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(William Wake and Solomon Caesar Malan version)

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LET us therefore, as many as have transgressed by any of the [*136:2] suggestions of the adversary, beg God's forgiveness.
22. 2  
And as for those who have been the [*136:3] heads of the sedition and faction among you, [*136:4] let them look to the common end of our hope.
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For as many as are [*136:5] endued with fear and charity, would rather they themselves should fall into trials than their neighbours: And choose to be themselves condemned, rather than that the good and just charity delivered to us, should suffer.
22. 4  
For it is seemly for a man to confess wherein he has transgressed.
22. 5  
[*136:6] And not to harden his heart, as the hearts of those were hardened, who raised up sedition against Moses the servant of God; whose punishment was manifest [*136:7] unto all men; for they went down alive into the grave, death swallowed them up.
22. 6  
[*136:8] Pharaoh and his host, and all the rulers of Egypt, their chariots also and their horsemen, were for no other cause drowned, in the bottom of the Red Sea, and perished; but because they hardened their foolish hearts, after so many signs done in the land of Egypt, by Moses the servant of God.
22. 7  
Beloved, God is rot indigent of any thing; nor does he demand any thing of us, but that we should confess our sins unto him.
22. 8  
For so says the [*136:9] Holy David, [*136:10] I will confess unto the Lord, and it shall please him better than a young bullock that hath horns and hoof. Let the poor see it and be glad.
22. 9  
And again he saith, [*136:11] Offer unto God the sacrifice of praise, and pay thy vows unto the Most Highest. And call upon me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. [*136:12] The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit.
22. 10  
Ye know, beloved, ye know full well the Holy Scriptures; and have thoroughly searched into the oracles of God: call them therefore to your remembrance.
22. 11  
For when Moses went up into the mount, and tarried there forty days and forty nights in fasting and humiliation; God said unto him, [*136:13] Arise, Moses, and get thee down quickly from hence, for thy people whom thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have committed wickedness: they have soon transgressed the way that I commanded them, and have made to themselves graven images.
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And the Lord said unto him, I have spoken unto thee [*137:1] several times, saying I have seen this people, and behold it is a stiffnecked people: let me therefore destroy them, and put out their name from under heaven. And I will make unto thee a great and a wonderful nation, that shall be much [*137:2] larger than this.
22. 13  
But Moses said, Not so, Lord; Forgive now this people their sin; or if thou wilt not, blot me also out of the book of! the living. O admirable charity! O insuperable perfection! The servant speaks freely to his Lord; He beseeches him either to forgive the people, or to [*137:3] destroy him together with them.
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Who is there among you that is generous? Who that is compassionate? Who that has any charity? Let him say, if this sedition, this contention, and these schisms, be upon my account, I am ready to depart; to go away whithersoever you please; and do whatsoever [*137:4] ye shall command me: Only let the flock of Christ be in peace, with the elders that are set over it.
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He that shall do this, shall get to himself a very great honour in the Lord; and [*137:5] there is no place but what will be ready to receive him: [*137:6] For the earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof.
22. 16  
These things they who have their conversation towards God not to be repented of, both have done and will always be ready! to do.
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[*137:7] Nay and even the Gentiles themselves have given us! examples of this kind.
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For we read, How many kings and princes, in times of pestilence, being warned by their oracles, have given up themselves unto death: that by their own blood, they might deliver their [*137:8] country from destruction.
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[*137:9] Others have forsaken their cities, so that they might put an end to the seditions of them.
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We know how many among ourselves, have given up themselves unto bonds, that thereby they might free others from them.
22. 21  
Others have sold themselves into bondage that they might feed [*137:10] their brethren with the price of themselves.
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And even many women, being strengthened by the grace of God, have done many glorious and manly things on such occasions.
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The blessed [*137:11] Judith, when her city was besieged, desired the elders, that they would suffer her to go into the camp of [*137:12] their enemies: and she went out exposing herself to danger for the love she bore to her country and her people that were besieged; and the Lord delivered Holofernes into the hands of a woman.
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Nor did [*137:13] Esther, being perfect in faith, expose herself to any less hazard, for the delivery of the twelve tribes of Israel, in danger of being destroyed. For, by fasting and humbling herself, she entreated the Great Maker of all things, the God of [*138:1] spirits; so that beholding the humility of her soul, he delivered the people, for whose sake she was in peril.

^136:2 See Junius in loc. ^136:3 Chief leaders. ^136:4 They ought. ^136:5 Walking according to; live in. ^136:6 Rather than. ^136:7 Num. xvi. ^136:8 Exod. iv. ^136:9 Chosen. ^136:10 Psalm lxix. 31. ^136:11 Psalm l. 14. ^136:12 Psalm li. 17. ^136:13 Exod. xxxii. Deut. ix. ^137:1 Once and twice. ^137:2 More, greater. ^137:3 Blot out. ^137:4 The multitude. ^137:5 Every place. ^137:6 Psalm xxiv. ^137:7 But that we may bring the examples of heathens. ^137:8 Citizens. ^137:9 Many ^137:10 Others. ^137:11 Judith, viii. ix. x. xiii. ^137:12 The strangers. ^137:13 Esther, vii. viii. ^138:1 Ages; who.

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