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

The Ways of Iifdoiií; S r.. R M. is the moil (hocking to nature on its own i III. account, and is more dreadful to a confide. rate mind, becaufe of its important confe. quences, certainly it tnuf} be our wifdorn to make the beft provifion we can againfl the evil day, and to chufe thofe pleafures; if any fuch there be, which will not fail even then. But no enjoyment óf this world, and leaft of all the pleafures of fin, nand us in any flead when the hour of difirefs corn, eth. What comport hath the mifer in his treafures, what delight hath the vicious in his debauches, when ficknefs feizeth the body, and the fear of judgment taketh hold of the foul ? But then the religious, the truly wife man, poffeffeth an undifturbed, calm, and a felf- applauding triumph, he looketh back on a well -fpent life with joy, appealing to God as Hezekiah did, Remem- ber, Lord, I befeech thee, how I have walked before thee, in truth, and with a perfeti heart, and have done that which is good in thy fight. And he looketh forward to a future judgment, and an eternal flate, with confidence. And now, my brethren, thefe things are fpoken as to wife men, judge ye what is faid; let us calmly confider and judge, whether, abflra Ling 4