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6 hands have I done this. And God said unto him in a dream, Yea,

I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee

(Solomon) wilt walk before me, as David thy suffered him not to hurt me. Ge. xxxi. 7. father walked, in integrity of heart, and in up. And they (Jacob and his household) journeyed; rightness, to do according to all that I have and the terror of God was upon the cities that commanded thee, &c: then I will establish were round about them, and they did not the throne of thy kingdom. 1 Ki. ix. 4. I pursue after the sons of Jacob. Ge. xxxv. 5. beseech thee, O Lord (said Hezekiah), re- Por I will cast out the nations before thee, and member now how I have walked before thee enlarge thy borders (Israel), neither shall any in truth, and with a perfect heart, and have man desire thy land when thou shalt go up to done that which is good in thy sight. And appear before the Lord thy God thrice in the Hezekiah wept sore. 2 Ki. xx. 3. I know year. Ex. xxxiv. 24. Now, therefore, my also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and Lord (said Abigail to David), as the Lord hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the Lord (David), in the uprightness of mine heart I hath withholden thee from coming to shed have willingly offered all these things, &c. 1 blood, and from avenging thyself with thine Chr. xxix. 17. Judge me, O Lord, according to own hand: now let thine enemies, and they my righteousness, and according to mine in- that seek evil to my Lord, be as Nabal. 1 Sa, tegrity that is in me. Ps. vii. 3. Let in- xxv. 26). In very deed, as the Lord God of tegrity and uprightness preserve me, for I Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from wait on thee ( God). Ps. xxv. 21. So he hurting thee ; surely there had not been left fed them according to the integrity of “his” unto Nabal by the morning light, &c. 1 St. (" David's") heart, and guided" them" xxv. 34. For the Lord God is a sun and " Israel") by the skilfulness of his hands. shield. Ps. lxxxiv. 11. The king's heart is Ps. Ixxviii. 72. The integrity of the upright in the hand of the Lord; as the rivers of shall guide them. Pr. xi. 3. The just man water, he turneth it whithersoever he will. walketh in his integrity. His children are Pr. xxi. I. Therefore behold, I will hedge blessed after him. Pr. xx. 7. For our re- up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, joicing is this; the testimony of our con- that she (Jerusalem) shall not find her paths; science, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, and she shall follow after her lovers, but she not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of shall not overtake them ; and she shall seek God, we have had our conversation in the them, but shall not find them. Then shall she world, and more abundantly to you-ward. say, I will go and return to my first husband, 2 Co. i. 12. Ye are witnesses, and God also, for then was it better with me than now. Ho. how holily, and justly, and unblameably we ii. 6, 7. behaved ourselves among you that believe. Sinning against me.] Neither hath he kept 1 Th. ii. 10. (I Paul) who was before a back any thing from me but thee, because thou blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious ; art his wife (said Joseph to his mistress); how but I obtained mercy, because I did it igno- then can I do this great wickedness, and sin rantly in unbelief. i Ti. i. 13.

against God? Ge. xxxix. 9. If a soul sin, Innocency of my hands, &c.] I (Elihu) have and commit a trespass against the Lord, or heard the voice of thy words saying, I'(Job) hath deceived his neighbour, the priest shall am clean without transgression ; I am inno- make an atonement for him before the Lord, cent, neither is there iniquity in me. Job Le. vi. 2. 7. Against thee, thee only, have I xxxiii. 8, 9. He that hath clean hands and a sinned, and done this evil in thy sight, that pure heart shall receive the blessing from the thou mightest be justified when thou speakest

, Lord. Ps. xxiv. 4, 5. I will wash my hands and be clear when thou judgest. Ps. li. 4 in innocency, so will I compass thine altar, 0 So I gave them up unto their own hearts' least, Lord. Ps. xxvi. 6. Verily, I have cleansed and they walked in their own counsels. my heart in vain, and washed my hands in Ixxxi. 12. For the mystery of iniquity doth innocency (said David, beholding the prosperity already work, only he who now letteth will of the wicked). Ps. Ixxiii

. 13. My God hath let, until he be taken out of the way. And for sent his anges, and hath shut the lions' mouths, this cause God shall send them strong dethat they have not hurt me, (said Daniel), for- lusion, that they should believe a lie. 2 Th. asmuch as before him innocency was found in ii. 7. 11. me. Da. vi. 22.

To touch her.) But of the fruit of the tree 6 Withheld thee, &c.] For the Lord had which is in the midst of the garden, God hath fast closed up all the wombs of the house of said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye Abimelech, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife. touch it, lest ye die. Ge. iii. 3. And AbimeGe. xx. 18. And your father (Laban), bath lech charged all his people, saying, He that deceived me (said Jacob to Rachel and Leah), toucheth “ this man" ("* Isaac"), or his wife, and changed my wages ten times; but God shall surely be put to death. Ge. xxvi. 11.

not to touch her. Now therefore restore the man his wife ; for he 7 is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou,

It is good for a man not to touch a woman. xix. 2. 4. Take unto you now seven bul1 Co. vii. 1. Wherefore, come out from among locks and seven rams (said the Lord), and go them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive a burnt-offering, and my servant Job shall you. 2 Co. vi. 17.

pray for “ you” (his three friends). Job 7. Prophet.] See chap. xii. I. 3, and com. xlii. 81. Then said the Lord unto me, Pray And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham not for this people for their good. Je. xiv. 11. that thing which I do? Ge. xviii. 17. And Then said the Lord unto me, Though Moses the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind thee a god to Pharaoh. And Araon thy bro could not be toward this people. Je. xv. 1. ther shall be thy prophet. Ex. vii. i. Touch But if they be prophets, and the word of the not mine anointed, and do my prophets no Lord be with them, let them now make inharm. 1 Ch. xvi. 22. The secret of the tercession to the Lord of hosts. Je. xxvii. 18. Lord is with them that fear him, and he will Is any sick among you ? let him call for shew them his covenant. Ps. xxv. 14. Which the elders of the church, and let them pray covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath over him : confess your faults one to another, unto Isaac, saying, Touch not mine anointed, and pray one for another, that ye may be and do my prophets no harm. Ps. cv. 9. 15. healed. Ja. v. 14. 16. If any man see his God, who at sundry times, and in divers man brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he ners, spake in time past unto the fathers by shall ask, and he shall give him life for them the prophets, hath in these last days spoken that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto unto us by his Son. He. i. 1.

death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. Pray for thee.] Then it shall be, because 1 Jn. v. 16. If any man will hurt them (the he hath sinned and is guilty, the priest shall two witnesses that shall prophesy), fire promake atonement for him before the Lord. ceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth Le. vi. 4. 7.

And Samuel said, Gather all their enemies : and if any man will hurt them, Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto he must in this manner be killed. These the Lord. And the children of Israel said to have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the Lord our the days of their prophecy, and bave power God for us, that he will save us out of the over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite hand of the Philistines. 1 Sa. vii. 5. 8. And the earth with all plagues, as often as they all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy will. Re. xi. 5, 6. servants unto the Lord thy God, that we die Surely die.) For the Lord had fast closed up not. As for “me” (“ Samuel), God forbid all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, bethat I should sin against the Lord in ceasing cause of Sarah, Abraham's wife. Ge. xx. 18. to pray for you. 1 Sa. xii. 19. 23. And But of the tree of the knowledge of good and David spake unto the Lord, when he saw the evil, thou shalt not eat of it. Ge. ii. 17. And angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with have sinned, and I have done wickedly, but great plagues, because of Sarai, Abram's wife. these sheep, what have they done? Let thine Ge. xii. 17. Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against wicked ? and to princes, Ye are ungodly? How my father's house. 2 Sa. xxiv. 17. And the much less to him that accepteth not the persons king" (" Jeroboam") answered and said to of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the man of God, Entreat now the face of the the poor? for they all are the work of his Lord thy God, and pray for me, that my hand hands. Job xxxiv. 18, 19. He suffered no may be restored to me again ; and the man of man to do them wrong, yea, he reproved God besought the Lord, and the king's hand kings for their sakes. Ps. cv. 14. When I was restored him again, and became as it was say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die, before. 1 Ki. xiii. 6. But Naaman was and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest wroth (when bidden to wash in Jordan), and to warn the wicked man from his wicked way, went away and said, Behold I thought he will he shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will surely come out to me, and stand and call on I require at thine hand.

Ex. iii. 18. Say the name of the Lord his God, and strike his unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I hand over the place, and recover the leper. have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, 2 Ki. v. ll. And he (Hezekiah) sent Eliakim, but that the wicked turn from his way and which was over the household, and Shebna live. Turn ye, turn ye, from your evil ways ; the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered why will ye die, 0 house of Israel? If the with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet, the son wicked restore the pledge, give again that he of Amoz. And they said unto him, Lift up hath robbed, walk in the statutes of life withthy prayer for the remnant that are left. 2 Ki. out committing iniquity, &c., none of his sins

8 and all that are thine. Therefore Abimelech rose early in the

morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in 9 their ears : and the men were sore afraid. Then Abimelech called

Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on

my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought 10 not be done. And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest 11 thou, that thou hast done this thing? And Abraham said, Because

I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they

that he hath committed shall be mentioned hath played the harlot, and also behold, she unto him; he hath done that which is lawful is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, and right, he shall surely live. Ez. xxxiii. 11. Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. Ge. 16. Marriage is honourable in all, and the xxxviii. 24. How then (said Joseph), can I bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulte- do this great wickedness, and sin against God? rers God will judge. He. xiii. 4.

Ge. xxxix. 9. And the man that committeth All that are thine.] The princes also of Pha- adultery with another man's wife, even he that raoh saw her, and commended her before Pha- committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, raoh, and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be house. Ge. xii. 15. And the earth opened put to death. Le. xx. 10. And David's anger her mouth, and swallowed them (Korah, was greatly kindled against the man (who had Dathan, and Abiram) up, and their houses, taken the poor man's lamb), and he said to and all the men that appertained unto Korah, Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that and all their goods. They, and all that apper- hath done this thing shall surely die. And tained to them, went down alive into the pit, Nathan said to David, Thou art the man! and the earth closed upon them, and they Wherefore hast thou despised the commandperished from among the congregation. Nu. ment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? xvi. 32, 33. When“ he" (" David) saw the Thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the angel that smote the people, he said, Lo, I have sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife. sinned (in numbering the people), and I have Now therefore the sword shall never depart done wickedly. 2 Sa. xxiv. 17.

from thine house. 2 Sa. xii. 5. 7.9, 10. For 9 What hast thou done, &c.) And Pharaoh there is no respect of persons with God. Ro. called Abram and said, What is this that ii. 11. Marriage is honourable in all, and the thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not bed undefiled. He. xii. 4. tell me that she was thy wife? Ge. xii. 18. Ought not to be done.) And Jacob heard and com. And Abimelech said, What is this that he had defiled Dinah his daughter. And thou (Isaac) hast done unto us? One of the the sons of Jacob came out of the field when people might lightly have lien with thy wife, they heard it, and the men were grieved, and and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness were very wroth, because he (Shechem) had upon us. Ge. xxvi. 10. And the Lord wrought folly in Israel, in lying with Jacob's plagued the people, because they made the daughter, which thing ought not to be done. calf which Aaron made. Er. xxxii. 35. And Ge. xxxiv. 5. 7. And she (Tamar) answered Joshua said (to Achan), Why hast thou troubled him (Amnon), Nay, my brother, do not force us? The Lord shall trouble thee this day. me, for no such thing ought to be done in Jos. vii. 25. And “he” (“ David) said, Israel: do not thou this folly. 2 Sa. xiii. 12. Wherefore doth my lord (Saul), thus pursue For there are many unruly, whose mouths after his servant ? for what have I done? or must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, what evil is in mine hand ? Now therefore, I teaching things which they ought not. Tit. pray thee, let my lord the king hear the i. Il. words of his servant. If the Lord have stirred

11 Surely the fear of God, &c.] And he thee up against me, let him accept an offering: (the angel of the Lord) said, Lay not thine but if they be the children of men, cursed be hand upon the lad (Isaac), for now I know they before the Lord: for they have driven that thou (Abraham) fearest God, seeing thou me out this day from abiding in the inherit- hast not withheld thy son, thine only sex ance of the Lord, saying, Go, serve other gods. from me. Ge. xxii. 12. And Joseph said 1 Sa. xxvi. 18, 19. Whoso causeth the righteous unto them" (" his brethren") the third day, to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall him- This do and live (leave Simeon bound, and bring self into his own pit; but the upright shall Benjamin), for I fear God. Ge. xlii

. 18. The have good things in possession. Pr. xxviii. 10. former governors that had been before nie A great sin.) And it came

ere chargeable unto the people, and had taken about three months after, that it was told of them bread and wine, &c., but so did not l, Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in-law because of the fear of God. Ne. v. 16. There

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will slay me for my wife's sake. And yet indeed she is my sister ; 12 she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife. And it came to pass, when 13 God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say me,

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brother. And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants and women- 14 servants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife. And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: 15 dwell where it pleaseth thee. And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I 16 have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Say of me, &c.] See chap. xii. 13. Job, one that feared God and eschewed evil. 14 look sheep.] See verse 11. and chap. Job i. 1. Behold the fear of the Lord, that xii. 16. and com. is wisdom. Job xxviii. 28. Have all the And restored him Sarah.] See verses 2. 7. and workers of iniquity no knowledge ? who eat chap. xii. 19, 20. and com. up my people as they eat bread, and call 15 My land is before thee.] See chap. xiii. not upon the Lord. Ps. xiv. 4. The trans

9, and com.

The land of Egypt is before thee; gression of the wicked saith within my beart, in the best of the land make thy father (Israel) that there is no fear of God before his eyes. and brethren to dwell: in the land of Goshen He deviseth mischief upon his bed : he setteth let them dwell (said Pharaoh to Joseph). Ge. himself in a way that is not good : he abhor- xlvii. 6. reth not evil. Ps. xxxvi. 1. 4. The fear of 16 Thy brother, &c.] See verse 5. Open the Lord is the beginning of knowledge : but rebuke is better than secret love. Pr. fools despise wisdom and instruction. Pr. xxvii. 5. i. 7. Then shalt thou understand the fear Behold, he is to thee a covering, &c.] And of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He Pr. ïi. 5. The fear of the Lord is to hate that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely evil. Pr. viii. 13. By the fear of the Lord be put to death. Ge. xxvi. 11. “She” (Remen depart from evil. Pr. xvi. 6. There is bekak") had said unto the servant, What man no fear of God before their eyes. Ro. iii. 18.

is this that walketh in the fields to meet us? Slay me for my wife's sake, &c.] See chap. And the servant had said, It is my master xii. 12. and com.

(Isaac). Therefore she took a vail, and covered 12 Yet indeed she is my sister.] And herself. Ge. xxiv. 65. Abram and Nahor took them wives : the name Thus she was reproved.] And Joab anof Abram's wife was Sarai ; and the name swered (David), The Lord make his people of Nahor's wife, Milcha, the daughter of an hundred times so many more as they be : Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of but, my lord the king, are they not all my Iscah. Ge. xi. 29. and com. Say, I pray thee, lord's servants? Why then doth my lord rethou art my sister.

Ge. xii. 13. and com. quire this thing? why will he be a cause of 13 God cuused me, &c.] See chap. xii. 1. trespass to Israel? (in numbering the people). 9. 11, and com.

And (God) said unto " him”. Nevertheless the king's word prevailed against (" Abraham), Get thee out of thy country Joab. And God was displeased with this thing. and from thy kindred, and come into the 1 Ch. xxi. 3, 4. 7. Reprove not a scorner, land which I shall shew thee. And he gave lest he hate thee; rebuke a wise man and he him none inheritance in it; no, not so much as will love thee: give instruction to a wise man, to set his foot on: yet he promised that he and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, would give it to him for a possession, and to and he will increase in learning. Pr. ix. 8,9. his seed after him, when as yet he had no Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge, child. Ac. vii. 3. 5.

but he that hateth reproof is brutish. Pr. xii. l. This is thy kindness, &c.] And Saul said, As an ear-ring of gold and an ornament of Blessed be ye (Ziphites, who came to discover fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obeDavid) of the Lord, for ye have compassion dient ear. Pr. xxv. 12. Open rebuke is 1 Sa. xxiii. 21. They encourage

better than secret love. Pr. xxvii. 5. So themselves in an evil matter ; they commune the ship-master came to him (Jonah), and of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall said unto him, What meanest thou, 0 sleeper ? see them? Ps. lxiv. 5. Then Peter said Arise, call upon thy God, it so be that God unto her (Sapphira), How is it that ye (Ana- will think upon us, that we perish not. Jon. nias and Sapphira), have agreed together to i. 6. As many as I love (saith the Lord), tempt the Spirit of the Lord ? Ac. v. 9. I rebuke and chasten. Re. iii. 19.

on me.

17 all other : thus she was reproved. So Abraham prayed unto God:

and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; 18 and they bare children. For the Lord had fast closed up all

the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

CHAPTER XXI.

1 AND the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did 2 unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare

17 Prayed unto God.] Now therefore re- up her (Hannah's) womb. 1 Sa. i. 6. Therestore the man his wife (said God in a dream fore they (the people of Ashdod) sent the ark to Abimelech), for he is a prophet, and he shall of God to Ekron; and it came to pass, as the pray for thee. Ge. xx. 7. And when the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites Lord saw that Leah was hated (by Jacob), he cried out, saying, They have brought about the opened her womb. Ge. xxix. 31. So “ they" ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us and (the Ekronites") sent and gathered together our people. 1 Sa. v. 10. all the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it CHAP. XXI.--1 Visited Sarah.) And Joseph go again to his own place, that it slay us not said unto his brethren, I die and God will and our people ; for there was a deadly de- surely visit you. Ge. I. 24. The Lord God struction throughout all the city: the hand of of your fathers appeared unto me (Moses), God was very heavy there, and the men that saying, I have surely visited you. Ex. iii. 16. died not were smitten with the emerods, and And when “they'' ("the Israelites") heard the cry of the city went up to heaven. 1 Sa. that the Lord had visited the children of Israel, v. 11, 12. And that which they have need of and that he had looked upon their affliction, (for the advancement of the building of the then they bowed their heads and worshipped. House of God) let it be given them day by day, Ex. iv. 31. I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous without fail (said Darius), that they may God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God the children unto the third and fourth genereof heaven, and pray for the life of the king tion of them that hate me. Ex. xx. 5. For and of his sons. Ezra vi. 9, 10. The Lord also “she” (“ Naomi") had heard in the country of accepted Job, and the Lord turned the capti- Moab, how that the Lord had visited his vity of Job when he prayed for his friends. people in giving them bread. Ru. i. 6. And Job xlii. 9, 10. The sacrifice of the wicked is the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of and bare three sons and two daughters. 1 Sa. the upright is his delight: the Lord is far from ii. 21. O visit me with thy salvation. Ps. the wicked, but he heareth the prayer of the cvi. 4. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for righteous. Pr. xv. 8. 29. Thus saith the he hath visited and redeemed his people. La Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, i. 68. And they shall not leave in thee (JeAsk me of things to come concerning my sons, rusalem) one stone upon another, because thou and concerning the work of my hands com- knewest not the time of thy visitation. Lu. mand ye me. Is. xlv. 11. Ask, and it shall xix. 44. As it is written, I have made thee" be given you ; seek, and ye shall find. Mat. vii. (Abraham") a father of many nations. "He" 7. Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, be- "Abraham") was strong in faith, giving glory lieving, ye shall receive. Mat. xxi. 22. Yea, to God. Ro. iv. 17. 20. and all the prophets from Samuel, and those As he had spoken.] Sarah thy wife shall that follow after, as many as have spoken, have bear thee a son. Ge. xvii. 19. See chap. xviii. likewise foretold of these days. Ac. iii. 24. 10. 14. The words of the Lord are pure In every thing by prayer and supplication, words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth with thanksgiving, let your requests be made purified seven times. Ps. xii. 6. Heaven and known unto God. Phi. iv. 6. Brethren, pray earth shall pass away, but my word shall not for us. 1 Th. v. 25. Pray one for another, pass away." Mat. xxiv. 35. He of the freethat ye may be healed.

Jam. v. 6.

woman was by promise ; now we, brethren, as 18 Fast closed up all the wombs.] See verse Isaac was, are the children of promise. Go. 7; chap. xii. 17. and com. Behold now the Lord iv. 23. 28. (Paul, a servant of God, and as hath restrained me from bearing (said Sarai). apostle of Jesus Christ) in hope of eternal life

, Ge. xvi. 2. Am I in God's stead (said Jacob which God, that cannot lie, promised before to Rachel) who hath withheld from thee the the world began; to Titus mine own son after fruit of the womb? Ge. xxx. 2. And her ad- the common faith. Tit. i. 1, 2. 4. versary (Peninnah) also provoked her sore for 2 Sarah conceived.) And he (Elisha) said, to make her fret, because the Lord had shut About this season, according to the time of life,

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