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MUTE CHRISTIAN

UNDER THE
SMARTING ROD;

WITH

SOVEREIGN ANTIDOTES

FOR EVERY CASE:

OR,
A Christian with an Olive Leaf in his Mouth, when under

the greatest Afflictions, Trials, Troubles, and dark-
est Providences; with Answers to Questions and Ob-
jections, calculated to proinote submission and silence
under all the changes that may be experienced in this
World.

BY THE

Rev. THOMAS BROOKS,
Author of Precious Remedies, Apples of Gold, &c. &c.

THE 48TH EDITION CORRECTED. ..

.

With a Recomniendatory Preface by the

, REV. MR. BALL,

Of Jewry Street Chapel.

LONDON:
Printed by W. Nicholson, Warner-street,
FOR W. BAYNES, 54, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

CODLE)

2 APR 1970

VIBRA 3

PREFACE. ;

THAT the Righteous are peculiarly sub

ject to affliction in the present world, is a sentiment no less just than it is general, the way to Heaven has always been a thorny road, and it is still through much tribulation that we must enter into the Kingdom. Our troubles indeed, are not all of the same kind; neither is the same proportion measured out to every Saint, but each heart knows its own bitterness, and all believers more or less, are made to feel the chastening Rod of their Heavenly Parent, the lot is cast into the lap and the disposal is of God; but whatever be the nature, the magnitude, and the number of personal trials, the best remedy we can apply to them, is, to let patience have her perfect work, chearfully to submit to the Hand of God, and to say the Cup which iny Heavenly Father giveth me, "Shall I not drink it?” When thus resigned, affliction will cease to be affliction, because it has produced the end designed by it. Then we shall learn with the Apostle, in whatever state we are placed, therewith to be content, in the comfortable persuasion, that all things shall work together for our good. The efforts of the

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