Caryl - Houston-Packer Collection BS1415 .C37 v2

4. An ExpofLion upon the Book of J Og. Verf.2o: it andittiis gore, and theplace'tbereof (ball know it no more, that is, he (hall never return to that local placc,or civil place in which he lived ; he fhall not return to that place ofmagittracy or mini- fay, to that placeof merchandizing or trading,of husbandry or handicraft,where he convers'd before. Thus his place will know himno more. Man dyes but once, and therefore when he dies,he is laid to die for ever. There is a fecond death, but it is only a fe- coed condition of life. Some thall fo live for ever,that they lhall be dying for ever.The miferyofall meh here, is, that theyarc dying while they live ; the mifery of the damnedhereafrer,will be,that they are living while they die. We fee then,that as life is a Conti- »ual going out of the world,fo fromdeath there is no returning to the world,theyperilfor ever when once you die, you are dead forgoodand all (as we faÿ)there'san end,'in refpeer of any work proper to this world,whether natural, civil,or fpiritual. A dying rnanperi(hes for ever from eating and drinking,from anyoutward content or pleafure.When .Barziliai was(as it were but)upon the borders of death and confines of the grave(z Sam, 19.25.) he befpeaks David thus, who had invited him to Court, Can I tafle what leasandwhat Idrink? (and it followes) Can I any more hear the voice of finging -men andfinging -women ? Can I any more? as ifhe had Paid, I am now nigh unto death, there delights are gone,they are perilhed for ever, I can hardly talle any thing I eat or drink ; the pleafant Voice or mufical Inftrument can I any more hear ? muchmore then in death it fell are all there outward comforts peri(hed. and will,perifh for ever. Again, in refpe& of civil works, he that dies, perifhes for ever, no more buying, or felling, or trading, or dealing, all thefe things are pall, and patl'for ever. Yea, death putsan end to all fpiritual works, fuch as were the Saints exercife and duty upon the earth; at the grave, there's an endof them alto; a dying man perifhes for ever,in refped ofrepenting or believing, refpeftof praying or hearing the word. There are heavenlyworks, but the time for, thefe is, while you are upon the earth, none of thefe labours are in Heaven or Hell, nonor in the grave whither thou goetl, as the Preacher concludes (Ecclefialies 9. r o.) Therefore (Ifa.3 S.18.)Hezek?ah in his ficknefs makes it one part of his fuit fo God, that he might be fpared, for (faith he) the grave cannot praife ghee, they that go down into thepit cannot hopefor thy truth; the living, the living beithall praife thee,as I do tbir day. To pese