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f f Chr f an Fortitude. 93 order to our obtaining it. Thus in the 2d SERM. chapter and 3d verfe, if thou criefl after know- IV. leage, and liftll up thy voice for underfiand --`"Y'' ing, if thou feekf her as filver, and fearchefi for her ás for hid tregpres ; then (halt thou underfland the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. Again, chapter iv, verfe S. Get wifdom, get underflanding, forget it not, neither decline from the words of my mouth ; and at the 7th verfe, Wifdom is the principal thing, therefore get wifdom, and with all thy getting get underflanding. Experience confirms the juftnefs of his advice, and íhows that induftry in religion has always been fuccefsful, and never fail'd of obtaining its end. Unwearied endeavours has overcome the greateft diffi- culties, removed the molt perplexing hin- drances, and let men into the fecrets of wif= dom, as that authorfpeaks, making thofe things which are too high for fools, plain and familiar to them. Diligence is not merely to be con - fidered as itfelf a means of getting wifdom or religion, but it implies the conflant and pro- per ufe of all means, and the vigorous exertion of our own aâive powers in it. Thefe powers will naturally exert themfelves fome way or other, according to the predominant inclination and bent of the mind. We fee what