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Sermon

and

FAsT

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No.

compldne:

itfJlleth not into His nature to doe it. But, if

He

could; if it were pof–

fibleby any

m~anes

in the world,

Hemt~ht;

fuch are ourconrempts, fo many, and

fo mighty, that we would force Hmno tt. .

, . .

·

.

z,

Bur,

s.

Allgttjlinc's

reafon

IS

more pratfed:

Exprzmzt m Se,

111

exprzmat de te,

Iri

Himfelfe Heexprcflech them, rhat from

u~

Hemay bnng

them~

Shewerh Himfelfe

inpajion,thatHemay move us ; and even mthat

pafzon

whereto He would move us;

As here now: As

ingriife,H~

complameth ofus,that we mtght be

g~tevec.l

and

~om-

lain ofourfelvcs,tbat ever we

g~ve

Htrn fuch cau[e: And fo confeguently, that we

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·

ht berhink our [elves

ro

give redreffc ro tt; th:tt fo,Hts compbtnlll£ n11ght ceaf<'•J

I

mtg And-from the cornplaint,itis no hndmarrer to extract the redrelkr. To yeeld

TheDivlJ;on;

to but even as much, for Him

(for,Him~

Nay; for our felvcs) as; every where

dfe,.

·

, eufetodoe.

z.

Tofpeake that, whtch Go

o

fogladly. would heare.

To

~~~me

that, which

t~e

poore

:f~w

les know,the feafon ofour

ret11rne;

and to take

it,a~

they doe:

Three wayes

to

gtve redreffe to the three former gnevances: ( Thefe

three:) and the fame the three parts of this Text, orderly to be treated of.

T

O make Hismotionthe more reafonable,andHis complaint

t11e

morejufr,He

makes them

chancellors

in their owne caufe: And, from their owne'Practice

otherwhere, Go

o

frameth and putteth

a

Ca{e

;

and putted1 it in qucfrion–

w.ife: and therefore quefrion-wife, that they may anfwer i!, and an[wering it con–

demne rhemfelves by a verdict fi·om their owne mourh.Wi/1

they

(this people)them–

felves fall,

&c. Is there any, that

ifhe_t~~rne, &c.~

In effeet,as ifHe fhould fay: Goe

whither you will, f.1rre or neere, was it ever heard or feene, that any man, ifhis foot

1Jipped and hee rooke a

f~ll;

that hce would lye frtll hke a beafi and not up again

e.

tl:raight

~

Or ifheeloll hts way, that hee would wmmglygoe on, and not with all

fpeed getinto it againe .

.

"

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.

I

proceed then.

Menrife,tfthey fall:

and

fin tsafall.

We have taken up the

term~

ourfelves, calling

Adam's fin, Adam'sfall.

A

fall,

indeed; for

itfoztles

as a fall ;Jor

ithrulfes:isafall; foritbringerhdown'easafall; downe, fromthdfate of

Paradife;

downe tO the dufi o£

death;

downeto thebane

ofjtidgement,downe

to the pit of

he//,

Againe :

Mentz~rne,when

they erre;

And,

finne

is an

errour. No!'ne errant omnes,

l'rov.•+·•>:

&c. (faith

Salomon)

make you any doubt of

it~

I doe not : No fure; an errour it is.

What can be greater, than to goe in the

wayes

(of

rvickcdne!Je)

they fl1ould not, arid

come

totheend(ofmifery)

they would nor.

It is then

afi</1

and

anerrour.

Vpon which hejoyl)ethiffue,andinferreth the

fifth verfe,.f2.!!_are ergo?

and why

then~

Ifthere be no people fo fottifll,thatwhen they. fall will lye fiill,or when rhey

trre,goe on frill,why doethis people that,wh,_:l no peoplee!Ce will

doe~

Nay, fee-

:ingthey themfelves, ifthey be

doJVne,

get

"P;

:lnd,.if

affray, turne

backe; how corn.

rneth it to paffe, it holds not here too

~

That (here) they

fall,

and rife

not~

flray,

and

returnenot

~Fall

and

Jlray(peccando

)and nor

rife

and

ret11me(pamitcndo?)

Will evely

people,and not

they~

Nay, will they,every where clfe,and not

here~

Every when!

dfe, will they

rift,

ifthey

fall;

and turne againe, if they rurne away; and here, only.

here,wtll they

fall,

and not

rife,

turne away and not

tttrne

againe

~

In every fall, in

-every errourofthe feet,to doe it,and to doe it ofour felves; and in that

611,

and that

errour,_which toucheth Go

o

and our

foules,byno

meanes,by no cmreatieto begoe

L

doe lt

~

What dealing call you th!s

~

Yetthis is their firange dealing (f.1ith the

0

~

n.)

Both

~hms

and ours:

Vl{h~ch

Goo wonders at and comrlaineth of; and

Whocancomplameof Hts wondenng, orwonderatHiscomp1aining

~

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But whatfpeakewe ofa

fall,

or an

erro11r?

'J:here is a word;in the

_fi'frh verfe,

·

tle~ord

of

rebellion)

makerh it more grievous. For it is (asifhdhouldfay)l

wou d

1

t\~erenorhing

but

a

fall,

or

turning away:

I

would it were not a

fall,

D_rtHr–

mng

mvay

tnto

a

rebellion.

Nay, !.would it were b11t that ·. but

rekelfion;

and not:\

per.pett~all

rebellion:

Bur,iris both: and that is it which

I

ca'mplai'ne:of•

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Ther~

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