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2. The People that are our hearers are taught to hearken to Use. 2. the voice of our message, and co learn this lesson of the Justice, wisdome and truth of God, that they may rightly know God, and sincerely love him, that if any thoughts of diftast of GodsGo: vernment, or distrust of his Justice, shall arise in their hearts,chey may presently call to remembrance our pleadings for him, and confesfe that how admirable socver the ways of God are in our judgements, yet they are always equal; how secret soever they be, yet they are always just.

It is a malicious suggestion when Satan fhall bely us to God, as he did fob, when he said fob served not God for nothing; but there is no great danger in it, for he knows Satan to be a liar and Ioh. 2.25 amurtherer; and he needeth not that any should testifie of max : : for be knoweth what is in man,

It is a dangerous suggestion when he shal belieGod to us,First, t.
either flattering us with an overweening of his mercy to encou-
rage Gin, as when he told Evah, You shall not die at all. Secondly; 2.
Or shall affrighc us with the terrour of his lustice, as if there were
no hope of favour,as he did to David, setting some awork to tell
him, Non eft tibisalns in deo tho, there is no help for thee in hy
God. Thirdly, or shall taxe to us the Government of God, as
if he were either negligent of the affairs of the sons of men, or ig.
norant altogether of the iufferings of his Church, or partial in
administration of Justice, or dire&ly unjust in suffering his own
fervants to be opprest with the injuries of men.

The Minister must diligently preach, the bearer must reverently hear and faithfully believe the truth concerning the Provi. dence of God, or else all Religion will link and want foundation.

Vers. 2. And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision,

and make it plaine upon T ables, tbat he mayran that reada

eth it.
3. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it

Shall speak and not lye : though it tarry, wait for it, be
Cause it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Ere begins the second part of the chapt. which contains the
ILords answer to the Propbets expostulation. Containing,

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1. A Direction to the Prophet, ver. 2,3.

2.A Declaration of his holy will in the general administration of Justice. 1. Concerning the Diretion given to the Prophet.

And the Lord answered me and faid] For the manner how God maintained intelligence with his holy Prophets, we are not very particularly informed; we find inspiration, and revelation, and vision mencioned; he that made the light chat is in us, and gave us our understanding can best make his ways known to bis holy ones; and as I do not think that Habakkuks concestation with God was verbal and vocal, but rather a wrastling and striving of his spirit and inward man: neither do I think this answer of God was audidle, presented to the eare, buc by fore secret divine illumination suggested.

And where he faith, The Lord answered and said.. These phrases do expresse so plain an answer, as is made in conference between man and man,

Write the vision] That, is, fet down in writing my answer. It is our manner for the better preservation of such things as we would not forget,co set them down in writing.

But because this request of the Prophets doth concerne others that he may inform them, God addeth, Make it plain upon Tables ibut he may run that readeth it.

Thar is, write my answer in á Table in great Characters, that though a man be in haste and run by, yet he may read as he run nech, shewing that he was desirous to satisfie als such as the Prophet fpake of before, who should argue against him.

As our manner is to fix publike Proclamations and Edicts on wals, or on Pofts in ways of common passage, that any Passenger may take notice thereof seeing it concerneth every one : 0 that the Lord a'ludech in this place, giving the Prophet great charge for the declaration of his holy will in this great matter; 10 to expresse it, that every one of his people may receive information thereof, Vasle aperta effe verba, é apertè fcribi, laich Sc. Hierom.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time]

The time is not yet fulfilled for the execution of the Will of God; but it is in the holy wiledome and purpole of God determined when it shall be fulfilled.


At the end it Mak/peak and not lie] That is, in the time prefixed by Almighty God is shall cake effect, and the counsel and de. cree of God shall be executed : For God shat hath promised cana

not lie,

The antwer of God is full as it after will appear, and doch nor only clear the Justice of God in the present cause of the oppresfed Iews against the Chaldæans, but it maketh a further and more general overture of Gods decree,against all unrighteoasneffic and ungodlinefse of men, so that this Prophecy fhall not only comfore that Church and those cimes, but it is directed cô che perpe- : tual use of the Church in all the ages thereof. He cherefore ad. dech, Though it tarry wait for it, do not think by any importunity to draw down the judgements of God upon the ungodly, or ;: to haften the deliverance of the Chureh;God doth all things tem pore fuo in his time, and the servants of God muft carry his teaJure.

