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forrow and dejection of mind. Thou of thy justice and wisdom doft write bitter things against me: 'thy wrath lies hard upon me, and my foul is brought low, even unto the duft. I confefs with hearty forrow, that my fins are many and very great ; but greater is thy mercy to penitent finners. I confess my sins have deferved much more grievous punifliments than I feel; but shouldīt thou be extreme to mark what I have done amiss, I shall not be able to abide it. Great is the malice of the power of darkness, and great is my own weakness; but much greater is thy power and goodness. O then! give me a right understanding of myself, and of thy threats and promises, that I who travail and am heavy laden with my sins, may, at thy call, come unto thee only for succour, and put my whole trust always in thee. Oreceive me, and relieve me, and revive me, take pity upon my sorrowful soul; shut not'up thy tender mercies in displeasure, but make me hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Break not the bruised reed, and quench not the smoaking flax. Deliver me from the fear of the enemy, and lift up the light of thy countenance upon me, and give me peace of conscience, and joy in the holy gholt.
1. Make me to wait with
patience, for thy good appointed time, to comfort me, and make me know assuredly, that it is good for me that I have been in trouble. In the mean time, O Lord, give me the shield of faith, whereby I may be able to quench all the fiery darts of the devil; that, trusting in thee, and in thy promises, I may at last be more than conqueror, looking unto Jesus, the great captain of my falvation. Therefore when my fears press hard upon me, I will hope in thy mercy, and put my
trust and confidence in thee. For which end therefore I humbly pray thee to infuse thy grace into my heart; purify my soul; dispel those black irregular thoughts and apprehensions, which terrify and discompose my mind: and be thou my mighty defence in all my wants and distresses, and my ready helper in this time of need. To thee, therefore, who art able to keep me from falling, and to present mefaultless before the presence of thy glory, with exceeding joy, be ascribed all honour, glory, might, majesty and dominion, both now and for ever, Amen.
A prayer for all states and conditions of men. O
kind, I humbly befeech thee to receive these my prayers which I offer unto thy divine
majesty, majesty, for all sorts and conditions of men, that thou wouldst be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy faving health unto all nations, More especially I pray that thou wilt inspire the universal church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord, that all who profess and call themselves · christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, I most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them who in this transitory life are in trouble, forrow, need, sickness, or under any other affliction or distress, in mind, body, oreftate; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities, giving them patience unto their fufferings, and a happy inue out of all their afHictions; and this I beg for Jesus Christ's fake. Amen,
A Thanksgiving ALmighty God, father of all
mercies, I thy unworthy fervant do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kind*ness to me and to all mankind. I bless thee for my creation, prefervation, and all the bleslings of this life; and for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; befeeching thee to give me grace to to follow their goodexample, that with thein I may be partaker of thy kingdom; but above all, I bleis thee for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And I beseech
thee, give me that due fenfe of all thy mercies, that my heart may be anfcignedly thankful, and that I may fhew forth thy praise, not'only with niy lips, but in my life, by giving up inyfelf to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all my days, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom with thee and the holy ghoft, be all'honour and glory world without end. Amen."
The E N D.
R E AS ONS For preferring the NEW Whole Drety of Man, which
treats of the FAITH as well as PRACTICE of a Chriflian, to the OLD Whole Duty of Man, which treats of
the noral DUTIES only. By the following Specimen of 150 Defeats in the Old Whole Duty of Man, and which are fupplied in the New Whole Duty of Mar; It may be observed, That those with a [*] before them, the Church of Enga land has declared, and maintains to be effentially necesary to falvation ; and of these DefeEts, there are no less than seventeen in elre following spéciment only.
For farther satisfaction, see the PREFACE to the New Whole Duty of Man; and at the end of it the Testimonies from Scripture, the Litur. gy, Articles, Homilies, and Writings of several of the most learned and pious BISHOPS, and eminent Divines of the CHURCH Of ENGLAND, PROVING, That the Old Whole Duty of Man was very improperly fe called, and dangerously, received under that title; because the Artis CLES of the chriftian faith are entirely omitted in that Book; and without faith in those Articles, the most diligent practice of the Duties there treated of, is not sufficient to secure to a christian his eternal salvation,
The SPECIMEN of 150 DEFECTS.
12. Of the truth and excellency of No. F the reasonableness, cer- christianity. How it may be pro
ved from history, prophecy, mi
racles, and by internal and exter-125. Ofits infallibility and members. I nal evidences.
126. * Of the communion of faints.
27. Of fin; and when its forgiveOf faith, &c. fo.141
ness is effectual throChrift. 3• * Of thechriftian faith in one God 28. * Of the resurrection of our bo
and three persons, the father, son, dies, proved by reason and facts in and holy ghost.
the Old and New Testament, 4. The neceility of this belief, in 29. * Of its certainty, univerfality, order to obtain salvation.
of the reward to the good, and pue 5. Of the creation of the world, and nishment to the wicked. God's providence,
30. Of the folly of atheism; and the 6. Why God is called father and al- case of atheists. mighty.
* Of the life everlasting. 7. Why Jesus Christ is called our 32. Of the self-condemnation of the Lord.
wicked; and of their eternal pu8. Of the reasonableness of the be- nishment. lief in the trinity.
33. God's justice vindicated in pu9. * Of faith in Jesus Christ, as God nishing the wicked eternally. and man,
34. There can be no excuse for fin. 10. * Of his incarnation and birth. 135. Of the truth and excellency of II. *.Of his sufferings and cruci- the doctrines of christianity. fixion,
36. The truth of the christian reli12. * Of his human nature.
gion not affected by religious dir13. Of the benefit, use, and neceffi- putes. ty of this faith.
37. Religion, originally, neither the 14. * Of his death, burial, and de- effect of fear, education, or state fcent into hell.
policy 15. * Of his resurrection from the 38. Why the Lord's fupper was ordead.
dained by Christ. 16. * Of his afcenfion; Mhewing 39. Of the satisfaction that is necer.
why it was in the fight of his dif- sary to find acceptance of our reciples, and not of all the Jews.
pentance before God. * Of his being our advocate and 40. The obligation of an oath. intercefor.
41. Of curfing. 18. * Of his coming again, and ap- 42. Of making vows.
pointment by the father to be the 43. Of the object of our prayers ; judge of both men and angels. and of their power and efficacy. 19. Of a particular and general 44. The common objections against judgment.
prayer answered. 20. Of the reasonableness of a last 45. Of repentance, and when it is judgment.
effectual. 21. Of the degrees of rewards and 46. The danger of delaying repen
* Of faith in the holy ghost. 47. Of purgatory. 23. Of his peculiar office, and man- 48. Of works of supererogation, ner of working in us.
49. Of the fast of lent. 24. * Of the holy catholic, or uni-50. Of à facramert. verfal church, and its being a state 51. The case of unbaptized persons. of salvation.