CHAPTER XVII.

TO GOD’S COVENANT PEOPLE.

COME, ye people beloved, you that are highly favored: the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among men. The lines are fallen to you in a pleasant place, ‘yea, you have a goodly heritage. Come and enter upon your lot; let your hearts be glad, let your glory rejoice. But that your joy may be full, hearken to these following counsels.

I. MAKE SURE YOUR INTEREST in the covenant.

Rejoice not in that which is none of thine. Make sure; all lies upon this; your life and all the comforts and concerns of it, both your eternal safety hereafter and your success in all the parts of your Christian course here, depend on your interest in the covenant. What have you, if Christ be not yours; and what have you in Christ, if you be not in covenant? Whence are your hopes, either of mercy at last, or of prospering in any thing at present, but from the covenant of promise? And what have you thence, if your name be not in it? O give not rest to yourselves, till this be put out of doubt; whatever duties you perform, whatever ease or hope you find hereupon, whatever transport of affection you feel in your hearts, in the midst of all inquire, " But am I in covenant ?" How shall I know that ? you will say. Why, make a strict and narrow inquiry whether those special graces already mentioned be wrought within you. Common mercies, though even these are covenant mercies to the saints, yet will not prove themselves so to be; but special graces will be. their own evidence. Things outward fall alike to all: No man ,knoweth love or hatred by aught that befalls him. Ecclesiastes 9:1. Thou mayest be a son or an alien, notwithstanding all that thou enjoyest or sufferest here; but there is not one of the forementioned graces but is a child’s portion, God’s mark upon the heart, to distinguish children from strangers. Prove that thou truly knowest the Lord, hast one heart, a tender heart, etc., and thou therein provest thyself to be a child of promise. Read over the descriptions that have been given of these graces; observe diligently where the main difference lies between common and special grace; compare My heart with it, and thereby thou mayest give a judgment of thy state. If it be yet questionable whether such evidence be found or not, sit not down till thou hast obtained it; but having obtained,

