Imatges de pÓgina

Verf. 20


bold I have made thee small, thou art greatly despised.

Therefore Saint Paul repeating this prophecie, doth by way of exposition, to show to whom this judgment doth belong, fay, Behold gee defpifers, and varder; and vanish albay, for behold Ads 13.jee amongst the heathen.

This is Gods own word, He that despiseth me shall bedspised, Yea, as the Pfalmift faith, He pouretb contempt upon Princes.

Two things that are most priviledged from contempt thall here suffer ic.

S. The Majesty of Kings.

22. The strength of fortifications. But when the fupream Majesty of God is offended and despifed, these cannot escape both destruction and contempt.

This the generows_nature of man doth more fear then any temporalevil : let me ake, and smart, and lose all;but let me noc be despised.

When the Jews began after the captivity, to build again the wals of the city, they had strong opposition by their enemies,Tobiab and Sanballat, and others, who laboured to hinder the building all they could. But when they despised the Jews, and fcorned their work, Nehemiah took it to heart, and grew very earnest wich God in complaint against them. For,

Sanballat mocked the Jews, and said before his brethren and Nehem. ai the army of Samaria

what do these weak Jews? Will they fortifie themselves will zbey sacrifice ? will they finish it in a day will they make the stones Whole again out of the heaps of duft, seeing they are burnt?

And Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and said, although obey build, yet if a fox go up, he fall even break down their strong

This lends Nehemiah to God, saying, Hear O God, (we are despised) and turn their fame upon their own head. This heavy judgment fhall God inflict upon the Jews..

The reason is, because this is the fittest panishment for their Reafosis pride. Now they shall fee, that so long as a People walkech hambly before God, fo long they live in glory and reputation; but when God faileth them for their fiones; their enemies do prevail against them, and cover them with disdain,



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Verf. 10.

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When God tryedfob with all kind of corporal and temporal calamities in the agony and smart of his passion, he lookech back to the former mercies of God; wherein Lobferve, that he giveth che first place of his cemporal happinesse to that respect that was

given to him. Job 29. 7.

when I went ont to the gate throughohe City, when I prepared
my seat in the street

young men salp me, and hid themselves, and the aged arose
The Princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their

The Nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof

of their mouth. Verf. 11.

when the care beard me, then it, blessed me, and when the eye jalb me, it gave witnesse to me.

But in the next chapter recounting the miseries which had

come upon him, he gives the first place to contempt, sans Job 30. 1.

"But now they that are younger then I have me in derision, whofe

fathers I would have disdained to fit nith the dogs of my flockan Verre 8.

They were children of fooles, children of buje mens shey

viler'ihen the earth. Verse 9. "And now I am their song, I am their by-word.

They abhor me, and fly far from me, and spare not to spit in
my face. Read on at leasure.

But thus did the Jewes abuse Chrift: Is not this the Carpen-
ter? And after they put on him a purple garment ; and para
Reed in his hand, and crc yned him with thornes and saluted
bim Scornfully, King of the fews,
They spit on his face, and even hanging

on the Crosle of pain
and Thame, they laughed him to scorn.
Some referre che non

iguata to this, especially, 'Have iye no

pale by the way, confader and behold if ever there Lam.1.12 were forrow like my Corral nhich was done tame : For the grief

of contempt must needs be chegteatest humiliatioti, becaule of
theeminencie and excellencie of his personn

And for Christian Religion in the Primitive times of the
Charch, the common evill opinion of it was that, it was Here-
fie; but the learned Grecians did call preaching foolishneffe, ubi
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The way to avoid this contempt, is humility, a vertue un. Vse known to the moral wisemen of former ages ; it is the proper vertue of the Christian.

Discite à me quia mitise humilis.

This is the vertue, and he the only teacher of it, the best example of it, the fullest reward of it.

You heard from Obadiah to Edom,
The pride of thy beart bath deceived thee:

Verf. 3. The pride of life is the Queen of vices, as you heard then, it trefpasseth the Majesty of God, it turned Angels inta devils, and cast man out of Paradise.Hugo. Superbia mihi deum aufert.

