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sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the in habitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.

94:9. He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see? he that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know? The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are but vanity.

113: 4. The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high; who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!

Ps. 139: 1. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine up-rising; thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me: it is high, I cannot attain unto it. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me, even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

ISA. 40: 13. Who hath directed the spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him? with whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and showed to him the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.


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JOB 26: 6. Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering. He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them. He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it. He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end. The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof. He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud. By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? But the thunder of his power who can understand?

31: 12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man. Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

34: 21. For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God.

37: 14. Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine? dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge? hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten lookingglass? Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

38: 17. Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all. Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof? PR. 15: 11. Hell and destruction

are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

17: 3. The fining-pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

¶ JER. 17: 9. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man ac

T21: 2. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. To do justice and judgment is more accept-cording to his ways, and according able to the LORD than sacrifice.

ISA. 45: 21. Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Savior; there is noue beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

46:9. Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, 1 have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will

also do it.

JOB 39: 22. With God is terrible majesty. Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict. Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.

Isa. 40:25. To whom then will ye liken ne, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names, by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, my way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there

to the fruit of his doings.

DAN. 2: 20. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answerd and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: and he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: he revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

ISA. 29: 15. Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD. And their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? Or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, he had no understanding?

JER. 51: 15. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.

MAT. 10: 26. There is nothing hid that shall not be known.

1 COR. 4: 5. God will bring to light the hidden things of darkness; and will make manifest the counsels of the heart.


ACTS 15: 18. Known unto God are all his works, from the foundation of the world.

1 JOHN 3: 20. God knoweth all things.

ISA. 11: 2. The spirit of the LORD is the spirit of knowledge. 43: 9. New things do I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.

46: 9, 10. I am God and there is none like me; declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. HEB. 4; 13. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight; but all things are naked and opened to the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Acrs 2:22. Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles, and wonders, and signs, (which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know,) him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.

darkness in the day-time, and grope in the noon-day as in the night.

12:13. With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding. Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

Ps. 104: 24. O LORD, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.

PR. 9: 22. The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: when he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: when he gave to the sea his ROM. 11: 33. O the depth of the decree, that the waters should not riches both of the wisdom and pass his commandment: when he knowledge of God! how unsearch-appointed the foundations of the able are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who bath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever! Amen.

§ 8. WISDOM.

JOB 5: 8. I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number: who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields: to set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety. He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their bands cannot perform their enterprise. He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong. They meet with

earth: then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him.


I. God is Love. 1 J. 4: 8.

2 COR. 13: 11. Be of one mind: live in Peace and the God of love shall be with you.

1 J. 8: 16. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us.

ISA. 63: 9. In his love and in his pity he redeemed them.

ROM. 5: 8. God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

DEUT. 7: 12. If thou wilt hearken to these judgments and keep and

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Hos. 14: 4. I will heal their backslidings, I will love them freely.

JOHN 14: 23. If a man love me, he will keep my commandinents, and my father will love him.

1 JOHN 4: 16. We have known and believed the love which God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Love is of God. — 10. Herein is love, not that we loved God; but that he loved us. - 19. We love him because he first loved us.

MAL. 1: 2. I have loved you, saith the LORD of hosts.

JOHN 3: 16. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Ps. 146: 8. The LORD loveth the righteous.

DEUT. 10: 8. The LORD loveth the stranger.

JOHN 16:27. For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me.

Ps. 36: 7. How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God! Therefore the sons of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

89: 33. My loving kindness will I not utterly take from him.

JER. 31: 3. I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.

MAL. 1:2. I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, "Wherein hast thou loved us?" Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, and I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.

II. Hatred, or opposition to sin.

DEUT. 5: 9. For I, the LORD thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and

showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

7:9. Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; and repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face. Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.

32: 41. If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.

JOB 34: 25. Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed. He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others; because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways.-29. And when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only: that the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared. Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more: that which I see not, teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no


Ps. 34:16. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil. To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. — 21. Evil shall slay the wicked; and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

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50: 16. But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.-21. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.

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III. Compassion.

Ex. 34: 6. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.


Ps. 68: 4. Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

86: 15. But thou, O LORD, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long-suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me.

59: 17. And he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompense. So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come 102:19. For he hath looked down in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD from the height of his sanctuary; shall lift up a standard against him, from heaven did the LORD behold NAH. 1: 2. God is jealous, and the earth; to hear the groaning of the LORD revengeth; the LORD re- the prisoner; to loose those that are vengeth, and is furious; the LORD appointed to death; to declare the will take vengeance on his adversa- name of the LORD in Zion, and his ries, and he reserveth wrath for his praise in Jerusalem; when the peoenemies. The LORD is slow to an-ple are gathered together, and the ger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked.-5. The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

Ps. 7:11. God is angry with the wicked every day.

kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

103: 1. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities.-5. Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. 8. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our

JOB 21: 17. God distributeth sorrows in his anger. NAH. 1:2. The LORD reserveth iniquities. For as the heaven is wrath for his enemies.

ROM. 1: 18. The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of


2: 8. Indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doth evil.

high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.-17. But the mercy of the LORD is from ever

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