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247Chapter LIX.—Warning Against Disobedience.  Prayer.

If, however, any shall disobey the words spoken by Him through us, let them know that they will involve themselves in transgression and serious danger; but we shall be innocent of this sin, and, instant in prayer and supplication, shall desire that the Creator of all preserve unbroken the computed number of His elect in the whole world through His beloved Son Jesus Christ, through whom He called us from darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge of the glory of His name, our hope resting on Thy name which is primal cause of every creature,—having opened the eyes of our heart to the knowledge of Thee, who alone “dost rest highest among the highest, holy among the holy,”43154315    Is. lvii. 15. who “layest low the insolence of the haughty,”43164316    Is. xiii. 11. who “destroyest the calculations of the heathen,”43174317    Ps. xxxiii. 10. who “settest the low on high and bringest low the exalted;”43184318    Job v. 11; Ezek. xvii. 24. who “makest rich and makest poor,”43194319    1 Sam. ii. 7. who “killest and makest to live,”43204320    Deut. xxxii. 39. only Benefactor of spirits and God of all flesh,43214321    Numb. xvi. 22, xxvii. 16; Jer. xxxii. 27. who beholdest the depths, the eye-witness of human works, the help of those in danger, the Saviour of those in despair, the Creator and Guardian of every spirit, who multipliest nations upon earth, and from all madest choice of those who love Thee through Jesus Christ, Thy beloved Son, through whom Thou didst instruct, sanctify, honour us.  We would have Thee, Lord, to prove our help and succour.  Those of us in affliction save, on the lowly take pity; the fallen raise; upon those in need arise; the sick43224322    I. gives ἀσεβεῖς (ungodly) where ἀσθενεῖς (sick) is substituted. heal; the wandering ones of Thy people turn; fill the hungry; redeem those of us in bonds; raise up those that are weak; comfort the faint-hearted; let all the nations know that Thou art God alone and Jesus Christ Thy Son, and we are Thy people and the sheep of Thy pasture.


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