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He cannot chreaten till he have promised; he cannot punish til he have pardoned. 3 This is a burthen to the Prophet, and that two wayes. 2 Propheta.

-1. In respect of his fidelity to him chat sendeth him.

2. In respect of his zeal.
3. In respect of his charity and compassion to them

to whom he is lenr.

I, In respect of his fidelity. It is a burtheo to him to keep in the word of this Prophecy, he cannot conceal it.

When Jeremy found the people incorrigible, and chat the word of God in his Miniftcry was despised and made his reproach.

Then I faid I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name: but his word was in my heart as a burning fire shut up

Jer, 20.9. in may bones, and I was weary with for bearing and I could not stay.

Some carnall men do confeffe that it is true that we must preach the judgments of God against fin, chac is our trade; buc let children fear those bugbears, they know as well as we can tell them that God is mercifull, and his mercy is above all his works.

It is true chat we mult preach judgmeat against sin, for we have fear of the burchen of all those fins of others which we reprove not, to fall upon our lelves. If thou givest him not warning, his blood will Irequire at thy hands.

Therefore this word of excommunicacion, is our buchen and Ezck. 3 i8, we must nor concealic.

2. In respect of his zeal.
For the Prophets of the Lord and his holy Ministers, behold-
ing the fins which they do daily reprove to come up so falt, as
though they had never layd the axe of Gods judgment against
the root of chac corrupe cree; the zeal of Gods glory so stirreth
them that they cannot hold but they must strike with the sword
of che Spirit, they must lift up their voices like trumpets, they
muft cell the house of Jacob chcir sins.

Jeremy doch expresse this to the life.
Therefore I am full of the fury of the Lord, I am weary with

Jer, 6.11. holding in, I will pour it out spon the children abroad, &c. Let not the fenfuall and carnall man call our threatnings offin



our own ravings, and railings, and our comminations of judg.
ment, the intemperate issue of our own choler. Jeremy callech
it The fury of the Lord.

And so long as we reprove justlý, and minglenone of our
own heat with the fire of Gods altar, we shall kindle(a fire in
the bones of the finner which shall give him no rest, but his con-
science shall say to him as Nathan laid to David. Thixart the


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3. In respect of his compassion ; :
Do not think that ie is any joy to us to reprove or to threaten
St. Pavil is loth to use the rod. Jonah will rather runne away
from God then he will carry the newes to Niniveh that it mult
be destroyed.

Many walk of whom I have told you often, and not tell you

We Thall find as soone as we are past this first 'verfo,chat this
Prophet did feel theburthen which he did see; and the griefe he
took for them, turned his Harp into mourning, and his Or
ganes into the yoyce of them chac weep; every tender heart
avoydeth being a messenger of evil news, but their feet be beau:
cifuil chat bring glad cydings,lydings of peace.
· 3. The word of threatning is a burthen to the people to
whom it is fent.

1. Judais,non Chaldais..
1. To the Penitenc.

2. To the Impenitent.
1.To the Penitent;it is an 'heavy burchen to them to think how
they have provoked God to anger, and have drawn out his
sword against themselves.

They that truly fear God,when they hear their fins threatned,
do recire themselves into their chambers, they weep and deplore
their iniquities. Hezekiah hearing the Prophe threatning

his life Jfa. 38,2,

He turned himself to the wall, he prayed to the Lord; and Hezee kiah wept fore.

Never think that you hear the chrearnings of God with any. profic till you feel the burthen of them opprefling, and che edge of them drawing blood on you.Lachryme be fanguis anima. The Lyon roareth, and all the beasts of the forrekt do trem.


ble: a tender fonne that hath donc a fault , and heareth his father threatning to punish him, findeth that threatning so great a burthen to him, that he can give himself no rest till he have recovered his fathers favour..

2. The very Impenitent who have any sense of the terrour of the Lord, feel Gods threarnings heavie: it will make Abab that fold himself to do wickedneffe, put on sackcloath, and crowne his head with alhes and go mourning, if he hear that Gods anger is bring evill upon his house. Even Absolon an ungracious fon is impatient of living out of his fathers prefence; and he fetteth foabscorn on fire for neglecting the mediationwhich might bring himto his fathers face.

Esan will feek his fachers blessing with tears; and what would not Baildam give that he might die the death of the righteous? Surely God is a consuming fire, and if coals of this fire are kindled in the bofomc of the impenitent, and their damnacion doth not deep, but is awake in them, in the accusation of thcic guiley consciences to begin their hell even here on earth.

