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tookeNra_>had beene

pofitive.

But, fetting it downc thus;

Orm He tooke, the A/Jge!J He tooke

not,

ir

~·ramly')comp.:rath•e,

r.

Now, theMafiers offpeech tell us, that there is power in the

Poji't~ve,

ifit beo-iven

forth, w1th an earnefiaffcveratwn. But nothing to thar, that is in the

Comparative.

It

fs

no–

EC'·49·15·

thing fo full, to fay ;

lrvillmv<rforget you

· as, rhus to fay it;

Can 4motherfor;getthechildeof

Luk.>9·'7

her01vne wombe? well,

if

jhecan, yet IVtllnot l.forgetyore.

Nothing fo forcible,to fay thus;

I111ill

holdmy 1Vordwithyort:

as thus,

Heaven andEarthjhall

paff~,

but my wordjballnotpajfe.

The

Comparatwe

expreiling 1s (Without all queltion) more fignilicaat: And this here is fuch.

Theirs, the Angels,

ntljquam,atno hand He tooke:

but, ours He did•

.

z.

Now,

thecompari(onis,as

is thething in nature,whereunto it is made: Ifthe thing be

ordmary, the companfon 1s accordmg: But, then 1s 1t full offorce, when it is, with no meane

or bafe thing, but with the chiefc, and choice ofall the

Creatr~ru;

as, here, it is: even with rhe

lob l!-1

1

Angelsthemfelves.

Forthen, it is atthe highefi.

r.

Thar of

Elihu,in lob: That Godteacheth

rts more than the beafls, andgiveth

liS

more rtnderflanding than thefowles of the ayre;

(that is)

that G o o bath beene more gracious to us,thanto them,being made ofthe fame mould that

l'fal.

,+

7 •

we are; chat (yet) He harh given us apriviledge, above them; this, is much:

z.

That ofthe

,o.

Pfalmift, He hath n;t dealtfo,vith every '1'\.ation;

nay, not with any other Nation, in giving

us

the knowledge ofHis heavenly truth and Lawes; even, that we have a prerogative, ifwe be

compared with the refi ofmankinde: (More rhan rhe beafts,much: moreth<fn all

men

befides,

much more:)

But this here,

Nufqr<am .Angelos,

&c. that He h.ath given us

a

prehcminence

above the

Angels

themfdves; granted us chat, that He bath not granted the

<..Angels;

chat, is

a

Comparifw

at the very higheft, and further we

c~nnot

goe.

.

Onedegreeyet more: And that is this. As, in coll'lparifons rrlaking,ir skilleth much '

the

excellmcy

ofthe thing,wherewirhall it is compared; fo doth ittoo, the

manner,

how

rh~

comparifonis made, thepitchthatis taken in it. Itisonethingtomakeitin

tamo;

another,

intoto.

One thing, when it is i11 degrees; (that more, this leffe: this notfo

m~1ch

as that, yet

that, fomewhat though:) Another, when one is, the other is not at all. So is it here:

Ajfuml–

fit, non a{fumpfit:

Vs

He

~id

take;

TheAngel~;_·N~··not

in_anywife;

not,inaleffe, or a

lowerde_sree rhanus: but

tnem,not

at

all,

So, lt

IS

wuh the htghefi,

and

at the highefi. So

much is laid here ; and more cannot be faid.

The aniy exception that may be made to rhefe

comparifvns,

is ; that,

(

moll:-what,) they

be

odior<I :

it breedeth a kinde ofdifdaine in the higher, robe matched with the lower;

Efpeci~

ally,

to

be over-matched with Him. We need not feare ir, here. The bleffed fpirics, (the

An.

¥~·'

8

·'

7

gels)

will take no offence at it; they will not remove

Iacobs ladder

for all this; or

defcmd

to us,

0

n

'·~'

or

&Jcmdfor

us, ever a whitthellower, becaufe He is become

theSonmofman.

Thereis not,

I.uk.ts.as

in them, that envious minde, that was in the

elder brother,

in the

Gofpdl,

when the

younger

was

T

received to grace after his

riotor<S

courfe.

1

•m;t

When the

Apbftletds

us of

thegre.ll myfferie,

that God was

manijeffedin thejlejb;

imm_e-

diately afrer, heeds, that He,.,.,.

(emeofthe Angels:

A11d (lefl: we m1ghr thmke, theyfaw 1r,

·' Pct.r.t•

as we doe many things here,which we would_not fee) SaintPeterrelsus,rhat

dejiderant profp!–

cere;

that, withdefire, and delight, they faw 1t; a11dcann_ot be fanslied w1ththc fight of1t,

tt

Ilk

pleafeth them fo well. And, even this day, the day that 1t was done, an

<..Angel!

was the lirll,

L

''_;~~that

came to bring ncwes ofir, ro the

jheph~ards;

and he no

f~oner

had

d~livered

his n_reffage,

but

prefmtly there w.u with Him,. w_hole !0}er of<..Angels,

fingmg and JOymg, and makmg me–

lodic, for

this~""'>;,;..,;;,~~~·,..,,,

thts

Good.wtllofGod towards mm.

So that wuhour dread of

The

'DJ.

any difdaine or exception, on the

Angeh

pares, we may proceed

m

our Text.

f)ifi••·

.

. I.

u.

2.

m.

Wherein, lidloftheparriescompared:

Angels,

and

Mm.

.

, . Then

' of that wherein they arc compared,

(

ajfttmpt•on,

or

apprehmfim;

m

the word

Taking:

A;d, not every

tAking,

but

apprehmfio feminis, taking

on Him

the (eed.

3· Laftly of this terme [

vfbrahams feed:]

rhe choice of that word, or terme

t<>

expreffemanki~de

by thus taken on by Him. That Hee faith

not~

But

0Um

Hee tooke :or,

Bur, the

feed of .Ad:O,;

or,

the

feed

of the

Woma11

Hee tooke: But, the

fud of AbraiJAm

Hee tooke.

. J,

of