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188

Of

RE

1"

ENT AN

c

E,

.Sermon "•

either

!l!!;ndo

or

!l!!}tt : When thougoe,'f; then ketpe;

or

bec4rlfe,thougoes1,

therefore·

kttpe

thy felfe ftom fin.

With the fame word fpeaketh the vertuous.Ladieto King

:•sam.>r.,;s.

'l>!lvid, .fl.yja pr

~tliaru

pr.tlia Domini,ideonon irwenietur ;,. ti iniquitn<

,Deaaufe thou

all fightell: the Loa o' s Bad<J.iles,therfotelet there not any iniquity IJe found inthee,

,thy"dayes.

.

· , .

·

Si?n~

(certainely) at all

ti~es

is tobe fdrborne. When itis

War;

and_not ons:!y

Luk.•i·H·

when lt !S :Wa·r; but whenlt!speacetoo••

':[akeye heed;leH at any tune

(faith

Chrijl)

Tour hearts Ge overlaydwith furfetting, rvith dri!'loe,

&c:

Not allowingus

any time,to

eeq_

wicked in.llut,though at

all times

we be to refraine fin: Yet,not at all times

alike

(faith

Utfll{es)

here. For it is, as ifhe 01ould fay : Bee

i~

a,t other times, finne

ll)J)'

rbetrer'be bornewith; Itjs lelfe perillous: But

whcnthorlgoejlforth rvith

a'n

Hoff:Then,

1hm,

with an

high accent,

with an

Emplujis,

(that isl

then

efpccially

l

then,abovc all

-9ihe~<,·times,

then,

if evfr, it importeth

ypu

to

have leall: to doe with it.

Good

J..

o

~

o, how crolfe and oppolite is mans conceipt to Go o'

s,

and how

contrari~

.ell~

thoughts unto his

!

For even

adoppojitum,to

this polition of His,We fee

(forth~

mofi p:m)that even they,that are the

GO(Tsforth,feemc

to

perfwade rhemfdves,rh.ar

'1}/.m,

they may doe what they

lift;

that at that time, any fin is lawfull ''har,

War

i; ·

.p •·

I

·•

rather a

Pla<dra,

than an

Inhibition tofin.

A thing fo common, that it made the Hea–

then man hold,that between

Militia

and

M

alitia,therc

was as little diffetence in li:nfe

:fts

1

infoun>i. , and the

Prophet Da'TJid,

to call

Saul'

s

companies in his dayes,

Tot1entts

t

sam:...

s.

.JJe(ia{,

\oe L.and-flouds oJw!ckedoelfe. Which being well confidered, we may ceafe

l~:Sl

murmure:.or,to

ma~yell,

I

foursozng forth

have'not b.eene ever withfuch fuccdfe

r

]as

;vq

wiQJed,•.

i

pod,v;R-.o flJouldgwe the,fuccelfe,

cottima~diog

then a

refttaint;

anq

JDal\,thl!t ilJQUld.need •t,then takmg moll: liberty. Venly, rf we willleame of-God

if He !hall

tea~

h.

us;Sinn~

is

n~ver

fo untimely,as in the time of War .: !)ever fo our of

.~

,· •;1

.feilfon,as then: for,that ist)le time of,all times, we 010uld have leaftto doe with ir;

To.inlifi then a,little upon this

point,b~caufe

it is the ma,ine poim,and to !hew the vi-

~ gorofthiHon(equent,

.

-

.

•.

·

I

From the very

natllreofIV4r,lirll:

Which is an

a~ofiujlice,and

of

Iujlicecor.'

;

reflive,

whofeo{lice is to punifh !in. Now then, conlide1:and judge,even in reafon;

·,What a thing this is,how great, grolfe, and foule an incongruit(e i,t is to powrc out

our felves.into fin,at the very time,when we

gueforth

to

corre~

finne : To

fet forth,ro

punifh rebells, when we our [elves

ar~in

rebellion againfi God,HisWord,and

Spi-

l!atth.!>:

•+·

rit,

Whichlwhat is it but

til

ctifl out devils Gy the power of Belzebub?

,Sure our hearrs

mull: needs firike us in the middefl ofour fin,and rei us,we are in a great and grievous

1

, prevarication, allowing that in our [elves, that we goe to condemnc and to

Hone

t9

·:1" ..

.•.

llfoy

••·f·

Am,t.J.

ler.fO z;•

~Sam,:-.14:

.

~eath,

in

othe~s.

Therefore,

~nee

to goe to

War,is

ro goe to'punifh fin: certainly,the

,

t~me

ofpumfhmg fin

IS

no~

a nmc to fin m.

z

Secondly, from

WArre in rejfec1 o(God,

I know not, what we

re~kon

ofWar:

.

Peace

is His ble!ling(we are fure,)and a fpeciall favour it is from Hill!;as rhe

Prophets

,account ir;)for aland to fpend moreiron in fcithcs,and plough-fhares, than in fword-

.blades or fpeare.heads. And,ifpeace be able!ling,and a chiefe of His ble!lings, we

may reduce from thence what War is. To make no otherwife of it than it is,

them!

of

Goo' s

wrath

(as

E[ay

termeth it:) his

ironjlaile

(as

Amos:) the hAIIJIIJtr of the

earth

(as

Ieremie:)

whereby He dafheth two Nations together; One ofthem mull in

peeces l both, the worfe for it.

W•rre

is no m:ltter offporr.· Indeed, Ifee

t..Abper

efieeme of it as of a

j]>ort; let the

yMng

men rife

(faith he to

Ioab) and{hew m

Jome

j]>ort.But

I fee the fame Abner,before the end ofthe fame Cbapter,weary ofhis fport

and treating with

Joabfor

an end ofit.

How longjhallthe frvord

dw1ure,(faith he)jh•ll

v"re

6 •

,

it not bebitternelfein the end?

So,it may

bcflort

in the beginning :itwill be

bitternejfi

in theend,

if it hold long. Warrethen being Goo's

rod,,Hisfearef,./lrod,

and that

fo fearcfull that

King David

(though a

Warriour

too) when both were in his cho:ce,

p.referred the

Plague

before

it,

and delired it ofthe twaine : When Goo'

s

hand with

th.isrod,

thi~

His

fearifullrod,is

over us,to befo farre from feare,and all due regard,as

then,notto lhun finne

anyw~i~

the

~ore,

butto fall toi.tas fall as ever: it 'annot

b~~;