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Revelation,
xxii. 10-15.



IX.



(©nil's (0nn&tit0i



Gen. ii. 8, 9.



Gen. ii. 18.



Genesis,
iii. 12-15.



Genesis,
viii. 1, 20-22.



Genesis,
ix. 8-17.



And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden ; and
there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground
made the Lord God to grow every tree tl]at IS plcilSiTUt to t\)C
sigl)t, dWis goob for foob : the tree of Hfe also in the midst of
the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

And the Lord God said, Jft is not QOob tljat tl)e man
sl)Olllb be alone ; I will make him an help meet for him.

And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with
me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God
said unto the woman. What is this that thou hast done ? And
the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast
done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast
of the field : upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat
all the days of thy life : and I will put enmity between thee and
the woman, and between thy seed and her seed : it sljall bruisC
tl)J} I)Cab, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all
the cattle that was with him in the ark : and God made a wind to
pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged

And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord, and took of every
clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt-offerings on
the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savour ; and the Lord

said in his heart, J[ miil not again curse tl)e gronnb ann more

for man's sake : for the imagination of man's heart is evil from
his youth : neither will I again smite any more every thing living,
as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seed-time and harvest,
and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night,
shall not cease.

And God spake unto Noah, and to liis sons with him, say-
ing, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with
your seed after you ; and with every living creature that is witli
you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with
yon, from all that go out of tlio ark, to every beast of the earth.

'3Vnb 3 u)ill estabiisl) mil conenant uiitl) ijon ; ncitljer sljall
all flcsl) be cnt off ann m"bre bn tlje iDaters^of a floob ; neitl)er
6l)all ll)ere ann more"bc a floo^ to bestron tl)e earti).



GOD'S GOODNESS,



841



And God said, (Tljis iS tl)C tokcu of tl)C rODCUaut whicli I
make between me and you, and every living creature that is with
you, for perpetual generations. 3 ho SCt mn boU) in tl)C clonb,
and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth,
that the bow shall be seen in the cloud : and I will remember my
covenant, which is between me and you, and every living creature
of all flesh ; and the waters shall no more become a flood to de-
stroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud ; and I will
look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant be-
tween God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the
earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the cove-
nant which I have established between me and all flesh that is
upon the earth.

And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the
plain, that (J5ob rcmcmbcrcb '^Xbraljam, and sent Lot out of the
midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which
Lot dwelt.

Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him : for ye
were strangers jn the land of Egypt.

Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. If thou
atBict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely
hear their cry ; and my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you
with the sword ; and your wives shall be widows, and your chil-
dren fatherless.

If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee,
thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon
him usury. If thou at all take thy neighbours raiment to pledge,
thou shalt deliver it unto him by that the sun goeth down : for that
is his covering only, it is his raiment for his skin : wherein shall he
sleep ? and it shall come to pass, when he crietli unto me, that
I will hear ; for I am gracious.

Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger ; for ye know the heart
of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

And he said, 3 tDill make nil mn goobncss pass before

tl)ee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and
will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy
on whom I will shew mercy

And he hewed two tables of stone, like unto the first ; and
Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai,
as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand the two
tables of stone. And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood
with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord : and the
Lord passed by before liiin, and proclaimed, (2ri)e t!orb, 2ri)e Corb

Cgiob, merciful anh gracious, long-suffering, mib abundant



Gen. xix. 29.



Exodus,
xxii. 21-27.



Ex. xxiii. 9.



Exodus,
xxxiii. 18, 19.



Exodus,
xxxlv. 4-7.



842



GOD'S GOODNESS.



Leviticus,
xix. 9, 10.



Leviticus,
xix. 33, 34.



Leviticus,
XXV. 35-"38.



Deut. iv. 31.



Deut. viii. 5.



Deuteron.
xxii. 1-4.



Dculcron.
xxiv. '), 0.



in cjocibncss anh tnul), keeping mercii for tljousnnbs, for-
gimng iniqnitn nnb transgressfon anb'sin, and that will by no

means clear the guilty ; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon
tiie children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and
to the fourth generation.

When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly
reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the glean-
ings of thy harvest. And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard,
neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard : thou
shalt leave them for the poor and stranger : I am the Lord your
God.

If a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex
him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto
you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself;
for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt : I am the Lord your
God.

If thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee;
then thou shalt relieve him : yea, though he be a stranger or a
sojourner ; that he may live with thee. Take thou no usury of him,
or increase : but fear thy God ; that thy brother may live with
thee. Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend
him thy \nctuals for increase. I am the Lord your God, which
brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land
of Canaan, and to be your God.

