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in the wise and righteous government and disposal of
all human affairs, joined with an humble dependance
the shortness and uncertainty of life; and that such due
consideration of our short and uncertain abode in this
world is the gift of God, and the effect of his grace,
which therefore ought to be sought for by humble and
PSALM xxxix. 4.
Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my
days, what it is, that I may know how frail I am.
67. note x. l. xgeittoví
in Sermon XIX. p. 465, where the sentence is repeated, it is very,
which is certainly right.
317. line 29, 30, read perdition, let
475. line 9, read óxúpogos.
483, line 29, read than nothing.
THE NECESSITY OF WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN
TO SALVATION; THOUGH THE REWARD OF THEM IS ONLY
HOSEA X. 12. Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy. In the preceding verses of the chapter, God sharply reproves and severely threatens Israel for their wickedness, especially their idolatry. But the good God always in judgment remembering mercy, to those reprehensions and menaces subjoins here in my text an exhortation to repentance and amendment of life, enforced with a gracious promise of mercy upon such repentance.
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy. Which words (not to spend time needlessly in any farther preface) I shall first briefly explain, and then raise such plain, practical, and useful observations from them, as they naturally and without straining afford.
First for the explanation of the text. It is obvious to observe in general, that the verse, out of which my text is taken, contains an exhortation to repentance and a good life, expressed under the metaphors of ploughing and sowing; and also a promise of mercy under answerable metaphors of rain upon the seed sown, and of reaping a joyful harvest. Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy: