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(1) We will confider the proposition upon which this argument is built; and that is, that God cannot be tempted by evil. He is out of the reach of any temptation to evil. Whoever is tempted to any thing, is either tempted by his own inclination, or by the allurement of the obječt, or by some external motive and consideration ; but none of all these can be imagined to have any place in God, to tempt him to evil. For, [1] He hath no temptation to it from his own inclination. The holy and pure :ature of God is at the greatest distance from evil, and at the greatest contrariety to it. He is so far from having any inclination to evil, that it is the only thing in the world to which he hath an irreconcileable antipathy. This the scripture frequently declares to us, and that in a very emphatical manner: Psal. v. 4. He is not a God that hath pleasure in wickednes, zeither shall evil dwell with him. The words are a diminution, and less is said than is intended by them : the meaning is, that God is so far from taking pleasure in fin, that he Jiath a perfe& hatred and abhorrence of it, Hab. ii. 13. Thou art of purer eyes /šan to behold evil, and cars; not lock upon iniquity. As when men hate a thing to the highest degree, they turn away their eyes, and cannot endure to look upon it. Light and darkIness are not more opposite to one another, than the holy nature of Gcd is to fin. What fellows%ip hath Jight with darknes, or God with Belial * [2] There is no allurement in the objećt to stir up any inclination in him towards it. Sin in its very nature is imperfeótion and irregularity, crookedness and deformity; so that unless there be an inclination to it beforehand, there is nothing in it to move any one’s liking or desire towards it; it hath no attractives or enticements in it, but to a corrupt and ill-disposed mind. [3] Neither are there external, motives and consi-. derations that can be imagined to tempt God to it. All arguments that have any temptation, are either founded in hope or in fear; either in the hope of gaining.

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