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overcame their enemies, and slew five forth his hand, and caught him, and hundred thousand chosen men.- saved him.-Matt. xiy. 28-31. 2 Chron. xiii. 14-18.
When the apostles were put into God delivered the afflicted Jews the prison, the angel of the Lord by Nehemiah in a wonderful manner. brought them forth.--Acts v. 18, 19. -Neh. i. 2, 3. ii.
Peter being imprisoned, in order When the Jews were, by Haman's to his being brought forth to the peoprocurement, appointed to slaughter, ple, and being fettered and lying beand the decree was just ready to be tween two soldiers; the angel of the executed, and they greatly distressed Lord came, &c. saying, Arise : the and helpless : then God appeared chains fell off ; the iron gate opened and delivered them in a marvellous of its own accord : he is delivered. manner.- Esth. i. 19, 20. iii. vi, vii. -Acts xii. 1--12.
Thou hast enlarged me when I was When Paul and Silas were thrust. in distress.-Ps. iv. 1.
into the inner prison, and their feet When the Psalmist had reckoned fast in the stocks, God made the up the sad state God's people had foundations of the prison to shake, been reduced to, he saith, Then the and the doors were opened, and the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, like Lord delivered Paul and Silas.--Acts a mighty man, &c. and he smote his xvi. 23, 24. 26. 29, 30. 39. enemies in the hinder part, he put Paul, when the Jews went about to them to a perpetual reproach.-Ps. kill him, was delivered by the captain, lxxviii. 65, 66.
&c.—Acts xxiii. 12, &c. . . . . Thou turnest man to destruction : Paul and his company strangely and sayest, Return, ye children of saved in their voyage by sea, and men.-Ps. xc. 3.
shipwreck.-Acts xxvii. When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them
Cons. IX. That Afflictions and Perthat dream.-Ps. cxxvi. 1.
secutions shall redound to the benefit God slew the Assyrians, and saved of God & Children. Judah when they were low.—Isa. Jacob's and Joseph's affliction Xxxvi. Xxxyii.
proved for the advantage of both.-God delivered Jeremiah out of the Gen. xxxvii. xli.—xlvii. dungeon, when ready to perish.-Jer. Before I was afflicted I went astray: xxxviii. 6, 7. 10, &c.
but now, &c. It is good for me that So when Jerusalem was taken, God I have been afflicted, &c.--Ps. cxix. delivered Jeremiah. — Jer. xxxix. 67. 71. 11-14. iy. 143.
They that sow in tears, shall reap I will heal thee, &c. because they in joy: he that goeth forth and weepcalled thee an outcast, saying, This is eth, &c.--Ps. cxxvi. 5, 6. Zion whom no man seeketh after : It is better to go to the house of thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will mourning, than to go to the house of bring again the captivity of Jacob's feasting : for that is the end of all tents.-Jer. xxx. 17, 18.
men, and the living will lay it to his God preserved his servants Daniel, heart. Sorrow is better than laughter: &c. when in the fire, and in the for by the sadness of the countenance lions' den, and delivered them.-Dan. the heart is made better.--Eccles. iii, vi.
vii. 2, 3. , God delivered Jonah, when cast By this shall the iniquity of Jacob into the sea, by a fish.—Jonah i. be purged : and this is all the fruit, 15, 17. ii. 10.
to take away his sin.-Isa. xxvii. 9. When Peter through unbelief was Ephraim's chastisement was greatly sinking in the sea, Christ stretched for his good.- Jer, xxxi. 18—20.
I will bring the third part through greater riches, &c. for he had respect the fire, &c. they shall call on my unto the recompense of reward. name, and I will hear them, I will Heb. xi. 24–26. . . , say, It is my people ; and they shall Now, no chastening for the present, say, The Lord is my God.-Zech. &c. nevertheless, afterward it yieldxiii. 9. . ,
eth the peaceable fruit of righteousBlessed are ye, when men shall ness.--Heb. xii. 11. revile you, and persecute you, &c. The trying of your faith worketh rejoice and be exceeding glad, for patience, &c. blessed is the man that great is your reward in heaven... endureth temptation ; for when he is Matt. v. 11, 12. 2 Cor. iv, 17. tried he shall receive the crown of
Whosoever shall lose his life for life.-James i. 3. 12. my sake, shall find it.-Matt. xvi. 25. Ye have heard of the patience of John xii. 25.
