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QFtheparciescomp•red;

AfJtelsandMen.

Thefctwo we mullfirficompare, that we

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may the more clearely fee the greamelfe of rhcgrace

~nd

benefic, this day, vouchfa- The

P~r<ics

fed us. No long procclfewlll

need~

eo layb efore you, how

(trr~

1nfenour our

~arure

1s,

~o

compared–

that ofthe

vfngels :

It ts a companion Without companfon. Ir

IS

too appatanc, tfwe be

la~d

M•" with

together, or weighed together, wefhall befound

mrnus habentes,

farre too hglu. They are,m

ANG •

ts.

l!xprelfe cermes,faid, (both, mthe

old,

andmrhe

NewTeflament)

to excell us m

power :

And

~rp;·,:~.l

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·;_o.

as in power Coin all the rell. Tlus one thmg may fuffice, to fl1ew thcoddes: That our Na-

ture; chat Zvc, when we are at our very highdtperfechon,_Cit is even thus exprelfed, thac)we

come neare or arethercinlikeco, or as an

Angel!,

Perfe~beat~ty,

mSamtStephen:

They

A,~,6-•f·

ftw hi4face,'a theface ofan Angefl.

PerfeCt

wi(domc

in

David: <.My Lord the King is wifea< :

~:;;: :;_;~•m vfnuel/of

Go o. PerfeCt

eloquence

mSame

Paul": ThoHgh

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ffeake w1th thttonguesofMen,

nay-ofAngels.

All our excellency, our highefiand moft

perfe~

ellare, is burro be, as they:

therefore, they above us farrc.

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l!ut, to come nearer: What are

Angels?

Surely, they are

Jjmts; Glorro11sjfmts; Hea11en-

~:t·

..;•·

Jy Jl!irits; Immortal! Jl!irits•.

For rhe1r

Natsm

or fublllnce,

Spmts:

For thetr

~..t11y,

or

Mml/~.:

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property,

Glorious :

For their

!'fare,

or abode,

Heavenly :

For their

Durance,

or connnuance,

Luk >o. 3 6.

Immortal/,

And, what is the

feed ofAbraham,

bur,as

Abraham

himfelfe

is~

And, what is

Ahraham_?

Let himanfwer himfelfe;

I

am

dufl afJdafbes.

What tsrhefeed

ofAbraham?

Let oneanfwer,m

Gon.ri.

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the perfons ofall the reil:;

Dirensputredini,

&c._

faying to rottenncjfe, th." art mym;;ther, and

lob , 7 , , 4 _

tpthewormes,ye are

my

hrethren.

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They are

f}mts;

Now, wharare we, what ts the

feed of

.Abraham? Flejh.

And what is the very harvelt ofrhis

feed

of

jlejh?

what, bur

corruption,

and

G'l.6.8.

rottennejfe,

and

wormes?

There is the fubfiance ofour bodies: _

z.

They,gloriousJP:rits:

We,vtle bod1es (beare wtrh it, It 1s the

Holy Ghofls

owne terme,

whojballchangeourvile hodies.)

And not onely bafe and

vile, butjilthz

and

tmcle,:ne: ex im..

Phil.j.it-;

·:.,ttlldo

conceptumJemine,conuivedofunc!ean_efeed:

There is

themetaH.

And, the mould is no

lob ••·•–

better: the

wtm~be,

whercmwe were conce1ved

vile, bafe,filthy, anduncleane.

There, is our

Pfll.pA

'JNA{ity.

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They,

heavenly Jl!irits, vfngels of Heaven:

that is, their

place

ofabode is in

hea-vm

above. Ours is here below, in the dull ;

interpulices, &

et~lices,

tinea<,aranea<,& vermes

;

Our

place is here amongjleas,

andflies, moths andJPiders, and crawlingwermes.

There is our place

of dwelling.

4 They,

i111mortall j}irits;thac

is their durance. Ourcime is proclaimed in the Pro-

phet :Flefl1,AIIjlejh

isgrajfe,andtheglary efit,.s thejloure of thefield;

(From

April!to ltme.)

El''y4o.6t

The

Sithe

commeth; nay, the

wind

but

hloweth,

and

we aregone. Withering

fooner than the

grajfe,

which is fl1orr: Nay

,fading

fooner, than rhc

jJorm ofthegra/[e,

which is much lhorrer:

lob· 4 . ,

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Nay, (faith

lob) rubbedin peeces

more eafily, than any

moth.

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This we are, to them., ifyou lay us

togethc'~·

And,

i~

you weigh

:'s

upon the

ha/lance,

we

M•N,by

arc

altosether lrghterth411 vamty ttfelfe-

There IS pur wetghr. And, ,fyou value us;

Mants

rhem!clves;

but athmg

ofnot~ght:

There, is our worth.

Houftomnis homo;

This is

Abraham,

and this is

Pf.,l.•'-" –

,v1brahamsfeed:

And who would llandto comparethefe with

vfngels?

Verily there is

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no comparifon; They are,

incomp~rably,

farrc betterrhan the bell of us.

'

om.•.,, .

Now then: this is the rule ofrea[on,theguideofall choice, Evcnriore to rake the better

and leave the worfe. Thus would man doe;

H.ecejl le.'< hominis.

H~re

thencommerh the mat–

ter ofadmiration: Notwithfianding thefe things fiand thus, bctweene the

Angels

and LA

hr11·

lumsfeed :

(they

Spirits,gloriotls, heavenly,immortatl ;)

yet

tooke He not

them; yer,

in no wife,

toolce He them ;B11t thefeed ofAbr11ham.

The

(etdofAhraham,

with their

bodies, vile bodies,

emhly bodres

ofclay, bodies of

mortality, corruption,

and

death:

Thefe Hee

tookc,

thefe Hee

~•kef•ratlth<t.

Angels,

andnormm; So,inreafon, iriliouldbc :

Men,

and

norv{ngels;

h

tt IS: And, chat granted to us, that denied to them. Granted eo us, fo

bafe;

that denied

t

em, fo

glorious.Denied,and

firongly denied;

·ov,

•,J>;..,,;

'l(gt, not in any rvife,!lot

at

any

ht~n4,

bo

h~em.

They, every way, in every thing elfe,above, and before us; in this, beneath and

Eh

tn~~

us. And we (unworthy,wretched

mm

that we are,) above and before the

Angels,

the

tr~

tm,

the

Seraphim, andallthcPrifJfipalities,'andThrones,

in

this

dignity. This being

E-a-

b:yond