Humility doth make us think reverently of God, and charita · bly of our brethren, and worst of our selves. Saipt Paul; of whom I am 1.), lisbondo, is

. of !Humility makes us think all the leaft favours, of God too good for us, and fo joyneth contentednesse with god linesses. À

Contempt cannot smart upon the humble in relpect of shem: felves, but in respect of God who is despised in them ; study...? and pray to God for this graces this keeps peace sa che Church, and quietnesse in our comnion conversacion; for only, of pride comech contention. Let me once say with facob, .: I am not worthy of the least of thy mercies, and we shall value the very crummes that fall from the childrens table, che least of Gods favours will be sweet cous, and Gud fhall be praised for them.

' boći And with such as be of a contrite and lowly Spirit God will dwell, God himselfe boweth the heavens, and cometh down to sach to visit them, atque hamiles habitare cales Behold, I stand at the doore and knock. Not at the door of theproud, for their selflove keepech him out.


bilisu. 1.10 The humble'man is the Lords temple, and he faith, Here will I dwell,for I. bave a delight therein; I will satisfie their poore with bread, the holy ones shall rejoyce and sing : Iirooke David from the Deepfolds, there will I make the borne of David 10 flourish. I have ordained a lanthorn for mine annointedi ici 1!!!!!!!!

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Ver.11. Then shall his mind change and be shali palle over, and of

fend, impuring this his power unta bis god.

Hat shall become of the Chaldæans thus victors
1. They shall change their mind.
2. They shalt malle over.
3. They shall offende :::
4. Their fauir.

4. They shall change their minda ** The prosperous and vi&orious fucceffè of the Chaldæan, shall so infatuate the Chaldæan, that he shall be transported with the pride thereof, and God fhallgive end unio his violence; God fhall change his mind for their fakes whom i reservech as his remnant amongst the Jews.

The rod of the wicked shall not reft on the lot of the righte. ous. The wicked are the sword of the Lord, he will not always chide nor strike, but he will put up his sword in his heath, bis arme in his bofone,

He guideth the hearts of all men like rivers of waters, which way he pleasetb. Cuijk is a doctrine which I lately caught out of Obadiah. Though the Church of God do live under the Crosse for a cime, it all not be always fo : for as here it is declared, Their mind ball change that affli&t her. »

1. Becauc Gods quarrel is not against the Perfons of men, bute against their fins; therefore he punilheto non ad vindi&tam, but ad emendationem vitæ,and it is no pleafure to God to punisa his children, therefore he will not always punish, because affiicions are of excellent force to bring forth in his children 1. Contrition. 2. Sapplicacion. ::-2. He will nor always punish, least the exaceam passions of his fervants should breed in them a doubt of his love, and 10 weaken their faith..

3, Least the righteous should put forth his band unto finne.

4. Least the enemies of his Church should grow too insos lenti


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Further we are taoghe, chac those whom God useth as his rods 2 Doct. are limited; when they have executed his will they shallthen change their minds: the mind of the Chaldæan was cruelty, and oppreflion, and covetoufnessc, and ambition; this victory shall change their mind inco pride and insolencie, so that as the wise man faith, T be prosperity of fools fall destroy them. It is a true laying for the

most part, chat as the good, so the blood risech; men of low degree, when they rise to high places, men of pooreftate when shey grow to plenty, eyen nations, when they overflow their own banks, and over-run ochers, do change cheir minds, they have noc the same hearts and affcctions that they had. ci: It is a singular wiledone to use the fulnesfe of prosperity well. · The Paradise of God did not content our first Parents, the forbiddea fruit feemed to Evab the fairest froic of the garden, that changed her mind from the obedience of the law of God, to be bath a Prævaricatour and a tempter.

The fomnes of God living in profperity in the favour of God, fer their eyes on the daughcers of men, and because they look: cd fair like Eves apple, they changed their mind from living un. der the religious awe of God, to take them wives by whom the service of God was corrupted : for they that marry with tempt ers and take them into their bosomes, either presume too much on their own ftrer gth, and they cempc God therein: or else they change their minds and religions with them.

Can a man carry fire in his bofome and not be burrint? or Walke #jon burning coals and not be scorched? The Author of the book of Wisedome faich well of the righteous, That he is speedily taken away, least wickednesse should alter his understanding, or de Wild.4.11 Ceit beguile his foule.

There is a great measure of grace needful to him that would use profperity well; he must not be wicked; for where the good fpirit of God is wancing, thereis nothing but unstayedneffe and inconstancy; but. David prayech, Establifhthow me with thy free Spirit


Davicks victories and peace and profperity, did change his mind, he grew wapton, and to hide chat, cruel

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