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advantage upon us, above those that are spiritual and round; the former being suitable to corrupt nature, the latter con. trary; the former springing up of themselves, the latter brought forth not without a painful industry. The ground needs no other midwifery in bringing forth weeds,than only the neglect of the husbandman's hand to pluck them up; the air needs no other cause of darkness, than the absence of the sun; nor water of coldness, than its distance from the fire, be, cause these are the genuine products of nature ; Were it so with the soul (as some of the philosophers have vainly imagined) to come into the world as an ab rasa tabula, a mere blank or piece of white paper,on which neither any thing writ: - ten,nor any blots; it would then be equally receptive of good and evil, and no more averse to the one than to the other ; But how much worse its condition indeed is, were Scripture silent, every man's experience does evidently manifeft, For who is there that knows any thing of his own heart, and knows not thus much, that the suggestions of Satan have so easy and free admittance into our hearts, that our utmost watchfulness is too little to guard us from them ? whereas the motions of God's spirit are so unacceptable to us, that our utmost dili. gence is too little to get our hearts open to entertain them, Let therefore the excellency, Necessity, difficulty of true wis.

dom, stir up endeavours in you, somewhat proProv. 4. 7,

portionable to such an accomplishment; Above Prov. 2,

all getting get understanding and search for wif.

dom as for hidden treasures. Įt much concerns you in respect of yourselves.

Our second advice concerns heads of families, in respect of their families. Whatever hath been said already, tho' it concerns every private Christian that hatha soul to look af, ter; yet upon a double account, it concerns parents and mar: ters, às, having themselves and others to look after some there are who,because of their ignornance cannot; others, because of their Nuggishness, will not mind this duty. To the former we profounded the method of Joshua, who first began with himself,and then is careful of his family. To the latter we shall only hint, what a dreadful meeting those parents and mar, ters must have at that great day, with their children and ser: yants, when all that were under their inspection shall not on: ly accuse them but charge their eternal miscarrying upon theit

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score. Never did any age of the church enjoy such choice helps, as this of ours. Every age of the go pel hath had its Creeds, Confeffions, Catechisms, and such breviaries and models of divinty as have been fingularly useful. Such forms of sound words (however in these days decryed) have been in use in the church,ever since God himself wrote the decalogue, as a summary of things to be done, and Christ taught us that prayer of his, as a directory what to ask. concerning the usefulness of such compendi- Doctor Tuckney ary systems, so much hath been said already in his fermon by a learned divine of this age, as is lufficient QB: Timi 13 to satisfy all who are not resolved to remain unsatisfied.

Concerning the particular excellency of these en'uing trea; tises, we judge it needful to mention tho'e eminent teltimonies which have been given them, from per ois of known worth in respect of their judgment, learning, and integrity, both at home and abroad, because themselves fpake so much their own praile: Gold stands not in need of varnih, nor diamonds of painting, Give us leave only to tell you, that we cannot but account it an eminent mercy to enjoy luch helps is there are." 'Tis ordinary in these days, for men to Speak evil of things they know not; but, if any are possessed with mean thoughts of these treatises, we shall only give the same counsels to them, that Philip gives Nathaniel, Come and fee. 'Tis no small ad- John. 1. 46. vantage the reader now hath by the addition of Scriptures at large, whereby with little pairis he may more profit, because

with every fruth he may behold its scripture-foundation. And indeed, considering what a Babel ot opinions, what a strange confusion of tongues there is this day,among them who profels they speak the language of Canaan; There is no intelligent person but will conclude that advice of the prophet especially suited to such an age as this, Isa. viii. 20, To the law and to the testimony, if they speak nct according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. If the reverend and learned compofers of these ensuing. treatises were willing to take the pains of annexing Scripture-proofs to every truth, that the faith of people might not be built upon the dictates of men, but the authority of God: So some considerable pains hath now been further taken in tranfcribing those Scriptures,partly to prevent that grand inconvenience(which A4

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advantage upon us, above those that are spiritual and found; the former being suitable to corrupt nature, the latter con, trary; the former springing up of themselves, the latter brought forth not without a painful industry. The ground needs no other midwifery in bringing forth weeds,than only the neglect of the husbandman's hand to pluck them up; the air needs no other cause of darkness, than the absence of the sun; nor water of coldness, than its distance from the fire, be, cause these are the genuine products of nature ; Were it so with the foul (as some of the philosophers have vainly imagined) to come into the world as an ab rasa tabula, a mere blank or piece of white paper,on which neither any thing writ. - ten,nor any blots; it would then be equally receptive of good and evil, and no more averse to the one than to the other ; But how much worse its condition indeed is, were Scripture silent, every man's experience does evidently manifest, For who is there that knows any thing of his own heart,and knows not thus much, that the suggestions of Satan have so easy and free admittance into our hearts that our utmost watchfulness is too little to guard us from them ? whereas the motions of God's spirit are fo unacceptable to us, that our utmost dili. gence is too little to get,our hearts open to entertain them, Let therefore the excellency, Necessity, difficulty of true wis.

dom, stir up endeavours in you, fomewhat proProv. 4. 7,

portionable to such an accomplishment; Above Prov. 2,

all getting get understanding and search for wif

dom as for hidden treasures. It much concerns you in respect of yourselves.

