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-5 Now, there is nothing fo pliant as Lo'(e; ever readie to

transfo~me

it felfe,ta

\vhatfoever may have hkdyhood eo preva•le; and 1fit be

Lz6eralttze,

mto that too

For, that

Loveis liberal!

(nay

-prcdigall)

the

Greekeproverb

noteth it, that faith,

Th~

Purfc-.ftrings ofLove

are made ofa

Leeke-blade

;

eafily in [under, and w1de open with

no great adoe,

.

6

Saint Paultherefor1: commeth roir; and as he

make~h

his cafe

aFather's

Verfe

4

~

cafe towards them (in the verfe next before: ) So he faith with the kindc Father

Luke•H•·

(Luke 15,) Ecce omni>i mea

t11a {unt.

Filthers

love and all mull: be proved

by

Bejl11ving.

.

.

.7 Yea,

I

wifl{,effow :

Now alas,

whatcanPaHlbeJ!o~f

Efpedallyuponro

wealthy

Citizens·~

What harh he to part with, but hi'

1Jookts andhh parchments?

~

Tim,4.'•>·

Ware, at

Athms

perhaps fomewhat; but at

Corimh,

lirtleufed and letTe regarded.

Indeedif·filver andgold·be all, and nothing·elfe worrh

the beffewing,

nothing will

come under

Impend4m,

but it: his

befiowing

is ftalled. But, by rhe grace ofG oo,

there is fometning elfe.

'fh~re

be

talents

(

fo, theworld will call them when they

lift, howfoever they elteeme them f<;arce worth

pence

a peece.) And there be'"'·

Col,i.'}!

fures

of

rvifdome and knowledge, in

·CH

R 1

s ·r o I •

s

u (faith

Paul.)

Indeed,fg had

Saint

Paul

need to fay ; he had beft magntfie hts ownc

Impendam,for

hehath nothing

elfe to make of. Nay, it !hall not ftand upon h1s valuanon. They that had both.

both the wealth of

Corinth,

a!Jd

the wifdome of

Pa11l,

and both in abundance,asbe:

ing both ofthem Prophets : The one ofthem

(King Da'tlid)

preferrerh thislmpen.

J>rai.r

9 ••

o.

dam

of

Paul's beforegold,jinegold,much.finego!d;

and that we may know how muc11

·

''9· 7

%•

that

much

is,

beforethM{ands ofgoldandjilver.

This, was no poore

Apoffle,

The

~rov.••·•f·

other

(King Salomon)

faith dirtCl:ly :

There

u

gold, andamultit11de

of

richj/ones

;b•t

the lips of kTWwledge,

that,

u

thepreciozu Jewel.

And, not

Policie;

but

Scielllia

s

4•

J>ro•.

9 .,

0 .

ct<rmn,

pmde~tia :

the

kn~ledge

of

holy things,

isthe

n~tfdome

he meanerh. And,

,!lt<g.

1

.,.<>.

it was no flounib: hewasmearneft : For, 1t

IS

well knowne hehimfelfe

cho{e them

before the orher, when he was put to his choyce; and, that his liking in that choyce,

was highly approved; by Go o's owne liking.

The truth is, Men haveno fenfe

of their foults,till they

b~

ready to part with rhem;.and then is Saint

Pauls il/)penda,.

called for (and never fenoufly before;) when thm cafe 1s fuch as they can little

feele, what the

{,eflowing

is worth.

And, becaufe they would not fceketo feele it before, it is Go o'•

juft

punilh;

inenr they feele it no' then.

Bur, if men will labour to have fcnfe of that part in

due rime, they lhould finde and feelefuch an eftate ofminde,

:1i

none know,but fuch

as have felt : furely fuch, as they would acknowledge ro be worth an

Impendam.

Indeed, this it is, Saint

Paut

can befiow ; and this it is,

Corinth

needs ; and the more

wealthy it is, the more.

The other, as he hathit not, fo they need it not, rhatis,

.,. AI!.J.6.

,

At~rtlm

&

Argent11m: fl.!.1odamem habet,

but that bee hath, heeis readie

to

bejlow.

b

Mark',·.~~!:

What would we have

more~

b

Fecit

qt~od

pot11it,

faith our SA v

I

o u

R

in

c.:Mnry

•Luke ·"""

<.MagdAlens

cafe; and '

dedit q11od hubnit,

ia the cafe of the poore

Widowe's mites;

and, thatisasmuc9as.Go

b

dorh, or nran can require. Bur, beitlittle,orbeit

much, he that giveth

aU,

leaveth nothing ungiven, and therefore his

impendam

is at

thehighelt

_

~

But,when iris at the highc!l:,thePaf!ive

Impend•r,is

higherthati it. Much more;

_Am•"xp••fi· to be GeRorved,

than

to beJ!oJv.

And therefore it bath a

St<per-impendar

bellowedon

""''

11 " 1 '"d"·

it.

I

Forfirft, they that

beflo•v,

give but oftheir

fmits;

but, he that is

bejlowtd,

givethfr~tit,

tree,

and all.

In that, thebeftower remained unbeftowed: here, hee

himfelfe is in the deed,ofgifcroo.

z

Secondly, before, there wasbur one

ac1 (of

bejlorviltg

onely ; ) here, mone, are both

beflowing

and being

beJiowcd;

and there be·

ing botbmu£1:

needs beberterthanone.

3 Thirdly, before, that which wasbe–

fiowcd, what was it

~

our

good,

no't our

btored;

our

living,

not our

life : 'l(pn.

Hcbr.u.4.

d"m

4

dfangr•inem,

not yet fo farre, as to the

jhedding of bt1ud:

Then, there is fome·

\vhat behind: But;

if

to the fheddinKof that, then1:>it love at the fartbeft: if Jtbc

as