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way, because the ungodly will not walk with him. He will do the part of a righteous Governour, though he foresee that men will not do the part of obedient subje&s. But his primary end shall be attained upon the Righteons, in the successes of his grace, as his secondary end shall be upon the Disobedient, in the honour of his vindictive 7xftice. This is the sense of the words which I have now read to you. Which 1. Defcribe the ungodly. 1. By their present way of sin. 2. And by their future state of misery. Their fin is described by, 1. The occasion. 2. The act. 3. The habit. Profperity and ease is the occasion: türning away from God, and rejecting his counsel is the act: And folly or fimplicity is part of the habit. Simplicity is here taken for sinful foolishness, and not as it is often for commendable fincerity. Whether


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you read it [The turning away) or [the ease] of the fimple, it is all one as to the scope and use that I shall now make of it, both being included as to the sense in the other words. Folly is mentioned both as the cause of their abuse of profperity, and as the effeet of prosperity fo abused. Because they are fools, they turn Gods mercies to their own destruction : And because they prosper, they are confirmed in

2. The words describe the godly. 1. By their obedience; they [hearken unto Chrift.] 2. By their priviledge or reward: they [ shall dwell safely, and be quiet from fear of evil.]

We shall begin with the first and shew. you. 1. That it is so, that [the prosperity of fool's deftruyeth them:] 2. How folly and prosperity concur to cheir destruction : of how prospericy befooleth and de


their folly.

stroyeth them. 3. How we should all improve this truth to our belt advantage.

1. Scripture and experience concur in proving the truth of the conclu. fion.

1. Though Gad tell us in his Word of a difficulty that all must conquer that will be faved, yet it is a greater extraordinary difficul. ty, that he tells us of as to the rich and prosperous in the world, fuch a difficulty as is pathetically exprest by this interrogation, Luke 18.24. [Huw hardly shall they that bave riches enter into the Kingdom of God?] such a difficulty as iş expressed by this proverbial comparison, ver. 25. [Fur it is ea per fura Camel to go through a needles eye, then for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God] such a diffi, culty as cast the hearers into admiration, and made them ask, v.26. [Who then can be saved ?] such a


difficulty as is to man an impoffibility, v. 27. and leaves only this hope, that [Things are possible to God, that are impossible to man.]

2. And though its said of men indefinitely that it is but fene that shall be Javed; yet is it noted of the rich and prosperous that its few of them among those few, or few in comparison of other forts of men, that shall be saved, fob. 7.48. [Have any of the Rulers or of the Pharifes believed on him ?] 1 Cor. 1.:26. [For ye see your calling brethren, how that not many wife men after the flesh, nut many mighty, not many noble are called. But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the mise; and God hath chofen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despisie, baih God chosen; gea and things that are not, to bring


to nongbt things that are, that na flesh Mould glory in his presence.] And therefore Scripture speakech in such general language, as if falvation had been almost appropriated the poor,

and the rich had been excluded, because of the rarity of their salvation, Luke 6. 24, 25. But wo unto you that are rich, for je have received your confolation : wo into you

that are full , for ye shall hunger : wo unto you that laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.] Jam. 2. 5, 6. (Hearken my beloved brethren ; hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the Kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? but ye have despised the pour. DO not rich men opprefs you, and dralo you before the judgement-seats? Do they not blafpheme that worthy name by which you are called?] And therefore when Christ would de. scribe a wicked miserable man, he


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