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Sermon

1.

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F

lant

ftcu~

A6(.ifom;

is.a prayer (and which.ri10r.e is) an imprecltiort. Before we

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.

P ray it'it will not be amilfe,to en.quirewhether we may lawfully pray any.fuch

Oftbe Tma•

O'r no.

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move ir, becaufeoffome fo tender-hearted men, that they can by no

:t;:;fo,~7""fl

meanesbrookeoreridure any ill)precat.ion; towHh

a~y

fo eyill;as topray they may

·

comeroanevillend. Itisnathmg.firtmg(as.well fauh Satnt

Ia":es)

that

wtth,the

tongue

,ee

jhould blejfe God, and with thefam_e,

Ji!i}b

~vtU

t# man•

It IS_

Ba',aams

o~ce,

l•mes.r.

9:

reni&

111

altdic;

and who would fucceed h1m mh1soffice

~

It_IS

Shtmet

s practice;

Nunp•.6. ·,

and who would be like

him~

Andthis is

Cujhi's

prayer; like h1mfelfe: Some would

Cbap.•~·•t,

have him an

£thiDpian;

but, fome blackfwarr,fellow,as his name.

givet~i.

• .

Againe,thefewerelewes all; we are

Cbrijltans:

we hayeacharge giVen us, by

Saint

p

aNl

not to doe it: not to them,that doe us hurt;

Bleffi them that

p~r(ecute

you;

Rom...., 4 ;

6/ejfe

(I fay)

antlc11r[e

"'~·

'?Ye

have

:1

~a.tt~~~efet

us,)?y

~a~nt Pe~er ;ofHill),quicu~

~"· ~.,;j,

1

malediceretur

,non,&c.that w10ied not tlie1revill,that bothWllhedi and d1d h1m all the

cvilltheycould,both indeedandinword,

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And this !know : yet is not all this fo peremptory, but that, notwithllanding

tven all this agalnll foirie, in fome cafes; fuch prayer hath beene, and may bee ufed.

~

May

be~

nay;ought.

t~ ~e oth~rwhile ~ ~or,

fuch may.che pcrfons be, as Sai1_1t

Pet

a;.

;,!'~:::·•.~:

'::

calleth fomc,

maledtfltonujltt :

and the1r faCts.fo execrable; as GoD Htmfelfe

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commanded

cJU#{es,

to goe up into the Mount

Eb4t,

and there, againlltwdve fun.

·

dry forts offuch,pronounce

malediflm.

Evenas we fee, the

Serpents

fin was fo ex-

orbitant, as it drew a ma/edi{fri4;evenfrom G

~

D's owne blelfed mouth. Iris not

Gon.3·'t;

good then, to benice orrenderin this point; nor

I.

would not yrilh men to be more

render or pitifull, than G o·n :•whofe doing of it fheweth.us it ought

t~

be

dcne'.

.

For

to

begin with the

JAjl

(of,Chrijlians ;)

.He.chatgave us the charge (Saint

Paul)

Ads

•3-toJ'

for all

hi~

chargegiven; we know what he did

to.Elym~t~.

And he that fetus rh·e

patrerne (S.

Peter)

fo~

a!l his patrernefet, we know he ufed it againft

SimM Magm.

Mls

s.

so;

And for the other : It 1s not

B~/aamondy.but

even

cJUo(es, asmildea man,

as ever

N..,....,;

1

the eanh bare, you

may

reade, that he came toit though,,Numbers

1,6•.

Neirher was

,~.u:

it

Shimei

only,but

David

too(thougb,ag'ratious and gentle

Prhm,

may

shimei

well<

fay : yet) what a

P{alme

ofimprecations hathhe penned! l mearie t.he CIX.

Pfalme::

It was rhought,by our Fathers,that there was not amore

he~vi~

or bitter turfc could

be wilbed tO any, than to fay

DellS IAI$dum

upon him, which is the beginning ofthat

Ffalme.

Neither was it

Cufoi

with his fwart colour onely, but: an

AtigeUas

bright a!i

the Sunn.e,even

the~

ngeUoftheLord,

that curfeth (himfelfe) and giveth a9 exprelre

. ,

warrant to

cut{e the mhabttA»tufMem:..

But what fpeakewe ofSaints, or

Angels

i'

Judg.

t.s;•.

cij

&

I~'l'

Himfelfedothitinthe

G~fpell,a~ appearerh~yhis

many.Y.e's. Yea,

Lukeu••, :

Go n.H1mfelfe (we fee)

Gent~s

3,

agamft the

Serpent

,and hts wholebrood.

\V

hat

GeneGs

f•~

theSamrs,

lAngels,

GoD

H1mfdfehav~do~e;

maybe done,.I truff. , Iimaybee

done

rhen,·ltcet

;

and ought to be done fomeumes,

Bpmet

i

and in this very cafe, it

ought and mull;

a_neceffi~y

lyeth

~pon

us, we cannot _choofe but doe it. For pray

wemuO:

for the Kmgsfa(ety_;· CH{ht,and

all good fub)ecrs_: but, for his fafery

w~

cannot pray, but we muft (wtthall) fortheoverthrow of hiS' under-miners.

Pro

in·

cludeth

Contra;

iffor him, then ag'ainll his foes. Ifwilh him

to:rife,

and

ffanJ H!•

~~~ht,

then, them

to'f~U~nd

become Hiifoot·floole.

So that (if all be \Vel! weighed}

l'f•Lu•,•;

ltiS

not

volu~tary;

1t1s even wrung from us.

.

.

.

h 1nd that mdeed

i~

the only

rav~at,that

it

~e.not voluntary:th~t

we be dra\yne to

it

car ly,and ufeit not,uponevery fi1ght, &tnfhng.occafion, agamft every thmgthat

r?ffeth ou:humor;but whenthe foulnefs ofthe fact feems to exaCt it:and that

ea'Vt·

4115 notam1ffe.I likewell ofthe

Hebrew

proverb:

(

GAriZ.;,,.

i~

the mount wherethev

blejfed