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ness, and hath no light ? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.” Isaiah 1. 10.

66 The Lord will not cast off for ever, but though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.” Lam. iii. 31-33.

“ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt. xi. 28.

6 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken ; cast down, but not destroyed.” 2 Cor. iv. 8, 9. ·

SANCTIFIED AFFLICTIONS.

In the afflictions of men God has

a gracious design which should ever be kept in remembrance.

“ Happy is the man whom God correcteth; therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty; for he maketh sore and bindeth up; he woundeth, and his hands make whole.” Job v. 17, 18.

6 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now have I kept thy word. It is good for me that I have been afflicted that I might learn thy statutes. I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me." Psalm cxix. 67, 71, 75.

6 Whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” Prov. iii. 12.

“ We glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience ; and patience experience ;

and experience hope.” Romans v. 3, 4.

- For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” 2 Cor. iv. 16, 17.

“ Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but griev. ous; nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Heb. xii. 11.

“ That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” i Peter i. 7.

PATIENCE AND SUBMISSION.

66 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great 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.” Heb. x. 35–37.

6 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations, knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation ; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." James i. 2-4, 12.

6 Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” i Pet. v. 6.

“Be ye also patient; establish your hearts; for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy.” James v. 8, 11.

SUPPORT IN DEATH.

“ Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." Psalm xxiii. 4.

“ God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave; for he shall receive me.” Psalm xlix. 15.

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