Job, and have seen the end of the Every one that hath forsaken Lord.-James v. 11. houses, &c. for my name's sake, shall Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are parreceive an hundred fold, and shall in- takers of Christ's sufferings; that herit everlasting life.—Matt. xix. 29. when his glory shall be revealed, ye Luke xviii. 29, 30. Heb. x. 34-36. may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Blessed are ye that hunger now, If ye be reproached for the name of for ye shall be filled : blessed are ye Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit that weep now, for ye shall laugh. of glory and of God resteth upon you. Luke vi. 21.
- 1 Pet. iv. 13, 14. If so be that we suffer with him, These are they which came out of that we may be also glorified toge- great tribulation, &c. therefore are ther: for I reckon that the sufferings they before the throne of God, and of this present time are not worthy serve him day and night in his temto be compared with the glory which ple: and he that sitteth on the shall be revealed in us, &c. And we throne, shall dwell among them, &c. know that all things work together the Lamb shall feed them, &c. and for good to them that love God. God shall wipe away all tears from Rom. viii. 17, 18. 28.
their eyes.—Rev. vii. 13-17. XX. 4. 6. For our light affliction, which is See the ends of God's afflicting his but for a moment, worketh for us a people in this chapter, Cons. 5. far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.—2 Cor. iv. 17, 18.
Cons. X. That God will not always In nothing terrified by your ad- suffer his Children to be under Afflicversaries, which is to them an evi- tions and persecutions; but will dent token of perdition ; but to you
bring Deliverance and restore Joy. of salvation, and that of God.-Phil. Though Joseph was hated, sold, and i. 28.
imprisoned, yet God did deliver him It is a righteous thing with God, at last.-Gen. xxxvii. xxxix, xl. xli. to recompense tribulation to them After Israel had been long and that trouble you : and to you who sorely oppressed and afflicted by the are troubled, rest with us, when the Egyptians, the Lord sent Moses for Lord, &c.—2 Thess. i. 6,7.
their deliverance; and said, I have Ye took joyfully the spoiling of surely seen the affliction of my people your goods, knowing in yourselves which are in Egypt, and have heard that ye have in heaven a better and their cry by reason of their taskmasan enduring substance.—Heb. s. 34. ters, &c. and I am come down to de
Moses, &c. chose rather to suffer liver them out of the hand of the affliction with the people of God, &c. Egyptians, and to bring them up out esteeming the reproach of Christ of that land, unto a good land,
Exod. ii. 7-10. vi. 1-8. 1 Sam. their troubles, &c. many are the afflicix. 15, 16. Exod. ii. 24, 25.
tions of the righteous, but the Lord Yet for all that, when they be in delivereth him out of them all.-Ps. the land of their enemies, I will not xxxiv. 17. 19. Xxxvii. 39, 40. cast them away, neither will I abhor I waited patiently for the Lord, them to destroy them utterly, &c. &c. he brought me out of an horrible but I will, for their sakes, remember pit, out of the miry clay, and set my the covenant, &c. I am the Lord.— feet upon a rock, &c.-Ps. xl. 1, 2. Levit. xxvi. 44, 45.
Call upon me in the day of trouble : For the Lord shall judge his people, I will deliver thee, and thou shalt and repent himself for his servants, glorify me.-Ps. l. 15. xlvi. 1. when he seeth that their power is Thou who hast shewed me great gone, &c. he will be merciful unto his and sore troubles, shalt quicken me land, &c.--Deut. xxxii. 36. 43. again, and shalt bring me up again 2 Kings xiv. 16.
from the depths of the earth: thou So did God often for his people shalt increase my greatness, and comIsrael.-Judges iii. iv. &c.
fort me on every side.-Ps. lxxi. I will for this afflict the seed of 20, 21. David; but not for ever.- 1 Kings I will hear what God the Lord will xi. 39.
speak: for he will speak peace unto He maketh sore and bindeth up: his people, and to his saints: but let he woundeth, and his hands make them not turn again to folly.-Ps. whole.-Job v. 18, 19.
lxxxv. 8. God brings his servants very low, The Lord will not cast off his peoand then delivers them.-- Job xxxiii. ple: neither will he forsake his in19, &c.
heritance. — Ps. xciv. 14. 1 Sam. And the Lord' turned the captivity xii. 22. of Job, when he prayed for his friends; The Lord is merciful and gracious, also the Lord gave Job twice as much &c. he will not always chide, neither as he had before.-Job xlii. 10. will he keep his anger for ever.-Ps.