II. KEEP YOUR EVIDENCES CLEAR. 

Have you peace? maintain it carefully. The hidden manna will never breed worms by long keeping. Content not yourselves that you once had peace; it will be but a poor livelihood you will get out of what is wasted and lost. Get you good evidences that God is yours, and keep them by you till you need them no more. Grace is your best evidence; cherish and preserve it. Get a seeing eye, and keep your eye open; get a single heart, and let it not be again divided; get a tender heart, and keep it tender.: let the love and fear of God -be acted in holy obedience. An obedient, gracious, watchful, active life will keep grace in heart; and flourishing grace will speak for itself and you. Look not that the Lord should so far countenance your deelinings to a more fleshly, careless state, as to smile upon you in such a state; God will not be an abettor to sin. Count upon it, that your grace and peace, your duty and comfort will rise and fall together; suspect those comforts that accompany you into the tents of wickedness, and forsake you not when you forsake your God. Keep up your spiritS, and then lift up your heads, keep heedfully on your way, and your joy shall no man take from you. Particularly,
  1. Keep close to God. Keep thyself under his eye and influences. As both thy grace and thy comforts had their birth, so must they have their nourishment from heaven, Lose the sight of the sun, and darkness follows. Let thine eyes be towards the hills Let divine love be the pleasure of thy life. Let it be thy Lord’s cord upon thy heart, let it bind thee to him; he loves captives, let thine ear be bored to the threshold; be familiar in heaven, keep thine acquaintance there, and be at peace; chicle back thy gadding heart: "Soul, whither art thou going ? who hath the words of eternal life ?" Let the interviews of love between thy Lord and thee be constant; let them not be limited to some few holy days of thy life. Count not thou hast lived that day, in which thou hast not lived with God. Keep close to God by keeping close to duty. Keep close to duty, and keep close to God in duty. Call not that a duty which thou canst not call communion with God. Make not duty to do the work of sin, by taking God out of sight. Let not prayer, or hearing, or ordinances be instead. of God to thee. Such praying and hearing there is among many; but know not thou any thing for religion, wherein thou modest not with God. Behold the face of God, but behold his face in righteousness. Psalm 17:15. It is ill looking on God with a bloodshot eye. Guilt upon the heart will be a cloud that will make the sun as darkness to thee. Walk in the light of the Lord. Walk in the light, as he is in the light. In thy light—the holiness of thy life—thou shalt see his light. The light of his holiness in thee, will be attended with the light of his countenance upon thee. By the light of his countenance, thou wilt both see thyself in ,the way to thy hopes, and learn thy way more perfectly. " Make thy face to shine upon thy servant, and teach me thy statutes." Psalm 119:135. God path many ways of teaching: he teaches by book, he teaches by his finger, lie teaches by his rod; but his most comfortable and effectual teaching is by the light of his eye. Send forth thy light and thy truth, let them lead me, let them bring me to thy holy hill.
  2. Keep hold on Christ. He is thy peace. Appear not before God, but in the blood of the Lamb; let him carry up thy duties; and own not that for a comfort which is not brought thee by his hand. Let him be thy way to the Father, and thy Father’s way to thee. Keep fresh upon thy heart the memory of his death and satisfaction, and let that be thy life and thy hope. Hast thou cast anchor on this rock ? loose not thy hold; hang. upon the horns of the altar. Thou canst not live, but there; if thou must die, say, But I will die here. Put forth fresh acts of faith every day and hour. Believe, believe, believe, dui thou shalt be established. Fall not into unbelief then thou art gone; thou departest from the live God. Hebrews 3:12.
  3. Quench not the Spirit. Qbserve and obey his motions: when he excites, get thee on; when he. checks, get thee back; know the -holy from the .evil spirit, by its according or differing with t_h8 Scriptures; reject that spirit in the heart that is not the same with the Spirit in the word. Try the wind, what and whence it is, by the card and compass to ihe law and to the testimony. And when thou perceivest it is from above, hoist up thy sails, and get thee ‘on. Quench not the Spirit: grieve not the Holy Spirit of • God, whereby thou art sealed to the day of redemption.
  4. Keep in with conscience. Make not thy wit7: ness thine enemy. Deal friendly with it; thou wilt need its good word, which thou canst not have if it receive blows from thee. It will not learn this lesson; to speak good for evil: or if thou shouldst compel-it to do so, thou art undone; if an abused conscience speak peace, it becomes thy traitor.
Give due respect to conscience. Let it abide with thee in peace and in power. Keep up its authority as God’s vicegerent. Next under God, commit the keeping of thy soul to conscience; as the Lord hath made, so do thou make it superintendent in thy soul; the judge and ovrrseer of all thy motions and actions. Let conscience counsel thee, and tell thee thy way; Id: conscience quicken thee, and put thee on in thy day; let conscience watch thee, that thou turn not us.
  1. Of thy way; let conscience check thee, and restore ee into thy way. Wherever thou goest, carry con-Science along with thee; carry conscience into thy:Closet, let it watch how. thou behavest thyself there; carry conscience into thy shop, let it eye what thou doest there carry conscience into thy fields, into the market, among thy friends, among thine enemies, let it observe thee*. thou behavest thyself among them; carry conscience with thee to thy recreation, to thy bed, to thy table: wherever thou goest, there is like to be but sad work, if conscience be not with thee.
  2. Commit the keeping of thy covenant to conscience: let it be the ark in which the tables of the testimony are kept and preserved; let it.be the executor of thy testament. Conscience is bound from sin by the covenant; the covenant lays hold upon it, let it lay hold on thee. Is thy conscience bound, seek-not to be loosed; is thy conscience. bound, give it leave to bind thy whole man. Let it bind thy thoughts, and bind thy will, and bind thy affections, and bind thy tongue, and thy whole practice; thou never livest as a man in covenant, longer than thoulivest as a man or conscience. What becomes of the him be thy way to the Father, and thy Father’s way to thee. Keep fresh upon thy heart the memory of his death and satisfaction, and let that be thy life and thy hope. Hast thou cast anchor on this rock ? loose not thy hold; hang upon the horns of the altar. Thou canst not live, but there; if thou must die, say, But I will die here. Put forth fresh acts of faith every day and hour. Believe, believe, believe, and thou shalt be established. Fall not into unbelief; then thou art gone; thou departest from the living. God. Hebrews 3:12.
  3. Quench, not the spirit. Observe and obey his motions: when he excites, get thee on; When he checks, get thee back; know the holy from the evil spirit, by its according or differing with the Scriptures; reject that spirit in the heart that is not the same with the Spirit in the word. Try the wind, what and whence it is, by the card and compass: to the law and to the testimony. And when thou pereeivest it is from above, hoist up thy sails, and get thee on. Quench not the Spirit: grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby thou art sealed to the day of redemption.
  4. Keep in with conscience. Make not thy witness thine enemy. Deal friendly with it; thou wilt need its good word, which thou canst not have if it receive blows from thee. It will not learn this lesson, to speak good for evil: or if thou shouldst compel it to do so, thou art undone; if an abused conscience speak peace, it becomes thy traitor.
Give due respect to conscience. Let it abide with thee, in peace and in power. Keep up its authority as God’s vicegerent. Next under God, commit the keeping of thy soul to conscience; as the Lord hath made, so do thou make it superintendent in thy soul; the judge and overseer of all thy motions and actions. Let conscience counsel thee, and tell thee thy way; let conscience quicken thee, and put thee on in thy way; let conscience watch thee, that thou turn not out of thy way; let conscience check thee, and restore thee into thy way. Wherever thou goest, carry conscience along with thee; carry conscience into thy closet, let it watch how thou behavest thyself there; carry conscience into thy shop, let it eye what thou doest there; carry conscience into thy fields, into the market, among thy friends, among thine enemies, let it observe how thou behavest thyself among them; carry conscience with thee to thy recreation, to thy bed, to thy table: wherever thou goest, there is like to be but sad work, if conscience be not with thee.