The Lord thy God is a merciful (S^o'b,

Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that as (I xnciM

cl}astenetl) l)is son, 30 tlje Corb tl)n ©ob cljastenctl) tl)ec.

Thou shalt not see thy brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and
hide thyself from them : thou shalt in any case bring them again
unto thy brother. And if thy bi'other be not nigh unto thee, or
if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own
house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it,
and thou shalt restore it to him again. In like manner shalt
thou do with his ass ; and so shalt thou do with his raiment ;
and with all lost thing of thy brother's, which he hath lost, and
thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise : thou mayest not hide
thvself.

Thou shalt not see thy brother's ass or his ox fall down by the
way, and hide thyself from them : thou shalt surely help him to lift
them up again.

When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not g
war, neither shall he be charged with any business : but '
fr.-eat home one year, onb sl)all cljecr n\i l)is mifc u)l)icl) l)C l)ntl)
taken.



o ont to
le sliall be



GOD'S GOODNESS.



843



^'o man sljall take tl)c nctljcr or tijc upper mill-stone to

plcbgc : for he taketh a man's life to pledge.

When thou dost lend thy brother anything, thou shalt not go
into his house to fetch his pledge : thou shalt stand abroad, and the
man to whom thou dost lend shall bring out the pledge abroad unto
thee : and if the man be poor, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge :
in any case thou shalt deliver him the j^ledge again when the sun
goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless thee :
and it shall be righteousness unto thee before the Lord thy God.

Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy,
whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy
land within thy gates : at his day thou shalt give him his hire,
neither shall the sun go down upon it, for he is poor, and setteth
his heart upon it : lest he cry against thee unto the Lord, and it be
sin unto thee.

Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of
the fatherless, nor take the widow's raiment to pledge : but thou shalt
remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the Lord thy
God redeemed thee thence : therefore I command thee to do this
thing.

When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast
forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it : it
shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow : that
the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands.
When thou beatest thine olive-tree, thou shalt not go over the
boughs again : it shall be for the stranger, for the fetherless, and
for the widow. When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard,
thou shalt not glean it afterward : it shall be for the stranger, for
the fatherless, and for the widow. And thou shalt remember that
thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt : therefore I command
thee to do this thing.

Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the
corn.

They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of
his children : they are a perverse and crooked generation. Do ye
thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise ? is not he thy
father that hath bought thee ? hath he not made thee, and estab-
lished thee ?

Remember the days of old, consider the years of many gener-
ations : ask thy father, and he will shew thee ; thy elders, and they
will tell thee. When the Most Ilifjh divided to the nations
their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the
bounds of the people according to the number of the children of
Israel. For the Lord's portion is his people ; Jacob is the lot of
his inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste
howling Avilderness ; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept



Deuteron.
xxiv. 10-15.



Deuteron.
xxiv. 17-22.



Deut. XXV. 4.



Deuteron.
xxxii. 5-14.



344



GOD'S GOODNESS.



Deuteron.
xxxiii. a6-29.



Judges,
X. 6-16.



him as the apple of his eye. '2,5 an Cttiglc Stirrctl) tip \]CV llCSt,
flnttcrcti) oner Ijcr tioung, sprcnbcti) obroab Ijcr tuings, tnkcti)
tl)cm, bcarctli tljcm on l)cr roiugs ; eo tlic £orb alone Mb Icab

l)im, and tliere was no strange god with him. He made him ride
on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of
the fields ; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil
out of the flinty rock ; butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat
of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat
of kidneys of wheat ; and thou didst drink the pure blood of the
grape.

There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon
the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky. The
eternal God is thy refuge, aiib unbcrncttti) nrc tl)C CDcrlusting
OrniS : and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee ; and
shall say. Destroy them. Israel then shall dwell in safety alone;
the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine, also
his heavens shall drop down dew. Happy art thou, Israel : who
is like unto thee, people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy
help, and who is the sword of thy excellency ! and thine enemies
shall be found liars unto thee ; and thou shall tread upon their high
places.

And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the
Lord, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria,
and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the
children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook
the Lord, and served not him. And the anger of the Lord was hot
against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines,
and into the hands of the children of Ammon. And that year
they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel eighteen years, all
the children of Israel that were on the other side Jordan in the
land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead. Moreover, the children
of Ammon passed over Jordan to fight also against Judah, and
against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim : so that Israel
was sore distressed.

