Imatges de pàgina
PDF
EPUB

1fa. 29 9.

Ver. 3. The Crown of Pride, the drunkards of Ephraim fall be troden underfoot. And after,

They are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.

Thus doth pride rob us of our wits, and we say of che proud man; that he doth not know himself.

Wine and strong drink moderately taken do comfort the heart of man, but when we over drink, we cease to be our felves; so is it with self. love : for every man by the law of charity is bound to love himself, and to love himself first; when this love doch not 0overflow the banks, it is charity; when ic exuberateth, it is pride.

All sober men do esteem drunkards vile, and account drunkennesse a loathsome sin; let the proud man see himself in chat glafle, for the drunkard is the picture of the proud man.

1. Diunkennesse makes men think themselves very wise, and Such as flie che conference of their becters when they are fober, in their drink care not with whom they do contest, and regard no mans presence.

iso the proud man is wiie in his own opinion;' Salomon fáich, There is more hope of a foole then of him.

2.Drunkennelle maketh many apt to quarrel.

who hath contentions ? the anfwer next verfe. Pro.33.19 They that tarry long at the winés

And so is it wich che proud man: for he that is of a prond beart Pro.28" s stirreth upstrife.

3. The drunkard whilst he is in his Cups is not to be admonifhed. Abigail durst say nocbing to Nabal, whilst the wine was in his head

And the proud manis coofull of himself to hear any good counsel.

4. David hath two complaints.
The drunkards made songs of me.

The proudhave bad me exceedingly in derision, fo both of them P1.19.51. in the chair of the scornful.

s. They are alike in cheir punishment in this world; for,

The drunkard and the proud...? are both rewarded with contempt; all that walk in gooc**, s are alhamed of them, and avoid their company,

V crf. 30.

[ocr errors]

Pro, 21.17.

A mans pride shall bring him low..

Pro.29.23 He that loveth wine and ople Mall not be rich..

Pro.15.25 6 They are alike in the last judgment; for

1 Cor. 8.30 The Lord will destroy the house of the proud.

Andibe Apostle faith of drunkards, that none such shall inherit the Kingdome of God. You see how like they be both in culpa, e in pæna, fault and punishment,

Therefore humility is our leffon, and we shall find it an hard * f leilon to take out now in the over-grown pride of our times, wherein contrary examples do grow so thick.

It is a great part of the study of many to out-shine their neighbours in glorious buildings, gay apparel, rich furnitures of their houses : this kind of pride hach done much hurt, e{pecially in the ruine of

1, Charity, which had wont to cloath the naked, feed the hungry, refresh the thirsty, and minifter to the necessities of the poor brother,

2. The ruine of Justice which gives every one his own: I fear if many proud and gay persons that flane ie in bravery of rich hew, should do so, their feathers restored, they would be found naked.

3. The ruine of Temperance which prays, give me not pover. ty, give me not riches,give me things convenient for me for they be fools in the judgment of the wise men, thac die of prosperity.

4. The ruine of Religion, for godlinefle is nor it self without contentedaelle.

You have heard how deceitful a vanity pride is.
The pride of thy heart hath deceived thee.
I haften to the second point, the disease: Insatiablenesse.
It is set forth in two resemblances.
1. The proud man is resembled to hell.
2. He is resembled to death.

These are cwo things that cry Give, Give, and are never satisked.

Observe whereinsoever any man or woman is proud, if they do know any bounds;

Iris pride in apparel; who was ever fine enough do we not fecthe richest stuffe laid and overlaid, almost hidden, with rich :

adornaa

[ocr errors]

adornment of criming; and when the Ruffe may call the wearer proud, the crimme and fashion may resemble them to the grave and hell, and shall testifie against them that nothing can satisfie them; and yet to this they adde often change.

I do not say much change of rich apparel, but changing often in the wearing; I have heard of two or three shifts in a day.

There be they that entertain every forrain falhion, and natu. ralize out-landish formes anjongst us : Christ will one day cell fome body, I was stark naked, and you clothed not me.

The ambition, that all sorts and degrees of men and women are sick of, is, a desire to exceed their own rank in Chew.

The Country Atriveth with the City, as farre as their markets will bear it out, the City with the Court; thee encroachments put pride to shifts; for when Mechanicals come so fast upon che ancient Gentry of the Land, ufurping both their shew and citle, almost alhamed of the name of their crades and occupacions that have made them so fine,

The Gentry are put to it to ftreine their tenant one note higher to enable them to the start; and their rifiing and growth must put on the Nobilicy, and make them mend their pace.

