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The Lord shall judge his people, I the Lord have spoken, &c. I will and repent himself for his servants, not go back, peither will I spare, when he seeth that their power is neither will I repent.—Ezek. xxiv. 14. gone, and there is none shut up or How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? left.--Deut. xxxii. 36.
&c. My heart is turned within me, It repented the Lord, because of my repentings are kindled together. I their groanings, by reason of them will not execute the fierceness of that oppressed them.-Judges ii. 18. mine anger.-Hosea xi. 8, 9.
It repented me that I have set up Ograve! I will be thy destruction; Saul to be king; for he is turned repentance shall be hid from mine back, &c. the Lord hath rent the eyes. -Hosea xiii, 14. kingdom of Israel from thee this day, By whom shall Jacob arise for he &c. and also the strength (or eternity) is small. The Lord repented for this: of Israel, will not lie nor repent : for It shall not be, saith the Lord.—Amos he is not a man, that he should re- vii. 2, 3. 5, 6. pent.-1 Sam. xv. 11. 28, 29. 35. Who can tell if God will turn and
When the angel stretched out his repent, and turn away from his fierce hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, anger, that we perish not? And God the Lord repented him of the evil; saw their works, that they turned and said to the angel that destroyed from their evil way; and God repent the people, It is enough: stay thine ed him of the evil that he had said hand.--2 Sam. xxiv. 16.
that he would do unto them, and he They have humbled themselves, did it not. — Jonah iii. 9, 10. iv. 20. therefore I will not destroy them, but Joel ii. 13, 14. I will grant them some deliverance. I thought to punish you, when -2 Chron. xii.7. 1 Kings xxi. 27. 29. your fathers provoked me to wrath,
Return, O Lord, how long ? and saith the Lord of hosts; and I repentlet it repent thee concerning thy ser- ed not: so again have I thought in vants.-Ps. xc. 13.
these days to do well unto Jerusalem, He remembered for them his cove- and to the house of Judah ; fear yé nant, and repented, according to the not.--Zech. viii. 14, 15. multitude of his mercies.-Ps. cvi. 45. The Lord will judge his people,
Sect. II. Of Repentance in Man, and he will repent himself concerning and his turning to God. his servants.-Ps. cxxxv. 14. God led the people not through the
For this shall the earth mourn, and way of the land of the Philistines, the heavens above be black ; because although that was near: for God I have spoken it: I have purposed said, Lest, peradventure, the people it, and will not repent, neither will I repent when they see war, and they turn back from it.—Jer. iv. 28. return to Egypt.—Exod. xiii. 17.
I will destroy thee: I am weary And thou shalt call them to mind, with repenting. Jer, xv. 6.
&c. and shalt return, &c. with all thy · Amend your ways, &c. and the heart,&c.-Deut.xxx. 1-3.8. 1 Kings Lord will repent him of the evil that viii. 47, 48. Deut. iv. 30, 31. . he hath pronounced against you, &c. And the children of Israel repented And the Lord repented him of the them for Benjamin their brotherevil which he had pronounced against Judges xxi. 6. 15. them. - Jer. xxvi. 3. 13. 19. xviii. Samuel spake unto all the house 7-11..
of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto ! I will plant you, and not pluck you the Lord with all your hearts, then up: for I repent me of the evil that I put away the strange gods, and Ash have done unto you.-Jer. xlii. 10. taroth from among you ; and prepare xviii. 8. 10.
your hearts unto the Lord, &c. then
they did put away Baalim and Ash- ness, to undo the heavy burdens? taroth, and served the Lord only. &c.—Isa. lviii. 5-7. 1 Sam. vii. 3, 4.
Thou hast played the harlot with If they shall bethink themselves, many lovers : yet return again to me, &c. and repent, &c. and so return saith the Lord, &c. but she returned unto thee with all their heart, &c. not, &c. return thou backsliding 1 Kings viii. 47, 48.
Israel, saith the Lord, and I will not Ahab humbled himself, &c. and cause mine anger to fall upon you ; God brought not the threatened judg- for I am merciful, &c. only acknowments in his days.-1 Kings xxi. 27. 29. ledge thine iniquity, &c. return, &c.
