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

[$6] SERMON IV. WISDOM the STRENGTH of the MIND. Ij PROVERBS XXIV. 5. ,r4 w ft man is /bong, yea a Man of know- ledge increafeth flrength. SE R M. H E ftate ofhuman affairs in this world is found by experience to be very un- certain; the profperity we enjoy this day may not continue to the next; we fee fo many furprizing revolutions in the external condi- tions of men, of all ftations in life, as con- firm what the Pfalmift faith, Pfal. lxii. 9. Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie ; to be laid in the ballance, they are altogether lighter than vanity. Thefe changes very often have un- happy effects on the temper of our minds; they produce difpiriting fears and over- whelming forrows, and, as a confequence of both, perplexity and irrefolution, which are the difhonour and torment of the rea- fonable