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God.

Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the
king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live forever. All the
presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the coun-
sellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a
royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask
a petition of any God or man fur thirty days, save of thee, O king,
he shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the
decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to
the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Where-
fore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went
mto his house ; and his windows being open in his chamber toward
Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed,
and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and
making supplication before his God. Then they came near, and
spake before the king concerning the king's decree ; Hast thou not
signed a decree, that every mah that shall ask a petition of any
God or man within thii'ty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast
into tlie den of lions ? The king answered and said, The thing is
true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which alteieth
not. Then answered they and said before the king. That Daniel,
which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardctii not
thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketli his
petition three times a day. Then the king, when he heard these
words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel
to deliver hira : and he laboured till the going down of the sun to
deliver him. Then these men assembled unto the king, and said
unto the king, Know, king, that the law of the Medes and Per-
sians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may
be changed. Tlien the king commanded, and they brought I)aniei,
and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said
unto Daniel, Tliy God whom thou servest continually, he will de-
liver thee. And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of
the den ; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the
signet of liis lords ; that the purpose might not be changed con-
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Then the Idng- went to his palace, and passed the night fast-
ing : neither were instruments of music brought before him : and
his sleep went from liim. Then the king arose very early in the
morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. And when he
came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel :
and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the
living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to de-
liver thee from the lions ? Then said Daniel unto the king, king,
live forever. My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions'
mouths, that they have not hurt me : forasmuch as before him in-
nocency was found in me ; and also before thee, king, have I
done no hurt. Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and
commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So
Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was

found upon him, because l)c belieueb in Ijis (J5ob.

And the king commanded, and they brought those men which
had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them,
their children, and their wives ; and the lions had the mastery of
them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the
bottom of the den.

And it shall come to pass, that tDl)OSCret)Cr sl)all Cflll Olt tl)e
ttcime of tl)e Corb -'^hall be delivered : for in mount Zion and in
Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the
remnant whom the Lord shall call.

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble ; and

l)e knoroetl) tl)em tl)at trust in l)im.

Blessed is she tl^tlt belicucb : for there shall be a performance
of those things which were told her from the Lord.

As many as received him, to them gave he power to become

the sons of God, cucn to t!)cm tljat bclieuc on l)is name :

He entered into Capernaum, after some days ; and it was
noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were
gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive
them, no, not so much as about the door : and he preached the
word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of
the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not
come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where
he was : and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed
wherein the sick of the palsy lay. tXJIien JCSUS SaU) tijeir fiUtl),
he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son thy sins be forgiven thee.

And behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue,
Jairus by name ; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, and be-
sought him gi-eatly, saying. My little daughter lieth at the point
of death : I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she
may be healed ; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him ;
and much people followed him, and thronged him.



Joel, ii. 32.

Nahum, i. 7.

Luke, i. 45.

John, i. 12.
Mark, ii. 1-5.



M-irk,
V. 22-30.



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IMPORTANCE OF FAITH.



Matt. ix.
'-•7-30.



Matthew,
xiii. 57, 58.



Matthew,
xiv. iKJ-32.



And a certain woman wliicli had an issue of blood twelve
yeai's, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had
spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew
worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and
touched his garment: for she said. If I may touch but his clothes,
I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was
dried up ; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that
plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue
had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said.
Who touched my clothes ? And his disciples said unto him. Thou
seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou. Who touched
me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this
thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what was
done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the
truth. And he said unto her. Daughter, tljt] filitll l)tltl) mabc
ll)CC Xa\)oU ; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. While he
yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house cer-
tain which said. Thy daughter is dead : why troublest thou the
Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was
spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, jBc tlOt rtfniib,
onli) bclicuc.

And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed
him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.
And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to
him : and Jesus saith unto them, Oclieuc nc tl)iXt 3 CIllI rtble t0
bo tl)is ? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their

eyes, saying, ^ccorbiuQ to nour fuitl), bc it unto nou. And

their eyes were opened.