For a long season Israel was with. I will heal your backslidings : beout the true God, and without a hold, we come unto thee, for thou teaching priest, and without law: art the Lord our God.-Jer. iii. 1. 6, but when they in their trouble did 7. 12–14. 22. turn unto the Lord God of Israel, If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith and sought him, he was found of the Lord, return unto me: and if them.--2 Chron. xv. 3, 4.
thou wilt put away thy abominations Turn again unto the Lord God of out of my sight, then, &c.—Jer. iv... Abraham, &c. and he will return to 1. 4. 14. the remnant of you, &c. and be ye Were they ashamed when they had not like your fathers, &c. If ye turn committed abomination ? nay, they again unto the Lord, your brethren were not at all ashamed, neither could and your children shall find com- they blush.-Jer. vi. 15. passion : for the Lord your God is Amend your ways, and your doings, gracious, &c.—2 Chron. XXX. 6, 7. 9. &c. trust ye not in lying words, say
Manasseh repented, &c. when he ing, The temple of the Lord, &c. for. had been in affliction.-2 Chron. xxxiii. if ye thoroughly amend your ways, 12, &c. Jer. iv. 14.
and your doings, &c.-Jer. vii. 3–7. I thought on my ways, and turned Isa. lviii. 5—7. my feet unto thy testimonies.-Ps. No man repented him of his wickedcxix. 59.
ness, saying, What have I done? Wash ye, make you clean, put Every one turned to his course, as away the evil of your doings from the horse rusheth into the battle. before mine eyes.—Isa. i. 16, 17. Jer. vii. 1. 6. Jer iv. 14.
Return ye now every one from his Turn ye unto him from whom the evil way, and make your ways and children of Israel have deeply re- your doings good : and they said, volted; for in that day every man There is no hope ; but we will walk shall cast away his idols, &c.—Isa. after our own devices. Jer. xviii. xxxi. 6, 7.
11, 12. I have blotted out as a thick cloud I will give them an heart to know thy transgressions, and as a cloud me, &c. for they shall return unto thy sins; return unto me. --- Isa. me with their whole heart. — Jer. xliv. 22.
xxiv. 7. Let the wicked forsake his way, Surely I have heard Ephraim beand the unrighteous man his thoughts, moaning himself thus; Thou hast and let him return unto the Lord, chastised me, and I was chastised; and he will have mercy upon him ; as a bullock unaccustomed to the and to our God, for he will abun- yoke : turn thou me, and I shall be dantly pardon: for my thoughts are turned, for thou art the Lord, my not your thoughts, &c.—Isa. lv. 7–9. God. Surely after that I was turned,
Is not this the fast that I have I repented, and after that I was inchosen? to loose the bands of wicked- structed, I smote upon my thigh ; I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, and shall fear the Lord.—Hosea iii. because I did bear the reproach of 5. Jer. I. 4, 5. my youth.-Jer. xxxi. 18-20.
They will not frame their doings Take thee a roll, &c. it may be the to turn unto their God.-Hosea v. 4. house of Judah will hear, &c. that Come, let us return unto the Lord, they may return every man from his for he hath torn, and he will heal us.' evil way, that I may forgive their -Hosea vi. I. Zech. i. 3, 4. iniquity and their sin. -Jer. XXXVI. 2, The pride of Israel testifieth to his 3. 6, 7.
face, and they do not return to the Let us search and try our ways, Lord their God, nor seek him for all and turn again unto the Lord.Lam. this, &c. they return, but not to the iii. 40. Josh. vii. 10. 12.
Most High.-Hosea vii. 10. 14. 16, Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, Isa. ix. 13. Jer. ii. 30. v.3. . and we shall be turned.-Lam. y. 21. Break up your fallow ground, for
They that escape of you, shall re- it is time to seek the Lord.-Hosea member me among the nations, &c. X. 12. Jer. iv. 3, 4. and they shall lothe themselves for O Israel, return unto the Lord thy the evils which they have committed. God, &c. take with you words, and -Ezek. vi. 9.
turn to the Lord.--Hosea xiv. 1, 2. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Turn ye even to me with all your Repent and turn yourselves from heart, and with fasting, and with your idols, and turn away your faces weeping, and with mourning: and from all your abominations.-Ezek. rend your heart, and not your garxiv. 6.
