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crease of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee. Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.

ISA. 1: 19. If ye be willing and obedient ye shall eat the good of the land.

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. 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. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

[See Future State.-Blessedness of the Righteous.]

2. Fears, Apprehensions.

DEUT. 28: 58. If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law, that are written in this book,... the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, and of long continuance.63. As the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you, so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought.

[See Penalty of Divine Law, and Future State, the Disobedient.]

3. Sense of Obligation.

ISA. 1: 2. Hear, O Heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

MAL. 1: 6. A son honoreth his father, and a servant his master:

If then I be a father, where is mine honor? and if I be a master, where is my fear?

ROM, 5: 8. God commendeth his love towards us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. -6. When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died | for the ungodly.

1 COR. 6: 19. Ye are not your own; for ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and spirit, which are God's.

[See Inducements to obey God. Love of God. -Goodness of God.]

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IV. The only authority in religion.

DEUT. 4: 2. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you; neither shall ye diminish ought from it; that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you.

JOHN 5: 89. Search the scriptures; for in them, ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me.

LUKE 16: 31. If they hear not Moses and the Prophets, neither would they be persuaded though one went unto them from the dead. 2 COR. 11: 2. For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy; for I have espoused you unto one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 4. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit which ye have not received, or another gospel which ye have not accepted: ye might well bear with him.. Such are false Apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into Apostles of Christ.

GAL. 1:6. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him, that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you, than that we have preached, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you, than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

REV. 22: 18. For 1 testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book. If any man shall add unto these things God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book; and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

V. Relation of the Old and New

MAT. 5: 17. Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled. Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.

LUKE 16: 16. The law and the prophets were until John, since that time, the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

COL. 2: 14. Blotting out the hand writing of ordinances, that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.

2 PET. 1: 19. We have also a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto ye do well that ye take heed as unto a light that shineth in a dark place.... knowing this first, that no scripture is of any private interpretation.

ACTS 17: 2. Paul reasoned out of the scriptures.

18: 24. Agabus was mighty in the scriptures.

ROM. 16: 25. Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, (according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret from the foundation of the world, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith) to God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

VI. Importance of studying it.

Thy word

Ps. 119: 6. Then shall I not be ashamed when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly. Wherewith shall a young man cleanse his way by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought EPH. 2: 15. Having abolished in thee: O let me not wander from his flesh the enmity (between Jews thy commandments. and Gentiles) even the law of com- have I hid in mine heart, that I mandments contained in ordinances. might not sin against thee. Blessed LUKE 24: 44. And he said unto art thou, O LORD: teach me thy them. These are the words which I statutes. With my lips have I desaid unto you, while I was yet with clared all the judgments of thy you that all things must be ful-mouth. I have rejoiced in the way filled, which were written in the law of Moses and in the Prophets and in the Psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understandings that they might understand the scripture, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer.

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of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. -92. Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. I will never forget thy precepts; for with them thou hast quickened me. I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts. The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.

COL. 3:16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.

2 TIM. 3: 15. From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures.

HEB. 2: 1. We ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we let them slip.

1 PET. 2: 2. Desire the sincere milk of the word.

LUKE 24: 27. Beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. -S2. And they said, did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and opened to us the scriptures?

DEUT. 6: 6. And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thy heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently to thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way; when thou liest down, and when thou

risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes; and thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. [See Christian Duties.]

JOSH. 1: 7. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.





GEN. 2: 8. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.-16. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.-2. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which

he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.-24. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh.

Curse inflicted on the transgressor.

GEN. 3: 17. Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee saying, Thou shalt not eat of it; cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of

thy life; thorns also, and thistles shall it bring forth unto thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.





I. Ex. 20: 3. Thou shalt have no

other gods before me.

II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness

II. Thou shalt not kill.

III. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

IV. Thou shalt not steal.

V. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

VI. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.




of any thing that is in heaven above, § 1. GOD THE OBJECT OF SUPREME

or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: 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 thave love me and keep my commandments.

III. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.


DEUT. 6: 4. Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God is one LORD; and thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.-12. Beware lest thou forget the LORD which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name. Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people that are round about you.

16. Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God.... Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God.... Thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD.

IV. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor 8: 2. Thou shalt remember all thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor the way which the LORD thy God thy stranger that is within thy gates. led thee, these forty years in the For in six days the LORD made wilderness; to humble thee, and to heaven and earth, the sea, and all prove thee, to know what was in that in them is, and rested the sevthine heart, whether thou wouldenth day: wherefore the LORD bles-est keep his commandments or no. sed the sabbath day and hallowed it.


I. Ex. 20:12. Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

11. Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments. But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God.

10: 12. And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.-20.

Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave... he is thy praise and he is thy God.... Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons, and now the LORD thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude. 11: 1. Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge... alway.

14: 1. Ye are the children of the LORD your God.



Ex. 20: 22. And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt-offerings, and thy peace-offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name, I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

22: 20. He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

DEUT. 13:1. If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. And that prophet, or that dreamer


of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him; but thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egyt, from the house of bondage. And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you. If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying, Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; then shalt thou inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you: thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword. And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shall burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap forever; it

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