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The

ftrfl

SERMON

And

not onely therc,but (here) in this

Pfalme,

how to prefer;e harmony

,or(

as here

tnethit) how to fing

'1{!.

perdtt<,

to a Common-wealth.

So[aiththein[cripti/.

which Saint

Augujiine

very fitly calleth the

key

ofevery

Pfalme,

.

n,

For, the time offettingthisfong (by generall corifent ofall Expblitors)beingrhe

latter end ofthel<.Jng di!fenfidn,betweene the Houfes

ofDavtdand Saul;

evident iris

the c.fiatcdf the Land was very necrc

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a

PerdM,

and needed

Ne

Perd.utobce[u~

untort;

For; befides the great overthrow in the Mouritaines of

Gi!Doa,

given byrheenc.

mie; wherein the King and three of his fonnes were ilaine, and agreat part ofrhe

Countrey furprifed by the

Philijlin;

the

Defolatiun ofadividedkingdoiiJe,»M< come•pon

them too.

For,within themfelvcs, they were at

Cujm eji terra? (2Sam.

rz.)

evcnat

civill wars: At the beginning,but a

play; (So Abnerrermeth

it,

2

Sam.

t.

14·) but

Bit–

temej[t

at the end, as the fame

Abner

confe!feth,

verfe z6.

Surely, it was aweake

Stateand low brought : So much cloth

David

imply

(in

the fore-part ofthe

wr{t)

that he found the Land aweake Land,by meanes, the firength and

Pillars

ofit were

all our ofcourfe,by the rnif.government

o_fSaul.

Butthen withall (in the lat;crparr

ofth,everfe)

heprofe!feth, he

wlllleav~lt

aLandoffirength, by

re.eftablijhingtht

.PtUars,

and re-edtfyuig 'he State new agame.

The earth, &c.

_

The

{l:ile

whereofninneth in the tcrmes of

Aro:hiteEiure:

very aptly refemblingrhe

government, to a frame ofbmldmg; thefame fer upon and borne up by cerraioesif

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, aiid

Pi!lars(the

firengt11 whereofaf!ureth, or the :weakene!fe endangcreth the whole:)

and

Davtd

hrmfelfe to askrlfull Bmlder, furveymg the

ptllars,

and fearching intothe

decayes; repairing their ruines, and [erring them into comfe againe.

I

TheDivi/l•fl.

Whereout arifeth naturally the entreaty of the

Cc

foure points:

That the

weakeneffe,

or

jirength

of a

Land,

is a point of important

conGde~i

3

4

tion.

·

That the firengrh ofaland is,in the

PillArs :

And,what they are.

That the upholding ofthofe

PiUars

appertaineth to

David.

How, and in what fort

Saul weakened

them in his time; and

David,

in his,

mdt

them

fajl.

·

F

lrft Davidhad

read, that, among the in(huci:ions delivered by

0l19(esto

thefpi~

1.

(Numb.

13.

19.)

the very

fir([

and chiefeofall was, WherhertheLandwere

·

•~eake

orJirong.

So hee had read; and fo bee beleeveditto bee : and, foitis•

For fure,

in

fuch Lands, where this is their fong,

The earth is weake

;

their

Mufic~e

is

all out of tune. For, the note is fuch, as affeCteth the Inhabitants with feare.

I.

Fcarc, in the inhabitant, for thefe two,

I

rirtuJ teffaceA,

and •

Cor

tlfl•/11·

Jirength like a potjhe.rd;

and a

he•rt like wax :

A

Jlleake Land,

and

afearft•llinhabit4lll

I'C:J.u.••·•f·

goc together.

2.

Courage, in the enemy: For, where

RA,;

sA

K •

1

H

knowerb

but fo much, that the

Land

u

wealie,

you fhall not entreat him to fpeake any thingbll[

iiebrew(E[a.36.

u.)

. This

t.Mujicke

is heavy

:

:ind therefore

David

faw, the fong mull lice new

And fo, hee cloth fet it new, changing it into a more pleafant note,

B111l

·

then

it. And, when the note is fo changed,

in

that

day

}hall

this Song be

EUp6.,.

Landof!uda, WchaveaftrongeCitie; :ialvatimhath

Go

i>

Jet,

for the

rvarkes ofit.

.

This Muficke bath left in

it;

and heartencth the inhabitant afrefh ; qu:ulerh

the etiemy and rcfolverh the !ieiglibeur to fay,

(

i

Slirn.

~:i.

d.

Z'hipeare~

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