Thou hast enlarged me when I was ciii, 8, 9. 13, 14. Jer. iii. 12. in distress.-Ps. iv. 1.
Our soul is escaped as a bird out The needy shall not always be for- of the snare of the fowler; the snare gotten: the expectation of the poor is broken, and we are escaped.-Ps. shall not perish for ever.-Ps. ix. 18. cxxiv. 7.
Lord, thou hast heard the desire of The rod of the wicked shall not rest the humble, &c. to judge the father- upon the lot of the righteous, lest the less and the oppressed, that the man righteous put forth their hands unto of the earth may no more oppress (or iniquity.-Ps. cxxv. 3. terrify). - Ps. x. 17, 18. cxlvi. 7-9. When the Lord turned again the Prov. xxii, 22, 23.
captivity of Zion, we were like them For the oppression of the poor, for that dream, &c. They that sow in the sighing of the needy, now will I tears, shall reap in joy: he that goeth arise, saith the Lord; I will set him forth and weepeth, &c. shall doubtin safety from him that (would en- less come again with rejoicing, &c.snare him, or) puffeth at him.-Ps.xii.5. Ps. cxxvi. 1, 2. 5, 6.
Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of The Lord will judge his people, his, &c. for his anger endureth but for and he will repent himself concerning a moment: in his favour is life: weep- his servants.-Ps. cxxxv. 14. ing may endure for a night, but joy He healeth the broken in heart, cometh in the morning.-Ps.XXX. 4,5. and bindeth up their wounds.-Ps.
The righteous cry, and the Lord cxlvii. 3. heareth and delivereth them out of all For yet a very little while, and the
indignation shall cease, and mine Zion; to give unto them beauty for anger, in their destruction.-Isa. X. 25. ashes, and the oil of joy for mourning,
Though thou wast angry with me, &c.- Isa. lxi. 1-3. thine anger is turned away, and thou I know the thoughts that I think comfortedst me.- Isa. xii. 1.
toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts The Lord will have mercyon Jacob, of peace, and not of evil, to give you and will yet choose Israel, and set an expected end. -Jer. xxix. 11, &c. them in their own land, &c. and they Alas! &c. it is the time of Jacob's shall rule over their oppressors, &c. trouble, but he shall be saved out of the Lord shall give thee rest from thy it; for it shall come to pass, &c. I sorrow, and from thy fear, and from will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the hard bondage wherein thou wast the Lord, because they called thee an made to serve.-Isa. xiv. 1-3. xxxv.3, 4. outcast, saying this is Zion, whom no
Comfort ye my people, &c. and cry man seeketh after.-Jer. xxx. 7,8. 17. unto her that her warfare is accom He that scattered Israel, will plished.—Isa. xl. 1, 2.
gather him &c. I will turn their The Lord hath comforted his peo- mourning into joy, and will comfort ple, and will have mercy upon his them, and make them rejoice from afflicted.—Isa, xlix. 13.
their sorrow, &c. Is Ephraim my The redeemed of the Lord shall dear son ? &c. I will surely have return, and come with singing unto mercy upon him, saith the Lord, &c. Zion, &c. they shall obtain gladness As I have watched over them to and joy; and sorrow and mourning pluck up and to break down, &c. so shall flee away. I, even I, am he will I watch over them to build, and that comforteth you, &c. hear now to plant, saith the Lord.—Jer. xxxi. this, thou aMicted, &c. I have taken 10. 13. 20. 28. out of thine hand the cup of trembling, For the Lord will not cast off for &c. thou shalt no more drink it again. ever: but though he cause grief, yet - Isa. li. 11, 12. 21, 22.
