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Re: I Abhor Myself

"When a man is used to be much with God, and taken up in the study of his glorious attributes, he abhors himself in dust and ashes; and that self abhorrence is his best preparative to obtain admittance to God again....A proud mind is high in conceit, self esteem, and carnal aspiring; a humble mind is high indeed in God's esteem and in holy aspiring....art thou a man of worth in thy own eyes? Art thou delighted when thou hearest of thy esteem with men, and much dejected when thou hearest that they slight thee?...Are thy passions kindled if thy word or will be crossed?...Canst thou not serve God in a low place as well as a high? Are thy boastings restrained more by prudence or artifice that humility?" --Richard Baxter (1615-91)

I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, 'I will question you, and you shall answer Me.' "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes." (Job 42:3-6)

I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts." (Isa 6:1-5)

Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man's sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets. (Luke 6:22-23,26) (VW)

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