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to crack the put, but God 'takes away the kernel, and gives it to them that are godly before them. Is not this the meaning of the preacher, God giveth to a map good in his light-wisdom and knowlege, and joy, but to the

figner, he giveth travek? Ecclel. ii. 26. He gives to the godly wisdom to pursue riches, and to go right ways for the attainment of them; he gives them allo knowlege how

to improve them, and joy, or comfort of them : But to the ligner be gives-travel, to gather and top up, batinet for this comfort; the wicked dig the mines, they plough the ground, but the faints enjoy, they poly roap and g? ther. And is not this the meaning of the sapoule, Gultiness with contentment is great gain? 1 Tim. vi. 6. Thele IWD, godliness and contentmeat, make up riches; thou #alkelt af gain, but art thou-content? and art thou gadis there is the gain, there lies the happiness, la chis lanter o the little thata righteous man hath,

is better than the riche . of many wicked,' Pfal xxxvii. 116. The solid comfort of all outward things, is the faints peculiar, becaufe of his

nearness upto Gad; never tell me of this great man, alte other noble man, fer-indeed that which men are, they are unto Ged; their true value is according to their proportion of the Dearuels, not the riches, nor to princes, ac o the great things of this world, but to God.

14. Consider that of the apostle. No map that was reth *iptanglerh himself with the affairs of this life,' 2 Tim. 1. 4. Now, what are we but warriors against principali ties, powers, rulers of the darknets of this world, and {piritual wickednelles? How then do weintaagle ourleluas with the affairs of this life? it is true, we may use the world as it not, but to be in tangled with it is dangerous and pernicioos. As rivers that Slide in the ocean, touch the coasts and shores by which they run, but they stay not there, formuft our fouls in their return to heaven, only touch the earth as we pass along, but not stay there for scar sof entanglements. Luther tells us, that when the pope- fent some-cardinals to him, to entangle him with the promife of great wealth and honour, turning himfelf to God, he speedily faid, Se nolle fic fatiari ab al, that God Thanid not put aim off with theke low things. O thacall


foldiers oder Chrift's banner were but of this mind, for is then might they fay, The snareris broken, and we are den chirered, or then mighit they do as the tıkly bird that movies by aloft towards cheaven, when the fees any danger of being

patched and thereby the frustrates the fowler's hope. Surfum recorda, lift up your searts, moudt on the wiggs of faith and love, have your conversations in streaven, be much in meditations of thefe furpafling jays, do will you frultrate

Satan's hopes, and refapie the world's intanglemupts vor frares.

5. Consider the words of the preacher, Wanity of vani, ties tallin vanity, Ecclef. ii, 2. How? all is vanity; yes, all, and some: I know abot iany thing in the world but thou mayest write vanity on it. Borblok thyfejf, O delud. ed world, ffaith Dr. Arrowamith) and write over all thy Ichool doors, Let not the wife man glory in bis wildom and above all thy court igates, Let not the mighty mo glony in his might; and over all thy exchanges and banks, Let not the rich man glory in his riches; yea, write upon thy lookiog glaffes that of Baththeba, Fatour is deceitful, and boaboy is vain; upon thy mows and artillery.yards, that of the Pfalmift, God delighteth not in the strength of an horse, he takethi no jpleasure in the legs of a map: Upon thy taverns that of Solomon, Wine is a mocker, strong drinkrisi ragiog, and whofoever is deceived thereby is not wife; upon thy magazines and wandrobes that of our Sam vionr, Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and ruft doch corrupt, and where thieves break through and fleal; upon thy counting houses that of Habakkuk, Wo to him that increaseth in that which is not his; how long? and to him that ladeth him felf with thick clay; upon thy banqueting house that of the apostle, Meats for the belly, and the belly for:meats, but God will deftroy both it and them, Jer. ix. 23. cxlvii. 10. Prov. X8. 1. Diatth. vi. 19. Hab. i. 6. 1 Cor.

O thermanity of the world; and of all things in it! Will a manchearken to Satan, and give his soul to the devil for w sanity, chiptinefs, nothing at all? God forbid. Rongiderado com fal and promile of Sed himself,


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• Let your conversation be without covetousness, and be • content with such things as you have, for he hath faid, "I will never, pever, aever, never leave aor forsake thee, Heb. xiii. v. The word in the original is so often repeated; and if one promise be enough to stay thine heart, thall not five promises in one; but heark again, To him that overcometh will I grant to ht with me in my throne, even as 1 overcame, and fit with my Father in his throne, Rev. ii 21. One serious thought of frtting in the throne with Je fus Chrift, were enough (thro'grace) to wean a soul from worldly mindedness: • He that overcomes shall inherit all • things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my fon,' Rev. xxi. 7. Let the world be as nothing, and thou shalt have all things; fit loose to thy relations here, and Chrift will be io stead of all relations; Whoso forsaketh houses, • or brethren, or fifters, or father, or mother, or wife, a • children, or laods for my name's fake, shall receive an • hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting life,' Matth.

xix. 29.

