The Day of Doom
The Day of Doom
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Entry I

Saturday, 22 March 1653

The security of the world before Christ’s coming to judgment.

Today’s Scripture

Luke 12:19.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Still was the night, serene and bright,
  when all Men sleeping lay;
  Calm was the season, and carnal reason
  thought so ’twould last for aye.
“Soul, take thine ease, let sorrow cease;
  much good thou hast in store:“
  This was their Song, their Cups among,
  the evening before.

Entry II

Sunday, 23 March 1653

Today’s Scripture

Matt. 25:5.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Wallowing in all kind of Sin,
  vile Wretches lay secure;
  The best of men had scarcely then
  their Lamps kept in good ure.
Virgins unwise, who through disguise
  amongst the best were number’d,
  Had clos’d their eyes; yea, and the Wise
  through sloth and frailty slumber’d.

Entry III

Monday, 24 March 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 24:37, 38.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Like as of old, when men grew bold,
  God’s threat’nings to contemn.
  Who stopt their Ear, and would not hear
  when Mercy warnéd them,
But took their course, without remorse,
  till God began to pour
  Destructi-on the World upon,
  in a tempestuous show’r;

Entry IV

Tuesday, 25 March 1653

Today’s Scripture

1 Thes. 5:3.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Who put away the evil day,
  and drown’d their cares and fears,
  Till drown’d were they, and swept away
  by vengeance unawares;
So at the last, whilst men sleep fast
  in their security,
  Surpris’d they are in such a snare
  As Cometh suddenly.

Entry V

Wednesday, 26 March 1653

The suddenness, Majesty and Terror of Christ’s appearing.

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 25:6. 2 Pet. 3:10.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

For at midnight breaks forth a light,
  which turns the night to day,
  And speedily an hideous cry
  doth all the World dismay.
Sinners awake, their hearts do ache,
  trembling their loins surpriseth;
  Amaz’d with fear, by what they hear,
  each one of them ariseth.

Entry VI

Thursday, 27 March 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 24:29, 30.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

They rush from beds with giddy heads,
  and to their windows run.
  Viewing this light, which shines more bright
  than doth the noon-day Sun.
Straightway appears (they see’t with tears)
  the Son of God most dread,
  Who with his Train comes on amain
  to judge both Quick and Dead.

Entry VII

Friday, 28 March 1653

Today’s Scripture

2 Pet. 3:10.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Before his face the Heav’ns give place,
  and Skies are rent asunder.
  With mighty voice and hideous noise,
  more terrible than Thunder.
His Brightness damps Heav’n’s glorious Lamps
  and makes them hide their heads;
  As if afraid and quite dismay’d,
  they quit their wonted steads.

Entry VIII

Saturday, 29 March 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Ye sons of men that durst contemn
  the Threat’nings of God’s Word,
  How cheer you now? Your hearts, I trow,
  are thrill’d as with a sword.
Now Atheist blind, whose brutish mind
  a God could never see,
  Dost thou perceive, dost now believe
  that Christ thy Judge shall be?

Entry IX

Sunday, 30 March 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Stout Courages, (whose hardiness
  could Death and Hell outface,)
  Are you as bold, now you behold
  your Judge draw near apace?
They cry, “No, no, Alas! and woe!
  our courage all is gone:
  Our hardiness (fool hardiness)
  hath us undone, undone!“

Entry X

Monday, 31 March 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rev. 6:15

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

No heart so bold, but now grows cold,
  and almost dead with fear;
  No eye so dry but now can cry,
  and pour out many a tear.
Earth’s Potentates and pow’rful States,
  Captains and Men of Might,
  Are quite abasht, their courage dasht,
  at this most dreadful sight.

Entry XI

Tuesday, 01 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 24:30.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Mean men lament, great men do rent
  their Robes, and tear their hair;
  They do not spare their flesh to tear
  through horrible despair.
All kindreds wail; all hearts do fail;
  Horror the World doth fill
  With weeping eyes and loud out-cries,
  yet knows not how to kill.

Entry XII

Wednesday, 02 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rev. 6:15, 16.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Some hide themselves in Caves and Delves,
  in places under ground:
  Some rashly leap into the Deep,
  to ’scape by being drown’d:
Some to the Rocks (O senseless blocks!)
  and woody mountains run.
  That there they might this fearful sight,
  and dreaded Presence shun.

Entry XIII

Thursday, 03 April 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

In vain do they to Mountains say,
  “Fall on us and us hide
  From Judge’s ire, more hot than Fire,
  for who may it abide?“
No hiding place can from his Face
  sinners at all conceal,
  Whose flaming Eye hid things doth spy,
  and darkest things reveal.

Entry XIV

Friday, 04 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 25:21.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

The Judge draws nigh, exalted high
  upon a lofty Throne,
  Amidst the throng of Angels strong,
  lo, Israel’s Holy One!
The excellence of whose Presence
  and awful Majesty,
  Amazeth Nature, and every Creature
  doth more than terrify.

Entry XV

Saturday, 05 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rev. 6:14.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

The Mountains smoke, the Hills are shook,
  the Earth is rent and torn,
  As if she should be clear dissolv’d
  or from her center borne.
The Sea doth roar, forsakes the shore,
  and shrinks away for fear;
  The wild beasts flee into the sea,
  so soon as he draws near,

Entry XVI

Sunday, 06 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Thes. 4:16.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Whose Glory bright, whose wond’rous Might,
  whose Power Imperial,
  So far surpass whatever was
  in Realms Terrestrial,
That tongues of men (nor Angel’s pen)
  Cannot the same express;
  And therefore I must pass it by,
  lest speaking should transgress.

Entry XVII

Monday, 07 April 1653

Resurrection of the Dead.

Today’s Scripture

John 5:28, 29

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Before his Throne a Trump is blown,
  proclaiming th’ Day of Doom;
  Forthwith he cries, “Ye Dead arise
  and unto Judgment come.“
No sooner said, but ’tis obey’d;
  Sepulchers open’d are;
  Dead bodies all rise at his call,
  and’s mighty Power declare.

Entry XVIII

Tuesday, 08 April 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Both Sea and Land at his command,
  their Dead at once surrender;
  The Fire and Air constrainéd are
  also their dead to tender.
The mighty Word of this great Lord
  links Body and Soul together,
  Both of the Just and the unjust,
  to part no more for ever.

Entry XIX

Wednesday, 09 April 1653

The living changed

Today’s Scripture

Luke 20:36. 1 Cor. 15:52.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

The same translates from Mortal states
  to Immortality,
  All that survive and be alive,
  in th’ twinkling of an eye;
That so they may abide for aye,
  to endless weal or woe:
  Both the Renate and Reprobate
  are made to die no moe.

Entry XX

Thursday, 10 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 24:31

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

His wingéd Hosts fly through all coasts,
  together gathering
  Both good and bad, both Quick and Dead,
  and all to Judgment bring.
Out of their holes those creeping Moles,
  that hid themselves for fear,
  By force they take, and quickly make
  before the Judge appear.

Entry XXI

Friday, 11 April 1653

The Sheep separated from the Goats.

Today’s Scripture

2 Cor. 5:10. Matt. 25:32.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Thus every one before the Throne
  of Christ the Judge is brought,
  Both righteous and impious,
  that good or ill hath wrought.
A separation and diff’ring station
  by Christ appointed is
  (To sinners sad) ’twixt good and bad,
  ’twixt Heirs of woe and bliss.

Entry XXII

Saturday, 12 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 5:10, 11.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

At Christ’s right hand the Sheep do stand,
  his holy Martyrs, who
  For his dear Name suffering shame,
  calamity and woe.
Like Champions stood and with their Blood
  their Testimony sealéd;
  Whose innocence without offence
  to Christ their Judge appealéd.

Entry XXIII

Sunday, 13 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Heb. 12:5, 6, 7.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Next unto whom there find a room
  all Christ’s afflicted ones,
  Who being chastis’d, neither despis’d
  nor sank amidst their groans;
Who by the Rod were turn’d to God,
  and lovéd him the more,
  Not murmuring nor quarrelling
  when they were chast’ned sore.

Entry XXIV

Monday, 14 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 7:41, 47.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Moreover, such as lovéd much,
  that had not such a trial.
  As might constrain to so great pain,
  and such deep self-denial.
Yet ready were the Cross to bear,
  when Christ them called thereto,
  And did rejoice to hear his voice,—
  they’re counted Sheep also.

Entry XXV

Tuesday, 15 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

John 21:15. Mat. 19:14. John 3:3.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Christ’s flock of Lambs there also stands,
  whose Faith was weak, yet true,
  sound Believers (Gospel receivers)
  those Grace was small, but grew;
And them among an Infant throng
  of Babes, for whom Christ died;
  Whom for his own, by ways unknown
  to Men, he sanctified.

Entry XXVI

Wednesday, 16 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rev. 6:11. Phil. 3:21.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

All stand before their Savi-or,
  in long white Robes yclad,
  Their countenance full of pleasance,
  appearing wond’rous glad.
O glorious sight! Behold how bright
  dust-heaps are made to shine.
  Conforméd so their Lord unto,
  whose Glory is Divine.

Entry XXVII

Thursday, 17 April 1653

The Goats described, or the several sorts of Reprobates on the left hand.

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 24:51.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

At Christ’s left hand the Goats do stand,
  all whining Hypocrites
  Who for self-ends did seem Christ’s friends,
  but foster’d guileful sprites;
Who Sheep resembled, but they dissembled,
  (their hearts were not sincere,)
  Who once did throng Christ’s Lambs among,
  but now must not come near.