Commit the keeping of thy covenant to conscience: let it be the ark in which the tables of the testimony are kept and preserved; let it be the executor of thy testament. Conscience is bound from sin by the covenant; the covenant lays hold upon it, let it lay hold on thee. Is thy conscience bound, seek not to be loosed; is thy conscience bound, give it leave to bind thy whole man. Let it bind thy thoughts, and bind thy will, and bind thy affections, and bind thy tongue, and thy whole practice; thou never livest as a man in covenant, longer than thou livest as a man of conscience. What becomes of the covenant, when a breach is made upon conscience ? O what is there worth having where conscience is not? What faith, or truth, or peace is there left alive? What are vows and covenants and promises? What are our duties to the Lord, our dealings with men, when there is no conscience towards God ? Keep thy conscience, and thou keepest thy soul; keep thy conscience, and thou keepest thy covenant; keep thy. covenant, and thou keepest thy peace; let that go, and all is lost.

Let conscience govern what God hath put under • its power, and let it resist all adverse power. Let it resist temptations. Whenever Satan and thy flesh fall upon thee, and tempt thee, saying, Pity thyself, spare thyself, take thy liberty, take thine ease, take thy pleasure, provide for thy safety; what need is there of so much ado? why canst thou not take the same liberty, and allow thyself the same latitude as others do ? they have souls as well as thou, and they have dangers as well as thou, and they have hopes as well as thou, and they have reasons and understandings to know what they do as well as thou; and why canst thou not be content to do as they ? Why, let this be thy answer: "But what conscience is there for it? With what conscience can I be idle, when I have said I will be doing ? With what conscience can I take mine ease, when I have said I will take pains? With what conscience can I serve my flesh, when I have said I will crucify it? With what conscience can I love this world, when I have said I will renounce it? With what conscience can I walk at liberty, when I have said I will walk circumspectly? If all this were more than needs—far be it from me to have such a thought, till the serving my God, and the saying my soul, be more than needs—but if it were more than needs, yet is it any more than I am bound to ? Are there any such liberties put into my indentures? Was there any exception made of this duty, or that duty? Was there any limitation made to this measure or that measure—’hitherto will I go, and no further; this little I will do, and no more?’ Was there any such proviso put in as this, will serve the Lord, provided I may with ease or with safety?’ Have I not solemnly engaged to the Lord, to obey him in all things, to follow him fully, to love him and serve him with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my strength, and this to the death? And 0, shall I lie unto God? Is it more than needful to be righteous, and to keep my faith? Come, O my soul, come on; thou hast opened thy mouth to the Lord, and thou must not go back." Be true, be honest; be holiest, though thou must suffer for it. Remember what thy mouth hath spoken, and see that thou fulfil it with thy hand.

