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Serm. This is certainly right and true; whatever
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is not so. If then we will be wise for our
selves, let it appear by our Actions. Who
is a wife and knowing Man among you,
says St James, let him mew out of a good
Conversation his Works with Meekness of
Wisdom. This is Religion, or Wifdoni,
as Solomon loves to call it, that is more pre-
cious than Rubies, that must always be
cloathed with the Beauty of Holiness, and
fline forth in the lovely Ornament of a

good Life.

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Nowe to him, who is the Lord of all

Power and Might, and the Author
and Giver of all good Things, let
115 continually offer up our humble
Prayers, that he would graft in
our Hearts the Love of his Náme, is-
crease in us true Religion, nourisha
215 with all Goodness, and of his
great. Mercy keep us in the same,
through Jefus Christ our Lord : To
whom with the Father and Holy
Ghoft, be ascribed, as is most due,
all Honour, Glory, Might, Majesty
and Dominion, benceforth and for
cuermore,

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SERMON III.

Jos iv. 17.
Shall mortal Man be more just

than God? Shall a Man be
more pure than his Maker ?

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N the early Ages of the World, SERM.
when the Almighty condescended III.
to speak to his Creatures, and de- m

clare his Will in Dreams and Vifions, these Words were spoken to Eliphaz, in a Vision of the Night, as he was ruminating, in a pensive Manner, upon the Circumstances of what had happen’d to him before on such Occasions ; and the Reason of his relating them to Job, was, becaufe he thought he had been too presumptuous in his Complaints on the Miseries of Life, thereby tacitly accusing the Divine Providence of Injustice, in appointing him to

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Serm. undergo fo heavy a Burden of Afflictions : III. For when Job's three Friends came to see

hin; of whom Eliphaz was one, and he had a long while in vain expected them to condole with him in his Miseries, and comfort him in his Sorrows, he could not forbear crying out, Let the Day perish wherein I was born, and the Night in which it was said, There is a Man Child conceived: Let that Day be Darkness, let not God regard it from Above, neither let the Light shine upon it : Let Darkness and the Shadow of Death stain it; let a Cloud dwell upon it ; let the Blackness of the Day terrify it: As for that Night, let Darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the Days of the Tear ; let it not come into the Number of the Months: Because it shut not up the Doors of my Mother's Womb, nor hid Sorrow from mine Eyes ; for now pould I have lain still and been quiet, I jould have pept then, and have been at Rest with Kings and Counsellors of the Earth, which built desolate Places for themselves. There the Wicked cease from Troubling, and the Weary be at Rest; there the Prisoners rest together, they hear not the Voice of the Oppresor; the Small and the Great are there, and the Servant is free from his Mafler. At which

Complaint

Complaint Eliphaz, being greatly incens'd, Sermo fharply rebukes him for not putting in III.

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n Practice those good Rules and Instructions which he had given others; and tells him, that he suspects his Piety and Goodness, because the Innocent were not wont to suffer such Things, but the Wicked and Oppreffors, whom God had always humbled, tho' they exalted themselves never so much against him. And left these Obfervations should not be sufficient to convince him of his Error, he relates to him what he had heard himfelf in a Vision. A Thing was secretly brought to me, says he, and mine Ear receiv'd a little thereof ; in Thoughts from the Visions of the Night, when.deep Sleep falleth on Men, Fear came upon me, and Trembling, which made all my Bones to fhake ; then a Spirit pased before my Face, the Hair of my Flesh stood up, it stood Still

, but I could not discern the Form thereof; an Image was bea fore mine Eyes, there was Silence, and I beard a Voice, saying, Shall mortal Man be more just than God : Shall a Man be more pure than his Maker = i. ę. 'Tis in vain for frail Man to dispute, or contest the Jufice of God's Proceedings, or for an imperfect Creature to exalt himself against his Maker ; for tho' we suppose him to be as

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Serm. eminently just and righteous, as he is unjust
III., and unrighteous, yet as long as he has the least

Imperfection in him, he can't be perfectly
fo, he can't therefore be as perfect as God
who made him ; for whatever Justice or
Goodness is in Man, must be so in God in a
more excellent Degree. From the Words
of the Text, I propose to shew,

I. That the AMictions which happen to us in this Life are no Objections against the Justice of God. And then propose to shew,

II. That the Leffon most proper and natural to be learnt from this, is, not to murmur and repine at any thing that befalls us, but to submit ourselves and our Cause to God.

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First, then, I am to shew, that the Afflictions which happen to us in this Life are no Objections against the Justice of God.

For to suppose the contrary, pro. ceeds from an Ignorance of God and Man. For any thing this Supposition suggests to the contrary, God may be indeed a Being endued with great Power, but as for Wifdom, Knowledge, and Goodness, in these

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