Sidor som bilder

of a sinner, the unhallowed with of a vi, cious parent, is but a poor gift to bestow. upon a child, who received from him poi. son instead of nourishment, and derives cursing from his parents. They are punished with a double torture in the shame and pain of the damned, who, dying ene. mies to God, have left an inventory of fins and wrath to be divided amongst their children.

But they that can truly give a blessing to their children, are such as live a blessed life, and pray holy prayers, and perform an entire repentance, and separate from the sins of their progenitors, and do illuftrious actions, and begin the blessing of their family upon a new stock.

For as there is a connection between the several virtues and vices, so it is also amongst men. A good man is a friend to every good man. A usurer knows a usurer ; and one rich man another : There being, by the very manners of men, contracted a similitude of nature, and a communication of effects. So in parents and their chil


dren, there is so great a fociety of nature and of manners, of blessing and curfing, that an evil parent cannot perish in a single death; and holy parents never eat their meal of blessing alone, but they make all to shine about them like the fire of an holy sacrifice; and a father's or a mother's piety makes all the house festival and full of joy, from generation to generation,




rii. Of redeeming the Time.

[From Dr. Peiling on Time. I ::

col. iv. 5. Walk in wisdom toward them that are

without, redeeming the time. CYT. PAUL is here exhorting to redeem

the time. And that I may not, by

any needless preface, spend that which he thought so precious, I shall immediately enter upon the consideration of the matter, and enquire into these two necessary things :

I. What is meant by redeeming of time. And, II. For what reasons we must do so.'


And, I. Let us enquire, What is meant by redeeming of time...

Now, to redeem, is to recover that which was once lost; and when we apply it to time, it fignifies the recovering of thofe hours, which have been mispent, and thrown away, by labouring hard for the future, to employ every minute we have, to good purpose.

Time is always in the flux ; nor can we have any present pofseffion, but of a mou ment. God gives us our time, minute by minute; that we may be the better hufbands of it: especially considering, that on every moment an eternity of happiness of mifery doth depend. Nor is it poffible for us to recover yesterday, so as to make that to be prefent again, which is actually gone. The nature of the thing will not allow it : and yet it is pofsible to do it in a móral way; by making all the compen. fation we can for what is gone, by the in. citement of our zeal, and by the multiplication of our good actions; by adding in weight, that which is wanting as to the number of our days by rendering ourselves


doubly beneficial; as if we made one day two, by improving the present in propors tion to what is gone.

This is, in God's account, a recalling of our time; a redemption of it; so as to make it our own again, by laying out an equivalent proportion of industry and labour, in lieu of those hours which have been either squandered away, or not half fo well employed, as they ought, and might have been.

And this seemeth to be the ground of that rule, by which our Saviour tells us he will proceed, when he says, that the first shall be last, and the last first; meaning, that though God is pleased to call fome to the knowledge of the gospel, much earlier than he doth others; yet many of those who embrace the faith later than the rest, fhall receive an equal reward with such as professed it sooner. And the reason is, because these made up their time, by their extraordinary diligence, They that go into the vineyard at the last call, may by the earneftness and vigour of their per formances, deserve as well, and do as


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