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handle not, which all are to perish with the using) after the commandments and doctrines of men? which things have, indeed, a shew of wisdom in will-worship. Col. ii. 8.


We beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how you ought to walk, and to please God, so ye would abound, &c.-1 Thess. iv. 1.

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.-1 Thess. v. 21.

Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which ye have been taught; whether by word or our epistle.-2 Thess. ii. 15.

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me.-2 Tim. i. 13.

Continue thou in the things which thou hast learned, and hast been assured of; knowing of whom thou hast learned them. And that from a child, thou hast known the holy scriptures, &c.—2 Tim. iii. 14, 15.

Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.-Titus i. 14.

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.-Heb. ii. 1.

Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning.-1 John ii. 24.

amongst men, is abomination in the sight of God.-Luke xvi. 15.

Some affirm that we say, Let us do evil, that good may come whose damnation is just.-Rom. iii. 8. SECT. VI.

It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you, that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints: for there are certain men crept in, &c. -Jude 3, 4.

The children of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, &c. and had walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom, &c. and of the kings of Israel, which they had made, &c. also Judah kept not the commandments of the Lord their God; but walked in the statutes of Israel, which they made.2 Kings xvii. 7, 8, 18, 19.

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ABRAHAM prayed for Abimelech unto God; and God healed him and his. Gen. xx. 17.

To pray unto God: Prayer at large.

O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee send me good speed this day, &c. Let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, &c.-Gen. xxiv. 12—14.

And Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren : and the Lord was entreated of him, and Rebeccah his wife conceived.→→ Gen. xxv. 21.

Jacob prayed unto God in his distress about Esau, and prevailed.Gen. xxxii. 9-12.24-26.28. xxxiii. 4. Hosea xii. 4, 5.

Moses cried unto God for Pharaoh, to remove their plagues.-Exod. viii. 12, 13. ix. 33. x. 18.

Moses prayed hard and often for Israel, and prevailed.-Exod. xxxii. 11-14. 31, 32. Numb. xiv. 13—20; See the words of this Prayer. Deut. ix. 25, &c.

The forms Moses and Aaron, and his sons, used in blessing the people, and in their march.-Numb. vi. 23-26. x. 35, 36.

I besought the Lord at that time, saying, O Lord God, thou hast begun to shew thy servant, &c.—Deut. iii. 23, &c.

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If from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart, &c. Deut. iv. 29.

Joshua prayed when Israel had fled before the men of Ai.-Josh. vii. 5–9.

Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen: let them deliver, &c. Deliver us only, we pray thee, this day-Judges x. 14, 15.

Then Manoah entreated the Lord, and said, O my Lord, let the man of

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earnestly to be delivered from bloodguiltiness, &c.-Ps. li. 1-15.

As for me, I will call upon God: and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.-Ps. lv. 16, 17.

I will cry unto God most high; unto God, that performeth all things for me.-Ps. lvii. 2, &c.

O thou that hearest prayer: unto thee shall all flesh come.-Ps. lxv. 2.

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. But verily, God hath heard.-Ps. lxvi. 18, 19. Isa. lviii. 6-9. lix. 1-3. i. 11, &c. Ezek. xiv. 3. xx. 31.

The saints plead with God their relation to him, and the opposite state of their enemies.-Ps. lxxix. Isa. lxiii. 15, &c. lxiv. 8, &c.

Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer, &c. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee; for thou wilt answer me.-Ps. lxxxvi. 5-7.

He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

Ps. cii. 17. x. 17.

I am thine; save me. I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know, &c. I cried with my whole heart, &c. I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried.Ps. cxix. 94. 125. 145. 147.

In my distress, I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.-Ps. cxx. 1. 2 Sam. xxii. 7. Ps. xxxiv. 4. 6.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.Ps. cxxii. 6.

The Lord is nigh unto all that call upon him; to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.-Ps. cxlv. 18, 19. Neh. i. 11.

abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight, &c. He heareth the prayer of the righteous.-Prov. xv. 8. 29.


Because I have called, and ye refused, &c. They shall call upon me, but I will not answer.-Prov. i. 24, &c. The sacrifice of the wicked, is an

He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination.-Prov. xxviii. 9.

Be not rash with thy mouth; and be not hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few.-Eccles. v. 2.

My dove, let me hear thy voice, for sweet is thy voice.-Cant. ii. 14.

When ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers (or multiply prayers) I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash ye, &c.--Isa. i. 15, 16. lix. 1-3. lxvi. 3.

In trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer (or secret speech) when thy chastening was upon them.-Isa. xxvi. 16.

Thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob.-Isa. xliii. 22.

Thus saith the Lord, &c. Ask me of things to come; concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands; command ye me, &c. I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain.-Isa. xlv. 1. 19.

Seek ye the Lord, while he may be found: call ye upon him while he is near.-Isa. lv. 6.

When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee.-Isa. lvii. 13.

Loose the bands of wickedness, &c. then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer: thou shalt cry, &c.-Isa. lviii. 6, 7. 9.

For Zion's sake, will I not hold my peace; and for Jerusalem's sake, I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth, &c. I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace, day nor night. Ye that make mention of the Lord (or are the Lord's remembrancers), keep not silence; and give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.-Isa. lxii. 1. 6, 7.


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fellows should not perish, &c. And it was revealed to him.-Dan. ii. 17-19.

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house, and his windows being open in his chamber towards Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. -Dan. vi. 10, H.

Daniel desired his companions that they would ask mercy of the God of heaven, concerning the secret of the king's dream; that Daniel and his

And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplication and I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, forgive, &c. for the Lord's sake, for thine own sake, for thy mercy's sake.-Dan. ix. 3, 4. 17. 19.

They shall go with their flocks, and with their herds, to seek the Lord; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them. They have dealt treacherously against the Lord.-Hosea v. 6, 7.

They have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds.-Hosea vii. 14.

By his strength he had power with God: yea he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept and made supplication unto him.-Hosea xii. 3, 4. Gen. xxxii. 24-27.

Sanctify a fast, &c. and cry unto the Lord Alas for the day, &c.— Joel i. 14, &c.

Sanctify a fast, &c. let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep, &c. and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over (or use a by-word against) them: wherefore should they say amongst the people, Where is their God? Then will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people, &c. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord, shall be delivered.-Joel ii. 15-18. 32. Acts. ii. 21. Seek ye me, and ye shall live, &c. seek the Lord, and ye shall live, &c. I hate, I despise your feasts, &c.


man is there of you, whom, if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? &c. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall Fa your ther which is in heaven, give good things to them who ask him?-Matt. vii. 7-11. Luke xi. 9—13.

Let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness, &c.-Amos v. 4. 6. 21. 24.

When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.-Jonah ii. 7.

Let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God, &c. Who can tell if God will turn? &c. And they prevailed.-Jonah iii. 8-10.

Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, &c. it may be, ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger. Zeph. ii. 3.

When thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues, &c. but thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet; and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father, &c. And when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speak ing, &c. Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father, &c.-Matt. vi. 5-13. Luke xi. 1, &c.

Christ looking up to heaven, he blessed the bread and fishes, &c. He went up into a mountain apart to pray, &c. Peter said, Lord, save me. Matt. xiv. 19. 23. 30.

The woman of Canaan would not leave off asking till she had obtained. Matt. xv. 22-28.

If two of you shall agree on earth, as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven, &c.— Matt. xviii. 19.

As he cried, and they would not hear, so they cried, and I would not. hear, saith the Lord of hosts.-Zech. vii. 13. Prov. i. 24, 25. 28.

The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily (or continually be going) to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also.-Zech. viii. 20, 21. Ask of the Lord rain in the time ye of the latter rain: the Lord shall, &c. -Zech. x. 1.

I will pour upon the house of David, &c. the spirit of prayer and supplications.-Zech. xii. 10.

Pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.-Matt. v. 44.

Ask and it shall be given your seek and ye shall find: knock and it shall be opened unto you; for every one that asketh, receiveth, &c. What

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Ye know not what ye ask, said Christ unto the mother of Zebedee's children, &c. the two blind men would not cease crying till they were heard. -Matt. xx. 21, 22. 30-33. All things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matt. xxi. 22. Mark xi. 24. James i. 5-7.


Christ fell on his face and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, &c. watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation, &c. He prayed again and again, &c. He kneeled down and prayed.-Matt. xxvi. 39. 41, 42. 44. Luke vi. 12. xxii. 41. 46.

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.-Luke x. 2.

And it came to pass, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, &c.Luke xi. 1, 2.

And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.-Luke xvii. 5.

And he spake a parable unto them, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; saying, There was in a city, a judge, &c. Shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, &c. I tell you

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