Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.2

Of Knowledge. I27 fervant. A multitude of occafions there are SEEM. whereby he may be milled, a multitude of V. infirmities which St. fames calls the lulls of wV his own heart, by which he is in danger of being drawn away and inticed. One of the belt prefervatives from this is religious know- ledge ; to have the underftanding and the memory bred with divine Truths, fo as readily to fuggeft what our duty is, what are the belt and molt powerful diffuafives from the evil or omiffion of duty we are tempted to. David fays, * he hid the word of God in his heart that he might not fin : that is, he had it treafured up in his underftanding, and always in his remembrance, that it might be produced for the direction of his life as every circumftance required. This is the antidote Solomon prefcribes againft enfnaring company, and the pernicious influence of corrupt ex- ample, than which nothing can be more dan- gerous t. Llr henwifdomenterethinto thine heart, and knowledge is pleafant to thy foul, difcretion fhall preferve thee, underllanding fhall keep thee, io deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that fpeaketh froward things. And .1 My fon keep thy father's command- ment, and forfake not the law of thy mother, * Pfalm cxix. t t. t Prov. ii. to, &c. t Provt vi. from verfe zo. (improve