And they [of Nazareth] were offended in him. But Jesus
said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own
country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty
works there, bccOUSC of tl)Cir UUbcUcf.

And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a
ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the
multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away he
went uj» into a mountain apart to pray : and wheti the evening
was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst
of the sea, tossed with waves : for the wind was contrary.

And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them,
walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on
the sea, they were troubled, saying. It is a spirit ; and they cried
out for fear. But straiglitway Jesus spake unto them, saying, l>e
of good cheer ; it is I ; be not afraid. And Peter answered him
and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
And lie said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the
sliip, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw
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cried, saying, Lord, save ine. And immediately Jesus stretched
forth his liand, and caught him, and said unto him, tliou of little
faith, wherefore didst thou doubt ? And when they were come
into the ship, the wind ceased.

Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might
work the works of God ? Jesus answered and said unto them,
This is the work of God, tl]at ijc bclicuc Oil l)im U)l)Om l)C l)atl)
sent.

Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and
Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same
coasts, and cried unto him, saying. Have mercy on me, O Lord,
thou son of David ; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and be-
sought him, saying, Send her away ; for she crieth after us. But
he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the
house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord,
help me. But he answered and said. It is not meet to take the
children's bread and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth,
Lord : yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their mas-
ter's table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, (J) UJOman,
great is tl)2 faiti) : be it unto tl)ee even as tl)ou mill And

her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

And one of the multitude answered and said. Master, I have
brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit ; and where-
soever he taketh him, he teareth him ; and he foameth and gnash-
eth with his teeth, and pineth away ; and I spake to thy disciples
that they should cast him out, and they could not. He answereth
him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with
you ? how long shall I suffer you ? Bring him unto me. And
they brought him unto him : and when he saw him, straightway
the spirit tare him ; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed,
foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this
came unto him ? And he said. Of a child. And oft-times it hath
cast him into the fire, and into the waters to destroy him : but if
thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.

J.sus said unto him, i?f tl)ciu caust belicuc, all tljiugs arc pos-
sible to l)im tl)at bclicuetl). And straightway the father of the
child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe ; help thou
mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came runnino-
together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb
and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more
into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out
of him : and he was as one dead ; insomuch that many said. He is
dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up ; and

he arose Then came the disciples to Jesus apart,

and said, Why could not we cast him out ? And Jesus said unto
them, BuaUBC of JlOUr unbelief: for verily I say unto you. If ye



John, vi.

28, i9.



Matthew,
XV. iil-iti.



Mark,
ix. 17 - J7.
Watt. xvii.

19, 20.



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John,
vii. 37-39.



John, viii. 24,



John,
xl. 38-40.



Luke,
xvii. 5, 6.



Mark,
X. 4t)-5ii.



Mnlthcw,

XX i. n-a.



have faith as a grain of mustard-seed, ye shall say unto this moun-
tain, Remove hence to yonder place ; and it shall remove ; and
nothing shall be impossible unto you.

In the last day, that gi-eat day of the feast, Jesus stood and
cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
^C t\]Clt bclicnctl) on tnc, as the scripture hath said, out of his
belly shall tlow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the
Spirit, which they tl)Ut bclicUC Oil l)ini should receive, for the
Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet
glorified.)

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins : for
if JIC belicne not tljnt J am l)C, ye shall die in your sins.

Jesus again groaning in himself, cometh to the grave. It
was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away
the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him,
Lord, by this time he stinketh : for he hath been dead f jur days.
Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that if tljOU Uioulbcst
belicoe, thou shouldest see the glory of God ?

Tlie apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the
Lord said. If ye had faith as a grain of mustard-seed, ye might say
unto this sycamine-tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be
thou planted in the sea; axxb it sl)Oulb obcil 20U.

And they came to Jericho : and as he went out of Jerioho
with his disciples, and a great number of people, blind Bai'timeus,
the son of Timeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when
he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and
say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And many
charged him that he should hold his peace: but l)C cricb tl)C

more a Qxcal hcai, QL[)oa sou of Dauib, Ijauc mcrci} on me.