Entry XXVIII

Monday, 28 April 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

All silence keep both Goats and Sheep
  before the Judge’s Throne;
  With mild aspect to his Elect
  then speaks the Holy One:
“My Sheep draw near, your Sentence hear,
  which is to you no dread,
  Who clearly now discern and know
  your sins are pardonéd.

Entry XXIX

Saturday, 19 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 12:47. Prov. 1:24, 26. Job 3:19

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

There also stand a num’rous band,
  that no profession made
  Of Godliness, nor to redress
  their ways at all essay’d;
Who better knew, but (sinful Crew)
  Gospel and Law despiséd.
  Who all Christ’s knocks withstood like blocks,
  and would not be adviséd.

Entry XXX

Sunday, 20 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Gal. 3:10. 1 Cor. 6:9. Rev. 21:8

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Moreover, there with them appear
  a number, numberless,
  Of great and small, vile wretches all,
  that did God’s Law transgress;
Idolaters, false worshippers,
  Profaners of God’s Name,
  Who not at all thereon did call,
  or took in vain the same.

Entry XXXI

Monday, 21 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Exod. 20:7, 8. 2 Thes. 1:6, 8, 9.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Blasphemers lewd, and Swearers shrewd,
  scoffers at Purity,
  That hated God, contemn’d his Rod,
  and lov’d Security;
Sabbath-polluters, Saints-persecutors,
  presumptuous men and proud,
  Who never lov’d those that reprov’d;
  all stand amongst this crowd.

Entry XXXII

Tuesday, 22 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Heb. 13:4. 1 Cor. 6:10.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Adulterers and Whoremongers
  were there, with all unchast;
  There Covetous and Ravenous,
  that riches got too fast:
Who us’d vile ways themselves to raise
  t’ Estates and worldly wealth,
  Oppression by or knavery,
  by force, or fraud, or stealth.

Entry XXXIII

Wednesday, 23 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Zach. 5:3, 4. Gal. 5:19, 20, 21.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Moreover, there together were
  children flagiti-ous.
  And Parents who did them, undo
  by nurture vici-ous.
False-witness-bearers and self-forswearers,
  Murd’rers and Men of Blood,
  Witches, Enchanters, and Ale-house haunters,
  beyond account there stood.

Entry XXXIV

Thursday, 24 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 2:13

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Their place there find all Heathen blind
  that Nature’s light abus’d,
  Although they had no tidings glad
  of Gospel grace refus’d
There stand all Nations and Generations
  of Adam’s Progeny,
  Whom Christ redeem’d not, whom he esteem’d not,
  through Infidelity;

Entry XXXV

Friday, 25 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Acts 4:12.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Who no Peace-maker, no undertaker,
  to shroud them from God’s ire.
  Ever obtain’d; they must be pain’d
  with everlasting fire.
These num’rous bands, wringing their hands,
  and weeping all stand there.
  Filléd with anguish, whose hearts do languish,
  through self-tormenting fear,

Entry XXXVI

Saturday, 26 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

1 Cor. 6:3.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Fast by them stand at Christ’s left hand,
  the Lion fierce and fell.
  The Dragon bold, that Serpent old,
  that hurried Souls to Hell.
There also stand, under command,
  legions of Sprites unclean.
  And hellish Fiends, that are no friends
  to God, nor unto Men.

Entry XXXVII

Sunday, 27 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Jude 6.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

With dismal chains, and strongest reins,
  like Prisoners of Hell,
  They’re held in place before Christ’s face,
  till He their Doom shall tell.
These void of tears, but fill’d with fears,
  and dreadful expectation
  Of endless pains and scalding flames,
  stand waiting for Damnation.

Entry XXVIII

Monday, 28 April 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

All silence keep both Goats and Sheep
  before the Judge’s Throne;
  With mild aspect to his Elect
  then speaks the Holy One:
“My Sheep draw near, your Sentence hear,
  which is to you no dread,
  Who clearly now discern and know
  your sins are pardonéd.

Entry XXXIX

Tuesday, 29 April 1653

The Saints cleared and justified.

Today’s Scripture

2 Cor. 5:10. Eccl. 3:17. John 3:18

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“’Twas meet that ye should judgéd be,
  that so the World may spy
  No cause of grudge, when as I judge
  and deal impartially.
Know therefore all both great and small,
  the ground and reason why
  These Men do stand at my right hand
  and look so cheerfully.

Entry XL

Wednesday, 30 April 1653

Today’s Scripture

Job 17:6. Eph. 1:4.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“These Men be those my Father chose
  before the World’s foundation,
  And to me gave, that I should save
  from Death and Condemnation;
For whose dear sake I flesh did take,
  was of a Woman born.
  And did inure myself t’ endure
  unjust reproach and scorn.

Entry XLI

Thursday, 01 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rev. 1:5.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“For then it was that I did pass
  through sorrows many a one;
  That I drank up that bitter Cup
  which made me sigh and groan.
The Cross’s pain I did sustain;
  yea more, my Father’s ire
  I underwent, my Blood I spent
  to save them from Hell-fire.

Entry XLII

Friday, 02 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Eph. 2:1, 3.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Thus I esteeméd, thus I redeeméd
  all these from every Nation,
  That they may be (as now you see)
  a chosen Generation.
What if ere while they were as vile
  and bad as any be.
  And yet from all their guilt and thrall
  at once I set them free?

Entry XLIII

Saturday, 03 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 23:13, 15. Rom. 9:20, 21.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“My grace to one is wrong to none;
  none can Election claim;
  Amongst all those their souls that lose,
  none can Rejection blame.
He that may choose, or else refuse,
  all men to save or spill,
  May this Man choose, and that refuse,
  redeeming whom he will.

Entry XLIV

Sunday, 04 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Isa. 53:4, 5, 11.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“But as for those whom I have chose
  Salvation’s heirs to be,
  I underwent their punishment,
  and therefore set them free.
I bore their grief, and their relief
  by suffering procur’d.
  That they of bliss and happiness
  might firmly be assur’d.

Entry XLV

Monday, 05 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Acts 1:3, 48. Jam. 2:18. Heb. 12:7. Mat. 19:29.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“And this my grace they did embrace,
  believing on my Name;
  Which Faith was true, the fruits do shew
  proceeding from the same;—
Their Penitence, their Pati-ence,
  their Love and Self-denial,
  In suff’ring losses and bearing Crosses,
  when put upon the trial;—

Entry XLVI

Tuesday, 06 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

1 John 3:3. Mat. 25:39, 40.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Their sin forsaking, their cheerful taking
  my Yoke, their Charity
  Unto the Saints in all their wants,
  and in them unto me;—
These things do clear, and make appear
  their Faith to be unfeignéd,
  And that a part in my desert
  and purchase they have gainéd.

Entry XLVII

Wednesday, 07 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Isa. 53:11, 12. Rom. 8:16, 17, 33, 34. John 3:18.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Their debts are paid, their peace is made,
  their sins remitted are;
  Therefore at once I do pronounce,
  and openly declare,
That Heav’n is theirs, that they be Heirs
  of Life and of Salvation;
  Nor ever shall they come at all
  to Death or to Damnation.

Entry XLVIII

Thursday, 08 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 22:29, 30. Mat. 19:28.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Come blessed Ones and sit on Thrones,
  judging the World with me;
  Come and possess your happiness,
  and bought felicity;
Henceforth no fears, no care, no tears,
  no sin shall you annoy,
  Nor any thing that grief doth bring:
  Eternal Rest enjoy.

Entry XLIX

Friday, 09 May 1653

They are placed on Thrones to join with Christ in judging the wicked.

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 25:34.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“You bore the Cross, you suffer’d loss
  of all for my Name’s sake;
  Receive the Crown that’s now your own;
  come, and a Kingdom take.“
Thus spake the Judge: the wicked grudge
  and grind their teeth in vain;
  They see with groans these plac’d on Thrones,
  which addeth to their pain:

Entry L

Saturday, 10 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Cor. 6:2.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

That those whom they did wrong and slay,
  must now their Judgment see!
  Such whom they slighted and once despited,
  must now their Judges be!
Thus ’tis decreed, such is their meed,
  and guerdon glorious;
  With Christ they sit, judging it fit
  to plague the Impious.

Entry LI

Sunday, 11 May 1653

The wicked brought to the Bar.

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 2:3, 6, 11.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

The wicked are brought to the Bar.
  like guilty Malefactors,
  That oftentimes of bloody Crimes
  and Treasons have been Actors.
Of wicked Men, none are so mean
  as there to be neglected;
  Nor none so high in dignity
  as there to be respected.

Entry LII

Monday, 12 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rev. 6:15, 16. Isa. 30:33.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

The glorious Judge will privilege
  nor Emperor nor King;
  But every one that hath misdone
  doth unto judgment bring.
And every one that hath misdone,
  the Judge impartially
  Condemneth to eternal woe,
  and endless misery.

Entry LIII

Tuesday, 13 May 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Thus one and all, thus great and small,
  the Rich as well as Poor,
  And those of place, as the most base,
  do stand the Judge before.
They are arraign’d, and there detain’d
  before Christ’s Judgment seat,
  With trembling fear their Doom to hear,
  and feel his Anger’s heat.

Entry LIV

Wednesday, 14 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Eccl. 11:9, 12, 14.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

There Christ demands at all their hands
  a strict and straight account
  Of all things done under the Sun,
  whose number far surmount
Man’s wit and thought: they all are brought
  unto this solemn Trial,
  And each offense with evidence,
  so that there’s no denial.

Entry LV

Thursday, 15 May 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

There’s no excuse for their abuse,
  since their own Consciences
  More proof give in of each Man’s sin,
  than thousand Witnesses.
Though formerly this faculty
  had grossly been abuséd,
  (Men could it stifle, or with it trifle,
  when as it them accuséd,)

Entry LVI

Friday, 16 May 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Now it comes in, and every sin
  unto Men’s charge doth lay;
  It judgeth them and doth condemn,
  though all the “World say nay.
It so stingeth and tortureth,
  it worketh such distress,
  That each Man’s self against himself,
  is forcéd to confess.