7. Act thy faith upon these promises, Heb. xiii. 5. Rev. iii. 21. Matth. xix, 29. O the fulnels and freenels of these precious promises ! How should thou want, that by the promise hast a command (as I may fay) of God's own purse? Let him that is without God in the world, shift and sharp by his wits, but do thou live by thy faith in reference to these promises.

8. Commend thyself to God in prayer, that he may keep thee faultless before the presence of his glory; that he may incline thy heart unto his testimonjes, and pot to covetousness; that he may prepare thy soul, and speed his work, and hasten his coming, Make baste my beloved, and be thou like to a roe, or a young hart upon the mountain of fpices. He that testifieth these things, faith, Surely I come quickly, Amen, even fo come Lord Jesus. Jude 24. Pfal. cxix. 36. Cant, viii. 14. Rev. xxi. 20. 9. Look up

to heaven, and grow more and more weary of the world. A man that would always live here, is like a scullion that loveth to lye among the pots; in those bleffed mansions above thou shalt have pure company, and be out of the reach and danger of temptations; there is no

devils in heaven, they were cast out long fince, and we are to fill up their vacant rooms and places. The devil, when he was not fit for heaven, he was cast into the world, a fit place for milery, sia and torment: And now this is the devil's walk, He compafseth the earth to and fro. Oh who would be in love with a place of bondage, with Satan's diocese! Oh who in this pilgrimage would not oftea look upwards and heaven-wards, and mind his home!

10. Go before hand in to that world to come, mind that eternity joto which thou must enter, the Lord knows how fooo. It is a wonderful thing, that 'men of reason that are here to day, and in endless joy or misery to-morrow, shall ever forget, or should not ever remember such unexpressible concernments. Come, shake off thy world. ly mindedness, and instead thereof get this into thy miod, and dwell upon it, within a few days and nights thy foul will be either in heaven or hell, and if in heaven, thou U wilt little care for the world then, and why should thy care of it be too excessive now? Or if io hell, the world

will leave thee for its pleasure then, only thy sinful care and i minding of it, will vex and torment thee everlastingly.

O realize this, as if thou wert entring into that other world of fouls ! Certainly thou standest at the door, thou art daily dying, and even stepping in, there is but a thin veil of flesh betwixt thee and that amazing fight, that eternal gulf, and shall not this wean thee from thy worldJiness?

11. Think over thy beginning and thy ending. 1. For thy beginniog, it was of nothing :- Metbinks. I am : considering what and where thou wat some few years ago, thefe churches; these towns, thefe kingdoms, this heap of Hingdoms in the world, were as now. we see them, but thou for thy part walt not so muchy as heard of, and all becaufix thou wat not; ther vory-fame fun that rises and fets did thine, now red, now pale upon the world, it ran its day's journey; and constantly.kzepr its time; such birds of the thme colours did fags and hop from branch-to branch, and fly from tree to tree, 28 now they dot beals and fishes in the fame diverliep of Napes, followed their feveral inlindts of nature, the winds blew cold and ward, and warm and cold again; men and women such as thou Nt; did as thou dalt; and all this: while thou waliipot:

what and where thou wast when thy father was born, or when he was a child; if I lay aside an odd trifle of days, if I take away a Mort course of running time, no man or woman now living was alive, and then creepiog things, tho' they could but creep, did live and rejoice in a comfortable being; and other little creatures had wings, and were able to fly readily here, there, and here again, up. wards and downwards; and thou (who now goest with fuch a grace, and lookeft so full-eyed, and buildest such Babels in thy imagination) hadīt shen no kind of being;


wonderfui! a little while before yesterday thou kreweft not that there was a world, that there were angels that there was a God; thou hadist no knowlege no being, which is the foundation and ground of knowlege: O think of this beginning! 24 Horthy ending, it will be worfe sbian nothing if thou continues to be a worlaling Mall Moehrinks I see thee lying on thy fick bed, or on thy deathi bed; oh how pale and wan thou art! thou hadits a fresh and youthful colour the other-day; alas! how much are thou changed from the gallant man thou walt? How thg breath labours, how.every joint shakes for excess of pain, how every vein trembles, thy eyes fix constantly-upon one thing, as if there thou faweft the-dreadful sentence of e. ternity: Oh how little now do all thy-profits and incomes of the world pleasure thee! such rich purchase, the faveur of such a poble man; fuch and fueh a merry meetings what do th:v help thce in this agony? Thy friends are prefontj yet of themselves they are miserable comforters, human power stands amazed and cannot help theo, and for thyself, thou art fo dulld and overclouded with the pangs of death, that thou canst noe raise from the fog of thiy body one clear thought towards God or heaven. Gee; fee, thou art going; thou stand upon the threshold, deatht-looks itrat yoader corner, and aims at thy heart; there flew the ar. row, and now here's a change indeed; thy foof is gone; but it could not be seen. Verily, verily, here is the miod that liach wisdom, to improve this meditatico; fo as to-ai toid the devil's temptation to worldlines, or worldly adedness.


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