Keep conscience pure. It is the book in which all thy records are written; let no blot be upon thy book. Beware of sinning against conscience. Every sin against conscience is a blot upon conscience; and blots upon conscience are blots upon thy covenant-evidence: thou wilt not be able to read whether there be any thing written there for thee or not. All, foolish soul, what art thou doing? Dashing out all thy hopes with thine own hand. Beware thou content not thyself with blotted evidences.




Christians, forget not this counsel; keep your evidences clear. He who path his whole estate in bonds or writings, how carefully will he keep them! If these be torn, or lost, or so blurred that they cannot be read, he is undone. Whatever else be lost, if his money be gone, if his goods be lost, if house be burnt, yet if his writings be safe, he is well enough. O take heed, and keep your writings safe and fair; keep your title to your God clear, and you can never be poor and miserable. Whatever earth or hell can do against you, till they can tear the covenant of your God, or make you blot out your own names) they have left you abundantly enough, even when they have left you nothing.

O how highly are we concerned to be tender of conscience, and yet how little care is there taken of it!! What is become of the authority of conscience, when thy thoughts and thy passions, when thine eyes and thine ears, thine appetite and thy tongue are left unbridled and unconquered ? When every servant is set up to be master, and bears rule in thee, where is thy conscience—what is become of its authority? When thy soul has been no better kept, what poverty and leanness is there grown upon it, what a starveling is it become both in grace and peace, eaten out with lust, evaporated into vanity, sunk into sensuality, thy spirit even transubstantiated into ‘flesh, ready to perish and die away, for want of good looking to ! When thy soul has been no better kept, where is thy conscience ? When thy covenant has been no better kept; when thy duties thou hast vowed to perform are so hastily and heedlessly shuffled over, if not totally thrust aside; when thy hours of prayer are such short hours, thy sabbaths such winter days, so short and so cold too; when thy God is so shamefully neglected, can never hear of thee but when thou hast nothing else to do, and perhaps not even then; when thy spare hours are hardly spared for God; when this earth, thy corn and thy cattle and thy pleasures and thy friends, which thou hast vowed to renounce, are let in again upon thy heart, and have stolen it away from heaven, where is thy conscience? When thou sleepest so, and East let the enemy come in and sow his tares in thy field; when thou art such a busybody in other men’s matters, and thine own vineyard thou host not kept, but hast let it lie fallow, like the field of the sluggard, all overgrown with thorns and nettles; when both thy heart and thy house are so much out of order; when thy wife and thy children and thy servants are left at random, to do all that is right in their own eyes; when more care is taken for thy cattle, than for thy sons and daughters; when thy house is a very hospital of blind and lame and sick souls, ready to die for want of instruction and good discipline, where is thy conscience ? And if conscience be not, where is thy covenant; and if thy covenant be not, O where is thy God and thy peace ?

Ah, conscience, where art thou ? What is become of that good thing committed to thee, yea, what is become of thee ? Ah, soul, where is thy peace ? How is the keeper of thy peace laid low, and the covenant of thy peace broken ! What, peace while no conscience ? And what hast thou left, while no peace ? Ah, Lord, thy treacherous dealers, how treacherously . have they dealt with thee; thy children have forgotten thee, thy servants are runaways from thee. Thou art our Father, but where is thine honor? Thou art our Master, but where is thy fear ? We are thy servants; but where is our faith? Ah, Lord, we have dealt falsely in thy covenant. Return, O Lord, return; replace thy watchmen, recover thine honors, reclaim thy wanderers, restore conscience, revive our peace, cause us to return, and renew our: covenant; and remember, break not thou thy covenant with us.

Christians, let us bewail lost conscience, and let it be recovered; let us weep over our dead, and let their souls return into them. Let those of us that have obtained grace to be faithful and watchful and tender, rejoice and take heed: let him that standeth, take heed lest he fall. Go on in the name of the Lord: remember his oounsel’s; keep close by God, keep hold on Christ, quench not the Spirit, keep in with conscience; keep thy heart, keep thy garments, keep up thy watch, keep on thy way, finish thy course, keep the faith; and then let the devil do his worst, thy peace shall be extended to thee as a river, and established as a rock; and thou shalt be able:to say, in the words and. in the faith of the apostle, "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."

