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stinction and eminence, no doubt, and to bear up the honors of his ancestors, was called Tubal-Cain.

But the civil institution, though it can restrain and control the individuals, and also, protect the particular members, and the whole body, in civil society, yet it could not, in the least, restrain or control the war between Cain and his feed, and the elect feed; they were in nature, and had now in form become two distinct nations, and this was a proclaimed, and, as we say, an authorized war, between nation and nation.

Though wars between different states and nations, in the view of the divine law, on one side or both, are murders; and will be so adjudged at the last day; yet, as to the civil institution, they are deemed legal, and by it these murderers are protected --Such war, therefore, can be terminated only by the decision of the field.

Lamech, a descendant of Cain, carried on the war with spirit; he llew two Abels, a man and a youth; but, like Cain before, he had to confess with anguilh of mind, that the war had turned against him; and he found that his conquests had been to his wounding and to his hurt; yet he consoled himself, and calmed the fears of his wives, that, guilty as they were, they were still under civil protection; and that, if Cain should be avenged ses venfold, wonderful as it might seem, surely Lamech should be avenged seveníy and seven fold! Where seven, at first, were united in the civil compact, doubtless there were now seventy and seven ; and the government, by fo much, was the more strengthened and confirmed.

How superficial and vain is the reasoning and glorying of natural men So far was it from being a mercy either for Cain, or for Lamech; and so far is it ever from being, properly confidered, a mercy for a murderer to be protected, or in any way whatever, to escape from the avenger of blood; that it is his privilege to pay the forfeit with his own blood, For, otherwise, his case is hopeless; as by the divine law, which will determine the future ftate of all men, in this case, such fatisfaction is an indispensably requisite for pardon and grace,

Section 5. Men calling upon God. The great tribulations arising necessarily from the nature of the elect establishment, are ever the causes of effe£tual fervent prayer ; it is only when the elect people, in fome degree, find themselves delivered unto death, as Jesus Chrift was the night before he suffered on the cross, that they agonize and pray, as he then prayed.

The first prayer recorded in the scriptures, where most faithfully is recorded the work of God's holy fpirit, is the crying of the blood of Abel; by which we may understand the prayer he made to God, while bleeding to death under his brother's hand. And, doubt

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Tess, for this reason, genuine prayer, in the scriptures, is called groanings; not merely the solitary figh, but, as the meaning of the word is, the strong, deep and unutterable complaint of the soul, as that of the death groan.

The blood of Abel is joined expressly with the blood of Zecharias, as being thed both in one case, Matth, xxiii. 35; which supports this sense of the crying of the blood of Abel; for when Zechariah, being stoned, was expiring, he said, Look, Lord, and require it. And it may be concluded, that from the dying cry of Abel, and the Lord's appearing ia make inquisition for his blood in answer ta it, the glorious truth was first proved and fhown, that Jehovah is a prayer hearing God,

In the days of Enos, began men to call up. on the name of the Lord,- The war between the seed of the serpent, and the feed of the woman grew hot; and the aspects of these opposite principles appeared daily more and more irreconcilable, and exciting to the bloo. dy conflict.--It was sometime in the days of Enos, that the Lamech of Cain flourished. The elect of God found themselves killed all the day long, and accounted as Meep for the Naughter; therefore, as they ever have done in like circumstances, they now resorted in good earnest to their only legitimate and all.conquering weapons, faith, patience and prayer.

Section 6. Men of Renown. The serpent having proved the ill-fuccess of this outward and uncovered mode of warfare; and, at length, perceiving the peculiar nature of the elect establishment, more wisely conceived of the deeper measure of seducement; and which he adopted, by all the enticements of the flesh, the alurements of the eyes, and the indulgent charms, or heroic passions of the pride of life.

Therefore, his blood-stained weaponsare laid aside-his every motion becomes conciliatory, and a prospect is now given of happy times. The daughters of men came forth, brilliant, in soft apparel, and ornaments of gold, with their lydian songs and city address, and smiling with the airs and arts of · pleasures. The fons of God, unwarily, fell

into the snare—they saw that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

The fruit of this union, of the form of god. liness, with the civil establishment, (for more than the form of godliness can never be thus united) for a while was grand. The chil. dren of this marriage became mighly men, which were of old, men of renown. But finally, this union produced the most fatal disorders---it erased the impreísions and re, Itraints of the civil character, made by the

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hand of God, from the mind, and from the face of society; and, consequently, the earth was filled with violence.

This ever has been, and ever must be, the fruit of such an union; for the form of godliness, being of another nature, in union with the civil character, must complicate and mar it, and so reduce its strength, like clay or dross mingled with the metals—which iendency, the experience of the world has shown; and that the more simply the civil or any other institution is preserved, it will be the more effectual. This adulterating and corrupting tendency, therefore, in fuch a state, by degrees, muft weaken the civil compact, and finally, destroy its influence. And the form of godliness, not being able to support itself, being the form only without the power, brittle and weak as drofs and miry clay, falls a dead weight upon the finking empire.

So that even this deep policy of satan, a. vails him but for a short time; though so desperate is his cause, that he has recourse to it over and over again, whilft, in the issue, it never fails to divide his own dominions, and bring nation upon nation, and kingdom upon kingdom, and even to divide the house and kingdom against itself,

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Section 7. Enoch Prophesying. By the joining together of what God hath put alunder, things the most opposite in prin

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