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to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Submit yourselves to God; saying, upon all occasions, the will of the Lord be done. And take heed that ye never charge God foolishly.
Whatever troubles shall befall any of you, ye ought to say, It is the Lord, let him do what seemeth him good. If it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.
If I shall find favour in the eyes of the Lord, he will prosper me in my ways; but if he have no delight in me, behold, here am 1, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.
4 My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, neither be weary of his correction, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. For whom the Lord loveth, he correcteth, even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Should it be according to thy mind? He will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose.
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons. We have had fathers of our flesh, which corrected us, and we gave them reverence; shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits ? For they chastened us after their own pleasure, but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous :
1 James iv. 7. Acts xxi. 14. Job i. 22. Matt. xxvi. 39.
3 2 Sam. xv. 25, 26. Prov, iii. 11. Heb. xii. 5. Prov. iii. 12.
6 Heb. xii. 7. 9, 10, 11.
4 Heb. xii. 5. 5 Job xxxiv. 33.
nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.
? In your patience possess ye your souls; knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope. Wherefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end... And let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. :: Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
Cast not away your confidence; but take joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. ".
The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. What! shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil ? 'Although the fig-tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls ; yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 17 Ye shall not cut yourselves for the dead.
Sorrow not for them that are asleep, even as others (which have no hope; for if we believe that
4 Heb. x.
11 Pet. v. 6. 1 Pet. iv. 19. 35. 34.
7 Deut. xiv. 1.
? Luke xxi, 19. Rom. v. 3, 4. 1 Pet. i. 13. 3 John xiv. 27. Prov. xxiv. 10. 5 Job i. 21. Job ji. 10.
6 Hab. iii. 17, 18. 8 1 Thess. iv. 13, 14.
Jesus died, and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
* Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity; for there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
2 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.
3 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.
* Let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evil doer, or as a busy body in other men's matters. But if any of you be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, let him not refuse to die. If ye
suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. This is thank-worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully: For what glory is it, if when ye be buffetted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. • Be thou partaker of the afflictions of the Gospel. If
any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
1 Psal. xxxvii. I. Prov. xxiv. 20.
2 James i. 2, 3, 4. 3 James i. 12. 4 1 Pet. iv. 15. Acts xxv. 11.
5 1 Pet. iii. 14. 17. 1 Pet. ii. 19, 20. 6 2 Tim. i. 8.
71 Pet. iv. 16.
Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you, falsely, for the sake of Christ. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, that ye were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name; for great is your reward in heaven.
· If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: On their part, who reproach you, he is evil spoken of; but on your part he is glorified.
* Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer; but be thou faithful unto death, and Christ will give thee a crown of life. For if we suffer, we shall also reign with him.
* Let not man be moved with these afflictions; for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shal} suffer persecution.
* Let your patience and faith appear in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure; that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer. Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; and to you who are troubled, rest.
6 Take the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
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.
Consider him that endureth such contradiction of
1 Matt. v. 11, 12. Acts v. 41. Matt. v. 12.
2 1 Pet. iv. 14. 3 Rev, ii. 10, 2 Tim. ii. 12.
41 Thess. iii. 3. 2 Tim, iii. 12. 5 2 Thess. i. 4, 5, 6, 7.
6 James v. 10.
7 James v. 11. 8 Heb. xii. 3, 2. 1 Pet. ii. 21, 22.
sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied, and faint in your minds. And look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith ; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow his steps; who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, 0 Lord, and teachest him out of thy law; that thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity.
3 The Lord humbleth thee and proveth thee, to know what is in thine heart; whether thou love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and whether thou wilt keep his commandments,
Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee; that he may humble thee, and prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end.
5 When the righteous are holden in cords of affliction, then God showeth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded. He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
When the judgments of the Lord are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness; and in their affliction they will seek him early.
'It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that
3 Deut. viii. 2.
| Lam, iri. 27.
2 Psal. xciv. 12, 13. Deut. xiii. 3. Deut. viii, 2.
4 Deut. viii. 5. 16. Xxxvi. 7, 8, 9, 10.
6 Isa. xxvi. 9. Hosea v. 15.
5 Job 7 Psal.