III. Add to your covenant YOUR SACRIFICE. 

"Gath: er my saints together unto me, those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice."Psalm 1:5. God has made with you, and he expects that you make with him a covenant by sacrifice. Sacrifices were -seals of the covenant. As God’s part of the covenant was sealed, so our part also must be sealed, and sealed with blood: his with the blood of his Son; ours, with the blood of our sins. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God." Rom, 12:1. The sacrificing of ourselves to the Lord comprehends in it three things—alienation, dedication, oblation.
  1. Alienation, or the passing away of ourselves from ourselves: "Ye are not your own, ye are bought with a price." Thus he hath said, and he expects that we should say also, True, Lord; I am not mine own.
  2. Dedication, or the passing over ourselves to the Lord: " Ye have consecrated yourselves to the Lord." 2Chronicles 29:31. His we are by purchase, but he expects that we be his also by donation: his we are by conquest, but he expects we should be his by consent also. Though he may challenge us as his right, yet the most acceptable claim is, when he hath us by gift. When our hearts say, I am thine, Lord; then his heart will answer, Soul, thou art mine.
  3. Oblation, or the actual surrender or offering up ourselves to him. In the offering of this sacrifice is included the immolation or slaying of it. We must slay ourselves, in a spiritual sense—be mortified, bo crucified with Christ, and so offered up a sacrifice to him. You will say, How is it then required that we offer up ourselves a living sacrifice ? I reply, we are never truly alive till we are dead. " Ye arc dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." Colossians 3:3. When our flesh is dead, our spirit is life. Romans 8:10. As the apostle, "That which thou sowest," so that which thou sacrificest, "is not quickened, except it die." 1Corinthians 15:36. It is only the mortified Christian that is a living sacrifice.
Christians, come and sacrifice yourselves to the Lord, come and slay your sacrifices, and so offer them up., Your sacrifice is slain, when your carnal self, your "old" man, is crucified with Christ, and the body of sin destroyed, Romans 6:6; when the wisdom of the flesh is crucified, and made to vanish before the wisdom of God; when the will of the flesh is subdued, and swallowed up of the will of God; when the lusts of the flesh are vanquished, and made captives by the law of God.

Christians, it may be you are willing to make your claim to the covenant of God, but have you made covenant with him ? You have entered into covenant with God, but will you confirm your covenant by sacrifice? You will give yourselves a sacrifice to the Lord, but is your sacrifice slain? Is the wisdom of the flesh made foolishness? How is it with your carnal wills ? Is the will of the flesh broken and brought into subjection, yielding itself up to the Lord? O for an emptying of wills into the will of God! What wilt thou do; what wilt thou have? Canst thou reply, "Nothing but what God will: what the Lord will have me do, or avoid, or suffer, I can no longei say him nay. Is this the will of God, my sanctification? so it is mine. Is this the will of God, my humiliation? so it is mine. Is this the will of God, my tribulation? so it is mine. Is God for holiness? through grace, so am 1:Is God for his own will? so am 1:This is all the will I have, that the Lord may have his will. of me—may be all to me, have all from me, rule all in me, and dispose of all that concerns me."

‘How is it with your carnal affections, and fleshly lusts; are these slain? Are your covetousness, your sensuality, your pride and envy, your carnal joys and fears and worldly sorrows, destroyed; those wildfires of passion and fury and rage, are these quenched? Come, put the knife to the throat of all these, and then there is a sacrifice for God. Go and offer it up, and let it be a freewill-offering, and a thank-offering.

A freewill-offering. Offer yourselves willingly to the Lord. "Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power." Psalm 110 3. O may that glorious day dawn upon us! God loves a cheerful giVer; offer up your hearts with all your heart; grudge not what the law requires, but bless God that he will accept of an offering: this has a comfortable signification—If the Lord had meant to destroy us, he would not have accepted an offering at our hands. Judges 13:23.

