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with as good a will as men ordinarily do to their rearkets and fairs, and be in as good earneit at their devotions as men commonly are in driving a bargain; if they would but endure some troubles and inconveniences in the ways of religion, with the same patience and constancy as they can do storms, and foul ways

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wordly occasions; if they would but avoid bad cem-
pany, as men use to do cheaters, and reject the tempta-
tions of the devil and the wo: 1.l, as they would do the
kind words and intinuations of a man whom they veri-
ly believe to have a design to over-i each them : I am
confident that such a one could not fail of heaven; and
would be much surer of it upon these terms, than any
man that doth all the other things could be of getting
an estate, or of attaining any thing in this world
And cannot every man do thus much All that I have
said signifies no more, but that men ihould use their fin-
cere endeavours. And this surely every man can do :

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crafts, to avoid the consequences of his faults; and ma

ny times is fain to cover one fin with another; and the more he strives to difintangle himself, the more is he

shared in the work of his own hands. Into what per

plexities did David's fin bring him 2 such as by all his.

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tery, but by plunging himself into the guilt of murder. And thus it is proportionably in all other vices. The . ways of fin are crooked paths, full of windings and turn

ings; but the way of holines, and virtue is a highway,

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there is nothing of artifice and reach required, to enable a man to speak as he thinks, and to do to others as he would be dealt withal himself.

And as the ways of fin are full of intricacy and per

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lenged him for not being drunk; no man ever broke

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