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

12 Religion and Virtue, S E R M, titudes are combined to enrich themfelves I. by its unlawful gains; by their united coun- ""' fels projects are form'd, and by their united force to be executed, fo that there is the greateft probability of fuccefs ; and honours, profit, and pleafure, are in profpeht to be attained by unrighteous methods, it is the province of wifdom to preferve us from the fnare, and to deliver us from all crooked and forbidden paths ; chap. i. i o. My fon, when 'inners entice thee, cofint thou not. And, chap. ii. i i, 12. Difcretion fall pre - ferve thee, underflanding fhall keep thee, to deliver thee from the way of the evil man. And whereas in all the affairs and circum- fiances of life we are fin-rounded with temp- tations, and our own frailty is apt to betray us into fnares of one kind or other, the wifdom Solomon recommendeth is propofed as an univerfal defence and antidote againft all evil, and that which will effedlually pre ferve us from every defiruEtive way. Chap. M. 2 t. My fon, keep found wifdom and diif- cretion, fo fall they be life unto thy foul, and grace to thy neck ; then (halt thou walk in thy way fa,fely, and thy foot 'hall not Humble, This