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

s6 the Excellency of Wfdom. S E R M. thofe who appear to have the largeft (hare II. of it, the wifeft men in Solomon's fenfe, that `''"""' is, the moll virtuous, are the molt excellent, and the worthieft of our refpe6t ; accord- ingly he faith, chap. xii. 26. The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour. How is it that we govern our refpet to men ? Is it by riches, fplendid equipage, high titles, or any thing of a like nature ? David did not fo, for he telleth us, Pfal. xvi. 3. All his delight was in the excellent, the spints that were in the earth. And, Pfal. cxix. 63. I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and keep thy precepts. Nay, he giveth us this as the character of a good man, one who dwelleth in Zion, Pfal. xv. 4. In his eyes a vile perfon is contemned, but he honour- eth them that fear the Lord. An unjufl man is an abomination to the jufl, Prov. xxix. 27. Not that the juff hate the perfon of any man ; it is god -like to be kind to the un- thankful and the evil ; but their temper and their converfation are not confidered by the virtuous with any complacency. Remem- ber, therefore, the direéion of the apoftle names, ii. a. My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord refus Chrifl, with refpeei of per- /ons. It is, certainly, very unbecoming chri- ftians