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the things wherein they deal proudly, be is above them, ] Exod. 18. 11. (For every one that exalteth himfelf Ball be abafed : and he that bumbleth himfelf Mall be exalted, Luk. 18. 14.] For Godrefifteth the pronid, but giveth grace to the bonumoren ble, i Pet. 5:5.]
7. But no way doth their prosperity fo desperately precipicate them, and make them the fcorn of heaven, and the foot-ball of Divine contempt, as by engaging them in opposition to the word, and wages, and servants of the Lord. When it hath drawn them to those fins which God condemneth, and bis Ministers muft reprove, and hath puft them up with pride, which makes them impatient of his reproofs, and hath increased their worldly interest and treafure, and Aeshly provision, wbich he commandeth them to deny, this presently involverb them in a
controversie with Cbrift, before they are aware, and casteth them into the temptation of Herod when he was contradicted in his
and they think they are necessicated to itop the mouths that dare reprove them, and to keep under the people, and doctrine, and discipline of Christ, that are lo contrary to them, and cross them, and dishonour them in their fin: and to pluck away this thorn out of their foot, and cast it from them. And thus their prosperity and carnal wisdom that is imployed to secure it, engageth the carth-worms in a war with Christ: and then you may conjecture how long they can endure to kick against the pricks, and irritate the justice and jealousie of the Almighty, and presume to abuse the apple of his eye ; and who will baye the better in the end? The subble is more able to resist the
flames, and a fly to conquer all the world, then these daring lumps of walking clay, to conquer God, scape his vengeance. Isa. 27.4. [Who would set the brgers and thornes against me in battel ? I would
go through them : I would burn them togetber.] Isa. 45.9. [Wo to him that striveth with his Maker : let the potferds ftrive with the potsherds of the earth.] Job 9.4. [who hath hardened himself. against him and bath prospered?] They all imagine a vain thing, that Set themselves and take counsel together against the Lord, and his anointed, to break his bonds, and caft away his cords from them. He that fittérb in beaven, will laugh, the Lord will have theme in derision : then shall be Speak *nto them in his wrath, and vex them in his fore displeasure. He shall break, them with a rod of iron, and dalla them in pieces like a potters veffel.
Be wise now therefore Oye Kings! be inftru£ted ye fudges of the earth: serve the Lord with fear, and rejoyce with trembling:kiss the fox left be be angry, and ye perish in the way, when his wrath' is kindled, but a little; blessed are all they that put their trust in him, Pfal. 2.] They think it is but a few contemptible or hateful men that they let themselves against; forgetting A&t. 9.
1 4,5. Luk.10.16. I Thel.4.8. that tell them allis done to Christ. And Mut. 18.6. [Who So Mall offend one of these little ones which believe in me,it were better for him that a mil. stone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea,) Mat.21.44. [And whosóever shall fall on this stone fall be !
but on whomloever it Mall fall, it will grind him to powder.] I will conclude this with Amaziah's cafe, 2 Chron. 25.16. [Art thom made of the Kings counsel?forbear:
why should'st thou be (mitten? Then the Prophet forbare, and said, I know that God hath determined to deftroy thee, because thou haft done this and haft not hearkened, &c.]
IU. BEfore I tell you what use
to make of the Doctrine of this text, I shall first tell you by way of caution, what xse you should not make of it.
1. Though the prosperity of fools destroy them, do not hence aceuse God that giveth them prosperity. 2. Nor do not think to excuse your selves. 3. Nor do not think that riches are evil : for the things are good, and mereies in themselves and being rightly used, may further their felicity. But it is the folly and corruption of their hearts, that thus abufeth them, and maketh good an occafion of evil. I may allude to Pauls words con
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