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the Name of God in vain ; Cursing and Swearing; the little Care there is in Parents, and Malters of Families, to train up their Children and Servants in Religion; the numerous Whoredoms and Adulteries ; the frequent Murders and Robberies, &c. because my good Friend, Mr. Overal, has prevented me, in his excellent Paper, already set down by me in these Memoirs, Pag. 410-422. And as to Adultery and Fornication, Dr. Cobden, has prevented me also, in his excellent Sermon at Court, Dec. 11, 1748 ; an Extract out of which has been already inserted also, Pag. 629, 630, 631. Only because none of thefe Writers, no, not the Bishop himself, has complained of the Excess and Nicety in the Apparel of Women of Quality; and because I had myself done no more formerly than give a gentle Reproof to it, Pag. 460, priùs, I shall here add the long and terrible Complaint of this Vice, and the Threatenings of God against it, by Isaiab the Prophet; where, though the particular Shape of many of the Ornaments be liable to great Difficulties, yet is not the general Meaning and Purport of the Text liable to any Difficulty at all. Which Text I shall therefore set down at large, and recommend the Consideration of it, and Amendment acccording to it, to the Ladies of this Generation, as highly necessary upon the prefent Judgments of God, and divine Warnings derived from him ; of which good Men and Women ought to be greatly sensible.

Isa. iii, 16-26. 16. Moreover, the Lord faith, Because the Daughters of Zion are haughty,

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and walk with stretched forth Necks, and wanton Eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making à tinkling with their Feet.

17. Therefore the Lord will smite with a Scab the Crown of the Head of the Daughters of Zion; and the Lord will discover their Secret Parts : [They shall hardly have Rags to cover their Nakedness.]

18. In that Day the Lord will take away the Bravery of their tinkling Ornaments about their Feet and their Cauls, and their round Tyres like the Moon:

19. The Chains, and the Bracelets, and the Mufflers :

20. The Bonnets, and Ornaments of the Legs, and the Head-bands, and the Tablets, and the Earrings :

21. The Rings, and Nose-jewels :

22. The changeable Suits of Apparel, and the Mantles, and the Wimples, and the Crisping-pins :

23. The Glasses, and the fine Linnen, and the Hoods, and the Veils :

24. And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet Smell there shall be Stink, and instead of a Girdle a Rent, and instead of well-set Hair Baldnefs, and instead of a Stomacher a Girding of Sackcloth, and Burning instead of Beauty.

25. Thy Men (Husbands] shall fall by the Sword, and thy Mighty in the War.

26. And her Gates fhall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the Ground.

VII. The Protestants, as well as the Papists, are become Scepticks and Infidels, and this to a prodigious Degree. This has been already carefully noted as the Completion of the Predictions hereto relating, Pag. 89, 90, 91, priùs,and so need not be here largely inlifted on again, though it be, proh dolor! become so general at Court, and among the Great, as to lay a fad Foundation for all the rest of our Immoralities. Other Crimes may be traced from some Pretences or Occasions, which are here entirely wanting in our Age. The Evidence for Revealed Religion, I mean chiefly the liceral fulfilling the most numerous Prophecies, and the Çertainty of the most amazing Miracles, both of the old and New Testament, which are known to be the grand Supports of Revelation, having never been so throughly cleared as they have been of late, fince the Opposition of our modern Scepticks and Infidels has made learned Men more carefully to examine them. In which Examination I have long had no small Share myself; as those who have perused my Boyle's Lectures, Literal Accomplishment of Prophecies, my Astronomical Principles of Religion Natural and Revealed, with my Replies to Mr. Collins, Mr. Chubb, and Dr. Middleton, &c. do very

well know : To none of which Treatises have any Replies been made. And I must openly profefs, that as I very early in Life entered into those most important Enquiries, and that with uncommon Impartiality, and Desire of discovering the Truth ; and indeed with a Dread upon me, on Account of several great Difficulties as to the Bible, Chronology and History, which were not then cleared by any Commentators that I had met with.

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God has been pleased fo greatly to bless those my Studies and Enquiries, that I can honestly profess, as I have already hinted, that more than 39 Parts in 40 of those Difficulties have been by me now throughly cleared, and the facred Books entirely vindicated from those Objections that had been urg'd against them; and all this, not upon precarious Hypotheses, but from real original Evidence, and genuine Testimonies of Antiquity; and commonly demonstrated from Mathematical and Astronomical Principles also, to my greatest Satisfaction. So that the present prodigious Run of Scepticism and Infidelity comes at a Time when there are leffer Pretences for it, than there ever were since the Jewil and Christian Religions came into the World. It looks like what Dr. Bentley acutely said of Astrological Atheism, in one of his Sermons at Mr. Boyle's Lectures : It is not Reason and Evidence, « but Saturn, in the ninth House, that makes these · Men Infidels.' It indeed looks like the grofleft judicial Infatuation.

VIII. The Protestants, as well as the Papists, go on in the open Breach not only of the other Laws and Ordinances of Almighty God, which yet, excepting the Ceremonial, do ftill equally oblige the Christians now, as they did always oblige the Jews, as I have already noted, Pag. 143, 144, priùs, and elsewhere fully proved [Horeb Covenant Revived, per tot.] but of the everlasting Covenant itself, or the Ten Cornmandments of God themselves; which, under the Christian Explication, most certainly oblige all the Christian World. Now

in order to understand my Meaning under this Head, the Reader is to remember what I have elsewhere observed, [Prim. Cbrift. Reviv'd, Vol. III. Pag. 56.] that the Ten Commandments, as distinct from the other Laws of Moses, were pecu. liarly called the Covenant that God made with the Ifraelites by Moses ; the Tables wherein they were written, and that by the Finger of God himself, were peculiarly called the Tables of the Covenant : the Ark, or Chest, wherein those Tables of the Cavenant, and they only were contained, the Ark of the Covenant : So that when Ifaiab, or rather God by Isaiah, gives the Reasons for the Severity of the divine Judgment at this Time upon the Inhabitants of the Earth, it is because they had broken not only the other Laws and Ordinances, but the everlasting Covenant itself also, or the Ten Commandments themselves, '. [Isaiah xxiv. 5.) as the highest Aggravation of that Defilement they had contracted, and which required the severelt Punishment. Now let us see how far the Papists and Protestants have broken these Ten Command. ments, by going diftinctly over most of them in Order ; and observe what terrible Judgments these Papists and Protestants may justly expect for their notorious Breaches of them.

First Command. (Exod. xx. 3. Deut. v. 7.] Thou Mbalt bave no other Gods before me. Now as to this Command, we of Cambridge have had a flagrant Example, beyond that of the vileft Heathen in the Days of Moses, or even till after the Days of Hobbes and Spinoza, a Century ago ;. for though the

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