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PREFACE.

Reader,

THE following fermon having made a great noife through

this and feveral other corners of the land; left any should think the author is afhamed of his doctrine he there delivered, he allows it to come abroad to the world with the last fermon in the preceding volume. He had begun to preach from that text, If. ix. 6. in November 30. 1731; and having spoke to the two first claufes, he took occafion, June 4. 1732, viz. Sabbath-evening, after the celebration of the facrament at Stirling, to infift upon the claufe immediately following, The government fhall be upon his shoulder, as he has been infifting upon the following part of the verfe ever fince...

Some were of opinion, that the fubject was unfuitable to the occafion, after people had been at a communion-table, But it would appear, that fuch as think fo, do not confider, that Chrift did wade to the throne and government of his mediatory kingdom through blood. For my part, I do not know how one can be better entertained, either at, or immediately after he has been at the Lord's table, fhewing forth his death, than by letting him know, that he who was dead is now alive, and lives for evermore, having the keys of hell and death in his hand. What more comfortable to a believer, than to hear that the Lamb flain is now in the midst of the throne, with the reins of government in his hand, especially in a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity from the Lord God of hofts in the valley of vifion?

Others judged it amifs on fuch an occafion, to touch upon the act of affembly anent the settlement of vacant congregations, which had been paffed a few days before. All that is needful

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needful to be faid in anfwer to which is, that the public wound given by that act was fresh, and the hearts of the poor people of God bleeding, to fee themfelves spoiled by those who should have been the guardians of their spiritual rights and privileges ; and what could be more proper than to panfe the green wound, and pour in fome of the healing balsam of gospel-consolation, arifing from the government of their great King, who rules in the midst of his enemies?

The author never pretended to deliver every particular word or fentence contained in his notes, which to him would be the greatest flavery and confinement. But as the fermon ftood in his notes, so it comes abroad; and he supposes that there will be but very inconfiderable variation. Only, the preamble, when he entered upon the text, is added, without which it would have looked fomewhat abrupt befides something he had not time that evening to overtake, at the end of the difcourse. He preached two other fermons on the fame clause of the verfe, the Sabbath following, which there was no time to tranfcribe for the prefs, otherwife the discourse might have been more perfect, and the omiffions quarrelled by fome been fupplied.

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CANT. viii. 5.-Who is this that cometh up from the wil-
dernefs, leaning upon her Beloved.

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