Caryl - Houston-Packer Collection BS1415 .C37 v10

146 Chap. 3 3. - An Expolition upon the Book, of J o B. Verf.z Secondly, As the words referre to that duty which Eau minds fob of, and movedhim to, Heark,ningto allhis words. Note. They who heare, efpecially.about holy things andpule-rnatters,. fhould heare all. , One word flaould not be loft, when every word is precious. We gather up the filings and leafy duffs of Cold. The ease- fhòuld gather all that truth which the mouth fcatters, and the heart thould lay it up as treafure. We may charge many forts of. men with defiCiericy at Bare-wòrke. And Purely if men will not heare all that they ought to believe and doe, they can neither doe nor believe any thing thatthey heare. Firfl , Some Will not heare the word at all, they are like the deafe Adder flopping their eares at the voycè of the charmer, char= he never fo wifely to them. Secondly , Others thinke that there's not a word more to be heard,but what they have heardalready, who can fpeak what they know not ? Thirdly, There are fewwhohearken to any word that is fpo- ken; that is, who make it their bufineffe to heare, who heare:. With diligence, and labour at it. As it is a great labour to fpeak, fo I affure you, it is no (mall nor eafie labour toheare, if you. , , heare indeed and as you fhould. To heare the word is the exer-- cite ofthe whole foule. Among many hearers , thereare but few heatkeners, 'fuch I meane as weigh and confider what they heare. Fourthly, There are very few whoheare and hearken to all: the words of righteoufneffe and falvation. As fame though they heare all, yet hearken tohalves, fo others will heare but halfe, or only fo much as pleafeth them of what is fpoken: When the Kingoffudah (Jer: 36.23.) had the Role brought to him which Baruch had written from the mouth of f eremiáh, he heard three or foure leaves of it read tohim as'he fate by the fire, and thenhe caufed it tobe cut with apenknife and call into the :fire ; _ He didnot read it out, he had enough of it, he had (aswe fay )' bis belly.full, but his heart was altogether empty, he was very angry and vext at the word, but not at all humbled nor affected' with it; and therefore would not heare all thofewords. Againe,