Caryl - Houston-Packer Collection BS1415 .C37 v2

Chap. 4. a4n Expofarìm upott the Book,áf f® B. VérG 2 fi. I 6 Verfe 2a. Doth not their excellency which if them go away ? they dye, even without wfdome. This Verfe (as I noted in the beginning prevents an objeaion which might bemade, as ifman had wrong done him: and that it were too great a diminution to his honour, whomGod made the chief creature in the inferiour world, and but little inferiour to Angels themfelves,that he Ihould be looked upon only as a heap of duff, or a lump of clay, as a mortal, momentany perilhing crea- ture;. therefore lie grants that man bath an cxcellency;but all the excellency that he hath,whether natural or artificial,bred in him, or acquired by himas a man; when he goes goes too, Doth not their excellency which is in them goarvay ? or journieth not their ex- cellency with them ? as Mr. Broughton tranllates, alluding to our pafíing out of the world, as in a journey ; when a man dies he takes a journey out of the world,hc goes out for ever; and (faith he) dothnot his excellency journey along with him? yes,theque- Ition affirms it, when man goes, his excellency goes too. The word (tether) which we tranflate excellency, fgnifies primarily, a refdue or a remain, and that two wayes. F'irft, a refidue ofperfons, Judges 7. 6. But all the refs of the people bowed down on their knees to drinkwater. So the vulgar underltands it here. They who are left after them, fhall be taken away from them : namely their heirs or pofterity. Secondly, it lignifies a reGdue of things PJa.i7. 14. where defcribing worldly men who have their portion in this life, he faith, their bellies arefill'dwith hid treafure, they are alf frill of children, and .eave the reJf of their fubjtance to their babes. Thus others take it here. Doth not the wealth and riches which men leave when they dye, dye alto and go away; as theirperfons are mortal, fo are their eftates ; there is a moth will eat both And as the word lignifies a quantitive remainder, or overplus, both of lather, quadeß perlons and things, fo alto a qualitativeexcefs or remainder: orf Pmesffum that which exceeds in quality : any excels in the goodnefs of a ryuanrirarbj quality, is called excellency. Thus Jacob calls Reuben in regard nirar, fed ett- of his primogeniture ; the excellency of dignity, and the excellency am quaiitatrt of power; yet blots him in the next Verfe, becaufe ofhis fin,thort dignitatN,¡'rut 'halt not excel, Gen. 49. 3 4. This fenle of the word fuits werl verbum f11eY0 XtOn fly. ) with the (cope of the Text in hand. His excellency,that is, whatfo- tam fuperefe, ever doth excel,or is belt in hire. Eut what is that ? fame by his fed edam vie_ Excellency underfiand thefoul ; as if he had Paid, that b.ft part i ë Yne excel of ,- , û`.. iii