Entry LVII

Saturday, 17 May 1653

Secret sins and works of darkness brought to light.

Today’s Scripture

Ps. 139:2, 4, 12. Rom. 2:16

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

It’s vain, moreover, for Men to cover
  the least Iniquity;
  The Judge hath seen, and privy been
  to all their villainy.
He unto light and open sight
  the work of darkness brings;
  He doth unfold both new old,
  both known and hidden things.

Entry LVIII

Sunday, 18 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Eccl. 12:14.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

All filthy facts and secret acts,
  however closely done.
  And long conceal’d, are there reveal’d
  before the mid-day Sun.
Deeds of the night, shunning the light,
  which darkest corners sought.
  To fearful blame, and endless shame,
  are there most justly brought.

Entry LIX

Monday, 19 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 12:36. Rom. 7:7

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

And as all facts, and grosser acts,
  so every word and thought,
  Erroneous notion and lustful motion,
  are unto Judgment brought.
No Sin so small and trivial,
  but hither it must come;
  Nor so long past but now at last
  it must receive a doom.

Entry LX

Tuesday, 20 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

John 5:40, and 3:19. Mat. 25:19, 27.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

At this sad season, Christ asks a Reason
  (with just austerity)
  Of Grace refus’d, of light abus’d
  so oft, so wilfully;
Of Talents lent, by them misspent
  and on their Lust bestown,
  Which if improv’d as it behoov’d
  Heav’n might have been their own;

Entry LXI

Wednesday, 21 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 2:4, 5.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Of times neglected, of means rejected,
  of God’s long-suffering
  And Pati-ence, to Penitence
  that sought hard hearts to bring;
Why chords of love did nothing move,
  to shame or to remorse?
  Why warnings grave, and counsels, have
  naught chang’d their sinful course?

Entry LXII

Thursday, 22 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Isa. 1:5. Jer. 2:20

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Why chastenings, and evils things,
  why judgments so severe.
  Prevailéd not with them a jot,
  nor wrought an awful fear?
Why promises of Holiness,
  and new Obedience,
  They oft did make, but always brake
  the same, to God’s offense?

Entry LXIII

Friday, 23 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

John 3:19, etc. Prov. 8:36. Luke 12:20, 21.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Why still Hell-ward, without regard,
  they bold venturéd,
  And chose Damnation before Salvation,
  when it was offeréd?
Why sinful pleasures and earthly treasures,
  like fools, they prizéd more
  Than Heav’nly wealth. Eternal health,
  and all Christ’s Royal store?

Entry LXIV

Saturday, 24 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 13:34. John 5:40, and 15:22.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Why, when he stood off’ring his Blood
  to wash them from their sin,
  They would embrace no saving Grace,
  but liv’d and died therein?
Such aggravations, where no evasions,
  nor false pretences hold,
  Exaggerate and cumulate
  guilt more than can be told.

Entry LXV

Sunday, 25 May 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

They multiply and magnify
  Men’s gross Iniquities;
  They draw down wrath (as Scripture saith)
  out of God’s treasuries.
Thus all their ways Christ open lays
  to Men and Angels’ view,
  And as they were makes them appear
  in their own proper hue.

Entry LXVI

Monday, 26 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 3:10, 12.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Thus he doth find of all Mankind,
  that stand at his left hand,
  No mother’s son but hath misdone,
  and broken God’s command.
All have transgress’d, even the best,
  and merited God’s wrath,
  Unto their own perditi-on
  and everlasting scath.

Entry LXVII

Tuesday, 27 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 6:23.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Earth’s dwellers all, both great and small,
  have wrought iniquity,
  And suffer must (for it is just)
  Eternal misery.
Amongst the many there come not any,
  before the Judge’s face.
  That able are themselves to clear,
  of all this cursed Race.

Entry LXVIII

Wednesday, 28 May 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Nevertheless, they all express.
  (Christ granting liberty,)
  What for their way they have to say,
  how they have liv’d, and why.
They all draw near and seek to clear
  themselves by making pleas;
  There Hypocrites, false-hearted wights,
  do make such pleas as these:

Entry LXIX

Thursday, 29 May 1653

Hypocrites plead for themselves.

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 7:21, 22, 23.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Lord, in thy Name, and by the same,
  we Devils dispossess’d;
  We rais’d the dead and minist’red
  Succor to the distressed.
Our painful teaching and pow’rful preaching
  by thine own wondrous might,
  Did throughly win to God from sin
  many a wretched wight.“

Entry LXX

Friday, 30 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

John 6:70. 1 Cor. 9:27.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“All this,” quoth he, “may granted be,
  and your case little better’d,
  Who still remain under a chain
  and many irons fetter’d.
You that the dead have quickened,
  and rescu’d from the grave.
  Yourselves were dead, yet ne’er needéd
  a Christ your souls to save.

Entry LXXI

Saturday, 31 May 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 2:19, 21, 22, 23.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“You that could preach, and others teach
  what way to life doth lead,
  Why were you slack to find that track
  and in that way to tread?
How could you bear to see or hear
  of others freed at last
  From Satan’s paws, whilst in his jaws
  yourselves were held more fast?

Entry LXXII

Sunday, 01 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

John 9:41. Rev. 2:21, 22.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Who though you knew Repentance true,
  and Faith is my great Name,
  The only mean to quit you clean,
  from punishment and blame,
Yet took no pain true Faith to gain,
  such as might not deceive,
  Nor would repent with true intent,
  your evil deeds to leave.

Entry LXXIII

Monday, 02 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 12:47. Matt. 11:21, 22, 24.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“His Master’s will how to fulfil
  the servant that well knew,
  Yet left undone his duty known,
  more plagues to him are due.
You against light perverted right;
  wherefore it shall be now
  For Sidon and for Sodom’s Land
  more easy than for you.“

Entry LXXIV

Tuesday, 03 June 1653

Another plea of the Hypocrites.

Today’s Scripture

Luke 13:20.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“But we have in thy presence been,”
  say some, “and eaten there.
  Did we not eat thy Flesh for meat,
  and feed on Heav’nly Cheer?
Whereon who feed shall never need,
  as thou thyself dost say,
  Nor shall they die eternally,
  but live with Christ for aye.

Entry LXXV

Wednesday, 04 June 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“We may allege, thou gav’st a pledge
  of thy dear Love to us,
  In Wine and Bread, which figuréd
  thy Grace bestowéd thus.
Of strength’ning Seals, of sweetest Meals,
  have we so oft partaken;
  And shall we be cast off by thee,
  and utterly forsaken?“

Entry LXXVI

Thursday, 05 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 13:27. Matt. 22:12.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

To whom the Lord, thus in a word,
  returns a short reply:
  “I never knew any of you
  that wrought Iniquity.
You say you’ve been my Presence in;
  but then, how came you there
  With Raiment vile that did defile
  and quite disgrace my Cheer?

Entry LXXVII

Friday, 06 June 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Durst you draw near without due fear
  Unto my holy Table?
  Durst you profane and render vain,
  so far as you were able,
Those Mysteries, which whoso prize,
  and carefully improve,
  Shall savéd be undoubtedly,
  and nothing shall them move?

Entry LXXVIII

Saturday, 07 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

1 Cor. 11:27, 29.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“How durst you venture bold guests to enter
  in such a sordid hue,
  Amongst my guests unto those Feasts
  that were not made for you?
How durst you eat for spir’tual meat
  your bane, and drink damnation,
  Whilst by your guile you render’d vile
  so rare and great Salvation?

Entry LXXIX

Sunday, 08 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 6:21, 24. Rom. 1:25.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Your fancies fed on heav’nly Bread,
  your hearts fed on some Lust;
  You lov’d the Creature more than th’ Creator,
  your souls clove to the dust.
And think you by Hypocrisy,
  and cloakéd Wickedness,
  To enter in laden with sin,
  to lasting Happiness?

Entry LXXX

Monday, 09 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

1 Cor. 11:27, 29.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“This your excuse shews your abuse
  of things ordain’d for good.
  And doth declare you guilty are
  of my dear Flesh and Blood.
Wherefore those Seals and precious Meals
  you put so much upon
  As things Divine, they Seal and Sign
  you to Perditi-on.“

Entry LXXXI

Tuesday, 10 June 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Then forth issue another Crew
  (those being silencéd),
  Who drawing nigh to the Most High,
  adventure thus to plead:
“We sinners were,” say they, “’tis clear,
  deserving condemnation;
  But did not we rely on thee,
  O Christ, for whole Salvation?

Entry LXXXII

Wednesday, 11 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

Acts 8:13. Isa. 58:2, 3. Heb. 6:4, 5.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“We did believe, and oft receive
  thy gracious Promises;
  We took great care to get a share
  in endless Happiness.
We pray’d and wept, and Fast-days kept,
  lewd ways we did eschew;
  We joyful were thy Word to hear;
  we form’d our lives anew.

Entry LXXXIII

Thursday, 12 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

2 Pet. 2:20.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“We thought our sin had pardon’d been,
  that our Estate was good,
  Our debts all paid, our peace well made,
  our Souls wash’d with thy Blood.
Lord, why dost though reject us now,
  who have not thee rejected,
  Nor utterly true sanctity
  and holy life neglected?“

Entry LXXXIV

Friday, 13 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

John 2:24, 25.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

The Judge incens’d at their pretens’d
  self-vaunting Piety,
  With such a look as trembling strook
  unto them made reply:
“O impudent, impenitent,
  and guileful generation!
  Think you that I cannot descry
  your hearts’ abomination?

