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etised: if the spoiled be not delivered from the hand of the oppressour: if wrong be done to the stranger, the poor, the Fatherlesse, and the Widow.

Turk and Pope; Papists, and Infidels; may be gathered together into the troops of God, and employed against us, and prevail against us, for we are no better then fudah, nor deerer to God then his own people.

And if he please to punish Christendome, or the professours of his truth by these, if once they become Gods troops, they Thall prosper and carry all before them.

2 The misery in the pacient : the Land of Israel threatned, as you hear in the trees.

Here are named the chief trees for fruit, the fig-tree, the vine, and the olive. Non omnis fert omnia tellus , these trees do not grow in all lands, our land though rich and plenteous is no fit foil for these trees.

They served for food, and they are of speciall note, for in the parable of fotham.

When the trees went to choose them a King, they came first to the olive tree, and said, reign thou over us, they went next to the fig-tree, and then to the vine.

The Olive faith; shall I leave my fatnesse, wherewith by me they honour God and man.

1. The fig-tree faith; should I forsake my sweetnesse and my good fruit.

The vine faith; thould I leave' my wine which cheareth God and mat.

You see of how excellent use these fruits were;two of them used in the speciall fervice of God, Oil, and Wine, and often is the Land of Canaan praised for' fruitfulnesse, in respect of these trees growing there, which every foil doth not yield: they are all of excellent use both for food and medicine, and Duvid faith of Wine, that it maketh glad the heart of man, of Oile, that it maketh him have a cheerfull countenance.

The failing of these, which the foil did naturally bring forth, doth thew that God had called in his blefling, which

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he gave to that lani, for the true nature of every soil is the
Word of Gods blessing, which once called in, a fruitfull land
is made barren, and a populous countrey is soon turned into a
defert.

But this is not all, not onely God will smite the land in
these excellent fruits, which are for food, but as feremie threat-
neth, They shall cut down the choice Cedars, undcast them into the Jer.2 2.7.
fire: trees for building.

The reason whereof we may finde in the first of our parents, Reafon. who no sooner had finned, but God accursed the earth for their fakes.

So that we may fay as the Church doth in this Psalme, Was thy wrath against the trees of the land, that thou smotest them? not so, but against the sins and sinners of the land.

This further appeareth in the common ground, for it followeth, the fields shall field no meat.

Bread is the staffe of life, God threatneth to break the staffe of bread. So he bad Ezechiel prophecy.

Son of man, I will break the ftaffe of bread in Jerusalem, and Ez¢k.4.16. they fall eat their bread by weight, and with care.

God hath many ways to perform this judgment, either by
taking away his blessing from the earth, that it shall not bring
forth bread for the use of man.

Thus he maketh a fruitfull land barren, or he can hold in
the early, and the later rain, that it shall not fall to moisten the
earth as in the time of Aggaus the Prophet.
Te looked for much, and lo, it came too little.

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The heaven over yon is staied from dew, and the earth under yon is
stused from her fruit:

Yea, God when he pleaseth can drown the fruits of the
earth with too much rain, and destroy the crop, and when he
hath shewed us plenty upon the ground, hee can deceive the
bope of the husbandman, and make a thin harvest.

When we have gathered in our crop, he can blow upon it,
and destroy it in the barn, he hath his judgments in store, rea-'
dy to be executed upon sinners.
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We have tasted of this rod, for how did God crown the former year with plenty, and how unthankfully was it entertained of many? what complaint did we hear of the cheap less of Corn, not able to yield the rackt rents of their ground co the labouring husbandmen, to satisfie the greedy Landlord.

And God heard from heaven, how heavy his plentifull hand was to many, and he hath fince shut it up and curned our plenty into dearth, and now he heareth another cry of the poor : their labours wil scarce give them bread to eac.

