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'The

ftrft

S

E R M 0 N

I I

r.

Yet, thefe two

Pillars

as firong and as fieady as they are, except they be looked

to, and upheld; except they have an

rpholder;

and that a good

one,Religion

will

cleave,and li'.ftice hend,and

they both link and thewhole frame with them. Therfore

mention is made here of a pcrfon,put

intrr'.ft,

with the

hearing them up;

which is

the

third point.

.

WhichPerjim,

is here,

Ego atltem,

theftrft; that

is,David;

theftr/1 and tliechiefe

'•s•"'-•1'-

;

7 , Perfon

in any governemem. He it is upon whom both thefeleane: He

is

the He.d,

L;un.

4

,,o~

that guideth thefe two armes : He

the breath of life in both theft noflrills :

Yea, of all

the body (faith/eremie,of

Ioft.u.) Even(hriftm Domini,theAnnointedof the Lord,u

the_hreath of allour noftrills.

.

Familiar it is, and but meane, but very full and forceable, tbe

Simile

of

E{ay :

l!fo.n:•l-1

wherein hecompareth the Prince

toanailedriven into a

wa/l,whereon are hangedall

both the

vejfels offervice,

and

thelnj/rumentsof <.Mujike

;(thatis)Hebearesrhem

up

all. And great caufe to delirc God, falt may it fiicke and never ll:ir (this

naile: )

for, if itlhould, all our

Cttppes

would batter with the fall, and all the

Mrifikeof

our

O!!_ire bee tnarred: (that

is)

both Church and Country bee pur m danger. Which

Go

o willino- to lhew (faith

Philo Irtd«uo)

Hee did place theftfth

Commandement

(which is th; Crowne-commandemem)'•"'"'"'ri., as it were, in the middle,

and

confines of both Tables, Thofe touching

Religion,

and rhofetouching

Ir'.ftice;

that,

wirh one arme He might flay

Religion,

and with the other ll:ay

luftice,

andfo

uphold

both.

'

And,where

Cuch

fupport hath wanted,both havelyen on the ground. For,borh

of

Mica's Idolatrie

(that is, corrupt Religion) and of the

villanie

offered at

Giheah,

and of the

outrage

_committed by_them of

Dan,

both in

rifling hotifa,

and

Jacking

'1f!hole torpnes

(that 1s) of.open m)ull:Jce, God rendereth no caufebut this,

:l"{gn erat

\

Rex :

the

Pillars

went downc:

Ego

wanted. WithoUt which (that is,an ell:ablilhed

governement) we £houldhave no Comm_on-wealth, bur a wild

forrefl, whcreNim.

Gen. to.$.

rod

and his crew would

h!'nt andchafe

all others: No Common-wealth, but a

Pond,

Abac.•. •r·

where the

great ftfo

would devourethe fmall : Nothing bur a Con

ot/heepe fcattmd

:Num.:pr.\

without a ShC(iheard

(fait,h,

¥if's.)

No more

oves Pafcu,.,lbcepe

ofthe

P

afiure,when

);

l'f•L,r.r.

their Gpvernor is gone, but

oves occijionu,

lheepe for the llaughter.

Nonpopu!HG

,fd

/;

!'l>l.H.u ·

l trtrha,No People,but

a

rout;

No building, nor

Pillars,

but a heape-of fiones. There·

_um.>px,

foreajoyfrtl~

noifeu thefoouto( aKing

among the'?.

.

.

·

Joyfulhndeed

every way; butjoyfull efpectally, 1f thiS

Ego,bee

not

Saul,

but

David. ' Davrd,

wiJich

givethftrength

unto the

Pillars,

and nor

Saut,

an impairer or

Weakner

of

th~m.

It is

David's

complaint, in theforepart, he

{ottnd the landweake

when heecame

to

it. So,

Saut

had left it.

It

is bis promifethat,as

Sattl

by his llack-

• 1

'~

ne(fe, had brought theell:ate low; So

h~e,

by his vigilancie,would

raife it

~tp

againe.

·<

'

1 And this is the !all:point, b,ow

Saffl

decayed, and Da'lJidrefiored the

Pillars

againe.

II II

, The

Wife.man

faith; that

evilllooking to, willdecay theprincipa!lsof any huildinr

ll"'!.ro.

1

s: .

:tnd that was

Satel's

defect (as the Scripture recordeth.)

Religion

firfi : Infiead of

-

Celehrabim111, NegligimHG

I • Ho

v

A M.

King

David,in

his oration to the States-of

it

Cbri•

H· :

his ReaJme before his fir!l: Parliament, te/lifieth,

the vfrke w.u not{ought to in

the

dayes of Saul

.-That

PillAr,

was not looked to. Sought to it was, after a fort

(

Religi–

~

Som. ; 4 ,

i».

Dl! : )

but nothing

Co

as it lhould.

Comtlet

have the Arke

(faith bee.) And then,

-

·

• 9 •

Goeto,

it

skills notgreatly, carryitbackeagaine :

which,whatwasit,buttoplayfalt

Aa.•ps.

ang loofe with

Religion~

To

intend P•tll

(as

Felix

faith)

at

o11r idle time;

and

not to

Redeeme time,

to that

end~

Iudge of Religion's cafe, by the reverence ofthe

,s,.,

6 ,,

0 •

Ephod

.-· A daughter of hisownebringing up

(Mica!)

faw David,forhonourofrhe

vtrke,

weate it, and

deffi{ed him in her heart,

Iudge of it, by the regard ofthe

Pndl,