Becanse it will surely come it will not tarry] He givech affurance of che complement of his Will in the proper and prefticute fcalon thereof, which nothing shall Chen binder.

The parts of this text, containing Gods direction given to his holy Prophet, are three.

1. The care chat God takes for the publishing of his Wil

to the Church, vers: 2.
2. The assurance that he gives of the performance thereof

in the time by him appointed;

The patient expectation which he commands for the
performance thereof.

1. The law that he takes for publishing it.
The Prophec must not only hear God (peak, the Seer must noc
only behold the vision, but he muft write the fame : literafcripta:
manet, the written lerrer abideth.

I will not stand to search how ancient writing is, wherein fome have lost time and labour.

I know that many do make God the first immediate Author of it, and do affirm that che first Scripture that ever was, was Gods writing of the law in two Tables, Exod.

32. But because I find in Exod. 24 that Mojes wrote all

the word v se ti of the Lord, and 7osephus doch report a tradicion of the He



Verf. 24.

bcews for writing and graving before the flood; I hold ic pro bable that both Scripture and Sculpture are as ancient as the old world.

I will not question Josephus his Record of the two pillars, ere&ted before the flood, engraven for the use of pofterity, with some memorable things to continue in succeeding ages, whereof ane remained in Syria in his owo time.

It is frequent in Scripture to expreflc a perpetuity of record by writing. In the case of Amulek,

Write this for a memorial in a book.

Iob. O that Job. 1923


words were now written, that they were printed in a book,

Graven with an iron pen, in lead and is the ink for ever!

Isay the Prophet. I heard a voice from heaven, Saying to me write, ak flesh is graffe.

Ioh. Audivi vocem dicentem, Beati mortui. I heard a voice from heaven saying, Blessed are the dead.

Beloved thushave we the light that shineth upon the Church, and guideth our feet in the ways of peace by writing; for all Scripture is given by inspiration : holy men wrote as they were inspired.

It was given to them by inspiration to know the will of God,

they impart it to the Church of God by writing, and that 1.Cor, 4.

boundeth and limiteth us, το μή υσος, το γέγραπται φρονείν.

Thus hath God revealed himself to his Church,both sufficiently, that we need no more knowledge for eternal life, then what is contained in Scripture, and so clearly that the word giveth understanding to the simple.

And as chis word from the immediate mouch of God, doch warrane chis particular prophecy, so doth the Apostle say of all the body of Canonical Scripture, that all Scripture is given by in{piration: and Gods care is double. S'. That it be written to continue.

That it be wriccen plain to be read. 1.Wiitten

1. It must be writeen that it may remain. For in the old world, becaule of the long life of the fathers, the oracles of God were committed to them, without any mention of writing, because they were both wisc and faithful in the custody and transmission




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of them ;For Adam himself living nine hundred and thirty years - to teach his children, had under his teaching

Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mabalaleel, lared, Henoch, Methusa lak, and Lamech the fatherof Noah.

And Noah lived with Abraham 57 years.

But after the flood when the Church in the posterity of lacob encreased, and no doubt had many corruptions by dwelling in Ægypt; then was Mofes appointed both to be the deliverer of the People of Israel from Agypt, and to be the Penman of God, to write those things which God would have to remain in the Church for all iucceeding times, and after him successively holy men wrote as they were inspired.

And a beteer Argument we cannot give for the danger of unwritten traditions, which the Church of Rome doth so much commend even above Scripture, then this.

God saw that men had corrupted their ways, and he found the imaginations of mens hearts only evil continually, and that the Church was a very few: therefore he stirred up Noah to be a Preacher of righceousnelle in whom the light of truth was precrvet, he destroyed the old sinful world, and by Noah and Sem; te begata tew Church to the restored world.

Yer aftei Noahs death the worship of strange gods were brought in; luthat to heal this grief, and to prevent the danger of traditions, Grid caused the Word to be written by holy meg, for the perpetual ce of bis Church, whose books were faithfully preserved in all ages thereof.

Then came the Son of God, and he left his Tpirit in the Church, to lead the Churn into all trath, by which fpirit the New Testament was endited and written.

So that now all things necesary co salvation are fo clearly revealed, that traditions of men have no necessary use in the Church, in the substance of true Religion : for that which is written is sufficient,

The Church of Rome denieth the sufficiency of Scripture. Ma. 25?..I ny of their great learned men write both bafely and blasphenuously thereof.

But they are not agreed upon the point : for
Scotus, Gerson, Oecam. Cameracensis, Waldenfis, Vincentius



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