And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, saying. We
have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God,
and also served Baalim. And the Lord said unto the children of
Israel, Did not I deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the
Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines ?
The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites did op-
press you ; and ye cried to me, and I delivered you out of their
liand. Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods ; wlierefore
I will deliver you no more. Go and cry unto the gods which ye
have cliosen ; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.
And tlie cliildron of Israel said unto the Lord, We have sinned : do
thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee ; deliver us only,
we pray thee, this day. And they put away the strange gods fi'(jm



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among them, and served the Lord : axib l]is SOUl tOUS griCDcb for
tl)c misern of Israel.

For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground,
which cannot be gathered up again : neitlier doth God respect any

person; iict boti) l)e bcuisc tncane, tl)at Ijis banisl)cb be not
expellcb from l)im.

Moreover, all the chief of the priests, and the people, trans-
gressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen ; and pol-
luted the house of the Lord which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.
And the Lord God of their fathers sent tO tl)em bt} l)is messen-
gers, rising up betimes iinb senbing ; because l)e Ijab com-
passion on l)is people, aiib on l)is broelling-place : but they
mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and mis-
used his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against the
people, till there was no remedy.

Thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar ; and in the
night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they
should go. Thou earnest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest
Avith them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true
laws, good statutes and commandments : and madest known unto
them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes,
and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant : and gavest them
bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for
them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they
should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give
them.

But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their
necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments, and refused to
obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among
them ; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed
a captain to return to their bondage : but tllOU art (I CP>ob reabn

to pariion, gracious onb merciful, sloro to anger, anh of
great kinbness, aixb forsooUest tijem not. Yea, when they

had made them a molten calf, and said. This is thy God that
brought thee up out of Egvpt, and had wrought great provocations ;

net tl)ou in tl)n mauifolb mercies forsookest tl)em not in tl)e

toilberness : tlie jtiUar of the cloud departed not from them by
day, to lead them in the way ; neither the pillar of fire by night, to
shew them light, and the way wherein they should go. Thou gavest
also thy good Spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna
from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst. Yea,
forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that they
lacked nothing ; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled
not.

Moreover, thou gavest them kingdoms and nations, and didst
divide them into cornel's: so they possessed the land of Sihon, and



2 Samuel,
xiv. 14.



2 Chronicles,
xxxvi. 14-10.



Nehemiah,
ix. 12-31.



346



GOD'S GOODNESS.



Nehcraiah,
xiii. -2.



Vs. iv. G.



Ps. ix. 9.



Psalm,
X. 14, 17. JH,



the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bas-
lian. Their children also multi]>liedst thou as the stars of heaven,
and brouo'htest them into the land, concerninsf which thou hadst
promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it. So
the children Avent in and possessed the land, and thou subduedst
before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest
them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the land,
that they might do with them as they would. And they took strong
cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells
digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit-trees in abundance : so
they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted them-
selves in thy great goodness.

Nevertheless, they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee,
and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which
testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great
provocations. Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of
their enemies, who vexed them : and in l[)C time of tijcir trouble,

xo\]cn tl)cn cricb unto tl)cc, t!}ou l]cavJ)c6t tl)cm from Ijcancu;
anb accorbing to tijn mnnifolb mercies tl)ou ganesttljem sa-
oionrs, tDl)0 saneb lljem out of tl)c l)aub of tl)cir enemies.

But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee: therefore
leftest thou them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had

the dominion over them: net toljen tl)cj} retumeft au^ crieb
unto tljee, tl)ou l)earbest tliem from l)eatien; anb mann times
bibst tl)ou beliuer tl)em accorbing to tl)n mercies; and testi-

fiedst against them, that thou mightest bring them again unto thy
law : yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not unto thy command-
ments, but sinned against thy judgments, (which if a man do, he
shall live in them ;) and withdrew the shoulder, and hardened their
neck, and would not hear. Yet many years didst thou forbear
them, and testifiedst against them by thy Spirit in thy prophets : yet
would they not give ear : therefore gavest thou them into the hand
of the people of the lands. Nevertheless, for tljn great mcrcies'
saiiC thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them ; for
thou art a gracious and merciful God.

I commanded the Levites, that they should cleanse themselves,
and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sab-
bath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare

ine accorbing to ti)c greatness of tl)n mercn.

There be many that say. Who will shew us any good ? £orb,
lift tl)ou up tl)e ligl)t of tl)ji countenance upon us.