A thank-offering. Offer unto God thanksgiving, and pay thy vows unto the Most High. Offer up yourselves in token of your thankfulness to the Lord. Be ye both the priests, and the lambs for the sacrifice. Present yourselves to the Lord as the accomplishment of his covenant, as the fruits of the death of your Redeemer, as the trophies of his victory, as the spoils which he hath recovered from death and hell, making a show of them openly, that it may be seen that the promise of God is not of none effect, and that Christ did not die in vain. Let your Lord Jesus, when he comes down into his garden, where he left his blood, reap his pleasant fruits, and carry up your purified souls as the signals of his glorious achievement. Offer up your sins to the Lord; these unclean beasts will be an acceptable sacrifice. There is more real honor growing up to the Lord from one mortified saint, than from ten thousand anthems from the most seraphic tongues. Offer up your duties to the Lord; your obedience for a sacrifice. To obey is better than sacrifice, than thousands of rams, and ten thousands of rivers of oil. Let your whole life be this sacrifice. Let every day be a sabbath, every duty an eucharist, every member a cymbal, sounding out the praises of God. Offer up the calves of your lips unto the Lord. O let your souls be filled with wonder, and your mouths with praise.

"Whence is this to me," said Elizabeth, "that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" Luke 1:43. O whence is this to us, that the Lord our Father should come, and come so near to us ? O whence is it that the mighty God should indenture, and come into bonds with sinful man? That he who was free from all men should make himself debtor to any? That the high and lofty One, who inhabits eternity, should dwell in houses of clay, and pitch. his tabernacle in the dust? That he who humbleth himself to behold the heavens, should come down into the earth; and after what is he come down, but after so degraded a creature as man ? That he should make a league with stones of the ground, with beasts of the field, and Creeping things; should espouse dust and ashes, and gather up vile worms into his bosom; should set his heart upon shadows, and adopt the refuse of the earth for sons and daughters to himself; should raise the poor out of the dust, and the beggar from the dunghill; should do such great things, and should choose the foolish and the weak and the base and the contemptible, and bestow on them among all the world these high honors; should make them the head and the honorable, whom the world has made the off-scouring of all things; should give himself to be the portion, his Son to be the ransom, his kingdom to be the heritage of. bankrupts, prisoners, and captives? Lord, what is man, that thou art thus mindful of him? Soul, what is God, that thou shouldst be yet unmindful of him? How is it that the tongue of the dumb is not yet loosened, that the feet of the lame do not leap as a hart?

0 what is that love whence this strange thing has broken forth? This is the womb that bare thee; hence has thy righteousness sprung forth; hence have thy dignities, thy astonishing hope and joys arisen to thee; this is it that yearned upon thee in thy misery; that reprieved thee from death, redeemed thee from darkness, rescued thee as a brand out of the burning; that pitied thee in thy blood, washed thee from thy blood, spared thee, pardoned. thee, reconciled thee, and brought thee, an enemy, a rebel, a traitor, into a covenant of peace with the God of glory. Ah, contemptible dust; that ever there should be such compassionate contrivances, and such astonishing condescensions of the eternal Deity, towards so vile a thing! O love the Lord, all ye his saints. O bless the Lord, ye beloved, ye people near unto the Lord. Alas, that our hearts should be so narrow, that the waters should be so shallow with us. Where are our eyes, if we be not yet filled with wonders? What hearts have we, if we have not yet filled our lips with praise ? Open all thy springs, O my soul; let them flow forth in streams of love and joy; let every faculty be tuned and strained ‘ to the height; let heart and hands and tongue and eyes lift up their voice: be astonished, O heavens; be moved, ye strong foundations of the ‘earth; fall down, ye elders; strike up, ye heavenly choir; lend, poor mortals, your notes, to sing forth the high praises of God, who rideth on the heavens, and has caused us to ride on the high places of the earth, and made us sit together in heavenly places, showing forth the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Awake up, my glory, awake, psaltery and harp; I myself will awake right early: my soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my • Saviour; for he that is mighty hath done for me great things, and holy is his name. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who hath visited and redeemed his people, who hath raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, who hath laid help on one who is mighty, and exalted one chosen among the people, and hath given him for a covenant to them. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name, who hath redeemed thy life from destruction, and crowned thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies. Salvation to our God that sitteth on the throne, and to the Lamb. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and glory and honor and blessing; for thou livest, and wast dead, and art alive for evermore. Thou bast redeemed ns to God by thy blood, out of every kindred and tongue and people and nation; and hast made us kings and priests unto our God for ever. Hallelujah, hallelujah !
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