ments, &c. for he is gracious. Joel . If the wicked will turn from all ii. 12, 13 his sins that he hath"committed, and God sent judgment after judgment; keep all my statutes, and do that yet Israel repented not.-Amos iv. which is lawful and right, he shall 8, &c. surely live, &c. Have I any pleasure The people of Nineveh believed at all that the wicked should die, God, and proclaimed a fast, &c. God saith the Lord God, and not that he saw their works, that they turned should return from his ways, and from their evil way.-Jonah iii. 5. live ? &c. repent and turn you from 8-10. all your transgressions ; so iniquity They shall look upon him whom shall not be your ruin, &c. make you they have pierced, and they shall a new heart, and a new spirit : for mourn for him.-Zech. xii. 10. why will ye die? &c.—Ezek. xviii. Return unto me, and I will return 21. 23. 30–32. xxxiii. 11, &c. unto you, saith the Lord of hosts.
Then shall ye remember your own Mal. ii. 7. Zech. i. 3, 4. evil ways, and your doings that were John Baptist preached, &c. saying, not good, and shall Jothe yourselves Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven in your own sight for your iniquities. is at hand.-Matt. iii. 1, 2. 6.
Ezek. xxxvi. 31. vi. 9. xx. 43. From that time Jesus began to
O king, &c. break off thy sins by preach, and to say, Repent, for the righteousness, and thine iniquities by kingdom of heaven is at hand, &c. shewing mercy to the poor.—Dan. Matt. iv. 17. Mark i. 15. iv. 27.
I am not come to call the righteous, I will hedge up thy way, &c. then but sinners to repentance.—Matt. shall she say, I will go and return ix. 13. to my first husband, &c.—Hosea ii. Then began he to upbraid the cities 6, 7.
wherein most of his mighty works Israel shall return and seek the were done, because they repented Lord their God, and David their king, not, &c. If the mighty works which
were done in you, had been done in Peter said unto them, Repent, and Tyre and Sidon, they would have re- be baptised.-Acts ii. 37, 38. pented long ago in sackcloth and Repent ye therefore, and be conashes.—Matt. xi. 20—24.
verted, that your sins may be blotted The men of Nineveh, &c. shall out.-Acts iii. 19. condemn it, because they repented Him hath God exalted with his at the preaching of Jonas.-Matt.. right hand to be a prince and a Saxii. 41.
viour, for to give repentance to Israel, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, and forgiveness.-Acts v. 31.. . except ye be converted, and become Repent therefore of this thy wickas little children, ye shall not enter edness, and pray God, if perhaps the into the kingdom of heaven.—Matt. thought of thine heart may be forgiven xviii. 2, 3., .
i thee.-Acts viii. 22. Son, go work, &c. yet he said, I Then hath God also to the Gentiles will not; but afterward he repented, granted repentance unto life, &c. and and went, &c. ye, when ye had seen, a great number believed and turned repented not afterward, that ye might unto the Lord.—Acts xi. 18. 21. believe him.-Matt. xxi. 28, 29. 32. We preach unto you, that ye
And Peter remembered the words should turn from these vanities unto of Jesus, which he said unto him, the living God.-Acts xiv. 15. Before the cock crow, thou shalt And the times of this ignorance deny me thrice: and he went out and God winked at, but now commandeth wept bitterly.-Matt. xxvi. 75. all men every where to repent.
Judas repented himself, and brought Acts xvii. 30. again the thirty pieces, &c. saying, I kept back nothing, &c. testifying I have sinned.-Matt. xxvii. 3, 4. both to the Jews, and also to the
Except ye repent, ye shall all like- Greeks, repentance toward God, and wise perish.—Luke xiii. 2, 3. 5. faith toward our Lord Jesus.-Acts
Joy shall be in heaven over one xx. 20, 21. sinner that repenteth, more than over But shewed, &c. that they should ninety and nine just persons which repent, and turn to God, and do need no repentance, &c. there is joy works meet for repentance.-Acts in the presence of the angels of God xxvi. 20. over one sinner that repenteth, &c. Not knowing that the goodness of The prodigal returned.-Luke xv. 7. God leadeth thee to repentance.10. 17-21. 24. 32.
