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true God"; the not having and vouching him for God, and our God"; the omission or neglect of any thing due to him, required in this commandment'; ignorance', forgetfulness', misapprehensions, false opinions', unworthy and wicked thoughts of him"; bold and curious searchings into his secrets*; all prophaneness',


o Jer. 2. 2?, 28. Saying to a get her ornaments, or a bride stock, Thou art my father; and her attire? yet my people have toa stone, Thou hast brought me forgotten me days without numforth. Where are thy gods that ber. Pfa. 50. 22. thou hast made thee?-for ac- t Aas 17. 23, 29. For as I cording to the number of thy paffed by, and beheld your decities are thy gods, O Judah. votions I found an altar with Compared with i Theff. i, 9. this inscription, TO THE UNp Pfa. 81. 11. But my peo

KNOWN God. Whom there, ple would not hcarken to my fore ye ignorantly worship him voice and Israel would none of declare I unto you. We ought

not to think that the Godhead q lfa. 43. 22, 23, 24. But is like unto gold, or silver, or thou hast not called upon me, stone, graven by art and man's Jacob, but thou hast been device. weary


O Israel. Thou v Isa. 40. 18, To whom haft not brought me the smalt then will ye liken God ? or cattle of thy burnt-offerings, what likeness will ye compare neither haft thou honoured me

unto him? with thy facrifices.

w Pfa. 50.21. These things r Jer. 4. 22. For my peo- hast thou done, and I kept ple is foolish, they have not filence: thou thoughteft that I known me, they are sottish was altogether such an children, and they have no thyself: but I will reprove thee, understanding : they are wise and set them in order before to do evil, but to do good they thine eyes. have no knowledge. Hof. * Deut. 29. 29. The secret 1, 6. For the Lord hath a things belong unto the Lord controversy with the inhabi. our God, tants of the land ; because there y Tit. 1. 16. They profess is no truth, nor mercy, nor that they know God; but in knowledge of God iu the land. works they deny him, being My people are destroyed for abominable, and disobedient, lack of knowledge.

and to every good work reprof Jer. 2. 32. Can a maid for. bate. Heb. 12. 16.

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hatred of God”, self-love", self-seeking", and all other inordinate and immoderate setting of our mind, will or affections upon other things, and taking them off from him in whole or in part'; vain credulity", unbelief, heresy', misbelief*, distrust", despair'; incorrigibleness", and insensibleness under judgments, hardness of heart", pride", presumption', carnal security', tempting

z Rom. 1. 30. Backbiters, many things contrary to the haters of God, despiteful, proud, name of Jesus of Nazareth. boasters.

h Pfal. 78. 22. Because they a 2 lim. 3.2 For men thall believed not in God, and trust. be lovers of their ownselves, ed not in his falvation. covetous, &c.

i Gen.4. 13. And Cain said, b Phil. 2: 21. For all seek My punishment is greater than their own, not the things which I can bear. are Jesus Christ's.

k Jer. 5.3. Thou hast strickci John 2, 15, 16, Love not en them, but they have noi the world, neither the things grieved; thou hast consumed that are in the world; if any them, but they have refused man love the world, the love to receive correction; they of the Father is not in him. have made their faces harder I Sam, 2. 29. And honourest than a rock, they have refused thy sons above me. Col. 3,2, s. to return.

d 1 John 4. 1. Beloved, be- llfa. 42. 25. Yet he knew not; lieve not every spirit, but try - yet he laid it not to heart. the spirits whether they are of m Rom. 2. 5. But after thy God; because many false pro- hardness and impenitent heart, phets are gone out into the treasurest up unto thyself wrath world.

against the day of wrath, and € Heb. 3. 12. Take heed revelation of the righteous judge brethren, left there be in any ment of God. of you an evil heart of unbe

n Jer. 13. 15. Hear ye, and lief, in departing from the liv- give ear, be not proud; for ing God.

the Lord hath spoken. Gal. 5. 20. Idolatry, witch- o Pfa. 19. 13. Keep back craft, hatred, variance, emu- thy servant also from presumplations, wrath, strife, feditions, tuous sins:-then shall I beheresies. Tit. 3. 10.

innocent from the great transg Acts 26. 9. I verily thought gression. with myself, that I ought to do p Zeph. I. 12. And punih

of God": using unlawful means', and trusting in lawful means'; carnal delights and joys'; corrupt, blind, and indiscreet zeal'; lukewarm. ness", and deadness in the things of Godt; estranging ourselves, and apoftatizing from God'; praying, or giving any religious worship, to faints, angels, or any other creatures'; all compacts and consulting with the devil", and


che men that are fettled on their are all estranged from lees: that say in their heart, through their idols. Ifa. I. 4, 5. The Lord will not do good, They have forsaken the Lord, nor will he do evil.

they are gone away backward. q Mat. 4. 7. Thou shalt not Why should ye he stricken any tempt the Lord thy God. more? Ye will revolt more r Rom. 3. 8. And not ra

and more. ther, (as we be flanderonsly re- z Hof, 4. 12. My people ask ported, and as some affirm that counsel at their stocks, and we say,) Let us do evil that their staff declareth unto them: good may come?

Rev. 19. 10. And I fell at his f Jer. 17.5. Curfed be the man feet to worship him; and he that trusteth in man, and ma- said unto me, See thou do it keth flesh his arm, and whose not: I am thy fellow.servant, heart departeth from the Lord. and of thy brethren that have

t. 2 Tim. 3. 4.. Traitors, the testimony of Jesus; worheady, high-minded, lovers of ship God. Col. 2. 18. Let no pleasures more than lovers of man beguile you of your reGod.

ward, in a voluntary humility, v Gal. 4.17. They zealouf- and worshipping of angels, inly affect you, but not well; truding into those things which Rom. 10. 2. For 1 bear them he hath not feen, vainly puffed record, that they have a zeal of up by his fleshly mind. Rom. God, but not according to knowledge. John 16. 2. Luke a Lev. 20. 6. And the soul 9. 54, 55.

that turneth after such as have w Rev. 3. 16. So then, be. familiar fpirits, and after wizcause thou art lukewarm and ards, to go a whoring after neither cold nor hot, I will fpue them, I will even set my face thee out of my mouth. against that soul, and will cut

x Rev. 3. I. I know thy him off from among his people. works that thou hast a pame, 1 Sam. 28. 7, II. Compared that thou livest, and art dead. with a Chron. 10. 13, 14,

y Ezek. 14. 5. Because they

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hearkening to his suggestions"; making men the lords of our faith and conscience'; flighting and despising God, and his commands"; refifting and grieving of his Spirit", discontent and impatience at his dispensations, charging him foolishly for the evils he inflicts on us'; and afcribing the praise of any good we either are, have, or can do, to fortune", idols", ourselves, or any other creaturek.

Q. 106. What are we especially taught by these words (before me) in the first commandment?

A. These words ( before me) or before my face, in the first commandment, teach us, that

to us.

b Acts 5. 3. But Peter said, almost gone, my steps had well Ananias, why hach Satan filled nigh flipt. For I was envious thine heart, to lie to the Ho- at the foolish, when I saw the ly Ghost, and to keep back prosperity of the wicked, &c, part of the price of the lund? g 1 Sam. 6. 7, 8, 9. But if

c 2 Cor. 1. 24. Not for that not, then shall we know that it we have dominion over your is not his hand that fmote us, faith, but are helpere of your it was a chance that happened joy. Mat. 23. y.

d Deut. 32. 15. Then he h Dan. 5. 23. And thou hast forsook God that made him, praised the gods of silver and and lightly esteemed the rock gold, of brals, iron, wood and of his falvation. Prov. 13. 13. stone, which see not, nor hear, Whoso despiseth the word, shall nor know; and the God, in be destroyed : but he that fear. whose hand thy breath is, and eth the commandment, shall be whose are all thy ways, haft rewarded. 2 Sam. 12. 9:

thou not glorified. e Acts 7.51. Ye stiff-necked i Deut. 8. 17. And thou say and uncircumcised in heart and in thine heart, My power and ears, ye do always resist the the night of my hand hath Holy Ghost. Eph. 4. 30. And gotten me this wealth. Dan. grieve not the holy Spirit of 4. 30. God.

k Hab. 1. 16. Therefore Psa. 73. 2, 3, 13, 14, 15, they facrifice unto their nct, and 22. But as for me my feet were burn incense unto their drag,

God, who feeth all things, taketh special no. tice of, and is much displeased with, the fin of having any other god: That so it may be an argument to dissuade from it, and to aggravate it as a most impudent provocation'; as also to persuade us to do as in his fight, whatever we do in his service .

Q. 107. Which is the second commandment?

A. The second commandment is, Thou frakt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them; For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me: And foewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments".

Q. 108. What are the duties required in the second commandment ?

A. The duties required in the second com

1 Pfa. 44. 20, 21. If we have and thou shalt see greater aboforgotten the name of our God, minations. or ítretched out our hands to a mi Chron. 28.9. And thou, strange god; Shall not God Solomon, my son, know thou search this out? for he know- the God of thy father, and eth the secrets of the heart. serve him with a perfect heart, Ezek. 8. 5. to the end of the and with a willing mind: for chapter. And behold north- the Lord searcheth all hearts, ward, at the gate of the altar, and understandeth all the imathis image of jealousy in the ginations of the thoughts. entry. But turn thee yet again, n Exod. 20. 4, 5, 6.

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