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Serm. Service, the Earth, Air and Sea, and all
heavenly Bodies also, the Sun 'to rule the
2. The Wisdom of God in the Works of
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
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.
JOB xxviii. 28.
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
where are we like to meet with it ? If we