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Hab. 1. 2. 0 Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt mot hear

even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save ? ere this Habakkuk. this Wraftler doch begin hiswraftling:

for what is this wholeChapter but a serious Expostalation and complaint? wherein the Prophet, is

1. Contestech with God himself. vers. 2:3, 4.

2. Hebringeth in God denoucing his own intended -Swish judgments against {udah and Jerusalem.verf

. 2,6,7,8,9, 3. He returneth again to expostulate with God,

a verso 12.13, 14, 15, 16, 17.
1.5. 1. He contestech with God. Wherein

1. He chalengech him for not heating his pray-
. | er. verf. 21;
2. For shewing to him the Gns of the people, v.3.4.

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In the first observe.
1. What the Propher did, 1, He cryed, 2. He cryed

Jong, 3. He cryed to him.
2. What cause he had. Of violence
3. What fucceffe. S 1.Thou wilt not heare.

2. Thou wilt not save. To give fome light to that which followeth, lec me first admonish you that it may wellbe gathered by the title that is here gi. ven io Habakkuk the Prophet, chat he was sent by Almighty God to preach to the Jews to reclaim them from their evil wayes, and to still che noise of their crying finnes: and prevailing nothing with them, to bring them to repentance, he prayeth and eryech to Almighty God for his judgement upon this people, co punish their many sins: and God not hearing him," nor giving way co his anger to correct them, the Prophet moved with the zeal of Gods glory, wraftleth with God, and concendeth with him for his rod upon them.

1. what the Prophet did. 1.I cry, he lifreth up his voice against this people his brethren; for it is cwice exprest. 1. He cryeth; then he resumech it, he faith, he cryethont; this is a thing that God doth use to take fpecial notice of, expectavi Justitiam de ecceclamor.

It is said of Abel, char being dead he spake; Mofes faith, it was vox /anguinis, a voice of blood,& God said that voice cryed to him out of the carth for vengeance. Dintii

The Cry of a Prophet one of Gods Secretaries, to whom he revealeth his will; one of Gods Chaplains, to whom he committeth the Ministry of the Revelation of his will; one of Gods Saviours, to whom he committech the office of saving his People;the crying, the vociferacion of one of Gods Seers, who cries not out of paffion or humane percurbation, but from a lecret inspiration illuminating him and shewing him things to come;

One of Gods holy ones whom the zeale of Gods glory doth inflame with this carnestnesië, che grief of mans rebellion doth provoke to that loudnesfc. Such a cry cannot spend it self all into aire and Sunne, and perish with the noise it makes. 2. He was no Sonne of thunder to make lome lud dain ratling noise, and then ccase. He cryed loud, he cryed long, How long Shall I cry? if the weaknesle of his voice could not penetrate the eare of God vi by foree, here was sæpe cadendo, by often falling. So David gor an hoarseneffe in chroat with crying loud and long to the Lord; and our Saviour hach commanded that kind of importunity in Prayer, and the Prophet will give God no rest till

he heare and answer;for the Prayer of the juft,ific be fervent, prevaileth with God: zeale is an holy fire, the flame ofic ascendech to heaven, and penetratech all the paffages till it come to God. Cold and perfunctory devotions intermitted and given over, do not prevaile with God; they please him best that use most violence, for the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence,

3. Unto thee;he directeth his prayers arigbr; for Baals Priests may cry from morning to night,& may cat and lance their desh, and make many Ggnes of zeale and earnest importunity withont fuccelle, because their God heareth not, his eyes see not, his cars hear not, his hands handle nor, there is no breath in his mouth to give them answer.

But the cry of the Prophet went up to God, who beholdeth ungodlinesse and wrong, chat he may take the matter into his own hand.

Thus farre we have seen what the Apostle did. 1. He cried. 2. He cryed loud. 3. To God..

2. What cause had he to cry. For violence; this is fully and largely expreft in the second part of his contestation with God, ver. 3,4.

I therefore only observe here two things.

1. That he complained not withont great provocacion, for violence was Gods own complaint and quarrel against the old world. The earth is full of violence, and behold. I will destroy Gen 6.13 them with the earth. It was Gods quarrel against Edom, for thy violence against

Obad. 10. thy brother lacob, shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.

2. We consider where this violence was; not of Esan against lacob, but of lacob against Iacob, as Isaiah describech it: Every man eating the flefh of his own arme, Manasseh EC 3


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