And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called : and they
call the blind man, saying unto him. Be of good comfort, rise ; he
calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came
to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou
that I should do unto thee ? The blind man said unto him, Lord,
that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him. Go thy
way ; tl)U filitl) l)atl) mabc tl)CC roljolc. And immediately he re-
ceived his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

He went out of the city into Bethany ; and he lodged there.
Now in the morning, as he returned into the city, he liungtMed.
And when he saw a fig-tree in the way, he came to it, and found
notliing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it. Let no fruit grow
on thee henceforward forever. And presently the fig-tree witheied
away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying,
How soon is the fig-tree withered away ! Jesus answered and said
unto them, Verily I say unto you, Jf m l)tUiC filiti), tiub boubt



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tlOt, yfi shall not only do this which is clone to the fig-tree, but
also, if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be
tliou cast into the sea ; it shall be done. And all things whatso-
ever ye shall ask in prayer, bclicuiltg, ye shall receive.

I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on

me sljoulb not abibc in barkncss.

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired
to liave you, that he may sift you as wheat : but I have prayed for
thee, tl)at tl}n faiti) fail not ■ and when thou art converted, strength-
en thy brethren.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life :
no man cometh unto the Father, but bn mC.

Verily, verily, I say unto you. He tl)at belicuctt) on me, the
works that I do shall he do also ; and greater works than these
shall he do ; because I go unto my Father.

The Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me,

cinh \)iwc bclkvch tljnt 3 came out from <©ob,

I pray for them : I pray not for the world, but for them which

thou hast given me ; for they are thine Neither

pray I for these alone : but for them also ttjljicl) sljnll bclicue
on me through their word.

And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John,
all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called
Solomon's, greatly wondering. And when Peter saw it, he an-
swered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this ?
or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or
holiness we had made this man to walk ? The God of Abraham,
and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fjithers, hath glorified

his Son Jesus And his name, tljrougl) faitI) in

l)is name, hath made this man strong, whom ye see aad know :
yea, the taith which is by him, hath given him this perfect sound-
ness in the presence of you all.

And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet,
being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked.
The same heard Paul speak : who steadfastly beholding him, a\\b
pcrcciuing tijat Ije l)ab faitI) to be l)ealcb, said with a loud voice,

Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have
shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to
house, testifying both to tlie Jews, and also to the Greeks, repent-
ance toward God, a\\b faitl) tovuiirii our ilorb Jesus (Cljrist.

We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ : by
whom also we have access bn faitl) into this grace wherein we stand,
and rejoice in hope of the gbry of God,



John, xii. 46.



Luke,
xxii.31, 32.



John, xiv. C.
John, XIV. 12.

John, xvi.27.



John,
xvii. 9, 20.



Acts,
iii. 11-13, 16.



Acta,
xiv. 8-10.



Acts,
XX. 20, 21.



Rom. V. 1, 2.



46



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IMPORTANCE OF FAITH.



Romans,
xi. 17-2U.



Gal. ii. 20.



Gal.iii. 14.



Eph.i.12,13.



Ephesians,
iii. lU-li.



Ephcsians,
iii. 17-1'J.



Ephcaians,
vi. 10, 14-lG.



Col. i. 21-23.



1 Tim. iv. 10.



If some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a
wild olive-tree, wert gratfed in among them, and with them par-
takest of the root and fatness of the olive-tree ; boast not against
the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but
the root thee.

Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I
might be graffed in. Well; bccausc of UUbclicf tl)Cn IDCrC

broken off, anb tl]ou stanbcst b^ faiti).

I am crucified with Christ : neverthless I live ; yet not I, but
Christ liveth in me : and the life which I now live in the flesh I
live bjl tl)C filitl) of ll)C Sou of (5ob, who loved me, and gave
himself lor me.

That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles
through Jesus Christ ; that we might receive the promise of the
Spirit tljroncjl) faitI).

That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted
in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word
of truth, the gospel of your salvation : in whom also, aftci" tl)iU T)t
bclicueb, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.