The Lord al.so will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in
times of trouble.

Tin- poor com mitteth himself unto thee; tl)OU art tl)e ijeljjer

of tl)e fatl^erlcss Lord, thou hast heard the

desire of th." Iiumble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause



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347



thine ear to hear ; to judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the
man of the earth may no more oppress.

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation : and thy
right hand hath holden me up, and tl)t1 gcUtlcitCSS l)atl) mabc mc

great.

Ye that fear the Lord praise him ; all ye the seed of Jacob,
glorify him ; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel. For he hath not
despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted ; neither hath
he hid his face from him ; but when he cried unto him, he heard.

The Lord is my shepherd ; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures : he leadeth me
beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul : he leadeth me in
the paths of righteousness for l)is nrtmc'0 BClkc. Yea, though I
walk through the \-alley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil :
for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies ;
thou anointest my head with oil ; my cup runneth over. Surely
goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life : and I
will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy loving-kind-
nesses ; for U)C11 I)Oyc been CUCr of olb. Remember not the sins
of my youth, nor my transgressions : according to tl)t] mcrcj} re-
member tijott mc for tl)T} goobuess' sake, t!or^.

Good and upright is tlie Lord : tliei'cfore will he teach sinners
in the way. The meek will he guide in judgment ; and the meek
will he teach his way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and
truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

i^or lljn name s sake, (D torir, ^larbon mine iuiquitn ;
for it is great.

When my father and my mother foi-sake me, then the Lord
will take me up.

I will extol thee, O Lord ; for thou hast lifted me up, and
hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. Lord my God, I
cried unto thee, and thou -hast healed me. Lord, thou hast brought
up my soul from the grave : thou hast kept me alive, that I should
not go down to the pit. Sing uTito the Lord, O ye saints of his,
and 'give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness, i^or l)is

anger enbnrctl) bnt a moment ; in l)is fanonr is life : weeping

may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Oh how great is thy goodness which thou hast laid up for
them that fear thee ; which thou hast wrought for them that trust
in thee before the sons of men ! Thou shalt hide them in the se-
cret of thy presence from the pride of man : thou shalt keep them
secretly in a pavilion fi-om the strife of tongues. Blessed be the
Lord : for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong
city. For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine



Ps. xviii. 3.^5.



Psalm
xxii. 23, 34.



Ps. xxiii.



PS.XXV.&-1I.



Ps. xxvii. 10.



Ps. XXX, 1-5.



Psalm
xxxi. 19-23.



348



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Psalm
xxxiii. 4, 5.



Psalm
xxxiv. 1-10.



Ps. xxxvi. 5,



Ps. xxxvi. 7



Ps. xl. 10, 11.



Ps. xl. 17.



Ps. xli. 1.



Psalm li. 1.



Psalm lii. 1.



P9.1xiil. 1-7



eyes : ncucrtliclcss tl)on l)carbcsttl)c noicc of miisu^Jvlicaticins

«jl)cn 3 cricb lintO tl]CC. O love the Lord, all ye his saints:
for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the
proud doer.

For the word of the Lord is right ; and all his works are done
in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment : tljC CClXtl) is
full of tl)c goobncss of U)C Corb.

I will bless the Lord at all times : his praise shall continually
be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord :
the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord
with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord,

anb l)c !}carb nte, anb bcUnercb mc from all ntij fears.
(i[l)cii looked unto l)im, anb xacvc ligl)tcncb : anb tl)cTr faces
tDcri^ not asljamcb. ©Ijis poor man cricb, onb tl)c £orb
l)carb l)im, anb saoeb l)im out of all Ijis troubles. The an-
gel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and
delivereth them.

taste and see that the Lord is good : blessed is the man
that trusteth in him. fear the Lord, ye his saints ; for there is
no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and
suffer hunger : but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good
thing.

®l)ti mcrcn, 0> Corbels in tl)e l)caoens; and thy faithful-
ness reacheth unto the clouds.

How excellent is tl]n louing-kiubncss, God ! therefore the
children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

1 have not hid thy righteousness within my heart ; I have de-
clared thy faithfulness and thy salvation : I have not concealed tl)n
louing-lunbncss anb tl)I5 trutl) from the gn^at congregation.
Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord : let thy
loving-kindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

I am poor and needy; net tl)C f!orb tl)inketl) upon me:
thou art my help and my deliverer ; make no tarrrying, ray
God.

Blessed is he that considereth the poor: tlie Corb toill be-



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