Rom. ii. 4. If one went unto them from the Though I made you sorry with a dead, they will repent. And he said letter, I do not repent, &c. ye sorrowed unto him, If they hear not Moses to repentance : for ye were made and the prophets, neither will they sorry after a godly manner, that ye be persuaded though one rose from might receive damage by us in nothe dead.-Luke xvi. 30, 31. thing : for godly sorrow worketh re
If he trespass against thee seven pentance to salvation, not to be retimes, &c. and turn again to thee, pented of.-2 Cor. vii. 8–10. saying, I repent.—Luke xvii. 4.
I shall bewail many which have It behoved Christ to suffer, &c. sinned already, and have not repented that repentance and remission of sins of the uncleanness, &c. which they should be preached in his name have committed.--2 Cor. xii. 21. among all nations. Luke xxiv. How ye turned to God from idols, 46, 47.
to serve the living and true God, and When they heard this, they were to wait for his son from heaven, &c. pricked in their heart, and said, &c. 1 Thess. i. 9, 10 Men and brethren, what shall we do? In meekness instructing them that oppose themselves, if God peradven- zealous therefore, and repent.-- Rev. ture will give them repentance to the ji. 2, 3. 19. acknowledging of the truth; and that And the rest of the men which they may recover themselves out of were not killed by these plagues, yet the snare of the devil, who are taken repented not of the works of their captive by him at his will.2 Tim. hands, that they should not worship ii. 25, 26.
devils and idols of gold, &c. neither To day if ye will hear his voice, repented they of their murders, &c. harden not your hearts, &c.—Heb. iv. Rev. ix. 20, 21. 7. ii. 15. Ps. xcv. 7, 8.
And men were scorched (or burned) · Let us go on to perfection; not with great heat, and blasphemed the laying again the foundation of repent- name of God, &c. and they repented ance from dead works, &c. for it is not to give him glory, &c. and reimpossible for those who were once pented not of their deeds.--Rev. xvi. enlightened, &c. if they shall fall 9-11. away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to them
CHAP. XXXII. selves the Son of God afresh.--Heb. vi. 1. 4-6.
OF DEATH ; OR THE LAYING DOWN OF Draw nigh to God, and he will draw
THESE TABERNACLES. nigh to you: cleanse your hands, ye And the Lord formed man of the sinners, &c.-James iv. 8-10. dust of the ground (or dust of the
Brethren, if any of you do err from ground).-Gen. ii. 7. Job iv. 19. the truth, and one convert him, let In the sweat of thy face shalt thou him know, that he which converteth eat bread, till thou return unto the a sinner from the error of his way, ground: for out of it wast thou taken: shall save a soul from death, &c. for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt James v. 19, 20.
thou return.-Gen. iii. 19. - For ye were as sheep going astray, God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt but are now returned unto the Shep- go to thy fathers in peace: thou shalt herd and Bishop of your souls.—1 Pet. be buried in a good old age.-Gen. ii. 25.
xv. 13. 15. xxv. 8. The Lord is not slack, as some I have taken upon me to speak unto men count slackness; but is long-suf- the Lord, which am but dust and fering to us-ward : not willing that ashes.Gen. xviii. 27. any should perish, but that all should Sarah died, &c. and Abraham came come to repentance. 2 Pet. iii.9. to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for • Thou hast left thy first love: re- her.-Gen. xxiii. 2. member therefore from whence thou Abraham died in a good old age, art fallen, and repent, and do thy first an old man, and full of years, and works: or else I will come unto thee was gathered to his people, &c. Ishquickly, &c. thou hast there them mael, &c. gave up the ghost, and died, that hold the doctrine of Balaam, &c. and was gathered unto his people.Repent, or else I will come, &c. I Gen. xxv. 8. 17. gave her space to repent of her forni- Isaac, &c. said, Behold, now I am cation, and she repented not: behold, old, I know not the day of my death. I will cast her into a bed, &c.—Rev. —Gen. xxvii. 1, 2. xxxv. 28, 29. ii. 4, 5. 14–16. 20-22.
Rachel died in bearing Benjamin I have not found thy work perfect by the way; buried there ; and Jabefore God; remember therefore how cob set a pillar upon her grave.thou hast received and heard : and Gen. xxxv. 17, &c. hold fast, and repent, &c. As many Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days as I love, I rebuke and chasten ; be of the years of my pilgrimage are one