To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in
heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wis-
dom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed
in Christ Jesus our Lord : in whom we have boldness and access
with confidence bn tl)C faitI) of l)im.

That Christ may dwell in your hearts bjl faitl) ; that ye, being
rooted and grounded in love, May be able to coni|>rehend with all
saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height ; and
to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that yemigh
bo filled with all the fulness of God.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power

of his might Stand therefore, having your loins

girt about with truth, and having on the breast-plate of righteous-
ness ; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of
peace; abouc all, taking tI)C sl)iclii of faitl), wherewith ye shall
be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

You, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind
by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his
flesh through death, to present you holy, and unblamoable, and un-
ro])iovahlc, in his sight: if ijc continue in tl)c f.iitli gronnbeb
anb Gcttlcij, aiib be not moinb awan from tl)e l)opc of tl)e
goGpcl, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every
creature which is under heaven ; whereof I Paul am made a min-
ister.

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trust in the living God who is the Saviour of all men, cspcciallg
of tijosc tijat bcUcnc.



But Christ as a Son over his own house : whose house are we, j
if roe Ijolb fast tlic confibcncc, nub tl)c rejoicing of tl)c ()opc ;
firm unto tljc C\ib. AVherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, To-day
if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provoca-
tion, in the day of temptation in the wilderness ; when your fathers
tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Where-
fore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway
err in their heart ; and they have not known my ways. So I sware
in my wrath, Tliey shall not enter into my rest. Take heed,

brethren, lest tl]crc bc in unij of ijou an coil Ijcart of unbe-
lief, in lieijarting from tlje lining ©ob. But exhort one another
daily, while it is called To-day ; lest any of you be hardened
through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of
Christ, if toe l)olb tl)c beginning of our confibencc steabfast
unto tl)C enb ; while it is said, to-day if ye will hear his
harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some,
they had heard, did provoke : howbeit, not all that came out



voice,

when

of

i



years



Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty
was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the
wilderness ? And to whom sware he that they should not enter
into his rest, but to them that believed not ? So we see that they
could not enter in beciXUSC of UubcUef.

Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering
into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto
us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them : but the word
preached did not profit them, not being mixch mil) faiti) in
them that heard it. For we tDl)icll l)ai)C belieueb do enter into
rest, as he said. As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter
into my rest : although the Avorks were finished from the founda-
tion of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh
day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his
works. And in this place again. If they shall enter into my rest.

Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein,
and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of
unbelief: (again, he Hmiteth a certain day, saying in 1 )avid, To-
day, after so long a time ; as it is said. To-day, if ye will hear his
voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest,
then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There
remaineth therefoi-e a rest to the people of God. For he that is
entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as
God did from his.) Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest,
lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

We desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence
to the full assurance of hope unto the end : that ye be not slothful,



Hebrews,
iii. 6-19.



Hebrews,
iv. 1-11.



Heb. vi.
11, 12.



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Hebrews,
X. 33-39.



Hebrews, xi.



but followers of them wlio tijvoug!) filitl) anb prtticiICC inherit
the promises.

Cast not away your confidence, which liath o-i-oat recompense
of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done
the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little
while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now
the just shall live by faith : but if any man draw back, my soul
shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw
back unto perdition ; but of them that believe to the saving of the
soul.

Now faith is the sttbstrtucc of tl)ings Ijopcb for, tl)c cwi-

bcncc of tl]incis not seen : for by it the elders obtained a good
report. Through faith we undei'stand that the worlds were framed
by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made
of things which do a2:)pear. By fiiith Abel offered unto God a
more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness
that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts : and by it he
being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated, that he
should not see death ; and was not found, because God had trans-
lated him : for before his translation he had this testimony, that

he pleased God. But toitljout faitl) it is imposeiblc to please

I)inx : for he that cometh to God must believe tliat he is, and that
he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. By faith Noah,
being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,
prepared an ark to the saving of his house ; by the which he con-
demned the world, and became heir of the rigliteousness which is
by faith. By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into
a place which he should after receive for an .inheritance, obeyed ;



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