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Serm. Service, the Earth, Air and Sea, and all
I. Things in them; and not only só, but the

heavenly Bodies also, the Sun 'to rule the
Day, and the Moon and Stars to give him.
Light in the Night Season ; for tho' these
may have other Uses in Nature, yet as long
23 they ferve the Uses of Man, it is the
fame to him as if they were made for him
only, and require the same grateful Aca

2. The Wisdom of God in the Works of
the Creation should teach us not only Thank-
fulness, but Humility. For indeed, if we
consider that, among the infinite Variety of
Things with which we are incompass’d, there
is not one of them that is thoroughly known

and understood by Man, à few Properties in bu · only of a Thing being enough for an Āge orbe

two to find out, and the least Blade of Grass time
having Wonders enough in it to confound
the greatest Philosopher, what Avenues can the
there possibly be for Pride to enter? Well if
then might it be said, that Pride is founded. Alloru
in Ignorance, and well might the most depic
knowing be also the most humble. !

3. The Wisdom of God discover'd in the Works of the Creation should teach us not only to be thankful and humble, but to be good, and to lead such Lives as may


various S v BJECT S. 21 make us in some measure worthy of these SERM. Blessings which we were design'd to con- I. template and enjoy. And indeed, if we are truly grateful and humble, thefe Virtues will naturally lead us to this; for all the Aations of a good Life are but so many Branches that spring from them. Whoever has a juft Senfe of Gratitude to God, and is possess’d of a truly humble Mind, will also of course be temperate, sober, just, and every thing else that is good and praiseworthy; he will put that Value upon Men and Things which they deserve ; he will consider himself, not only as the Workmanfhip, but the Image of God; and therefore will be very cautious of doing any thing that tends to throw a Slur upon him whose Image and Superscription he bears. In .. short, he will do every thing to answer the Ends of his Creation, and to contribute to the Glory of his great Creator. Which that we may all do, God of his infinite Mercy grant, &c.

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JOB xxviii. 28.
And unto Man be faid, Behold,

the Fear of the Lord that is - Wisdom, and to depart from.

· Evil is Understanding. DERM. P eo N the foregoing Chapter, to which

I this has Relation, Job had been l protesting against the Doctrine of

his Friends, who all along asserted that Afflictions were ever the Consequence of Sin, and that some remarkable Vengeance always attended wicked Men; which nevertheless he grants that it does sometimes happen to be true, tho' he denies it to be always a constant Rule and Method of God's Proceedings: And being aware that they would be apt to suspect the Impartiality of this way of acting, and would not be able to reconcile it to the Justice of God, he


fhews them that these things are beyond the SERM. Reach of human Capacity, that the Things. 11. of Nature would be a more proper Subject to employ the Wit and Industry of Man, whose Enquiries, when they have been carried this Way, have answered the End and proved successful, but that the Secrets of the Almighty are likely always to remain such to us, notwithstanding our utmoft Endeavours to find them out. Surely, says he, there is a Vein for the Silver, and a Place for Gold where they find it: Iron is taken out of the Earth, and Brass is molten out of the Stone. There is a Path which no Fowl knoweth, and which the Vulture's Eye hath not seen ; the Lion's Whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce Lion palled by it. But where pall Wisdom be found : . and where is the Place of Understanding a that is, who can find out the Reasons and Methods of God's Providence?. This is indeed a hard Question for Flesh and Blood to answer: as for this sort of Wisdom, which is Wisdom in the highest Sense of the Word, there is no Purchase to be given for it; for Man knoweth nat the Price thereof, neither is it found in the Land of the Living. The Depth. faith, It is not in me; and the Sea faith, It is not with me: Where then


Serm. fhall we seek it? If it is not in the Earth
11. nor Sea, where can we imagine it to be

where are we like to meet with it ? If we
consult the fame good Man in this case, he
will tell us that God alone understandeth the,
Way of it, he knoweth the Place thereof;
and tho' he only hath seen it, and searched
it out, and the Knowledge of it is not to
be obtained by Man, yet he shews that
God hath appointed Wisdoni and Under-
standing of another Kind, more suitable to
our Condition, more advantageous in the
End; and which we are all able to attain;
which consists in fearing the Lord, and de-
parting from Evil. Unto Man' he said,
Behold, the Fear of the Lord that is Wil
dom, and to depart from Evil is Under-
ftandingiz---- Now tho' these Expressions, qui
the Fear of the Lord, and departing from funge
Evil, include in them the whole Sum and saying
Substance of Religion, yet because Job had 201
been speaking against a curious Enquiry
into the Ways of Providence, and had shewn
that that kind of Wisdom belonged only to
God, and having in the Words of the Text
pointed out to us a Wisdom of a lower Na.
ture, in Contradiction to that which is more
suitable to our Capacities, and which con-
fifts in the doing good and forsaking Evil,

I believe

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