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here in fear, because we see the omnipotent hand of God in the government of the world, that we may say,

Ah, Lord God, thou bäst made the Heaven and the Earth by thy for.32.17. great power, and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too bard for thee; and he remembreth the wonders of this deliverance out of Egypt, and faith;

Tho4 haft made thee a name.

This filleth all that think of it with a reverent fear of God's name, ic exalteth him in the congregation of the just,

and maketh him say , Domine, quis fimilis tibi ? Lord, who is all like thee ?

This serveth to convince the enemies of God, who make na- vse 3. ture fit in the place of God, and do give the rule of all things en to nature ; for what have they to say for themselves in these

great examples:could nature cut a passage of dry land through In the red Sea : could nature draw waters out of an hard Rock, Chat and teach it to follow Ifrael wheresoever they went ? to rest one when they rested, to run when they removed? could nature

keep their cloaths on their backs, their shooes on their feet for er the wearing, for forty years ?

Did nature raine Manna, and bring in the Quails, and feed the people tilf they came to the corne of Canaun?

Did nature make these mountains and high piles of waters in the river of Jordan?

Is not the extraordinary hand of God in all this:

This also serveth for encrease of our faith, for we have good use 4. cause to cast our care, and fasten our trust upon him, who not onely worketh by means, but without them, yea, and against them. The hardest lesson in religion, is, to trust God when we see no means of helpe, as Abraham did when he was commanded to kill the son of the promise. The yery captivity of the Church hath had that comfort in the greatest terror thereof, so the Psalmist faith,

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Upon comfort of which confidence, fob protested that, Job 13.15

Though he kill me, yet will I trust in Him.

This alsureth co us all the promises of God, which the Apostle distribuceth into these two sorts,

The promises of this life.
And of the life that is to come.

And this made Abraham when God promised him feed, not Rom.4.19 to consider his own body w.is now dead; nor the deadresse of Sarahs 2r,&c.

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He ftaggered not at the promise through unbelief , but was ftrong in faith, giving glory to God.

And being fully perswaded, that what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

And therefore it was imputed unto him for righteousnesse ; and he addech

Now it 70.1s not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him.

But for us also to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe.

We see some parts of the Christian Church now in great extremity, and no way in sight open from their efőape out of great misery: the Bohemian Protestants put to cruel deaths : the French Protestants have the sword drawn against them, and the arrows upon the string to shoot at them : the Palati

under profcription, the Prince thereof in exile : Our helpe is in the name of the Lord.

All these will faint , except they believe verily to see the goodnesse of God in the land of the Living. Sweet and full of comfort is the example of Gods people, to whom it was promised, even when they were in captivity in Babylon, they had hung up their Harps upon the Willows, and fate weeping by

the rivers of waters. Zech.8.3.

Thus, saith the Lord, I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem hall be called a City of truth, and the mountaine of the Lord of Hofts, the Holy Mountaine. Thus,

faith the Lord of Hoaft's ; there all yet old men, and old women dwell in the ftreets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staffe in his hand for very age.

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And the streets of the City shall be full of boys and girls, playing in the ftreets of it.

Thus, faith the Lord of Hoafts, if it be mervellons in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these dayes ; should it also be marvellous in mine eyes, Jáith the Lord of Hoafts.

I will save my people from the East and from the west Country.

This is the help in trouble, ready to be found, let us awake, this help with the loud voice of our importunà ce supplications, saying, O Lord, help now, O Lord, now give prosperity.

Let us give him no rest, till he hath bowed the heavens,and is come downe,co visit the distresses of his faithfull servants.

Our Saviour comforteth us well, saying, My Father worketh as yet, and I work, and if our labour which is , opus in Domino, a work in the Lord, be not in vaine, his labour which is, opus Domini, a work of the Lord, will prosper in his hand.

He is as strong in the river of Rhine, as in he was fordan, and his Church is as dear to Him now as ever it was, and he is as diligent in making inquisition for bloud, and as attentive to the complaints of the oppressed as he was.

