Mace(i) 2 God hath not discarded his people whom he formerly approv'd. don't you know what the scripture says of Elias? how he complain'd to God against Israel, 3 in these words, "Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I alone am left, and they seek my life also." 4 but what said the oracle to him? "I have reserved to my self seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal." 5 in like manner at this time there is also a remnant chosen by the divine favour; 6 and if it be by favour, it is not upon the account of merit. for then mercy would not be mercy.