will he have compassion according to For a small moment have I forsaken the multitude of his mercies : for he thee, but with great mercies will I doth not afflict willingly.-Lam. iii. gather thee: in a little wrath I hid 31-33. my face from thee for a moment, but Therefore thus saith the Lord God, with everlasting kindness will I have Now will I bring again the captivity mercy on thee.--Isa. liv. 7, 8. . of Jacob, and have mercy upon the
I will not contend for ever, neither whole house of Israel, and will be will I be always wrath: for the spirit jealous for mine holy name, after that should fail before me, and the souls they have borne their shame. &c.which I have made. For the iniquity Ezek. xxxix. 25, 26. Ps. cvi. 8. of his covetousness was I wrath; and Come, let us return unto the Lord: smote him; I hid me and was wrath; for he hath torn, and he will heal us: and he went on frowardly in the way he hath smitten, and he will bind us of his heart. I have seen his ways, up.-Hosea vi. 1. and will heal him: I will lead him Rejoice not against me, O mine also, and restore comforts unto him, enemy! when I fall, I shall rise, &c. and to his mourners.- Isa. lvii. 16–18. I will bear the indignation of the
In my wrath I smote thee, but in Lord, because I have sinned against my favour have I had mercy on thee. him, until he plead my cause, &c. he Isa. lx. 10.
will bring me forth to the light, and The Spirit of the Lord God is upon I shall behold his righteousness. me, &c. to bind up the broken-heart- Who is a God like unto thee, that ed, &c to comfort all that mourn; to pardoneth iniquity? &c. he retaineth appoint unto them that mourn in not his anger for ever: because he delighteth in mercy; he will turn than the lord: if they have perseagain, he will have compassion upon cuted me, they will also persecute us.-Micah vii. 8, 9, 18, 19.
you.-John xv. 18. 20. Blessed are they that mourn, for We are made a spectacle unto the they shall be comforted.-Matt. v. 4. world, and to angels, and to men, &c.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, that even unto this present hour we both ye shall weep and lament, &c. but hunger and thirst, and are naked, your sorrow shall be turned into joy, and are buffeted, and have no certain &c. and ye now therefore have sorrow, dwelling place, &c. being reviled, we but I will see you again, and your bless : being persecuted, &c. We heart shall rejoice.-John xvi. 20. 22. are made as the filth of the world, and
And the God of peace shall bruise the offscouring of all things unto this Satan under your feet shortly.---Rom. day-1 Cor. iv. 9. 11-13. xvi. 20.
There hath no temptation taken God is faithful, who, &c. will with you, but such as is coinmon to man.--the temptation also make a way to 1 Cor. x. 13. escape.- 1 Cor. x, 13.
For we which live, are always deGod who delivered us from so great livered to death for Jesus' sake.-a death, and doth deliver.-- 2 Cor. i. 2 Cor. iv. 11. 9, 10.
But as then, he that was born after It is a righteous thing with God to the flesh, persecuted him that was recompense tribulation to them that born after the Spirit: even so it is trouble you: and to you who are now.-Gal. iv. 29. troubled, rest with us; when the Wherefore seeing we also are comLord Jesus shall be revealed, &c.— passed about with so great a cloud of 2 Thess. i. 6, 7.
witnesses, &c. let us run with patiWhat persecutions I endured; but ence the race that is set before us; out of them all the Lord delivered looking unto Jesus the author and me.—2 Tim. iji. 11.
finisher of our faith: who, for the The Lord stood with me, &c. and joy which which was set before him, I was delivered out of the mouth of endured the cross, &c. for consider the lion.—2 Tim. iv. 17, 18. Heb. him that endured such contradiction xiii. 5, 6.
of sinners against himself, lest ye be The Lord knoweth how to deliver wearied and faint in your minds. the godly out of temptations.-2 Pet. Heb. xii. 1-3. ii. 9.
Take, my brethren, the prophets
who have spoken in the name of the Cons. XI. That Afflictions and Pere
erLord, for an example of suffering
secutions have been the lot of Christ
affliction, and of patience.-James v. 10.
Mictionand of himself, and of the Saints in all
Hereunto also were ye called: beages.
cause Christ also suffered for us, The disciple is not above his mas- leaving us an example that we should ter, nor the servant above his lord: follow his steps.—1 Pet. ii. 21. it is enough for the disciple that he Your adversary the devil, as a roarbe as his master, &c. If they have ing lion, &c. whom resist, stedfast in called the master of the house Beel- the faith; knowing that the same zebub, how much more shall they call afflictions are accomplished in your them of his household? Fear them brethren that are in the world. not therefore.—Matt. x. 24–26. 1 Pet. v. 8, 9. .
If the world hate you, you know How long, O Lord, holy and true, that it hated me before it hated yon, dost thou not judge and avenge our &c. remember the word that I said blood on them that dwell on the unto you, The servant is not greater earth and it was said unto them,