Entry LXXXV

Saturday, 14 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

John 6:64. Psal. 50:16. Mat. 15:26.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“You nor receiv’d, nor yet believ’d
  my Promises of Grace,
  Nor were you wise enough to prize
  my reconciléd Face;
But did presume that to assume
  which was not yours to take,
  And challengéd the Children’s Bread,
  yet would not sin forsake.

Entry LXXXVI

Sunday, 15 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rev. 3:17. Mat. 13:20.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Being too bold you laid fast hold
  where int’rest you had none,
  Yourselves deceiving by your believing,
  all which you might have known.
You ran away but ran astray
  with Gospel Promises,
  And perishéd, being still dead
  in sins and trespasses.

Entry LXXXVII

Monday, 16 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 6:2, 4, 24. Jer. 8:5, 6, 7, 8.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“How oft did I Hypocrisy
  and Hearts’ deceits unmask
  Before your sight, giving you light
  know a Christian’s task?
But you held fast unto the last
  your own conceits so vain,
  No warning could prevail; you would
  your own Deceits retain.

Entry LXXXVIII

Tuesday, 17 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

Psal. 78:34, 35, 36, 37.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“As for your care to get a share
  in Bliss; the fear of Hell,
  And of a part in endless smart,
  did thereunto compel.
Your holiness and ways redress,
  such as it was, did spring
  From no true love to things above,
  But from some other thing.

Entry LXXXIX

Wednesday, 18 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

Zach. 7:5, 6. Isa. 58:3, 4. 1 Sam.15:13, 21. Isa. 1:11, 15.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“You pray’d and wept, you Fast-days kept,
  but did you this to me?
  No, but for sin you sought to win
  the greater liberty.
For all your vaunts, you had vile haunts,
  which for your Consciences
  Did you alarm, whose voice to charm
  you us’d these practices.

Entry XC

Thursday, 19 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 6:2, 5. John 5:44.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Your Penitence, your diligence
  to Read, to Pray, to Hear,
  Were but to drown the clam’rous sound
  of Conscience in your Ear.
If light you lov’d, vain glory mov’d
  yourselves therewith to store,
  That seeming wise men might you prize,
  and honor you the more.

Entry XCI

Friday, 20 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

Zech. 7:5, 16. Hos. 10:1.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Thus from yourselves unto yourselves,
  your duties all do tend;
  And as self-love the wheels doth move,
  so in self-love they end.“
Thus Christ detects their vain projects,
  and close Impiety,
  And plainly shews that all their shows
  were but Hypocrisy.

Entry XCII

Saturday, 21 June 1653

Civil honest men’s pleas.

Today’s Scripture

Luke 18:11.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Then were brought nigh a Company
  of Civil honest Men,
  That lov’d true dealing and hated stealing,
  ne’er wrong’d their Bretheren;
Who pleaded thus: “Thou knowest us
  that we were blameless livers;
  No Whoremongers, no Murderers,
  no quarrelers nor strivers.

Entry XCIII

Sunday, 22 June 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Idolaters, Adulterers,
  Church-robbers we were none,
  Nor false dealers, nor cozeners,
  but paid each man his own.
Our way was fair, our dealing square,
  we were no wasteful spenders,
  No lewd toss-pots, no drunken sots,
  no scandalous offenders.

Entry XCIV

Monday, 23 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

1 Sam. 15:22.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“We hated vice and set great price,
  by virtuous conversation;
  And by the same we got a name
  and no small commendation.
God’s Laws express that righteousness
  is that which he doth prize;
  And to obey, as he doth say,
  is more than sacrifice.

Entry XCV

Tuesday, 24 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

Eccl. 7:20.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Thus to obey hath been our way;
  let our good deeds, we pray,
  Find some regard and some reward
  with thee, Lord, this day.
And whereas we transgressors be,
  of Adam’s race were none,
  No, not the best, but have confess’d
  themselves to have misdone.“

Entry XCVI

Wednesday, 25 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

Deut. 10:12. Tit. 2:12. Jam. 2:10.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Then answeréd unto their dread,
  the Judge: “True Piety
  God doth desire and eke require,
  no less than honesty.
Justice demands at all your hands
  perfect Obedience;
  If but in part you have come short,
  that is a just offense.

Entry XCVII

Thursday, 26 June 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“On Earth below, where men did owe
  a thousand pounds and more.
  Could twenty pence it recompense?
  Could that have clear’d the score?
Think you to buy Felicity
  with part of what’s due debt?
  Or for desert of one small part,
  the whole should off be set?

Entry XCVIII

Friday, 27 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 18:11, 14.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“And yet that part whose great desert
  you think to reach so far,
  For your excuse doth you accuse,
  and will your boasting mar.
However fair, however square
  your way and work hath been
  Before men’s eyes, yet God espies
  iniquity therein.

Entry XCIX

Saturday, 28 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

1 Sam.16:7. 2 Chron. 25:2.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“God looks upon th’ affecti-on
  and temper of the heart;
  Not only on the acti-on,
  and the external part.
Whatever end vain men pretend,
  God knows the verity,
  And by the end which they intend
  their words and deeds doth try.

Entry C

Sunday, 29 June 1653

Today’s Scripture

Heb. 11:6. 1 Cor. 13:1, 2, 3.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Without true Faith, the Scripture saith,
  God cannot take delight
  In any deed that doth proceed
  from any sinful wight.
And without love all actions prove
  but barren empty things;
  Dead works they be and vanity,
  the which vexation brings.

Entry CI

Monday, 30 June 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Nor from true Faith, which quencheth wrath,
  hath your obedience flown;
  Nor from true Love, which wont to move
  Believers, hath it grown.
Your argument shews your intent
  in all that you have done;
  You thought to scale Heav’n’s lofty Wall
  by Ladders of your own.

Entry CII

Tuesday, 01 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 10:3.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Your blinded spirit hoping to merit
  by your own Righteousness,
  Needed no Savior but your behavior,
  and blameless carriages.
You trusted to what you could do,
  and in no need you stood;
  Your haughty pride laid me aside.
  And trampled on my Blood.

Entry CIII

Wednesday, 02 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 9:30, 32. Matt 11:23, 24 and 21:41.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“All men have gone astray, and done
  that which God’s laws condemn;
  But my Purchase and offer’d Grace
  All men did not contemn.
The Ninevites and Sodomites
  had no such sin as this;
  Yet as if all your sins were small,
  you say, ‘All did amiss.’

Entry CIV

Thursday, 03 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 6:5.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Again you thought and mainly sought
  a name with men t’ acquire;
  Pride bare the Bell that made you swell,
  and your own selves admire.
Mean fruit it is, and vile, I wiss,
  that springs from such a root;
  Virtue divine and genuine
  wonts not from pride to shoot.

Entry CV

Friday, 04 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Prov. 26:23. Mat. 23:27.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Such deeds as your are worse than poor;
  they are but sins gilt over
  With silver dross, whose glist’ring gloss
  can them no longer cover.
The best of them would you condemn,
  and ruin you alone.
  Although you were from faults so clear,
  that other you had none.

Entry CVI

Saturday, 05 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Prov 15:8. Rom. 3:20.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Your gold is brass, your silver dross,
  your righteousness is sin;
  And think you by such honesty
  Eternal life to win?
You much mistake, if for its sake
  you dream of acceptation;
  Whereas the same deserveth shame
  and meriteth damnation.“

Entry CVII

Sunday, 06 July 1653

Those that pretend want of opportunity to repent.

Today’s Scripture

Prov. 27:1. Jam. 4:13.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

A wondrous crowd then ’gan aloud
  thus for themselves to say:
  “We did intend, Lord, to amend,
  and to reform our way.
Our true intent was to repent
  and make our peace with thee;
  But sudden death stopping our breath,
  left us no liberty.

Entry CVIII

Monday, 07 July 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Short was our time, for in its prime
  our youthful pow’r was cropt;
  We died in youth before full growth,
  so was our purpose stopt.
Let our good will to turn from ill,
  and sin to have forsaken,
  Accepted be, Lord, by thee,
  and in good part be taken.“

Entry CIX

Tuesday, 08 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Eccl. 12:1. Rev. 2:21.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

To whom the Judge: “Where you allege
  the shortness of the space,
  That from your birth you liv’d on earth,
  to compass saving Grace,
It was Free Grace that any space
  was given you at all,
  To turn from evil, defy the Devil,
  and upon God to call.

Entry CX

Wednesday, 09 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 13:24. 2 Cor. 6:2. Heb. 3:7, 8, 9.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“One day, one week wherein to seek
  God’s face with all your hearts,
  A favor was that far did pass
  the best of your deserts.
You had a season; what was your reason
  such precious hours to waste?
  What could you find, what could you mind
  that was of greater haste?

Entry CXI

Thursday, 10 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Eccl. 11:9. Luke 14:18, 19, 20.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Could you find time for vain pastime,
  for loose, licentious mirth?
  For fruitless toys and fading joys,
  that perish in the birth?
Had you good leisure for carnal Pleasure,
  in days of health and youth?
  And yet no space to seek God’s face,
  and turn to him in truth?

Entry CXII

Friday, 11 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Amos 6:3, 4, 5, 6. Eph. 5:16. Luke 19:42.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“In younger years, beyond your fears,
  what if you were surprizéd?
  You put away the evil day,
  and of long life deviséd.
You oft were told, and might behold,
  that Death no Age doth spare;
  Why then did you your time foreslow,
  and slight your soul’s welfare?

Entry CXIII

Saturday, 12 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 13:21, 25, etc. Phil. 2:12.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Had your intent been to repent,
  and had you it desir’d,
  There would have been endeavors seen
  before your time expir’d.
God makes no treasure, nor hath he pleasure
  in idle purposes;
  Such fair pretenses are foul offenses,
  and cloaks for wickedness.“

Entry CXIV

Sunday, 13 July 1653

Some plead examples of their betters.

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 18:7.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Then were brought in and charg’d with sin,
  another Company,
  Who by Petition obtain’d permission
  to make Apology.
They arguéd, “We were misled,
  as is well known to thee.
  By their example that had more ample
  abilities than we;

Entry CXV

Monday, 14 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

John 7:48.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Such, as profess’d they did detest
  and hate each wicked way;
  Whose seeming grace whilst we did trace,
  our Souls were led astray.
When men of Parts, Learning, and Arts,
  professing Piety,
  Did thus and thus, it seem’d to us
  we might take liberty.“

Entry CXVI

Tuesday, 15 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Psal. 19:8, 11. Exod. 23:2. Psal. 50:17, 18.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

The Judge replies: “I gave you eyes,
  And light to see your way,
  Which had you lov’d and well improv’d,
  you had not gone astray.
My Word was pure, the Rule was sure;
  Why did you it forsake,
  Or thereon trample, and men’s example
  your Directory make?

Entry CXVII

Wednesday, 16 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

2 Tim. 3:5.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“This you well knew: that God is true,
  and that most men are liars,
  In word professing holiness,
  in deed thereof deniers.
simple fools! that having Rules,
  your lives to regulate.
  Would them refuse, and rather choose
  vile men to imitate.“

Entry CXVIII

Thursday, 17 July 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“But, Lord,” say they, “we went astray,
  and did more wickedly,
  By means of those whom thou has chose
  Salvation’s heirs to be.“
To whom the Judge: “What you allege
  doth nothing help the case,
  But makes appear how vile you were,
  and rend’reth you more base.

Entry CXIX

Friday, 18 July 1653

They urge that they were led by godly men’s Examples. But all their shifts turn to their greater shame.

Today’s Scripture

1 Cor. 11:1. Phil. 4:8.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“You understood that what was good,
  was to be followéd.
  And that you ought that which was naught
  to have relinquished.
Contrariwise it was your guise
  only to imitate
  Good men’s defects, and their neglects
  who were regenerate.

Entry CXX

Saturday, 19 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Psal. 32:5. 2 Chron. 32:26. Mat. 26:75. Prov. 1:24, 25.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“But to express their holiness,
  or imitate their grace.
  You little car’d, nor once prepar’d
  your hearts to seek my Face.
They did repent and truly rent
  their hearts for all known sin;
  You did offend, but not amend,
  to follow them therein.“

Entry CXXI

Sunday, 20 July 1653

Some plead the Scripture’s darkness, and difference among Interpreters.

Today’s Scripture

2 Pet. 3:16.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“We had thy Word,” say some, “Lord,
  but wiser men than we
  Could never yet interpret it,
  but always disagree.
How could we fools be led by Rules
  so far beyond our ken.
  Which to explain did so much pain
  and puzzle wisest men?“

Entry CXXII

Monday, 21 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Prov. 14:6. Isa. 35:8. Hos. 8:12.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Was all my Word abstruse and hard?”
  the Judge then answeréd;
  “It did contain much Truth so plain
  you might have run and read.
But what was hard you never car’d
  to know, or studiéd;
  And things that were most plain and clear
  you never practiséd.

Entry CXXIII

Tuesday, 22 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Matt. 11:25. Prov. 2:3, 4, 5.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“The Mystery of Piety
  God unto Babes reveals,
  When to the Wise he it denies,
  and from the world conceals.
If to fulfil God’s holy Will
  had seemed good to you,
  You would have sought light as you ought,
  and done the good you knew.“

Entry CXXIV

Wednesday, 23 July 1653

Others the fear of persecution.

Today’s Scripture

Acts 28:22.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Then came in view another crew,
  and ’gan to make their pleas;
  Amongst the rest, some of the best
  had such poor shifts as these:
“Thou know’st right well, who all canst tell,
  we liv’d amongst thy foes.
  Who the Renate did sorely hate
  and goodness much oppose.

Entry CXXV

Thursday, 24 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

John 12:42, 43.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“We holiness durst not profess,
  fearing to be forlorn
  Of all our friends, and for amends
  to be the wicked’s scorn.
We knew their anger would much endanger
  our lives and our estates;
  Therefore, for fear, we durst appear
  no better than our mates.“

Entry CXXVI

Friday, 25 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 12:4, 5. Isa. 51:12, 13.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

To whom the Lord returns this word:
  “O wonderful deceits!
  To cast off awe of God’s strict law,
  and fear men’s wrath and threats;
To fear hell-fire and God’s fierce ire
  less than the rage of men;
  As if God’s wrath could do less scath
  than wrath of bretheren!

Entry CXXVII

Saturday, 26 July 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“To use such strife, a temp’ral life
  to rescue and secure,
  And be so blind as not to mind
  that life that will endure!
This was your case, who carnal peace
  more than true joys did savor;
  Who fed on dust, clave to your lust,
  and spurned at my favor.

Entry CXXVIII

Sunday, 27 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 9:23, 24, 25 and 16:2.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“To please your kin, men’s love to win,
  to flow in worldly wealth,
  To save your skin, these things have been
  more than Eternal health.
You had your choice, wherein rejoice;
  it was your porti-on.
  For which you chose your souls t’ expose
  unto Perditi-on.

Entry CXXIX

Monday, 28 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 9:26. Prov 8:36 John 3:19, 20.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Who did not hate friends, life, and state,
  with all things else for me,
  forsake and’s Cross up-take
  shall never happy be.
Well worthy they to die for aye,
  who death than life had rather;
  Death is their due that so value
  the friendship of my Father.“

Entry CXXX

Tuesday, 29 July 1653

Others plead for pardon from God’s Mercy and Justice.

Today’s Scripture

Psal. 78:38. 2 Kin. 14:26.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Others plead Others argue, and not a few,
  “Is not God graci-ous?
  His Equity and Clemency,
  are they not marvellous?
Thus we believ’d; are we deceiv’d?
  Cannot his Mercy great,
  (As hath been told to us of old,)
  assuage his anger’s heat?

Entry CXXXI

Wednesday, 30 July 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“How can it be that God should see
  his Creatures’ endless pain.
  Or hear their groans and rueful moans,
  and still his wrath retain?
Can it agree with Equity,
  can Mercy have the heart.
  To recompense few years’ offense
  with everlasting smart?

Entry CXXXII

Thursday, 31 July 1653

Today’s Scripture

Psal. 30:9. Mic. 7:18.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Can God delight in such a sight
  as sinners’ misery?
  Or what great good can this our blood
  bring unto the most High?
O thou that dost thy Glory most
  in pard’ning sin display,
  Lord, might it please thee to release
  and pardon us this day!

Entry CXXXIII

Friday, 01 August 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Unto thy name more glorious fame
  would not such Mercy bring?
  Would not it raise thine endless praise,
  more than our suffering?“
With that they cease, holding their peace,
  but cease not still to weep;
  Grief ministers a flood of tears,
  in which their words do steep.

Entry CXXXIV

Saturday, 02 August 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

But all too late; grief’s out of date,
  when Life is at an end.
  The glorious King thus answering,
  all to his voice attend:
“God gracious is,” quoth he; “like his,
  no mercy can be found:
  His Equity and Clemency
  to sinners do abound,

Entry CXXXV

Sunday, 03 August 1653

Mercy now shines forth in the vessels of Mercy.

Today’s Scripture

Mic. 7:18. Rom. 9:23.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“As may appear by those that here
  are plac’d at my right hand,
  Whose stripes I bore, and clear’d the score,
  that they might quitted stand.
For surely none but God alone,
  whose Grace transcends men’s thought.
  For such as those that were his foes
  like wonders would have wrought.

Entry CXXXVI

Monday, 04 August 1653

Did also wait upon such as abused it.

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 2:4. Hos. 11:4.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“And none but he such lenity
  and patience would have shown
  To you so long, who did him wrong,
  and pull’d his Judgment down.
How long a space, stiff-neck’d race,
  did patience you afford?
  How oft did love you gently move,
  to turn unto the Lord?

Entry CXXXVII

Tuesday, 05 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 13:34.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“With chords of love God often strove
  your stubborn hearts to tame;
  Nevertheless your wickedness
  did still resist the same.
If now at last Mercy be past
  from you for evermore,
  And Justice come in Mercy’s room,
  yet grudge you not therefore.

Entry CXXXVIII

Wednesday, 06 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 19:42, 43. Jude 4.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“If into wrath God turnéd hath
  his long, long-suffering,
  And now for love you vengeance prove,
  is an equal thing.
Your waxing worse hath stopt the course
  of wonted Clemency,
  Mercy refus’d and Grace misus’d
  call for severity.

Entry CXXXIX

Thursday, 07 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 2:5, 6. Isa. 1:24. Amos 2:13. Gen. 18:25.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“It’s now high time that ev’ry Crime
  be brought to punishment;
  Wrath long contain’d and oft restrain’d,
  at last must have a vent.
Justice severe cannot forbear
  to plague sin any longer,
  But must inflict with hand most strict
  mischief upon the wronger.

Entry CXL

Friday, 08 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 25:3, 1, 2. Prov. 12:8, 29, 30.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“In vain do they for Mercy pray,
  the season being past,
  Who had no care to get a share
  therein, while time did last.
The man whose ear refus’d to hear
  the voice of Wisdom’s cry,
  Earn’d this reward, that none regard
  him in his misery.

Entry CXLI

Saturday, 09 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Isa. 5:18, 19. Gen. 2 : 17. Rom. 2:8, 9.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“It doth agree with Equity
  and with God’s holy Law,
  That those should die eternally
  that Death upon them draw.
The soul that sins Damnation wins,
  for so the Law ordains;
  Which Law is just; and therefore must
  such suffer endless pains.

Entry CXLII

Sunday, 10 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 6:23. 2 Thes. 1:8, 9.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Eternal smart is the desert
  ev’n of the least offense;
  Then wonder not if I allot
  to you this Recompense;
But wonder more that since so sore
  and lasting plagues are due
  To every sin, you liv’d therein,
  who well the danger knew.

Entry CXLIII

Monday, 11 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Ezek. 33:11. Exod. 34:7, and 14:17. Rom. 9:22.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“God hath no joy to crush or ’stroy,
  and ruin wretched wights;
  But to display the glorious Ray
  of Justice he delights.
To manifest he doth detest,
  and throughly hate all sin,
  By plaguing it as is most fit—
  this shall him Glory win.“

Entry CXLIV

Tuesday, 12 August 1653

Some pretend they were shut out of Heaven by God’s Decree.

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 9:18, 19.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Then at the Bar arraignéd are
  an impudenter sort,
  Who to evade the guilt that’s laid
  Upon them, thus retort:
“How could we cease thus to transgress?
  How could we Hell avoid,
  Whom God’s Decree shut out from thee,
  and sign’d to be destroy’d ?

Entry CXLV

Wednesday, 13 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Heb. 22:17. Rom. 11:7, 8.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Whom God ordains to endless pains
  by Law unalterable,
  Repentance true, Obedience new,
  to save such are unable.
Sorrow for sin no good can win,
  to such as are rejected;
  Nor can they grieve nor yet believe,
  that never were elected.

Entry CXLVI

Thursday, 14 August 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Of Man’s fall’n race, who can true Grace
  or Holiness obtain?
  Who can convert or change his heart,
  if God withhold the same?
Had we applied ourselves and tried
  as much as who did most,
  God’s love to gain, our busy pain
  and labor bad been lost.“

Entry CXLVII

Friday, 15 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 13:27. 2 Pet. 1:9, 10, compared with Mat. 19:16.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Christ readily makes this Reply:
  “I damn you not because
  You are rejected, nor yet elected;
  but you have broke my Laws.
It is in vain your wits to strain
  the end and means to sever;
  Men fondly seek to part or break
  what God hath link’d together.

Entry CXLVIII

Saturday, 16 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Acts 3:19, and 16:31. 1 Sam. 2:15. John 3:19. Job 5:40. 2 Thes. 2:11, 12.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Whom God will save, such he will have
  the means of life to use;
  Whom he’ll pass by shall choose to die,
  and ways of life refuse.
He that fore-sees and fore-decrees,
  in wisdom order’ d has.
  That man’s free-will, electing ill,
  shall bring his Will to pass.

Entry CXLIX

Sunday, 17 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Ezek. 33:11, 12. Luke 13:34. Prov. 8:33, 36.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“High God’s Decree, as it is free,
  so doth it none compel
  Against their will to good or ill;
  it forceth none to Hell.
They have their wish whose Souls perish
  with Torments in Hell-fire,
  Who rather choose their souls to lose,
  than leave a loose desire.

Entry CL

Monday, 18 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Gen. 2:17. Mat. 25:41, 42. Ezek. 18:20.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“God did ordain sinners to pain,
  yet he to Hell sends none
  But such as swerv’d and have deserv’d
  destruction as their own.
His pleasure is, that none from Bliss
  and endless happiness
  Be barr’d, but such as wrong’d him much
  by willful wickedness.

Entry CLI

Tuesday, 19 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

2 Pet. 1:10. Acts 13:46. Luke 13:24.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“You, sinful Crew! no other knew
  but you might be elect;
  Why did you then yourselves condemn?
  Why did you me reject?
Where was your strife to gain that life
  which lasteth evermore?
  You never knock’d, yet say God lock’d
  against you Heaven’s door.

Entry CLII

Wednesday, 20 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 7:7, 8 Gal. 5:22, 23.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“’Twas no vain task to knock and ask,
  whilst life continuéd.
  Who ever sought Heav’n as he ought,
  and seeking perishéd?
The lowly, meek, who truly seek
  for Christ and for Salvation,
  There’s no decree whereby such be
  ordain’d to condemnation.

Entry CLIII

Thursday, 21 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

John 3:19.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

You argue then: ’But abject men,
  whom God resolves to spill,
  Cannot repent, nor their hearts rent;
  nor can they change their will.’
Not for his Can is any man
  adjudgéd unto Hell,
  But for his Will to do what’s ill,
  and nilling to do well.

Entry CLIV

Friday, 22 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

John 5:40.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“I often stood tend’ring my Blood
  to wash away your guilt,
  And eke my Sprite to frame you right,
  lest your Souls should be spilt.
But you, vile Race, rejected Grace,
  when Grace was freely proflfer’d,
  No changéd heart, no heav’nly part
  would you, when it was offer’ d.

Entry CLV

Saturday, 23 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

John 15:22, 24. Heb. 2:3. Isa. 66:34.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Who willfully the remedy,
  and means of life contemnéd.
  Cause have the same themselves to blame,
  if now they be condemnéd.
You have yourselves, you and none else,
  to blame that you must die
  You chose the way to your decay,
  and perish’d willfully.“

Entry CLVI

Sunday, 24 August 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

These words appall and daunt them all,
  dismay’d and all amort,
  Like stocks that stand at Christ’s left hand
  and dare no more retort.
Then were brought near with trembling fear,
  a number numberless,
  Of Blind Heathen and brutish men,
  that did God’s Law transgress;

Entry CLVII

Monday, 25 August 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Whose wicked ways Christ open lays,
  and makes their sins appear,
  They making pleas their case to ease,
  if not themselves to clear.
“Thy Written Word,” say they, “good Lord,
  we never did enjoy;
  We ne’er refus’d, nor it abus’d;
  Oh, do not us destroy!“

Entry CLVIII

Tuesday, 26 August 1653

Heathen men plead want of the Written Word.

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 11:22. Luke 12:48.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“You ne’er abus’d, nor yet refus’d
  my Written Word, you plead;
  That’s true," quoth he, “therefore shall ye
  the less be punishéd.
You shall not smart for any part
  of other men’s offense,
  But for your own transgressi-on
  receive due recompense.“

Entry CLIX

Wednesday, 27 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

1 Cor. 1:21.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“But we were blind,” say they, “in mind;
  too dim was Nature’s Light,
  Our only guide, as hath been tried,
  to bring us to the sight
Of our estate degenerate,
  and curs’d by Adam’s Fall;
  How we were born and lay forlorn
  in bondage and in thrall.

Entry CLX

Thursday, 28 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 11:22.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“We did not know a Christ till now,
  nor how fall’n men be savéd,
  Else would we not, right well we wot,
  have so ourselves behavéd.
We should have mourn’d, we should have turn’d
  from sin at thy Reproof,
  And been more wise through thy advice,
  for our own soul’s behoof.

Entry CLXI

Friday, 29 August 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“But Nature’s light shin’d not so bright
  to teach us the right way:
  We might have lov’d it and well improv’d it,
  and yet have gone astray.“
The Judge most High makes this Reply:
  “You ignorance pretend.
  Dimness of sight, and want of light,
  your course Heav’nward to bend.

Entry CLXII

Saturday, 30 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Gen. 1:27. Eccl. 7:29. Hos. 13:9.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“How came your mind to be so blind?
  I once you knowledge gave.
  Clearness of sight and judgment light:
  who did the same deprave?
If to your cost you have it lost,
  and quite defac’d the same,
  Your own desert hath caus’d the smart;
  you ought not me to blame.

Entry CLXIII

Sunday, 31 August 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 11 : 25, compared with 20:15.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Yourselves into a pit of woe,
  your own transgression led;
  If I to none my Grace had shown
  who had been injured?
If to a few, and not to you,
  I shew’d a way of life,
  My Grace so free, you clearly see,
  gives you no ground of strife.

Entry CLXIV

Monday, 01 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 1:20, 21, 22.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“’Tis vain to tell, you wot fall well,
  if you in time had known
  Your misery and remedy,
  your actions had it shown:
You, sinful Crew, have not been true
  unto the Light of Nature,
  Nor done the good you understood,
  nor ownéd your Creator.

Entry CLXV

Tuesday, 02 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 2:12, 15 and 1:32. Mat. 12:41.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“He that the Light, because ’tis slight,
  hath uséd to despise,
  Would not the Light shining more bright,
  be likely for to prize.
If you had lov’d, and well improv’d
  your knowledge and dim sight,
  Herein your pain had not been vain,
  your plagues had been more light.“

Entry CLXVI

Wednesday, 03 September 1653

Reprobate Infants plead for themselves.

Today’s Scripture

Rev. 20:12, 15, compared with Rom. 5:12, 14 and 9:11, 13. Ezek. 18:2.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Then to the Bar all they drew near
  Who died in infancy,
  And never had or good or bad
  effected pers’nally;
But from the womb unto the tomb
  were straightway carriéd,
  (Or at the least ere they transgress’d)
  who thus began to plead:

Entry CLXVII

Thursday, 04 September 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“If for our own transgressi-on,
  or disobedience.
  We here did stand at thy left hand,
  just were the Recompense;
But Adam’s guilt our souls hath spilt,
  his fault is charg’d upon us;
  And that alone hath overthrown
  and utterly undone us.

Entry CLXVIII

Friday, 05 September 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Not we, but he ate of the Tree,
  whose fruit was interdicted;
  Yet on us all of his sad Fall
  the punishment’s inflicted.
How could we sin that had not been,
  or how is his sin our,
  Without consent, which to prevent
  we never had the pow’r?

Entry CLXIX

Saturday, 06 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Psal. 51:5.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“O great Creator why was our Nature
  depravéd and forlorn?
  Why so defil’d, and made so vil’d,
  whilst we were jet unborn?
If it be just, and needs we must
  transgressors reckon’d be.
  Thy Mercy, Lord, to us afford,
  which sinners hath set free.

Entry CLXX

Sunday, 07 September 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Behold we see Adam set free,
  and sav’d from his trespass,
  Whose sinful Fall hath split us all,
  and brought us to this pass.
Canst thou deny us once to try,
  or Grace to us to tender,
  When he finds grace before thy face,
  who was the chief offender?“

Entry CLXXI

Monday, 08 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Ezek. 18:20. Rom. 5:12, 19.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Then answeréd the Judge most dread:
  God doth such doom forbid,
  That men should die eternally
  for what they never did.
But what you call old Adam’s Fall,
  and only his Trespass,
  You call amiss to call it his,
  both his and yours it was.

Entry CLXXII

Tuesday, 09 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

1 Cor. 15:48, 49.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“He was design’d of all Mankind
  to be a public Head;
  A common Root, whence all should shoot,
  and stood in all their stead.
He stood and fell, did ill or well,
  not for himself alone.
  But for you all, who now his Fall
  and trespass would disown.

Entry CLXXIII

Wednesday, 10 September 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“If he had stood, then all his brood
  had been establishéd
  In God’s true love never to move,
  nor once awry to tread;
Then all his Race my Father’s Grace
  should have enjoy’d for ever.
  And wicked Sprites by subtile sleights
  could them have harméd never.

Entry CLXXIV

Thursday, 11 September 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Would you have griev’d to have receiv’d
  through Adam so much good,
  As had been your for evermore,
  if he at first had stood?
Would you have said, ’We ne’er obey’d
  nor did thy laws regard;
  It ill befits with benefits,
  us, Lord, to so reward?’

Entry CLXXV

Friday, 12 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 5:12. Psal. 51:5. Gen. 5:3.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Since then to share in his welfare,
  you could have been content,
  You may with reason share in his treason,
  and in the punishment.
Hence you were born in state forlorn,
  with Natures so depravéd;
  Death was your due because that yo
  had thus yourselves behavéd.

Entry CLXXVI

Saturday, 13 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 23:30, 31.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“You think ’If we had been as he
  whom God did so betrust,
  We to our cost would ne’er have lost
  all for a paltry lust.’
Had you been made in Adam’s stead,
  you would like things have wrought,
  And so into the self-same woe,
  yourselves and yours have brought.

Entry CLXXVII

Sunday, 14 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 9:15, 18. Rom. 5:15.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“I may deny you once to try,
  or Grace to you to tender.
  Though he finds Grace before my face
  who was the chief offender;
Else should my Grace cease to be Grace,
  for it would not be free,
  If to release whom I should please
  I have no liberty.

Entry CLXXVIII

Monday, 15 September 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“If upon one what’s due to none.
  I frankly shall bestow,
  And on the rest shall not think best
  compassion’s skirt to throw,
Whom injure I? will you envy
  and grudge at others’ weal?
  Or me accuse, who do refuse
  yourselves to help and heal ?

Entry CLXXIX

Tuesday, 16 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 20:15.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“Am I alone of what’s my own,
  no Master or no Lord?
  And if I am, how can you claim
  what I to some afford?
Will you demand Grace at my hand,
  and challenge what is mine?
  Will you teach me whom to set free,
  and thus my Grace confine?

Entry CLXXX

Wednesday, 17 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Psal. 58:8. Rom 6:23. Gal. 3:10. Rom. 8:29, 30, and 11:7. Rev. 21:27. Luke 12:14, 8. Mat. 11:22.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“You sinners are, and such a share
  as sinners, may expect;
  Such you shall have, for I do save
  none but mine own Elect.
Yet to compare your sin with their
  who liv’d a longer time,
  I do confess yours is much less,
  though every sin’s a crime.

Entry CLXXXI

Thursday, 18 September 1653

The wicked all convinced and put to silence.

Today’s Scripture

Rom. 3:19. Mat. 22:12.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“A crime it is, therefore in bliss
  you may not hope to dwell;
  But unto you I shall allow
  The easiest room in Hell.“
The glorious King thus answering,
  they cease, and plead no longer;
  Their Consciences must needs confess
  his Reasons are the stronger.

Entry CLXXXII

Friday, 19 September 1653

Behold the formidable estate of all the ungodly as they stand hopeless and helpless before an impartial Judge, expecting their final Sentence.

Today’s Scripture

Rev. 6:16, 17.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Thus all men’s pleas the Judge with ease
  doth answer and confute,
  Until that all, both great and small,
  are silencéd and mute.
Vain hopes are cropt, all mouths are stopt,
  sinners have naught to say,
  But that ’tis just and equal most
  they should be damn’d for aye.

Entry CLXXXIII

Saturday, 20 September 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Now what remains, but that to pains
  and everlasting smart,
  Christ should condemn the sons of men,
  which is their just desert?
Oh rueful plights of sinful wights!
  Oh wretches all forlorn!
  ’T had happy been they ne’er had seen
  the sun, or not been born.

Entry CLXXXIV

Sunday, 21 September 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Yea now it would be good they could
  themselves annihilate.
  And cease to be, themselves to free
  from such a fearful state.
O happy Dogs, and Swine, and Frogs,
  yea, Serpent’s generation!
  Who do not fear this doom to hear,
  and sentence of Damnation!

Entry CLXXXV

Monday, 22 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Psal. 139:2, 3, 4. Eccl. 12:14.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

This is their state so desperate;
  their sins are fully known;
  Their vanities and villanies
  before the world are shown.
As they are gross and impious,
  so are their numbers more
  Than motes in th’ Air, or than their hair,
  or sands upon the shore.

Entry CLXXXVI

Tuesday, 23 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 25:45.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Divine Justice offended is,
  and satisfaction claimeth;
  God’s wrathful ire, kindled like fire.
  against them fiercely flameth.
Their Judge severe doth quite cashier,
  and all their pleas off take,
  That ne’er a man, or dare, or can
  a further answer make.

Entry CLXXXVII

Wednesday, 24 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 22:12. Rom. 2:5, 6. Luke 19:42.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Their mouths are shut, each man is put
  to silence and to shame,
  Nor have they aught within their thought,
  Christ’s Justice for to blame.
The Judge is just, and plague them must,
  nor will he Mercy shew,
  For Mercy’s day is past away
  to any of this Crew.

Entry CLXXXVIII

Thursday, 25 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 28:18. Psal. 137:7.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

The Judge is strong, doers of wrong
  cannot his pow’r withstand;
  None can by flight run out of sight,
  nor ’scape out of his hand.
Sad is their state; for Advocate,
  to plead their cause, there’s none;
  None to prevent their punishment,
  or mis’ry to bemoan.

Entry CLXXXIX

Friday, 26 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Isa. 33:14. Psal. 11:6. Num. 25:19.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

O dismal day! whither shall they
  for help and succor flee?
  To God above with hopes to move
  their greatest Enemy?
His wrath is great, whose burning heat
  no floods of tears can slake;
  His Word stands fast that they be cast
  into the burning Lake.

Entry CXC

Saturday, 27 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 25:41, and 25:10, 11, 12.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

To Christ their Judge? He doth adjudge
  them to the Pit of Sorrow;
  Nor will he hear, or cry or tear,
  nor respite them one morrow.
To Heav’n, alas! they cannot pass,
  it is against them shut;
  To enter there (O heavy cheer)
  they out of hopes are put.

Entry CXCI

Sunday, 28 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 12:20. Psal. 49:7, 17. Deut. 32:2.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Unto their Treasures, or to their Pleasures?
  All these have them forsaken;
  Had they full coffers to make large offers,
  their gold would not be taken.
Unto the place where whilom was
  their birth and Education?
  Lo! Christ begins for their great sins,
  to fire the Earth’s Foundation;

Entry CXCII

Monday, 29 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

2 Pet. 3:10.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

And by and by the flaming Sky
  shall drop like molten Lead
  About their ears, t’ increase their fears,
  and aggravate their dread.
To Angel’s good that ever stood
  in their integrity,
  Should they betake themselves, and make
  their suit incessantly?

Entry CXCIII

Tuesday, 30 September 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 13:41, 42. Rev. 20:13, 15.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

They’ve neither skill, nor do they will
  to work them any ease;
  They will not mourn to see them burn,
  nor beg for their release.
To wicked men, their bretheren
  in sin and wickedness,
  Should they make moan? Their case is one;
  they’re in the same distress.

Entry CXCIV

Wednesday, 01 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 16:28.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Ah! cold comfort and mean support,
  from such like Comforters!
  Ah! little joy of Company,
  and fellow-sufferers!
Such shall increase their heart’s disease,
  and add unto their woe,
  Because that they brought to decay
  themselves and many moe.

Entry CXCV

Thursday, 02 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rev. 21:4. Psal. 58:10.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Unto the Saints with sad complaints
  should they themselves apply?
  They’re not dejected nor aught affected
  with all their misery.
Friends stand aloof and make no proof
  what Prayers or Tears can do;
  Your Godly friends are now more friends
  to Christ than unto you.

Entry CXCVI

Friday, 03 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

1 Cor. 6:2.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Where tender love men’s hearts did move
  unto a sympathy,
  And bearing part of others’ smart
  in their anxiety,
Now such compassion is out of fashion,
  and wholly laid aside;
  No friends so near, but Saints to hear
  their Sentence can abide.

Entry CXCVII

Saturday, 04 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Compare Prov. 1:26. with 1 John 3:2, and 2 Cor. 5:16.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

One natural Brother beholds another
  in his astonied fit.
  Yet sorrows not thereat a jot,
  nor pities him a whit.
The godly Wife conceives no grief
  nor can she shed a tear
  For the sad state of her dear Mate,
  when she his doom doth hear.

Entry CXCVIII

Sunday, 05 October 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

He that was erst a Husband pierc’d
  with sense of Wife’s distress.
  Whose tender heart did bear a part
  of all her grievances,
Shall mourn no more as heretofore,
  because of her ill plight.
  Although he see her now to be
  a damn’d forsaken wight.

Entry CXCIX

Monday, 06 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 16:25.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

The tender Mother will own no other
  of all her num’rous brood,
  But such as stand at Christ’s right hand,
  acquitted through his Blood.
The pious Father had now much rather
  his graceless Son should lie
  In Hell with Devils, for all his evils,
  burning eternally,

Entry CC

Tuesday, 07 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Psal. 58:10.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Than God most High should injury
  by sparing him sustain;
  And doth rejoice to hear Christ’s voice,
  adjudging him to pain.
Thus having all, both great and small,
  convinc’d and silencéd,
  Christ did proceed their Doom to read,
  and thus it utteréd:

Entry CCI

Wednesday, 08 October 1653

The Judge pronounceth the sentence of condemnation.

Today’s Scripture

Mat 25:41.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Ye sinful wights and curséd sprights,
  that work iniquity,
  Depart together from me for ever
  to endless Misery;
Your portion take in yonder Lake,
  where Fire and Brimstone flameth;
  Suffer the smart which your desert,
  as its due wages claimeth.“

Entry CCII

Thursday, 09 October 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Oh piercing words, more sharp than swords!
  What! to depart from Thee,
  Whose face before for evermore
  the best of Pleasures be!
What! to depart (unto our smart),
  from thee Eternally!
  To be for aye banish’d away
  with Devils’ company!

Entry CCIII

Friday, 10 October 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

What! to be sent to Punishment,
  and flames of burning Fire!
  To be surrounded, and eke confounded
  with God’s revengeful Ire!
What! to abide, not for a tide,
  these Torments, but for Ever!
  To be releas’d, or to be eas’d,
  not after years, but Never!

Entry CCIV

Saturday, 11 October 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Oh fearful Doom! now there’s no room
  for hope or help at all;
  Sentence is past which aye shall last;
  Christ will not it recall.
Then might you hear them rend and tear
  the Air with their out-cries;
  The hideous noise of their sad voice
  ascendeth to the Skies.

Entry CCV

Sunday, 12 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 13:38. Prov. 1:26.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

They wring their hands, their caitiff-hands,
  and gnash their teeth for terror;
  They cry, they roar for anguish sore,
  and gnaw their tongues for horror.
But get away without delay,
  Christ pities not your cry;
  Depart to Hell, there may you yell,
  and roar Eternally.

Entry CCVI

Monday, 13 October 1653

It is put in Execution.

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 25:46.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

That word “Depart,” maugre their heart,
  drives every wicked one,
  With mighty pow’r, the self-same hour,
  far from the Judge’s Throne.
Away they’re chas’d by the strong blast
  of his Death-threat’ning mouth;
  They flee full fast, as if in haste,
  although they be full loath.

Entry CCVII

Tuesday, 14 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 13:41, 42.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

As chaff that’s dry, as dust doth fly
  before the Northern wind.
  Right so are they chaséd away,
  and can no Refuge find.
They hasten to the Pit of Woe,
  guarded by Angels stout.
  Who to fulfil Christ’s holy Will,
  attend this wickéd Rout;

Entry CCVIII

Wednesday, 15 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 25:30, Mark 9:42. Isa. 30:33. Rev. 21:8.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Whom having brought as they are taught,
  unto the brink of Hell,
  (That dismal place, far from Christ’s face,
  where Death and Darkness dwell,
Where God’s fierce Ire kindleth the fire,
  and vengeance feeds the flame.
  With piles of Wood and Brimstone Flood,
  so none can quench the same,)

Entry CCIX

Thursday, 16 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 22:13, and 25:46.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

With Iron bands they bind their hands
  and curséd feet together,
  And cast them all, both great and small,
  into that Lake forever,
Where day and night, without respite,
  they wail, and cry and howl,
  For tort’ring pain which they sustain,
  in Body and in Soul.

Entry CCX

Friday, 17 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rev. 14:10, 11.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

For day and night, in their despite,
  their torment’s smoke ascendeth.
  Their pain and grief have no relief,
  their anguish never endeth.
There must they lie and never die,
  though dying every day;
  There must they dying ever lie,
  and not consume away.

Entry CCXI

Saturday, 18 October 1653

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Die fain they would if die they could,
  but Death will not be had;
  God’s direful wrath their bodies hath
  forev’r immortal made.
They live to lie in misery,
  and bear eternal woe;
  And live they must whilst God is just,
  that he may plague them so.

Entry CCXII

Sunday, 19 October 1653

The unsufferable torments of the Damned.

Today’s Scripture

Luke 16:24. Jude 7.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

But who can tell the plagues of Hell,
  and torments exquisite?
  Who can relate their dismal state,
  and terrors infinite?
Who fare the best and feel the least,
  yet feel that punishment
  Whereby to nought they would be brought
  if God did not prevent.

Entry CCXIII

Monday, 20 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Isa. 33:14. Mark 9:43, 44.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

The least degree of misery
  there felt is incomparable;
  The lightest pain they there sustain
  is more than intolerable.
But God’s great pow’r from hour to hour
  upholds them in the fire,
  That they shall not consume a jot
  nor by its force expire.

Entry CCXIV

Tuesday, 21 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 12:47.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

But, ah, the woe they undergo
  (they more than all beside)
  Who had the light, and knew the right,
  yet would not it abide!
The sev’n fold smart which to their part
  and porti-on doth fall.
  Who Christ’s free Grace would not embrace,
  nor hearken to his call.

Entry CCXV

Wednesday, 22 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 11:24.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

The Amorites and Sodomites,
  although their plagues be sore,
  Yet find some ease compar’d to these,
  who feel a great deal more.
Almighty God, whose Iron Rod,
  to smite them never lins.
  Doth most declare his Justice rare
  in plaguing these men’s sins.

Entry CCXVI

Thursday, 23 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 16:23, 25, and 13:28.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

The pain of loss their souls doth toss,
  and wond’rously distress,
  To think what they have cast away
  by willful wickedness.
“We might have been redeem’d from sin,”
  think they, “and liv’d above.
  Being possesst of Heav’nly rest,
  and joying in God’s love

Entry CCXVII

Friday, 24 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Luke 13:24.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

“But woe, woe, woe, our Souls unto!
  we would not happy be;
  And therefore bear God’s vengeance here
  to all Eternity.
Experience and woful sense
  must be our painful teachers,
  Who’d not believe, nor credit give
  unto our faithful Preachers.“

Entry CCXVIII

Saturday, 25 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 9:44. Rom. 2:15.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Thus shall they lie and wail and cry,
  tormented and tormenting;
  Their galléd hearts with poison’d darts,
  but now too late repenting.
There let them dwell in th’ Flames of Hell:
  there leave we them to burn,
  And back again unto the men
  whom Christ acquits, return.

Entry CCXIX

Sunday, 26 October 1653

The Saints rejoice to see the Judgment executed upon the Wicked World.

Today’s Scripture

Psal. 58:10. Rev. 10:1, 2, 3.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

The Saints behold with courage bold
  and thankful wonderment,
  To see all those that were their foes
  thus sent to punishment.
Then do they sing unto their King
  a Song of endless Praise;
  They praise his Name and do proclaim
  that just are all his ways.

Entry CCXX

Monday, 27 October 1653

They ascend with Christ into Heaven triumphing.

Today’s Scripture

Mat. 25:46.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Thus with great joy and melody
  to Heav’n they all ascend,
  Him there to praise with sweetest lays,
  and Hymns that never end;
Where with long rest they shall be blest,
  and naught shall them annoy,
  Where they shall see as seen they be,
  and whom they love enjoy.

Entry CCXXI

Tuesday, 28 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

1 John 3:2. 1 Cor. 13:12.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Oh glorious Place! where face to face
  Jehovah may be seen,
  By such as were sinners while here,
  and no dark veil between!
Where the Sunshine and light Divine
  of God’s bright countenance,
  Doth rest upon them every one,
  with sweetest influence!

Entry CCXXII

Wednesday, 29 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Rev. 21:4.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

Oh blessed state of the Renate!
  Oh wond’rous happiness.
  To which they’re brought beyond what thought
  can reach or words express!
Grief’s watercourse and sorrow’s source
  are turn’d to joyful streams;
  Their old distress and heaviness
  are vanished like dreams.

Entry CCXXIII

Thursday, 30 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Psal. 16:11.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

For God above in arms of love
  doth dearly them embrace.
  And fills their sprights with such delights,
  and pleasures in his Grace,
As shall not fail, nor yet grow stale,
  through frequency of use;
  Nor do they fear God’s favor there
  to forfeit by abuse.

Entry CCXXIV

Friday, 31 October 1653

Today’s Scripture

Heb. 12:23. Rev. 1:6, and 22:5.

My thoughts
My thoughts

Today’s Thoughts

For there the Saints are perfect Saints,
  and holy ones indeed;
  From all the sin that dwelt within
  their mortal bodies freed;
Made Kings and Priests to God through Christ’s
  dear Love’s transcendency,
  There to remain and there to reign
  with him Eternally.

Conclusion

I hope you have enjoyed this edition of The Day of Doom and it encourages you to read more written by Michael Wigglesworth and other Puritan poets.