Verse 11. The Sun and Moon ftood still in their habitation : at

the light of thine arrows they went, at the shining of thy glit

tring spear. 12 Thon didft march through the Land in indignation, thon didst

thresh the heathen in anger. 13 Thou wenteft forth for the salu..tion of thy people, even for salvation with thine Anointed: thou woundejt the head out of the house of the wicked by discovering the foundation to the neck.

Selah. 14 Thou doeft ftrike through with his staves the head of his villages, they that came out as a whirlwind to scatter me, their re

joycing was, as to devoure the poor fecretly. I

Read all this together, because I conceive it hach reference
to one story, and that is recorded in the book of Joshua.
For after Israel came into the land of Canaan , and had

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destroyed Jericho, and the City of fi: the Gibeonites terrified with this news, craftily pretending themselves to be a people dwelling in a far Country, and for the name of Gods sake, whose wonderfull works they had heard of, they defired to make a league with fohisa.fabua and the Elders were deceived, and confirmed a league with them by oach.

But after the fraud was detected, Ifracl made the Gibeonites serve them, but they were under the protection of Israçta

This league of Gibeon with Jolana did much troule the neighbouring hings, for they feared Gibeor, being a peong City, therefore five Kings do make war against Gibeon to a The Gibeonites send to popua for fuecours, tofkna according tu his oath ofconfederacy with them came from Gilgal, he, and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valour, he gave the assault to the five Kings and their-Army, he discomfited them and made them fly.

Then the Lord raimed ftomes from Heaven upon them : there were wore that died with the kailftones, then they whom the children of Ifrael flew with the Sword.

Then spake Joshua to the Lord, in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel: Sun stand thou fill upon Gibeon, and thox Maor in the valley of Ająlon. And the Sun stcod ftil, and the Moon

stayed until the people bad avenged themfelves upon their enemies : Is not this written in the book of Jalher? Jothe Sunstood still in the midst of Heaven, and hafted not to goe dovon about a whole day

. And there was no day like that before it wor after it that the Lord hearkned to the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel,

This is the wonder that Habakkuk our Prophet doth here commemorate, a miracle yet fresh in the memory of the Church, yet by computation of times from the time of Jesua, when this

was done to this time of Habakkuk : when this is remembred were past, wore then 700 years.

Habakkuk doth well to remember this, for of all the miracles that Godwrought for Ifrael, this was the greatest; here Heaven faught againit Earth, the Sun and Moon stood still to give light to the Battail, and the faithfull witnesses of Hea

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ven(so the Sun is called) staid his courfe ro bear witneffe how God fought for Israel

We may truly say to Israel, Tibi militat etherObserve the words of the Prophet, how well they follow the history in Jojowa. Habukkuk faith,

The Sun and Moon food fill in their bubitation, they stood in their severall sphear wherein they move, for these he their habitations and note that they both stood stil, Sun and Moon, For the Moon borrowing all her light of the Sun, had she kept her course while the Sun

had stood still the length of a day, there had been great irregularity of motion in these Cælestiali bodies, from the conftant order set them by their Maker in their Creation. Obferve also, thache doth not say the earth stood ftill, but the Suo: it had been, as some laid, the Earth and the Moon ftood still as the Sun and the Moon, and our understanding would have as soon apprehended, if that new Astronomy had bad been then revealed, which some of our Empericks, and Journeymen in that excellent Science of Aftronomy have of Jate revived in their Almanacks, telling the world that they have long been in a wrong belief, that the Sun moveth, and the earth is fixed', for they believe that the Sun is fixed, and the earth is moved.

And to evade the cleer evidence of this text, which tels it Sfor a wonder

that the Sun ftood still, they fay, this is spoken to our capacity, becaufe to our sight it fo seemech, that the Sun moveth, and the earth is fixed, but indeed it is otherwise.. Our capacity I think hath much

wrong done in this, for if the Word of God had toldus, that God had created the Sun to Hand Itill

, and the Earth to move, it is more likely that we should have taken his Word for it, and have believed it as it is, as well as now we believe it, as it appears.

We are neither incapable nor incredulous, but that againt the better of Scripture have written, and made more believe, that the Sun ftands ftit from the creation.

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