. Be merciful unto me, O God, for my soul trusteth in thee. Ps. lvii. 1. Thus saith the Lord, Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. Jer, xvii 5, 7.
126. Q. What is the fifth petition?
Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.” That is, For the sake of Christ's blood do not impute unto us, most miserable and wretched sinners, all our offences, neither that corruption which still is inherent in us, e even as we also feel this testimony of thy grace in our hearts, that we stedfastly purpose unfeignedly from our heart, to pardon and forgive all those who have offended us.f
127. Q. What is the sixth petition?
A. “ Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” That is, Since we ourselves are by
e Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out all my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me. Ps. li. 1-3. If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins, and not for our's only, but for the sins of the whole world. 1 John ii. 1, 2. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Rom. viii. 1, 2. This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matt. xxvi. 28.
* For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you : but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matt. vi. 14, 15. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. Matt. xviii. 35. And forgive us our sins: for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. Luke xi. 4.
nature so weak and feeble, that we are unable of ourselves to stand even for a moment, and our most deadly enemies, Satan,b the world, i and our own flesh, j do constantly assail us; do thou
& The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matt. xxvi. 41. For without me ye can do nothing. John xv.5. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. Ps. ciii. 14. O Lord, I know that the way of man is not of himself. It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. Jer. x. 23 We all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isa. lxiv. 6. Wherefore, lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, &c. Heb. xii. 12. The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the fesh; and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Gal. v. 17. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand ? Ps. cxxx. 3.
b Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Pet. v. 8. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Eph. vi. 12. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Eph. vi. ll. Rev. xii. 9.
i If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John xv. 19. The cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. Mark iv. 19. The friendship of the world is enmity with God. Whosoever therefore will be a friend to the world is the enemy of God. James iv. 4. Be not conformed to this world, Rom. xii. 2. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world. 1 John v. 4. But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John xvi. 33.
i I delight in the law of God after the inward man; but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my
hold us, and strengthen us by the might of thy Spirit, that we may not be overcome in this spiritual combat,k but may firmly withstand them, till at length we gain the complete mastery."
128. Q. How do you conclude the Lord's Prayer?
A. “For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.” That is, We ask and crave all things of thee, since thou, being our Almighty King, art both willing and able to give them all unto us.m And these things we therefore
mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. Rom. vii. 22, 23. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Gal. v. 17. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, nei. ther tempteth he any man; but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James i. 13— 15.
* Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matt. xxvi. 41. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil. iv. 13. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say on the Lord. Ps. xxvii. 14.
1 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. 1 Thess. iii. 13. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly: and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thess. v. 23..
n For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew
ask, that out of them, not to us, but unto thy holy name all glory may redound.”
129. Q. What is the meaning of the word Amen?
A. That the thing is sure and beyond doubt.° For my prayer is much more certainly heard of God, than I feel in my heart, that I unfeignedly desire the same. P
and the Greek ; for the same Lord over all, is ricb unto all that call upon him. Rom. x. 11, 12. The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations. 2 Pet. ii. 9. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him. James i. 5. Trust in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. 1 Tim. vi. 17.
* And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John xiv. 13. And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me. And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise, and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them; and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness, and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it. Jer. xxxiii. 8, 9. Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake. Ps. cxv. 1. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit. John xv. 8. That God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Pet. iv. ll.
• For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 2 Cor. i. 20.
p If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful; he cannot deny himself. 2 Tim. ii. 13. But what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect ?