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bernacle of the upright shall flourish. That house of the righteous shall stand.b.
If thou wouldest prosper in thine house, apply,“ Peace shall be in it; no plague shall come near it: it shall flourish.” If thou wouldest have it continue so, apply, “ It shall stand.” That they may not be a snare to thee, but that thou mayest use thy blessing, and not sin, apply, “Thou shalt visit thy habitation, and not sin.'
When thou wouldest have thy going-out and coming.
“Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
“The Lord shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in, from this time forth, and even for evermore.
When thou goest out, if thou wouldest have heaven and earth, and all creatures blessed to thee, and be made able to make the spiritual use of them, apply, “Blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out, and when thou comest in. The Lord shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in.” If thou wouldest have the continuation of it, apply, “From this time forth for evermore,”
a Prov. xiv. 11. b Prov. xii. 7. exxi. 8.
cDout. xxviii. 6 d Ps.
When thou eatest or enjoyest any blessing, that it
may satisfy and be sanctified. “ Ye shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord our God."
That thy meat and outward blessings may give thee content, and satisfy thee, apply, “Thou shalt eat and be satisfied.”
That thou mayest have the sanctified use of it, apply, “ Thou shalt praise the Lord."
When thou takest thy rest at night, &c.
“ When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid. Yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet."
“Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid.”
If thou be troubled with fears of the night, apply, “Thou shalt not be afraid.”
When thou takest thy rest, apply,“ None shall make thee afraid.”
If thou art troubled with any thing that breaks thy rest, apply,
Thy rest shall be sweet."
a Joel ii. 26. b Proy. iii. 24. e Job xi. 19.
When thoro puttest thy hand to any work, that it may
" The Lord shall bless all the work of thine hand. The Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand."b
The Lord will not only bless some of thy works, but every one. Therefore in every work send up short prayers for the claiming of them; and so at your going out, and coming in, or sleeping, renew these promises upon thyself; by faith applying them, and by prayer suing for them.
I thou wouldest have thine outward blessings blese
ed of God.
“Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit
of thy cattle; the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy
“The Lord will also bless the fruit of thy land; thy, corn, and thy wine, and thy oil; the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of sheep.”
That thy goods and thine house may be blessed, apply, “Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.” If thou art in debt, apply, “ Thou shalt lend unto many, and shalt not borrow."d
a Deut. xxviij. 12. b Deut. xxx. 9. c Deut. xxviii. 4, 5 d Dout. xxviii. 12.
I thou desirest to enjoy the labors of thine hands.
“ They shall build houses, and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat : for as the days of a tree, are the days of my people ; and mine elect shall long enjoy the works of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for trouble.a
“Thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands.99
If thou art diligent in thy calling.
“The recompense of a man's hand shall be rendered unto him. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule.”
When thou enjoyest that thou hast labored for, apply, “ Thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands; happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.d
When thou seest wicked men folloro unsatisfying
things with restless desires, and thou desirest content.
“Thus saith the Lord, Behold my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry; behold my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: be
o Prov. xii.
a Isa. Ixv. 21, 22, 23. b Psalm cxxviii. 2. 14, 24. d Psalm cxxviii. 2.
hold my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed : behold my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.”a
If thou fearest thou shalt lose by following the Lord,
“Those that wait upon the Lord shall inherit the earth ; their inheritance shall be for ever: they shalt not be ashamed in the evil time; they shall inherit the earth, and delight themselves in the abundance of peace.b
“Wealth and riches shall be in his house.
" Thou shalt be built up; thou shalt lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.d
"I am thy exceeding great reward.”e
Fearest thou the loss of thy land ? Apply, “Thou shalt inherit the earth ; thine inheritance shall be for ever. Thou shalt possess the earth.” Do others trouble thee ? Apply, “They shall have their delight in the multitude of peace.” Art thou poor, or fearest the loss of thy goods ? Apply, “ Riches and treasures shall be in his house." Art thou oppressed by the wicked? Apply, “The Almighty shall be thy defence."
a Isa. Ixv. 13, 14. b Psalm xxxviii. 9, 18, 19, 11. cxi. 3. d Job. xxij. 23, 24, 25. e Gen. xv. 1