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Sermon

8.

of

the

Go

\V

RI E

s.

with others, is

curfing-time

with them. When lie

bleft

o:hers, to curfe them,and that

here on

histlwh-bed!

For, the

mife

ofthe death-bed 1sofallotherrhe worfi: fuch

~sar;

fo curfed, fome evill will

c~me

to them.

_

_ _

,

.

,

Yet fomewhat

to

cafe lt. TillS

carfe

(tfyou marke

1t)

IS

not on thetrper{ons:rheir

atltre

as men is notcoucht; but only

byreftexion

upon their

affi8ion

of

Anger.And

~er, n~t onth~t

neither (For, there is good ufe of them alfo: for,

~ne

may _be

angry

t111dji

11

me not.)

Bm, as tt was

tranfcendent,

too much and too long; paft the bounds

Ephef.p6;

of all

reafon

and

moderation.

And this was their

ptmijhwmt{pirituaU.

,

M

aledi8~~>,

ihat goes to thefac7:

Difperg_am

to thetr

p_erfon~;

whtch !1edenoun- •

A.l)ifp"gam .

cetb !hall fall upon them; And,he doth not thts by way ot

Prophecte,

they

jh.tt be di-

to the

P"f•••·

videdandfcattered:

but pronounced it by way

offentenu.

Not,

it jhallbe done:

but ,

he

willdoe

it himfelfe. It fhould be hisowne act, and he would never leave it, till he

fee it put in execution. And, though it were not done in his time, yet it was as good

as done; as certaine and Cure ,as if,

art

hat time, it had had the performance.

You

in

ay referre

Dividam

to

Sime.n,and difpergam

to

Levi. Simeon

was

dividul

into peeces: A

peece,iniudah;

2

peece,in

Dan;

a peece, iri Moum Seirofthe

A

male–

lites. Levi

was

[.:attered

here and there, up and downc in every corner ofthe Land.

Or (if you will referre it to both ; ) they were

diviaed,

while

lac

ob

continued a

[ami–

~:

they were

difper{ed,

when they after came to be a

State.

And (ifyou marke) the punifhment is very proper,and well proportioned to rlie

fault. The

fault

was a bad

tmio'n:

their

punijhment

is a

jr~fl

divifton.

Their fault was

h.ndin hand,

they were too neere: their punia1ment is,they lhal be

ferfarre enough a–

Junder,

forraking any fuch

cotm{elt

more. So,

whom the divelt hathjoyned,

Go o

puts

in

[under.

And, a righteous thing it is, it lhould fo be. For,

prmijhments

lhould have

·in

them the nature ofamedicine: They, cure (ever) by contraries:

Heat,

by

cold;

drougbt,by moijf11re.

Even as thisdoth; an

evil! joyning

by

ajuft di{perjion.

There was great wifdome in this

punifhment.

_For, them that be evill,

if

we

de–

jlroy

them not,we mH!l: take order to weaken them: and to

feparate

them, is

to

wea.

ken them.

Vnited force

is the ftronger;

dif-rmited,

the

weaker

ftill. Vndoe the

faggot•

bMd,

and when the

Jlickes

be fevered, you lhalljlic/u

byJlicke,

deale with them, and

keepethem under.

Ajlicke

will eafily be broken ;a

faggot

will not. So as, to

{clttter

tllem, is

to

weaken

them.

'

And fo to be, is good for

Simeonand Levi

themfelves.lt takes from them,

habi–

lity

_to

~oe

hurt:pmstheir

nailes

l

breakes

off their

horim,

doth them ,good againft

their wtlls. For,tfthe worftcome to the worft, they can hurt butfingly or by one.

And therefore we fay;

Confultr~m

eft malis, ut

a

focii> dividantur:

they that areill af-:

fected,it is good for them and their fellowes, to be

p11t afimder.

And, ifitbcgood for them; cerrainely,forthe other

Tribes,mucb

more: They

!hall all live the more quietly. For, if thefe two lhould frill conrinuetogetber,they

might die fooner, the mote eafily, againc in like fort combine, and confederate

themfelves together againft the other

Tribes;

if they gave them bur thcleaft oc–

cafion. Now, they !hall beefo

fcattered,

and fer, where they !hall doe no great

~arme

any more

:

as no more rbey did. And fo, as.it was good forrbem, fo wee

fay,

Confultum efl Reipu6tit£ tit dividd!ltlr focii ad malttm;

Good for the

Common–

'llle./th,

ifany be that way given, to

remove

them either from other at leafr. So, they

theweaker,and the reft the

fafer.

But

(cattering

will not alwayes ferve: for,

even

fo•ttered,

Come doe mifchiefe enough. And therefore, it is as good policie, to

coope

them up, if

fcattering

they doe harme ; as it is, to

(catter

them, ifthey prove the

_IVorfeforbcingtogether.

_ Tofpeake a little of theg;ievoufnefTe of the

punifbment:

thefe degrees are in it.

Thegrievouf<

1

Firft, it '?ncludcs the

di(perjion

ofthem,the Joffe ofhaving any lot at al,l of

inh~ri- ;Z~ijb!!~

lance

ofthm owne, asthe reft ofthe

Tribes

had. It

kills

not the men,but it

puisdowne

'.

Dif-imw".

thetr

wall,

and !ayes them

r~

the

Common,

wherein every man bad as much right, as

1

'"l·.

they• And fure,

~

o o ofHts goodnefTc, not intending ro

pro~eed

che

way

H1mfelfe

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