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Serm. This is certainly right and true, whatever II. is not so. If then we will be wise for our

selves; let it appear by our A&tions. Who is a wise and knowing Man among you, says St Fainės; let him few out of a good Conversation bis Works with Meekness of Wisdom. This is Religion, or Wisdon, as Solomon loves to call it, that is more precious than Rubies, that must always be... cloathed with the Beauty of Holiness, and fiine forth in the lovely Ornament of a good Life.

Now to him, who is the Lord of alt

Power and Might, and the Author and Giver of all good Things, let 115 continually offer up our humble Prayers, that he would graft in our Hearts the Love of his Náme, increase in us true Religion, nourish his with all Goodnels, and of his great. Mercy keep us in the same, through Jefus Christ our Lord : To whom with the Father and Holy Ghost, be ascribed, as is most due, all Honour, Glory, Might, Majesty and Dominion, benceforth and for evermore, i

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SERMON III.

Job iv. 17. · Shall mortal Man be more just

than God? Shall a Man be

more pure than his Maker? V AN the early Ages of the World, SERM. is when the Almighty condescended III. le to speak to his Creatures, and dem

clare his Will in Dreams and Vifions, these Words were spoken to Eliphaz, in a Vision of the Night, as he was ruminating, in a pensive Manner, upon the Circumstances of what had happen'd to him before on fich Occasions; and the Reason of his relating them to Job, was, because he thought he had been too presumptuous in his Complaints on the Miseries of Life, thereby tacitly accusing the Divine Providence of Injustice, in appointing him to

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Serm. undergo fo heavy a Burden of Afflictions: III. For when Job's three Friends came to see uhim of whom Eliphaz was one, and he

had a long while in vain expected them to
condole with him in his Miseries, and com-
fort him in his Sorrows, he could not forbear
crying out, Let the Day perish wherein I was ;
born, and the Night in which it was said,
There is a Man Child conceived: Let that
Day be Darkness, let not God regard it
from Above, neither let the Light shine up-
on it : Let Darkness and the Shadow of
Death stain it ; let a Cloud dwell upon it ;
let the Blackness of the Day terrify it: As
for that Night, let Darkness seize upon it;
let it not be joined unto the Days of the
Tear ; let it not come into the Number of
the Months: Because it sout not up the Doors
of my Mother's Womb, nor hid Sorrow from
mine Eyes ; for now poould I have lain
Rill and been quiet, I pould have Pept then,
and have been at Rest with Kings and
Counsellors of the Earth, which built deso-
late Places for themselves. There the Wick-
ed cease from Troubling, and the Weary be
at Rest; there the Prisoners rest together,
they hear not the Voice of the Oppressor;
the Small and the Great are there, and the
Servant is free from his Mafler. At which

Complaint

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Complaint Eliphaz, being greatly incens'd, SERM. sharply rebukes him for not putting in HII. Practice those good Rules and Instructions which he had given others; and tells him, that he suspects his Piety and Goodness, because the Innocent were not wont to suffer such Things, but the Wicked and Oppreffors, whom God had always humbled, tho' they exalted themselves never so much against bim. And left these Obfervations should not be sufficient to convince him of his Error, he relates to him what he had heard himself in a Vision. A Thing was secretly brought to me, says he, and mine Ear receiv'd a little thereof; in Thoughts from the Visions of the Night, when.deep Sleep falleth on Men, Fear came upon me, and Trembling, which made all my Bones to fbake ; then a Spirit

passed before my Face, the Hair of my Flesh · Stood up, it stood still, but I could not disi cern the Form thereof; an Image was bem

fore mine Eyes, there was Silence, and I heard a Voice, saying, Shall mortal Man be more just than God ? Shall a Man be more pure than his Maker: i. e. 'Tis in vain for frail Man to dispute, or contest the Jufice of God's Proceedings, or for an imperfect Creature to exalt himself against his Maker ; for tho we suppose him to be as

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Serm, eminently juft and righteous as he is unjust

III. and unrighteous, yet as long as he has the least m Imperfe&tion in him, he can't be perfectly

fo, he can't therefore be as perfect as God who made him ; for whatever Justice or Goodness is in Man, must be so in God in a more excellent Degree. From the Words of the Text, I propose to shew,

I. That the Afflictions which happen to us in this Life are no Objections against the Justice of God. And then propose to shew,

· II. That the Lesson most proper and natural to be learnt from this, is, not to mur. mur and repine at any thing that befalls us, but to submit ourselves and our Cause to God.

First, then, I am to fhew, that the Afflictions which happen to us in this Life are no Objections against the Justice of God. For to suppose the contrary, pro. ceeds from an Ignorance of God and Man. For any thing this Supposition suggests to the contrary, God may be indeed a Being

endued with great Power, but as for Wif'dom, Knowledge, and Goodness, in these

he

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