Our second advice concerns heads of families, in respect of their families. Whatever hath been said already, tho' it concerns every private Christian that hath'a foul to look af, ter; yet upon a double account, it concerns parents and maf: ters, ás, having themselves and others to look after, fome there are who, because of their ignornance cannot; others, because of their sluggishness, will not mind this duty. To the former we profounded the method of Joshua, who first began with himself, and then is careful of his family.

To the latter we shall only hint, what a dreadful meeting those parents and mar. ters must have at that great day, with their children and fer yants, when all that were under their inspection shall not on, ly accuse them but charge their eternal miscarrying upon their

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score. Never did any age of the church enjoy such choice helps, as this of ours. Every age of the go pel hath had its Creeds, Confeffions, Catechisms, and such breviaries and models of divinty as have been singularly useful. Such forms of sound words (however in these days decryed) have been in use in the church,ever since God himself wrote the decalogue, as a summary of things to be done, and Christ taught us that prayer of his, as a directory what to ask. concerning the usefulness of such compendi- Doctor Tuckney ary systems, so much hath been said already in his _fermon by a learned divine of this age, as is sufficient 902 Tim 1 13 to fatisfy all who are not relolved to remain unsatisfied.

Concerning the particular excellency of these en'uing trea, tises, we judge it needful to mention tho'e eminent testimobies which have been given them, from per 'ois of known worth in respect of their judgment, learning, and integrity, both at home and abroad, because themselves (pake so much their own praile: Gold stands not in need of varnih, nor diamonds of painting, Give us leave only to tell you, that we cannot but account it an eminent mercy to enjoy luch helps is there are. 'Tis ordinary in these days, for men to Speak evil of things they know not; but, if any are possessed with mean thoughts of these treatises, we shall only give the same counsels to them, that Philip gives Nathaniel, Come and fee. 'Tis no small ad- John. I. 46. vantage the reader now hath by the addi. tion of Scriptures at large, whereby with little pains he may more profit, because with every truth he may behold its scripture-foundation. And indeed, considering what a Babel ot opinions, what a strange confusion of tongues there is this day,among them who profels they speak the language of Canaan; There is no intelligent person but will conclude that advice of the prophet especially suited to such an age as this, ifa. viii. 20, To the law and to the testimony, if they speak nct according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. If the reverend and learned compofers of these ensuing. treatises were willing to take the pains of annexing Scripture-proofs to every truth, that the faith of people might not be built upon the dictates of men, but the authority of God: So fome considerable pains hath now been further taken in transcribing those Scriptures,partly to prevent that grand inconvenience(which

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advantage upon us, above those that are spiritual and found; the former being suitable to corrupt nature, the latter 'contrary; the former foringing up of themselves, the latter brought forth not without a painful industry. The ground needs no other midwifery in bringing forth weeds,than only the neglect of the husbandman's hand to pluck them up; the air needs no other cause of darkness, than the absence of the fun; nor water of coldness, than its distance from the fire, be, cause these are the genuine products of nature ; Were it so with the foul (as some of the philosophers have vainly įmagined) to come into the world as an ab rasa tabula, a mere blank or piece of white paper,on which neither any thing writz - ten,nor any blots; it would then be equally receptive of good and evil, and no more averse to the one than to the other ; But how much worse its condition indeed is, were Scripture silent, every man's experience does evidently manifeft, For who is there that knows any thing of his own heart,and knows not thus much, that the suggestions of Satan have so easy and free admittance into our hearts, that our utmost watchfulness is too little to guard us from them ? whereas the motions of God's fpirit are fo unacceptable to us, that our utmost dili. gence is too little to get our hearts open to entertain them, Let therefore the excellency, Necessity, difficulty of true wis.

dom, stir up endeavours in you, fomewhat proProv. 4. 7,

portionable to such an accomplishment; Above all getting get understanding and

search for wif dom as for hidden treasures. Įt much concerns you in respect of yourselves.

Our fecond advice concerns heads of families, in respect of their families. Whatever hath been said already, tho' it concerns every private Christian that hath a foul to lock af, ter; yet upon a double account, it concerns parents and mar: ters, as, having themselves and others to look after some there are.who,because of their ignornance cannot; others, because of their Nuggishness, will not mind this duty. To the former we profounded the method of Joshua, who first began with himself

and then is careful of his family. To the latter we shall only hint, what a dreadful meeting those parents and mas, ters must have at that great day, with their children and ser: yants, when all that were under their inspection shall not on: ly accuse them but charge their eternal miscarrying upon theit

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