Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.3

112 Wifdom the Strength of the Mind. SE R M, pra &ice of pure undefiled religion. There IV. are very different courfes taken by men to `'`P"'' fupport themfelves againft the viciflitudes of time, and the fears and forrows which they occafion ; fome have recourfe to fchemes and projects of their own, in order to ob- tain reft : If this or the other defign were accomplifhed, and fuch an affair fettled, then they are fecure: But as it is altogether uncertain, whether they fhall ever obtain their end ; fo if they did obtain it, they may be never the nearer tranquillity ; for the Prate of human affairs always is and mufa be changeable ; fo that the fecurity arifing from our own devices, or any imagined outward circumflances, is intirely groundlefs. Solo- mon maketh a comparifon between wifdom and money, as a defence, Ecclef. vii. 12. and he acknowledgeth they may be both fo called. But though money fometimes is a means of fafety to the proprietor, it all° fometimes expofeth him to mifchief and danger; but the excellency of knowledge, faith our author, is, that in all events it giveth life to them that have it. In pati- ence, confidence in God, refignation to his will, cgntrafting our dares to the things of this world, and the other branches of reli- ñious