Thas unsaciablydo we strive to out-go our felves, that goodly inheritances are worne out, and vanity doth end in misery in many,

in them ic concinuech wich scorn and disdain, And when you have made your selfe as fine as you can, you will come a great many degrees behind Solomon in his royalty; yet Solomon was not clothed ke one of the Lilies of the field.

Thus insaciable is the pride in buildings, a vanity which ladeth the earth here and there with specious, spacious piles of brick and stone, wherof the owners have scarce the pleasure of beholding the same with their eyes,being afraid of the hospicality that should correspond that great shew of room.

The proud in beauty, declare themselves insatiable in striving to mend Gods work by art.

In pretio quondam raga senilis erat, the aged wrinkles were wont to be held in honour.

But if there be any help for it now, time shall be spent in study how to hide and conceale the ruines of time. The pride mentioned in my text is of power, which every one desireth, and few do know how to manage. The Chaldæans having obtained fome victories, are now ambitious to be lords of all the earth.

delireth, this

It is laid of Pyrrhus King of the Epirotes,he sits studying how he may get the next Kingdom to him to make himself strong en nough to bid the next King barcel, and to get the conquelt of him, that the fear of his power may make the next King yeeld himself.

And Alexander when he had conquered the world, fate down and wept, that there were no more worlds left for hiin to conquer.

The Bishop of Rome from a Diocesan Jurisdiction, hach swel. led by degrecs, partly by his own ambition, partly by the conni- vence of Princes, to an universal Hierarchy,and his Parasites make him the man to whom belongs

Omnia subjecifti pedibus cjus, thou hast put all things under his feet.

His eldest son hath fairly dilaced his empire; we know that in 88, he had not enough, he would have faine been dividing of Shechem, and meating out the valley of Succoth.

In inferiour places, how are men transported with desire of power and command, and how unsatiable in that desire? wionelle the many offices, the various employmencs, which some have defired and obtained to be congested on them.

I say no more of this unfatiable gulf of desire, then my text faith, it is like two things that they love not, Hell and Death. Death is not satisfied but with all

; it is named last in my text, as the greedieft of the two; hell desires all the ungodly of the earth, it is a pit digged for the ungodly.

But death swalloweth all; Statutum est omnibus semel moring what man livech and shall not see death? So insatiable is the de

fire of power.

Thi; resemblance doch shake the strength of that desire much, if we think upon it well, I labour and strive to get many under my command, and death is labouring together with me to bring me to the grave; and if I do not use my power to the glory of God, and the good of my brechren, bell is as bulie and as greedy to devour me. This is one of the crying fins of our Land, insatiable pride; this makes dear rents, and great fines, this takes away the whole cloathing of many poore; to adde one Lace more in the suits of the rich; this shortens the labourers wages, and addes much so the bürthen of his labour. This greedineffe makes the market of spiritual and temporal offices and dignities, and puts well-deserving vertue out of countenance.

This corrupes Religion with opinions, justice with bribes,charity with cruelty ; it turns peace into schisme and contention, love into complement ,-friendship into crcafon, and fets che mouth of hell yet more open, and gives it a new appetite for more souls. li

.... The use of all, isthe doctrine of contentation, as we professe, that webave our being, not of our felves, but of God; in him we live, move, and have our being; He made us, and not we our felves; fo let us be content with his

provision for us. It was Satans first suggestion to Adam; for so he had former. ly corrupted himself, and lost his first estate ; to suggest pride he would Thew man a way how to be like God, and then all the fruitsin the garden would not content him, he must taste also of

the forbidden fruic. Heft.5.13.

Hamin was as high as the favour of the King could advance bim, and yer he confest,

All this doth me no good.

Pope Julius the third, was forbidden to eat Pork by his Phyfician, and no other dish would please him, he commanded it co 9. Therefore hear the Apostle

be ser before hi ha Hcb.13.9.

Is is good to have the heart staged or established with grace, and not with meats which have not profited them &c. - The grace of contentment is like che ballast of the ship, which gives herher trimme, and makes her strong and jocund upon che great waters,

Faich doch bring us to God, it stoopeth us to him,it fastneth us upon him.

Pride maketh us shift for our selves, and divideth us from God: he offerech his wings to such, and they will not be gathered together.

Lec us know that we are never past the wings of Gods pro

« AnteriorContinua »