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Ofthe

CoNs

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IE

Sermon(

tion ofreligion, uiiderthem; forward and backward,backward and

forwa~

and tell me, whether the

King

and the

Church,have

not reference,as I !aid.

a:5at~c:

ther the

Chttrch

have any greater enemies than fuch as alien themindes ofKi we.

make them heavie friends

to

her welfare and well-doing. Offuch rhen

fafe~gs,and

we fay,

Ee they colf{ounded ;-Ik,they, as thegrajfeupon the houfetop,

whi~h

wir1

my

before hey-rime (that is) let'them

co~e

to untimely ends;

!err

hem be as

Abfj;et

~

or (as another

Pfalme

wt!h~h

fuch kmde of

pe~ple)

ltke t,bem thatperi}hed

at EnZ/

and became lzke dung r1pon

t~e

eArth.

s.o then bemg G o

D

s

1

enemies;

mankind,,'

and the

l

churches;

agatn~

the enemtes ofany one ofthefe, theprayerwerewa

'

table :.how much more aga1nll: them,that are enemies to all three Onenayle tand

Sifera,

in his head: fo would noe fpeare

Abfalom,

in

hi~

heart; but he had

thme;ve

without a

meaning.~

morall allufion they make of it: three were the

faulrshe~a~~~

three theparties he htghly offended, ' Go n, • the

State,

l

the

Church,

Enemitt~

all

three: for every one, a

dart.

Each, deadly alone ;but he had them all, tolhew he

deferved them all :and fo they doc,that fin

Ab(aloms

fin. The prayer (!ure)is

ao

'd

Cufoi

prayed well: all are bound to fay

AtNen

to it.

"

0 1

But befides that it is a prayer,

Ltt them be:

it is a prophecie

too,

They

~all

bu;

or

the Text,

The tenor of the prayer we have heard : Let us fee the fucceffe ofthe

Pro•huie

what

a.s.Jprophtcie.

b

f'

h h

C

,n..

p

h

S

'

r

,

It.

ecame o tt; w et er "rnvere a rrue

rop et, or no.

o true as from

Mofesro

<.MalAChi,

never any ofthe

Prophets

more true, in his foretelling,

;ha~

he in this.

A

a

the

enemies, all

that

rofe againjt him, erant{hut,

were even fo indeed.

Pity it is,but that

ago1dpra1erjbouldbe heard,

and (as we [aid) tutneinro the

na~

tui'c of

a

prophecie.

They were

thr~egood

prayers, we heard; !here

isnoneofall

the three, but hath a

Prophtcie

(that fo it !hould be) :mfwering to the

prayer,

that fo

it

might be. Againft Go n's

entmies:

Theprayer,Soperijh,&c.

Theprephecie,ForL•

lung.!. l

i.

thine enemies

o

Lord, Lothine enemies fbaUperifo;

as it hefaw it with hiseyes, called

Pfal.

9

•.g.

others to fee it with him; pointed at it with his finger,

Lo;

twice, once, andagaine;

(one

Lo,

not ferve ;) fo fure he is, that

fo

it !hall be. • Againft the

.e~emies

of

man.

Gm; J.l·h'

s.

kinde: The

wijb, Cr11fed be thouabove every beaft ofthe earth,

the

prophuie

followeth

in the necke

of

1r,

Ipfe conterct Capttt,

One there ts,.!hall

bruife his he.zd

all to peeces.

P<>l.uH·

3

Againfl: the maligners of

Sien : Let them be confounded, &c.

That is the

P"J":

The Kingdome or Nation,

that

fba/1

matigne Sionfoal/perifo, and utterly hdeflrl)td;

there is the

prephecie.

Now, that that is propheticall, in each ofthofe, is no

ldfeve~

rified in the

Kings enemies,

in whom they all meet.

·

Doe but, after this prophecie, enquirewhat becameofthem: aske but theque;

ftion. The King cloth (here); in the forepart ofthe verfe: Is

Ab[alom

fafe,howdotlt

Cb1p.•c.u.

he

~

He dotb, as he defervetb to doe. Aske, how the}ell:,that after rofe againfr him.:

JKiugSI,l•

within a

ciJaptera(ter,Shebilrifeth

;how did

he~

Beforetheendofthe

Chapter, ht>

head

came

over the wall.

After

him,Adonia

was up and fpake even broadly,

Regn<b~,

What became

ofhim~His

end in bloud. And (that which is ftrange) with him rofe

•·•I·

ioab:

he that took off

shebas

head; he

thatthrew thefedarts;

and he tharwasrherrue

man here, How fped

he~

He was even

drawne

from the a/tu(that,

isnoS411Pa~ry

t•

Kings

•·lf'

for

traitors)

and executed by

Benaia.

Could not take heed by

Ab[al~msexample,

but

came to

v1

bfaloms

end. They all that

fou~ht,

that rofe

to

pluck h1m downe,whom

Pral.6•.J·

Go

D

hadexAlted,

they were flaine,

allthejortofthem;

were all,

as

aMteringwAU,or

as a

broken hedge,

which every man runnes over.

But this judgement of Go n, was in nonemore confpicuous,than

Abfalom.

A

ftrcight charge was given by the King himfelfe, to have him faved: It woul? no

1

t

fetve. hewasflaine for all that. And

Jlaine

by

Ioab :

one, before, that hadhtgb

Y

favo~red~im,and.beene

a_fpeciall !lleanesto reftore him to grace; even,

by

hfi~i

was he fla1ne notwlthftandmg the Kmgs charge; :md then flame, when he made

h.

Ch•p.• 8 ·9·

account ofthe victory. For, elfe he would have beene better horfed. He was don

ts

Mule,

nowheneverdoubtedtbeevent, andyetwas!laine. Sure Go p'shan

was

init, to rid the

worlddfatr.<jtor,

Neither