Yet another woe: the cattell fail both in the fields and in the stals, fat and lean beasts;

the enemy destroyeth them, and the barrennels of the land affordeth them no food:when God gave man Lordfhip over all sheep, and Oxen, and over all the beasts of the field; he did not devolve his prerogative dominion upon man, but reserved his royall fupremacy over them, and a power of resumption, that if man neglected his service, these creatures in their kinds should fail him.

You behold in this whole paffage a miserable face of a land with which God is fallen out, the very foil is accurfed for the peoples fakes, the people either perish by the fword, or go into captiviry, or tarrie to serve the enemy in the land.

The full Cities, the glorious buildings therein, either demolifht and laid even with the ground, or inhabited by strangers

You have heard before, what fins have brought these evils upon this pleasant land.

Corruption in common conversation, between man and

man.

Corruption in religion and the service of God.

Corruption administration of Justice.

And so free as our land is from these fins, so far are these judgments off from us.

But if either the present times or times to come, are or fhalf be guilty of these heinousfins, I think we may boldly fay, that God is holy now as ever he was, to hate them, and the committers of them, and as wise as ever he was to difcern ther,

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and as just as ever he was to punish them.

We know that these fins carried Gods people into a strange land, where they had not the heart to sing the songs of the Lord.

God best knows why, but we see a great part of the Protestant reformed Church, at this time bleeding under the sword, or fying from the hand, or standing upon their guard against the power of strong opposition, and by the mercy of God, we are lookers on, and their smart is not yet shared amongst us; but if Cunaan were chus smitten both in the soil, and fruit, and beasts thereof, and most in the inhabitants of it.

If our brethren, professours, with us of the samé Religion, do in our dayes luffer so many vexations, we had need ftudy holinesle of life, and put more fire into our zeal of Religion, and make the ballance of Justice even, left we drink of the same cup of bicterneffc.

The Jews returned again to their land from their captivity, they had the face of it renewed, they had their Temple rebuilt, Religion re-planted, and chen chey relapsed to their former fins, and in Chrifts time: Christ was bound, and Barrabas was set loose.

And not long after the Jews went into a dispersion wherein they have continued almoft, one thousand fix hundred years.

God be mercifull to us, to preserve us from their fins and from their punishments that our trees may bring forth their blossoms, and their fruits, in their seasons, that our land may bring forth encrease that our Oxen may be strong to labour, that there be no invasion, no leading into captivity, and no complaining in our streets. Amen, Amen.

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$15.3.18. Verse 18. Yet will I rejoyce in the Lord, I will joy in the God of

my Salvation.
19. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like

Hinds feet, and he will make me to walk upon my high places.
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needs fuffer this sharp Visitation. Yet will I rejoyce in the Lord. Phil.4.4. It is the Apostles counsell

, Rejoyce in the Lord alwayes: and here the Church doth so: the Apostle resumeth it again, I say

rejece: and the Church here resumeth it. I will joy in the God Pfal. 13.5.

of my Salvation shewing the reason and ground of her joy,
which is Gods salvation. My heart shall rejoyce in thy salvation.

The Lord God is my strength.] they are the words of David,

and he is more full and Rhetoricall in the expressure thereof. P/1.18.1, I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. iii!

2. ^ The Lord is my rock, and my fortrelle, my deliverer, my God, my
strength, in whom I will trust ,my buckler, and the horn of my falva-
tion, my bigh tower.

David Ipeaks like one in love with God, for he doth-adorn
him with confession of praises and bis mouth is filled with the
praise of the Lord, which he expresseth in this exuberancy and
redundance of holy Oratory: the Church addeth.

He will make my feet like hinds feet. ] this also is borrowed of
David, in the same Pfalme.

He maketh my feet like hinds feet, and Setteth me upon my
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places: that is, he doth give fwiftnesse and speed to his Church;
as St. Auguftine interpreteth it, transcendendo spinosa, ó ambrosa
implicamenta hujus faculi: pafling lightly through the thornie
and shadie incumberances of this world. He will make me walk
upon my high places.

David iaith: he setteth me mpon my high places.'
For, consider David, as he then was, when he composed

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